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ConneXions is a small, slashy relaxacon that used to happen about ten years ago in the area, and I'm working with some people on bringing it back this August.

Registration is open through August 1
Panel Suggestions are being taken now.

We welcome everyone, as long as they're a fan of talking/daydreaming/writing/art-ing about queer relationships between fictional characters or possibly famous people.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:30 PM

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Teaching for Change's Busboys and Poets Bookstore welcomes Alice Walker to discuss and sign her two new books, The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way and The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness into Flowers (New Poems)
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The 8th DC Green Festival will take place September 29-30, 2012 in our nation's capital, so mark your calendars now!

Green Festival, the nation's largest and most diverse sustainability event will return to the Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW. DC Green Festival will offer not only an incredible sense of community but also the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping and having fun! DC Green Festival will feature an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; an environmental film installation presented by the Sierra Club; an eco-fashion showcase; a Green Pets Stage; hands-on DIY workshops; cooking demonstrations; live interactive art; an organic beer and wine garden; and, an incredible Green Marketplace featuring products and services from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.

September 29 10-7, September 11-6
Washington Convention Center
Tickets $12-17 online
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Creative Currency Event
Location TBA in Baltimore, MD
September 23

In addition to the “Vote for Me!” signs that line the streets of our local communities during the election cycle, imagine your own signs in the public square! Imagine positive signs that “advertize” the the compassion intrinsic in all human beings, and stand in counterpoint to the negativity that is a constant part of too many elections! more about creative currency )
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Thursday, September 13th at noon
Lafayette Park behind the White House (16th & H Sts NW)
Metro: Farragut North (red line) or Farragut West (orange/blue)

“Let the rivers clap hands,
let the mountains sing joyously together!” — Psalm 98

Mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining has already destroyed over 500 of the world's oldest mountains and more than 2,000 miles of streams. We need to remember the Appalachian communities who are paying with their health for our use of coal-fired power.

Join Interfaith Power & Light, and with Appalachian community groups, environmental organizations, and clean water defenders to call on the Obama administration for an end to destructive mountaintop removal coal mining.

*Come with your congregational banners and T-shirts, or stop by during your lunch break, to join our whole-souled group! Look for the dove to find us in the crowd.

RSVP on Facebook event

This Thurs 9/13 — Hear Stories from Mountain Communities on Front Lines of Fight vs. MTR

Thursday, Sept 13th, 7:30 - 9 pm
All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St NW (Harvard & 16th Sts)
Metro: Columbia Heights, S or 42 busses

Short screening of a clip from the documentary film The Last Mountain followed by storytelling from the "mountain heroes" on the front lines of the struggle to end mountaintop removal mining.

Our program coordinator Josef Lorentz, who worships at All Souls, will conclude the evening with prayer.

RSVP: program@gwipl.org
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Friday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, 22135 Davis Drive, Sterling, VA 20164
Tickets are free, but limited. RSVP required at RSVP@naralva.org.
Panel discussion to follow. Movie snacks and drinks will be available.the film is about a women's health clinic across the street from a crisis pregnancy center, and will be followed by a discussion by the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation )
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Pro-DC is organizing an activism training for you to learn how to best testify at public meetings, recruit others and get involved.

The training is on Wednesday, August 15 at Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G Street, NW near Metro Center Metro. Doors open at 6 and the workshop runs from 6:30-7:30. RSVP Community meetings - Making the most of your chance to speak up

The focus will probably be on zoning issues, but I assume the information can be applied more broadly.
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We Are Woman Rally from 10-4 August 18 at the West Lawn of the Capitol Building.

Focus is on Liberty & Equal Rights for Women, i.e. supporting the ERA and reproductive rights.

Participants are encouraged to bring umbrellas and picnic blankets. No chairs/tents/sleeping bags permitted. (Chairs will be provided for the elderly and people with disabilities.)
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Enter for a chance to be one of eight people invited to dinner for two with Josh Charles of The Good Wife and Sports Night fame by giving a $5 donation to Marylanders for Marriage Equality. Donation must be made by August 31. Time, date, and location will be determined by MME, no transportation provided.
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The movie Minority Report was supposed to take place in 2054, but it seems that we’re reaching the future ahead of schedule. In the 10 years since the sci-fi film was released, several of the “futuristic” technologies have come to fruition or seem within reach, like 3-D holograms, predictive policing, bug-like robots, and a gestural computer interface system that’s like an iPad in open air. These advances have made the film’s discussion of free will, government regulation and use of technology, and other issues more relevant than ever.

That's why Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University will host a Future Tense screening of Minority Report at Washington, D.C.’s Landmark E Street Theater at 555 11th Street NW, on Monday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m.

