Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Young men advocate for their community in Ivy City Needs a Rec vid

Ward 8 BID gets new leadership

Amanda Stephenson is the new Executive Director of the Anacostia BID.   Contact her!

Lessons from research on job training and supportive services

The Institute for Women's Policy Research's June 21 webinar Job Training and Supportive Services: New Research on Support Availability and Models for Cost-Effective Service Delivery presented the findings from IWPR's nationwide survey of 265 job training administrators on the prevalence and challenges surrounding support service provision.   Their research sought to answer the following questions:
  • Which supportive services are most critical to success in job training programs?
  • How widely available are these supports?
  • Is there evidence that supportive services improve outcomes?
  • What are some strategies for increasing the impact and leveraging resources to access support services?

There is no recording of the webinar on the website but the presentation (PDF) is available.   In it you will find data that can be used to identify the needs met and unmet of job training program participants.   An example of data from the research is shown below.

Monday, June 27, 2016

ICYMI: Elise Schmelzer, WaPo local politics intern

Follow Elise Schmelzer on Twitter, @EliseSchmelzer.   Her stories to date include:

Pitch WaPo's ed board

The Post's editorial board is seeking pitches, announced June 21 in Pitch to The Washington Post editorial board:
Please pitch us your idea, and briefly explain your reasoning. We will pick the most promising suggestions and ask readers to vote, and then we will report, write and publish an editorial on the winning topic.

WaPo is game for national, international, and DC region pitches.   So start submitting!

Mendo on child and youth policy

Want to learn more about DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson?   Read the Children's Law Center interview with him, Phil Mendelson: To Make a Difference, Intervene Early.

Here's a taste of what you will read:

As he thinks about what has shaped his views on public policy related to children, one incident stands out: the South Capitol Street shootings.


The tragedy made a lasting impact on Mendelson – as it did on many families living in DC at the time. The shooters and victims were all very young, mostly teenagers. He learned that two of the young perpetrators were brothers with a long criminal history.

"I thought at the time: what is going on that two kids, two brothers are out there shooting people? Clearly something was going on in that home. We should have intervened long before, we should have been knocking on their door," he says.

"It got me thinking."

Mendelson’s search for solutions led him to believe in intervening earlier in a child’s life. As leader of the Council’s Judiciary Committee, he focused on preventing the school-to-prison pipeline by identifying children who were chronically truant and intervening before problems grew.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Reports, more on CFO's website

The CFO recently announced that the office has published May 2016 Review of District of Columbia Economic and Revenue Trends.   It should be on the website soon.

The OCFO also announced that the FY 2017 budget sent to the President is now on the the Budget page of the website.

DC's teen birth rate at historic low, says DC Campaign

The DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy announced June 23 that
the city's teen birth rate is at the historic low of 28 births per thousand girls 15 to 19 years old according to KIDS COUNT Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. www.aecf.org/2016db

Children born into families started by teens face serious obstacles that include family instability leading to involvement with the juvenile justice and foster care systems, school failure and persistent poverty.

Led by DC Campaign, local youth-serving organizations banded together to achieve a dramatic 57.7 percent teen pregnancy rate reduction in 2005 and are well on the way to achieving the lowest teen pregnancy rate in District history. While the teen pregnancy rate is arrived at by a formula that adds teen births, abortions and fetal deaths divided by population, the teen birth rate reflects the actual number of births to teens. http://doh.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/publication/attachments/Reported%20Pregnancy%20Rates%20in%20DC%202009-2013.pdf

DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy was founded in 1999 with the mission of cutting the teen pregnancy rate in half in Washington, DC. www.dccampaign.org

Questions about the data, teen pregnancy prevention, or local public policies re: teen pregnancy?   Contact the Campaign's ED Brenda Miller, (202) 789-4666 x3.

June 27 update: This information is about the teen birth rate and not teen pregnancy rate; I had the wrong info in the title. Apologies.

Events and activities in Wards 7 and 8, week of June 27, 2016

Get the details of these events and many, many more by visiting the Wards 7 & 8 Community Calendar on the East Bank DC website.

Update your media list: several changes at WJLA

DCRTV reports Jennifer Donelan has left WJLA and Lindsey Mastis is joining WJLA in August to cover social media and cybersecurity.   Morris Jones left WJLA at the beginning of June, according to Washingtonian's Andrew Beaujon in Morris Jones Ditches Traditional Media, Leaves WJLA and NewsChannel 8.

