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Dear Thomas,

The relationship of Washington, DC to the incoming white supremacist administration is unique. Unlike other parts of the country, the new administration, and with it the influx of more white supremacists is going to impact the District. 

From an increase in displacement of Black communities in the district, the potential loss of federal funding of DC's vital social services program due to our status as a Sanctuary City, the increase in xenophobia and Islamophobia in the District, and concerns around the relationship of this federal administration to DC, given we don't have statehood, means the District has to be prepared for unique challenges.

In order to discuss some of these issues, Parisa Bonita Norouzi hosted a discussion on WPFW with a few local organizers on what is at stake for DC and how we can fight back. Our own co-Director, Darakshan Raja was on the show. You can listen to the Taking Action episode here  on November 29th.
In Solidarity,
Darakshan, Dia, Jessie, Amirah and Anu
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Featured Resource: Guide to the DC Permit Process

Want to have a protest in DC? You might want to get a permit. We know it can feel like an infringement of your rights in some ways, and some groups have had success with non-permitted protests in the city, but dealing with the police bureaucracy and getting a permit can help make your event a lot less stressful on the day of.


On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, the Washington Peace Center participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. If you missed it, no worries, there is still time to donate and  fight back. Also buy a t-shirt! 

Stand with Standing Rock #NoDAPL- March on Washington

Saturday, December 10, 2016- 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Freedom Plaza
14th Street NW & Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC
Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere! Join us to walk in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at Standing Rock! We will be marching from Freedom Plaza through the National Mall over to the National Museum of the American Indian to show our support. We will gather in Freedom Plaza at 2pm on December 10. There are protests being organized around the world on this day in honor of UN World Human Rights Day. Please join us and please share widely!

Resisting Arrest-Poetry Reading

Thursday, December 1, 2016- 7:00pm- 8:30pm
The Potter's House 1658 Columbia Rd. Washington, DC 20009
Editor Tony Medina, and poets Abdul Ali, Lauren K. Allenye, and Derrick Weston Brown will read from Resisting Arrest Poems to Stretch the Sky, an anthology of poetry addressing the issue of violence against the African-American community. Come hear the voices of those who won't be silenced. Proceeds from book sales go to a scholarship fund administered by the Urban League in D.C.

Volunteer Project with Friendship Place

Thursday, December 1, 2016- 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Friendship Place
4713 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016
Friendship Place, in partnership with Washington Hebrew Congregation, will host a one day Winter Warmth Store on Sunday, December 4 where homeless men and women can "shop" for warm winter clothing and enjoy a hot meal. Volunteers are needed to help sort and display the donated clothing on Thursday, December 1, and to help customers shop on Sunday, December 4.

Refuse to Ocupy-Solidarity Vigil at the White House

Thursday, December 1, 2016- 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20500
Tamar Alon and Tamar Ze'evi are facing imprisonment for refusing to serve the Israeli occupation. Support them by joining us on December 1st for an international day of action. Vigils will take place outside arms manufacturing facilities and other locations calling on governments to stop arming the Israeli occupation rather than profiting from it.

World AIDS Day Fashion Show

Thursday, December 1, 2016- 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Busboys & Poets Takoma
234 Carroll Street NW, Washington DC 20012
Busboys and Poets is pleased to welcome the Women's Collective to the Nicolás Guillén Room for this World AIDS Day Fashion Show. Join them for a night of art and fashion while discussing matters surrounding women and sexual reproductive health. Get the facts about PrEP as an HIV prevention tool.

A Look at US-Cuban Relations: Past, Present & Desired Future

Thursday, December 1, 2016- 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Institute for Policy Studies, Suite 600
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036
In the wake of a new incoming U.S. Presidential Administration you’re invited to an energetic, in depth, and thought provoking discussion using comic relief and multi-media presentation with First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington DC, Miguel Fraga, who will overview incredible but little known comparisons with Cuba on the world stage, the nature and impact of the decades long U.S. blockade on the island, the changes made over the last two years, and how Cubans are preparing for continued negotiations going forward.

Member Appreciation-ONE DC

Saturday, December 3, 2016- 3:00 PM-7:00 PM
RISE Demonstration Center
2730 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE, Washington DC 20032
Member Appreciation is our end-of-year event to celebrate the wins, actions, and accomplishments of our members, donors, supporters, volunteers. All ages are welcome, long-time members and new supporters.

FUND the Resistance | End of Year Party!

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Bossa Bistro + Lounge - (2463 18th St NW)
Member Appreciation is our end-of-year event to celebrate the wins, actions, and accomplishments of our members, donors, supporters, volunteers. All ages are welcome, long-time members and new supporters.

