Monday, June 29, 2015

Transpo advice for summer interns

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 29: Mendo media briefing on June 30 legislative meeting

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media on the upcoming (June 30) Legislative Meeting Monday, June 29 at 10:30 am in the John A. Wilson Building, Room 412 (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

Mendelson will discuss the major actions to be taken at the June 30 meeting.   For many, the highlight of the leg meeting is the final reading and vote on B21-158, "Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Act of 2015.   The bill under consideration is an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.

DYRS senior level staff changes

Friday, June 26, 2015

CM Silverman adds policy expert to staff

At-large Elissa Silverman today announced a new staffer in her office: Kelly Hunt.   Hunt, actually a legislative fellow, will start Monday, June 29.

Save the date, July 17: Forum on Boys and Young Men of Color

CLASP's "Investing in Young Men of Color as Community Assets" will highlight effective practices and policies that can close the gaps in education, employment, and health outcomes for boys and young men of color.   Included in the discussion will be federal investments in communities targeted at reducing concentrated poverty and creating opportunities for boys and young men of color.

The forum will take place Friday, July 17 at Noon.   Participate by attending the event in person or watching via webcast.   Learn more and register online.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Recycling

CITYLAB's You're Probably Recycling Wrong delivers more than a slap on the wrist.   Author Vicky Gan explains the mistakes we make and how to stop making them.   It's a quick and easy read.   Above all, it's helpful and worthwhile.

Tips include recycling those pesky plastic shopping bags at grocery stores, putting small bits of paper in a paper bag, stapling it (and several more simple steps), not dumping plastic-coated paper cups in recycling bins, among others.

Summer program people, these simple how-to's would make an easy and useful addition to your already-planned summer programming.   Start with your trash and recycling at your organization and encourage young people to sort properly and toss what is not acceptable.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Be a Produce Plus volunteer, make a huge difference


Want to give back?   Have free time you want to use productively?   Are you and your friends looking to do good together?

No matter the reason, you can make a huge difference to DC low-income residents who go to farmers markets for their fresh produce.   Become a Produce Plus volunteer.   As a volunteer, you will work five shifts between now (whenever you are trained) and November and distribute Produce Plus vouchers.   The vouchers mean that people can get more produce.   Yay!

It's easy to volunteer.   Learn more about the program and register to participate in a two-hour Farmers' Market Brigade training.

June 26: Jim Vance on @kojoshow

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mayor-Council breakfast Storified

Heat emergency activated June 23 1:00 - 7:00 pm

According to Alert DC, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the Washington DC Metropolitan Area from 1:00 pm this afternoon until 7:00 pm this evening.   Heat index values are expected to reach 105°.   DC government is expected to activate a heat emergency.

According to the Alert DC notice,

The Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected which could cause heat related illnesses. Please take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke; wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Locate a government cooling center or pool by using the handy DC Cooling Centers Summer15 guide (also available in PDF).

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mayor-Council breakfast June 23

Learn about mobile and social media

Staying cool in the heat


Summer and the heat and humidity are here.   And so a reminder of tips for staying cool and well, starting with staying hydrated!

  • Stay inside between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Visit a DPR pool — locations are listed online: http://dpr.dc.gov/
  • Call 311 for information about cooling center locations
  • Get water for the homeless by calling the DC Shelter Hotline — (202) 399-7093
  • More information about heat emergency and hyperthermia: http://1.usa.gov/1FEmHfj
  • DO NOT open fire hydrants

And now the background from HSEMA:

The District of Columbia Government, through the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), will implement the District Heat Emergency Plan when the temperature or heat index reaches 95 degrees. Extreme heat causes significant impacts to individuals residing in public facilities, public housing, senior facilities, senior centers, and homeless shelters throughout the city. District agencies will activate their internal plans to ensure their residents, employees, and the public are protected against extreme heat. Residents and visitors are encouraged to go to find a cooling center near you. Recreation Centers, DC Public Libraries, and Senior Wellness Centers, are all places to beat the heat and are open to the public. These locations provide a cool place to rest and also provide water and activities.

