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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
2:45 am
FYI: USPS Service
I don't watch local news, and since Federal Government Closed doesn't always seem to mean USPS, I never put two and two together. But FYI to all you other Rose Nylunds out there-- all DC post offices have been closed since Friday afternoon with no specific reopen date scheduled (hopefully in a few days, but who knows).

The exception is the main post office at 2 Mass Ave NE, which is (blessedly) around the corner from Union Station, and thus Metro-accessible. Today at least, they were open until 3 pm (with very few customers, considering). They expect to be open tomorrow as well.

This has been a huge nightmare for me as I have an eBay business and this afternoon I went to a couple of Dupont-area POs to drop off nearly 40 (thankfully lightweight) packages and found both offices closed. I had the presence of mind to call the main PO and rushed over on Metro before they closed too. USPS.com has a page of "updated daily" weather delays/closing notices, but it is clearly not updated daily, as there is no mention of DC whatsoever. Just thought I would let y'all know!
Monday, January 11th, 2010
11:30 am
Lifting Voices -- Documentary screening featuring Gregory Williams

Here’s great news: Lifting Voices will be holding a special event January 15 at 6:30 pm at the Charles Sumner School Museum.

As a white abolitionist, the museum’s namesake, Civil War Senator Charles Sumner, worked hard to erase racial boundaries, even having his portrait painted with a freedman named Francis. Five generations later, that freedman is the ancestor of Lifting Voices trustee Suzette Francis. Ward 5 Council Member Harry Thomas will attend the event, as will staffers from the D.C. City Council, Congress, and the D.C. Superior Court.
Lifting Voices’ mission is to harness the power of words to improve communities. Lifting Voices was founded by a former intravenous drug addict who left a successful career to give back to her community. The organization serves people living in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods of D.C. It makes words work on both the grassroots level and the policy level.
On January 15, Lifting Voices will screen two short (5-minute) documentaries about its writing workshop and oral history programs. The event will feature guest speaker Gregory Williams, a convicted felon who found purpose in the written word. Since leaving prison, Mr. Williams has written three books (Brotherwood, Solomon’s Quest, and Inside the Belly of the Whale) based on his own life story. Word collages from the young authors in Lifting Voices’ writing workshops will be displayed at the event. Through the collages, guests will see the dynamic writing marginalized young people are capable of when they find their voices.

Lifitng Voices’ grassroots work is done through its writing workshops. In the workshops, Lifting Voices gives under-served youth a meaningful connection to words. These marginalized young people learn that the written word is a wondrous powerful thing, and that their voices matter.

Lifting Voices’ top-down work is done through its oral history program. In the oral history program, Lifting Voices gathers life stories from people living in fractured communities and shares them with decision makers. Decision makers get voices of experience. And those voices get a meaningful outlet for their knowledge.

For more information, please call Reba Elliott or Laura Gill at 202.338.1934 or email info@liftingvoices.org. Basic information about the organization is online at www.liftingvoices.org.
We hope to see you there!
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
12:18 pm
1 down - 3 to go
D.C. DMV Closing Brentwood Facility

WASHINGTON - D.C.'s Department of Motor Vehicles plans to permanently close its Brentwood Service Center as of Friday. The DMV, located at 1233 Brentwood Road NE, will cease operations at the close of business on August 14.

Drivers are advised to use the city's three other DMV Service Centers:

* Georgetown Park Mall (3222 M Street, NW)
* Penn Branch Shopping Center (3220 Pennsylvania Ave., SE)
* Southwest (95 M Street, SW)

The DMV also advises District residents to check the Web, saying the city "now provides many driver/identification, vehicle, adjudication and general transactions online."

My only hope is that the place would get struck by lightning and "mysteriously" burn down...
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
3:13 pm
Dining Out for Life TONIGHT!
A DC Metro-wide Fundraiser for Food &amp; Friends! No additional contribution is needed (but welcomed! The Food & Friends Board Members are matching additional donations over $35) - just dine at a participating restaurant! You can find me at Busboys & Poets on 14th for dinner service.

Want to help out but can't make it to a restaurant? Make a donation ->here<-

On Thursday, March 5th, more than 150 restaurants, in the Washington region, will donate 25-100% of their proceeds to Food &amp; Friends.

