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Future all ages shows in the District are in jeopardy. See below.

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***Please contact DC City Council Members TODAY - forward to your DC friends***
(note: for DC residents and/or patrons of DC clubs)

Tomorrow (Thurs), the DC City Council will hold a hearing on the proposal to ban all DC clubs with liquor licenses from having all-ages shows. As active members of DC's music community, we all know how important this music community was and is to all of us - at any age - especially when we were teens.

This is rushed and reactionary legislation in response to the killing of a 17-yo high school senior at Club 1919 this past weekend. While her death is tragic and not to be overlooked, the solution is not banning youth from clubs. Live music and and venues are not the problem.

Your calls, letters (email/fax), and other means of communication to express opposition against this flawed legislation to DC City Council Members can go along way. They need to hear from us. Our opinions educate and influence their votes, and are key to killing this short-sighted ban. We can help our elected officials develop real solutions to reduce violence in our city, and create more activities for our youth that help develop life skills and creative approaches to life -- through arts, sports, academia... and music.

In addition to calling/writing your DC City Council Member, you can also testify at this hearing.
Contact: Ms Warren at LWarren@dccouncil.us
The address is:
Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004
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Act to Oppose Proposed Ban of All-Ages Venues

Following the murder of a 17-year-old in a club on 9th St NW this weekend
City Council member Jim Graham will be proposing legislation to ban minors
from entering nightclubs that serve alcohol. He says in an email to
constituents (below) that he wants to introduce emergency legislation in the
next week, which would require the consent of at least 7 of the 11 sitting
councilmembers. It can be tough to round up that many votes, but since
underage club patrons can't vote and many don't live in the District we
should all let the City Council know this is a terrible idea.

There are at least three things you can do to this effect:
1. Call/email Graham & the Council Chair Vincent Gray (who schedules votes)
to voice your opposition
2. Call/email Graham and his fellow committee members (in case the emergency
legislation gets knocked back to the committee for markup)
3. Call/email all Council members and tell them to vote against the upcoming
emergency legislation: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/contact.html

If you live in Ward 1, note that in your call/email to Graham (south of
Spring St NW, north of Florida Ave NW, east of Rock Creek Park and west of
North Capitol St).

Sample Call/Email Script
"Dear [DC City Council Member]
Hi. My name is ____________. I am a resident of Ward __ [or a frequent patron of _______ club/bar]. I am calling concerning Jim Graham's proposed legislation to ban minors from entering establishments that serve liquor. This bill will prevent already underserved young people from enjoying live music and dancing at clubs like [the Florida Market Lounge] and [the Black Cat] that derive a portion of their revenue from alcohol sales. Underage music fans and alcohol have coexisted at these venues for decades. Banning young people will not prevent random acts of violence, but it will deprive them of a necessary and overwhelmingly safe space to congregate, connect and enjoy live music. I respectfully urge you to vote against
this unnecessary and harmful legislation.
Thank you,
[Your Name]"

***Contacts
1. Jim Graham, Ward 1 Councilmember
grahamwone@gmail.com
202-724-8181

2. Vincent Gray, Council Chair
vgray@dccouncil.us
202 724-8068

**Other committee members:
1. Kwame Brown, At-Large- ***kbrown@dccouncil.us
2. Mary Cheh, Ward 3 - ** mcheh@dccouncil.us < mcheh@dccouncil.washington.dc.us>
3. Main Committee Number: 202-724-8198

**Other councilmembers:
1. Schwartz: schwartzc@dccouncil.us < schwartzc@dccouncil.washington.dc.us>
2. Catania: dcatania@dccouncil.us< dcatania@dccouncil.washington.dc.us?subject=Email%20From%20Website >
Mendelson: pmendelson@dccouncil.us ; < pmendelson@dccouncil.washington.dc.us >
3. Brown: kbrown@dccouncil.us
4. Evans: jackevans@dccouncil.us
5. Thomas: hthomas@dccouncil.us
6. Wells: twells@dccouncil.us
7. Barry: < mbarry@dccouncil.us>

***More Information:
WP: Nightclub Shooting May Beget Legislation -
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/21/AR2007012101192.html


Chief Lanier Acts Fast to Close Nightclub, Site of Homicide
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Posted
by: "Jim Graham" grahamwone@gmail.com grahamwone2000
< http://profiles.yahoo.com/grahamwone2000> Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:37 am (PST) Dear
Friends:

Chief Lanier is acting today, under powers given her in 2005 by the DC
Council, to close a nightclub at 1919 9th Street, which was the site of
a homicide last night. Under the law, the MPD Chief can in an emergency
such as this close a liquor establishment for up to 72 hours. Chief
tells me that this bar will be closed.

At about 2:30 AM, a 17 year old girl was shot dead at Smarta Broadway,
on the second floor.

According to government information to me, a young lady was put out of
the club for smoking marijuana. It appears as though she then returned
with a male friend, who was armed with a gun.

The male friend reportedly had a scuffle with the bouncers in an effort
to get into the club. During that scuffle, the male friend's gun went
off killing the young girl. The killer fled.