The heat index is a measurement of the air temperature in relation to the relative humidity, used as an indicator of the perceived temperature. HSEMA, in conjunction with the Department of Health (DOH), will disseminate emergency public information to the public through agency outreach programs and the DC webpage at www.dc.gov.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

DC State Fair announces poster winner

The DC State Fairboard has declared that Tracie Ching is the 1st Place winner of the poster contest.   The organization will use the poster in its advertising and promotion for the September 12 event.

The 2015 fair takes place September 12 from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm at Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave NW).   The fair will feature all kinds of vendors, contests, food, events for kids, and fun, lots of fun!

See more of Ching's work on her website; she is a professional designer.

I took second place and Liz Caselli-Mechael took third.

Congrats to all the winners!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mayor Bowser on violence increase

The mayor's press team just distributed the following about the recent increase and violence and the mayor's response:
Readout of Mayor Bowser’s Call with District & Federal Public Safety Officials

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser convened a call of Administration officials and federal partners - including Acting US Attorney Vincent Cohen and US Parole Commissioner Patricia Smoot - to discuss efforts to combat the recent uptick in violent crime in the District. Participants discussed immediate ways their agencies can coordinate more closely to combat violent crime. Early next week, the Mayor will convene an expanded meeting to discuss further coordination and policy solutions to make our neighborhoods safer.

Education-related Tweets

Thursday, June 18, 2015

DCOA director leaving agency

June 30: How building green builds neighborhoods

Interested in health, community development, and the environment?   Elevation DC's free How building green builds neighborhoods Tuesday, June 30, 5:00 - 8:00 pm might be of interest.

According to the invitation,

Join us for a panel discussion to explore how green building is making D.C. a better place to live, work and play. As part of the event, tour our sponsor Nixon Peabody’s new D.C. headquarters, which is tracking LEED Platinum certification, and learn about their rooftop solar installation project, which is part of a new community solar program to provide shared distributed renewable energy to affordable housing communities.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Update on Bowser admin agency directors

Ward 7, get ready for end-of-summer extravaganza!

East River Family Strengthening Collaborative has just announced the Saturday, August 22 Ward 7 Family and Youth Expo.   The collaborative is working with other organizations to plan this event.

The organizers are seeking public input to the event reflects what young people and their families want; there is a brief survey (online: young people, families; hard copies below).   There can't be enough community input!

Ward 7 Family and Youth Expo

Ward 7 Youth Survey

Ward 7 Families Survey

Athletics physical clinic dates

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Mayor and MPD aggressive on synthetic drugs

Nominate a leader interested in education

Democrats for Education Reform's DC chapter is accepting nominations for a July workshop and networking opportunity on civic leadership and education activism.   It is geared toward community leaders from all backgrounds and designed for parents, teachers, community members, ANC commissioners, civic organization leaders, and others.

Those who participate will have been nominated by colleagues, friends, etc. and then selected by DFER.   Nominating is easy; do it now.

Child sexual assault: A blip in the media and public consciousness, says Safe Shores

Safe Shores ED Michele Booth Cole recently appeared on CNN to talk about the Duggars.   Don't care about the Duggars?   Watch the video anyway.   Cole and others interviewed talk about the pattern of sexual abuse and equally important, how cases like this one grab the spotlight, generate public ire and conversation, and then go away.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Street Sense story considers homelessness, budget, new RFP

DHS Solicits Bids to Provide Homeless Prevention Services, a Street Sense web exclusive, combines Tweets, narrative, media stories, documents, and more to present the latest look at DC's approach to addressing homelessness for thousands of DC residents.

Second vote on budget delayed

June 24: 2015 New Heights Summit

DC Public Schools is hosting this free event about New Heights, the school-based program for parenting or expecting students, Wednesday, June 24 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.   The event takes place at Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th St NW).

New Heights operates in 13 DCPS high schools.   The goal is to improve the attendance and graduation rates of these students, prepare them for college or careers, and prevent subsequent pregnancies.

Learn more and register.


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

DC Recycler on disposing of the flag

A timely announcement about the proper disposal of the American flag: Recycling Old Glory - With Respect.   In this post, DC Recycler shares the good news that Advanced Disposal will recycle nylon flags for free through September 11, 2015.