Simply by dining out, you will ensure that thousands of individuals facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, will receive the daily, nutritious meals so vital to their care.

Dining Out for Life is a true expression of how a community can join forces to save the lives of their neighbors. Choose a restaurant and invite your friends today!
Monday, November 3rd, 2008
12:45 pm
Election day celebration plans
Washington, DC area folks

The Washington Post is advertising a Winners/Losers election day party on November 5th. The event is FREE and offers FREE BEER.

The "Winner" aka Barack's Celebration Bash party will be held at "Top of the Hill" Bar and Grill @ 319 Pennsylvania Ave SE (4 blcoks from the Capitol South Metro on the blue line). FREE BEER and $5 Nachos & Quesadillas.

The "Loser" aka Kick Rocks McCain/Palin party will be held at "18th Ammendment" Bar & Grill @ 613 Pennsylvania Ave SE (2 blocks from the Easter Market Metro on the blue line). FREE BEER and $5 Chicken Tenders & Wings.

Both events start at 6PM, and the FREE BEER last until they run out and food specials are all night long.

Who is down to show up at the "Losers" party in Obama t-shirts, so we can point, laugh, and hand out Obama buttons to all the salty ass Republicans???

RSVP @ ExpressNightOut.com and click the "Happy Hour" icon.

X - Posted to blackfolk
Friday, August 1st, 2008
10:11 am
Gender Public Advocacy Coalition
Fall Internships Available!!!

GPAC's Academic Internship Program is designed to give students and youth an opportunity to work with the only national organization working to guarantee every American's right to express their gender free from stereotypes. Interns can expect to benefit professionally from this opportunity while making substantial contributions to the organization's work.
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition works to ensure that classrooms and communities are safe for everyone to learn, grow, and succeed - whether or not they meet expectations for masculinity and femininity.

Internships Available:
• Administrative
• News Media/Communications/Public Education
• Development
• Research
*Complete Intern Descriptions available online at www.gpac.org.internships.
Term: September – December

Application Deadline:
August 15th

We encourage you to get your application in as early as possible so that we can begin the interview process well before your internship starting date. You can submit an application at any time, but please be aware that we may not be able to process late applications unless additional spots become open.

The majority of internships are for academic credit and unpaid.

To apply, please fill out the online application at: www.gpac.org/internships.

For more information, go to: www.gpac.org/internships or contact Brittney.Hoffman@gpac.org.
Brittney Hoffman, Program Manager for GenderYOUTH
Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC)
1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, 4th Flr WDC 20009
Brittney.Hoffman@gpac.org www.gpac.org
Phone: 202.462.6610 Fax: 202.462.6744
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
11:05 am
The Syracuse Walking Dream: Start Athlete, War Hero, Martyr, and Negro...
This is a GREAT article from the Washington City Paper about a brother that broke color barriers back in the 30's and was branded as a Hindu by Syracuse University (evidently Indians were less controversial than American negroes). He was ignored by the white press but received heavy coverage from the black DC press. During the midst of a successful pro-basketball career he joined the police force and then the Tuskeegee Airmen to support a country (that wouldnt support him), and gave his life as a result. The article is long, but definitely worth reading and spreading around.


Linky: http://washingtoncitypaper.com/display.php?id=35610

The Syracuse Walking Dream

Basketball star, football phenom, fighter pilot: The unsung story of D.C. native Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, who embarrassed the University of Maryland, mastered every sport he tried, and, contrary to press reports, was not a Hindu.
Read more...Collapse )

X-posted all over the damn place
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
8:32 pm
Selling my Truck
I'm rolling in my corp car and I can't use them both at the same time. Hopefully she'll go to a good home soon!

