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The Complete Evergreen Story ep. 11: Washington state’s Equity Task Force is following in Evergreen’s footsteps

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Episode 10 of this series was a flashback, looking at how the idea of “safe spaces” played a role in generating the chaos that eventually took over the campus. Episode 11 is a flash-forward. It begins and ends with an “Equity Task Force” created by Gov. Jay Inslee which seems to be doing its best to lead the entire state of Washington down the same path Evergreen State followed two years ago.

Just three weeks ago, President George Bridges told the Equity Task Force, “We at Evergreen are beginning to understand how our own policies and practices work to the disadvantage of some of our students…” Bridges notes that a similar Equity Council was created at Evergreen to get everyone on board with the “equity mindset.” The fact that Bridges doesn’t seem to feel any sense of shame about the result of his efforts at Evergreen suggests he hasn’t learned anything from the experience.

The center of this episode looks back at the series of protests which preceded the campus takeover at the end of the school year. Particular attention is given to a protest that took place at the swearing-in of Chief Stacy Brown as the school’s new Chief of Police. Students took over the meeting and screamed obscenities at Brown and her young daughter. Eventually, the event was canceled and students were left to shout anti-police slogans in an empty room. “The students pretty much ran the show,” Deputy Dave Pearsall told the Washington State Senate’s Law and Justice Committee.

When President Bridges was questioned about this by the Committee, he claimed that if it had been up to him he would have “imposed a more severe sanction” on the two students who led that protest. But those were the same two students who had led all of the other campus protests up to that point, including the ones at which Bridges stood leaning against the wall, doing nothing. So the idea that he was eager to get tough with out-of-control protesters doesn’t stand up to any scrutiny at all.

Jumping back to the present day, filmmaker Benjamin Boyce lets you see the Washington state Equity Task Force seemingly following the same path as Evergreen, starting with an effort to redefine racism so that it is explicitly focused on white supremacy. Boyce concludes, “They want to make racism linked directly to whiteness. What does this say about a government that is implementing a racial categorization and then, probably, giving power to agencies to openly discriminate based on race? Where does that head?”

The answer is to the kind of meltdown we saw at Evergreen State College. If you prime people with the idea they are victims of another racial group’s racial domination, at least a small group of people will react by claiming they are living in a state of constant dread, one which justifies their endless demands for social control needed to create a safe space. Unfortunately, Democrats in Washington state seems to think Evergreen was a successful pilot program rather than a disaster to be avoided at all costs. Here’s Episode 11:

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Curing Spokane: A look at drug addiction and crime in the city

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Here’s another video which was clearly influenced by KOMO News’ “Seattle is Dying” report from earlier this year. This one is based in Spokane, Washington and wasn’t put together by a news outlet but by a developer named Larry Stone who is board member of something called the Downtown Spokane Partnership. Like “Seattle is Dying” this video features a lot of unflattering video of homeless people who appear high or drunk in the streets. But the video claims upfront that it’s purpose is not to demonize the homeless but to talk specifically about crime, i.e. drug use, theft, vandalism, etc.

What’s effective about this clip, despite the fact that’s it wasn’t produced by a news outlet, are the interviews with named residents and business people who describe no longer feeling safe or comfortable downtown in their own city. One young woman describes the scene on the street as “screaming and yelling, I don’t know what’s going on.” She adds, “It kind of scares the crap out of me…I don’t know what to do in regard to this.” These are real people and this problem is costing them something.

The center of the clip involves a comparison between Spokane and nearby Boise, Idaho. Both cities are about the same size and have nearly identical demographics and levels of education. And yet, both property crime and violent crime are significantly higher in Spokane.

The second half of the video proposes four solutions to the problem of Spokane’s crime, starting with building more jail facilities and having more police walk a beat. Both of these suggestions make sense in the context of trying to reduce crime closer to the level of Boise.

The last two recommendations involve public transportation and public parking. The justification for a plan to move the bus station underground is that the bus station is currently a hotbed for calls to the police.

The final recommendation about additional parking strikes me as having more to do with the developer’s urban planning goals than directly dealing with crime. The video claims more parking will mean more people downtown and that will somehow push the crime out of the area. I’m not convinced on that point. More people and cars might attract more criminals.