DC Recycler also links to the VFW for the do's and don'ts of American flag disposal.

June 15: Legislative Meeting briefing

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold his regular Legislative Meeting media briefing Monday, June 15 at 11:30 am in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).   Mendo will discuss major actions to take place at the upcoming leg meeting (Tuesday, June 16).   Can't make it to JAWB?   Watch the briefing on the Council website.

More information is available by calling (202) 724‐8032.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The DC Register in 140 character snippets

Youth, sexual assault, and public policy listening sessions

The Sexual Assault Victims Rights Act Amendment Task Force is interested in hearing from the public about whether minor―in terms of age―victims of sexual assault should have the right to an advocate in the same way that adults have a right to an advocate.   The "listening sessions" take place Tuesday, June 16 at 4:00 pm and Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 am.   Both sessions will be held at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St NW, Ste. 727N.   RSVP via email, cortney.fisher@dc.gov.

Interpreters can be made available upon request.   Make the request via email, cortney.fisher@dc.gov.

Teens and young adults are encouraged to participate.

Super users share super Twitter tips via #sm4np

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June 22: The American Dream in Crisis?

Robert Putnam, Charles Murray, and William Julius Wilson will converge on DC for the June 22, Noon - 1:30 pm forum The American Dream in Crisis?   Attendance is free; learn more and register on the AEI website.   If you are unable to attend, you can watch the event online.

According to the invitation,

In his new book, "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" (Simon & Schuster, 2015), Robert Putnam describes an America that is increasingly separate and unequal along class lines: Children from wealthy families enjoy the benefits of stable two-parent families who invest heavily in their development, deep and positive social networks, and a knowledge economy. Poor and working-class kids, however, increasingly navigate broken families, the absence of adult role models, and an economy with fewer well-paying jobs for those with low levels of education. And more and more, the two groups don't mix.

To what extent is this analysis of opportunity in America correct and cause for concern? What role do culture and public policy play in these trends? And how should individuals, community members, and policymakers respond? Join AEI and three of America’s most prominent social scientists for a discussion of these important questions.


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Calling Ward 7 families - your opinions are needed!

Thought you might be interested Thursday from @DCSCORES

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June 11: 3rd Annual DC Schools Latin Dance Competition

Plan to be wowed at the 3rd Annual DC Schools Latin Dance Competition, Thursday June 11 at 6:00 pm at the Lincoln Theater (1215 U St NW).

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10; RSVP at thelincolndc.com/event/868509.

The details:

Join us for an exciting evening of dance featuring participants of the DC After School Latin Dance Program, a partnership between Washington Performing Arts and the After School Dance Fund. Cheer on DC High Schools as they compete in Salsa, Merengue, Cha-Cha, and Bachata. Participating schools include: Cardozo Education Campus, Next Step PCS, E.L. Haynes PCS, Roosevelt HS, and Wilson HS. The evening will also feature a special performance by the electrifying Afro-Cuban group Gato's Band led by the renowned Cuban artist Ernesto "Gato" Gatell.

June 11: Twitter chat about millennials' and (not) voting in local elections

Tune in Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 pm for the Knight Foundation Twitter chat exploring the reasons why millennials don’t vote in local elections and what can be done to get them more involved.

Knight staff will share the findings from Why Millennials Don’t Vote For Mayor, a recently released report from Knight and Lake Research Partners.

To participate in the Twitter chat, follow @knightfdn and use #votelocal.   To prepare for the chat, read the blog post Mayoral elections and millennials and the report, linked from that post.

June 11: Report release on (deplorable) conditions of DC prisons

On Thursday, June 11 from 10:30 - 11:30 am, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs along with partner Covington & Burling will release "D.C. Prisoners: Conditions of Confinement in the District of Columbia."   The report provides an in-depth look on the recurring and serious problems in DC prisons and proposes specific remedies.   The following topics will be discussed:
  • The deteriorating state of D.C. prison facilities
  • Widespread problems of mental health treatment and suicide prevention
  • Concerns about the for-profit Corrections Corporation of America, which runs one of the two primary D.C. detention facilities

Learn about the report in person or online:

In person
Covington & Burling, One City Center, 850 10th St NW

Online
Information will be sent via email once RSVP is received

RSVP via email, prteam@cov.com indicating whether you will attend in person or via webinar.   Dial-in information will be sent in a confirmation email once Covington & Burling receives your RSVP.

