Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Running over 80

Read about the race and the "older athletes killing it at the Penn Relays" in Watching Elderly Runners Crush the 100-Meter Dash Will Make Your Day.

April 5: A Moment or a Movement? 3rd Annual Equitable Development Conference

ONE DC and GW's free A Moment or a Movement? 3rd Annual Equitable Development Conference takes place Tuesday, April 5 at GW.   From the registration site:
Movement building is the focus of the third annual conference on equitable development in Washington, DC co-sponsored by ONE DC and George Washington University. Bringing together residents from all parts of the DC area, organizers, students, developers, elected officials and all who are concerned with sustainable, equitable development, this conference will build on the ongoing efforts to create a more democratic and just community.

The conference will begin at 9:00 AM and includes:
A keynote discussion and interview with activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Gail Taylor, Three Part Harmony Farms, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Morgan State University, Zach Komes, Roosevelt Institute GWU, Omolara Williams McCallister, Black Lives Matter DMV, Rachelle Downs, Melanin Uprising and moderated by Eugene Puryear.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March 31: Chat about gardening with DPW and Frager's

Reminder: April 5 webinar on comms and fundraising

Participate in this free webinar and learn about:

  • What’s new online and mobile fundraising
  • What’s next in social media and online community engagement
  • An exploration of real-time communications and fundraising
  • The Internet of Things and its impact nonprofit communications and fundraising
  • Demographic changes and their impact on the nonprofit sector


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Depression can―and does―happen to all kinds of people

Anacostia Unmapped debut

Anacostia Unmapped, a new project at WAMU, debuted March 23.   The first program featured Kymone Freeman, Programming Director at We Act Radio; John Johnson, Playwright and contributor to "Anacostia Unmapped;" and Schyla Pondexter-Moore, Housing Activist and contributor "Anacostia Unmapped."

Learn more about Anacostia Unmapped by reading Anacostia home to WAMU bureau and listening to The Story Of Anacostia In Washington, D.C. which aired March 24, 2016 on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Producer Katie Davis and the Anacostia Unmapped team want to learn from listeners; learn more and contribute!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Hold your tongue around people with cancer

Don't tell cancer patients what they could be doing to cure themselves, an opinion piece by Steven W. Thrasher who is writer-at-large for Guardian US, is a must-read.   I can attest to what Thrasher writes, having watched my father live with and die of cancer.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

@hgil Tweets the March 25 DCR

April 4: Speak up about RFK redevelopment plans

On Monday, April 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the convention center, Events DC will introduce residents to the first concepts for RFK and DC Armory.

Attendees will learn about ideas for the 190-acre RFK Stadium/DC Armory campus.   The concepts―anchor facilities, recreation space and connective elements―reflect the input of stakeholders, including DC residents and potential user-groups.

RSVP online.

Questions, concerns or comments?   Contact Caroline Jhingory via email,

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thomas and Miller leave WTTG

Cision reported the news that Will Thomas and Emily Miller are leaving WTTG.

#dcfy17 budget documents

Today (March 24, 2016) Mayor Muriel Bowser released her proposed FY 2017 budget.   The documents online as of right now are:

March 24: "Support the Arts" Ketcham Elementary School documentary viewing

From the Wards 7 & 8 Community Calendar:
Support the Arts at Ketcham Elementary School
‘Support the Arts’, is a premier documentary chronicling the debut of Ketcham Elementary School students into musical theater offering an inspiring story that conveys the transformational power of the arts.

On March 24, the Ketcham Elementary School Players will make history. These SE Washington-based youth artists willhost a premiere viewing of their documentary, 'Support the Arts'. The film chronicles their debut into musical theater, offering an inspiring story of hard work, honesty, and commitment to artistry. Invited guests include local city officials and celebrities.

Start time is 7pm, with a 'red carpet' entrance. The event features a chat session with the cast and a meet and greet reception. Please support these brilliant young people as they share their experience of how the arts can turnaround a child's perspective on life.