If you want to know more about the person behind this clip, they set up a website with and FAQ here. The Spokesman-Review has already released an opinion piece criticizing the clip as inaccurate and shallow here.

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A gelato festival is coming to DC, and yes, it’s as good as it sounds

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The weekend-long celebration of the Italian dessert will be held Sept. 7 and 8 at City Market at O. (Photo courtesy of Gelato Festival America)

Grab a handful of tasting spoons and get yourself a wristband—Gelato Festival America returns to Washington, DC Sept. 7 and 8 for a weekend-long celebration of the decadent Italian dessert.

The event is back in the nation’s capital with a variety of activities to take you through the gelato-themed weekend at City Market at O.

First, make your rounds to get a taste of every competing flavor with your all-you-can-eat wristband. The nine competing flavors include Bourbon Bacon Cannoli, Avocado Two Mike, Mango Raspberry Cashew, Coconut Love, The All-American, Milk & Cookies, Blueberry Pie, Sweet Potato Casserole and Salted Caramel Butter Toffee. Vote for your favorite and be sure to get a look at the technical jury on Saturday morning, who will influence the eventual gold-medal winner and future World Gelato competitor.

Non-competing vendors will be on-site with gelato for sale and a wide array of flavors. Look out for Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pistachio, Cinnamon Peach Crisp and more.

If you’ve gotten your fill of taste-testing, guests can visit the Carpigiani Gelato University where Malcolm Stogo and Yang Chen Dolma of Ice Cream University will present how to make ice cream at home.

More competitions will be held for the duration of the weekend, with a scoop-stacking competition (the current record is 22 scoops), a speed cup race, and a group of “little jurors,” who will determine the kids-favorite of the event. Don’t forget to volunteer for the daily eating contest to be named the Best Gelato Lover by eating five cups of gelato as fast as possible.

The award ceremony naming the best flavor and chef will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and the winner will move on to the international competition. Tickets are available here. // City Market at O: 800 P St. NW, Washington, DC; Sept. 7-8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $10-$25

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A gelato festival is coming to DC, and yes, it’s as good as it sounds

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The weekend-long celebration of the Italian dessert will be held Sept. 7 and 8 at City Market at O. (Photo courtesy of Gelato Festival America)

Grab a handful of tasting spoons and get yourself a wristband—Gelato Festival America returns to Washington, DC Sept. 7 and 8 for a weekend-long celebration of the decadent Italian dessert.

The event is back in the nation’s capital with a variety of activities to take you through the gelato-themed weekend at City Market at O.

First, make your rounds to get a taste of every competing flavor with your all-you-can-eat wristband. The nine competing flavors include Bourbon Bacon Cannoli, Avocado Two Mike, Mango Raspberry Cashew, Coconut Love, The All-American, Milk & Cookies, Blueberry Pie, Sweet Potato Casserole and Salted Caramel Butter Toffee. Vote for your favorite and be sure to get a look at the technical jury on Saturday morning, who will influence the eventual gold-medal winner and future World Gelato competitor.

Non-competing vendors will be on-site with gelato for sale and a wide array of flavors. Look out for Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pistachio, Cinnamon Peach Crisp and more.

If you’ve gotten your fill of taste-testing, guests can visit the Carpigiani Gelato University where Malcolm Stogo and Yang Chen Dolma of Ice Cream University will present how to make ice cream at home.

More competitions will be held for the duration of the weekend, with a scoop-stacking competition (the current record is 22 scoops), a speed cup race, and a group of “little jurors,” who will determine the kids-favorite of the event. Don’t forget to volunteer for the daily eating contest to be named the Best Gelato Lover by eating five cups of gelato as fast as possible.

The award ceremony naming the best flavor and chef will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and the winner will move on to the international competition. Tickets are available here. // City Market at O: 800 P St. NW, Washington, DC; Sept. 7-8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $10-$25

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Wag your tails: Canine Companions DogFest is coming to Reston

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Time to take the dog for a walk, but this time, it’s for a good cause.

