Friday, October 24, 2014
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
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:
- B20-478, "First-Time Sale to Minor Penalty Revision Act of 2013"
- B20-503, "Alcoholic Beverage Window Advertisement Limitation Act of 2013"
- B20-571, "Ward 7 Alcohol License Limitation Act of 2013"
- B20-598, "Alcohol Sales to Minors Enforcement Amendment Act of 2013"
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.
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.
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
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.
Monday, October 20, 2014
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.
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.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
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.