The event will also be live Tweeted from @WashLaw4CR.

streetscamp.org, combining advocacy and transportation June 20

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In anticipation of the heat, some info about getting and staying cool


With temps getting hotter and looking at two above 90 degree days this week, here is some basic information about getting and staying cool in the (icky, horrible) DC heat.

  • Stay inside between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • Visit a DPR pool — locations are listed online: http://dpr.dc.gov/
  • Call 311 for information about cooling center locations
  • Get water for the homeless by calling the DC Shelter Hotline — (202) 399-7093
  • More information about heat emergency and hyperthermia: http://1.usa.gov/1FEmHfj
  • DO NOT open fire hydrants

And now the background from HSEMA:

The District of Columbia Government, through the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), will implement the District Heat Emergency Plan when the temperature or heat index reaches 95 degrees. Extreme heat causes significant impacts to individuals residing in public facilities, public housing, senior facilities, senior centers, and homeless shelters throughout the city. District agencies will activate their internal plans to ensure their residents, employees, and the public are protected against extreme heat. Residents and visitors are encouraged to go to find a cooling center near you. Recreation Centers, DC Public Libraries, and Senior Wellness Centers, are all places to beat the heat and are open to the public. These locations provide a cool place to rest and also provide water and activities.

The heat index is a measurement of the air temperature in relation to the relative humidity, used as an indicator of the perceived temperature. HSEMA, in conjunction with the Department of Health (DOH), will disseminate emergency public information to the public through agency outreach programs and the DC webpage at www.dc.gov.

June 10: Talk with teachers about how engaging classrooms are created

The public is invited to talk with a dozen DCPS Teacher Leaders about how engaging and student-centered classrooms are created.   The teachers will share tips including using playful movements to help kids grasp science concepts, using oral history projects to hook kids into studying history, and using the Age of Enlightenment to talk about current events.   The setting will be informal, with various stations set up around the room.

The event takes place Wednesday, June 10 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives (1201 17th Street, NW).   RSVP via email, sammy@inspiredteaching.org.

Learn more about the event and how teachers have improved their practice in the event press release (PDF).

Must follow @dcreportproject

Tumblr adds Answer Time, competes with Reddit AMA

From Morning News Feed Today's top stories in media - June 8, 2015:
Tumblr Gets Its Own AMA With Answer Time
Tumblr is launching a question-and-answer session similar to Reddit's Ask Me Anything, called Answer Time. The blogging site will post a listing of various Answer Time sessions here. (VentureBeat)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mayor Bowser to hold presser June 9

Mayor Bowser will hold a press conference Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00 am at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW).   According to the advisory, the mayor "will deliver brief remarks and take questions from members of the media."

Ward 7 youth: Please share your thoughts about an end-of-summer event!

DC gets a new taxi commissioner

June 13: Anacostia Unplugged Special Event

Learn about Anacostia Unplugged, a online documentary series about how going outside is saving lives, preserving the environment, and empowering communities along the Anacostia Watershed, from the individuals and non-profits featured in it.   The special event takes place Saturday, June 13 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Earth Conservation Corps Pumphouse (1520 1st St SE).

This special event features guest speakers and appearances and many fun and engaging activities for children.

It's free to attend; RSVP online.

Learn more about Anacostia Unplugged on their Kickstarter page.   It's an important story generally to be told.   What makes it even more compelling are the personal stories and perspectives shared on the Anacostia Unplugged campaign page.   So a pitch: If you believe in the work, support the project on Kickstarter; there are price points for everyone!

