Friday, November 28, 2014

Author talk December 4: Meridian Hill: A History

Learn the history of Meridian Hill at the Thursday December 4 7:00 pm book talk by Meridian Hill: A History author Stephen R. McKevitt.    The event takes place at Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th St NW).

According to the email announcement,

Meridian Hill has been home to a lot of fascinating historic characters, including Commodore David Porter, John Quincy Adams, and Mary Henderson. It has housed Union Soldiers during the civil war and international diplomats in the twentieth century, remaining a diverse, thriving residential neighborhood to this day.

Questions? Call (202) 727-1426 or (202) 671-3121.

DC Community Heritage Project showcase Dec. 9

The DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) annual showcase takes place Tuesday, December 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Wilson High School (3950 Chesapeake St NW).

The event will feature the work of 16 DCCHP grantees who have worked for the past year to preserve the history, stories and culture of their neighborhoods and communities.   Highlights include a film screening, Q&A with grantees and the keynote by WaPo columnist John Kelly.

More information and to register.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A recap of the Green Book, a most valuable resource

Since 1981, the Committee on Ways and Means has published the Green Book, which presents background material and statistical data on the major entitlement programs and other activities within the Committee's jurisdiction. Over the decades, the Green Book has become a valuable resource and standard reference on American social policy.

In the Green Book you will find legislative history, explanations, links to Congressional Research Service reports and much more about the following entitlement programs:

  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Railroad Benefits
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Child Care
  • Social Services Block Grants
  • Child Welfare
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

You will also find useful appendices:

  • Federal Benefits and Services for People with Low Income
  • Social Welfare Programs in the Territories
  • Federal Benefits for Noncitizens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mayor-elect Bowser wants your good ideas

The information in the flyers below is a change from what had been posted on the Bowser transition website November 25.

Register to attend one or more of the fora. (UPDATED: 11/26, 9:42p)

Share Ideas Flyer - FINAL

Hearing From the Frontline Latest

Learn about the new Collaborative Oncology Clinic Dec. 4

DC Primary Care Association is holding a meeting Thursday, December 4 from 8:30 - 10:00 am so the public can learn about the Collaborative Oncology Clinic being established at United Medical Center on Southern Ave SE.

Sibley Memorial Hospital, UMC, and Howard University Hospital are partnering to establish a Collaborative Oncology Clinic on the UMC campus.   The goal is to reduce cancer-related mortality in Wards 7 and 8.   The partners are seeking feedback from the community―residents, advocates, providers, experts, other stakeholder―so that project planners design with your insights in mind.

RSVP online.

TA: Twitter just got better

Twitter just got even better: You can now DM tweets rather than sending them to email or publicly tweeting the person you want to see the Tweet. describes the change in Share Tweets Via Direct Messages.

Resources added to

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The internets have spoken: Mattel did bad. Use it as a teachable moment.

The internet was ablaze with anti-Mattel, anti-Barbie sentiments recently.   All because Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer included this:

When Barbie tries to restore the lost files by connecting her hard drive with another computer, friends Steve and Brian suggest that "It will go faster" with their help. Barbie agrees wholeheartedly.

While Mattel has apologized and has pulled the book from various online sites such as Amazon (see Mattel Apologizes, Pulls Sexist Computer-Engineer Barbie Book), there is plenty of good that can come from this oops.

Young women―and for that matter women of all ages―can go to Feminist Hacker Barbie and contribute more appropriate narratives for the 2010 illustrations.   I'm offering up this blog to share DC-submitted content submitted to Feminist Hacker Barbie.   Simply email me the URL where your submission appears.

Not interested in submitting narratives?   Then talk with the girls and young women in your life about what women can achieve, how they want to be viewed, how they want to think about themselves.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Roger Newell's funeral

Funeral arrangements for Roger Newell: Saturday November 29; Viewing 10:00 am, funeral at 11:00 am at Plymouth Congregational Church (5301 North Capitol St NE), Rev. Graylan S Hagler presiding.

Mayor-elect Bowser looking for attorneys

Another perspective on DC's marijuana laws

TA: Online photo storage

If you store photos online, Carousel may be for you.   Read the FastCo piece about the Carousel improvements to learn more.