A.C.T.O.R On Being White and Woke with Tim Wise

Sunday, December 4, 2016- 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Busboys & Poets @ 14th & V
2021 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
Now more than ever it is imperative that anti-racist conversations be had among groups outside just people of color.  Join Busboys & Poets and Antiracist, Activist and Author - Tim Wise - for this discussion "On Being Woke and White".  Tim Wise is among the nation's leading anti-racist educators and essayists. He is the author of six books on race and racism. 

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz: "All The Real Indians Died Off"

Sunday, December 4, 2016- 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Busboys & Poets @ 5th & K
1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 5th & K welcomes Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz to present their new book "All the Real Indians Died Off: And 20 Other Myths about Native Americans." While campaigns to abolish “Columbus Day” have become widespread, perceptions of Europeans as “discoverers” of a “New World” persist. Calling out these and other colonial myths, Dunbar-Ortiz, a longtime activist for indigenous peoples worldwide, locates their origins in white settlers’ political and territorial goals. Showing how the acquisition of land and natural resources was predicated on erasing Native Americans, Dunbar-Ortiz continues the important work of her classic The Great Sioux Nation, which was the foundational text for the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and her definitive An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, winner of the 2015 American Book Award.

D.C Food Policy Council & The Food Chain Workers Alliancce Stakeholders Meeting

Monday, December 5, 2016- 6:00 PM
Shaw Library
1630 7th Street NW, Washington DC 20001
What does food procurement policy that is sustainable for the environment, workers, and consumers look like in D.C.? Join Jeremiah Lowery, the D.C. Food Policy Council and The Food Chain Workers Alliance for a stakeholders meeting to discuss creating a good food purchasing program in Washington, D.C.

No Piece of the Pie: US Food Workers in 2016 Panel & Reception

Tuesday, December 6, 2016- 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
25 Louisiana Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001
Join Food Workers Organzing for Justice in the US and Globally for the DC release of their report No Piece of the Pie: U.S. Food Workers in 2016 on December 6th. There will be a panel of food workers based in the U.S. and globally discussing their campaigns for justice. There will also be light food and drinks. This great opportunity to meet food workers, food justuce advocates and supporters. You wont want to miss it!

Advancing Regional Cooperation for Stability: Growth in the Middle East

Wednesday, December 7, 2016- 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Johns Hopkins SAIS-Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20036
A special MEI series of policy papers this year by renowned scholars examined how to foster cooperation between states of the Middle East on economic and environmental challenges, domestic security and political stability, and in military matters. Experts from the United States, Europe, and the region contributed to the series' provocative examination of the possibilities and obstacles for a more collaborative Middle East. The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Conflict Management Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are pleased to host five of the contributing authors, Anthony Cordesman (CSIS), Shahrokh Fardoust (College of William and Mary), Querine Hanlon (Strategic Capacity Group), Ross Harrison (MEI), and Jean-Francois Seznec (MEI & SAIS), for a discussion of opportunities in regional cooperation and the costs of the prevailing competition and rivalries between states.

GU F.R.E.E. Demand Delivery

Wednesday, December 7, 2016- 4:00 PM
Georgetown University-Red Square
3700 O Street NW, Washington DC 20057
Join GU F.R.E.E. (Georgetown University Forming a Radically Ethical Edowment) coalition as they kick off their campaign for justice on campus. They will have a rally at Georgetown University's Red Square to present their demands. GU F.R.E.E. will then deliver a letter to the President asking if Georgetown invests in specific companies that profit off of the private prison industry and human rights violations in Occupied Palestine.

DC Black & Pink Holiday Card Party

Wednesday, December 7, 2016- 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Suite 105
2000 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009
Support incarcerated LGBTQ folx behind bars this holiday season by taking some time to write them holiday cards. This is the 4th annual Black & Pink international holiday card writing movement! As you can imagine, the holiday season is often a really rough time for folks inside prison. Whatever holidays you may or may not celebrate this time of year, our incarcerated members are often denied the ability to celebrate their traditions in the ways they choose, whether their desire be to celebrate the returning of light for Solstice, the miracle of Hanukkah, the birth story of Jesus, the Black radical tradition of Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, or something else. All too often our members do not have family and friends to reach out to them with cards or visits, making this time particularly isolating. The cards you will make bring moments of joy, connection and kindness to our members while telling prison staff that people on the outside are watching.

Liberation Takes Generation

Sunday, December 11, 2016- 5:00pm- 7:00pm
Busboys and Poets (5th & K) 1025 K st. NW Washington, DC 20001
Elle Hearns, Organizing Coordinator for Black Lives Matter National, and Ramona Africa, Minister of Information for the MOVE Organization, join Practice Makes Progress to give a master class on grassroots organizing while Black. Get the inside story on Black liberation, its history, and our future from this intergenerational, intersectional conversation among Black women in leadership. Through discussion and narrative, these two movement makers will share first hand how to fight systems of oppression at the macro and micro levels -- including how to confront local governments and build strong partnerships with other organizers and community members. *Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages included in ticket price. *Limited number of distance tickets available. This event will be ASL interpreted.