Contact information: Tuluv Price, 646-262-6852,

March 24 @kojoshow: Anacostia Unmapped and value of Wizards in SE

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Arthur Brooks pleads for Americans to work together

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#dcfy17 press conference Mar. 24

Mayor Muriel Bowser releases her FY 2017 proposed budget Thursday, March 24.    She meets with members of the council at 9:30 am.   She will hold a press conference in Room G9 in the John A. Wilson Building following the council meeting, probably around 11:00 am.

Are you a wonk?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Worth sharing even though it's a little late

Here's a message from our friends at Anacostia Waterfront Trust:
Remembering DC's Forgotten River on World Water Day

Today, March 22, is World Water Day. The Anacostia Waterfront Trust would like to take this opportunity to make a plea for the forgotten river in our own back yard.

In everyone's life, there should be a stream, river or lake that provides a special place for recreation and rejuvenation. Unfortunately, many aquatic ecosystems across the country have been degraded to the point that they make the communities that depend on them less healthy.

After centuries of neglect, the Anacostia divides Washington DC, and may well be poisoning her children. Lots of people recognize that the Anacostia has a trash problem, but the challenge is much deeper than that. Toxic chemicals from past industrial uses are trapped in the bottom sediments. Bottom-feeding fish like catfish ingest the chemicals, and are then caught and eaten by thousands of residents. Moreover, every time it rains the river is further inundated with polluted storm water.

These are tough problems, but not impossible. Today, many individuals, politicians, and organizations have recognized the environmental problems plaguing the watershed and committed to do something about it.

We know what needs to be done. Those responsible for legacy pollutants trapped in the river must be held accountable to clean them up. Also, public and private investment should be directed toward infrastructure such as rain gardens or green roofs that are designed to trap and treat polluted stormwater runoff before it reaches the river.

It will take time and money to save the Anacostia, and the city is already at risk of missing its own clean water targets, but imagine the possibilities.

On pleasant Spring days like these, families from all over the city could congregate around the river. Children could learn to fish, swim, row and sail in the gentle, safe Anacostia while their parents enjoy the benefits of a world class waterfront at the heart of the Nation's Capital.

Washingtonians need to unite around the dream of a clean Anacostia. On World Water Day, stand up for DC's forgotten river. Help the Anacostia Waterfront Trust and its partner organizations to make sure that the promise of the Clean Water Act—swimmable and fishable waters for all—is met in the next few years.

Photo: Paper, Plastic, or Canvas?, Washington DC Metblogs

New: OAG in Your Community

On March 22, AG Karl Racine launched the new outreach tool OAG In Your Community.   Click here to subscribe.

@MayorBowser's family shelter plan on The Kojo Nnamdi Show Mar. 22

March 22: Take a stand for early learning quality

The DC Early Learning Collaborative is hosting Take a Stand for Quality Tuesday, March 22 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Dunbar Senior High School (101 N St NW, second floor, media center).

Meeting agenda:

  • Networking (6:00 - 6:30 pm) including survey of Wards 7 and 8 providers of infant and toddler services
  • Presentations (6:30 - 8:00 pm) including pre-k quality paper, infant and toddler work group paper, cost of quality paper, and enhanced quality rating system
  • Work groups (8:00 - 8:50 pm)
  • Announcements and closing (8:50 - 9:00 pm)

RSVP to (202) 986-1819.   Leave name, center/home (providers), phone, and email.

This is a free event and all, including interested DC residents and early learning stakeholders, are encouraged to attend.

Bee swarm? No problem.

If you see a swarm of bees, contact DC Beekeepers―(202) 255-4318, email, or Tweet @DCBeekeepers.   The organization can get an experienced beekeeper there quickly to help out.

Honeybees are under extreme survival pressure, and those swarms represent the few that have not only figured out how to survive pests, pesticides, and climate change, but thrive.   DC Beekeepers can grab those bees, give them safe homes somewhere else, and help ensure a healthier future where honey bees can continue to make our food supply and green spaces grow.

