Sunday, August 30, 2015

Worthwhile reminder: Get involved

MPD's Assistant Chief Diane Groomes recently shared the information below (emphasis added) as a follow-up to Chief Lanier's email Addressing Violent Crime in Washington, DC.
Good afternoon all ....sorry it took me a while to compile this information but I want to send further information on how the Patrol Districts combat violent crime such as robberies, felony assaults, shootings and also citizen complaints that are brought to the attention of the commander...this is in addition to the support that the Chief of Police has provided via specialized units and the patrol support teams.....

Each district has an established Crime Suppression Team composed of ten to sixteen uniformed officers that address specific issues that the commander focuses on .... Since June these units have been able to

Make 788 arrests

Recovered 79 GUNS

Executed 43 search warrants

Recovered 23 ATVS

Seized/Recovered hundreds of grams of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and PCP

I would like to remind all that each District holds a monthly Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) meeting at their district and at these meetings it is your opportunity to discuss your concerns directly with your Commander and their team.... Also each district has PSA Lieutenants that hold regular community/PSA meetings that can address the concerns in a particular PSA and hold problem solving sessions with those in attendance by involving other agencies and entities for long term issues such as nuisance properties and systemic disorder and crime problems

The schedules and Points of Contact for each are available on our WEBSITE ... also you may inquire through the listserve any additional information you may have

Thank you

#dcfy17 artwork

With the start of FY 2017 budget development in the not too distant future, the blog needs new artwork.

And yes, I really was that bored.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The August 28 DCR Tweeted

Ward 5 ed council fall meetings

The Ward Five Council on Education's fall meeting sked includes a bevy of interesting sessions.   Monthly sessions take place the third Tuesday of every month at Lamond-Riggs Library (5401 South Dakota Ave NE).   Session topics are:
  • September: Navigating School Administration: "Cutting the Red Tape"
  • October: School Safety and Attendance
  • November: Know Your Ward 5 School: Charter and DCPS Options
  • December: Policies and Media Outlets: "Who Is in the Know"

Questions?   Contact the council by phone, (202) 505-4309, or via email, ward5coe@gmail.com.

AG's Commercial Division gets permanent director

AG Karl Racine has appointed David Fisher as the permanent Deputy Attorney General for the Commercial Division.   This division is responsible for all manner of wonky DC government legal stuff, working with 10 District government agencies.   The division provides legal advice and transactional support on real-estate transactions, bond issuances, and other work.

Learn more about Fisher and the division in the release.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Nonprofits, sign up to participate in National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 22.   It is a day of coordinated action to help millions of Americans register to vote.

Nonprofits are encouraged to sign on as a partner.   Join the effort by September 1 and you will receive by mail a toolkit including posters, stickers, and other materials so you can make the most of your efforts to help DC residents register to vote.

September 24: Being Unbanked/Underbanked: What is it and how does it impact the DC community?

"Being Unbanked/Underbanked: What is it and how does it impact the DC community?" takes place Thursday, September 24 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center (2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE).

Sponsored by Capital Area Asset Builders, CNHED and others, the event will consider how banking status impacts low- and moderate-income individuals and families and considers ways to reduce the number of unbanked residents in DC.   According the invitation, "Participants can expect a robust discussion about cross-sector strategies that can contribute significantly to a more inclusive, equitable DC economy."

Speakers will include:

  • Joe Valenti, Center for American Progress
  • Michael Morris, from the National Disability Institute
  • Andrea Ambriz, US Treasury Department
  • Joyce Northwood, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Dave Beck, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Representatives of DC-based nonprofit organizations working on addressing the needs of unbanked/underbanked DC residents

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Protests at the @mayorbowser crime presser

Recap of @mayorbowser's August 27 presser on crime prevention and intervention

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Judy Blume

The 92nd Street Y describes the June 2, 2015 Judy Blume with Samantha Bee conversation this way:
In her highly anticipated new novel, In the Unlikely Event, Judy Blume creates a moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events. The beloved author of Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret and Summer Sisters discusses her new book and extraordinary career with moderator Samantha Bee.

I favor Bee's intro: "I have to say I'm so thrilled to be here. You know I don't often get starstruck. But tonight is the most profound exception to that rule."