We won't just watch the movie. Our host Tom Kalil of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will introduce the film, and when it’s over, he’ll share a few thoughts on how we can embrace cutting-edge technology without falling prey to Minority Report’s darker visions. RSVP, future plans )
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Dignity Players, Bay Theatre Company, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland present a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s new court room drama 8 based on transcripts and interviews from the federal case for marriage equality. “8″ demystifies the debate around marriage equality by chronicling the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. Join us on Sunday, July 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. A reception and Q&A with representatives from the Maryland General Assembly, Equality Maryland, Marylanders for Marriage Equality, Standing on the Side of Love, and Maryland Faith for Equality follows the performance. $10 Admission. All proceeds benefit American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organizational sponsor of the federal lawsuit for marriage equality. For tickets or reservations, please visit dignityplayers.org.
If anyone is going, I'd love to hitch a ride up to Annapolis. I'll meet you at any Metro station. If you drive but don't have a car, I'll split the zipcar rental.
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Please join Marylanders for Marriage Equality at our Next Steps Community Meetings to learn the latest campaign news and how you can help to ensure we protect marriage for all loving families in Maryland. Please RSVP through the links listed below each event. For questions, please email. Manley@mdfme.org

Montgomery County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Sunday, March 11th at 6 p.m.
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church
310 Tulip Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Montgomery RSVP

Prince George’s County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
UFCW Local 400 Building
4301 Garden City Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785
(2 blocks up from New Carrollton Metro Station)

Baltimore City: Next Steps Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 13th at 6 p.m.
Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB)
241 West Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Baltimore City RSVP

Howard County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 14th at 7 p.m.
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Room 116
(Downstairs Conference Room)
Columbia, MD 21045
Howard RSVP

Eastern Shore: Next Steps Community Meeting
Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Salisbury University
Henson Hall, Room 243
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Eastern Shore RSVP

Anne Arundel County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Sunday, March 18th at 3 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis
333 Dubois Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
Anne Arundel RSVP

Frederick County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Thursday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.
Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Frederick RSVP

Baltimore County: Next Steps Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 28th at 12 p.m.
The Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Boulevard
L Building, Room 209/210
Rosedale, MD 21237
Baltimore County RSVP
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Building a successful and attractive transit system takes more than drawing lines on a map and buying snazzy vehicles. In addition to the many technical issues, one of the most important factors is values. Who is the system for, and why will they use it?

International transportation consultant Jarrett Walker, who writes the blog Human Transit, has a new book by the same title about the values behind transit, transit's limits and opportunities, and why people do and don't ride.

Greater Greater Washington is cosponsoring an informal chat and question/answer session with Jarrett next Thursday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm. Jarrett is also giving 2 public lectures on Tuesday evening in Silver Spring and Thursday afternoon at the National Building Museum.

Our evening event will be at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) offices at 1666 K Street NW, Suite 1100, starting at 6:30. Young Professionals in Transportation, Women's Transportation Seminar, the American Planning Association, and APTA are also cosponsoring the event.

Our event does require an RSVP. Additionally, there are a limited number of books available at a discounted rate. You can reserve one when you RSVP.

On Tuesday, February 7, the Montgomery County Planning Commission is hosting Jarrett as a part of their speaker series. The talk will start at 7:30 pm in the Planning Board auditorium at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

On the 9th, Jarrett will speak at the National Building Museum from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. The National Building Museum is located downtown at 401 F Street NW. It may fill up so RSVP to reserve your space.

For those of you who live or work in the Baltimore area, Jarrett has also announced a lunchtime talk at Penn Station. It will run from noon until 1 pm on Tuesday the 7th.

All of the events are free.

Jarrett's book, like his blog, is full of insightful commentary. I was particularly interested in his discussion of the relationship between connections and frequency in enabling transit to be a more feasible mode. It was especially poignant for me, since the Metrobus and Prince George's County bus routes in Greenbelt were restructured around these principles just last year.

Prior to the change, we basically had a "direct service everywhere" design, which meant either long waits for the right bus or long rides on the wrong bus. Jarrett talks about how good design (both frequency and connections between routes) can mean that transferring might get you there more quickly and more reliably at the same cost to the agency. My experience on the ground backs that up, and the book explains why transit works that way.

Anyone who has ridden transit on a regular basis will appreciate the points Jarrett makes. Especially his matrix showing the seven demands of useful transit service. Transit designers must take these demands into consideration if they hope to compete for riders.

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Given the role religion has played in the repression of women, they would seem to be natural allies, and, indeed, many feminists have been outspoken and influential secularists. However, the relationship between secularism and women’s issues remains largely unexamined.

Join us on May 18-20, 2012, for the “Women in Secularism” conference, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry. This historic conference will discuss and celebrate the many contributions women have made to the secular movement, while critically examining both the successes and failures of secularism in addressing women’s concerns.

May 18–20, 2012
Crystal City Marriott
Reagan National Airport
Arlington, Virginia
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What is the Reason Rally?
The Reason Rally is a movement-wide event sponsored by the country’s major secular organizations. The intent is to unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so much of American society… and having a damn good time doing it!
It will be the largest secular event in world history. There will be music, comedy, great speakers, and lots of fun… and it’s free!

When will the Rally be held?
On March 24, 2012, from 10:00AM – 4:00PM at the National Mall, nontheists from all corners of the nation will descend on Washington, D.C. en masse to deliver the good news: “We’re huge, we’re everywhere, and we’re growing.”

