‘Beacon of hope’: New mural brightens community garden in Southeast DC

The art helps to shine a light on the Southeast D.C. garden as it serves as a source of food during a time of need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Local artists Mark Garrett and Dietrich Williams pose with a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A child helps to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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Artists pose in front of a new mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A child helps to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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Residents pose while helping to paint a mural at the Hopkins Community Park in Southeast D.C.

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A new art display is brightening up a community park in Southeast D.C. that helps provide food to local families and brings the neighborhood together.

Destinee Johnson, a program associate with the 11th Street Bridge Park, said the Hopkins Community Park at the D.C. Housing Authority’s Hopkins Apartments serves as a place to gather.

“A big part of our project is community engagement,” Johnson said. “Folks that live at Hopkins can plant different things in the garden, raise it, pick it, harvest it.”

The park is one of six urban farms and gardens managed and supported by the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Building Bridges Across the River. See the other urban farm locations here.

The residents are fully involved in the work of the garden. Herbs, flowers and produce are all grown there. “It’s 100% maintained by residents as well as our farm team,” Johnson said.

Among the garden is a new art display done by residents, along with local artists Mark Garrett and Dietrich Williams.

Garrett said the bright-colored mural features “a superimposed image of the garden’s text over the building itself.” It’s made with water-based acrylic paint and has an anti-graffiti coating.

Residents worked over a week to paint the mural and create signs for their crops in the garden. The Hopkins farm has been up and running for about three years.

Williams said the art helps to shine a light on the garden as it serves as a source of food during a time of need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The garden itself stands as a beacon of hope and light on so many different levels,” Williams said.

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Protesters Paint ‘Let the People Decide’ Mural Outside Mitch McConnell’s House Ahead of Barrett Nomination

Protesters painted a “let the people decide” mural outside Mitch McConnell’s home in Washington D.C. on Saturday ahead of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walking to the Senate Floor in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2020.


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walking to the Senate Floor in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2020.

March for Our Lives activists calling for the Supreme Court selection to be delayed until after Election Day gathered outside McConnell’s house this afternoon. The group, dressed in blue, shouted for justice and chalked a large mural that read, “Hey Mitch. We call BS. Let the people decide.”

Their demonstration came hours before Trump announced his Supreme Court nomination at the White House. “Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court,” the president said in the Rose Garden. “She is a woman of unparalleled achievement, towering intellect, sterling credentials and unyielding loyalty to the Constitution—Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”

Newsweek reached out to McConnell’s office for comment.

Democrats and Trump critics have urged Republicans to wait until voters cast their ballots in the presidential election on November 3 before confirming the next Supreme Court justice. They have called on the Senate to act consistently with the decision in 2016 to block Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. At the time, Republican senators refused to hold a vote or hearing as they believed it was too close to the election.

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However, the GOP-controlled Senate has already indicated that Trump’s nominee would receive their vote. “The historical precedent is overwhelming, and it runs in one direction. If our Democratic colleagues want to claim they are outraged, they can only be outraged at the plain facts of American history,” McConnell said last week.

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At least two Republican senators have indicated that they will not support a vote on Barrett before Election Day. Republican Susan Collins of Maine on Tuesday said she will vote against any nominee before November 3 and urged her colleagues to follow the same procedure set by Garland in 2016.

“I made it very clear, yes, that I did not think there should be a vote prior to the election. And if there is one, I would oppose the nominee,” Collins told reporters, “not because I might not support that nominee under normal circumstances, but we’re simply too close to the election.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has sided with Collins. She also said the Senate shouldn’t vote before Americans vote.

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Mural of Ruth Bader Ginsburg pops up blocks away from White House

According to CNN, artists Shawn Perkins and David Zambrano teamed up on Saturday to paint the mural of Ginsburg, who died Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.

“With the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there was no question who we would commemorate with this latest piece,” Perkins told CNN.

The mural, done with spray paint, was finished on boards that line the outside of Blackfinn Ameripub, just one block from the Black Lives Matter Plaza and two blocks from the White House. The nonprofit PAINTS Institute led the mural.

According to CNN, the artists have recently been collaborating to create murals on boarded-up buildings near the White House to prevent vandalism.

“The purpose is to uplift our community during these unpredictable times, through affirmations of hope and unity, along with honoring those who paved the way for those without a voice,” Perkins told CNN.

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