Friday, June 24, 2016

This weekend #eotr

Statehood commission to finalize constitution at public meeting June 28

Ncsc062816mtg Final by Susie Cambria

Popular social media platforms and advice to go where your audience is

I appreciate the data aggregation and feel compelled to reiterate: Go where your audience is.

Census' data summer camps (webinars)

If data is your thing, check out the Educational Resources on the Census website.   This resource is full of summer camp offerings for adults now through mid-September.   A sample of offerings:
  • June 23, Where to Find Business & Economic Data on census.gov
  • June 28, A Closer Look at Same-Sex Couples and Families in America
  • July 1, Age Search
  • July 12, Measuring America Series – An Overview on Asian Population Statistics
  • July 20, Increasing your Competitive Advantage- New Tools to Access Regional Economic Development Data from the U.S. Census Bureau
  • August 2, Data on a Deadline: Quick Data Tools & Interactive Maps
  • August 4, Get The Knack Of The Census Tract: Learn the history, usefulness, and how to get tract data
  • August 19, Your Community by the Numbers: Race, Ethnicity, Ancestry, and Foreign-Born Populations
  • August 25, Introduction to the American Community Survey
  • September 13, Measuring America Series – An Overview on Children Statistics

Shout-out to DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for sharing this important resource.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Update your media list: Ryan Hughes to WJLA news team

DCRTV news June 20:
Ryan Hughes To 7 - 6/20 - Ryan Hughes is the newest reporter hired by Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. He comes from WFMZ-TV in Allentown PA, where he's worked since 2011. Before that, he was at Salisbury's Channel 47/WMDT.....

No idea when Hughes will start at WJLA.

Wards 7 and 8, add your July 4th events to community calendar

If your organization or community is holding a celebration in Ward 7 or 8, make sure the event is on the Wards 7 & 8 Community Calendar.   Detailed how-to's are online; simply, email event details to susie.cambria@gmail.com.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Advice for new parents

The advice given by Raquel D'Apice of The Ugly Volvo in 10 Things You Absolutely Need When Bringing Home a Newborn Juxtaposed With Images of Things You Will Probably Not Need is genius.

The don't-needs include milestone stickers ("These stickers are adorable (and super helpful if your 9-month-old is in Pharma sales but otherwise you can live without them.)"), belly casting kit, Baby Bullet ("Not denying that this is adorable but it appeared to just be a small blender with a smiley face on it and is there a reason you can’t just draw a face on the blender you already have at home?"), and a banana saver.

Some of the must-haves are humility, patience, tenacity, a sense of humor, and perspective.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recap of June 22 lead in water public hearing

Summer.dc.gov is go-to resource for summer

Summer.dc.gov is THE resource for those caring for children and youth during the summer.   Of all the features caregivers need, I think these are the most important:

  1. Free summer meals.   Every child through age 18 can eat for free this summer.   Check the website often for added sites.
  2. Programming.   There are two ways to identify programming: the activities map and the activities calendar.
  3. Adding activities to the calendar.   Organizations of all kinds and communities are encouraged―read, do it!―to add their child- and youth-appropriate activities to the summer.dc.gov calendar (DME adds it to the map automatically).

Emergency Bill Status Report for June/July leg meetings

Emergency Bill Status Report June 28 2016 Leg Meeting by Susie Cambria

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 21 council action

More online learning apps and websites

Interested in learning something?   A skill, information?   Read The 49 best free websites and apps to learn something new.   Some of what you will find on this list in the categories of online courses, get healthier, coding, languages, career and social skills, making things, general information (facts, etc.), and fun stuff.
  • CourseBuffet curates online courses offered by universities from efforts such as Udemy
  • Free Code Camp teaches coding and helps nonprofits at the same time
  • HelloHealthy posts weight loss and fitness articles
  • Busuu is a language-learning tool with which users can interact with native speakers
  • Makezine is an online magazine for makers of all manner of things
  • Zidbits has an insanely large collection of articles on (mostly) scientific topics
  • Pianu does what the name suggests, it teaches the piano online

Using the feds' report on economic well-being to inform public policy

In May, the Federal Reserve released Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2015 (PDF).   The good news:
Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they are either "living comfortably" or "doing okay," up 4 percentage points from 2014 and up 6 percentage points from 2013. Seventy-seven percent of non-retired adults without a disability are confident that they have the skills necessary to get the kind of job that they want now--an increase of 10 percentage points from the 2013 survey results.