Canine Companions DogFest in Reston is ready to welcome the community for a 1-mile walk around the shops at Reston Town Center on Sept. 22, followed by a celebration of dog-friendly vendor booths, children’s activity stations and a dog agility course.

Participants are encouraged to become a “Top Dog” (team captain) prior to the event by inviting friends, family members and co-workers to join and raise funds for Canine Companions for Independence, the leading provider of assistance dogs in the United States.

The Santa Rosa, California-based nonprofit hosts DogFest events across the country to  raise money for the training programs and to help find permanent homes for service dogs, hearing dogs, facility dogs, skilled companions and assistance dogs for veterans. Currently there are over 400 people on a waiting list to receive a trained dog through the organization.

The event will feature training demonstrations, live music, food and drinks and more, with most yet to be announced. Be sure to stay tuned to Facebook for further updates.

Any participant that registers and raises more than $250 for the organization within two weeks of the event will receive a special DogFest gift. Register your team here and be sure to wag your tails all the way home. // Reston Town Center: 11900 Market St., Reston; Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free

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Inslee: I suddenly realized I’m not going to win the nomination

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And then there were … twenty-two? Thirty-four? Eleventy-seven? Jay Inslee told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that he will withdraw from the Democratic presidential primaries, one week shy of a debate qualifying deadline the Washington governor had no hope of meeting. Inslee’s impact matched his polling — and both were the problem:

In a letter to contributors as well as with Maddow, Inslee credited himself with putting climate change front and center in the race:

“In recent presidential cycles, climate change got little attention from the candidates, the DNC, or the media,” he wrote to his supporters. “We vowed to change that in a big way and succeeded. Many of the campaigns started with little attention to climate, but since our campaign began, we’ve seen almost every serious candidate put out a climate plan; we’ve seen climate come up in both debates; and we now have two networks hosting nationally-televised climate forums in September.”

There are a couple of problems with this claim. First, Tom Steyer probably had more to do with those “gains” than Inslee did, even before Steyer jumped into the race himself. Second, climate change occupies the same position on the agenda as it has in Democratic circles for the last few years — a secondary issue behind health care and the economy. And in this cycle, it perhaps has become tertiary as Democrats make Donald Trump an issue unto himself. Inslee’s brief and fringe appearance on the primary stage had little or no impact on this.

Speaking of stages, Inslee told Maddow that the debate stage was to blame for his failure to catch fire:

Inslee told Maddow that he felt hemmed in by the design of the televised debates, in which candidates were given short amounts of time to answer on complex subjects such as climate change. He declined to make an early endorsement of any candidate but said he would support the eventual Democratic nominee.

Who’s Inslee trying to kid? The debate stage was his best opportunity to make a splash, thanks to a format that incentivized fringe candidates to take potshots at the polling leaders. Inslee’s failure to take advantage of those incentives isn’t the fault of the debate organizers. That’s not to say that Inslee is entirely wrong about the terrible format — I’ve written about that myself — but that wasn’t Inslee’s problem.

It may not be Inslee who has the problem, anyway. The bigger question Democrats have to ask is why governors like Inslee, John Hickenlooper, and Steve Bullock (so far) are getting pushed to the margins while Beltway establishment candidates have gained all the attention. That’s an odd way to greet the populist moment in American politics; that choice ended up costing them an election in 2016, and it might create more problems for Democrats in 2020. Inslee may not have been the specific answer to that issue, but none of the smallish Democratic gubernatorial class has gotten much love even with their outside-the-Beltway standing.

Anyway, Inslee’s supporters won’t be entirely left out in the cold. Inslee will shift his focus to winning a third term as governor in Washington instead:

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has ended his climate change-focused 2020 presidential bid, is set to announce Thursday that he’ll seek a third term as governor.

Two people close to Inslee told The Associated Press that Inslee planned to make the announcement in an email to supporters. The two spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the announcement publicly. …

While the filing deadline for the state’s 2020 elections isn’t until next May, three Democrats had already signaled they would run for governor, but only if Inslee didn’t: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and King County Executive Dow Constantine. The political dominos continued with Democratic candidates lining up to run for attorney general and lands commissioner if Ferguson and Franz end up not seeking reelection to their posts.

