Monday, December 31, 2012

Free webinars for nonprofits in January 2013

Wild Apricot's list of free webinars for nonprofits in January 2013 is heavy on fundraising.   What interests me more are these:
  • An Introduction to Facilitating Groups (January 9)
  • Listening Skills for Leaders: How to Conduct A One On One Conversation To Motivate Others (January 23)
  • Simplify Your Life with Sam Davidson (January 29)

Peer-reviewed papers on youth movements for social change

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as an element of its collaboration with the Born This Way Foundation, has published numerous papers summarizing existing peer-reviewed research related to youth empowerment and organizing.   Examples of papers are The Value of Youth Organizing by Jerusha Conner, Youth and Social Movements: Key Lessons for Allies by Sasha Costanza-Chock, and How Participatory Action Research Can Promote Social Change and Help Youth Development by Cara Berg Powers and Erin Allaman.   The other research summaries are on the publications page of The Kinder & Braver World Project.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Candlelight vigil for youth homicide victims, Dec. 31

The annual Northeast Performing Arts Group candlelight vigil and rally in memory of youth who were homicide victims takes place Monday, December 31 at 5:00 pm at the NEPAG NE Outreach Youth Center (3431 Benning Rd NE).

The organization has sponsored this annual event for 22 years, "hoping that this one will be our LAST."   Attendees, who will light a candle to commemorate each of the children and youth under the age of 25 who have been killed in the District this year,

are driven to send a message of HOPE and PEACE for the FUTURE and the lives of our youth living in Washington, DC. Coming Together in PEACE and PRAYING for the lives lost on the streets to HOMICIDE.

Additional information is available by calling (202) 388-1274, emailing NEPAG, or tweeting NEPAG, @neperformingart.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Select Science Daily summaries have implications for public policy in DC

In the past couple of weeks or so I've found interesting summaries in Science Daily.   All have implications for public policy and practice.   My favorites are here:

IRS ups business and medical mileage rates for 2013

In November, the IRS announced Standard Mileage Rates for 2013.   The highlights:
The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven.
  • 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes.
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Remember: Cold kills. Use hypothermia hotline.

When the temperature or wind chill is 32°F or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert.   The notice appears on the Department of Human Services website (in "DHS Popular Links") and is emailed and texted out by HSEMA.

If you see a homeless individual or family, call the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline, 1-800-535-7252.

Thanks to Marina Streznewski for the fabulous idea of programming your mobile phone with the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline number!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Save the date, Jan. 26, for affordable housing rally

Join the Housing For All Campaign January 26, 2013 from Noon - 2:00 pm to rally for their vision of a District with decent, quality affordable housing for all.    The event takes place at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St NW).

Housing for All Rally Flyer (English)

The ground rules for CP 20

Early January 2013 will be busy for the DC Council.   The council will approve the CP 20 rules, in the form of a resolution, which will govern operations of the body for two years.   In addition to listing the committee membership (already known, blogged in CP 20 committee assignments), the rules will list the agencies under the purview of the committees, rules regarding public and private notice, and much more.

Last week, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, on behalf of numerous partners, submitted recommendations

to improve the transparency of the DC Council’s operations and to improve public access to information on actions of the Council... The recommendations focus on eight major areas: hearing/roundtable procedures, hearing/meeting logistics, the budget process, the legislative process, John A. Wilson building access and use, public access to information, open meetings, and Council structure.

Time will tell whether Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will implement the recommendations.   Advocates have achieved some success over the years getting ideas implemented.   One such idea was the placement of screens throughout the JAWB on which people can watch official goings on.

Mike DeBonis takes a more political approach to the assignments in Kenyan McDuffie is on the rise.

Friday, December 21, 2012

CP 20 committee assignments

The Council of the District of Columbia will have some new committees and committee chairs during Council Period (CP) 20 (January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2014).
  • Workforce & Community Affairs: Marion Barry, Chairman; Yvette Alexander; Jim Graham; Kenyan McDuffie; Tommy Wells
  • Business, Consumer & Regulatory Affairs: Vincent B. Orange, Chairman; Yvette Alexander; Mary Cheh; Jim Graham; David Grosso
  • Economic Development: Muriel Bowser, Chairman; Anita Bonds; Jack Evans; Kenyan McDuffie; Vincent Orange
  • Finance & Revenue: Jack Evans, Chairman; Marion Barry; Muriel Bowser; David Catania; David Grosso
  • Health: Yvette Alexander, Chairman; Anita Bonds; David Catania; David Grosso; Vincent Orange
  • Judiciary: Tommy Wells, Chairman; Anita Bonds; Muriel Bowser; Mary Cheh; Jack Evans
  • Education: David Catania, Chairman; Yvette Alexander; Marion Barry; David Grosso; Tommy Wells
  • Government Operations: Kenyan McDuffie, Chairman; Muriel Bowser; David Catania; Mary Cheh; Vincent Orange
  • Human Services: Jim Graham, Chairman; Marion Barry; Anita Bonds; Kenyan McDuffie; Tommy Wells
  • Transportation & the Environment: Mary Cheh, Chairman; Jack Evans; Jim Graham; Kenyan McDuffie; Tommy Wells

Dec. 21 sked for Mayor Gray

Mayor Gray's December 21 schedule includes:
  • School Safety Forum with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan at which Mayor Gray will offer remarks, 9:00 - 10:30 am at Neval Thomas Elementary School (650 Anacostia Ave NE)
  • National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Service with Mayor Gray delivering remarks, Noon – 1:00 pm at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Ave NW)

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Save the date for public roundtables on recent election

The DC Board of Elections and Ethics has announced two public meetings to get feedback on the November election.   The Board will use the comments made at the meetings, being held January 9 and 23, 2013, to inform the legally-required after-action report.

