Effective 03 April 2006, phase 1 of Washington DC's smoking ban prohibited smoking in indoor public places such as restaurant dining areas, offices and apartment lobbies. On 1 January 2007, phase 2 of the ban will extend to bar areas of restaurants, taverns and nightclubs. The never before seen photo to the left was taken during the 3 January 2006 Freedom of Choice Bans Close Bars demonstration in WDC.
After assembling in Franklin Square Park, at 14th and Eye Streets, nw, the demonstrations would march down 14th Street to the John A. Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Avenue for a Rally on the steps of City Hall.
Not waiting for the full ban to go into affect, in October 2006, Mark Lee of ATLAS Events and one of the organizers of the Freedom of Choice demonstration shut down his popular weekly party, Lizard Lounge.
Click photo to view more never before seen images of the 3 January 2006 Freedom of Choice 'Bans Close Bars' Demonstration which also may be viewed in the entire collection.