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DC Artists East Auction

This week, a live virtual auction hosted by ARCH Development Corporation will spotlight leaders in the artistic communities of Wards 7 and 8. ARCH, a nonprofit aimed at supporting small businesses and artists in Anacostia, organized the auction to connect these artists with the broader D.C. community. The event will showcase roughly three pieces each from artists living east of the Anacostia, including Victoria Ford, James Terrell, and Luis Peralta Del Valle. Their pieces will go up for sale at the auction on Sept. 10, with each artist having the opportunity to speak about themselves, their work, and their present circumstances in light of the pandemic. The auction aims to bring attention to the trove of artistic talent in Wards 7 and 8, as well as the toll COVID-19 has taken on artistic communities. ARCH notes that this toll is compounded by the fact that predominantly Black communities are bearing a disproportionate piece of the pandemic’s burden. After the online auction, the pieces will remain for sale online through the month of September. The auction begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10. Registration is available at eventbrite.com. Prices vary. —Ryley Graham

“On Defunding the Police”

The violence that is inflicted on Black and Brown people by law enforcement is forever ingrained in the history of America. That violence, and the fact that Black people become disenfranchised and disadvantaged as a result, demands action, argue leaders in the community-based movement for police reform. This summer’s fight against systemic structures that were never built to truly serve or protect people of color, more specifically Black people, for approximately 400 years has set a new tone for Brooklyn College professor Alex S. Vitale’s book The End of Policing. Vitale’s book, first released in 2017, has become of greater interest after months of conversations around police reform and outright abolition. Local lecture series Profs and Pints will facilitate a discussion with Vitale about the book. He’ll explore his argument that police reform will only expose the flaws of law enforcement, talk about what defunding and abolition could look like, and explain his conclusions, based on 30 years of experience. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8. A recorded version of this talk will remain available online. Registration is available at crowdcast.io. $12. —Mikala Williams