Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Know Your Neighborhood, east of the Anacostia, in August

Patsy Fletcher of the DC Historic Preservation Office will lead the discussion, Eureka and Green Willow Parks-Black Amusement Parks East of the Anacostia August 1 at 6:30 pm at Anacostia Neighborhood Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE).   According to the event announcement,
At a time when enjoyment of public recreation was restricted by color, African American entrepreneurs saw an opportunity to open and operate pleasure parks for people of color. The parks were popular venues for leisure activities but also offered Chautauqua-like activities and conferences with renowned speakers. At the same time, the parks were reputed to be plagued by crime and subjected to excessive police scrutiny.

Cultural Tourism DC has this to say about Eureka Park:

Eureka Park was one of the early black-owned amusement parks or resorts in Washington, DC. Opening about 1895, the three acre-park offered picnic areas, swings, merry-go-rounds, live music, dancing, beautiful views, and streetcar access. It enjoyed significant patronage from churches, fraternal organizations, and political groups. In addition, it often hosted conventions and rallies featuring speeches by prominent African Americans, such as John Mercer Langston, Solomon G. Brown, and U.S. Rep. George Henry White (R-NC).

The park was located on the site of today’s Barry Farm Recreation Center, swimming pool, and playing field. The recreation center is part of the original Barry Farm Dwellings complex of public housing.

Good Hope Road Corridor: A Neighborhood Tour of Historic Anacostia takes place August 29 at 6:00 pm at at Anacostia Neighborhood Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE).   The event features local historian Kalem Umrani; Umrani is also Chairman of the Barry Farm Historic Heritage Committee.   In advance of the event, take a look at what Wikipedia has to say about Good Hope.   Lost Washington: Good Hope Road’s German orphanage is an interesting read and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington has some interesting photos.

More about DCPL's Know Your Neighborhood.

Wild Apricot's list of free webinars in August

Wild Apricot's list of free webinars for nonprofits in August 2013 contains the usual list of fundraising webinars and these:
  • Seven Powerful Ways to Build Your Email List With Facebook (August 6)
  • Successfully Navigating a CFO Transition (August 21)
  • The Importance of Validating Your Statement of Need (August 28)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mayor Gray guests on NewsTalk July 31

Mayor Vince Gray will make his regular monthly appearance on NewsTalk July 31 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here,, to see the conversation with Bruce DePuyt.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Follow @SafeDC

Mayor Gray's July 30 schedule

Mayor Gray will release the DC CAS results and offer remarks July 30 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at Kelly Miller Middle School (301 49th St NE, auditorium).

The mayor's other public appearances are on his daily schedule.

Monday, July 29, 2013

News about children and youth

Have you signed up for One City Youth News (PDF)?   The new newsletter is designed to include all sorts of information about children and youth in the city.   The next edition will be published July 31.

Subscribe to the newsletter on the One City Youth website (

Mayor Gray's July 29 sked

One item on Mayor Gray's July 29 schedule is the 10:30 - 11:30 am ribbon cutting at King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St SW).

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Even more news about free meals for kids and teens

Mayor Gray has officially announced Saturday meals as part of the Free Summer Meals Program.   The announcement is about the addition of select DPR and DCPL sites throughout the city.

But there's even more good news: Evening Light Apostolic Church (1327 Constitution Ave NE) in Ward 6 serves breakfast and lunch on Sundays (only) and dinner on Tuesdays and Fridays!   Spread the word.   Detailed info about all open sites is on the One City Youth website's featured programs page.

Friday, July 26, 2013

More news about the Free Summer Meals Program!

As if the announcement that the DC Free Summer Meals Program was adding Saturday lunches to the offerings was not enough, OCTO has mapped the DC Free Summer Meals Program sites.

And later today, I'll be sharing a list of sites by ward!   No need to download the entire list, I'll share the link where the individual ward lists are.

This typeface or that?