I venture to say I would be squealing like a tween if I were to meet Blume.   I loved her books when I was growing up and almost got suspended from middle school for sharing Forever with my friends.   My parents prevailed over other parents arguing that at least we were reading.   Anyway.   Watch the Blume/Bee 92Y Talk.   Enjoy.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Not keeping up with the crime news? Here are news reports and comments from the public.

August 27: Mayor Bowser to make major public safety announcement

Mayor Muriel Bowser will make a major announcement about public safety Thursday, August 27 from 10:30 - 11:30 am at Malcolm X Elementary School (1381 Alabama Ave SE).   Presumably, a gaggle from her public safety team will be on hand.

RSVP here.

MailChimp's style guide to online writing, rocks

MailChimp's style guide geared toward online writing is out and available for free for all to use.   Contents include:
  • Writing Goals and Principles
  • Voice and Tone
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Writing Blog Posts
  • Writing Email Newsletters
  • Writing for Social Media
  • Writing for Accessibility
  • Copyright and Trademarks
  • Word List (what's hyphenated, what phrases and words are capitalized, and the like)

If you are strapped for time, read TL;DR.   This sections briefly covers the most important subjects.

An important word from MailChimp about use of their guide:

If you work at another organization We invite you to use and adapt this style guide as you see fit. It’s completely public and available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. All we ask is that you credit MailChimp.

Thanks to the fine folks on PCDC for sharing this and other valuable information.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mayor Bowser's August 25 sked

Mayor Muriel Bowser will guest on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt Tuesday, August 25 at 10:00 am.

Tune in to NewsChannel 8 streaming here, http://news8.net/, to see the conversation.

If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email (newstalk@news8.net) the show.

October 27: DCPCA Annual Meeting

Save the date Tuesday, October 27 for DCPCA's annual meeting.   The theme, "Strategic Innovations: Embracing Change and Disruption to Transform the Health Care System," will be considered in workshops and presentations.

The event takes place at the Kellogg Conference Center.

Direct questions to DCPCA via email.


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Community walk-through reports and updates

Miss one of community walk-throughs organized by the Bowser administration?   Check out what was identified, who walked, and more!   Reports of each walk, broken down by ward, are on the mayor's website.

The image below shows some of what you will see in the reports; this is only one part of a Ward 8 walk.   One improvement to the report would be for MOCRS added a date to the status column.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Understanding migration in DC key to many public policy issues

Lyman Stone―self-described global cotton economist, migration blogger, and proud Kentuckian―has produced a series on migration in the DC metro area.   This series is a must-read for policy makers, policy influencers, businesses, and nonprofit providers.

The three posts in the series are:

Post 1 presents an overview of migration in the region, by area and overall.   Stone concludes with what many of us know: That the population in the metro area is migratory and transient.   His description of the population of the District is easy to understand:

We might think of this in life cycle terms: young students and interns move to DC, get married and move to the suburbs, then, when their kids hit school age, maybe they move somewhere closer to family and affordable education. But it’s very clear that the migration dynamo driving the DC metro area isn’t Virginia or Maryland: it's the District of Columbia itself.

Part 2 examines the patterns of migration by things such as class and family status.   As was the case in Part 1, Stone explains the data.   And he includes easy-to-understand graphs such as the one below which shows in and out migration by age group and jurisdiction.


Stone considers which states gain people from and lose people to DC in Part 3.

It is Stone's summary of the series that offers food for thought for those interested in community, public policy, and the like:

These trends imply that the DC metro area may provide amenities that serve mobile, low-family-commitment individuals very well. For those without large families and who are comfortable moving frequently and not putting down deep roots, the DC metro area will work well. In other words, high-performing, long-hour professionals are likely to thrive. But on the other hand, the metro area does not appear to provide the right benefits to attract and retain families and older people. The reality is that families and older people aren’t sticking around. Maybe the amenities aren’t good, or maybe the prices are too high, but these groups are in fact valuable for promoting the formation of social capital in a locality. Family ties, and especially multi-generational family ties, encourage people to make social (and financial) investments in their communities and their neighbors that they might not otherwise make. Parents with kids care about the local schools and parks more than 20-somethings. By alienating these essential social builders, the DC metro area makes for itself a situation of ongoing social disconnection, high and persistent inequality, contentious gentrification debates, and perpetual transiency.