Learn more about swarms.

Image: Sichy007.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Heidi Tseu joins Georgetown

Heidi Tseu has joined Georgetown University's Office of Government Relations and Community Engagement as the Director of Local Government Affairs.   According to the announcement,
Heidi served as Legislative Committee Director to Chairperson Phil Mendelson during his tenure as Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and, later, as Senior Counsel to Councilmember Tommy Wells during his transition to Committee Chairmanship. A long-time District resident, she resides in the Palisades neighborhood with her husband and their two sons. Heidi's primary focus will be on the University's relationship with the District government. She can be reached at

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

@hgil Tweets March 18 DCR

DC government's open data policy update

Turns out DC government's Director of Technology Innovation Matt Bailey's update on the Bowser Administration's open data policy is only half a breath of fresh air.

Yes, Bailey does update the community about the status of the mayor's new initiative.   Yes, Bailey mentions continuing input opportunities.

So what's the problem?   Only that unless you are subscribed to Medium, a blogging platform of sorts, you would miss this important information.   The solution is simple: OCTO should add a link to Medium on their home page.

What is a little more complicated is to implement this change―ensuring openness and accessibility―across the government.   Perhaps the mayor's comms office should to require all executive branch agencies to ensure all social media platforms are linked on the agency home page.

But wait, there's more.   Agency divisions (programs) must also be required to identify which social media platforms on which they are active.   One example is MPD.   On the home page, MPD lists where they are on various social media platforms: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.   But what about 6D Outreach (@6DCOC), the 6th District's Twitter account?   It doesn't appear on the home page, which is good, but then it doesn't appear on their 6th District page, which is bad.

Finally, the government should create a list of all agency/program/division/initiative/project social media accounts and share that list prominently on   The public should no longer have to keep track (see DC government agencies social media).

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Learn about LIMS' new features Mar. 18

@DistrictDig's take on development and Mendo a good, important read

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

April 5: 10 Emerging Trends in Digital Communications and Fundraising

Participate in this free webinar and learn about:

  • What’s new online and mobile fundraising
  • What’s next in social media and online community engagement
  • An exploration of real-time communications and fundraising
  • The Internet of Things and its impact nonprofit communications and fundraising
  • Demographic changes and their impact on the nonprofit sector


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Miss the March 15 COW? No worries. It's here on demand.

Introducing CFSA's new program ops deputy Courtney Hall

A message from CFSA:
A message from the
CFSA Principal Deputy Director

CFSA and Partners:

Please join me in welcoming Courtney Hall, who comes on board at CFSA today as deputy director, Program Operations. Courtney has an MSW from the University of Alabama and more than a dozen years of child welfare experience. That includes more than nine years focused on organizational transformation, executive leadership, policy development, program design, and project management.

Courtney began his career with the Alabama Department of Human Resources (which includes child welfare) as a child safety assessor/investigator, a position he held for two years. Over the next decade, he progressively rose through the ranks as a project manager of an innovative program to find children’s estranged relatives, a senior supervisor in the Alabama equivalent of Child Protective Services, a program supervisor overseeing ongoing casework, a county director, and a state division director. Immediately before joining CFSA, Courtney was division director in Jefferson County (Birmingham, AL), the state’s largest county division. Among his achievements were:

  • Safely decreasing the number of children in foster care by 18%.
  • Safely decreasing the number of long-staying children in foster care by 24%.
  • Safety reducing the time youth spent in foster care from 35 months to 28 months.
  • Reduced worker turnover rate from 28% to 17%.