I'm regularly asked to weigh in on fonts, which to use, etc.   (Note: the correct term is typeface; font is what is commonly and incorrectly used.)   The Next Web has alerted me to a tool that compares typefaces.   Read This design tool lets you compare the differences between two fonts.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Blogger eager to post help wanted and needed info

From Congress Heights on the Rise:
Please share job leads or needs here. #DCJobs
Posted: 24 Jul 2013 11:10 AM PDT

Hi Guys---

I was just thinking that there are a lot of jobs available and there are talented people looking for jobs or consulting gigs. There are also people with services to offer. I really should be doing a better job of making a space here for those things to be shared.

Can you do me a solid and post any 'Help Wanted' or 'Help Needed' leads in the 'Comments' section of this post? If you have a skill or a talent and you are looking for a client or a job also post that information in the 'Comments' section. Leave some contact information in case there is a connection to be made.

You can also email your tips to me directly at

I am also going to create a hashtag #DCJobs and include a widget below if anyone wants to post any job leads or needs on Twitter.

Please spread the word and I hope some folks can get connected with some job opportunities!

Kids and teens eat free Saturdays!

Kids and teens eat free on Saturdays as part of the Free Summer Meals Program starting July 27.   The Department of Parks and Recreation and DC Public Library have just announced sites open on Saturdays.
Department of Parks and Recreation sites serving lunch for free Noon to 2:00 pm
  • Wards 1 & 2: Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard St NW)
  • Ward 4: Lamond Recreation Center (20 Tuckerman St NE)
  • Ward 5: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Ave NE)
  • Ward 6: King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N St SW)
  • Ward 7: Ft. Davis Community Center (1400 41st St SE)
  • Ward 8: Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet St SW)

Select DC Public Library sites serve lunch Saturdays from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Ward 8: Anacostia (1800 Good Hope Rd SE)
  • Ward 7: Dorothy Heights/Benning Library (3935 Benning Rd NE)
  • Ward 6: Southwest Library (900 Wesley Pl SW)
  • Ward 5: Woodridge (1801 Hamlin St NE)

WCP's got a new City Desk blogger

The Washington City Paper's Mike Madden has announced that Perry Stein will run City Desk, the blog covering DC news and opinion.   Follow Stein on Twitter, @PerryStein.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New child- and youth-related newsletter is a must-read

Last week, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, on behalf of the One City Summer Initiative, published the first issue of One City Youth News (PDF).   The newsletter included items about the DC Free Summer Meals Program, youth curfew, events, and a look into one of the One City Summer Initiative target areas.   The next issue will be published during the week of July 29.

Subscribe to the newsletter on the One City Youth website (

Are you ready for ... FY 2015?

It's time to start thinking about advocacy around the FY 2015 budget.   That's right.   Start now and keep pace with both the executive and legislative branches.   DC Budget Process (PDF) can help you out.   It lists steps in the process along with advocacy that can be done along the way.

Want a tutorial for your staff?   The sessions, comprised of a run-through of the material and Q & A, usually last about two hours and the cost for the session is $250.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Deadline looms for innovative program funding challenge

Do you run an innovative program?   Have you applied for the NBCUniversal Foundation/NBC Washington 21st Century Solutions challenge?   What are you waiting for?

The competitive grant program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that are implementing progressive programs that address emerging or ongoing community challenges in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media Arts and Technology. Our goal is to highlight organizations addressing our community’s issues in new and creative ways.

DC Council members' gifts reporting light on details

Members of the DC Council ponied up info about gifts they received from members of the public.   While disclosing is good, the disclosed information is not so hot.   The value of the majority of gifts is reported as "unknown."   Not sure how this is possible.   Consider, for example, that CM Cheh reported the value of the Bark Ball ticket was $250; CM Evans, though, reports the amount as "unknown."   The same goes for the Rammy Awards event.   CM Grosso reports the amount as $100, CM Catania as "unknown."

DC Council General Counsel Dave Zvenyach summarized the gifts rules in a June 5, 2013 memo (see below).

