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Metropolitan Police Department officers march in the inaugural parade Friday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

Metropolitan Police Department officers march in the inaugural parade Friday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Assistant Photo Editor

Updated: Jan. 21, 2017 at 3:38 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporters Dani Grace, Cayla Harris, Johnny Morreale and Weizhen Li.

Thousands of people lined up along Pennsylvania Avenue to watch the inaugural parade Friday afternoon.

Following a review of the troops at the Capitol, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump drove slowly to the White House surrounded by Secret Service. Near his hotel and again by the Naval Memorial, the Trumps stepped out of the car and waved to the audience to chants of “USA.”

Bobby Walker, a chairman for the Young Republicans from Otsego County in Cooperstown, New York, said the way Trump interacted with the audience, specifically through fist pumping, shows how connected he is to the “everyday person.”

“He has a knack for really connecting with the crowd and he really went out all presidential,” Walker said.

Sam Waters, a 14-year-old from Alexandria, was watching the parade with his father who wanted his son to witness history in the making.

“It is amazing to see everything and watch it all play out. I felt very patriotic after his speech and I wasn’t expecting that,” the younger Waters said.

Along with a military procession, Boy Scouts of America, Texas State University Strutters, the Talladega College Band and the West Monroe High School Marching Band also performed.

Russ Crosby from Wilson, North Carolina said she supported Trump because she felt he truly cared about the people when his campaign brought supplies to the region after Hurricane Matthew hit.

“I felt really patriotic at the inauguration. It was really positive. Everyone was really civil, I was expecting more,” Crosby said.

Brittany Rolle, a student who came to support the band from Talladega, Alabama, said it was a surreal experience to be represented despite the controversy within their school about performing for Trump.

“We had to have a SWAT team at our school for two to three days because of their protesting. They were threatening students that wanted to support our band,” Rolle said. “It was tough for our school but it was worth it.”

While most people who lined the streets were there to show support for the new president, some came to protest.

Meredith Yarp, a freshman at GW, was among those viewing the parade who did not support Trump, carrying a sign “There Will Be Hell Toupee.”

“I feel like I need to come out and support my opinion,” Yarp said. “It’s been really cool. I’ve enjoyed meeting some Trump fans. I don’t support him, but I try to respect everyone’s opinions.”

Earl Lin, a 24-year-old from Arlington, held a sign reading “First Amendment” and said he was there to make sure people remember to hold the Trump administration accountable. Lin added that he was surprised that despite the presence of protesters, the mood remained civil.

“While we were waiting in line to get to the security zone we talked to some people that had different views about religion and politics than we do, but we had a very civil conversation which I appreciated,” Lin said. “I did not appreciate it when people yelled slurs at us or curse words, but that’s their right.

Diane Stephens, a Trump voter from Round Hill, Virginia, said she found it disheartening that protesters chanting slogans like, “Trump is racist, love must win,” were also at the protest.

“If you don’t like him, why didn’t you stay home. This isn’t the place to protest. This is the platform to bring in the President,” Stephens said. “Hopefully he brings everyone together. I don’t like him personally but I agree with his policies.”

The event also attracted tourists from around the globe.

Reuben Ramsay, who is from Australia said Trump has not only influenced Australian popular culture but also politics as politicians abroad move in line with more conservative parties.

“The leader of that party was invited to the inauguration and our prime minister did not get invited,” Ramsay said. “I think it’s exciting for Australia as far as allowing a different type of voice to be heard. I think it’s opening up a path for people who might be able to have the correct mentality to have a voice.”

Tom Booster, a Dutch citizen, said he was surprised at how peaceful the parade was considering the news in Holland presented it as if there would be much more protest on the route.

“It is a historical event. If it is going to be a good event, I don’t know. But I wanted to be here to watch history,” Boostra said.