I am told that the bar, which is licensed as a night club, had a band
that may have been playing Go Go.

To their credit, the Ethiopian businesses have hired cost reimbursable
officers for this block of 9th Street. They were on duty last night, but
at the time of the homicide, they were reportedly making an arrest.
There was strong police deployment in the U Street area, though I am
also told they had a very busy night.

I support Chief Lanier's action, which at this very moment is being
prepared by Commander McCoy.

I am also troubled that DC law permits the presence of a minor in a
nightclub. (Of course, the consumption of alcohol by minors is
prohibited, and we have a strong DC program on that.) But the current
DC law prohibits the presence of minors ONLY in liquor stores during
school hours. I will be considering emergency legislation on this
subject relating to night clubs and perhaps other alcohol establishments
for the next council session. I am pleased to state that I was the
author of the law strengthening the Police Chief's emergency closure
powers. And that came from the violent U Street clubs that we
closed...Kili's, Club U and Between Friends, none of which are operating
today.

This is the best information I have at this hour.

Our sympathies go out to the family of the young victim, and we do
encourage those who have intelligence on this to call police at
727-9099.

Sincerely, Councilmember Jim Graham


I typically answer emails before 9 AM on weekdays. If you email me after
that, it is likely that you will hear from me the next weekday. If there
is a need to communicate prior to that, you may wish to call me.

Jim Graham, Councilmember, Ward One, 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #105,
Washington, DC 20004. 202-724-8181; 202-724-8109 (fax).

Chairman, Committee on Public Works and the Environment (including
alcohol regulation). Main Committee Number: 202-724-8198. 1350 Pa. Ave.,
NW, #116, Washington, DC 20004.

Voting member, Board of Directors, WMATA/Metro.

Website: www.grahamwone.com

I say no to you sir and I believe you all join me in the raising of the fingers

Don't stand by and let the all-ages music shows dissapear. You may think it doesn't affect you if you don't live in or near DC, but think about the domino effect if no one intervenes.
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#2
Aw man!!

that's ridiculous, I play all ages shows at least 2-3 times a month, to see that go would be a tragedy...
Is there a petition to stop this bullshit???
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#3
Ummm, yeah not a big deal, unless you're like 12 and happen to live in that district.
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#6
Quote by Gman400
Ummm, yeah not a big deal, unless you're like 12 and happen to live in that district.

or maybe if your say 15-17, and going to see a major band at say the 930 club, Black Cat, MCI Center, etc.

All-ages shows are a vital part and backbone of music.
Quote by TJM2482
Guys like Vai and Wylde practiced for as many as 12 hours a day, whereas the Fall Out Boy guitarist probably played 12 hours a month


Death Before Emo
Everytime an Emo cries a viking descends from Valhalla and destroys him.

#7
Yeah, I heard about this. It's pretty rediculous. I don't live in DC, but all ages shows are a big part of music.
#8
Quote by Gman400
Ummm, yeah not a big deal, unless you're like 12 and happen to live in that district.


Look at the bigger picture. If one place implements something like this, it makes it open to others to do the same.

The end of all-ages shows would be shit.
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#9
1st off R.I.P

2nd that sucks it's bad enough that you can't drink in the states till your 21 I thought it was bad over here being 18. when most of Europe can drink at the age of 16. but if the owners of the clubs know who's under age and just doesn't serve them alcohol, then whats the problem with under 21s being in clubs?

3 isn't it going to have a detrimental effect on club owners incomes with entrance fees and other expenditures? I don't know about other people but when I used to go to one club it was always packed so the heat in there was enough to cook you, and then when your rocking out like a mad man your going to get threw an ton of water..... or so I'm told lol

4 I don't mosh but isn't it sean as a way of getting your anger out in a "safe" and fun way? keeping it all bottled up isn't good what happens when some one snaps?

I could go on but I'll stop there and finish this with my 2nd piont

THAT SUCKS
#10
This is just more parent friendly bullshit that's making an attempt to stop teenage drinking.
#12
Quote by Kyle Gass
I'm of age, so I really dont have to worry.


I'm not black, so I don't have to worry about slavery, right>?
#13
i live in springfield, just south of DC. i heard this like last week on the news. this really bites. then again i usually only go to shows at the verizon or patriot center, so this wouldn;t really affect me. but it still sucks.
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#14
Quote by scheck006
I'm not black, so I don't have to worry about slavery, right>?


Yeah, because black people have to worry about slavery all the time.
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#16
Quote by Gman400
Yeah, because black people have to worry about slavery all the time.


are you just being difficult? or do you really not understand my reasoning?
#17
Just saying, it's a stupid analogy. Of course the banning is stupid and will hurt the scene down there, but it's just one district and hurting one little group of people.
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#18
Quote by Gman400
Just saying, it's a stupid analogy.


Fine,

*Man from 1800's*

I'm not black, so I don't have to worry about slavery, right?


happy?

Of course the banning is stupid and will hurt the scene down there, but it's just one district and hurting one little group of people.



That district happens to be the capital of our country.
#19
i remember hearing about that shooting a few days ago on Fox News.
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