More information is in the roundtables flier (PDF) and the release.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Homeless Persons' Memorial Vigil, Dec. 21

Join the National Coalition for the Homeless and other members of the community at the December 21, Noon - 1:00 pm as they honor the names and celebrate the memories of the men and women who have passed away while experiencing homelessness in the Washington, DC Metro area in 2012.

The event takes place at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Ave NW).   More information is available by calling (202) 462-4822 ext. 234.

Getting better at advocacy

I think a lot about getting better at advocacy.   I want to improve my skills and as I blog and go through work every day, I think about helping improve the skills of those doing all kinds of advocacy in the District, especially advocacy for kids issues.

I've not read anything from the list below, but in the spirit of sharing resources and skilling up, I wanted to share.   If you have any suggestions, leave a comment.

Read Quote of James Sullivan's answer to Activism: What should an up-and-coming activist read? on Quora

Holiday cards for veterans, an update

On November 30, I blogged (Holiday cheer for veterans--handmade cards by DC children) about a community effort to bring some holiday cheer to veterans.   Here's an update.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped spread the word, create, and deliver over 650 homemade holiday cards! I am in awe of the time and effort the kids put into this project and the support of so many adults in the community.

This morning a group of local families delivered at least one card to every soldier we could find at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Petworth. We met many of the old soldiers in common spaces and then went room to room singing holiday tunes and delivering cards.

The immense joy the cards and their distributors gave was amazing to watch. I cannot thank the Friends of the Old Soldiers Home and the staff at the Home enough for their work in coordinating this event. Happy Holidays and please spread this thank you to anyone you know who helped make this holiday card drive a truly special gift to so many deserving members of our community. Hoping to make this a yearly holiday tradition.

Sincerely,
Sarah, Marcus, Xavi, Nora

Mayor Gray to appear on NewsTalk Dec. 20

Mayor Vince Gray's regular monthly appearance on NewsTalk takes place December 20 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.   Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here: http://news8.net/.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DCAYA recounts youth homeless awareness month

Consideration of compulsory attendance, Dec. 19

The DC State Board of Education's December 19 public meeting includes a presentation on proposed changes to Title 5A of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations regarding compulsory attendance requirements.   The "South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012" changes how local education agencies respond to truant and absent students.

The public may comment on these and other proposed changes to education law and practice.   Details about commenting are in the meeting notice.

The meeting will air live on District Knowledge Network (DKN) (on Comcast channel 99, RCN channel 18 and Verizon channel 12).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chief Lanier guests on NewsTalk 8, Dec. 18 at 10a

Police chief Cathy Lanier will will guest on NewsTalk December 18 at 10:00 am to talk about the school shooting in Connecticut, gun control, and more.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here: http://news8.net/.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Get up to speed on DC's home visiting program

DCFPI staffers Soumya Bhat and Wes Rivers recently blogged about home visiting in DC, Things to Know About DC’s Home Visitation Program Expansion.   They are kind enough to allow me to re-post this important information.
This fall, the DC Department of Health (DOH) was one of six applicants nationwide to win a competitive federal grant to expand DC’s Home Visitation Program, which serves at-risk families with young children. The grant, $2.25 million per year for two years, provides the District with many opportunities, and it will be critical for DOH to adopt long-term strategies to make sure the system is sustained past the two-year grant cycle.

Due to limited funding, the current home visiting program only serves at-risk families in Wards 5, 7 and 8. The new funds will allow DC to provide home visitation services to such families, no matter what part of the city they live in. High-priority families who may be eligible for home visitation services include those that are low-income, have a history of child abuse or neglect, have children with developmental delays or disabilities, and pregnant teenagers.

The new funds also will enhance DC’s ability to connect high-risk families to needed home visitation programs and other services, by building a centralized intake and referral system, a hotline for families seeking help, and a universal screening tool for groups that work with high-risk families who are pregnant or already parents of young children.

The new grant will also boost the capacity of the Home Visitation Program through professional development. Currently, the District does not have any coordinated professional training in place to make sure all providers have the necessary skills to deliver high-quality home visitation services to families.

Finally, DOH is partnering with Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to study the implementation and impact of the expansion through a formal program evaluation. This process will help identify what is working and what is not to create a more effective delivery system.

As DC DOH begins the hard work of implementing these plans with the new funding, DCFPI would like to offer a few considerations:

  • Fiscal sustainability is key to ensuring the long-term success of the expansion. Specifically, this means the need to secure investments by District agencies to maintain the universal screening and assessment mechanism that is being developed. Without an integrated approach, the additional services being provided to families in need may have to be dropped once the funding cycle ends.
  • Similarly, initial investments in data and professional development infrastructure could benefit several other initiatives that fall under the Mayor’s Early Success Framework, an initiative to improve city-wide coordination to better serve families with young children.
  • Finally, the investment can continue to build communication and collaboration across District agencies, and put service provision in the hands of community-based organizations that are familiar with the people and needs of the communities served.

A copy of the final home visitation grant application can be found here.

Amended FY 2014 budget resolution, pursuant to Dec. 18 approval

On November 15, 2012, DC Council Chairman Mendelson introduced PR19-1111, "Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Submission Requirements Resolution of 2012" (PDF).    It listed the due-date for the mayor's proposed FY 2014 budget and the items the budget must include.

According to an email from the council budget office, the introduction was to serve as a conversation-starter between the DC Council, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and the Mayor’s budget office.

The draft ANS (below), to be voted on December 18, contains changes negotiated by the various parties.