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Twitter

A new life for Sursum Corda

Saturday, August 22, 2015

August 21 DCR in Tweets

TA: Tips to improve blog traffic

Kim Garst (@kimgarst) earlier this week Storified the #SocialCentsChat on improving blog traffic (see How To Drive More Traffic To Your Blog).   The essential information from the chat is below.   What are your takeaways?   Leave your faves in a comment.


In response to the question "What are three ways people should be driving traffic to their blogs?",

Important caveats to the long post rec by @RizoltSEO and @ScribblerKris.



And this final thought: Your website is also important.   Don't let your website languish in favor of your blog or, in fact, social media in general.   Apply the lessons you learn from the chat to your website also.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

There's a new Google group in town

The Office on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs has just launched the "DC Mayor's Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs Sharing Forum" Google group.   It's free and easy to join; email dcmoapia+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

OAPIA explains the group:

This group was created so that community members can have a space to connect with fellow like-minded individuals interested in all things AAPI. Members are encouraged to share their own news or events that are happening in DC (whether it be an upcoming happy hour, film screening, workshop, etc). MOAPIA will occasionally post updates on current and upcoming events/initiatives.

This space is also a way for members to get their questions answered regarding government programs and services. Have a question about sidewalk repairs, small business support, safety, language access, or any other topic? Post your questions here! Or if you just want to voice a concern you have or concerns about your neighborhood, post it here and we will be sure to follow-up.

We look forward to hearing from you and finding ways to better serve you.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: How well do we know the research underpinning policy?

80,000 Hours has created a test to determine if people can tell which social interventions are effective just from hearing about them.

I've long been a fan of evaluation and using information―good information―to make decisions.   The test and the results (published on Vox) are interesting.   If the test results hold true in DC, there is much work to be done to education elected and appointed officials, providers, and the community about what works and what doesn't work.

Test designers Benjamin Todd and William MacAskill (of 80,000 Hours) reach a similar conclusion, not about DC, but about the public and electeds in general.   They wrote about it on Vox:

What can we learn from this? Sadly, it isn't possible for the public to know ahead of time whether a nice-sounding idea will actually help people or hurt them. Whether it’s a politician proposing a new social program for young people or a charity fundraiser describing how they are going to help the homeless, neither your head nor your gut can consistently tell you if their approach is going to work. A lot of things that sound good don’t do good, and vice versa.

Instead, you have to get experimental evidence. What trials have been run? How did the people who didn’t get the program compare with those who did? Were they comparable groups? What do experts who conduct reviews of the field’s research conclude?

Reactions on Hacker News are also quite interesting.   While the readers may not be social science and human services experts, they do have an interest in science and order.   I am particularly enamored with the comment by NateLawson.   He suggests all legislation include A/B testing; it is a twist on sunsetting provisions.

Thoughts?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

OCFO reports, Aug. 2015

Here is the latest from the Office of the Chief Financial Officer:

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Urban agriculture comback

Monday, August 17, 2015

September 30: Conference on mental health, incarceration, and action

"A Public Heath Approach to Incarceration and Mental Health...An Opportunity for Action" takes place Wednesday, September 30 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at True Reformer Building (1200 U St NW ).

Attendees will hear from experts and engage in conversations about juvenile justice, women and girls in the justice system, and re-entry risks and opportunities, just to name a few topics.

Learn more and register.

Several crowdsourcing opportunities

If you have a little free time and want to be a sleuth or just contribute to the community's well-being, here are some crowdsourcing opportunities you can do from the comfort of (fill in the blank):
  • DC government agencies social media―This list contains info about executive and legislative branch agencies and schools.   The huge gap is schools' social media presence information.   If you run or work in a school or interact with one, please add social media platform info so others can join in the conversation!
  • ANCs 2015―This list contains the names of and contact information for ANCs.   Records need a review.   Residents, advocates, and others are particularly interested in emails ANCs actually use and social media info.
  • Ward 7 Communication Channels―This list contains all manner of information-sharing sources/resources in Ward 7.   Included are Yahoo and Google groups, websites, elected officials info, and more.
  • Free and affordable meeting space (DC)―If your organization has free or low-cost meeting space available, please add that information to this online spreadsheet.   Nonprofits spend too much time looking for affordable space.   Let's help each other out!