Inslee didn’t get noticed enough in the presidential race to do any damage to his standing in Washington, so one has to consider him a front-runner for another term. Must be a nice change for Inslee to actually be in the race he’s running.

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens Ep. 2: The Time Served Edition

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Unfortunately, The Chicken Wars really began to heat up online after I recorded yesterday, so while I briefly touch on the new theater of the culture war — which centers around the debate over which is superior, Popeye’s new chicken sandwich or the Lord’s Chicken, Chick-Fil-A — I don’t do it the justice it deserves. I’ll save that for next week. Because it’s both hilarious and (I think) meaningful.

As for what this week’s show does offer an in-depth analysis of, I have a very special guest on this week to talk criminal justice reform. My friend Matthew Hurtt, Director of External Relationships for Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Academy, joins me for an extended discussion on cjr, the First Step Act, the amazing Matthew Charles, and why breaking down barriers to people re-entering society after a jail term is the right move under almost any metric.

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Matthew Hurtt, Director of External Relationships for Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s Grassroots Leadership Academy. (Image: Leadership Institute)

Additionally, this week goes into the Omar/Tlaib dis-invitation to visit Israel. Were the ladies right in blaming Donald Trump for influencing Netanyahu to make a decision restricting their visitation (restrictions, I might add, they were unwilling to meet)? I try to answer that question.

Rounding out the politics side of the show, I talk at length about the Democrat warning to SCOTUS that the high court better get in line on the gun issue (which, it turns out, they’re more liberal on than most Americans) or they may find themselves restructured. I wrote about that issue here, and you should read it. Because if the Democrats find themselves in a position of real power again, they will no doubt try to pack the court.

Finally, this week’s Hollywood coverage is a little lighter and is essentially a run down of things I haven’t seen yet, but will be putting on the list to review on future shows, including The Politician on Netflix and The Last Black Man in San Francisco (which I think I just moved to the top of my list based on the WSJ review).

There’s also a bit on whether or not Disney will be inadvertently used as a mouthpiece for the Chinese in the ongoing protests happening in Hong Kong. I know, right? Be careful who you sign up with…

Check out the episode below.

You can also find me on Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts. And, of course, old reliable, Spreaker. Go ahead and subscribe to those because a.) it’s free and b.) you never know when I might be talking about something your were just thinking about…

Enjoy!

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Rosslyn Jazz Fest returns for its 29th year in September

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Won’t you take me to … funky town?

For its 29th year, the Rosslyn Jazz Fest is back on Sept. 7, in Gateway Park.

The free, all-day music festival will feature a variety of genres and talented stars, including the eight-piece headlining band The Suffers, who have performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” and on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Other artists include the New Orleans brass band Cha Wa, known for fiery energy and traditional Mardi Gras Native American attire. The band will perform hits from its Grammy-nominated album Spyboy with new frontman J’Wan Bourdreaux. He’s the grandson of the prominent Mardi Gras Native American Monk Bourdreaux, the Big Chief of the Golden Eagles tribe.

Singer/cellist Leyla McCalla, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, will be performing songs from her most-recent album The Capitalist Blues, which she says is her way of processing the current political environment. McCalla sings in French, Haitian-Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar.

The JoGo Project will also perform its music inspired by the stylings of Chuck Brown through a mix of jazz and go-go.

Attendees can enjoy the live music while indulging in items from local food trucks and sips from the pop-up beer and wine garden, as well as the latest installation in the Arlington Art Truck. // Gateway Park: 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington; Sept. 7, 1-7 p.m.; free

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Arlington set to host The Reducetarian Summit this September

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If you haven’t heard of the book The Reducetarian Solution or The Reducetarian Cookbook, there’s a good chance you’re wondering what exactly the term “reducetarian” means.

There’s a lot of terminology out there to keep up with, but here’s what you need to know: a reducetarian is someone who practices a lifestyle of eating less meat. You could be one without even knowing it, alongside vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans, who are known to limit their meat consumption, with many avoiding it entirely.

In order to spread further awareness of the lifestyle, which organizers say helps personal health and the global environment, The Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington is set to host the third annual Reducetarian Summit on Sept. 28 and 29. This is the first time the event will be held in the DMV after a 2017 kickoff event in New York City (the 2018 event was held in Los Angeles).