And the widely reported (The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, for example) bad news:

Forty-six percent of adults say they either could not cover an emergency expense costing $400, or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money

As troubling as the $400 problem is, consider these results:
  • "Twenty-two percent of respondents experienced a major unexpected medical expense that they had to pay out of pocket in the prior year, and 46 percent of those who say they had a major medical expense report that they currently owe debt from that expense."
  • "Forty-six percent of adults desired additional credit in the prior year, and 40 percent of those who desired credit say that they faced a real or perceived difficulty in accessing credit."
  • "Just 16 percent of young adults (ages 25 to 34) whose parents both have only a high-school degree or less completed a bachelor's degree, whereas 65 percent of young adults with a parent who completed a bachelor's degree have completed one themselves."
  • "Thirty-one percent of non-retired respondents report that they have no retirement savings or pension at all, including 27 percent of non-retired respondents age 60 or older."

All the survey topics―income and savings, economic preparedness, banking and credit, housing and living arrangements, car purchasing and auto lending, education and human capital, education debt and student loans, and retirement―are public policy-related, with local and national implications.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Update your media list: Di Caro joins WTTG

WAMU's Di Caro Adds 5 Gig - 6/18 - WAMU reporter Martin Di Caro, who covers transportation issues, adds reporting duties at Channel 5/WTTG, where he will also cover transportation issues, including the Metro rail system. Starting June 20. In addition to WAMU, Di Caro also works for the Associated Press Radio Network in DC and NYC. Previously, he'd worked for DC's WMAL and Trenton's WKXW.....

June 20: summer solstice and strawberry moon!

From the June 20 Quartz Daily Brief:
A special summer solstice. In the northern hemisphere, today is the longest day of the year—and in a rare coincidence, it also features a strawberry moon. The two haven’t come together in decades. For those without a clear view, the phenomenon can be observed via an online livestream.

WETA on DC neighborhoods, starting July 5

WETA To Cover DC "Neighborhoods" - 6/11 - Channel 26/WETA unveils "WETA Neighborhoods, whih covers "the lesser-known aspects of our favorite greater Washington surroundings. The one-hour special highlights four neighborhoods bursting with personality and stories: Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Capitol Hill, and Anacostia." It debuts Tuesday, July 5, at 8 PM. More at weta.org/neighborhoods.....

June - July at the council

From the DC Council's June 8 newsletter:
Roadmap for the Rest of the Summer

Legislation is a year-round pursuit for the Council. Having said that, there are some predictable ebbs and flows across the year. Our year breaks into a few predictable segments:

  • a January busy with the introduction of legislation a late winter and spring focused primarily on performance oversight and passage of the District's budget
  • an early summer burst of legislative activity
  • summer recess (taking advantage of the pause in harried legislative activity to focus more on constituent service and deliberative projects)
  • a long, uninterrupted legislative fall, lasting through the winter holiday recess

Speaking of the summer burst in legislative activity, looking at the next several weeks, the Council plans to hold nearly weekly Legislative Meetings, with up to three to be held prior to the July 15 recess.

On June 21, the Committee of the Whole will meet, and potentially an Additional Legislative Meeting will be held. At that meeting, the second vote on the Budget Support Act could occur, as could the second vote on the minimum wage legislation.

On June 28, another Legislative Meeting will provide an additional opportunity for the second vote on the minimum wage legislation. It will also allow for first votes on any legislation that faced hearings and markup since the budget season ended.

Finally, on July 12, the last Legislative Meeting prior to recess will be held. At this meeting, second votes on any legislation the Council wants to see passed prior to the fall will be held.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Malcolm Gladwell's podcast

Malcolm Gladwell has launched the podcast Revisionist History.   Gladwell will consider "overlooked or misunderstood people, places and events from the past."   (FishbowlNY)   The series launched June 16 and will run for 10 weeks with a new episode every Thursday.

Highlights of events #eotr week of June 20

Friday, June 17, 2016

Comment on the draft constitution NOW; deadline is June 18 at midnight

Read the draft constitution.