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Protestors gathered near 12 and L Streets NW to speak out against the inauguration of President Donald Trump Friday. Max Wang| Hatchet Photographer

Protesters, largely organized by the group to speak out against the inauguration of President Donald Trump Friday. Max Wang| Hatchet Photographer

Updated: Jan. 21, 2016 at 3:43 p.m.

This post was written by reporters Madelyne Ashworth, Jenna Berman, Lauren Gomez, Brielle Powers, Meredith Roaten and Sam Rosin.

Protesters captured national attention as they marched through the streets of D.C. Friday, speaking out against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Prepared for arrests and tear gassing by police, anti-oppression protesters of the group Disrupt J20 gathered in Columbus Circle by Union Station early Friday morning to demonstrate against Trump’s ideologies.

Members of Codepink, a feminist organization, met in the area as well.

“We’re today to bring color, audacity, and brightness,” Campaign Director Ariel Gold said. “We have a sign here that says ‘Love Trumps Hate’, and that’s exactly what we’re out here today to say.

Just two blocks north of the United States Capitol and the inauguration ceremony, J20 protesters of all ages and backgrounds and carrying signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” “Not My President” and “Fight Trump Workers World Party” joined together before marching to McPherson Square.

Some protesters dressed in rain gear, while others sported colorful face paint and many wore masks and goggles to shield them from potential tear gas.

Sam Valdez, a 24-year-old Winthrop University student, J20 organizer and Association of Artists for Change representative from Charlotte, N.C., said she was not only prepared to face the repercussions of protesting but also encouraged fellow protesters to continue until they faced them as well.

“Solidarity means to lay down your life for a marginalized person or other marginalized groups,” Valdez said. “That is what I am doing today.”

Ocean Mendoza, a trans African-Mexican and self-proclaimed communist, addressed the Disrupt J20 crowd in Columbus Circle about the movement’s spirit and led the protesters in chants like “stand up, fight back” and “this is what Democracy looks like.”

“We are fighting for a world without prisons,” Mendoza said during her address. “We are fighting for a world without borders. We are fighting for a world where we are all free.”

In addition to the growing crowd for the Disrupt J20 protest, Trump supporters adorning red “Make America Great Again” hats taunted protesters as they passed Union Station on their way to Capitol Hill.

The arrival of a men’s group from Pass the Salt Ministries created tensions between protesters and Trump supporters as they preached their beliefs.

Other Trump supporters wove through the Disrupt J20 crowds on their way to the National Mall, photographing and videotaping the protesters and occasionally yelling out disagreements.

Paula Wilsoen, an educator and Trump supporter, questioned one of the protesters whether they could identify the picture of Frederick Douglass on their protest sign.

“Frederick Douglass was a known Republican, that’s known history,” she said. “If you’re gonna hold a sign, know what it’s about. A lot of people here just want to cause chaos.”

The J20 protesters began their march on Massachusetts Ave toward McPherson Square. Although hundreds of people began the march at Union Station, many joined in along the way, including the Democratic Socialist of America. Employees of restaurants and shops left the storefront to witness and document the protest.

Arrests and tear gas confrontation
Police arrested 217 protesters in downtown D.C. according to multiple media reports, including J20 members, after several activists vandalized local property.

A federal-class action lawsuit was filed Friday, claiming that Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. Park Police officers used unconstitutional tactics against the protestors, including confining protestors and spraying them with chemicals, Politico reported.

Some of the protestors broke away from the larger group and committed acts of vandalism, including setting a trash can on fire. Isabella Brodt | Hatchet Photographer

Some of the protestors broke away from the larger group and committed acts of vandalism, including setting a trash can on fire. Isabella Brodt | Hatchet Photographer

Protesters first confronted police in the late morning, when police surrounded dozens of activists in front of a building at the corner of 12th and L streets. Police wore riot gear and fired tear gas at the protesters, who were affiliated with anarchist and socialist groups.

Police detainees chanted “our passion, our freedom, is greater than a prison” and sang Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Activists summoned protesters already gathering in McPherson Square, telling people from an amalgam of protest groups to help those being arrested. These protesters shouted at those held by police, chanting “let them go.”

