Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
John Murphy on Ode to the Annotation explains the (in hindsight obvious) reasons why annotating charts makes a lot of sense. Rather than burying the explanation of change in the narrative, the annotated run chart places "small text snippets that show when an intervention or event has taken place."
And if the simple, elegant graphic and explanation are not enough, Murphy provides links to others annotating charts.
Be sure to bookmark Murphy's post.
- Mission-Driven Volunteering, November 4
- Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers, November 6
- Legal Traps for the Unwary Fundraiser, November 19
- How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents with Your Website, November 24
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The DC Council has accomplished a significant number of the recommendations. Outstanding from the NCSL report, for example, are:
- Presentation of a plain language analysis of all legislation prior to and with the introduction
- Adherence to roundtable and hearing scheduling
- Routinely update staff directory of CM and committee staff and office staff
- Publication of user-friendly documents explaining the legislative process and the institution generally
- Appropriately use emergency legislation
Since there's plenty left to do in these reports, I suggest the next council chair take another look at both reports and make changes. In addition, it's probably time for another assessment. DC Appleseed, are you interested?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Register to attend by calling (202) 581-9355.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Like the other recipes I share, this is on the Recipes page.
Friday, October 24, 2014
The program is so much more than the description:
A bank executive and a bank robber become business partners in buying uncollected debts for pennies on the dollar and collecting them on their own. According to Mr. Halpern, the collection industry is full of unregulated and questionable practices that can often compound the problems of working class citizens. He talks with author and former Wall Street executive Nomi Prins.
Halpern is a terrific storyteller. He makes the complex story easy to understand and the program is easy to watch and listen to (huge in my book). And as a bonus, Halpern provides usable advice to those who have debt and particularly debt in collection. So take an hour and watch the program. If you're interested in reading the book, local independent Politics & Prose has Halpern's book on their shelves now.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Ward 7 Safe and Drug Free Communities Coalition is encouraging those who want to put a lid on underage drinking in DC to testify Monday, October 27 at 10:00 am before the council's Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs. Of the seven bills up for consideration, four relate to underage drinking and/or Ward 7:
- B20-478, "First-Time Sale to Minor Penalty Revision Act of 2013"
- B20-503, "Alcoholic Beverage Window Advertisement Limitation Act of 2013"
- B20-571, "Ward 7 Alcohol License Limitation Act of 2013"
- B20-598, "Alcohol Sales to Minors Enforcement Amendment Act of 2013"
If you need help preparing your testimony (or written statement if you are not able to attend the public hearing), the Coalition has prepared a guide to preparing testimony on these four bills. And Ward 7 CM Yvette Alexander has prepared a summary of the four bills; see below.
If you are not able to testify on October 27 but would like your statement submitted that day, Lois Callahan with the Coalition will deliver it to CM Orange at the hearing. Email her for more information. Or, submit your statement directly to the committee by November 6. The revised hearing notice (PDF) tells you how.
Perhaps a local college or university in the District could do a similar course, or set of courses, with former mayors, city administrators, and CMs. I'd love to learn from them and participate in an effort to teach future leaders and government workers.
In the meantime, what have YOU learned doing advocacy that you would like to share with others? Leave your thoughts in a comment.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
HIPS is asking for donations of individually wrapped candy. As a volunteer has said, "So this Halloween, consider purchasing an extra bag of candy for HIPS or donating your leftover candy. That's right, we'll help you get rid of all that dang candy leftover!"
For more information or to get drop-off or pick-up information, contact Emily via email or phone, (202) 232-8150 ext. 301.
For those who don't know, HIPS
promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.
Monday, October 20, 2014
BACKGROUND: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will release the final moveDC Transportation Plan, the culmination of an 18-month process that has involved thousands of residents from the District and the Washington metropolitan region. The moveDC Plan is a comprehensive, multimodal transportation strategy that outlines policies, programs and capital investments to enhance the District’s transportation network, and includes detailed "elements" or "master plans" for each mode of travel in the District.
This announcement is part of the mayor's regular bi-weekly press briefing.
From the invitation and reservation site:
Violence against women has become an epidemic in this country. Reality shows are glamorizing it as an acceptable form of behavior. Moreover, it shows little girls that this is the kind of socialization that is expected of them. Violence is also being perpetuated through social media for the whole world to see. In light of the incident with the football player and his wife on the elevator, we wanted to unveil the silence.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
To find the requests, click on the "Grant Requests" tab at the top of the page (see illustration below).
OBP reports that this online tool is the first phase of making such information easily available.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
On October 14, DOH director Joxel Garcia held a media briefing on the city government's actions regarding Ebola. WaPo's Aaron Davis has this report: D.C. health officials clamp down on patient information to prevent Ebola rumors.