Connect with Ally Schweitzer

Connect with Schweitzer about music and more.   All of her contact info is on her revamped website, along with links to her recent work.   Check it out.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 26: Creating visual content webinar

Join the free webinar How to Create Visual Content for Your Nonprofit Tuesday, August 25 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.   Topics include:
  • How to create visually compelling images for social media
  • The importance of creating infographics
  • How to use Instagram to create video content
  • Low-cost photo and video editing tools
  • How to launch fundraising campaigns in visual format

Learn more and register.

Learn about additional free webinars.

WABA's new ED


Read the announcement about WABA's new executive director Greg Billing.   Billing starts immediately.


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

DC worst in nation for kids per WalletHub report

DC ranks 51st overall, 51st in "Early Foundations & Economic Well-Being", 43rd in "Health," and 51st in "Education" according to the WalletHub's report 2015's Best and Worst States for Underprivileged Children.

None of this is surprising.   And while the report does not offer policy and practice fixes, WalletHub does include the section "Ask the Experts."   Advocates and policymakers can use the experts' answers to three questions to make improvements in DC.   The questions are:

  1. Does being raised in poverty have lasting consequences for children in adulthood?
  2. Are elected officials placing a sufficiently high priority on the needs of underprivileged children? What can they do to improve the welfare of children in poverty?
  3. How can families and communities mitigate the negative effects of poverty on children?

The August 14 DC Register in Tweets

Let's adopt this style guide to simpler words!

Friday, August 14, 2015

DGS gets a permanent director

Chris Murphy takes leadership, community gig at Georgetown

Georgetown University has announced that Chris Murphy, Chief of Staff to Mayor Vincent C. Gray, is the university's first vice president for government relations and community engagement.

According to the release, "Georgetown President John J. DeGioia says Murphy will help strengthen the university’s relationships with governmental and community leaders throughout the Washington area and actively support policies and partnerships that advance the university’s mission and vision."   In addition, Murphy "will have oversight of the Office of Federal Relations, the primary liaison to the federal government that advocates on behalf of the university on higher education issues affecting students, faculty, and staff."

Congrats Chris!!!


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Get ready for Car Free Day Sept. 22


Car Free Day is September 22 according to an August 13 press release from COG.

Those who commit to participating (take the pledge here) may also choose to join a team―#teamwalk, #teamrail, #teambus, #teampool, #teamtelework, or #teambike.   Team members are eligible for prizes.   Participants are also encouraged to show or write about benefits of alternatives to driving alone.

Car Free Day should resonate with many across the city.   Consider, for example, FitDC, Mayor Bowser's challenge to the city to walk one billion steps.   And then there's Sustainable DC, the plan to "guide the District to be the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the nation!"   Or, think about Age-Friendly DC and their strategic plan.

Learn more on the Car Free Metro DC website and then decide how you want to roll on September 22.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

A nice change of pace

DDOE renamed Department of Energy and the Environment

Thought you might be interested Thursday: 25 years after The Truly Disadvantaged

In 2012, Harvard University's Multidisciplinary Program Inequality and Social Policy considered the groundbreaking book The Truly Disadvantaged by William Julius Wilson with the author and others.   The day-long event featured experts of all kinds―including academics and psychologists―representing a range of fields such as sociology, political science, and economics.

In the book, Wilson, according to Harvard,

takes a look at the social transformation of inner city ghettos, offering a sharp evaluation of the convergence of race and poverty. Rejecting both conservative and liberal interpretations of life in the inner city, Wilson offers essential information and a number of solutions to policymakers. The Truly Disadvantaged is a wide-ranging examination, looking at the relationship between race, employment, and education from the 1950s onwards, with surprising and provocative findings. This second edition also includes a new afterword from Wilson himself that brings the book up to date and offers fresh insight into its findings.

The 2012 event featured five panels:

  • "Deindustrialization and Joblessness"
  • "Neighborhood Inequality and the Concentration of Social Dislocations"
  • "Family Structure and Social Change"
  • "Race and Segregation"
  • "The State and the Politics of Inequality"

The first segment, starting with an opening by Wilson and followed by the first panel, is below.   The remaining segments are on the event page.



If you have not read the book and would like to, it is available at DC Public Library.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mayor Bowser talks crime Aug. 13

On Mayor Muriel Bowser's sked for Thursday, August 13 at 1:00 pm is media availability on crime.   Joining the mayor will be leaders in the public safety arena―think Chief Lanier and deputy CA Kevin Donahue.   The availability will take place in the John A. Wilson Building, Room 527.