  • The mayor must transmit the proposed FY 2014 budget to the DC Council March 28, 2013.
  • The capital budget must be presented in a more transparent manner, identifying essential project information in a single spreadsheet.

If you can't spend the entire day at JAWB, you can watch the COW and leg meeting via the DC Council website.

2012-12-14 Draft ANS for FY 2014 Budget Submission Requirements Resolution of 2012

#dcfy14

Monday, December 17, 2012

Immediate crisis counseling available by phone 24/7

SAMHSA (the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has shared the following:
Disaster Distress Helpline Offers Immediate Crisis Counseling
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746.

The recent shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut continues to bring out strong emotions across the Nation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the many issues and problems that might arise from this tragedy.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual, and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence, or any other tragedy affecting America's communities.

Our texting service also is available to Spanish speakers. Text "Hablanos" to 66746 for 24/7 emotional support.

TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

The Helpline also can be accessed online at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/

Community event: A New Day for ANCs (Dec. 19)

Organized by Empower DC:

A New Day for ANCs
The Ivy City Ruling and ANC Notice & "Great Weight" Since the "Kopff Case"

December 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
West End Library (1101 24th St NW)

A D.C. Superior Court Order signed last week is being viewed by some people as the most significant environmental justice case in recent years and perhaps the most significant judicial decisional law in 35 years affirming the rights granted by the Congress to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in the District of Columbia. These ANC rights include advising the Mayor and each D.C. executive agency with respect to all proposed matters of District government policy and requiring that ANCs’ issues and concerns raised shall be given "great weight" during deliberations by a D.C. government entity.

In 1974, District voters approved a referendum to the District charter to establish ANCs. The first elections of the commissioners were held in 1976. In 1977, the D.C. judicial system was presented with a test case to establish decisional law. The Harrison Institute of the Georgetown University Law Center served pro bono as counsel for a complaint filed by my husband, Gary Kopff, and me against the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board that became the initial Court-affirmed decisional law. Kopff v District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, 381 A.2d 1372-1387. (D.C. 1977).

In a David and Goliath story, the tiny Ivy City community, a low-income African-American neighborhood settled originally just after emancipation, has filed suit against the Mayor and Union Station Redevelopment Corp. (USRC) to halt plans to divert hundreds of polluting charter buses into their community for the next 10 years while Union Station undergoes a billion dollar redevelopment. Despite not receiving the notice, ANC5B voted 8 to 0 against the planned bus depot, once they discovered the plan. Other ANCs across the District have joined the opposition by passing resolutions against the bus depot.

This Wednesday evening, December 19, a panel that includes the key participants in the 1977 test case will discuss D.C. Superior Judge Judith Macaluso’s decision in Bennett, et al v. Union Station Redevelopment Corp, et al. The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 pm at the West End Library (1101 24th St NW). Panelists will include:

  • Johnny Barnes (Plaintiffs’ counsel in Bennett v. Union Station Redevelopment Corp and recently retired Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area).
  • Gottlieb Simon (Executive Director of the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions).
  • Jason I. Newman (Founder of Georgetown University Law Center’s Harrison Institute; Supervising Plaintiffs’ Counsel for the Kopff v ABC Board case (1977).
  • Mary Cheh, Ward 3 City Councilmember (invited, not yet confirmed).
  • Gary Kopff (Co-Plaintiff in Kopff v DC ABC Board (1977).

In her 21-page Order, D.C. Superior Court Judge Macaluso cited Kopff v ABC Board (1977) five times and affirmed the public interest in ANCs’ views being consulted:

"The public has a strong interest in enforcement of the requirement that the District consult with ANCs before making licensing decisions that significantly affect the character of a community. When this process is ignored, decisions are by definition unfair and developed on an incomplete record." [Order §4(e) at 15, Bennett, et al v. Union Station Redevelopment Corp, et al.

Council Chairman Mendelson on NewsTalk, December 17

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will guest on NewsTalk December 17 at 10:00 am to talk about the school shooting in Connecticut, the selection of Anita Bonds, school consolidation, ethics reform, and more.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here: http://news8.net/.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

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Helping children deal with tragedy

Local education expert and advocate Crystal Sylvia recently shared some important information about helping children deal with tragedies.
Here are three links that provide helpful advice about how to talk to children about the shooting tragedy that took place yesterday:

One of the recommendations is that parents limit exposure to television coverage of the shooting. Unfortunately, in my experience many young children see hours of television coverage about these tragedies at home because it dominates the news. Those children who have suffered a previous trauma can experience more intense emotions and may need more support after hearing about this shooting or seeing images on tv.

Public hearing on DCPS FY 2014 budget, Dec. 19

The DC Public Schools' Notice of Public Hearing about the FY 2014 DCPS budget (Word) invites the public to offer input into the budget.

The notice was published in the December 7 DC Register.

#dcfy14

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Update on FY 2013 budget

On December 14, President Obama forwarded the District's FY 2013 proposal (passed by the council and signed by the mayor.   This comes nearly six months after Mayor Gray transmitted the approved budget to the president.


The District is currently operating under a CR (continuing resolution) which allows spending until Congress passes the budget; Congress has to pass the District's budget.   The city is now operating under Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 (Pub.L. 112-175), H.J. Res. 117 (PDF).

#dcfy13

December 18, final COW and leg meetings of CP

The DC Council's final Committee of the Whole and legislative meeting take place December 18 starting at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.

The draft COW agenda is here (PDF) and the draft leg meeting agenda and materials are here.