Many activists arrived at the street corner after participating in other protests. Laura Makl, a supporting protester from D.C., came in response to a call for social protest groups to stand in solidarity with the detainees.

“They can’t arrest all the thousand people that are here,” Makl said.

Michael Georgeson from Philadelphia, who participated in that preceding anti-capitalist march, denounced the police.

“Militarized police are arresting my friend, a fascist is becoming president, how poetic,” Georgeson said. “You give [the police] these toys, so they wanna use them. They want people to be afraid so they won’t keep protesting.”

The situation escalated as protesters were detained in zip-tie cuffs. The crowd grew through the early afternoon, until police used tear gas and flash bangs to attempt to disperse screaming protesters.

Many peaceful protested joined a massive social activist march, chanting “more love, less hate.” Marchers walked toward McPherson Square, agitated by the cannon shots of tear gas being fired in the distance.

Streams of protesters arrived at McPherson, some with bright red eyes and faces, but most people were unaffected by the nearby chaos. At McPherson, people played music and chanted peaceful, listening to speakers and musicians.

Activist Toby Blome said this protest was one of the many on her resume but this resonated with her differently.

“There’s an intensity of this one that reflects the emotion people are feeling inside,” Blome said.

Performances of protest
Nearby, the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition held an on-stage protest in Freedom Plaza at 7th and D streets during the inauguration.

Originally an anti-war organization, the coalition positioned their protest on an anti-racism, anti-fascism and pro-immigration platform while speakers and musicians were featured on stage throughout the day.

“What’s most important is our unity by speaking in one voice. We are in a fight, not a racial fight, but a fight of good versus evil,” said speaker Yonasda Lonewell, a member of the Lakota tribe from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. “In order to make change you have to get uncomfortable, and we are making Trump and his administration uncomfortable.”

Musicians like local D.C. vocalist Aaron Myers and a Palestinian band performed alongside speakers from organizations like the Philadelphia Socialists, the Coalition for Concerned Mothers and representatives from Hispanic immigrant communities.

“There is a resistance and a strong spirit of dissent in a lot of different fields,” Max Bork, a college student at the New York University in Shanghai, China, said. “Supporting a protest like this is a great way to do that.”

Some protesters complained of purposefully being held back by security at the entrance checkpoints while Trump supporters were able to pass through more quickly.

“It tooks us about four hours to get in,” ANSWER Coalition volunteer Monica Cruz said. “We noticed that Trump supporters were getting in faster, like people who visibly had ‘Make America Great Again’ hats. The Trump supporters to the right of us made their own line and started crowding towards security, and security started letting them all in.”

Hundreds of protesters were still able to participate in the day’s demonstration, which began at 7 a.m.

“The election procedure is just a procedure, it’s not democracy,” said Brian Becker, the ANSWER Coalition’s national coordinator. “The message of the ANSWER Coalition is to mobilize against Trump’s right wing program.”

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Attendees gathered on the National Mall to witness the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Attendees gathered on the National Mall to witness the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writers James Levinson and Leah Potter.

Hundreds of thousands looked upon the west side of the Capitol building today as Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the U.S.

Members of Congress, D.C. residents, college students and tourists joined together on the National Mall to watch the ceremony.

“This is an important historic event,” Isha Rauf, a freshman, said. “It is going to be in the textbooks.”

Rauf said that although she does not agree with Trump’s policies and rhetoric, she decided to attend the historic event, anyway.

One group of high school students traveled from Jonathan Law High School in Connecticut. Anna Saley, a high school senior, said attending an inauguration was “surreal.”

While Saley said she and her friends did not support Trump in the presidential election, they remain optimistic.

“We just have to hope for the best,” Saley said.

Hunter Hopkins, a junior at Starrs Mill high school in Atlanta, said she came to DC through the Close Up Foundation, an organization that hosts high school students interested in politics and debate.