August 16 and 17: #GiveLikeAJCIII, celebrate AJ Cooper and the goodness of DC

Brenda Rhodes Miller, executive director of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, recently sent this email about her son AJ Cooper:
Many of you may know that DC Campaign's Policy Director, the late AJ Cooper III, was instrumental in the creation of "The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Establishment Act of 2014," legislation that is the source of funding for many local organizations working to reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy in Washington, DC.

Jay was deeply committed to the health and well-being of his hometown and viewed teen pregnancy as an obstacle that kept boys and girls from achieving their dreams.

In recognition of his advocacy and dedication to all the residents of the District of Columbia, the City Council passed a resolution making Jay’s 35th birthday the AJ Cooper III Day of Service in Washington, DC.

Jay believed that even the smallest act of kindness could change the world.

I hope you will join me in honoring my son’s memory by doing something good for someone else on August 17, 2015. For more information www.ajcooperdc.org.

You can help out at the BBQ; deets are here.   Public policy and practice more your thing?   There's a housing event Monday, August 17; info in the Tweet below.

Andrea Noble moves from local to national public safety beat at the Washington Times

Thanks to @cuneytdil for the info.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TA: Cleaning text

I'm on the web a lot.   Between the blogs, work-related sites, and email, I copy and paste text all day long.   Most often I use editpad.org but today for some reason, it wasn't stripping out the formatting.   textcleaner.lutesonline.com did the trick.

Do you have a favorite formatting/other text cleaner?   Share in a comment, please.

Saying no nicely

Asked to do or join things that you just don't want to or have time for?   Read 15 Little Phrases That Will Make You Remarkably More Productive for nice ways to say no (think "No, but thank you for asking!" and "I'm sorry but there is already too much on my plate.").

Thanks to @CapHillStyle for sharing.

@cuneytdil brings us a new political and other news aggregator


Hat's off to Cuneyt Dil for creating the local news aggregator newsletter District Links (subscription link).   Read the archives.   Send tips, links, events, things to via email, cdil@currentnewspapers.com.

Learn more about this up-and-coming journo:   Twitter, @cuneytdil, LinkedIn.

Thanks to Dil for sharing on Reddit.

David Axelrod, still the believer, on democracy and the power to transform

The campaign season has started, and not just on a national level.   Last week, I launched #DCison16 to keep track of media and social media hits associated with local candidates.   So it seems appropriate to share the February 2015 Harvard Book Store video David Axelrod: Believer - My Forty Years in Politics.

Viewers learn in the first several minutes of the program that David Axelrod has been involved with 150 campaigns at all levels of government.   And in all that time, he has believed in democracy and "in the power of stories to unite diverse communities and ignite transformative political change."

Sit back and watch the video.



Interested in reading the book?   DC Public Library has it.

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 26: Cinema from the Street, continued

The latest in the acclaimed Street Sense Cinema from the Street series are two self-directed documentaries by local female survivors of homelessness.   The documentaries will be shown Wednesday, August 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St NW).

In the first film, "join a courageous mother as she struggles to protect and raise her daughter in one of D.C.'s most infamous and inhospitable shelters."   In the second, "journey alongside a survivor of homelessness and sexual assault as she reflects on her past trauma and present path to recovery."   Following the documentaries will be a Q&A with directors moderated by renowned activist Marita Golden.

Learn more about and make reservations for Cinema from the Street, Part 2.

Free webinars in August, curated by @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   18 Free Non-profit Webinars For August 2015 includes several Wild Apricot events about their products and trainings by others on topics such as donor retention, social media, engaging volunteers, staff issues, and more!

These are perfect for interns and summer employees!

ICYMI: Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier presser on crime (July 30)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

GGW is hiring!

August 19: Stop Police Terror Project DC general body meeting


Attend the Wednesday, August 19 Stop Police Terror Project DC general body meeting and learn about the organization and the campaigns and actions that are have planned.

Meeting deets: 7:00 pm start time and the location is The Justice Center (617 Florida Ave NW).

