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July 4th is big protest day

Black Lives Matter, Million Man March and more planned

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The protests continue with several major Black Lives Matter protests planned in Washington on July 4. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

This Independence Day the District will be filled with events to reflect on the problems and the promises of the nation’s history and current events. Many organizations invite participants from across the racial, ethnic, sexual and gender spectrum to unite and make their voices heard.

George Floyd Memorial March on Washington is Saturday, July 4 at 9:30 a.m. The march begins at the Lincoln Memorial (2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, N.W.) with speeches and continues down the National Mall to the Washington Monument before occupying The Ellipse just south of the White House. 

All Americans Unite will gather at 10 a.m. at the Washington Monument (15th St., N.W.) in a show of solidarity across all communities regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Also at 10 a.m. is the Million Man March on Washington which begins at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, passes the White House and ends at the U.S. Capitol. All are welcome to this event as well. 

The Black Lives Matter Protest and Unity Human Flag commemorating the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others lost to racial violence is at 12:30 p.m. at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (1400 Constitution Ave., N.W.). Participants should arrive no later than 12:45 p.m. for the march to the Washington monument to assemble the human flag. 

For more information on these events, visit their respective Facebook pages.

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DC Center to host estate planning seminar series

Three sessions presented by Murray Scheel

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The DC Center hosts a series of talks on end-of-life planning next week.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living will host “Estate Planning Tools with Murray Scheel” via Zoom. 

Scheel will walk guests through the process of taking care of the end-of-life planning business that needs to be addressed during the golden years. Scheel is Senior Staff Attorney at Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services.

This event series will consist of three 1.5-hour sessions:

Jan. 19, 3 p.m. – “Tools for while you’re living” (overview, general power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, disposition of remains, etc.)

Jan. 26, 3 p.m. – “Tools for after you’re gone” (living wills, last wills, assets, etc.)

Feb. 2, 3 p.m. – “Healthcare insurance & long term care” (Medicare, Medicaid, correcting misinformation, skilled nursing, hospice care, etc.)

To register for this event, visit the DC Center website.

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DC Center to host legal seminar for trans people

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman to give legal advice

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The DC Center for the LGBT Community will host a “Gender and Name Change Legal Seminar” on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. online. 

Attorney Richard Tappan and paralegal Miranda Shipman will give legal advice and speak on the importance of the legal community within the LGBTQ community, the difficulties of the LGBTQ community in the legal field and name and gender changes. 

Guests can find the link at the DC Center website.

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Busboys and Poets to focus on peace in 2022

Special guests include Angela Davis

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Busboys and Poets will host “The 2022 NYE Peace Party” on Friday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in Columbia. 

The event will feature peace activists and literary powerhouses such as political activist, philosopher, academic, scholar and author Angela Davis, activist, scholar and educator Gina Dent, and renowned writer, poet, playwright and activist Sonia Sanchez, among others. 

There will also be live music, food, party favors, champagne toast and free parking. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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