Hopkins said she respects the opinions of the inauguration protesters, but she wishes attendees would have positive outlooks on a new administration.

“I just wish everyone would be positive and wish Trump to succeed even if you don’t agree with him,” Hopkins said. “I mean, that’s just what I think. I respect their opinions, totally. He’s made some mistakes, definitely. Not excusing them.”

Hopkins added that attending an inauguration is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Other people on the National Mall did not come to celebrate, but still wanted to witness an inauguration.

Eamon Martin, a junior at American University, and Will Farrell, a junior at Georgetown University, said they were both supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., before eventually supporting former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Both attended the ceremony to be part of an American tradition, they said.

“Being able to participate in the inauguration of a new president no matter who they may be I think is really important for me, and it’s also an opportunity as a student right here in D.C.,” Martin said.

Farrell said he considered protesting on Inauguration Day but instead took part in the “peaceful transition of power.”

“I realized that it’d be better for me to partake in the peaceful transition, and voicing my opinion tomorrow at the Women’s March, rather than trying to cause too much disruption today,” Farrell said.

Organizers have created The Women’s March on Washington, which will take a place Saturday. Its aim is to send a message to the incoming administration that women have voices. Notable celebrities, such as Michael Moore, Amanda Nguyen and Scarlett Johansson, will be speaking at the march.

Ronni Farid, a freshman, said that while the election’s outcome was disappointing, she had planned to attend the inauguration, no matter the winner.

“I would have enjoyed the entire process more if a better candidate had won,” Farid said.

Farid sat in the ticketed section at the inauguration ceremony, which required her to apply for a ticket through her congressman, she said.


Like other inauguration attendees, Farid said she also plans to partake in the Women’s March Saturday.

“I expect the protests, specifically the Women’s March on Washington to be impressive, and I look forward to witnessing that history,” Farid said.

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This post was written by reporters Callie Schiffman and Natalie Maher.

People of all ages came together Friday morning in Meridian Hill Park for Occupy Inauguration, a peaceful protest against the inauguration.

Located about 30 minutes from the Capitol Building, the protest was filled with activist speeches from groups like Black Lives Matter, All Shades United and Standing Rock Sioux. Speakers urged for peaceful protest and commitment to a process of respectful pushback for the next four years under a Trump administration.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein joined the crowd of more than 100 people. Stein said the younger generation of protesters present should not feel rejected or listen to some who claim that they are now “powerless.”

“You have the numbers, the visions, the solutions and the power,” Stein said.

Stein added that the movement was now connecting protesters, whether they were demonstrating for financial reform or climate change policy, by asserting their political voice.

Native Americans from Standing Rock also came together on stage and sang traditional Sioux songs. Many of them wore jackets with patches that read “water is life” stapled to their back.

The park rang with chants of “build a wall, we’ll tear it down, D.C. is an immigrant town,” and “we do not consent, not my president.”

Asa Khalif from the Philadelphia chapter of Black Lives Matter said Occupy Inauguration was about coming together to assert a commitment to progress, regardless of how each individual protester personally identifies.

“This is the beginning mark on a four year journey,” Khalif said. “Everyone now, our gay, lesbians and trans brothers and sisters need to get out and show solidarity.”

Alexa Amore, who traveled from Cleveland for the event, said she came to be inspired by the like-minded people around her who value peaceful opposition.

“People are angry and they have the right to be angry. I hope the anger is channeled in a productive way,” Amore said.

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Protestors blocked the entrance to a checkpoint to the inauguration ceremony Friday morning. Mike Shanahan | Hatchet Photographer

Protestors blocked the entrance to a checkpoint to the inauguration ceremony Friday morning. Mike Shanahan | Hatchet Photographer

Updated: Jan. 20, 2017 at 4:45 p.m.

This post was written by reporters Colleen Grablick and Helen Elston

Protesters blocked the checkpoint at 10th and E streets as people tried to get onto the National Mall the morning of Inauguration Day.