20130605 Council Donations

Got Graffiti? web chat, July 25

DPW's Got Graffiti? web chat July 25 from Noon - 1:00 pm will afford residents whose property has been defaced by graffiti or those who see graffiti in the city to submit locations to DPW's graffiti abatement team.   Chatters will also learn how to end the cycle of graffiti.   Tune in to the Got Graffiti? chat here.

Some examples of graffiti in DC are shown on

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer in the City, brought to you by CNHED

The Housing For All Campaign's Summer in the City is well underway but three films remain: Flag Wars (July 23), Holding Ground (August 6), and Trailer (August 20).   Find the details on the Housing for All blog.

Some great advice for nonprofits, advocates, government

While 5 Tips to Stretch Yourself Beyond Text to Tell a Story was written for journalists, the recommendations resonated with me the blogger, public policy analyst, preparer of public education materials, report writer, and advocate.   The suggestions the author describes are:
  1. Use existing code
  2. Don’t let Illustrator scare you
  3. You can learn video
  4. There are free infographic tools available
  5. Use the Internet

You don't have to do all every time, but adding video, online tools, or informative graphics can dramatically improve your call to action, blog post, report, and the like.

The article author used Adobe Illustrator to give her drawing color.   Photo from

CFSA, new kid on the Twitter block!

Child and Family Services Agency has joined Twitter!   Their Twitter handle is @DCCFSA.   Since there's not been an announcement, it's unclear what they'll be tweeting.   Follow them to find out.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Crowdfunding a café in Ward 8

Here's an excerpt from an email about crowdfunding for a new café in Ward 8:
We're seeking funds to open a new café in the fall of 2013 housed in the Anacostia Arts Center. The café will serve quality coffee drinks, beer & wine, healthy, fresh sandwiches, salads, charcuterie plates, and pastries to patrons of the arts center as well as provide a space for on-the-job training and culinary spotlights for members of the *NURISH Food Incubator Program*. **

The café will be an extension of the nonprofit, *NURISH: The Center for a Creative Culinary Economy*, which previously brought you StartUp Kitchen and will be managed by Kera Carpenter, the owner of Domku Bar and Cafe in Petworth.

*Community Impact*

The café will contribute 15% of its profits to its parent nonprofit, *NURISH: The Center for a Creative Culinary Economy*, which will operate an entrepreneurial training program for young adults in Anacostia who have a passion for the food business.

NURISH will also give preference to Anacostia and Ward 8 residents for employment opportunities in the new café and is willing to include this in writing in a voluntary agreement. You can read more about the details of the café in *this official proposal presented to the ANC 8A.*

DCPS enrollment just got easier

DCPS is making student enrollment easy this year with community-based enrollment hours.   For each completed enrollment form, DCPS will give a family one free movie pass and DCPS giveaways.   The dates, times, and locations are listed in the table below.

The process for enrolling children in DC Public Schools has changed for SY 2013-14.   Details about the new process are on the DCPS website,

Nonprofits, you can help families enroll their children.   Talk with your clients about the community-based enrollment hours, the new process, and the value of being proactive about education in general and enrollment specifically.   Post the DCPS community enrollment hours in your waiting room or tweet them.   No matter what, share this important information!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mayor Gray hosts Fort Stanton Community Day and ribbon cutting July 20

Mayor Gray will host Fort Stanton Community Day and cut the ribbon of the renovated Fort Stanton Recreation Center July 20 from Noon - 3:00 pm (1812 Erie St SE).   The release excerpted:
WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry; Department of General Services (DGS) Director Brian Hanlon; Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesús Aguirre; other government officials; ANC 8B Commissioners Anthony Green, Charles Wilson, and Khadijah Watson (Chair); and Fort Stanton Civic Association President Barbara Jones will join Fort Stanton community members for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a celebration of Fort Stanton Community Day at the newly renovated Fort Stanton Recreation Center and Playground.