Well, I missed Global Handwashing Day (it was October 15), but the message is still vitally important: Wash your hands 1) before eating and 2) after using the toilet. The Centers for Disease Control and Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap have promotional and educational materials (CDC handwashing page, Global Handwashing Day). Take a look at the posters, signs, stickers, and planning documents so you can determine the best way to promote handwashing in your home, school, and workplace.
TIP: Wash your hands while singing "Happy Birthday" twice.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Celebrating one year since my first scraper, here's a visualization of DC's sole-source contracts noticed thru OCP: http://t.co/9Vdp3Qwpy6— V David Zvenyach (@vdavez) October 14, 2014
Historical editions of the U.S. Code, Federal Register, C.F.R., and U.S. Reports - now available for free online: http://t.co/DlBd1UIu3P— LawLibraryofCongress (@LawLibCongress) October 15, 2014
LightBox Collaborative makes understanding content management easy with Content Marketing in 5 Easy Steps. The post walks readers through the steps in an easy-to-understand way. The post offers some links to tools and ideas to help out.
(The graphic at the top of the post is from Altimeter Group via LightBox Collaborative.)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
CM Jim Graham, Ward 1 rep and chair of the council's human services committee, held a public roundtable on the plan on October 14. DCist editor Sarah Ann Hughes Tweeted (@DCistsarah) from the roundtable:
Waiting for Graham so D.C. General hearing can start. pic.twitter.com/aTWRge2wmr— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Graham hasn't seen D.C. General closure plan yet.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Only two scheduled public witnesses here.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Washington Legal Clinic witness is, for some reason, being asked to brief Graham on DC General closure plan.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Graham says he's "a little disappointed" advocates aren't being forceful about DC General closure.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
"What kind of behavior is this?" Graham asking DHS about not having DC General closure plan.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Mom who lives at DC General says it's not that bad of a place, but she's been here since January 2013. Works 55 hrs/week and wants out.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Can't really summarize the heartbreaking testimony from a resident but my god is this a vulnerable population.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Barry says Bowser is "sensitive" to issues of homeless residents. "Why isn't she here?" resident says under her breath.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Bowser, who's at other hearings, has a rep here.— Sarah Anne Hughes (@dcistsarah) October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
And Mother Jones's Chris Mooney will start at WaPo October 20 to start an enviro blog on the business desk. From the Post's announcement:
He will start as part of Wonkblog, and build toward the future rollout of a standalone blog that will pull together the excellent work of The Post’s all-star roster of energy and environment writers. Stay tuned for more details on that.
It is tradition that, shortly before the turnover from one administration to another, the existing mayor’s cabinet and top aides are briefed on their looming unemployment. While Gray, who lost the April 1 Democratic primary to D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, has already lost many of his top aides, those who remain will be asked to submit their resignations.
Both executive and excepted service employees — at-will employees, including agency chiefs who serve at the pleasure of the mayor — are eligible for separation pay, in addition to payment for unused leave. By law, separation pay cannot exceed 12 weeks of an employees' basic pay (four weeks if the employee has worked for the District for less than a year).
Want more info about separation pay for excepted service? Take a look at the DCMR section on this topic, 6-B913.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The event is billed as "a full day of constituency-building, empowerment and solution-finding on issues of importance to women in the District of Columbia."
Registration is free and required; space is limited.
The draft action plan proposes action in five areas: criminal justice, economic security and employment, housing and homelessness, education and healthcare.
Kirsten Dunst and filmmaker Matthew Frost share some spot-on sentiments about selfie culture.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Michael P. Kelly will provide an update on the administration’s efforts to produce and preserve affordable housing for District residents. Director Kelly will also announce the 2014 Notice of Funding Availability awardees.
The announcement is part of Mayor Gray’s regular Biweekly Press Briefing.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (PLEASE NOTE SLIGHT DEPARTURE FROM USUAL TIME FOR BIWEEKLY PRESS BRIEFINGS)
WHERE: Future site of the Four Points Development Project
2255 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE
BACKGROUND: With the District’s population continuing to grow at a rate of more than 1,000 net new residents per month, Mayor Gray’s administration has sought innovative approaches to generating quality affordable housing and has leveraged as many resources as possible to boost the District’s supply of affordable housing. Mayor Gray revived the Housing Production Trust Fund Advisory Board, created the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force and announced an ambitious and unprecedented goal to produce or preserve 10,000 affordable units by the year 2020.
Here's what we know about budget development:
- The Continuing Services Funding Level directly from budget manual:
The CSFL, which is Local funds only, will serve as the starting point for the FY 2016 proposed policy budget. For non-Local Funds, the starting point will be the FY 2015 budget. As in the past, the Special Purpose Revenue and Dedicated Taxes budgets will require Office of Revenue Analysis' (ORA) certification. Budget Review Team (BRT) meetings to discuss policy initiatives and costsaving proposals may take place in January. The BRT schedule is created and managed by the Mayor, not the OCFO.