The protest began around 7 a.m. and was organized about a week ago by The Future is Feminist, an activist group, Courtney Jines, a D.C. resident and organizer of the group, said.

The protest grew as organizations like CODEPINK, a grassroots activism organization, and the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a roughly 30-person radical music and dance group, flocked to 10th Street. Other groups, including the Freedom Socialist Party, Black Lives Matter and Decolonize this Place, joined the protest later.

The groups formed a blockade to prevent people from entering the security check that led into the inauguration area on the mall. Protesters wore goggles, gas masks, and balaclavas in anticipation of police retaliation.

Several altercations broke out between protesters and police, and pepper spray was used against one protester at around 8:30 a.m.

The police formed another blockade behind the protesters’ barrier in an attempt to help spectators access the checkpoint. The police presence became less prominent when it was apparent that the protesters had succeeded in blocking the checkpoint.

Haley Hughen, a GW freshman, said she found the protest around 8 a.m. and stayed to join in on chants of “my body my choice” and “not my president.”

“He doesn’t represent the majority of Americans, and he doesn’t represent minorities in this country,” Hughen said, referring to President Donald Trump.

MacGuire Benton, a freshman at Cazenovia College from Cooperstown, New York, travelled to D.C. with four Republican friends. As he stood at the protest, his friends attended the ceremony.

“I could not sit idly by,” Benton said. “They’re out supporting Mr. Trump. I respect them, I don’t respect their candidate.”

Elle Fox, a 26-year-old from Detroit, travelled to D.C. with a socialist group called Moratorium NOW!

“We can’t allow this to go on,” Fox said. “It’s such an imperative time to stand up. If we’re quiet it only makes it easier.”

Protestor Alexander Berkman said the protest was in reaction to a change in leadership.

“When the right wing comes into power, then naturally chaos will break out in the streets,” Berkman said. “This protest is just a reaction to an oppressive institution.”

Other protesters were less vocal, preferring a silent protest. Max Esmus, who had travelled from New Jersey that morning to protest, said he prefers to see people standing up for their beliefs by taking positive action rather than criticizing the beliefs of others.

“I’m here to listen, and to converse with other protesters,” he said. “I’m here to watch people take a stand for what they believe in.”

Other protesters highlighted the importance of these demonstrations as a way of creating emotional support.

“This protest is as much about creating an emotional support base, as a reaction against Trump. People need to be together,” argued Andrew Collins, a protester from Philadelphia.

Mary, who attended the ceremony but declined to give her last name, had an argument with protesters near one checkpoint. Mary said she disliked protesters’ automatic response when faced with someone who may not agree with their views.

“People make automatic assumptions when they don’t know me. They don’t understand my situation,” Mary said. She declared herself as a “happy, deplorable, racist bigot” and shouted “Yay Trump!” at the protesters.

“When people come with such a clear intent to disrupt, it’s important that they know I will not be blocked,” Mary said.

John David, a Trump supporter from Detroit, stressed the importance of conversation and discussion when resolving such issues.

“Protests often result in a jungle mentality, creating a them and us mentality,” David said. “It’s important to hear all different perspectives to create a melting pot of ideas, which can then lead to a stronger, and greater America.”

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President-elect Donald Trump, along with friends and family, made an appearance at the Welcome Celebration Thursday. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

President-elect Donald Trump, along with friends and family, made an appearance at the Welcome Celebration Thursday. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by reporters Dani Grace and Callie Schiffman.

People from across the country lined up for the Welcome Celebration for President-elect Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial down to the Washington Monument Thursday night.

Students, musicians and veterans alike gathered to watch performances from Sam Moore, Lee Greenwood and 3 Doors Down. Toby Keith closed the showcase and was followed by brief remarks from the president-elect himself.

“To the forgotten man and the forgotten woman, you are not forgotten anymore,” Trump said to a enthusiastic sea of red hats and American flags.

