Last week, the Washington, D.C. Police Department informed the public that around 10 Black and brown teenage girls had gone missing. According to The Washington Post, the girls had gone missing in January, as had around 200 other individuals (apparently typical for the DC area). There has been no spike in missing children–the police are just using social media to publicize the story. However, this story is important due to the lack of media attention around missing Black and Latinx children.
On Wednesday, January 20, a young Black woman protestor, looking for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, disrupted a news conference at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.
As of 12:01 today, it now legal to light a joint in DC.
From the Washington Post:
Flanked by members of the D.C. Council and the city’s top lawyer, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced on live television Wednesday that marijuana possession will become legal in the District at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
“We believe that we’re acting lawfully,” Bowser said, offering a direct retort to House Republicans who late Tuesday urged the mayor — and even threatened prison time — to reconsider moving forward with legalization.
“I have a lot of things to do in the District of Columbia,” Bowser said. “Me being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.”
Read more at the Washington Post.