Friday, October 24, 2014

The DC Register in @hgil Tweets

An interesting watch on @BookTV

It goes without saying that C-SPAN's Book TV has a portfolio of interesting programs.   The latest to wow me is After Words: Jake Halpern, "Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld," hosted by author Nomi Prins.

The program is so much more than the description:

A bank executive and a bank robber become business partners in buying uncollected debts for pennies on the dollar and collecting them on their own. According to Mr. Halpern, the collection industry is full of unregulated and questionable practices that can often compound the problems of working class citizens. He talks with author and former Wall Street executive Nomi Prins.

Halpern is a terrific storyteller.   He makes the complex story easy to understand and the program is easy to watch and listen to (huge in my book).   And as a bonus, Halpern provides usable advice to those who have debt and particularly debt in collection.   So take an hour and watch the program.   If you're interested in reading the book, local independent Politics & Prose has Halpern's book on their shelves now.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stand up DC against underage drinking at October 27 public hearing

The Ward 7 Safe and Drug Free Communities Coalition is encouraging those who want to put a lid on underage drinking in DC to testify Monday, October 27 at 10:00 am before the council's Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs.    Of the seven bills up for consideration, four relate to underage drinking and/or Ward 7:

If you need help preparing your testimony (or written statement if you are not able to attend the public hearing), the Coalition has prepared a guide to preparing testimony on these four bills.   And Ward 7 CM Yvette Alexander has prepared a summary of the four bills; see below.

DC Council Alexander Alcohol Legis Summary TN 10 2013 Revised

If you are not able to testify on October 27 but would like your statement submitted that day, Lois Callahan with the Coalition will deliver it to CM Orange at the hearing.   Email her for more information.   Or, submit your statement directly to the committee by November 6.   The revised hearing notice (PDF) tells you how.

Thought you might be interested Thursday

Perhaps a local college or university in the District could do a similar course, or set of courses, with former mayors, city administrators, and CMs.   I'd love to learn from them and participate in an effort to teach future leaders and government workers.

In the meantime, what have YOU learned doing advocacy that you would like to share with others?   Leave your thoughts in a comment.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Comment on B20-825, the "Youth Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 2014"

CM Tommy Wells (Ward 6 and chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Justice) has announced the committee will collect public comments on B20-825, "Youth Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 2014" via MadisonDC.   The use of this open platform is not to replace the public hearing taking place October 22.   Instead, this online tool will, according to the press release, "ensure that as many residents as possible have the chance to weigh in on this important legislation..."   The deadline for submitting comments via MadisonDC is October 30 at 5:00 pm.

Annual HIPS Candy Drive

The annual HIPS Candy Drive is here!   Candy is used as a conversation starter during street-based outreach since there is a natural reluctance to talk about condoms or syringes right away.   The candy is a way for staff and volunteers to connect with new clients and to let their existing clients know that they care.

HIPS is asking for donations of individually wrapped candy.   As a volunteer has said, "So this Halloween, consider purchasing an extra bag of candy for HIPS or donating your leftover candy. That's right, we'll help you get rid of all that dang candy leftover!"

For more information or to get drop-off or pick-up information, contact Emily via email or phone, (202) 232-8150 ext. 301.

For those who don't know, HIPS

promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.

Celebrate Home Rule October 28

Media Advisory on DCHRXL Commemoration

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mayor Gray's bi-weekly presser, Oct. 21

On Tuesday, October 21 at 11:30 am, Mayor Gray and DDOT director Matthew Brown will release the final moveDC Transportation Plan outlining policies, programs and capital investments aimed to enhance the District's transportation network.   The event takes place at Earth Conservation Corps Pump House (1520 First St SE).   From the advisory:
BACKGROUND: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will release the final moveDC Transportation Plan, the culmination of an 18-month process that has involved thousands of residents from the District and the Washington metropolitan region. The moveDC Plan is a comprehensive, multimodal transportation strategy that outlines policies, programs and capital investments to enhance the District’s transportation network, and includes detailed "elements" or "master plans" for each mode of travel in the District.

This announcement is part of the mayor's regular bi-weekly press briefing.

Keeping Her Safe | Violence Against Women Symposium Nov. 3

The Keeping Her Safe | Violence Against Women Symposium takes place Monday, November 3 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Campbell AME Church (2568 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE).

From the invitation and reservation site:

Violence against women has become an epidemic in this country. Reality shows are glamorizing it as an acceptable form of behavior. Moreover, it shows little girls that this is the kind of socialization that is expected of them. Violence is also being perpetuated through social media for the whole world to see. In light of the incident with the football player and his wife on the elevator, we wanted to unveil the silence.

GOTV October 20

Friday, October 17, 2014

Grant budget modifications now online for FY 2015 forward

The Office of Budget and Planning is now providing the status of Grant Budget Modification and Establishment requests.   The status, updated every day at night, is on   This new tool will report budget mod requests starting with FY 2015.

To find the requests, click on the "Grant Requests" tab at the top of the page (see illustration below).

OBP reports that this online tool is the first phase of making such information easily available.

TA: Understanding the lingo

LightBox Collaborative: Content Marketing in 5 Easy Steps on October 15 discussed earned, paid, and owned media (well, the link did).   Not sure what these terms mean?   Wander over to The Roles of Earned Media, Paid Media, and Owned Media for an explanation.   Lest you think I'm crazy, skip the first section; start with "The Earned Media Lifecycle."