Free books for kids online in 20 languages

Have family, friends, clients, customers, or neighbors who don't speak English and need access to children's literature?   The International Children's Digital Library Foundation makes books available free of charge and registration is not required.   Presently, literature is available in 20 languages:

English
Arabic
SimChi
Traditional Chinese
Croatian
Dari
Filipino/Tagalog
French
German
Hebrew
Italian
Korean
Pashto
Persian/Farsi
Polish
Portuguese
Mongolian
Russian
Spanish
Thai

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Project Create has a new home

Nonprofit Project Create celebrated its new home July 24.   You can now find this organization and many of its programs in Ward 8 across from the Big Chair.   Here are the particulars:
2028 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, 2nd Floor (Across from the Big Chair, above Mama’s Kitchen)
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: (202) 889-0655
Email: studio@projectcreatedc.org
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday Noon - 7:30 pm

TA: A new, cool Twitter and Facebook tool

Spruce lets you easily caption photos and with one click, share them on Twitter or Facebook.

The tool has a ton of already-loaded photos with search capacity, or you can upload your own.   Type in what you want to say, select a typeface (there are presently nine), and move the text around in the image.   The final step is to download, post to Facebook, or Tweet.   Oh, and before you post, you get a preview.

And all for free with no sign-up or log-in required.   (This may actually be the best part!)

The August 7 DC Register summarized

Friday, August 7, 2015

#DCision16 is now live!

The blog will do all the work for you, finding media and social media links so you can learn more about the candidates for the Council of the District of Columbia in 2016.

Want your local news about candidates delivered to your inbox every day?   Subscribe to the just-launched #DCision16 blog by yours truly.

What you won't find:   promotional and fundraising information; I will leave that to the campaigns.

WBJ tech journo leaves post

Kasra Kangarloo announced his farewell today in Fare thee well, D.C. tech. It's been real.   Kangarloo is not just leaving the tech beat or DC.   He's moving to Thailand.   He explained, "For the time being, I’ve decided to take a break from journalism at large and head out to Thailand, where I will teach English to small children."

Do good, replenish, rejoice, and return!

Never saw Chocolate City? Watch it now.


Filmmakers Ellie Walton and Sam Wild consider gentrification, public housing, poverty, public policy, and yes race, in this 2003 documentary.   Walton's website describes the film this way:

In 2003, over 400 families from the Arthur Capper's housing project in South East Washington DC were forced from their homes as part of a massive nation-wide redevelopment programme. "Chocolate City"” explores the rapid gentrification of Washington DC through the eyes of a group of local women who are fighting to return to their neighbourhood. Although living in the shadows of power, their story celebrates the strength of communities and the capacity of art to inspire change.

Wild describes the film this way:

Through the experiences of a number of largely black residents the film explores how the city is being altered as property prices rise and local communities are forced out of the world's most famous capital.
Two brief media reviews: D.C. Locals' Long Wait For Hope: 'Chocolate City' and Chocolate City Takes on Gentrification.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Reports from the OCFO

Here's an update on reports posted on the OCFO website:

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Thought you might be interested Thursday: Happiness

Another fascinating story brought, as heard recently on WAMU: The Pursuit: A History Of Happiness.   Here's what you'll be treated to in the hour-long program:
How have Americans defined success, prosperity and contentment? How have they carried out their pursuit of those ends? And how does the course of history square with their lofty goals? Brian, Ed and Peter mull these questions over in stories across the centuries — from a mesmerist who urged his followers to think happy thoughts to an early hit in the recording industry that will just crack you up.

When the guys say they will "just crack you up," they are referring to what I think is a terribly odd segment―Laugh It Up, Fuzzball.   The other segments are outstanding.   They are: Comma Chameleon, So Happy Together, Single Serving, Don’t Worry — Be Happy!, and Chasing The Brass Ring.

Artwork for #DCision16

Campaigns require artwork and here is mine for the upcoming local elections.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

@GarberDC launches at-large council campaign

Volunteer opps galore at the 2015 DC State Fair!!

The DC State Fair is looking for lots of volunteers for the festivities this year.   Opps are:
  • Marketing Street Team
  • Social Media Ninjas
  • Day-Before Logistics
  • Pet Parade Volunteer
  • Set-Up
  • Welcome and Information Tent
  • Crowd Control
  • Check-In/ID Checker
  • Contest Registration
  • Preparation
  • Kids’ Activities
  • Press Tent
  • Winners’ Table Display Volunteers
  • Social Media Outreach Volunteers
  • Clean-Up

Literacy, mentoring and boys of color event Aug. 5

ANCs can use formal form to weigh in with DCRA

Wondering if other agencies can/should use this form.   Also, is there a better way to do this than a PDF form?   Like a hard-copy form and an online form?