Comment on the draft constitution by midnight Saturday, June 18.

June 28: Email Best Practices

Update your media list: Kavitha Cardoza to leave WAMU

From DCRTV June 13:
Kavitha Cardoza Leaves WAMU - 6/13 - DCRTV hears that education reporter Kavitha Cardoza (right) is leaving American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, to be a multimedia reporter at Education Week, edweek.org, which produces reports for "PBS Newshour" and documentaries for PBS. Cardoza joined WAMU in 2008, and, before that, worked at the University Of Illinois' public radio outlet WUIS in Springfield, Illinois. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the university's Department Of Communication. While at WAMU, her five-part series on childhood obesity won a first place award from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.....

Read more in Education Week Adds Kavitha Cardoza.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Economic development, data, GIS, and more June 23

Interested in data, mapping, GIS, economic development, social issues?   You should think about attending the DC GIS Steering Committee meeting Thursday, June 23 from 10:00 am - Noon at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (1495 F St NW) and online.

You don't have to be a GIS expert to attend.   I've gone and learned lots of useful information and made contacts with people in and out of DC government who are willing to help or just generally good to know.

As you can see from the agenda (PDF), some important topics will be discussed including DC government's open data policy, the role of GIS in economic development, and highlights of the government's open data catalog.

More information, registration, and WebEx info.

Image by Emilio Gómez Fernández (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.

June 21: How to Use YouTube for Nonprofit Donations webinar

Jeremy Vest, top YouTube for business experts, will lead the webinar How to Use YouTube for Nonprofit Donations Tuesday, June 21 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.   The agenda for the webinar includes answering the questions "What type of video content should my nonprofit create?", "What is the Google for Nonprofits program and how do I apply?", and "What are the steps to optimizing a YouTube video?".

Register; it's free.

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Thought you might be interested Thursday: The failure of this parenting style

Stop Making Everything Perfect For Your Kid: What a breath of fresh air.   This her words to God's ear piece starts,
There was a kid running at the neighborhood pool the other day. The pool attendant asked him to walk — as pool attendants have done since pools existed. The boy's dad — a big-chested, serious kind of guy — came over to the attendant and told him (I swear I'm not making this up), that as the child’s father, he's the only one to tell his kid what to do, and that if the attendant has something to say, it should be directed at him, don't talk to his kid; he'll decide if his kid needs direction.

And the very best part:

I don't mean to brag, but my high schooler fails at quite a few things. None of them too epic, but there's still time. We talked about it recently. I told him it's my job to let him fail while he’s still at home with me, because he needs to learn how to lose his shit and then pick it up and move forward.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Be a delegate at the Constitutional Convention; two days remain!

Learn more about the Constitutional Convention, read the draft constitution, and generally learn more about statehood at statehood.dc.gov.

Historic DC flag returns to JAWB

Understanding the appeals court decision on net neutrality

In February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted "strong, sustainable rules to protect the open internet" (Word).   According the release announcing the rules, the FCC's Open Internet Order would
ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet:
  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.” This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates. The bright-line rules against blocking and throttling will prohibit harmful practices that target specific applications or classes of applications. And the ban on paid prioritization ensures that there will be no fast lanes.

Naturally, ISPs opposed the rules and challenged the FCC.   The Hollywood Reporter explains in Appeals Court Upholds Net Neutrality Rules the challenge: it was about the FCC's classification of the internet as a utility.

The New York Times explains that equal access to the internet is an essential service to life in the 21st century, just like electricity is essential.   (see Court Backs Rules Treating Internet as Utility, Not Luxury)

FCC commissioner statements are in the FCC newsroom.   Read the 184-page decision on United States Telecom Assoc. v. FCC (PDF).

Ward 7 primary winner Vince Gray on @kojoshow June 15

Tune in to WAMU (88.5 FM) Wednesday, June 15 at Noon to hear Mike Martinez talk with Ward 7 primary victor Vince Gray.

June 13 Constitutional Convention #Storify

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Canva adds presentation templates

My go-to online design tool Canva has just announced the addition of presentation layouts.   Choose from cute, professional and modern styles and a range of themes including marketing, environmental, creative, and special events.

In addition to plain old text, users may add videos, images, and webpages; change colors and typefaces; and more!

