Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Cool science illustrations

Tabletop Whale "is an original science illustration blog."   I'm not a science geek but man, oh, man are these illustrations wicked cool!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 14, 2017 DC Register (finally) tweeted

Starting the week off right (April 17)

Good Council, April 16 on DC Council basics

Monday, April 10, 2017

Starting the week off right (April 10)

Good Council, April 9 on JAWB by bus

April 7, 2017 DC Register

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 4: Mayor Bowser releases budget to public mid-morning

Mayor Bowser will have a press event Tuesday, April 4 following the 9:00 am Mayor-Council budget event.   The press event will be held in the Mayor’s Press Briefing Room (G-9).   If you can't make it to JAWB, watch live on District of Columbia Network.

Both events are open to the press.

April 4 is budget day!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4, Mayor Muriel Bowser will submit her proposed FY 2018 (#dcfy18) budget.   The mayor will present her budget to the council at the Mayor-Council Breakfast at 9:00 am.    Later in the morning, Mayor Bowser will hold a press event on the proposed budget.   More on the presser later today.    Finally, the budget will be online by mid-day tomorrow.

Good Council, April 2 on getting the lay of the JAWB land

Starting the week off right (April 3)

  • FW: Chairman Mendelson's April 2017 Newsletter starts with a discussion of the FY 2018 budget:
    On April 4th the Mayor releases her proposal for the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.   FY 2018 begins this October 1st.   Every year there are complaints that there is not enough funding: more money for housing, schools, homelessness, public safety, etc.   Sometimes the demand is for "full funding," whatever that entails.   (emphasis added)

    As we are about to embark on budget season for deciding the FY 2018 budget, it is useful to know just how much money we actually have.   This discussion concerns only local funds; e.g., it excludes federal funds such as for Medicaid.

  • Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) is holding the Ward 6 Budget Town Hall Monday, April 24 at 6:30 pm.   Attendees will learn the basics of how DC government's budget is created and what's being proposed in the mayor's budget.   Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their priorities with the CM.
  • Emergency Bill Status Report April 4 2017 Leg Meeting
  • Bob Spagnoletti is taking over the helm of the DC Bar Association (DC Bar Gets New Leader, Lawyers Flock to Trump Probes, a New Firm Is Born)
  • The D.C. Sentencing Commission has released the first multi-year evaluation of DC's voluntary sentencing guidelines.   Several highlights from AN EVALUATION OF THE D.C. VOLUNTARY SENTENCING GUIDELINES (PDF) are:
    • "The Sentencing Guidelines have influenced sentencing in the way they were intended with the likelihood of receiving a prison sentence increasing as an individual’s criminal history and the severity of the offense increase (Page 22)."
    • "There has been consistency and certainty in the length of sentences imposed for prison sentences on the Drug Grid (Page 29)."
    • And to understand the data in context, "The Evaluation Study revealed that the demographics of individuals sentenced have generally not changed since the implementation of the Guidelines. Under both the pre-Guidelines and Guidelines sentencing structures, the majority of individuals sentenced were black males between the ages of 18 and 40." (p 1)
  • The Office of the Attorney General has launched an informal mediation pilot program to resolve lawsuits (claims under $10,000) against the city government.   Learn more online, Community Dispute Resolution Program.   Particularly noteworthy is that the information is also available in Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
  • The Office of Disability Rights is accepting comments on the draft Olmstead Plan 2017-2020 (Word) through April 17.   Learn more about Olmstead online, Olmstead Community Integration Plan - DC One Community for All.
  • Good news for IG users:
    Instagram Is Now Allowing Users to Save Their Live Videos Instagram live videos still vanish from the application upon completion, but now there's a way to save them. The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network announced that users can now save their live videos to their phones for future viewing. (Adweek)

    With the update, which is out now on iOS and Android, a "save" button will appear in the top right corner of the app after you finish a live video. (Mashable)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thought you might be interested Thursday: poverty myths

On the Media's Brooke Gladstone took on the truth about poverty and the result is the five-part series "Busted: America’s Poverty Myths".   Gladstone and her team "picked apart numerous oft-repeated narratives about what it's like to be poor in America. From Ben Franklin to a brutal eviction, Brooke gives us just a little taste of what she learned and shares a couple stories of the struggle to get ahead, or even just get by."

The segments:

  • #1: The Poverty Tour: "Welfare advocate Jack Frech has taken reporters on "poverty tours" of Athens County, Ohio, for years. But has media attention made any difference in the lives of the Appalachian poor?"
  • #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor? "The notion that poverty stems from a lack of will power and a poor work ethic is as old as America. Why that needs to be dispelled."
  • #3: Rags to Riches: "Confronting the myth that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all."
  • #4: When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You: "Government assistance in the United States helps millions out of poverty, but often the most needy fall through the cracks."
  • #5: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Poverty in America Edition: "When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps. How to steer clear of stereotypes and seek insight."

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

#dcfy18 budget pre-hearing questions

Of note: The Committee on Human Services did not ask agencies under their purview pre-hearing questions.   This is a first in the 20 years I've been doing budget advocacy.   Wondering why.

In other budget news, we have the budget office's pre-hearing questions.

The council's budget office is requiring these documents be submitted by March 31 for agencies with a budget hearing on or before April 13 and April 7 for agencies after April 13.