DC Fiscal Policy Institute's Ed Lazere has blogged twice about the Howard Town Center development (Supporting the Howard Town Center and Responsible Economic Development and A Critical Test for Smart Economic Development—The DC Council Should Set Aside the Tax Abatement for the Howard Town Center).   You should read them both before the final vote on the legislation December 18.

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the sessions via the DC Council website.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton's thoughts about Lawrence Guyot

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton honored Lawrence Guyot at his memorial service December 15.   The press release:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will offer remarks and serve as moderator for the memorial service honoring civil rights pioneer and long-time Washingtonian Lawrence Guyot on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Goodwill Baptist Church (1862 Kalorama Road, NW). Norton’s ties with Guyot date back to their work together in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MDFP) challenge in 1964.

"In an act of defiance of the both Mississippi and national power, Guyot and the Mississippi Freedom delegation had forced a sea change in his state and in the national Democratic party. Four years later, for the first time, the Democratic Party became democratic. As we watched how President Obama won a second term in November, we saw the straight line from Guyot and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to Barack Obama.," Norton said in her remarks. "Guyot’s mark is everywhere in this town, including on my own first campaign for Congress, where Guyot was one of my closest advisors and especially on the city’s long campaign for equal rights, for voting rights, and for statehood."

Norton’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow.

Remarks of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Memorial Service for Lawrence Guyot
December 15, 2012
As Prepared for Delivery

Let me start with the simple truth. Lawrence Thomas Guyot Jr. was the bravest man I knew up close and personal. Many of my friends and colleagues in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) were arrested. Even I have been in jail. No big deal. Some, of course, stood out for being beaten and for taking other violent abuse, even in demonstrations, SNCC chair, John Lewis, foremost among them. But I personally saw what Mississippi jailers did to Guyot when I went to the jail in Winona, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta. He almost surely carried those scars with him when Guyot left this world on November 23. Yet, there were no scars on Guyot’s soul. It remained unblemished.

Despite experiencing the worst of the American experience, including time at the notorious Parchment Farm Penitentiary, Guyot was the most upbeat of human beings. That spirit kept him ever-poised for the next fight. Yet, Guyot was born and raised in a state bathed in racial hatred. Guyot’s Mississippi had not much changed since the Civil War. Blacks were supposed to adhere to its racial code -- and to like it. Guyot abhorred it and lived to help bring down that code.

Mississippi was the last battleground in the civil rights movement. As the non-violent army approached, the state was brimming with murderous resistance to its nascent non-violent civil rights movement. Medgar Evers was assassinated on June 12, 1963, after putting me on the bus to Greenwood, Alabama. Though a century-old, the NAACP had no state president until Medgar Evers, and Medgar, not students, led the first sit-ins in the state, in Jackson, where they were savagely beaten at lunch counters a week before I arrived. For me, all of this amounted to a baptism by fire, but for Guyot, it was the world where he lived. It was the world he defied with all his being when almost no one else did.

To know Guyot is to have a Guyot story. We will hear some of these stories today. One of Guyot’s most important stories has had an outsized effect. Guyot was elected chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964, touring the state to get white and black Mississippians to participate in local Democratic Party meetings throughout the state that chose delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. When they were systematically excluded from all the proceedings, Guyot, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party vice chair, Fannie Lou Hamer, and the integrated Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party delegation went to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City to challenge the official all-white Mississippi delegation. Guyot and I worked together again in Atlantic City, where I ran the lobbying operation and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegation presented the legal brief I helped write to the Democratic National Convention credentials committee. In the end, the Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party delegation rejected the national Democrats’ offer of two delegates in the Mississippi delegation, but, four years later, Guyot had credentials to the Democratic National Convention.

In an act of defiance of the both Mississippi and national power, Guyot and the Mississippi Freedom delegation had forced a sea change in his state and in the national Democratic party. Four years later, for the first time, the Democratic Party became democratic. As we watched how President Obama won a second term in November, we saw the straight line from Guyot and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to Barack Obama. Most in SNCC scattered throughout the country in the years that followed, but Guyot went back home to Mississippi. Monica Guyot, the 47-year love of his life last week, took Guyot back home to Mississippi, where he first left his mark.

As we will hear today, Guyot left a big mark here, too, in D.C. that became his home town. Guyot’s mark is everywhere in this town, including on my own first campaign for Congress, where Guyot was one of my closest advisors and especially on the city’s long campaign for equal rights, for voting rights, and for statehood.

Have you noticed that only once have I used Guyot’s full name? For those who knew him, one word – Guyot -- managed to say all that is necessary, like others we affectionately call by one name – Obama, Shakespeare, Prince. One word is all that is necessary to call up who Guyot was – gracious and generous but wise in the ways of struggle, a man who believed that defiance of subjugation would give us courage. He left as his legacy exactly what we need in our own perennial fight against an oppressive Congress – the will to engage in defiance that can give us courage for more defiance. At times, when we are trying to summon the fortitude, but the word courage seems out of reach, we might try thinking of the bravest man I knew personally and up close. Just say Guyot.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Honor Lawrence Guyot December 15

The memorial service for former ANC Commissioner, longtime community activist, and Civil Rights hero Lawrence Guyot will be held Saturday, December 15 at the Goodwill Baptist Church, 1862 Kalorama Rd NW.

Learn more about Guyot:

Photo from Tributes.com.

Web acronyms

Don't know what the gazillion web acronyms, such as ASCII and HTTPS, mean?    Code Conquest has a great list.

Knowledge Commons DC news

Registration for Knowledge Commons DC (KCDC) January classes starts December 20 at Noon.   Take a look at the schedule so you can sign up starting next week.

KCDC is in need of volunteers for the January session; details about the December 18 Volunteer Training Party are here.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Show your love for Anacostia with this free button!