Chants of “USA” and “Trump” rang through the National Mall as the event came to a close with a display of red, white and blue fireworks.

While the crowd sang along to performances like Lee Greenwood’s rendition of “Proud to be an American,” those there mainly came to catch a glimpse of Trump himself.

Elisa Haley and her 13-year-old daughter came from Alabama to be a part of the event.

“We are part of America and we feel that this is a huge event in history, regardless of how you feel about it,” Haley said. “Everyone made this decision and everyone participates. The concert is just for fun.”

Andrea Rice, who drove to D.C. from Georgia, said while Trump wasn’t her first choice, she and others are excited and cautiously optimistic about the possibility for real change.

The Piano Guys was one of the groups that performed during the Welcome Celebration Thursday. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

The Piano Guys was one of the groups that performed during the Welcome Celebration Thursday. Jack Borowiak | Hatchet Photographer

“It has been a long eight years for folks who are conservative,” Rice said. “It doesn’t seem like the kind of folks who are crazy fringe voters that everybody is being painted as. It seems that it is people who feel underrepresented or feel forgotten by the politicians of the past.”

Rice added that she felt it would have been odd to have celebrity performances instead of the smaller, less well known acts who were now getting a chance to showcase their talents.

“I love that fact that we’ve had a bunch of folks from the armed forces playing,” Rice said.

John Bradford, a Republican state representative for North Carolina, said he was excited to have his kids on the mall to see the first event of inauguration.

“This is obviously on the bucket list for many people, including me,” Bradford said. “I’m a patriot. I love the patriotic piece. Lee Greenwood is what does it for me. I love Three Doors Down and country music stars, but Lee Greenwood is sort of Americana.”

Emma Ekman and Ashley Belvis, two Republicans from West Potomac High School in Alexandria, said they were surprised at the lack of visible protest presence in the sea of red hats, but were most excited to see Keith’s performance.

Drew Miller, a student at the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, said he journeyed to D.C. both for the historical experience and to show his support of Trump.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,” Miller said. “I’m hopeful that he will be a good president.”

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This post was written by staff writer Colleen Grablick.

A new program in the Elliott School of International Affairs will partner with a dozen countries across the globe to prepare local leaders to respond to and recover from disasters, according to a University release.

The Initiative for Disaster Resilience and Humanitarian Affairs is a multi-million dollar initiative which will combine education and research with on-the-ground training to strengthen leadership and increase disaster resilience in developing countries. The program opens nearly three months after Elliott School Dean Reuben Brigety unveiled new programs to expand global outreach and policy for the school.

“Questions of humanitarian assistance–from responding to natural disasters to managing the flow of refugees–are a critical part of the international affairs landscape,” Brigety said in the release. “With the arrival of Ky Luu and the Initiative for Disaster Resilience and Humanitarian Affairs in the Elliott School, GW will become a clear leader in training young people and finding solutions for the world’s toughest humanitarian challenges.”

The other announced program, an initiative on gender equality in international affairs, is set to open later this year.

As part of the disaster initiative, the University will bring three new experts to educate and train leaders worldwide.

Ky Luu, a GW Law School alumnus, will head the program. Luu founded the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University, which will collaborate with this new program, and directed the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

The initiative will focus on social, economic, and environmental research to equip foreign leaders with strategies to help countries withstand disasters, according to the release. The program will work with countries across Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.

The initiative plans to partner with Makerere University in Uganda as well as the ResilientAfrica Network, which strengthens resilience in African communities with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the release states. The University will also work with several other American universities to create data-driven programs to assist foreign leaders in disaster recovery and resilience, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Several government and foundation grants will fund the initiative, including about $4 million in previous funding which will be transferred to the University, according to the release.

The initiative will host interdisciplinary opportunities with the business school, the Milken Institute School of Public health, the anthropology and geography departments and the Global Women’s Institute, according to the release.

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This post was written by reporter Andrew Hesbacher.

The Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission unanimously reserved its right to protest granting a liquor license to a tavern’s owners at the location of the previously shut down bar Sugar Tuesday if the negotiations go south later.

Saad Jallad, one of the owners of the bar and Crepeaway, is applying for a tavern license in order to use the space at 2121 K St. for private events.

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration distributes liquor licenses, but the owners are working with the ANC to show ABRA that the commission supports the tavern. ABRA is required to consider any information sent by the local ANC when deciding to provide a liquor license, according to the ABRA website.

ANC Chairman Patrick Kennedy said the ANC plans to work with Jallad and expects to reach an agreement with the owners by the end of the week, but that Jallad will likely meet resistance in the future when he negotiates with ABRA.

ABRA closed Sugar less than a year after it opened when investigators found the bar did not actively confirm customers were above the legal drinking age, Borderstan reported.

ANC Commissioner Eve Zhurbinskiy said Sugar had four underage drinking violations including footage of an owner helping an underage woman outside when police arrived.

“That was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Zhurbinskiy said in an interview with The Hatchet.

Jeff Jackson, a representative of Jallad, said at the meeting that one-day liquor licenses have been approved in the past, but this tavern license will allow the owners to rent out the space without continuously applying for licenses.

Jackson added that the tavern would not be open to the public and would only allow guests of private events to enter. GW student groups would be able to rent the space, but all guests would have to be 21 or older to enter.

The tavern additionally hopes to become a chain, he added.

Employees would receive ABRA training, which includes how to distinguish a fake ID. The security was not in-house in Sugar and was not trained in spotting fake IDs, Jackson said.

Before the decision, Zhurbinskiy told The Hatchet while some people were sympathetic with the owners, people also want to know how the tavern will manage liquor sales.

“I know that the tavern isn’t they’re not planning to open it to the public they just want to do special events there so I think that will probably camp down controversy,” she said.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke about the future of the Democratic party at a CNN town hall in Jack Morton Auditorium Monday. Lisa Blitstein | Hatchet Photographer

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke about the future of the Democratic party at a CNN town hall in Jack Morton Auditorium Monday. Lisa Blitstein | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by reporter Joshua Porter.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., participated in a CNN town hall with reporter Chris Cuomo at the Jack Morton Auditorium Monday night. The town hall, which was broadcast live, focused on congressional priorities in light of an impending Donald Trump presidency.

Sanders offered broad strategies for the Democratic Party during the new administration and addressed audience members’ concerns for the future.

Here are the big takeaways:

Compromising with Trump

Sanders urged fellow Democrats against unilateral obstruction during the Trump administration, while still acknowledging characteristics of Trump’s campaign which Democrats should guard against.

“I will tell you this: He ran a campaign whose cornerstone was bigotry,” he said. “It was based on sexism, on racism, on xenophobia, and on that issue, I will not compromise.”

After criticizing Republicans for blocking President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme court, Sanders suggested some Democrats may use a similar strategy toward the GOP. Still, he urged bipartisan cooperation when possible.

“Where Trump has ideas that make sense that we can work with him on, I think we should,” he said.

The future of Obamacare

Sanders, who ran his 2016 presidential campaign on free education and free healthcare, noted that the U.S. is one of the only major countries not guarantee health care as a right. Saying that it was time the U.S. government provide free health care, Sanders said that initial efforts like the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, would need to be tweaked over time in order to be successful.

Jessica Karabian, an audience member who relies on Obamacare to cover treatments for breast cancer, asked Sanders how he will make sure that the life-saving components of the Affordable Care Act remain.

“We are going to do everything we can to improve the Affordable Care Act. It has problems, but we damn well are not going to repeal it and not have anything there at all,” Sanders said.

The influence of trade

Sanders said that trade policy is one area of potential compromise between progressives and the Trump administration. Both Sanders and Trump have criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement and said they opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the 2016 campaign.

