Category Archives: D.C.

DAPA, opinion day

These photos were taken at the Supreme Court just before the decision was announced, a divided Court that left the injunction intact.DAPA

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DaPA

DAPA

DaPA

I didn’t take any photos after the decision was announced because I didn’t want to intrude on the pain of the demonstrators.

Supreme Court – anticipating decisions

There are only a couple more days on which the Supreme Court will announce decisions for this term, so there were large crowds in front of the court demonstrating for two cases – although it turned out that neither of the cases was decided on Monday. There’s no rule as to who gets to demonstrate where, but the demonstrators generally manage to peacefully self-sort into groups. On the north side of the Court, there were demonstrators for DAPA:
DAPA

DAPA

The larger crowd was for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, with many demonstrators from both pro-choice and pro-life groups:

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

Strawberry Moon

Last night’s Strawberry Moon was a rare sight, occurring on the same day as the summer solstice. The last time that happened was 1967, and it won’t happen again until 2062. It was magical to watch it rise from the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon

Strawberry Moon

Soapbox Derby

The Greater Washington Soapbox Derby Association held its annual soapbox derby race on June 18th, on Constitution Avenue by the Capitol. It’s a two-block downhill stretch, with racers coming to a gradual halt when the road becomes flat. Since the area is under the jurisdiction of the Capitol Police, it requires a Congressional resolution each year in order to run. The winners in each category go the the soapbox national competition in Akron.
Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Soapbox Derby

Chinatown art nears completion

I was excited to see the installation process for the art at the intersection of 7th and H St. on Wednesday night.  Artist Charles Bergen was there, and described his thought process and challenges for the project.  One of the big challenges was the material – he’d originally intended it all to be done with traffic paint, but it was decided that the sides of the pedestrian crosswalk needed something more durable.  So the solution was to use pre-formed thermal plastic.  These pieces are being installed by Alternative Paving Concepts.

The process starts with cleaning the streets, then putting down glue.  The pieces are carefully put into place, then tamped down and the gaps sealed.  The work has to not only be careful, but also be done quickly since there is a limited number of nightly hours in which the street can be partially closed.

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Pride Festival

The Pride Festival is always the day after the Pride Parade, making a celebratory weekend.  But this year the shooting at Pulse happened in between the two events.   So the atmosphere at the festival was mixed between mourning and defiant celebration, and many of the participants were saving their memorials for the vigil planned for that night.

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