Congress Heights on the Rise has alerted us to the availability of free "I Heart Anacostia" buttons.

Buttons are available at five locations:

Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd SE

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, 1922 MLK Jr. Ave SE (interim location)

The HIVE 2.0, 1231-B Good Hope Rd SE

The HIVE, 2027 MLK Jr. Ave

Vivid Solutions Archival Print Lab, 2208 MLK Jr. Ave SE

Buttons courtesy of Anacostia nonprofit, ARCH Development Corporation!

Mayor Gray's December 13 schedule

Mayor Gray will join several agency directors December 13 from 10:00 - 11:00 am to announce the winners of the Sustainable DC Budget Challenge.   The announcement takes place at 200 I St SE.

Later in the day, Mayor Gray is opening his office for his Holiday Open House from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mayor’s Suite, 6th Floor; use the south elevators).

See what other events are on the mayor's schedule.

Advocacy and Learning Calendar, December 13 update

Webinars and events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • An Adequacy Study of the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula of the Washington DC Public Schools (December 12)
  • Petworth Library friends book sale (December 15)
  • Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work (December 17)
  • Day-long federal advocacy training (January 4)
  • The 2013 OSSE Postsecondary Conference (January 10)
  • 6th annual Rooting DC (February 23)

If there are events you think belong on this calendar, email me the information and I will add it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How are you using social media photo tools?

Pinterest and Instagram are two popular social media photo tools.   A new kid on the block is Cinemagram which animates photos and Twitter has announced plans to release photo filters by the holidays.   Recently, Facebook removed Instagram functionality from Twitter.

This has me asking two questions.   First, how are local nonprofits and government agencies using these photo-sharing tools for their work?   And second, how do you find out about things like the recent Instagram change and new tools like Cinemagram?   Please share your answers in the comments section.

BTW, I've pinned a number of items on my DC board on Pinterest.

CM Anita Bonds guests on NewsTalk December 12

Interim CM Anita Bonds is one of the guests on NewsTalk December 12 at 10:00 am.   Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here: http://news8.net/.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

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Mayor Gray's December 12 schedule

Mayor Vincent Gray's regular biweekly press briefing takes place December 12 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Georgetown University Law Center (F St and New Jersey Ave NW, Bernard S. and Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center).

The mayor and DOES director Lisa Mallory will provide an update on the success of the One City • One Hire program and announce the launch of the One City • One Hire mobile application.

Later in the day, Mayor Gray will be greeting residents and others at his Holiday Open House, December 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm in his suite on the sixth floor of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

See what other events are on the mayor's schedule.

Save Our Schools Rally & March, December 13

Empower DC is rallying the troops―students, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers―to protest the proposal to close more DC Public Schools.   Learn more about the situation and the rally and march here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DC Council list, updated 12/11/12

Council Listing - 2012 - Dec 11 2012

Hypothermia alert issued for night/overnight, December 11

When the temperature or wind chill is 32°F or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert.   And they've done just that.   Starting at 7:00 pm this evening until the morning of December 12, a Hypothermia Alert is in effect.   If you a homeless individual or family, call the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline, 1-800-535-7252.

Thanks to Marina Streznewski for the fabulous idea of programming your mobile phone with the Hypothermia Shelter Hotline number!

America's Health Rankings discussion today at 12:30p

Tune in today, December 11 at 12:30 to learn more about the results reported in 2012 America's Health Rankings.

Anita Bonds, new at-large CM (interim)

Members of the DC Democratic State Committee selected Ward 5's Anita Bonds to fill the at-large seat vacated by now-Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.   Bonds will serve from January 1 December 11 until the special election for the seat in April. (CORRECTED 12/11/ 12:19 pm)    The date of the special election is April 23, 2013.

Important dates associated with the special election are in this Board of Elections and Ethics release (PDF).

Reminder: Housing Homeless Veterans event, Dec. 12

Miriam’s Kitchen is hosting Housing Homeless Veterans: Why Permanent Supportive Housing Matters, December 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Miriam’s Kitchen (2401 Virginia Ave NW).   The event involves a cross-section of speakers about a hot topic at the local and national levels.   Learn about how vets are being housed in DC, how Miriam’s Kitchen is a part of this initiative, how you can be involved in this effort, and the broader advocacy efforts at Miriam’s Kitchen.

More information is in the event flier or by contacting Jean Badalamenti via email.

Help an adult read: Participate in World Book Night, April 2013

World Book Night U.S.―April 23, 2013―will celebrate books for and reading with and by adults.   Volunteers across the country will give 500,000 books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.  

Politics & Prose will be a community host; if you are interested in being a book giver, the application information is here.   Book givers give the free books to those who don’t regularly read who don’t have good access to books.

Some FAQs from the World Book Night website:

Q. Why April 23?
A. April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday! It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one. World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011; in 2012, it was also celebrated in the USA and Germany.

Q. Why not children’s books?
A. Many, many other wonderful programs already exist to get books to young children, and they are essential. But World Book Night U.S. fills another important need: Encouraging reading in the adult population, especially those who may not have access to printed books for reasons of means or geography.

The goal of World Book Night is to seek out adult readers wherever they are, in towns and cities, in public settings or in places from nursing homes to food pantries, low-income schools to mass transit

Monday, December 10, 2012

Share some advocacy TA this holiday season

'Tis the season... to show your colleagues how much you care.   You can do this, in part, by giving them their own copy of Communications for DC Advocates: How-to's and lessons learned over 15 years.