BACKGROUND: The newly renovated Fort Stanton Recreation Center is the first LEED Silver building in Ward 8. Amenities will include a gymnasium, fitness room, senior room, computer lab, multi-purpose room, teen/game room, kitchen and large foyer with natural light.

Fort Stanton playground is the 5th of 32 city-wide projects to be completed under the Play DC initiative. It is part of the District’s "Fort Circle" parks, which are built on grounds that formerly were part of the Union fortifications that ringed the District during the Civil War. The playground has a fort theme. All play equipment is custom-made, and amenities include a poured-in-place rubber surface, inclusive play equipment, climbing features and an ADA-compatible merry-go-round.

Mayor Gray's July 19 sked

Mayor Vince Gray's got two public events on his schedule July 19:
  • Noyes Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony from 10:00 - 11:00 am (10th and Franklin Sts NE)
  • Swearing-in Ceremony for D.C. Public Library Board of Trustees from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 6th Floor)

Remember that the mayor's schedule is posted at midnight for the following day.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

DPR extends pool hours through July 20

From a July 18 DPR release:
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced today that due to the heat advisory that is in effect for Thursday, July 18, pool hours will be extended for today, Thursday, July 18; Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20, 2013. Temperatures are expected to reach above 100 degrees.

More information is available from:

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Aquatics Division: (202) 671-1289
DPR Media Contact: John Stokes, (202) 288-7275,

Cooling centers mapped

This is the greatness of government agency collaboration: This map of DC cooling centers. Share far and wide with family, neighbors, clients, and staff.

DOH's new director

Mayor Vincent Gray has announced the new director for the Department of Health, Dr. Joxel García.   The mayor's release details García's experience; it includes having been President and Dean of Medicine at the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ponce, Puerto Rico and public health commissioner in Connecticut.

García starts August 1.   Shaun Snyder, DOH's COO, is Interim Director until García starts.

Mayor Gray's July 18 sked

The two public events on the mayor's schedule July 18 are about affordable housing and drugs.   From 1:00 - 2:00 pm today, Mayor Gray will attend and offer remarks at the MetroTowns at Parkside Model Home Grand Opening (3614 Grant Pl NE).   Later today, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm, the mayor will participate in a Synthetic Marijuana Sales Prevention Education Walk-Through.   With DOH officials, the mayor will visit merchants and (try to) educate them about K2.   The walk starts at Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW).

D.C. Crime Stories, a new site from an old hand

Scott McCabe's new gig is D.C. Crime Stories.   Follow him for daily updates and details about local crime.

DC Council recess

The DC Council went on recess July 15.   The council resumes full business operations September 15.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Office furniture donation

CORE is relocating and they have furniture that they would like to donate.   Items such as desks, office chairs, dining room table with chairs, small kitchen table with chairs, bookshelves, tables, and trash cans are up for grabs.   If you are interested in picking up some of these items, contact Tanya at (301) 656-6101.   The office is located in Bethesda, MD.

Events added to Advocacy and Learning Calendar, July 17

Webinars and other events have been added to the Advocacy and Learning Calendar.   There are many more on the calendar than those highlighted here:
  • Week of July 15: Housing: Not Only HOPWA! An HIV/AIDS Housing Webinar and NPR Community Event With Michele Norris: Documentary On History Of Black Press
  • Week of July 22: Unfinished March Symposium, What’s Happening in Washington, DC?, A Federal Education Policy Update, and Film Screening: The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

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

Dealing with the horrid heat

The best way to beat the heat is to stay inside an air conditioned building.   If you have to leave, check out these options to cool down:
  • The Department of Parks and Recreation has extended pool hours July 17 at select sites.
  • Four United Planning Organization (UPO) vans will be on the lookout for people suffering from heat related stress and provide transport to a Cooling Center.   If you need to call for transport, call (202) 399-7093 or the Hyperthermia Hotline at 800-535-7252 .
  • Call the Hyperthermia Hotline to have UPO get water to homeless individuals and families.
  • The four cooling centers are:
    • One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth St NW
    • Frank D. Reeves Center (Lobby), 2000 14th St NW
    • King Office Building (Lobby), 3720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE
    • Virginia Williams Family Resource Center, 33 N St NE
  • The Department of Human Services has opened eight homeless facilities during the heat emergency.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Free screening of 'The Nine Lives of Marion Barry'

From Congress Heights on the Rise is Free screening of 'The Nine Lives of Marion Barry' ! Reserve your tickets now!:
Showing: Friday July, 19 at 7pm.

Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE

RESERVE YOUR TICKET HERE (free via Eventbright)

Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor of the nation’s capital, the one who famously uttered the phrase “bitch set me up” as he was arrested during an FBI sting in 1990. He’s the poster boy for corruption, a pariah. Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero. He’s hailed as a civil rights champion, a defender of the poor and outcast. His soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility. From the cotton fields to the corridors of power, Barry has weathered drug and alcohol addiction, cancer, 4 marriages, jail time and international humiliation to dominate Washington DC city politics for more than 40 years. Now, to the disgust of some and the delight of others, Barry is once again in the political limelight. Who is Marion Barry, really? A hero? A scoundrel? Why is he such a polarizing force? And why do people still vote (overwhelmingly) for him? For the first time, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry reveals the complete unforgettable story.

LUMEN8FILM! is sponsored in partnership with: Washington City Paper

Monday, July 15, 2013

Show your support for the Free Summer Meals Program

You know how important food is to kids.   They learn and play better when fueled with healthy and nutritious food throughout the day.

The city’s Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) provides food to all kids and teens all summer long.   But too few young people use the program.   During the summer of 2012, for instance, approximately 36,000 children and teens participated in the program each day, leaving more than 70,000 not served, many hungry.

You and your organization can increase the number of people who know about the program and even improve the participation―all by sporting a badge on your website, blog, and/or email.   Want a different size?   Other options are here on Flickr.

More promotion and outreach opportunities are on the OneCityYouth website.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Community conversations on education

At-large CM David Catania, Chairman of the council Committee on Education, is touring the city and talking education.   The conversations on the Future of Public Education take place in each ward and feature one-pagers on the basics of the education system and a give-and-take with the CM.

If you can't attend, follow @Catania_EdCmte.   Tweets from the Ward 5 community meeting included:

Nonprofits and DC government agencies: Add your events to the One City Youth website

The One City Youth website,, features a calendar of events for children, youth, and families.   Unique to this website, though, is that non-government events are included.   The One City Summer Initiative partners―including the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Deputy Mayor for Education, and DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation―want this site to be the hub for all things children and youth, especially the hub for events and opportunities.   DC Public Library, for example, is hosting the Blue Sky Puppet Theater with a special show designed specifically for DCPL and the "Dig into Reading" program.   And MPD has scheduled several Beat the Streets events throughout the summer.

But many more events are taking place; if your organization is hosting one, go to the website and use the easy-to-complete form to submit the information.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Are you registered to vote in DC? Is all your info up-to-date?

Now is the time to correct your contact information with the DC Board of Elections.   DCBOE is in the midst of it's biennial canvass, an effort to update the voter rolls.   The process is easy...   just follow the instructions on the postcard you should have received in the mail.   DCBOE explains (PDF):
On July 1, 2013, the Board provided the public with a brief overview of the Canvass process. This document, "BOE Voter Canvass Process," located in the Newsroom section on the BOE website, explains how BOE uses the voter canvass to update the voter roll. The direct link is: Biennial Canvass Overview.pdf.

The Board of Elections encourages each District voter who receives a canvass card to read the instructions and take the appropriate steps. If all of the voter’s information as contained on the card is correct, no action needs to be taken. If the person to whom a card is addressed does not reside at the address shown on the front of the card, the box on the card should be checked, and the card dropped back in the mail. If the voter’s name or address needs to be updated, the voter should complete, sign, and return the form on the postcard to the Board with the appropriate postage.

