From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.
Back to food trucks (did we ever really leave?). Amidst a national controversy over Chick-fil-A’s public opposition to same-sex marriage, last week neighborhood-based Human Rights Campaign (HRC) staged a protest at the fast food restaurant’s food truck downtown.
Protesters held signs that informed diners their lunch money would be going to the Wingate Foundtion, the charitable wing of Chick-fil-A. (See Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)
You can’t say they weren’t warned. A few months back, there was something of a kerfuffle surrounding the debut of a Chick-fil-A food truck in the District because of their connections to ultra-conservative charities. And DC, particularly Borderstan, is a pretty liberal place. (See Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)
Outrage to the chain’s stance on gay marriage goes far beyond DC, with mayors in Boston and Chicago publicly saying they don’t welcome Chick-fil-A in their cities (even though they cannot legally stop them from expanding there). Late Friday afternoon, even Mayor Gray got in on the action, tweeting that he “would not support #hatechicken.”
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.
On Tuesday morning, a call in California led to the evacuation of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) building at 1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, as well as 1325 Rhode Island Avenue NW. The call was “of an unknown origin” and answered by a California police department.
Huffington Post reports the call warned of an attack on a major gay rights organization, which prompted evacuations at HRC and the Massachusetts Avenue building, which houses several LGBT organizations. Lou Chibbaro at the Washington Blade has more details, noting that employees “working for at least 11 national LGBT organizations in Washington evacuated the two buildings in which they are housed late Tuesday morning.”
With same-sex marriage in the news of late — following North Carolina’s vote and President Barack Obama’s subsequent endorsement of gay marriage — it’s sad to say that threats and scares like this may continue.
The Capital Pride Parade is coming up (June 9, mark those calendars) and I encourage you all to stand up against the hatred that fuels scares like this. A police search indicated it was just that, a scare, after a thorough search of the building.
From Mike Kohn. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.
Getting Crafty Wth It
Despite being cold and wet, Saturday’s Crafty Bastards Art and Crafts Fair was a well-attended event. The festival, now in its eighth year, featured more than 150 artists, a food court with local vendors and several food trucks. In addition to artisans, this year’s fair also hosted the DC State Fair, with homemade cupcakes and pies, as well as a homegrown “ugly vegetable” contest. Among the vendors was Project Runway season one winner Jay McCarroll, while just down the street at Town Tavern, hopeful hipsters auditioned for the next season of Real World. But, in case the rain deterred you from getting there and you want to buy something from one of the supporters later, here’s a look at all of the vendors from this year.
The Wells Fargo Wagon Is a-Comin’ Down the Street…
In less than stellar news from Washington City Paper, the new Wells Fargo in Adams Morgan at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW was robbed at gunpoint on Friday. It was so subtle that no one in the store (including a City Paper reporter) even knew it had happened until the teller locked the door.
POTUS in Action
President Obama made his second appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner and gave an engaging speech to the 3,000-plus attendees at the Convention Center. He referenced LGBT accomplishments during his presidency and took some jabs at his potential opponents, though he didn’t go so far as to fully endorse same-sex marriage equality, a slight disappointment. His full remarks are available at the MetroWeekly website.
Can’t Find a Spot?
There’s an app for that — but only if you live in Baltimore, at least for the time being. As Greater Greater Washington shared, two clever guys created an iPhone app called Parking Panda that lets people rent out their private spaces for as little as hours at a time, helping to reduce the stress of finding parking. If they can get 30 spaces, they’ll make their way down to DC, so spread the news!
Speaking of parking, apparently the District is now photographing the tickets that they leave for parking violations so people can’t claim that they never got the violation, according to DCist. They’re getting sneaky, aren’t they?
50 Nifty United States
I thought this was a fun project. A Greater Greater Washington reader biked all 50 avenues and put them into a video showing their landmarks. Worth a look if you have some time.
From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Woman Falls to Death at W Hotel
The Washington Post has the most details out of local media on this bizarre story. Apparently, the woman had been drinking at the rooftop bar, POV, when she climbed a security fence, was seen one floor below hanging onto an overhang with her hands and then falling
No other details, like the amount of alcohol consumed, identity or why so many witnesses can report her climbing a fence without one reporting they attempted to stop her, are available yet. However, the Crime Scene blog at the Post updated the story yesterday afternoon, saying that the woman is thought to have committed suicide.
D.C. Job Postings Including World’s Oldest Profession
I’m sure by the time this runs, D.C. will have fixed it. However, DCist is reporting that the jobs database includes a listing for ‘exotic dancers’ at the Stadium Club. For the moment, the club is one of the website’s preferred employers. Hey, it makes sense — flexible hours, merit based pay, right? The website in question is dcnetworks.org, by the way.