Nonprofits, mobile email and more, a Storified chat

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

Will we or won't we?

ICYMI: John Oliver on DC's lack of statehood

While the entire segment is worthwhile, I most love the song (starting at 15m17s).

The next MacGyver will be a girl!!!

Getting girls and women interested in STEM is important, I think we would all agree.   The how is more challenging.

Some fab organizations came together to create The Next MacGyver, a competition to answer the question "Could television be the secret weapon that gets more girls into science?"

The National Academy of Engineering, The USC Viterbi School of Engineering, MacGyver Foundation, Lee Zlotoff, and The Paley Center for Media have selected five finalists and runners up.   Each finalist received $5,000 and was paired with a successful Hollywood producer as a mentor who will help them develop their original pilot screenplay.

Watch the top 12 pitches and panel discussion in the YouTube video below.

Read Here Are 5 Contenders For A New, Female Macgyver—will One Help Drive Girls To Engineering? for a summary of the competition and the need for girls and women in STEM.

Listen to CM Grosso talk with Kojo Nnamdi

If you missed the July 29 Kojo Nnamdi program featuring a discussion about education with CM David Grosso, have no fear.   You can listen to the talk here, D.C. Council Member David Grosso.   What the site has to say about the CM's appearance:
The first day of D.C. Public Schools is less than a month away, but before the school year can start, there are two big issues to deal with: a controversial, embattled food contract, and behind-schedule construction. D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools and other local public policy issues.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dionne Calhoun: Now in CM McDuffie's office

Dionne Calhoun is now Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Ward 5 CM Kenyan McDuffie.   You may know Calhoun from her time in At-large CM Grosso's office.

Get in touch to congratulate Calhoun on her new gig:

Learn about and comment on DC's Wildlife Action Plan

The District Department of the Environment wants public input on the city's 2015 wildlife action plan.   The community meeting dates are:
  • Wednesday, August 5, 6:30 - 8:00 pm with a presentation from 6:45 - 7:15 pm, National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Visitor Center Auditorium)
  • Thursday, August 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm with a presentation from 6:45 - 7:15 pm, DDOE's Aquatic Resources Education Center (1500 Anacostia Dr SE)

No RSVP is required.

The 2015 plan updates the the 2005 plan, providing direction for the city to comply with federal requirements and meet the very real needs of the District's wildlife and habitats.

Listen: Ivy City residents featured on Taking Action

Empower DC dedicated their July 28 edition of their radio program Taking Action to Ivy City, a community with which Empower DC has worked over the years.   About the recent radio program, from their website,
With the city moving toward circulating a Request for Proposals for the development of the historic Alexander Crummell School, this edition of Taking Action is focused on the future of the school. Empower DC’s Parisa Norouzi talks with two current residents, Andria Swanson and Belinda Taylor, as well as an alumna of the Crummell School, Ms. Remetter Freeman, about their vision for the site, the history of the school, and why Crummell is so important to their community.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Have something to say about the police and public safety?

The Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) and the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) are conducting a survey to collect information that will help the two nonprofits "better understand residents’ opinions about safety and policing in their neighborhoods."   Or, take the survey by texting "iamsafe" to 313131.

All responses are confidential.

The organizations will make the report of the findings available this fall.

July 31 DCR Storified

DC history: The Crummell School and its role in the community

There's a new website in town dedicated to DC history: crummellschool.org/.   This new site, created by Friends of Crummell School, presents the history of the Alexander Crummell School, information about the Ivy City community advocacy to restore the abandoned school, and more.

Crummell School is a nationally designated historic landmark.   Learn more about the school and its namesake Alexander Crummell.

Also on the website is information about friends group:

The mission of Friends of Crummell School is to achieve the restoration and reuse of the historic Alexander Crummell School, the heart of the Ivy City community, in a manner that serves, protects and uplifts area residents and their environment.

Members of Friends of Crummell School include area residents, Crummell alumni, clergy, advocates, historic preservation professionals, architects, planners and community development experts.