But wait, there's more: If you work at a nonprofit and with residents, you can encourage them to do as the Board of Elections asks.   This is one way you can participate in a good government, good democracy exercise.

Another resource from the Washington Peace Center

A new addition to the WPC portfolio of tools for activists is a small sound system that can be carried.   This system features a microphone input and an iPod dock.   More information about this and other resources.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ward 1 providers, ANCs, residents meet to talk vital services for children, youth, and families, July 12

Strengthening Ward One Together!

Friday, JULY 12, 2013
9:30am - 11:30am
Thurgood Marshall Center (1816 12th Street, NW)
~ ~ ~

9:30 am – 10:00 am
Registration, Networking Breakfast

10:00 – 10:15am
Penelope Griffith
Timothea Howard

Rebecca Renard, Director of Strategic Initiatives, CYITC
Chika Omwuvuche & Davon Donaldson
Ward One Young Adult Coordinators

Discussion & Community Annoucements

For more information please contact:
Timothea Howard
202-319-7599 Ext: 2226
1816 12th St NW
ashington, DC 20009 2nd FL

July 11 sked for Mayor Gray

Mayor Gray's July 11 schedule includes talking about the value of reading young at the Early Literacy Campaign Launch from 10:00 - 11:00 am at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library (3935 Benning Rd NE) and joining others in discussing the problems associated with synthetic marijuana from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the Ward 8 Community Forum on Synthetic Marijuana.   This meeting takes place at St. Elizabeths Hospital Auditorium (1100 Alabama Ave SE).   (More info about the latter event in the blog post Community meeting on drugs in Ward 8 July 11.)

PTAs, how do we find you online?

Are you involved with a parent-teacher organization in a DCPS or public charter school?   Please share the PTA social media info in this online file.   Help make communications easier for all of us!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book signing and celebration for Drinking Muddy Water, July 30

Ronald Moten, author of Drinking Muddy Water, will sign his book July 30 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Koffee's Lounge (2632 Georgia Ave NW).   The event's question and answer segment will be moderated by WJLA News 7 Reporter Sam Ford.   Free food and music will follow.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Youth ChalleNGe Academy gets a new home

Supporters of the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy operated by the DC National Guard will cut the ribbon on the new academy facility in Laurel, MD July 10 (DATE CORRECTED 7/9 7p).   The new facility, at Oak Hill (think New Beginnings' old home), is located on 30 acres and is a renovated 14-building campus.   DC residents between the ages of 16 and 18 will have a new alternative for GED completion through the program.   The program is a partnership between the DC National Guard, the DC government, and the federal government.

Featured guests are to include Mayor Vincent Gray, Sen. Mary Landrieu, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

More information is in the DCNG news release.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Leg meeting briefing July 9

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media about the July 10 Legislative Meeting July 9 at 10:00 am in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building.   Additional information is available by calling (202) 724-8032.

If you can't make it to the Wilson Building, you can watch the briefing via OCT's Channel 13 live stream.

Get your Free Summer Meals Program information-sharing on!

Are you having a community event, gathering, or meeting?   OSSE and the folks involved with One City Summer 2013 would love to take advantage of the gathering to share information about the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP).

FSMP is not just for low-income kids.   All children and youth, birth to 18, can participate and eat good-tasting (really!) and nutritious meals.

To request information/materials or a speaker, email Elisabeth Sweeting.   If you have suggestions for locations at which materials can be distributed, email Susie Cambria.


With the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program, Kids and Teens Eat For Free at schools, parks, and community organizations all summer long! Call 311, text 202-656-5EAT, or visit to find a site near you.

