AAC is an ad-hoc group of individuals committed to highly visible and effective public
education for alternatives to the death penalty through nonviolent direct action.

 

WELCOME TO STARVIN' FOR JUSTICE 2006

The 13th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty
at the U.S. Supreme Court
June 29th - July 2nd, 2006

HOUSING OPTIONS

May 9th we learned that CCNV will be unavailable to us this year due to renovations.

After an exhaustive search of potential activist friendly locations in proximity to the court, we abandoned that idea and now suggest the following options:
  1. - Free housing with DC area activists. We are seeking offers from local activists and supporters willing to open their homes to activists traveling to the Fast & Vigil. We are doing our best to find people who live within walking distance of the court, but this option will likely require either driving or taking the metro. If you would like to stay with a local activist/supporter, please send an e-mail to aac@abolition.org or call 800-973-6548 with the following information: Your name, e-mail, cell phone or other phone, the nights (dates) you will be with us, whether you will have a car, if you have any special needs, if you are a smoker, and how many people you are coming with who would stay in the same place. We will do our best to find you a decent place to stay, and to confirm same as soon as possible.

  2. - The Washington DC International Hostel. Visit http://www.hiwashingtondc.org/ for full details. The International Hostel offers dorm style accommodations a short metro ride from the court, or about 30 minutes walking. Rooms are $32/night, and less if you are a member. We have no special relations with the International Hostel - please contact them directly. As of June 5, they had plenty of room.

  3. Stay in a local hotel. Some suggestions are here: http://www.abolition.org/starvin13housing.html#hotels
SPECIAL NOTE: Abe & Beth have arranged for a special rate of $119/night at the Hyatt on Capitol Hill (a 12 minute walk from the court) for their wedding guests. Our contract deadline is passed, but the rate is available as long as rooms are available. If this interests you, call 800-233-1234 and book a room for the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and tell them you are coming for the Bonowitz/Wood wedding. They'll tell you the special rate is sold out. Just book the room anyway, then e-mail your name and confirmation number to abe@cuadp.org and he'll get the rate changed to $119/night plus tax, etc. If you want to share a room with others, send Abe a note and he'll help pair you up.

Thanks for your patience with us. If we end up with enough money this year, we're putting money down on the William Penn House for next year!

Other than "The Last Supper," ALL official Fast & Vigil activities take place at the Court or in the United Methodist Church Building immediately adjacent to the Court. Some people who do not live in the area stay with friends, some stay in nearby hotels, and some stay at the Community for Creative Nonviolence (CCNV). We regret that we are unable to accommodate pets.

THE COMMUNITY FOR CREATIVE NONVIOLENCE (CCNV)

The Community for Creative Nonviolence (CCNV) is located at 425 2nd St., NW (The block of 2nd St. that CCNV is on is also called "Mitch Snyder Place" in honor of the homeless advocate who founded CCNV and the shelter.)

SYNOPSIS

CCNV is a large homeless shelter that has a specially designated room for volunteer/activist groups such as ours who come to D.C. to do advocacy work. We have stayed at CCNV since the 1997 Fast & Vigil and at several other abolitionist events. We have had good experiences there and enjoy excellent relations with the staff and tenants. The setting is simple and the sleeping arrangements are bunk beds separated in cubicles. Bathrooms are shared with shelter staff and tenants. Participants need to bring their own bedding and towels. This room is usually air conditioned but that is not guaranteed. CCNV is a 15 minute walk from the Supreme Court. CCNV is wheelchair friendly. The AAC requests a minimum donation of $12 a night to cover security and other CCNV related costs. Registration must be handled through the AAC. Please try to register in advance, but there is usually plenty of room if you decide to come at the last minute.

NOTICE: CCNV is a large homeless shelter, which means there are a lot of homeless people in the area. We have *never* had a problem with any of our participants being threatened or hurt in any way. On the next block is the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and just down the street is the DC Courthouse. The Capitol and the White House are just blocks away. This is one of the most policed areas in the world. That said, if you are easily spooked by people who you are not used to seeing or who may ask you for spare change, then you might want to walk with others, or stay elsewhere. Also, a facility in the building serves meals to homeless people and therefore refuse containers in the back attract varmints. If you can't handle seeing a rat or three, the Hyatt is less than a block away. (Of course, you can see the rats from there, too, and no, we're not talking about Congress!)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

There is a security person at a desk at the entrance to the room, and the room is off limits at all times to anyone not with our group. We are told that air conditioning IS working this year. If you are stopped when you are entering the building (this is rare), tell them you are with the death penalty group at CCNV.