June 14: DC Council re-hangs historic DC flag

Celebrating Flag Day, the Council of the District of Columbia will re-hang the large District flag that once hung outside the Council Chamber.   The installation takes place at Noon.   The flag has been professionally cleaned and conserved.

No formal ceremony is planned for the re-hanging of the flag.   More information about the flag, archival news coverage, and photos will be available later today.

Update your media lists: WTTG expands local and national election coverage

WTTG, Fox5, is expanding its local and national election on July 18 with '5 @ 6:30.'   The new program will run from 6:30 - 7:00 pm Monday through Friday.   Shawn Yancy and Jim Lokay will host and Tom Fitzgerald and Ronica Cleary will contribute.   When the team is not at the national conventions, they will be broadcasting from Old Ebbit Grill.

Monday, June 13, 2016

@wildapricot's list of free and low-cost tools for nonprofits

Wild Apricot's list (199 Free or Cheap Online Tools for Nonprofits) includes tools in the following categories:
  1. Accounting, Invoicing, Billing Tools
  2. Discussion Forums, Online Community Tools
  3. Events Management, Registration, Scheduling Tools
  4. Fundraising Software, Online Payments, Donor Management Tools
  5. Mailing List Management, Email Marketing, Newsletters
  6. Meeting Management, Conferencing, Webinar Tools
  7. Membership Management, Contact Management (CRM) Tools
  8. Presentation, Video, and other Multimedia Tools
  9. Project Management, Document Editing, Sharing, Collaboration Tools
  10. SMS Text Marketing Tools
  11. Social Media Tools
  12. Time-Tracking Tools
  13. Volunteer Management Tools
  14. Website Analytics, Data Collection, Tracking Tools
  15. Website Builders, Blogs, Content Management (CMS) Tools
  16. All-In-One Solutions for NonProfits

The post also provides advice "to help you decide which are best fitted to your organization. Think of this as your nonprofit online tool encyclopedia."

Twitter Town Hall about doing business with DC gov, June 15

The Office of Contracting and Procurement is holding a Twitter Town Hall Wednesday, June 15 from Noon - 2:00 pm.

OCP staff will be on hand to answer questions on how businesses can do business with the DC government.   Tag @DCGOV_OCP and use the hashtag #ASKOCP.   OCP will answer questions using @DCGOV_OCP and #OCPANSWERS.

Nnamdi and guests on whether DC's vote matters, June 13

At Noon Monday, June 13, The Kojo Nnamdi Show will examine the question "Does DC's vote matter?"   From the website:
Democratic voters in D.C. will finally get to weigh in on the presidential nomination process when the city conducts its primary elections this week. Many voters throughout the region, in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, are already voicing frustrations about whether local election systems have prevented their choices from being truly meaningful. As part of NPR’s series, "A Nation Engaged," guest host Marc Fisher explores the primary process from a regional perspective with a local Republican delegate and Democrat superdelegate.

Updated DMHHS staff list (June 10, 2016)

"Old" DMHHS staff:
  • Brenda Donald, Deputy Mayor, Brenda.Donald@dc.gov
  • Rachel Joseph, Chief of Staff, Rachel.Joseph@dc.gov
  • Christian Barrera, Policy Advisor – Health Policy, Christian.Barrera@dc.gov
  • Rashida Brown, Policy Analyst, Rashida.Brown@dc.gov
  • Jenna Cevasco, Senior Policy Advisor, Jenna.Cevasco@dc.gov
  • Marcus Ellis, Safer, Stronger DC Community Partnerships Manager, Marcus.Ellis@dc.gov
  • Kristy Greenwalt, Executive Director, Interagency Council on Homelessness, Kristy.Greenwalt@dc.gov
  • Gail Kohn, Age-Friendly DC Coordinator, Gail.Kohn@dc.gov
  • Nick Kushner, Age-Friendly DC Strategic Analyst, Nick.Kushner@dc.gov
  • Tina Roper, Executive Assistant, Tina.Roper@dc.gov
  • Theresa Silla, Policy Advisor, Interagency Council on Homelessness, Theresa.Silla@dc.gov 

