The Alternatives National Conference has decided not to hold an independent conference this year. Instead, Alternatives is collaborating with Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon to host elements of Alternatives in its Peerpocalypse conference, April 20-23, 2020 conference in Seaside, Oregon. To learn more about the Seaside Convention Center, where Peerpocalypse will be taking place, click here.

Welcome to Washington, D.C.!

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Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia.  Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington, D.C. is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation’s capital to house the three branches of the federal government’s: the legislative in the Capitol Building, Executive in White House and the judicial at Supreme Court. It's also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues.

Though a capital city, it is ironic that residents of Washington lack full self-governance. Representation in Congress is limited to a non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives and a shadow senator. In 1964, Washingtonians were first allowed to vote in Presidential elections; the city was allowed to elect its own mayor only in 1973. The current leadership, Mayor Muriel Bowser, leads the charge for full statehood – voting representation in the Congress and full control over local affairs.

Washington, D.C., is a national center for the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet. The historic Ford's Theatre, site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, continues to operate as a functioning performance space as well as a museum. Washington is one of 13 cities in the United States with teams from all four major professional men's sports and is home to one major professional women's team.

It remains a vibrant and culturally diverse city today. The city is rich with international cultures, African American heritage and culture and it’s also one of America’s most gay-friendly cities. In fact, DC recognized same-sex marriage in 2010, before the Supreme Court, nearby, ruled that it was a right in 2015.

After more than 200 years as the nation’s capital, Washington has developed as a complex and layered city, with a distinctive character: both a town for locals, an international center of power and an amazing place to visit.


Resources

To read more about the District of Colombia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington

100 Free things to do in Washington D.C.: https://washington.org/100-free-things-to-do

List of sites and resources: https://www.ecfmg.org/evsp/state-resources-district-columbia.html

List of tours and attractions: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g28970-Activities-Washington_DC_District_of_Columbia.html