When you enter the building, go straight up the steps to the 3rd floor. Our room is immediately on the right side at the top of the stairs. There will always be someone at the security desk (or nearby) starting at 1pm on June 28 and finishing at 11am on July 3. Someone from our group should be there during the day on June 28th.

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH STAIRS, ask the person at the security desk on the first floor to show you the elevator.

There is NO SMOKING allowed in this room. Unless there has been a change, smoking is OK in the lounge (see below).

The shelter staff living quarters and administrative offices are down the "staff hallway" which is immediately adjacent to our room. This hallway is generally locked. Please ask the security person sitting in our room to open the door to the staff hallway. This will give you access to the Lounge and the BATHROOMS. Never hesitate to ask the security person to open the door - that is their job, and we are paying them. But, that's their only job -- they are not baggage handlers, maids, or lackeys....

BATHROOMS are on the same floor, but down the staff hallway. The mens room is on the right, just past the lounge. The womens room is THROUGH the lounge and on the left.

There is a LOUNGE area with a TV, tables, a pool table, a soda machine, and a kitchen area that is available for our use. In the past, smoking is allowed in this room and that is probably true this year.

The SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS are bunk beds. Some of the bunk beds are separated within cubicles. Most are in an open, dorm-like set-up. The beds are standard military/red cross/homeless shelter beds, meaning metal frames with thin, plastic covered mattresses. But hey, they're better than prison beds! Blankets have always been available in the past, but you need to bring your own linens, or a sleeping bag, pillow, etc. Please refer to the "what to bring" list.

BEDS ARE ASSIGNED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. In the past we have had several families (parents with children) come, and they should have the four-bed cubicles. We expect our highest level of participation ever this year, so those who pick cubicles should expect to share the space.

AFTER 10:30 PM AND BEFORE 7:45 AM, PLEASE TAKE ALL CONVERSATIONS OUTSIDE, OR TO THE LOUNGE. PLEASE RESPECT THOSE TRYING TO SLEEP!!!

LIGHTS OUT: 11pm
LIGHTS ON: 8am (The light at the front of the room is always on.)

A WORD ABOUT THEFT: We are aware of only one incidence of theft in the more than eight years that we have been using this facility, but do take precautions. The only people allowed in the room are people who are with our group, but even abolitionists can suffer from kleptomania. It is best to keep valuables with you. The AAC, CUADP, and CCNV cannot be responsible for items lost while participating in the Fast & Vigil.

DIRECTIONS ON FOOT:

CCNV is on 2nd St. (Mitch Snyder Place) between D & E streets, in the NW quadrant.

FROM THE BUS STATION:

For about $5, you can take a taxi. If you have stuff to carry, we suggest this option.

Or you can walk. Exit the bus station and walk WEST on K street to where New Jersey and 2nd intersect with K. Turn left (South) and walk down 2nd. It will probably take about 25 minutes.

FROM THE TRAIN STATION:

For less than $5, you can take a taxi. But it is not a difficult walk.

This is a 5-8 minute walk.

FROM THE WASHINGTON, DC AIRPORT

A taxi will cost less than $20. This is the easiest way.

Otherwise, take the YELLOW metro line. ( Click Here for a Metro Map) Switch to the RED line going towards Glenmont and away from Shady grove. If you are going to CCNV, get off at the first exit (Judiciary Square) and look at the map displayed outside the turnstiles to find the best way from the Metro station to CCNV, (on 2nd, between D & E, NW). This should be less than four city blocks. If you are going to SCOTUS, get off at Union Station and look at the map displayed outside the turnstiles....

FROM DULLES AIRPORT

A Taxi will cost around $40 (that's an educated guess). This is the easiest way.

Otherwise, take the shuttle bus to the ORANGE Metro line. ( Click Here for a Metro Map) If you are going to CCNV, Switch to the RED line going towards Glenmont and away from Shady grove. Get off at the second exit (Judiciary Square) and look at the map displayed outside the turnstiles to find the best way from the Metro station to CCNV, (on 2nd, between D & E, NW). This should be less than four city blocks. If you are going to SCOTUS, stay on the Orange line, get off at Capital South and look at the map displayed outside the turnstiles....