"New" DMHHS staff:
  • Carmen Berry, Safer, Stronger DC Community Outreach Specialist, Carmen.Berry2@dc.gov
  • Michael Dodson, Safer, Stronger DC Outreach Coordinator, Michael.Dodson@dc.gov
  • Marvin Gay, Safer, Stronger DC Community Outreach Specialist, Marvin.Gay2@dc.gov
  • Katherine Haines, Capital City Fellow, Katherine.Haines@dc.gov (June 20 start date)
  • Ben Link, Program Analyst – Constituent Services, Benjamin.Link@dc.gov
  • Cherise Mattheson, Safer, Stronger DC Community Outreach Specialist, Cherise.Mattheson2@dc.gov
  • Cameron Shields, Safer, Stronger, DC Community Outreach Specialist, Cameron.Shields2@dc.gov
  • Rachel Streeter, Safer, Stronger DC Community Outreach Specialist, Rachel.Streeter@dc.gov                    

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A taste of the Wards 7 & 8 calendar, week of June 13

Want to see what else is going on in Wards 7 and 8?   Take a look at the entire calendar.

Congratulations Patrick Madden!

WAMU's Patrick Madden received the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize in May for "Assault On Justice."   The project analyzed close to 2,000 DC cases with APO (assault on a police officer) charges.   WBUR had this to say about Madden's work:
"Patrick Madden's story 'Assault on Justice' is a power-packed 16 minutes of on-air reporting with an equally strong result online," said Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE, who served as the prize’s finalist judge. "Madden took on one of the most pressing policy issues of the day—the mass incarceration of African American men—and exposed a critical piece of that puzzle at work in the nation's capital."

Project partners were WAMU, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center For Investigative Reporting, and PRX.

About the prize:

The $5,000 Schorr award, sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner, recognizes a new generation of public radio journalists under the age of 35 seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.

Photo from WBUR.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Contribute to democracy. Participate in the Constitutional Convention starting June 13.

The New Columbia Statehood Commission kicks off the city's Constitutional Convention Monday, June 13 at 6:30 pm at the DC Taxicab Commission (2235 Shannon Pl SE, Room 2032).

Each day/night of the Convention will feature speakers on specific elements of the constitution; learn more in the rules (PDF).   No matter the speaker topics, members of the public may comment on any part(s) of the constitution.

RSVP for the Constitutional Convention.

TA: @stevebuttry offers up online storytelling tools

I missed Steve Buttry's June 9 webinar Interactive Storytelling Tools.   But generous guy that he is, he blogged his presentation, links to the tools mentioned, participant examples, and work done by his students in 2015; see Slides, links for interactive storytelling tools webinar.   Head over to the blog and you will find recommendations including

Honor for veterans

Take a minute to read Crowd of 200 Gathers at Funeral of 91-Year-Old Veteran Most Had Never Met and to look at the photos from the funeral.   Both are moving and an inspiration.

Photo by Gina Rodriguez.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

New on Twitter: @DCstatehood51

Interested in statehood for DC?    Follow the New Columbia Statehood Commission on Twitter: @DCstatehood51.

Digitize your local and family history

As the DCist story points out, DC Public Library has similar tools and goals in Memory Lab to the Humanities Council of Washington D.C. Digital Museum.   Both seek to collect local history with the active participation of DC residents and former residents.

Residents are asked to take four to five objects which tell your family's story to the Humanities Council; participants will create a brief oral history about their contributions.   Those interested in participating should RSVP.

I would encourage DC Public Library and the Humanities Council to collaborate with other DC-based libraries and local museums to become a DPLA hub so that DC's rich history can be more widely available.   I would also encourage individuals to share their digitized history on History Pin, a cool online tool where people can share stories, images, and videos.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: A rightful meltdown over rudeness to the environment

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Here's what happened at the June 7 #DCstatehood town hall

June 15: roundtable on the best use of DC's rivers and marinas

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is hosting the roundtable "Making the Best Use of D.C.'s Marinas and Rivers" Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 6:00 pm at 200 I St SE (First Floor Multipurpose Room).    The purpose is for residents and river stakeholders to share their ideas and concerns with Norton and National Park Service National Capital Parks-East Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail.

For more information, call Norton's office, (202) 225-8050.

Photo by Jennifer Boyer.

Bob Malson retires, stays active in health advocacy

Never thought I would see the day that Bob Malson was not a fixture in the Wilson Building or a leader in the health advocacy world.   Whew, Malson has retired, but is not gone!   Joan Lewis has taken the helm of the DC Hospital Association as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Malson is Senior Advisor to the board for legal and legislative advocacy matters.

