- Want to be in the know on all things Ward 8 Dems? Get on their newsletter email list; email Gaby L. Fraser, Editor-in-Chief .
- Save the date for the Leadership Institute Fall Fundraising Series: The Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs is hosting three workshops in the fall. All events will be held at Reeves Center (2000 14th St NW, in the Edna Frazier Community Room). Workshops are:
- Fundraising Planning, September 23 at 6:00 pm
- Making the Most of Your Fundraising Events, September 28 at Noon
- Grant Writing, October 5 at 6:00 pm
- Bread for the City needs gardening supplies for their SE location: Bread is planning to start a small roof top garden on a terrace as the first step in using edible gardens as a way to improve the health and nutrition of their clients. To start, they are looking for used pots (especially hanging ones), tools, and potting mix to help the embryonic project expand a bit. They also would love (free) help from a structural engineer. If you need more information or would like to make a donation, contact Sherita Evans, Intake & Community Resources Coordinator, 587-0534 or via email.
- Screening and discussion of "Chocolate City" August 10: This event takes place at 6:30 pm at BloomBars (3222 11th St NW).
In 2002, 400 low-income families in the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg housing projects of Southeast DC lost their homes to a mixed-income development project funded by the federal government. Although the original residents were promised residence in the new buildings, many actually ended up being pushed out for good. The documentary film "Chocolate City" follows the struggle of a group of women against this process of displacement.
The story in this documentary is relevant today in light of the recent demonstration on Parcel 42 in Shaw and plans for a new mixed-income community to replace Park Morton public housing on Georgia Avenue. Join some of the leading thinkers and activists dedicated to smart growth for current residents: Cheryl Cort, Policy Director for the Coalition for Smarter Growth; Lynda Laughlin, family demographer at the U.S. Census Bureau and blogger for Greater Greater Washington; and Ellie Walton, Filmmaker and co-director of the documentary.
RSVP on Facebook. There is a $10 suggested donation for this event.
- The DC Jobs Council has launched its blog! The DC Jobs Council will publish weekly on Work in the City. Subscribe to stay informed and be sure to register so you can leave comments (this is about reducing spam, not keeping folks from commenting).
- Children's books needed! Books for America, a local nonprofit benefitting the Washington region, has put out a call for donations of children's books in good condition. The organization makes donations to school libraries, early learning centers, homeless shelters, and more. Books for America also accepts donations of almost any type of book, DVDs, audiobooks, and CDs, all in good condition; some are sold in the used book store in Dupont Circle (1417 22nd St NW) while others are sold online through EBay and Amazon.com.
- DCCADV has a new web site, www.dccadv.org: The new site boasts new features, updates and streamlined search functions. Visit the site today and learn about their current work (including 2010 policy priorities).