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Congratulations, Brooke Pinto!

June 4, 2020

I met Brooke Pinto in February when she became the eigth candidate to enter the Democratic primary for the D.C. Council seat in Ward 2. 

I had a chance to sit down with the 2017 graduate of Georgetown University Law School at The Wing in Georgetown to learn more about her vision for Ward 2 and the city.

 

She had recently resigned from her work on behalf of District residents as a Assistant Attorney General for the OAG in order to focus on her campaign full time.

 

In this role, Pinto worked on a broad array of issues plaguing the city, including “to advance workers’ rights, improve environmental justice, and expand civil rights and consumer protections through everything from data breach to hate crime legislation.” She has also represented the DC community on issues including DC statehood, decriminalizing cannabis, and data privacy legislation. Her priorities, if elected will be to “provide exacting oversight to the various District agencies by making sure agencies are not working in silos, reduce crime by commons sense measures such as more lighting and early educational outreach to our youth, and protect small businesses by giving them the tools they need to expand.”

 

A Connecticut native, she attended Cornell University, and earned her undergraduate degree in Business & Hospitality Administration. During an internship at a New York senior living community, Pinto explained, “It was because I was feeling frustrated on behalf of my clients and wanted the tools to thoroughly coach them through their healthcare options that I decided to pursue a law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center.”

 

During law school, she served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal on Poverty and Public Policy and volunteered at the Landlord Tenant Resource center providing advice to displaced tenants and aggravated landlords. She then advocated for seniors and advanced women’s health issues on Capitol Hill for Senator Blumenthal as his Health and Aging Fellow. Knowing that she wanted to commit her career to public service, she worked for a federal judge after graduation before going to the OAG. 

 

I know Brooke Pinto will serve Ward 2 and the city well. 


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Georgetown Looted

May 31, 2020

Georgetown was one of the DC neighborhoods hardest hit by vandalism and looting as protests spread in major US cities to condemn the May 25th Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

(Photo by: Feona Mulholland)

Businesses were broken into Saturday night and damage was extensive. The Michael Kors store had only recently dismantled its boarded up windows.

(Photo by: Feona Mulholland)

Ella-Rue, Sunglass Hut, UBIQ, Calvin Klein and Doc Martens were among those vandalized. 

Rag & Bone (Photo by: Feona Mulholland) Rag & Bone

Some businesses were hard at work Sunday to protect their storefronts.

Calvin Klein Underwear (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Calvin Klein Underwear

A DC-wide curfew is in effect from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am Monday.

Sunglass Hut (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Sunglass Hut

Thanks to Dish contributor Constance Chatfield-Taylor and fellow Georgetown resident Feona Mulholland for these photos.

(Photo by: Feona Mulholland)


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For Stephen R. Brown, Every Day is Memorial Day

May 25, 2020

This Memorial Day, 100,000 obituaries and death notices on the front page of The New York Times is more poignant than any image.

 

But when it comes to capturing the human toll of past wars, there's Stephen R. Brown, the DC-based professional photographer and writer we first profiled in 2011, whose homage to veterans is an ongoing mission.

(Photo by: srb@srbphoto.com)

He documented the construction of the WWII Memorial with over 15,000 images and continues to work with Honor Flight and other veterans' organizations to provide books at low cost to veterans. 

(Photo by: srb@srbphoto.com)

His images and articles on photography have appeared in Smithsonian, Life, Newsweek, Time, Fortune, the New York Times, National Geographic Books, Broadcasting & Cable, American Photo, Photo Techniques, etc. His work been exhibited in solo shows here and abroad and in "Indelible Images: 100 Years of War Photography" and "Odyssey: 100 Years of NGS Photography." 


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