Emergency preparedness in Ward 6 community meeting, June 18

Meredith Fascett, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for SMD 6D07, has organized an important meeting: Community Meeting on Emergency Preparedness in Case of a Train Derailment and Hazardous Chemical Spill.   The event takes place Saturday, June 18, time TBD, at 200 I St SE.

Chris Geldart, HSEMA director, Tommy Wells, DOEE director, and a representative from FEMS, will address the broad issue of resident safety in an emergency and will answer these among other questions: What should you do in case of a CSX train derailment in the neighborhood? If there is a hazardous materials incident, should you shelter-in-place or evacuate? Where can you find accurate information during an emergency?

Contact Fascett for additional information via email, Meredith.Fascett@gmail.com or Twitter, @MeredithFascett.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Latest version of EOM style guide

Style Guide EOM v3

June 13: Constitutional Convention kicks off #eotr

The New Columbia Statehood Commission has added a day to the Constitutional Convention to provide even more opportunity for the community to comment on the draft constitution.   The Constitutional Convention will kick off Monday, June 13 at 6:00 pm at the DC Taxicab Commission (2235 Shannon Pl SE in Room 2032).

Learn more and RSVP.

Review the draft constitution.

WAMU's Martin Austermuhle explains latest on DC General

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tune in at 10a for leg meeting, June 7

Is your service line lead? Read this.

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center hires new housing attorney

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center recently announced that Jennifer Netburn is the organization's Housing Initiative Attorney.   In this role, Netburn will play an active role coordinating the Center's participation in the D.C. Right to Housing Initiative and will assist staffing two Center programs, the Landlord Tenant Resource Center and the Saturday Advice & Referral Clinic.

According to the email announcing the news,

Jennie comes to us from the D.C. Tenants' Rights Center, where she provided a variety of low-cost legal services, including representation, to tenants in disputes with their landlords. Prior to joining the D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center Jennie worked as a staff attorney for D.C. Law Students In Court, where she represented low-income tenants in Landlord Tenant Court. During law school Jennie worked on housing issues as a law clerk for Legal Counsel for the Elderly and the Legal Aid Society. Prior to law school Jennie helped to organize tenant associations as a trainer at Housing Counseling Services and worked on disability cases in various roles at Bread for the City.

Jennie can be reached at jnetburn@dcbar.org and by phone at 202-737-4700 ext. 3380.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Storify: June 2 #DCstatehood town hall

June 6: Media briefing on June 7 leg meeting


Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Media Briefing to preview the Council's upcoming Legislative Meeting.

Monday, June 6, 2016
10:30 a.m.

John A. Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

Chairman Mendelson will hold a media briefing to discuss major actions to be taken at the Council’s legislative meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Additional information is available by calling (202) 724-8032.

Unable to make it to the Wilson Building?   Watch the briefing streaming live on the council website.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 3 DC Register tweeted

Uncovering the "hidden side" of DC: Architect of the Capital

Interested in history?   Interested in learning about not commonly known things about Washington, DC?   Take a look at the new blog Architect of the Capital.   Author Elliot Carter writes about the "interesting hidden side of Washington, DC."

Two of the posts: interesting federal government agency logos (Surprisingly Creative Branding From the Federal Government) and a tunnel which provided easy access to books for legislators and staff (Hidden Book Tunnel).

The blog is not affiliated with the Architect of the Capitol.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Attend, participate: Draft Constitution Town Hall, June 4

On Saturday, June 4 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS (2427 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE), the New Columbia Statehood Commission is hosting the second of four town halls for residents to learn about and comment on the draft constitution of the state of New Columbia.   The public is encouraged to attend; RSVP online.

Read the draft constitution.

Save the date: Bloomingdale history, June 16

#DCision16 at-large candidates on @kojoshow June 3

A style guide for progressives

The SumOfUs A Progressive's Style Guide (PDF) is a rich resource of effective, sensible, and appropriate advice for communicators.   The guide considers language in a number of issue areas―including age, disability, environment/science, immigration/refugees, sexual and domestic violence―and offers specific advice about what words and phrases to use and those to avoid and similarly, how to think about using respectful and appropriate imagery.   It also links to other style guides.

