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Excluded Workers Rallied Against Another Exclusion Before the Council Budget Vote

“We’re fighting for our values, our representation, all of this work that we do.”

Last Friday, about a hundred excluded workers, faith leaders, and advocates rallied at Pershing Park speaking in Spanish, Amharic, and English. Their demand was amplified via mic and clearly written on bright neon signs: “$200 Millones.” Testimonies of folks—domestic workers and other non-contract workers who had stopped working during the pandemic for fear of transmitting […]

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Should the SBA Have Approved a D.C. Strip Club for a $4.3 Million Grant?

Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants were for businesses “where people congregate for the primary purpose of being served food or drink.”

Cloakroom, which advertises itself as D.C.’s premier adult entertainment venue, was one of about 730 local businesses approved for a Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant designed to replenish businesses’ coffers after pandemic-related losses. The Small Business Administration approved the strip club for $4.3 million despite the administration having stated in court documents that these sorts of […]

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Employees Reveal the Frenetic Conditions of Working in Understaffed Restaurants

Diners are back but it's far from business as usual at D.C. bars and restaurants.

“We’re operating on a knife’s edge,” says Edward, a restaurant manager struggling to double the number of staff at his D.C. restaurant. (He asked to remain anonymous to protect his job; Edward is a pseudonym.) One night earlier this summer, he was pitching in at the host desk when he had to turn a customer […]

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DC Health: At This Time, People Who Got J&J Vaccine Do Not Need To Get Booster

Experts say more information about J&J’s effectiveness against the Delta variant and the possible side effects of Pfizer or Moderna boosters is needed.

All this talk about the highly contagious Delta variant has some D.C. residents feeling anxious even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who got the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in particular, are wondering whether they’ll need to get a booster of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.  To back up, the Delta variant […]

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Residents Who Help Others Get Vaccinated Can Get A $51 Gift Card

Individuals can help up to 11 people get the shot, meaning someone can make up to $561.

If you need another reason to help someone get vaccinated against COVID-19, I’ve got one for you: a $51 Visa gift card.  Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration just launched a new initiative where anyone who helps someone who’s unvaccinated get the shot (which, by the way, is free) by accompanying them to one of three sites […]

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Data Show Disparities In D.C.’s Teen Vaccinations

5 percent of 12 to 15-year-olds in Ward 8 are at least partially vaccinated, while 67 percent of 12 to 15-year-olds in Ward 2 are.

Teens in D.C. between the ages of 12 and 15 have been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for over a month now, and racial and economic disparities have already started to emerge. This is unsurprising because these disparities exist among adult residents.  Uneven vaccinations—a result of access issues and hesitancy that stem from inequity and […]

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D.C. Hospitals to Require Employees to Be Vaccinated

Roughly 70 percent of all D.C. hospital employees have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Hospitals and health systems across D.C. will require all employees and clinical team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the District of Columbia Hospital Association. Each provider will set its own date for when vaccination will become a condition of employment or contract engagement for non-employees who work at hospitals. DCHA says medical […]

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D.C. Meets White House Goal With 70 Percent of Adults Partially Vaccinated

But racial disparities persist, meaning Black residents are getting sick and dying of COVID-19 at higher rates.

UPDATE, June 14: On Monday, D.C. met the 70 percent goal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70 percent of the local population over 18 years old is at least partially vaccinated, as of 2 p.m. on Monday. D.C. is on track to reach its goal of having 70 percent of adults […]

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Why Servers Might Be Wearing Their Faces on Lanyards in D.C. Restaurants

Lincoln and Teddy & The Bully Bar owner Alan Popovsky requires his workers to wear masks, but he wants diners to see their faces.

A D.C. restaurateur has a new strategy to improve relations between diners and employees as the city reopens. Starting this weekend, staff members at two D.C. restaurants, Lincoln and Teddy & The Bully Bar, will look like Capitol Hill interns with lanyards around their necks. The lanyards hold grinning photos of each worker, along with […]

D.C. Parking Enforcement Resumes

Starting Tuesday, June 1, all parking enforcement resumes.

Pro tip: Pay the parking meter. Why? All parking enforcement returns to D.C. on Tuesday, June 1.  For over a year, residents and visitors have mostly dodged tickets. But come Tuesday, D.C.’s 240 parking officers will again enforce expired parking meters, along with expired residential parking permits and vehicle tags; no parking zones; registration of […]

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