There was again a large crowd in front of the Supreme Court, in anticipation of a decision, but there was again no decision. The pro-life demonstrators were a larger and better organized group than the pro-choice group, although both groups were equally passionate.
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:
The larger crowd was for Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, with many demonstrators from both pro-choice and pro-life groups:
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.
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.
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.