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MEETUP for ONE CITY! Third Sundays 12:30PM in Wash. DC, FREE, All are welcome!

Meet people who care about Wash. DC including social entrepreneurs, "changemakers", investors, innovators, advocates and  people of diverse backgrounds who have been inspired by Mayor Vincent Gray's vision of Washington D.C. as ONE CITY!

Come together for followup conversations to stay in touch and working together to bridge cultural, digital and other divides! There will be a round of self introductions to the entire group. In the past about 50 to 80 people have attended these events each month. People can sit at different tables for conversations over lunch (free admission and networking; self-pay for food you order).

The first step is to get to know each other better to see if we are ready to work together harmoniously with appreciation, forgiveness and understanding. These monthly community events provide opportunities to build trust, develop more community allies and to connect with others interested in similar topics. Express your interest to the co-organizers and followup if you please. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

WHEN: 12:30PM TO 2:30PM on the third Sundays of each month.

The content is spontaneously provided by the participants who show up at each event. Many wonderful outcomes have resulted from these informal networking and Conversations for ONE CITY! Invite your new contacts to meet you at Join the fun in making new contacts in a friendly, welcoming and happy context!

DIRECTIONS: When you exit the METRO station (red line) at Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station, you will see the Friendship Archway monument which was co-developed with the city back in 1986 as a call for friendship and better understanding among people of all backgrounds. One way to build ONE CITY is to come together when you can or participate in message board discussions here and in other groups sponsored by the Friendship Archway Alliance and A.B.C. We look forward to connect with you and your friends!


We thank Ms. Soohyun "Julie" Koo, and the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs for their outreach calendar announcements and support. We thank the ongoing training opportunities of the Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI) under the leadership of Lafayette Barnes and Pat Henry. We appreciate the outstanding leadership of Mayor Vincent Gray who saved Chinatown DC by his critical legislative leadership to help shape the future of DC's Chinatown as a Asian American destination. He achieved this while he was Chairman of the City Council before he became Mayor of DC.  We appreciate many extraordinary and dedicated DC government officials including Allen Y. Lew,  Gilles A. E. Stucker, Tonya Butler-Truesdale, Patricia Zingsheim, Dory Peters, Thor Nelson and the many talented professionals in the Office of Planning under the talented leadership of Director Harriet Tregoning.

For more information on the nonprofit co-sponsor, see Thank you!

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  • WomenAllies C.

    The meetup was productive, great attendance and I highly recommend this meetup. The food was delicious.

    October 9, 2012

  • Organizer 2.

    The meetup was very productive. I met a lot of really interesting people and got 5 leads for potential clients. It is well put together and a lot of fun. Also, the food was delicious. I highly recommend it.

    October 9, 2012

  • DC N.

    It was a wonderful event. Thanks all the participants, ABC organizers and volunteers who made my Sunday productive to my community. I very much appreciate your time to be here this weekend so we all can share our life progress and give advice to others who are looking for a successful career path.

    September 23, 2012

  • Milagro A.

    Convenient location; friendly atmosphere; clean; great reasonably priced food; pleasant staff. Recommend to other meetups for the fore-mentioned reasons.

    September 17, 2012

  • ConversationsNET3 g.

    I appreciate all the fun and enthusiastic people I was able to talk with during this meet up.

    September 17, 2012

  • Diane A.

    Acknowledgements: our event sponsor, Mr. William Patterson of Universal Healthcare Management Services Inc. Members of this month's event team included Lynette, Fei, John, Joel, Nicole, Rebecca, Richard, Michael, Luca, Yao, Eric, Syed, Seth and others. Thanks also to all the contributors and participants. Last but not least is the important role of for their wonderful software! Thanks to all for contributing to another happy and successful community event!

    September 17, 2012

  • Lynette A.


    September 16, 2012

  • DW A.

    It was a great time for all, both the newbies and the regulars. Everyone was so friendly and enthusiastic. The volunteers did a great job as they always do. Thank you.

    September 16, 2012

  • David A.

    Thanks once again to all who came out to participate in today's community conversations. It was an excellent time!

    September 16, 2012

  • Friendship Archway Network, D.

    We love working with people of diverse background to build ONE CITY!

    September 16, 2012

  • Allies Team/Organizing C.

    Thanks to William Patterson for sponsoring this event! Thanks to all who donated! And we appreciate ABC's fabulous event organizing team: DW Starr, David Schneider, Seth, Luca, Rebecca, Richard Luu, Michael Simms, Yao Wu, Joel, Nicole, Eric, Syed, Diane and others! We really enjoyed connecting with so many fabulous people! Thanks for coming!

    September 16, 2012

  • Friendship Archway Network, D.

    We appreciate the Friendship Spirit of the participants at these events! Thanks for joining us here and staying in touch with old friends and meeting new friends and allies at these monthly events!

    August 21, 2012

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