DIRECTIONS TO CCNV BY CAR (These were good last year - We unaware of any road closings, etc.)

From the NORTH AND EAST

    95 South to Rt. 1 (this will turn into Rhode Island Ave.) Stay on Rt. 1 for about 10 miles.
    Turn LEFT onto North Capital St.
    Go past Union Station and bear right as you enter the roundabout.
    Turn RIGHT onto E Street.
    Turn LEFT onto 1st St.
    Turn RIGHT onto D St.
    Turn RIGHT onto 2nd St.
You are there. Park at a meter while you load in. (See parking info below.)

Alternate Route FROM THE NORTH AND EAST

    95 South to 495 South
    Take the Route 50 WEST exit. Rt. 50 turns into New York Ave. Stay on Rt. 50 for about 10 miles.
    Turn LEFT onto North Capital St.
    Go past Union Station and bear right as you enter the roundabout.
    Turn RIGHT onto E Street.
    Turn LEFT onto 1st St.
    Turn RIGHT onto D St.
    Turn RIGHT onto 2nd St.
You are there. Park at a meter while you load in. (See parking info below.)

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FROM THE SOUTH

    95 North to 395 North.
    Cross the 14th St. Bridge and STAY ON 14th St.
    Turn RIGHT onto Constitution Ave. (AKA Rt. 50)
    At 4th St, Constitution merges with Pennsylvania. Stay in the left lane to remain on Constitution.
    Turn LEFT onto Louisiana Ave.
    At the first light, turn LEFT onto 1st. St.
    Turn LEFT onto D St.
    Turn RIGHT onto 2nd St.
You are there. Park at a meter while you load in. (See parking info below.)

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FROM THE WEST

    66 East all the way into DC.
    Stay in the center lane as you cross the Roosevelt bridge and continue
    straight on Constitution (AKA Rt. 50).
    At 4th St, Constitution merges with Pennsylvania. Stay in the left lane to remain on Constitution.
    Turn LEFT onto Louisiana Ave.
    At the first light, turn LEFT onto 1st. St.
    Turn LEFT onto D St.
    Turn RIGHT onto 2nd St.
You are there. Park at a meter while you load in. (See parking info below.)

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PARKING PARKING PARKING

Parking at CCNV

There is street parking in front of CCNV. You should be able to get a spot there if you arrive in the evening. Unless the regulations have changed, parking is unrestricted there between 6:30 pm and 7 am, Monday - Friday. After 7am there is a 3 hour limit.

NOTE: CCNV's parking lot is small, and we can only park a few cars there overnight. There is no problem parking temporarily for loading and unloading. We are given a limited number of parking passes. See the F&V's CCNV coordinator when you get there to see if there are any parking passes left. If so, you are welcome to one.

Otherwise, for long term parking, we recommend using Colonial Parking Lot, on 1st St., between E & F Streets. The cost (last time we checked) was $6.50/day Monday - Friday, and free on the weekends. After 6pm, the attendant leaves but the lot is still accessible. This would be a good place to park if you do not plan to drive once you arrive in DC. Otherwise, you pay each time you re-enter the lot. This lot is usually full before 9am on weekdays.

There are also a number of other parking lots and garages within blocks of CCNV. Most are more expensive and some do not allow overnight parking. Another good alternative may be the long term parking at Union Station.

NEARBY HOTELS

You will find that the Supreme Court is easy to get to from all parts of D.C. using public transportation, or simply by walking. If you wish to stay at a hotel, here are a few suggestions. Since only a few people use this option, we are unable to reserve a block of rooms or otherwise negotiate cheaper rates. Try one of the cheap travel websites like Travelocity or Orbitz.

The closest Hotel to the Court is the Capitol Hill Suites. The phone number there is (202) 543-6000.

The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill block closer to the Court than CCNV.

Also close by is the Best Western Downtown Capitol Hill: 202-842-4466

And the Holiday Inn on The Hill: 202-638-1616



Abolitionist Action Committee (AAC)
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800-973-6548   aac@abolition.org

   

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