Friday, October 9, 2015

Save the date: November 4, A Citywide Call for Justice and Mercy

A Citywide Call for Justice and Mercy takes place Wednesday, November 4 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Ave NW).   The free event features Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy and nationally known advocate for criminal justice reform.

Register for the event.

The McClendon Scholar in Residence Program at The New York Ave. Presbyterian Church is the sponsor and houses of faith assisting include Calvary Baptist, Emory United Methodist, Metropolitan AME, Luther Place Memorial, St. Columba's Episcopal, Shiloh Baptist, Covenant Baptist/UCC, Church of Christ, Right Now and St. Augustine's Catholic.

@hgil's Tweets of the October 9 DCR

Even presidents forget to return books

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

UVA delivers migration data visualizations

The University of Virginia's Demographics Research Group in the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service has created two interactive maps—using 2009-2013 5-year American Community Survey estimates—to illustrate migration in all metro areas about which the census collects data.   The StatCh@t blog post Mapping city to city migration goes well beyond the Washington Post's image of migration to and from the 10 largest metro centers plus San Francisco in A simple illustration of how Americans move between the biggest metro areas.

The Research Group's blue map allows users to select the "leave from" metro area and then maps where people move to.   So in the example below, the data shows that those who left the Hartford, CT area between 2009 and 2013 largely stayed in New England, and in fact, the vast majority simply moved to another part of Connecticut.   (Why Hartford as a starting place?   I spent some of my formative years in West Hartford.)

With the Research Group's red map, users select the destination and the map shows were people come from.   In this example, the destination is the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

US "quality of death" ranking: 9th

The United States ranks ninth in The Economist's story Quality of Death Index 2015.   Ahead of the US are United Kingdom (first), Taiwan (sixth), and Germany (seventh).

The rankings are based on "extensive research and interviews with over 120 palliative care experts from across the world" and data such as the cost of care (reported as affordability), the palliative care infrastructure, and public policies.   Additional categories are shown in the image to the right.

Read the entire report (PDF); the US is on page 77.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

From Street Sense: Solving childhood homelessness

In September, Street Sense held a forum on Child Homelessness.   The purpose of the event was to identify solutions to homelessness among children and their families.

Street Sense recapped the event in Forum Identifies Solutions to Child Homelessness.   The story features comments, recommendations, and horror stories from panelists Jamila Larson, (Homeless Children's Playtime Project), Christie Jones (school counselor and children's book author), Christina Dukes (National Center for Homeless Education), and Joshunda Sanders (individual with first-hand experience).   Kavitha Cardoza moderated.

Miss the COW and leg meeting today?

If you missed the Committee of the Whole and Legislative Meeting October 6, no worries, you can watch them here:

Becky Katz's new gig: Public Records Officer

This means that Becky Katz has left the council for the executive branch.   I presume the council's counsel will be hiring another attorney to fill the vacancy.

October 14: Improving the Lives of Children of Incarcerated Parents forum

Forum Announcement 14Oct2015

Catching up with The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Did you listen to Ward 2 CM Jack Evans on The Kojo Nnamdi Show October 2, 2015?   If not, here's the link.   You'll hear Evans talking with Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood about the feds and metro and more.

Interested in emergency services in DC?   Listen to A Proposal To Privatize Some Ambulance Service: D.C.'s Fire And EMS Chief which aired September 30, 2015.

If affordable housing is an issue you care about, listen to The Fight For Affordable Housing In D.C.’s Chinatown.   It aired September 29, 2015.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5 media briefing on October 6 legislative meeting

Winter brings... snow and this shoveling volunteer opportunity!

Help your older or disabled neighbors out this winter by being a part of the DC Citizen Snow Team.   Serve DC coordinates this effort which is designed to make sure sidewalks are clear for those who find walking challenging or who are in wheelchairs.

Serve DC is holding trainings this fall―Wednesday, October 14; Thursday, November 12; Wednesday, December 9―and will schedule more if invited by ANCs or civic organizations.

According to Serve DC, there is a critical need for volunteers in Wards 4, 7, and 8.

What you will learn at the training:

  • How residents are selected by the DC Office on Aging to receive snow removal service
  • What parts of the property are to be shoveled
  • Snow versus ice removal
  • How to reach Tree Operations
  • Equipment distribution information
  • Injury and property liability information

Register to attend a training.   Have questions?   Contact Serve DC by phone, (202) 727-7925, or via email,

Photo by Steve Depolo.

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DC child vaccination rates lag behind national average, Healthy People 2020 goals

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 90% of kindergarten-age children in the District of Columbia in school year 2014-2015 were fully immunized with about 1% of the children not immunized because of an exemption.   This is less than the national average of 94% and the federal Healthy People 2020 goal of 95%.

CDC: Kindergarten Vax Rate High, But Not High Enough is the readable report of the findings published August 28, 2015 in Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2014–15 School Year.

Why are full immunizations so important?   The CDC explains:

School vaccination regulations provide an opportunity for children who are behind on vaccination in infancy to be vaccinated by school entry. For example, the kindergartners covered in this report were born during 2009–2011. Despite differences in methodologies, when this cohort of children was included in the National Immunization Survey of children aged 19–35 months, their coverage with ≥1 MMR dose was 90.8%, compared with a median of 94.0% who had received ≥2 doses in this assessment during the school 2014–15 school year (9). Appropriate school vaccination coverage assessments at the state and local levels for all kindergartners will be critical to aid in identification of communities at risk for vaccine-preventable disease transmission, where further action could improve vaccination coverage to ensure that more children are able to benefit from the protection offered by vaccines.

Beyond this, there are the fundamental principals associated with population vaccines.   The World Health Organization argues that vaccines help mitigate the severity of disease and protect the unvaccinated population and immune-compromised population.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Get briefed on upcoming leg meeting Oct. 5

On Monday, October 5 at 10:30 am, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media on the Tuesday, October 6 Legislative Meeting.   The briefing takes place in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).   If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the briefing online.

The Legislative Meeting will take place Tuesday, October 6 at 11:00 am, or immediately following the Committee of the Whole meeting.   Here is information about and for the COW and leg meeting:

Additional information about the legislative meeting briefing on Monday is available by calling Mendo's office, (202) 724‐8140.