The guide is full of how-tos, tips, and advice about writing letters and testimony, participating in meetings with DC Council and executive branch staff, and making phone calls.   But there's much more in the guide; take a look at the table of contents:

Section I: Writing to the Mayor and members of the DC Council, and ANCs
Section II: Writing to appointed officials
Section III: Preparing testimony and statements for the record
Section IV: Delivering testimony
Section V: After the hearing
Section VI: Executive branch agency hearings
Section VII: Commenting on proposed/emergency regulations
Section VIII: Fact sheets
Section IX: Meeting with elected and appointed officials
Section X: Briefing elected and appointed officials
Section XI: Meeting with legislative and executive branch staff
Section XII: Phone calls to elected officials
Section XIII: Facility tours
Section XIV: The value of nice
Section XV: Conclusion
Section XVI: Resources and extras

Buy the guide here for only $35 so you can have at your fingertips important how-to steps to engage CMs, DC Council staff, the mayor, and exec branch staff.

DMHHS office staff

Here's a list of staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Eggnog Ricotta Cake recipe

The latest from my kitchen was successful and just in time for holiday celebrations: Eggnog Ricotta Cake.   Easy to make and a beautiful cake.   I bake it in a large springform pan.

Eggnog Ricotta Cake

FY 2014 budget update

Agency budget proposals are due to the Office of Budget and Planning and Mayor's Office on Budget and Finance December 28.

OBP is delaying implementation of the new budget system, BMAP.   OBP expects to launch the new budget system in the spring of 2013.

#dcfy14

Workshop proposals sought for residential education conference

The Coalition for Residential Education's 2013 National Conference is entitled "Best and Promising Practices in Residential Education" and takes place April 29 - May 1, 2013.   The organization's conference planning committee is accepting proposals for informative and relevant conference workshop sessions.   More information about proposing a session is on the CORE conference web page.

Holiday-oriented pop-up from Goodwill

Goodwill has a new pop-up: Peace & Goodwill open December 12 - 14 at Pepco Edison Place Gallery (701 9th St NW; the entrance to the Edison Place Gallery is at 702 8th St between G and H streets, directly behind the Pepco headquarters entrance).

Peace & Goodwill will feature contemporary and vintage clothing, seasonal accessories and decor, and good cheer!

Extra incentive: For every dollar you spend at the pop-up, Pepco will donate a dollar to Goodwill of Greater Washington—up to $25,000!   This will allow Goodwill to offer more classes, services and support to the underemployed and unemployed in the region.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Judiciary committee December 3 update

The Committee on the Judiciary has released hearing updates; the information is on the COJ website.

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Today on NewsTalk (December 6)

WaPo columnist Robert McCartney will guest on NewsTalk December 6 at 10:00 am to talk about the ongoing Gray 2010 campaign and CM Barry's "anti-discrimination" bill.   Later in the program, Tom Cafcas of Good Jobs First will talk about the hiring record of the city's construction firms.   Read the report here.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here: http://news8.net/.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

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Mayor's December 5 sked

The highlight (get it?) of Mayor Gray's schedule December 5 from 3:30 – 4:00 pm is the Wilson Building Tree-Lighting Ceremony with DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.    You can attend; the tree is in the JAWB's Grand Foyer (1st Floor Entrance).

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Committee on Health roundtable on UMC's pediatric emergency department, December 6

The Committee on Health will hold a roundtable on the Success of United Medical Center’s Partnership with Children’s National Medical Center December 6 at 10:30 am in Room 123.   Witnesses are from UMC and CNMC (witness list (PDF)).   Watch the hearing.

Tune in today to 21st Century Workforce Development Panel Discussion for Youth and Adults

You can watch via live stream the 21st Century Workforce Development Panel Discussion for Youth and Adults event today from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.   Can't watch?   Then follow along on Twitter using the #DCWorkforce hashtag.   Using Tweetchat makes following, tweeting, and responding super easy.

This updated flier (PDF) contains the bios of the panelists; just scroll down.

More than 100 people have registered for this innovative and collaborative event brought to you by DC Jobs Council and DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation.

Nonpartisan Women’s Leadership Summit, December 8

DC Women in Politics is sponsoring the Nonpartisan Women’s Leadership Summit December 8 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the John A. Wilson Building.   The event is free and the registration deadline is today, December 5.

According to an email on the Hillcrest Yahoo Group, the women

are dedicated to promoting the election of women to public office in the District, and have as their mission a commitment to identify and support qualified women candidates, with a proven track record, demonstrated leadership and dedication in the areas of education, health care, immigration, and economic development, for positions on the DC City Council, State Board of Education, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

... The conference will include discussions and workshops on campaign finance and fund raising, voter recruitment and turnout, voter mobilization efforts, and election ethics.

A new blog in town

The Office of Planning has a blog!   It's OPinions.

Nominate your fave social media type

WaPo's Andy Smith is looking for nominations for favorite social media types in DC.   Nominations are due December 14.   More information is here in D.C. Tweeps 2012.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4 COW and leg meeting

The COW meets today, December 4 at 10:00 am (
December 4 COW agenda
(PDF)).   The leg meeting follows the COW (December 4 leg meeting agenda and measures).

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building you can watch using the DC Council link.

Add to your calendar: The next COW and leg meeting, the final such meetings of the year, will be held December 18 starting at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber.

Reminder, jobs event December 5

Be sure to tell your clients about the "21st Century Workforce Development for Youth & Adults" jobs event.   It's being held December 5 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at DOES (4058 Minnesota Ave NE).

The purpose of the event is to share with young people and adults with limited workforce experience insights from industry professionals―insights on practical strategies and considerations for entering and succeeding in different careers.

More information is in this flier (Word).

The event is sponsored by the DC Jobs Council and the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation.


