9/11 Remembered

We stayed in a hotel that overlooks that 9/11 Memorial in late August.  We spent some quality time in and around the Memorial over three days.

The new Tower One is up.  Towers Three and Four are up and not yet finished.  The base for Tower Two is there and there is a lot of construction activity in and around the World Trade Center site. 

People from around the world visit the 9/11 Memorial to pay their respects.  The overall mood was very respectful and positive.

The New York financial district has largely recovered.  Fabulous new waterfront parks and condos abound; but here and there there you see buildings that are closed off or still being renovated.  Those buildings and the 9/11 Memorial itself stand as solemn reminders of the terror of 16 years ago.

Federation of Gay Games inspects DC sports venues & DC Gay Games 2022 Rally

The DC Gay Games Bid Committee for the 2022 Gay Games is hosting the Federation of Gay Games Site Inspection team 28 June - 1 July.  I serve as one of three, Bid Committee Co-Chairs.  The Bid Committee developed the plan to visit key venues, evaluate transportation and a few more social activities to introduce the Federation Officials to Washington DC and our ability, enthusiasm and commitment to host the best ever Gay Games.  This is what Day 1 in DC looked like.

We started with our bi-weekly DCGG2022 Bid Board Meeting.  David and Annette attended and participated freely in the discussion.  The meeting also allowed the Bid team to introduce themselves to FGG officials.  We finished the day with a large, diverse, energetic, enthusiastic and loud rally in support of bringing the Gay Games to Washington DC in 2022.  Our Mayor eloquently repeated her strong endorsement for the games. 

This Is What Democracy Looks Like - The Equality March for Unity and Pride

I am one of the local organizers for the Equality March.  I slept restlessly, the nigh before the March and awoke with an unsettled stomach.  I couldn't eat breakfast and knew it would be hours before I could have a meal.  Unease turned to elation when I got to McPherson Square, the rallying point for the start of the March.  Thousands of people were already there ready to march. AND MARCH WE DID!

Mayor Bowser Visits the Hillcrest Community Civic Association

Mayor Muriel Bowser attended the Hillcrest Community Civic Association's monthly meeting today where she updated the community on the budget, the audit, crime, safety, housing and schools among other topics.  The Hillcrest Community, not known for its shyness, took full advantage of the Mayor's presence to ask tough questions.  The Education Committee awarded Desmond Dinkens a $2,000 scholarship for his leadership and innovation at the School Without Walls and in the community.

Marion Barry Jr's 81st Birthday Celebration

A couple hundred people gathered at the John A. Wilson Building to celebrate the anniversary of Mr Barry's 81st birthday and to view early concepts of his monument on March 7th.  Dr Janette Hoston Harris, the City Historian, led the program.  

Mayor Muriel Bowser reminded everyone of the multitudes of Washingtonians that Marion Barry helped over his 50 years of service to our city.  She encouraged everyone to mark the day by enjoying a fond, funny, outrageous memory of Marion Barry.   Council chairman, Phil Mendelson, spoke about the consummate politician who was a very able ally or opponent depending on the issue at hand.  Ward 8 Councilmember, Trayon White, spoke to Mr Barry's ability to connect with all generations, stating that he, his son and grandmother had relationships with, and stories to tell about Mr. Barry.

Women's March on Washington - This is What Democracy Looks Like

The Women's March did what both major political parties failed to do in the past elections.  The Woman's March motivated and mobilized a huge, diverse, grassroots movement to, dare I say it, "Take America Back."   I was there at the main stage supporting my sister DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.   My Mayor, organizers and all the speakers delivered powerfully unifying messages while making it clear that no one intends to give up over 200 years of progress.

#Inauguration of the 45th President - I was there #FirstBroDC

I am a native Washingtonian and have attended parts of many Inaugurations.  Sometimes my guy won.  Sometimes my gal lost.  For the first time, I was able to view the ceremony from the grounds of the US Capitol.  I was able to view the unbroken chain of the transfer of the Office of the President of the United States first hand.  I felt that it was very important to be there to hear it, to see it and the feel it firsthand.  #NoFilter.  The processing of what transpired on January 20th is a journey that many Americans and people around the world  share with me.  