The CSFL is published on the OCFO's website for the public to view in October. In addition to serving as a comparative tool for policy decisions made by the Mayor, the CSFL for each agency shall serve as the agency’s FY 2016 Local funds Maximum Allowable Request Ceiling (MARC). Non-Local fund budget requests are not limited to MARC.
- Budget submission deadlines:
- Tier 1: November 7
- Tier 2: December 5
- Tier 3: December 23
- Enhancements directly from budget manual:
Program enhancements should not be submitted to OBP. AFOs are expected to work with the Mayor's Office of Budget and Finance (MOBF) to negotiate any proposed program enhancements.
There will be questions about which agencies are in which tier. That information will be posted as soon as it is available.
Highlights of the budget development schedule are below.
About the event:
Earlier this year, primary voter turnout in the District was the worst it has been in three decades, suggesting a concerning level of political apathy for local government in our nation's capital. At the same time, there has been an enormous influx of the millennial generation following the recession, while the District's income inequality gap is the fourth-highest of any other US city.
We see these issues as inextricably connected, and want to hear from local politicians, members of the media, and social sector organizations that have a stake and a perspective to offer about why political and civic engagement (in its many forms) is disappointing at best, and what we can do to improve it going forward. There will be a panel and time for mingling with food and drinks.
Proceeds from your $10 ticket will support ONE DC's important work in organizing to make DC an equitable and inclusive city.
- Will Sommer, Loose Lips Columnist & Staff Writer, Washington City Paper (Moderator)
- Eugene Puryear, Activist and Council-at-Large, DC Statehood Green Party
- Tommy Wells, Councilman, DC Government – Ward 6
- Matt Segal, Co-Founder and President, OurTime.org
- John McCarthy, Executive Director, Future Civic Leaders
- Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
What is Dig DC? It's DCPL's new web portal to all sorts of materials in the Library's Special Collections. From an email announcing the news:
Dig DC will make it much easier for D.C. residents to access the amazing resources of DCPL Special Collections - from ephemera to priceless photographs to some of our amazing maps of D.C. This is just the beginning and more materials will continue to be added over time, but there's already a lot to explore!
Please check out the site at http://digdc.dclibrary.org/ and join us for our launch party this *Wednesday, October 8th*! Our goal is to give a 360 degree view of the benefits of the new resource, so we’ve gathered a wide variety of speakers, from history buffs to authors to artists, for a round of lunchtime lightning talks about the possible impact and uses of Dig DC. The event will take place from 12-1pm in the Digital Commons at MLK Library *(901 G Street NW).
Monday, October 6, 2014
Services offered at this location are detailed in this DHS advisory.
According to Impact Hub DC,
At the DC Day of Civic Hacking by Code for DC, civic hackers will be working with technology to make the District better. Projects include helping DC parents with school choice, improving DC's 311 social services directory, making Advisory Neighborhood Commissions more open and accountable, and other projects. Anyone can be a civic hacker. Code for DC is a local chapter of the Code for America Brigades.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Legislative Media Briefing to discuss the Council’s upcoming Legislative Meeting.
Monday, October 6, 2014
John A. Wilson Building, Room 412
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Chairman Mendelson will hold a media briefing to preview major actions to be taken at the Council’s upcoming Legislative Meeting, which will held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. A draft agenda for Tuesday's Legislative Meeting is attached.For additional information, please call: (202) 724-8032.
More information about the October 7 Legislative Meeting is on the council's website.
The sponsors are looking for nonprofits and government agencies to table. Those interested should contact MPD's Lendia Sue Johnson at (202) 698-1454 or via email, email@example.com.
In the meantime, share the flyer (below) with clients, neighbors, and others.
Friday, October 3, 2014
The new website also changes the URL to dchistory.org. That means that all email addresses also change (staff listing here).
Why we need to talk about these issues together: "Over 70% of domestic violence victims have been threatened by their abuser with a gun."
Many more events related to domestic violence prevention and awareness take place during the month of October. The schedule of DCCADV events and tips for social media are in this guide (PDF).
Thursday, October 2, 2014
If you are not registered by October 6, you can register at the polls.
Learn more about the races on the Board of Elections website.
will gain leadership skills and techniques to help develop positive partnerships with elected officials, school personnel, and other community leaders. You will become a policy influencer, and will interact with policy makers and policy implementers regarding services that you and/or your family may use. You will be given opportunities to engage in interactive learning experiences and gain valuable information about current issues, services and strategies, as well as policymaking and legislative processes at local and national levels. As a part of this nine-month program, you will become a member of a DC network of community advocates working together to improve opportunities for Washingtonians with disabilities.
Why? They are great stories. And watching both videos―they are short, you should watch them―my mind goes to the possibility of how others can use the video tool to tell the story of their community, their organization, their passion.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Come learn about what's been going on in the movement, ask questions, make suggestions, have a few drinks and talk with some mighty fine people. We'll have some DC history games to test your DC knowledge & we'll have "Statehood for the People of DC" signs for attendees.