Read more about the guide and its genesis in Hanna Thomas' Medium piece A Progressive’s Style Guide.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 4: Economic and Social Value of Bilingual Education

Learn about how dual language programs work and how they affect academic achievement for both native and non-native English speakers at the Saturday, June 4, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm event at Bell Multicultural High School (3101 16th St NW).

Panelists will discuss the value of linguistic and cultural competence for the new American family in today's global economy, where dual language programs, and ways that residents can help create more dual language programs in their community.

The event will be moderated by CNN and CNN En Español political contributor Maria Cardona.   Panelists are:

  • Berenice Pernalete, Biliteracy Instructional Guide, Mundo Verde PCS
  • Daniel Bremer-Wirtig Director of External Affairs, Global Ties US
  • Amy Mejia, Spanish language PTU President and Dena Huff parent, Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary DCPS
  • Jimell Sanders, Director of Engagement, DC Language Immersion Project
  • Francisca Piantini, high school senior student, Columbia Heights Educational Campus.

DC State Board of Education Ward 1 Representative Laura Wilson Phelan will welcome participants and Jackie Reyes, director of OLA, will deliver closing remarks.

The event will be simultaneously translated in Spanish and in English, and American Sign Language interpretation will be available.   Light refreshment will be provided.   Childcare will be provided by toddler storyteller Veronica Jimenez of Bloombars fame, and will be available on a first come first serve basis.   If you anticipate needing childcare, email info@dcimmersion.org with the following information: number of children, children's ages, guardian name, and guardian phone number.

Registration (English).   Matricúlese en Español aquí bilingue.eventbrite.com.

Co-sponsored by Ward 1 Education Collaborative, Bloombars, Latino Economic Development Center, Latin American Youth Center, and Mexican Professionals Network Washington DC.

P&P is on YouTube!

Who knew?   Well, I did because I watch author events all the time on the Politics and Prose YouTube channel.   P&P staff described the basics in a recent newsletter:

With so many extraordinary authors stepping through the doors of Politics & Prose week after week, we started thinking several years ago about how to preserve their events on video. Our first tentative step in this direction involved setting up a YouTube channel. In time we hired a staff videographer and now regularly record four or five author talks a week, showcasing them on the P&P channel.

The number of subscribers to that channel is close to topping 10,000. P&P’s videos have received nearly two million total views. We’ve taped more than 700 P&P-sponsored events, as well as interviews with some visiting authors. All the footage is skillfully filmed and edited in-house, a significant capability that’s unusual for a bookstore.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Angela Duckworth on grit

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Policing topic of discussion on May 27 @kojoshow

DC Auditor report on ANCs, their finances, and their internal operational challenges

Interested in ANCs, good government, or the evaluation of local government?   Read the May 19 report from the DC Auditor, Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

What you will find in the report relate to the FY 2015 financial activities of the city's 40 ANCs:

  • Total Funds Maintained by all ANCs as of September 30, 2015
  • FY 2015 Categories of Increases and Decreases in Expenditures
  • Summary of Receipts and Disbursements: FYs 2006 - 2015
  • FY 2015 Disbursement Summary by Ward and Category
  • FY 2015 Percentage of Available Funds Spent
  • ANC Savings Account Balances as of September 30, 2015
  • Allocation of the $677,688.00 FY 2015 ANC Appropriation
  • Summary of FY 2015 Quarterly Receipts and Disbursements

Readers will also find these tidbits (in the order they appear in the report):

"For FY 2016, ODCA reduced the number of expenditure categories from 24 to 9 and this change will be reflected in next year’s annual report. We felt that requiring ANC Commissioners to assign their expenses to 24 different categories was excessive and did not provide enough benefit to warrant the time spent recording and reviewing the data. The goal for the reduction in categories is to ease the administrative burden on ANC Commissioners while still providing useful information to citizens, the Council, and the executive agencies of the District of Columbia."

"Each year, we continue to find a significant number of ANCs who are not properly reconciling their checking accounts and quarterly reports. As a result, ANCs often report incorrect beginning and ending balances on their quarterly reports. For purposes of this annual report, ODCA used each ANC’s October 1, 2014 bank statement balance as the starting point for Appendix VI, the Summary of FY 2015 Quarterly Receipts and Disbursements."

Direct questions about the report to Anovia Daniels, Communications Analyst, via email, anovia.daniels@dc.gov.