2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS
25,100 Miles
• 16 Inch Wheels • 4-Speed Automatic Transmission
• 4-Wheel ABS • 4.2L I6 DOHC 24V FI Engine
• 5 Passenger Seating • AM/FM/CD Audio System
• Air Conditioning • Alloy Wheels
• Automatic On/Off Headlights • Brush Guard
• Clock • Cloth Seats
• Cruise Control • Daytime Running Lights
• Driver and Passenger Front Airbags • Folding Center/Rear Seats
• Front Bucket Seats • Front Center Console With Storage
• Intermittent Rear Window Wiper • Intermittent Windshield Wipers
• Multi-Zone Climate Control • OnStar
• Power Door Locks • Power Steering
• Power Windows • Tachometer
• Tilt Steering Wheel • Trailer Hitch
• Trailer Wiring• AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System • Front and Rear Head Airbags • Power Driver Seat
• Remote Power Door Locks • Roof Rack

$17K or best offer
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
7:20 pm
Monday, February 11th, 2008
9:31 am
This was written by one of my good frat brothers. Please read and feel free to forward.

*I was dreaming when I wrote this; forgive me if it goes astray*

Just doing some thinking and had to get this up off my chest. We (people with melanin) are standing at a crossroads. We've had some bad times in the past (Prince Jones, Amadou Diallo, Flavor of Love) and some REALLY bad times in the distant past (Middle Passage, Reconstruction, "B*tch set me up"). We now have a tangible opportunity to do our part and, in my opinion, significantly change the course of our future.

You may be saying, "But The Others seemed to be pretty cool in the 90s." I agree with that. But I think the question is "Did The Others ever really have OUR best interest at heart, or maybe their own?" Could relief have been offered in Rwanda as it was in Bosnia? Could more have been done about the huge increase in DWB traffic stops in Maryland (where many of y'all drive daily)?

How many times when you were younger did you say, "Man, if we had a Black president..." and then list like, five things that would be better for US (not necessarily them; we can't worry about them). Also, you thought it would never happen. Jesse was never gonna get elected; you didn't think twice about Al and his perm. Knowing that it COULD REALLY HAPPEN this year, could you forgive yourself if he/we lost this nomination by the vote that you could have cast?

I know that we're The Talented Tenth, so we all have super-cool jobs and lots of personal responsibilities, but let's not lose sight of one of our most important responsibilities: the welfare of our people.

If you've already decided to vote for The Others, I'm not here to persuade you. But if you DO want change and you're NOT a sellout, then please get out there and cast that vote for The Guy with the Controversial Middle Name.

Don't assume that because you live in a predominately Black urea, the numbers are gonna go our way; there's a lot of shufflin', grinnin' negroids whose votes need to be countered.

I won't preach to you anymore. I'm Swayze.

p.s. if you think somebody else may need convincing/motivating, feel free to forward this.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
11:17 am
free african history lectures in dc
FREE Winter African History & Culture Lecture Series

Tuesdays at 7 pm, FREE!
Martin Luther king Jr. Library
901 G Street, NW, Rm. A-5

January 29, 2008
"A Decade of Promise and Betrayal: 1866 - 1876"
Asa Gordon

February 5, 2008
"Africa, Black America & World War II"
C.R. Gibbs

February 12, 2008
"The African Beginnings of Humanity & the Origins of Race."
Carter Ward

February 19, 2008
"Freedom Rising: From Slavery to Liberty in the Western Hemisphere" *
C.R. Gibbs

February 26, 2008
"Supreme Redemption: Larceny, the Elections & the U.S. Supreme Court"
Asa Gordon

March 2, 2008
"Lesson for Iraq? Blood in the Tropics; the American Occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934."
C.R. Gibbs

Martin Luther king Jr. Library, 901 G Street, NW, Rm. A-5, 202-727-1211. Free Admission. The library is near the Gallery Place Metro stop.
* = In honor of the 160th anniversary of the end of slavery in the French empire.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
3:05 pm
DC Nightspots
So...for those of you who "go out," what is your favorate Washington, DC:

Show Venue?

Feel free to repeat or post multiple choices.  I'm just wondering what people think...

Current Mood: tired
Friday, January 4th, 2008
5:17 pm
Split This Rock

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness

Washington, DC

March 20-23, 2008



Split This Rock Poetry Festival calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of activist poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation's capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination. Featuring readings, workshops, panels, contests, walking tours, film, parties, and activism! See the website for the incredible line-up of poets, including Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Sam Hamill, Galway Kinnell, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sonia Sanchez, and many more. Split This Rock is cosponsored by DC Poets Against the War, Sol & Soul, Busboys and Poets, and the Institute for Policy Studies. www.SplitThisRock.org

Poetry Contest – January 15 Deadline: The contest benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival. $1,000 awarded for poems of provocation & witness; Kyle G. Dargan will judge. $500 for 1st, $300 for 2 nd, and $200 for 3rd place. 1st place winner will read the winning poem at the festival. The poem will also be published on the festival website at www.SplitThisRock.org. All winners receive free festival admission. $20 entry fee benefits the festival. Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2008. Guidelines for entry: http://splitthisrock.org/contests.html. 