December 2012 webinars listed by Wild Apricot

Wild Apricot's list for December 2012 includes these free learning opportunities:
  • Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success (December 5)
  • Creating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program (December 11)
  • e-Strategy for Your Nonprofit (December 17)

Be sure to take a look and share with others.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Legislative Meeting media briefing, December 3

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is holding a media briefing on the December 4 leg meeting December 3 at 10:00 am in Room 412 at JAWB.   More information is available by calling (202) 724-8064 or (202) 724-8032.

Health-related items in November 23 and 30 DCR

The November 23 edition of the DC Register and November 30 edition of the DC Register contain a number of health-related items, several of which are here:

This and similar future blog posts are a continuation of the #NHBPM posts I wrote.   As the budget gets rolling, I will likely not have time for this kind of post and would encourage those whose work is focused on health to pick up reporting of the weekly DCR.   I'm happy to blog your work.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Recap of National Health Blog Post Month on Susie's Budget and Policy Corner

Today is the last day of National Health Blog Post Month.   I've participated, sharing information about children's mental health, map of early childhood resources, healthy hash recipe made with apples, trauma-focused work at CFSA, and the review of God's Hotel.

But there is more to come.   I've got content waiting to be blogged and a few folks who will be guest posting.   So please stay tuned for additional health posts.

#NHBPM

DC Medical Marijuana Patients Forum, December 12

The Department of Health, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), and ASA's DC chapter are sponsoring the D.C. Medical Marijuana Patients Forum December 12 at 7:30 pm at National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW).   The purpose of the event and related survey is to answer questions about implementation of the new law.

More information about the forum is on the Safe Access DC website.

#NHBPM

Holiday cheer for veterans--handmade cards by DC children

DC resident Sarah Gabriel is collecting handmade holiday cards created by children from across the city to deliver to the residents of DC's Old Soldier's Home/Armed Forces Retirement Home (Old Soldier's Home/Armed Forces Retirement Home (Wikipedia)).   Sarah's message on the subject:
If you know a child, daycare, or school that would be interested in making holiday cards to bring some joy to these individuals who have spent years or a lifetime in service to all of us, please spread the word and help us hand out a card to every retired soldier we can this holiday season.

... The deadline for this small but meaningful way to help our kids experience the joy of giving back in our own backyard is December 15th. If you would like to be involved in the delivery of cards or need more information to make your holiday card brighten the day of a member of our community please send me an email!

Important Tax Commission meeting December 3

Thanks to DCFPI we know why we should care about the DC Tax Revision Commission.   Tell the DC Tax Revision Commission What You Think On Dec. 3rd! explains the importance of the December 3 meeting:
... we wanted to let you know of an important public meeting of the D.C. Tax Revision Commission on December 3rd at 4 pm in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

This will be your chance to provide comment and input on the commission’s research agenda, which will guide its work and ultimate recommendations to the mayor and DC Council. The proposed research agenda is available on the Commission’s website (http://www.dctaxrevisioncommission.org/). You can also access all materials and resources the Commission has considered and studied—including presentations and reports provided at previous Commission meetings—on the website’s resource page (http://www.dctaxrevisioncommission.org/#!documents/cp9p).

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The cost of bottled water

Water―clean water―is essential.   But not all water is the same as Annie Leonard explains in "The Story of Bottled Water."   Leonard and her team explain the cost of bottled water in this easy-to-understand video.   Details, including sources, are in the footnoted script (PDF).

#NHBPM

Important events sponsored by Miriam's Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen is hosting two events in December.   The first is Advocacy Action Hour! on December 7 from 7:30 - 8:30 am in Miriam’s Kitchen Conference Room.   The hour-long conversation will bring you up-to-speed on all things advocacy at Miriam’s Kitchen.   Coffee and treats will be provided.   What you can expect to learn:
  • What chronic homelessness and permanent supportive housing are
  • Why Miriam’s Kitchen does advocacy
  • Miriam’s Kitchen’s advocacy successes and future plans
  • Ways volunteers can get involved in advocacy

The second event, Housing Homeless Veterans: Why Permanent Supportive Housing Matters, takes place December 12 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Miriam’s Kitchen (2401 Virginia Ave NW).   The event involves a cross-section of speakers about a hot topic at the local and national levels.   Learn about how vets are being housed in DC, how Miriam’s Kitchen is a part of this initiative, how you can be involved in this effort, and the broader advocacy efforts at Miriam’s Kitchen.   More information is in the event flier.

More information is available by emailing Jean Badalamenti.

Mayor Gray's November 29 sked

Mayor Vince Gray will guest on NewsTalk November 29 at 10:00 am.   Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here: http://news8.net/.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Later in the day, the mayor will attend the swearing in ceremony for DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson at JAWB.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chairman Mendelson's swearing in, November 29

At-large CM Phil Mendelson will be sworn in as chairman November 29 from 5:00 – 5:30 pm in Room 502 of the JAWB.

Pennsylvania Ave entrance to JAWB closed

The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW) is closed until March 1, 2013.   Workers are erecting the District’s Presidential Inaugural viewing stand inside the fenced-in area near the entrance to the building.   In addition, pedestrian traffic is also restricted on the sidewalk.

Enter JAWB through the rear entrance on D St NW (between JAWB and the Reagan Building).

Mayor Gray's November 28 sked

Mayor Vince Gray's regular biweekly presser is being held November 28 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Hillcrest Recreation Center (3100 Denver St SE).   One agenda item is to offer comments and answer questions about Play DC, a collaborative effort between the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of General Services to improve DC playgrounds.