The summit’s two-day span will explore new strategies for living and working within the reducetarian lifestyle, with over a dozen workshops, more than 70 speakers and a keynote address by bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Foer, author of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which later became a 2011 blockbuster film, has authored the forthcoming book We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, hitting stands on Sept. 20. The book is nonfiction and focuses on humans’ task of saving the planet, based on shifting the common behaviors of overconsumption and unhealthy factory farm practices.

The Reducetarian Summit is packed with healthy-planet initiatives and networking opportunities throughout the weekend, and, according to the event’s website, hopes to bring people together who are developing strategies to reduce consumption in their everyday lives, as well as those who are founding companies and creating technology that can help the movement grow.

Other notable speakers at the event include Amanda Hearst of Maison de Mode, a luxury ethical fashion brand, Annie Ryu of The Jackfruit Company, and local yoga guru Faith Hunter of Embrace Yoga DC. Workshop topics (with more to be posted) include “Conscious Capitalism: How to Invest in Breakout Food Technology,” and “Mindshare: How to Market Plant-Based Products and Ingredients.”

Also, attendees can browse the plant-based food expo, meet health-focused authors and journalists at the book fair and breakfast and lunch buffets, which will offer reducetarian-focused dishes consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables. // The Crystal Gateway Marriott: 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington; Sept. 28-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tickets begin at $20 

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DC-based artist brings public art installation of 800 hand-painted leaves to Rosslyn

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Linny Giffin’s new public art piece features 800 hand-painted leaves at The Alcove in Rosslyn. (Photo by Birch)

What is your first thought when you walk past a new public art installation? Maybe you find them as a necessary glimpse of character within your locality, or maybe the pieces eventually start to fade into the landscape of the city, only to be revisited when pointed out by visitors.

But for DC-based visual artist Linny Giffin, she wants the community to see something more.

“[Public art] can bring the community together in a space, and I feel like it gives people in the city something different to do,” says Giffin, who is also the co-founder of DC’s The Lemon Collective. “I think, especially in this world where we feel like we’re losing touch with each other, we need all of the ways of engagement as possible.”

That’s why she created her new art piece at The Alcove in Rosslyn, featuring 800 hand-painted leaves hanging from the space’s pergola at Central Place Plaza. “The area feels office-y,” says Giffin, who hoped to liven up the space through her use of color and movement.

“I wanted to bring some of the aspects of the other playful and colorful projects I have done for the city (such as the gumball chandeliers at Rosslyn Putt-Putt + Candy Bar or the 52-foot Rainbow Cloud), but also create a fun way to spark joy in the area,” Giffin says.

The piece features three different types of leaves in shades of yellow, orange and blue, and sways as the wind blows, in a way that reminds Giffin of a child’s mobile. She secured each of the weather-safe leaves to the overhang over the course of a week, and will officially debut the piece on Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Giffin installing some of the 800 leaves for the art installation. (Photo by Birch)

This is Giffin’s third partnership with Rosslyn BID and her first outdoor installation. She says the piece was inspired by the summer season and Rosslyn’s diverse crowd. That way, she says, it can appeal to the city’s families with children, or workers who pass through the area during their lunch break.

“A lot of my work is in retail spaces, restaurants and shops, and this is the first time that I’ve made something that people can really interact with and come together to take it in,” Giffin says. “And because you can see it from several different angles in the city, it really catches your eye and gives you the opportunity to slow down, notice it and be observant of art.”

The installation is free and open to the public at all hours and could be your next Instagram-worthy spot in downtown Rosslyn. But Giffin suggests taking some time to sit and enjoy it, and really feel it’s connection to nature, color and movement in a downtown space.

“Go with your family on a walk to see it, which will allow you a fun and different way to start a conversation and maybe think about art differently,” says Giffin.

She is excited to display the artwork through the end of the summer as a pop-up (although no end date has been announced), and continues to be inspired by the work she gets to create in the NoVA and DC area.

“I feel so grateful to have this opportunity to create something that makes me want to just keep going and making big, large-scale art using unique materials that might surprise people,” says Giffin.

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