Courtney has a deep understanding of child welfare work, ample leadership experience, and a record of success in stimulating positive organizational change and performance improvement. I am confident in his capabilities to direct all our Program Operations functions, support workers, and take us to the next level of performance. Courtney’s office location at CFSA is #2618, with Lisa Edelen continuing to provide administrative support. I look forward to working with Courtney and thank you in advance for helping him with insights and information as he transitions in to CFSA.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Being Nonpartisan: Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits webinar (Mar. 17)

Participate in this free Nonprofit VOTE webinar if the description speaks to you:
We're a 501(c)(3) organization and want to help our clients and community register and vote! How do we do that and stay nonpartisan? What is prohibited partisan political activity? How do you do voter registration, talk to the candidates, or get out the vote on a nonpartisan basis? In this webinar we'll discuss permissible, nonpartisan voter engagement for 501(c)(3) nonprofits - what you can and can't do, and recommended practices.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

TA: Tips for successful live streaming

Cision has delivered more valuable tips.   This time, about live streaming.

Five Tips on Using Live Streaming Video is a must-read if you are planning on airing events as they take place.   While some of the recommendations are duh-worthy, such as "Plan! Test!", all are important and useful.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Supreme Court: Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint may proceed

From Doug Siglin, Executive Director of Anacostia Waterfront Trust:
The Supreme Court's February 29th decision not to review a case challenging the legality of the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint is great news for the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.

In general, the case was about whether the EPA could set specific targets and deadlines that the states—and by extension—cities and landowners must follow to reduce pollution to the nation's waters. The details of the case may be numbing to those who are not water lawyers or policy wonks, but the immense benefits of letting the lower courts' decisions stand will come back to all of us who are DC residents.

The National Association of Home Builders, the American Farm Bureau Federation and several related agricultural interests spent a great deal of money on legal fees trying to convince the judges that the EPA was, as we so often hear from candidates these days, "out of control." The federal courts told them to sit down. The courts affirmed that Congress' intention in the Clean Water Act was to clean up and protect the public's precious water, and that the EPA had the right to work with states to determine the details.

"Congress made a judgement in the Clean Water Act that the states and the EPA could, working together, best allocate the benefits and burdens of lowering pollution," according to the opinion of the appellate court, which was upheld by the Supreme Court's decision not to review. "The Chesapeake Bay TMDL will require sacrifice by many, but that is a consequence of the tremendous effort it will take to restore health to the Bay…a goal our elected representatives have repeatedly endorsed." Elsewhere, the appeals court said that the challenge was "long on swagger but short on specificity."

The federal courts' decisions in this case are a victory for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and others that have tirelessly championed a bold plan to rehabilitate the Chesapeake ecosystem. Closer to home, the courts have given us hope that we can and will be able to someday reap the benefits of a clean Anacostia River.

People don't easily make the association, but the highly-polluted Anacostia is an important part of the Chesapeake ecosystem, too. It flows into the Potomac and then down to the Bay. It once was clean, clear and healthy, but it has been a mess since about the time of the Civil War. The combination of raw sewage overflows, legacy toxics from the now-closed Naval Gun Factory and other industrial uses, and oil, gas and metals from street runoff has been lethal to much of the river's aquatic life, and has limited safe fishing, boating, wading and swimming. Some progress in cleaning up these sources has been made, and many other initiatives are underway. The DC government, the Prince Georges County government, the Montgomery County government, and DC Water are some of the most creative and energetic jurisdictions in the nation in trying to clean up old pollution and limit new. But we still have a very long path ahead.

Think of what it would be like to someday have the 1200 acre Anacostia Park be a great public civic space, on a slow, safe, clean Anacostia River, in the very heart of the Nation's Capital. Wouldn't it be fun to have little kids from Ward 8 playing in the water at the foot of Capitol Hill with little kids from Wards 3 and 4? Or their parents and grandparents being able to canoe and kayak safely? Of course it would. It would make living in Washington so much better for everyone.

Because of the federal courts' decisions, we can anticipate that the momentum towards that dream will continue. It won't be easy, but we will get to a clean Anacostia someday.