Meridian Hill neighborhood gets Little Free Library

A Meridian Hill neighborhood resident has set up a Little Free Library in the garden in front of his house at 1312 Florida Ave NW.   DC's first Little Free Library founder Philip Vahab recently wrote this to the community:
The Little Free Library is a fun way for our Meridian Hill Neighborhood community to share books and to promote reading for the four schools in our neighborhood. This will be the first Little Free Library in DC! You can hear more about it on NPR and watch a video on the sites below. So if you want to promote reading and dontate to this great community project, go to http://littlefreelibrary.chipin.com/little-free-library and chip in today!

Also from Vahab's email:

The Little Free Library is a movement sweeping communities and neighborhoods across the nation. It's a charming Little house about 2 feet by 2 feet resting on a post and costs $372 including shipping. In this little house are 10-15 books. The concept is simple; you take a book, then you leave a book.

Learn more:

More healthy recipes

Here are more recipes from a loyal blog reader.   Some, like Good-enough-for-guests Green Salad, are here (PDF).   Others are on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website (recipes page).

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Budget update, November 27

On November 14, the DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson introduced "Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Submission Requirements Resolution of 2012" (PDF).   The resolution requires the mayor to submit the FY 2014 proposed budget by March 22, 2013 and include a spreadsheet summary of capital budget (details below).   The latter is a new provision from the FY 2013 budget resolution (PDF).

CLC on children's mental health

The Children's Law Center has called on the District to improve the public mental health system for children, youth, and families in their report Improving the Children's Mental Health System in the District of Columbia (full report and executive summary here).   The report demonstrates the need and offers actions to address the current limitations and gaps.

This is some of what CLC has to say on the subject:

Nationally, 12.4% of children aged 6 to 17 who receive Medicaid have mental health conditions. Yet the District’s public mental health system is only serving—by the Department of Mental Health’s most recent count—5.48% of children in the District. This count includes all children receiving at least one mental health service, without taking into account whether children are receiving the correct treatment or all the services they need to truly improve their health and quality of life. Given that such a large percentage of the District’s children receive Medicaid—61%—the fact that there is such a large gap between the children who need services and those receiving them is particularly worrisome.

Children on Medicaid are legally entitled to a comprehensive range of support including emergency services, inpatient hospital care, outpatient physician visits, prescription medications and rehabilitation services. In addition to all of the services individually listed in the District’s Medicaid State Plan, children have a right to any services that are medically necessary based on the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) provision of federal Medicaid law (which is also referenced in DC’s Medicaid State Plan). However, this legal entitlement can only be fully realized by the District’s children when there is a complete array of services available. To be effective, these services must be high quality and well-coordinated. Providers must be willing to work in the District, and it must be easy for them to accept all forms of DC Medicaid. Recognizing that children live in families and communities, our treatment models must move beyond a child-only focus to more inclusive approaches that involve parents and other caregivers.

#NHBPM

Coming of Age Retreat, an event for women, December 1

The Womens Collective is holding the first "Coming of Age Retreat" December 1, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm at The Women's Collective (1331 Rhode Island Ave NE, several blocks from Rhode Island Avenue Metrorail stop on the Red Line).   The goal is to get a dialogue started between mothers and daughters about sexual health and how women can work together to ensure that the current generation and generations to come, are reducing the rate of teen pregnancies and STDs within their communities.   The event is free of charge and guests are encouraged to bring their mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers.

The event will feature a performance by the Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project.

More information is in the event flier.

#NHBPM

Mayor's November 27 sked

Mayor Gray and members of the DC Council have their regular meeting November 27 from 9:00 – 10:00 am at the JAWB.   Follow the tweets of Mark Segraves, @segravesWTOP, Patrick Madden, @Patrick_Madden, Martin Austermuhle, @DCist_martin, Mike DeBonis, @mikedebonis, and Alan Blinder, @alanblinder.

What a great idea!

The Hillcrest Community Civic Association reports having media reps participate in a panel focused on discussing innovating ways for residents to engage the media in neighborhood/community issues.   (From the December 2012 newsletter (PDF)).

Monday, November 26, 2012

Advocacy and Learning Calendar, November 26 update

Webinars and events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • Meeting on School Closures and DCPS Consolidation Proposal (November 26)
  • Emergency Town Hall Meeting regarding the DCPS proposed closing for Francis-Stevens Educational Campus (November 27)
  • The Fiscal Showdown and What’s at Stake for Struggling Families in Your State (November 28)
  • Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare In-Home Services: The Why and How (November 29)
  • Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church abuse awareness seminar (November 30)
  • 6th Annual Livable, Walkable Awards (December 7)
  • Yarn-bombing Workshop (December 8)

If there are events you think belong on this calendar, email me the information and I will add it.

Forum on November elections and peek at 2013 special election, November 27

The Ward 6 Democrats are holding a special, open to the public, meeting November 27 featuring reporters and media who will
dissect the results from the November 6th city-wide elections and tell us what they think it all means. Plus, they'll provide a sneak peek of the upcoming special election - who's running, what's at stake, and how will it all play out. They'll take your questions and expect a fun and wide-ranging conversation.

Event deets:

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Eastern Market Metro

More info is available from the Ward 6 Dems via email.

Housing For All Campaign is heading to Ward 5 December 5

The Housing For All Campaign―with Open Arms Housing, Manna Inc, and others from across Ward 5―are getting together December 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at a town hall meeting focusing on the housing needs and opportunities in Ward 5 and across the District.   More information is on the Housing for All blog. (UPDATED 11/26 1P: Date of event corrected)

Recap of some health-related posts for National Health Blog Post Month

As you know, I've been blogging a health item every day for National Health Blog Post Month (#NHBPM).   Highlights since November 12 are:

#NHBPM