The highlights of #PDF15 (a must-read if you are into civic tech!!)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Update on the Wards 7 & 8 Community Board calendar

If you have a stake in Ward 7 and/or 8, take a minute to read the results of the recent survey about getting and sharing valuable program, event, and civic information.   Be sure to read page two which offers some ideas for implementing the suggestions made by residents.   No matter what, check the Wards 7 & 8 Community Board for the calendar.   Finally, submit information for events taking place in Ward 7 or Ward 8.

Wards 7 & 8 Community Board Survey Results

Brief recap of business event in Ward 7 June 4


If you did not attend the WBJ east of the river On the Road event yesterday, you are not alone (I had a prior commitment).   You can see some of what happened in the clip above and by reading Emily Mekinc's brief summary of the event On the Road: Bringing businesses, meaningful retail and balanced incomes to wards 7 and 8.

Mekinc will have more on the event in the print edition.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Here's how to get in touch with the Ward 8 CM's office

The office of Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May uses the Twitter handle @Ward8Rising while the CM herself uses @LaRubyMay.   You can also follow May on Facebook, www.facebook.com/LaRubyMay2015.

Connecting with May's staff is easy; names, titles, and contact information are all listed on the CM's council page.

Friday, June 5, 2015

@hgil Tweets the June 5 DC Register

What a fine looking group of legislators

If you missed the news, the official snap of the DC Council is on Facebook.   Take a few minutes to read the latest from the council.   Interesting, especially the #ThrowbackThursday item.

June 11: Creating a Community-Based, Prevention Approach for Children Exposed to Violence

The Prevention Institute is hosting the free web conference "Creating a Community-Based, Prevention Approach for Children Exposed to Violence" Thursday, June 11 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.

According to the invitation,

This webinar will draw on the latest research and innovative strategies about connections between different forms of violence against children, and discuss how to prevent this violence in one effort. We'll explore implications for practice, including efforts focused on trauma and equity. We'll also discuss challenges to an integrated approach; the tools and resources that can be used to guide integrated efforts; and the benefits and challenges of partnering with agencies that focus on different forms of violence.

Register online.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tune in to 89.3FM June 8 as @ChuckThies guest hosts

Get your learning on thanks to @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   18 Free Non-profit Webinars For June 2015 includes webinars about Wild Apricot products and a roundup of those offered by others.   In the "others" category are webinars on topics such as fundraising, volunteers, communications, strategic planning, and more.

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 8: Rebuilding the RFK playground planning committee meeting

Events DC invites those interested in taking an active role in the rebuilding of the playground at RFK to join the Planning Committee.   The committee is charged with executing the build timeline and driving this project to ensure success.

The RFK Playground Project Planning Meeting takes place Monday, June 8 at 6:30 pm at the RFK Administrative Offices (adjacent to Lot 5; offices are on the 4th floor; ID required to enter).   Dinner will be provided.

RSVP to Theresa DuBois, (202) 608-1100 or via email, tdubois@eventsdc.com.

The playground rebuild actively involves Events DC, KaBOOM!, and D.C. United Foundation United for DC.

TA: Online goodies

It's been awhile since I've shared new (at least to me) online goodies that look to be useful to nonprofits and DC government agencies.   Let's see what I've found!
  • Free stock photos via Pexels 2.0, described by Product Hunt as a tool with the "best free stock photos in one place."   Pexels has committed to adding 70 hi-res pics a week and they currently have more than 2,000.   Even better is the license; all the photos are Creative Commons Zero (CC0).   This means
    you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So that attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

    The CC0 license was released by the non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC). Get more information about the license on the official license page.

  • Code for DC's http://www.opendatadc.org/ provides a wealth of DC data, free for the using.
  • Use cardette for free to create business cards, invitations, and postcards.
  • Get the most out of Excel by using the instructions in ExcelMagic (PDF).
  • Paste with or without all the formatting: How to Change the Default Paste Setting in Microsoft Word 2013 explains how to change paste settings.
  • Use PowerPoint to remove image backgrounds.   Seriously.   Learn how in Remove Image Background In PowerPoint.
  • Shorthand Social is a beautiful storytelling tool.   While you can use photos, video, and text, it's very different from my favorite Storify.Shorthand Social is an elegant storytelling tool.   I can see an organization use it to tell client stories, for example.