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Capital Jewish Museum: DC Street Vending Workshop

June 5 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A street vendor advertising kosher hot dogs along 14th Street NW near the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown DC. Department of Agriculture building visible across the street, 1998. Photograph by Lloyd Wolf. Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum Collection. Gift of the photographer.

Drop in on Jews United for Justice  and Beloved Community Incubator for a workshop to learn about local history and the campaign to decriminalize street vending in DC. This Capital Jewish Museum Community Action Lab Takeover expands upon the notion introduced in “‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’: The Jewish Deli” that street vending has historically been a way for immigrants to make a living and that vending can be a source of public debate leading to tighter regulations. JUFJ and Beloved Community Incubator will be on hand to share information, answer questions, and offer action opportunities.

Many Latin American immigrants who arrived in DC in the past few decades have become street venders like generations of immigrants before them, selling flowers, fruit, artwork, home goods, and more. But over the past several years, Black and brown street vendors have been harassed, arrested, or charged unaffordable fines by DC police—just for working to feed their families and meet the needs of their communities. Vendors United and Beloved Community Incubator have been working to decriminalize street vending. Hear more about their work and join the fight.


June 5
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Capital Jewish Museum
575 3rd St. NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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