One more closing thought. The federal Clean Water Act, which was the subject of the case in question, was passed in 1972 with very little opposition in the House and no opposition at all in the Senate. President Nixon then vetoed it because he believed it cost too much. Congress quickly overrode the veto, with 113 Republicans voting to override their own party's leader. There were conservatives in the White House and in the Congress, but a great many of them felt that the way to make America great was to make sure that every American citizen had full access to clean water. As we know now from Flint and elsewhere, that simple goal has not yet been achieved. We can only hope that, despite the massive change in politics, the Congress might once again affirm that vision as the federal courts have now done.

This was first published on the Anacostia Waterfront Trust website.   The post on this blog added hyperlinks and more images.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Love it! Hands-On Chemistry Community Event, Mar. 12

Koshland Science Museum is hosting the Hands-On Chemistry Community event Saturday, March 12 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.   The event is free and registration is recommended, but not required.

From the website:

Come and explore the fascinating world of chemistry at the Koshland Science Museum! Bring the whole family and join us for a free community event featuring hands-on chemistry demonstrations from the Chemical Educational Foundation, Association of Women in Science, and the American Chemical Society. Tie dye t-shirts, make water defy gravity, learn about nano foods, and more!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

ICYMI: Tarica June's take on DC politics and policy

Young adults, this may be for you: 2016 Summer Next Leaders Program

The Institute for Policy Studies 2016 Summer Next Leaders Program is looking for applicants.   The deadline is March 31.   About this leadership opportunity:
The Institute for Policy Studies seeks dedicated young folks hungry for systemic transformation to join our Next Leaders Summer Program. Let’s be clear– this isn’t your typical summer internship. The world crisis in governance, economic stability, and ethical guidance demands that we do our best to prepare to secure and sustain a more just, green, and peaceful future starting, well, yesterday. The Next Leaders Program aims to compel action by sharpening young voices and new ideas through training in public scholarship, a term we define as the connection between policy research and grassroots activism. Team up with us for this 10 week program, and you can forget fetching coffee and filing folders!

Our ideal applicants will be interested in exploring lasting careers in social justice, will be conversational and persuasive writers, and have a deep belief in intersectional, equitable solutions. Although we are not explicitly limiting our applicant pool, we believe that rising Juniors, Seniors, recent graduates, and first year master’s students will gain the most out of this program.

TA via video: Plain Language and Descriptive Link Language

Friday, March 4, 2016

TA: What you can do to get journos to respond to pitches

Read the intro to Cision's 5 Ways to Get Reporters to Respond to Pitches:

Ninety-three percent of journalists prefer to receive pitches by email, according to Cision's State of the Media 2016 Report. But with so many brands emailing pitches in the hopes of getting coverage, reporters' inboxes are getting crowded, and most brands' messages are getting lost in the clutter.

To get their stories covered, communication professionals need to make their brand, their pitches and themselves stand out.

At his recent Cision webinar, "The New Rules of Media Pitching," pitching coach Michael Smart shared his tips for getting reporters to not only read your pitches, but respond to them as well.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Just in the nick of time: digital comms help from Spitfire

Spitfire Strategies recently published Digital S.M.A.R.T.S.: A Guide for Nonprofits.   Contents include:
  • Integrated Digital Strategy
  • Going Viral
  • Listening to Audiences
  • The Revolution Will Be Tweeted
  • Twitter Ads
  • Building Better Blogs
  • Creating a Social Media Policy
  • Sample Social Media Policy

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Webinar, March 2: violence prevention

The National Landscape: Public Health Strategies for Effectively Preventing Violence, a free webinar from OJJDP and others, takes place Wednesday, March 2 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.   From the Prevention Institute announcement:
The webinar will feature commentary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Neil Rainford and Reshma Mahendra. Speakers will provide an overview of the public health approach to preventing violence, and explore the ways in which this approach leads to better partnerships and, in turn, better outcomes. PI and CDC tools and resources for preventing violence will also be discussed.

I'm not alone! Vox tells why in "It's not you. Bad doors are everywhere."