Ed Mash, a former Ohio corrections officer, asked Sanders how he will work with Trump to promote growth in areas like Ohio. Sanders pointed to international trade agreements.

“The issue is that for the last 30 years, under Democratic and Republican administrations, we have had trade policies like NAFTA and CAFTA and permanent relationships with China,” Sanders said.

Sanders voted against NAFTA and CAFTA in the past, saying that such agreements benefit multinational corporations rather than the American working class by outsourcing jobs to nations with low or nonexistent labor regulations and cheap manufacturing costs. Sanders said he believes in fair trade, not unfettered free trade.

“I believe we need a new trade policy. I believe we tell corporate America they’ve got to control their greed,” Sanders said. “Mr. Trump is prepared to sit down and work on a new trade policy which is based on fairness, not just on corporate greed, yes, I will be happy to work with him.”

Plans for immigration reform

Sanders highlighted his hopes for immigration reform that would give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and access to health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Jenny Gutierrez, a high school teacher from Maryland, and Osama Alsaleh, a GW student, asked Sanders about the future of immigrants and their children under the upcoming Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress.

In response, Sanders noted Democrats’ commitment to protecting immigrants as well as undocumented immigrants during the next administration.

“To see a man elected president who campaigned on dividing us up, turning us against each other. Your beautiful students should not be afraid. Young Muslim kids should not be afraid to walk the streets,” he said. “That is not what this country is about.”

Sanders added that diversity is what makes the country thrive.

“We must judge people on who they are, not where their grandfather came from or their religion,” Sanders said. “This is a principle we have to fight for.”

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This post was written by staff writer Catherine Moran.

D.C. Council members proposed various pieces legislation during their first legislative meeting of the year Tuesday, from building up the Metropolitan Police Department to full marijuana legalization.

Here are the top three proposed laws you should know.

1. Fully legalizing marijuana

At-large Council member David Grosso proposed a bill that would fully legalize marijuana in the District. While marijuana was decriminalized in D.C. and voters approved adult recreational use in 2014, Grosso’s legislation addresses past congressional intervention that prevented the city from regulating and taxing marijuana.

In June, Congress, which has jurisdiction over D.C., blocked an amendment that would have allowed the city to use funds for a legal marijuana retail market, according to Extract, a website focused on marijuana coverage.

“We know the war on drugs is and was a failure,” Grosso said, adding that it contributed to an increase in mass incarceration and is “racial in its implementation.”

Grosso said that his act is the logical next step in setting up a strong tax and regulatory system. The Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will now work on and address the legislation.

2. Increasing law enforcement numbers

Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray proposed a bill to increase D.C. police staffing, saying that MPD staffing is at the “lowest level in a decade.” MPD has more than 4,000 sworn and civilian members, according MPD, but Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham told Fox News in October that the number of sworn officers was slightly above 3,700.

Gray said former D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier emphasized meeting the 3,800 minimum officer threshold for several years as officer retention plagued the department.

The alumnus and former mayor said the city’s population surge requires increasing the number of sworn officers from 4,000 to 4,200, saying it was important to “increase the number of officers deployed to help neighborhoods most plagued by violent crime.”

The proposed legislation would set aside “adequate” funding in the budget for MPD, which would help to cover the cost of hiring, training and equipping officers, Gray said.

3. Access to free Wi-Fi

Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd introduced legislation to create a taskforce that will work to provide and oversee construction for free wireless internet access in the District. Todd said free Wi-Fi will be beneficial to D.C.’s economy. People with lower incomes can miss the chance to pursue other opportunities without access to the internet, where most job applications are now hosted, he said.

“Today high-speed broadband is not a luxury – it’s a necessity,” Todd said, “The internet divide is an economic divide.”

Todd said cities like New York and Boston have increased accessibility to free Wi-Fi. New York recently added free Wi-Fi and cellphone service in the subway system, according to The New York Times.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced their plans to add Wi-Fi to all underground Metro stations in December.

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