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Wed May 15, 2019, 02:42 PM

DC Businesses: It's Perfectly Legal to Refuse to Host an Alt-Right Pool Party

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DC Businesses: It’s Perfectly Legal to Refuse to Host an Alt-Right Pool Party
WRITTEN BY ANDREW BEAUJON | PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2019

Plans for a $200-a-ticket “Demand Free Speech Rally” after-party hit a snag when the venue said it never agreed to host such an event, Rachel Kurzius reports for DCist. “It feels we are being discriminated for wanting to come together, and celebrate the Fourth of July week in our countries capital on behalf of our American free speech and some of the events speakers political views,” event organizer Adrienna DiCioccio told Kurzius.

DiCioccio later tweeted screenshots of her emailed correspondence with Kurzius, which said nothing about finding another venue. Hate group the Proud Boys promised to flood the original venue with negative reviews, Kurzius reports, though a check of the venue’s Yelp and Google pages suggests the campaign is off to a slow start.



DC venues don’t need to worry about saying no to the group if it tries to book another location for its after-party. As Jessica Sidman reported in 2017, the District’s Human Rights Act prevents discrimination against political affiliation but not “fringe ideological groups” such as white nationalists or other members of the alt-right. The Demand Free Speech Rally advertises the participation of alt-right figures Laura Loomer, Mike Cernovich, and Milo Yiannopoulos.

Many DC restaurants promised to kick out white nationalists before last year’s “Unite the Right 2” rally, which ended up drawing a couple dozen Nazis who were comically outnumbered by counterprotesters. They got of town as quickly as possible, and there were no reports of thwarted attempts to party in town afterward.

MAY 14, 5:53 PM

An Alt-Right Pool Party Loses Its Pool
Rachel Kurzius | https://twitter.com/Curious_Kurz

In early July, a bevy of far-right “free speech activists” are planning to bring their cause to downtown D.C.

The Demand Free Speech Freedom Rally is slated for July 6 in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza, shortly after Fourth of July celebration that will prominently feature President Donald Trump.

The demonstration will include speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos, who has faced a precarious financial situation since he was banned from Twitter for calling on his followers to harass other users in 2016, and Laura Loomer, who handcuffed herself to Twitter’s headquarters in protest after she was banned from the platform for anti-Muslim tweets.

The rally’s speakers argue that they’re being unfairly targeted for their conservative viewpoints. Other social media users say these platforms are overly permissive of the fringe right and are loathe to ban them even when they violate the platform’s terms of service. (Indeed, arguments on behalf of free speech have been used to launder white supremacist ideology into the mainstream.)

Organizers of the demonstration posted an event listing for a VIP after-party at “one of Washington D.C.’s hottest rooftop spots,” with tickets selling for $200 each. But there’s something amiss: the listed location, the Penthouse Pool Club on the rooftop of U Street NW’s VIDA Fitness, never booked the event, and has no plans to host it.
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Wed May 15, 2019, 02:44 PM

1. tick tick tick

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Wed May 15, 2019, 04:22 PM

2. They could always sue to demand service against the business owner's personal preference/freedom of

They could always sue to demand service against the business owner's personal preference/freedom of religion to not provide service to them.

That would make a nice precedent for their cause of refusing service based on the same exact grounds.

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