WAMU 88.5 : News

Gray Says Plans For More Action Are Underway

Play associated audio
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and activist Robert Brannum show off police wristbands from Monday's arrests.
Patrick Madden
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and activist Robert Brannum show off police wristbands from Monday's arrests.

Gray was arrested Monday along with 40 others during a protest against the new restrictions Congress placed on D.C. as part of the budget agreement.

At this weekly press conference Wednesday, Gray lifted up his arm to show off the plastic wristband he received in custody.

"There were 41 of these issued to the D.C. 41," says Gray.

More than a fashion statement, Gray says he plans to wear the wristband as a symbol.

"Maybe I'll take it off the next time I get locked up and have a new one," he says.

While Gray says the decision to get arrested was not planned -- he calls what happened spontaneous combustion -- the mayor says he is now working and talking with others to map out a strategy and more actions are planned to protest the city's treatment.

NPR

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
NPR

Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
WAMU 88.5

Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

NPR

WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.