'Unity on the Hill' Stickers Popping Up

Businesses Are Showing Support for Tolerance, Diversity

The Hill Unity logo. (Photo: Unity on the Hill)

Stickers with the words “Unity in the Community” started popping up in the window corners of Capitol Hill shops, restaurants and schools in the last week.

Stores like Metro Mutts (508 H St. NE), The Cupboard (1504 East Capitol St.) and the Pretzel Bakery (257 15th St. SE) joined in the efforts to unite the Capitol Hill community under shared values of peace, tolerance, diversity and respect. Local residents and organizers of the campaign Laelia Gilborn and Soyun Park launched the Hill Unity campaign in response to the fear many residents felt after the presidential election in November.

With incidents of hate nationwide and in a few areas of the District, Gilborn and Park wanted to create an outlet for locals to express the values they feel the Capitol Hill community embodies.

“This is not about anti-Trump; it’s about making sure this neighborhood continues to be the neighborhood it’s been for awhile,” Park said. “And to even become more understanding.”

(Read about artwork the Stuart-Hobson Middle School students created for the campaign.)

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) announced his support of the effort on Jan. 13, and called the movement an “important” and “visible” expression of the Hill’s values.

“For those feeling vulnerable or fearful in the face of hatred and violence, the Unity signs in storefronts, residences and places of worship across the neighborhood will be a powerful message to both residents and visitors that all are welcome here,” Allen said in a statement.

And it’s a chance to show people visiting or new comers to the District that the community values its diversity, said the owner of Metro Mutts Kelly Hartshorn.

“We understand it’s a very diverse community, but that’s also what makes us strong,” she said. 

To print your own Unity on the Hill logo, click here.  

Metro Mutts puts up Stuart-Hobson students' artwork for Hill Unity. (Photo: Christine Rushton)
Stuart-Hobson students bring artwork to Metro Mutts for the Hill Unity campaign. (Photo: Christine Rushton)