Community meeting on drugs in Ward 8 July 11

Dear Concerned Citizens of Ward 8,

It was nearly a year ago that Mayor Gray walked with residents in Congress Heights to ask business owners to stop selling drug paraphernalia. To observe the anniversary of that event and to update the community regarding the results (if any), the following organizations will cosponsor a community change conversation with Mayor Gray on K2/Scooby Snacks and drug paraphernalia:

Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC)

Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 8C and 8E

Congress Heights Community Association

Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative

Korean American Grocers Association (KAGRO) of Washington, DC

Little Ethiopia DC

Ward 8 Drug-Free Coalition

Wards 7 and 8 DC Prevention Center

The community forum will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Saint Elizabeths Hospital auditorium, 1100 Alabama Avenue, SE, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Mayor Gray will be there from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm. Food and drinks will be served. Photo identification will be required for admission to the hospital. Shuttle service will be provided for the elderly and disabled from the Alabama Avenue gate to the hospital. This is an extremely important Ward 8 community meeting with the goal of achieving concrete results and solutions. Please share the attached flier with your Ward 8 neighbors and friends. I hope to see you there. For further information, please contact me at 889-4900 or

Yours for community progress,

Philip Pannell

Arrington Dixon
ACC Chairman

Philip Pannell
ACC Executive Director

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Friday, July 5, 2013

My mom the lobbyist

Here's a picture of my mother at a friends of library groups training on lobbying and much more!   Yay mom!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mayor Gray's July 3 sked

Mayor Vince Gray will join in the ribbon cutting festivities July 3 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at the Volta Park Ribbon-Cutting ceremony, Volta Park Recreation Center (1555 34th St NW).

DC government promotes FREE summer meals!

The new email footer is one of the many ways the District government (executive and legislative branches) and the community are getting the word out about the DC Free Summer Meals Program.
With the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program, Kids and Teens Eat For Free at schools, parks, and community organizations all summer long! Call 311, text 202-656-5EAT, or visit to find a site near you.

Stay tuned for ways YOU can help spread the word and ensure children and youth eat good-tasting, healthy, and free meals this summer!

Farewell Kiara, welcome Devin

Ward 3 CM Mary Cheh, DC Council staff, advocates, and friends bid farewell to Kiara Pesante June 28.    Pesante served Cheh as communications director.   She is leaving the council to be the Southern Regional Press Secretary and Director of African American Media for the Democratic National Committee.   In this role, she "will manage messaging and earned media efforts in 13 states, and execute a strategic communications plan for the DNC’s outreach to communities of color nationwide in preparation for the 2014 midterms."

Taking Pesante's place as communications director for the Ward 3 CM is Devin Ward.   According to the farewell email from Pesante,
Devin is bringing a lot of creativity and fresh energy to the office, and I know that he will do a wonderful job in this role and is looking forward to meeting all of you. He will also be picking up on long term projects and features that I started.

The contact info for Ward is:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DCAYA and DCYL have moved

DC Lawyers for Youth and the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) have moved.   Their new address is:
1220 L St NW
Suite 605
Washington, DC 20005

Their respective phone numbers remain the same.

Thanks where thanks are due

I'd like to thank all the electeds who participated in the DC FY 2014 budget process.   While I may not agree with all the decisions made by Mayor Gray or Councilmembers, I appreciate the time and effort they put into their part.

I seem to be alone in extending thanks to all players, however.   The various emails I've received and tweets I've seen from advocates and engaged residents and stakeholders are all about thanking the DC Council.

I think advocates and others would be well served to thank all parties.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wells talks FEMS on NewsTalk July 1

Ward 6 CM and chair of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary Tommy Wells will talk with Bruce DePuyt on NewsTalk July 1 at 10:00 am.   DePuyt will ask Wells about the new report that is critical of the leadership of the city's fire department.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here,, to see the conversation.   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

Tell Me More: Education Special and Twitter Chat July 1 and 2

DC's participant is Alan King, author, poet and teacher Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Follow him on Twitter: @aking020881.

#dcfy14 budget update, July 1

The DC Council approved the FY 2014 budget June 26.   CM newsletter excerpts, media coverage, blog reports, and the like have been gathered here.   We'll start with the letter from DHS director David Berns to the community.


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