Marvin Bowser walks Pennsylvania Avenue

I walked Pennsylvania Avenue on the 18th on January two days before the Inauguration to see the preparations and to get a feel of the area.  I started in Freedom Plaza, directly across from the Wilson Building which is Washington DC's City Hall.  The Wilson Building sits between the White House and the Trump International Hotel.  I really didn't plan this video.  I just walked and said what was on my mind, on my heart.  Some of the things I said, surprised me.
Sam Ford of WJLA was a great sport and gave me a few words.  

Mayor Muriel Bowser Welcomes New Members of the 115th Congress

Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed Freshman members of the 115th Congress to Washington DC today at a reception at the Cannon House Office Building.  The event marked the first time a Mayor of the District of Columbia has extended this courtesy to Congress.   The large room was packed with District residents, Congress members and staff.  The atmosphere in the room was jubilant. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) California, opened the program.  Steny Hoyer (D) Maryland - House Minority Whip - came out swinging -  citing that no capital city in industrialized countries lacks voting representation in its parliament.  This is wrong.  He went on to say that the DMV region depends on the health and vitality of Washington DC.  The implication being that the City should be able to count on support from the surrounding jurisdictions.   The Mayor's approach to build support for voting rights and Statehood is taking root.

Rep Hoyer introduced the special guest: House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D) California.

Mayor Muriel Bowser's Third Annual FreshStart 5K

A diverse crowd of about 1,200 turned out for the Third Annual FreshStart 5K which is one of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiatives to attain and maintain a healthy DC, on New Years Day 2017. 

The event is a run/walk.  It was a sunny winters morning on Hains Point and beautiful along the shores of the Washington Channel and the Potomac River.  

I used my GoPro on a head mount for the first time. There are a few things I'll do differently next time!  Enjoy

2016 Annual Community Cornerstones Recognition Ceremony

At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds' initiative to recognize the community organizers, leaders and volunteers who contribute to making our city the vibrant community it is.  In the Councilmember's words, "This annual event gives us all an opportunity to recognize those in the community.  Leaders, neighbors, friends, businesses, and organizations that have contributed and positively impacted the lives of the citizens of the District of Columbia.  Our father, Joseph Bowser, was recognized today for his 37 years of service on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC).  

Imagination Stage - 2016 Annual Gala - La Fete des Amusements et Jeux

I love DC.  On December 9th, I represented my sister, Mayor Muriel Bowser, at Imagination Stage's Annual Gala that was led by my good friend Kim Greenfield Alfonso, the Imagination Stage Board President.  The venue was fantastic, La Masion Francais or the French Embassy.  The large, diverse crowd was quite beautiful in "creative black tie."  And one of Washignton's great artists, Septime Webre, received the Imagination Stage Award.

Transgender Day of Remembrance DC 2016 - TDOR

"The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith - a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist - to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston Massachusetts.  What initially began as a web-based project has since burgeoned into an international day of action; in 2014 TDORs were observed in over 200 cities"  Quoted from the program book of the Washington DC observance 20 November 2016

DC Fashion Incubator Designers Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Fashion Show

The DC Fashion Incubator supports the local emerging fashion market, by identifying and providing business mentoring, seminars and workshops as well as technical design support. DCFI assists fashion entrepreneurs, helps them develop infrastructure support and a well-rounded skill set.  I like the DCFI emphasis on the business of fashion.  I had the opportunity to attend their latest show on August 31th.  Here are a few highlights.

Bowser Family Picnic

On June 12th, the FAMILY gathered in the Town of Eagle Harbor for a good old-fashioned picnic in the yard, under the tree.  Eagle Harbor is in the southern tip of Prince Georges County on the Patuxent River.  My father's uncle is one of the founders of the town so we have roots there.  Our cousin Lewis Jones brought in the ginormous grill, was the head chef and working with mamma organized the picnic.  Many thanks to him.  It was really wonderful to have the family come together - JUST BECAUSE.

RUN HOPE WORK GRADUATION

RUN HOPE WORK is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of young people in crisis.  RUN HOPE WORK uses running, mentorship and hands-on training in trades link flooring, painting and green technologies to give participants the skills they need to grow meaningful careers and to contribute to their communities.  

RUN HOPE WORK was founded by my good friend, Jose Ortiz, who was once homeless and struggling with substance abuse himself.  He is now "paying it forward" with this amazing program.

I ran with the group several times this June and July and survived a couple of Ultimate Frisbee games.  

The graduation program on July 29th at Covenant House was an empowering, uplifting experience graduates and family and friends alike.  All 16 graduates have jobs!  Graduates also receive employer recognized certifications.