Call for Poetry Films – January 30 Deadline: Seeking artistic, experimental, and challenging interpretations of poetry that explore critical social issues. Films up to 15 minutes. Entry fee: $15. Selected films and videos will be screened during the festival's film program. For full guidelines and required entry form: http://splitthisrock.org/film.html

Support Split This Rock, the historic gathering of activist poets: Every dollar you give is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the Institute for Policy Studies. Just click here: https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/IPS/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=1120 and be sure to designate "Split This Rock" as the project you'd like to support. Or send a check payable to "IPS/Split This Rock" to: IPS, 1112 16 th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC  20036. Many thanks! Your contribution will make a tremendous difference.

Friday, November 16th, 2007
12:52 am
crash space
anyone got any crash space with a dsl connection and near metro?

i think i found a place, but since i just paid most of my bills for november and december and some of january, i'm not going to have cash until, well, right before i get on the plane to come that side, and i'm sure sure dude will hold the room for me.

going to be that side from the nite of 5 december [my plane lands at national at 11pm] to the morning of 9 january [i leave from national at 6.30am]

im still looking for a room but i just thought i could ask around here. anyone at howard or catholic need a house-sitter over break? all i really need is a bed, an iron, and a dsl connection. everything else i can sort out myself. im going to be working during the day [pushing papers at a desk] and doing my work-at-home job -- typing transcripts of recorded material -- at nite.

if you know of anyone have them hit me up at komterug@gmail.com

baie dankie!

xposted in blackfolk
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
1:13 am
HU Homecoming Parties!
Tell A Friend - It's ON!

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Monday, September 10th, 2007
11:00 pm
Halloween Store?
I keep hearing there's one of those big seasonal Halloween stores somewhere in the District-- but where? I saw one in Rockville but didn't have time to stop in, and I don't have a car now so it's more trouble than it's worth to go back. As for downtown, I've been Googling to no effect. Have you seen it or is it just an urban legend?
Friday, August 31st, 2007
11:35 am
RIP Common Share...
..., the bar that inspired this post, you will be missed.

Current Mood: sad
Thursday, August 16th, 2007
12:04 am
If you haven't been out in awhile...
The Common Share is closing at the end of this month. I was there Tuesday night and they had signs up all over the building and folks were taking down pictures off the wall of themselves. Sucks!

Current Mood: crushed
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
9:57 am
hey, i'm posting this here in case anyone's looking for some bookshelves... plus i'm broke.

Below is the craigslisting.

Hi all! I'm posting about 3 small bookshelves I got from Target.com, from the Mission Natural Collection.

From the website:
• Effortlessly Display Your Books and More on this Mission-Style Folding Bookcase
• Made of Wood in Stained Natural Finish
• Features 4-Tiered Shelves
• Frame Features Slats Across the Back to Prevent Books From Slipping Out
• Folds for Easy Storage
• Part of the Mission Natural Collection

This 4-tiered Mission-style natural bookcase is great for dorm room or home office. The shelves hold books of various sizes. Slats across the back prevent books from slipping out. Folds for easy moving. No. PT-408N. Imported. 48Hx23Wx12D".

I originally paid 60 dollars for each, plus shipping and handling. I'd like to sell them for 30/ea, or 75 for all three. They're very light and easy to manage -- I just have more books then they hold! They'd probably be great for a kid's room, a kitchen, a bathroom, or for someone who just has fewer books. Right now I have them holding books and toiletries.

Here is the Target URL if you want other reviews:
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007
10:19 am
Show some love for Eastern Market - this Sat & Sun!

I plan on getting out there on Saturday and Sunday - hopefully they (DC and Fed Gov't) will get the repairs moving fast!
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