Why are we doing this?
Across America, in every city, every town, and every school, secularism is on the rise. Whether people call themselves atheists, agnostics, secular Humanists, or any of the other terms used to describe their god-free lifestyle, secularism is coming out of the closet. According to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (PDF), the percentage of people with no religious affiliation grew in all fifty states.
The purpose of this particular rally will be to advance secularism (in the broadest sense of the word) in society.
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ptember 23, 2011, is the 173rd birthday of our namesake, Victoria Woodhull. Every year on this day, Sexual Freedom advocates gather to learn, share ideas and celebrate the sexual freedom movement’s big day!

This year, our focus on freedom of sexual speech and expression is highlighted in our educational program, “Sexual Outlaws: The Prohibition of Pleasure.” We hope you will join us to find out more about the war on sex and why right now is a crucial time for advocates of sexual freedom. We have already confirmed human rights leaders, academics, community advocates, writers, educators and performers and we hope we can count you in as well!

After the exciting afternoon of Sexual Freedom panels and discussions at the Pew Charitable Foundation Conference Center, we’re moving to the Hamilton Crowne Plaza for a Sexual Freedom Gala, a cocktail reception, fabulous raffles, an awards ceremony hosted by Carol Queen and Nina Hartley, and the fun and fabulous Pamala Stanley whose unparalleled voice encompasses everything from the most intimate whisper to the soaring “bel canto” that is her trademark.

We have a full day of events planned and we hope you can join us for the entire celebration!

Event Schedule

1-5 p.m. “Sexual Outlaws: The Prohibition of Pleasure” Panel Discussion (PEW Conference Center)
6-7 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception (Hamilton Crowne Plaza)
7-7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Hamilton Crowne Plaza)
7:30-10 p.m. Sexual Freedom Gala and Awards Ceremony hosted by Carol Queen and Nina Hartley with entertainment by the fabulous Pamala Stanley! (Hamilton Crowne Plaza)

Full schedule and event details here
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Budget Shortfall Restructuring Meetings.

They are discussing eliminating/restructuring certain routes, eliminating Anacostia fare prices, and decreasing weekend rail frequency.

There is a survey available to give your opinion (open until 5/20/11) or you can attend one of the public meetings:

Mon 16
May B11-02 Public Hearing in Prince George's County
Tue 17 May
B11-02 Public Hearing in Alexandria, VA
B11-02 Public Hearing in Washington, DC - NW
Wed 18 May
B11-02 Public Hearing in Montgomery County
B11-02 Public Hearing in Arlington, VA
Thu 19 May
B11-02 Public Hearing in Washington, DC - SE (Locations and times of meetings in PDF.
Longer Description of Proposed Cuts.
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The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless has put together a call-in which is going on RIGHT NOW, from 9:00am - 12:00pm. They're calling on DC residents to call (or email) their council members and ask them not to balance DC's 2012 budget on the backs of the poor. 60% of the budget cuts, as of now, come from human services that aid the District's neediest residents.

We urge you to raise your voice and call upon the DC Council to increase FY 2012 spending for homeless services by $20.5 million, so all shelter programs stay open. Let the council know that our community will not stand by to watch those few remaining threads of the District’s safety net be shredded.

Sample email and council member email addresses & phone numbers under the cut )

Sorry for the last-minute notice.

ONE DC, a group I volunteer with, put out a video about the budget situation.

and here it is )

For more information on Mayor Gray's budget shenanigans, check out The DC Fiscal Policy Institute.
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Joined By War: Women's Rights in Today's Afghanistan
Fri., April 29 at 7 a.m. at American University's Katzen Arts Center

WAMU 88.5 and The Kojo Nnamdi Show will partner with America Abroad Media and Killid Radio Afghanistan for a second "Joined By War" conversation, in which you can talk with citizens of Afghanistan about how the war has affected their lives.

America and Afghanistan have been joined by war for nearly a decade. On April 29, WAMU 88.5, America Abroad Media, and Killid Radio Afghanistan will connect audiences in Washington D.C. and Kabul via Skype on a large screen to discuss the role of women and women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Call Virginia Clairmont at 202-885-3894 for more info and to RSVP, or email her at vclairmont@wamu.org. A light breakfast will be served.

For more on this series or to listen to past programs, visit America Abroad Media's Website.
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Joined By War: Women's Rights in Today's Afghanistan
Presented by WAMU 88.5, America Abroad Media, and Killid Radio Afghanistan

Join WAMU 88.5, America Abroad Media, and Killid Radio Afghanistan for a conversation connecting audiences in Washington, D.C., and Kabul, Afghanistan. Panelists and guests in both cities will see and speak with each other via Skype during this discussion exploring the role of women and women's rights in Afghanistan. Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show, will moderate.

Joined By War: Women's Rights in Today's Afghanistan
Friday, April 29, 2011
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Doors open at 7:00 a.m. Taping begins promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Metered parking is available in the underground garage at the Katzen Arts Center. Paid parking begins at 9:00 a.m.; however, Joined by War guests are asked to pay for at least two hours of parking upon arrival in order to avoid being ticketed. The parking system will adjust your payment to begin at 9:00 a.m.

The event is free, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact Virginia Clairmont at vclairmont@wamu.org.


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