UPDATED: March 29, 8:17a.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Starting the week off right (March 27)

  • #dcfy18 CDs will be available this year.   Call (202) 727-6234 to get one. (UPDATED: March 27, 12:23p)
  • The Department on Disabilities Services will hold their FY 2018 Budget Forum Tuesday, April 11 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at DDS (250 E St SW).
  • Preserving Public Education: A Panel Discussion on Next Steps is being held Tuesday, March 28, Noon-2:00 pm at Howard University School of Law (2900 Van Ness St NW).   Panelists are: Maria Blaeuer, Advocates for Justice and Education; Danielle Holley-Walker, Howard University School of Law, dean; Princess V. Lyles, Democracy Builders, executive director.   The event is sponsored by the Education Policy Working Group (EPWG) of the Education Rights Center (ERC) and the Education Law Society at Howard University School of Law, Free and open to the public.
  • Ward 7 CM Vince Gray will hold his State of the Ward address Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 pm at Kelley Miller Middle School (301 49th St NE).
  • Does your organization have meeting space others can use?   Add it to Free and affordable meeting space (DC) so others are aware.   (Major thanks to the person who recently added a bunch of locations!)
  • Internal Weaknesses Found in Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program is a new report from the DC Auditor.
  • The Department on Disabilities Services is holding the public forum Statewide Transition Plan Monday, April 3 from 1:30–3:30 pm at Department of Health Care Finance (441 4th St NW).   Forum participants will review changes to the Statewide Transition plan for Medicaid Home & Community-based Services Waiver (PDF).   They will also have the opportunity to comment on the plan.   For more information, contact Erin Leveton, (202) 730-1754, Erin.Leveton@dc.gov.
  • 730DC "is a daily email newsletter that connects young Washington to their city and each other. Weekday mornings, 7:30 am."   A great way to start the day.
  • Learn how and why to use video in tweets and social media broadly.   Read How to incorporate video into your content strategy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Adam Grant's book recs

If you're looking for a book to read, check out Adam Grant's recommendations from the fall 2016.   The eight are nonfiction and "sail over the bar." Several on the list are The Fix by Jonathan Tepperman, Messy by Tim Harford, and 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings by Sarah Cooper.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Starting the week off right (March 20)

  • The Department of Human Services is holding a discussion on the impact on homeless folks of the closure of Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. The event takes place Wednesday, March 29 from 1:30-4:00 pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ (945 G St NW).
  • D.C. Policy Center is the new think tank, policy wonk hub in town.   Founded by Federal City Council, D.C. Policy Center "has a singular focus on the D.C. economy and demographics."   Yesim Taylor, formerly with the OCFO, is the ED.   Sign up for their emails.
  • CM Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1) is inviting the community to join her Monday, March 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Cardozo Education Campus (1200 Clifton St NW) for her Ward 1 Community Conversation.   The CM will present her priorities and then attendees, in small groups, will have the opportunity to provide feedback.   According to the meeting annuncement, "The ideas and conversations from the event will help guide the Councilmember's legislative agenda for the coming year."   Questions should be directed to Claudia Barahona, Constituent Services Director, cbarahona@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8181.
  • Attend the DC premiere of Unseen Enemy, a documentary about the growing threat of global infectious disease Sunday, April 2 from 3:00-7:00 pm.   RSVP for Unseen Enemy.
  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is commemorating Women's History Month at the Thursday, March 30, 11:00 am-12:30 pm panel discussion "Feminism: Alive and Well: A Conversation on What Women Want Today."   The event is being held at Trinity Washington University (125 Michigan Ave NE).   Norton and the panelists will engage Trinity students on the major issues and challenges facing women today, including pay inequality, child care, sexual harassment, reproductive rights, division of work between parents, single mothers, and more.   This event is free and open to the public.
  • Mayor Bowser's 2017 State of the District Address will be delivered Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 pm.   Attend in person (University of the District of Columbia Theatre of the Arts) (RSVP) or watch on Channel 16 or on the online District of Columbia Network.    Still to be determined are the drinking game rules.   Share your ideas on Twitter (@susiecambria).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Changes to the blog

Starting today, I will be posting less.   Granted, I've not been posting every day for awhile, but that's because I've been sick (nothing awful).   If there is particular content you want to see, let me know via email.   One thing I will continue is to #Storify Helder Gil's DC Register tweets.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

March 11-12: Weekend activities in Wards 7 and 8

Follow APACC for information and action opportunities

If you don't follow @anacostiarivpk on Twitter, or subscribe to one or both of their newsletters—APACC Blog: Wards 7 & 8 News, Action, Images; Building Capacity in Wards 7 and 8—you are missing out.

Take the recent blog post #ShapeAnacostiaPark March 6, 2017 #Storify.   It captures the energy in the room and documents the information shared at their recent stakeholder meeting on making recommendations so NPS can implement the Anacostia Park management plan.

Some of the highlights from the meeting:


Starting this week, APACC will share additional updates on the meeting including an infographic, meeting notes, and more!

Pay attention to APACC to learn the history of Anacostia Park and River, the ways community organizations and members can be and are involved in shaping the future of these community assets, and take advantage of action opportunities to improve this gem of DC.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Update: DCPL's Center for Accessibility

DCPL's Center for Accessibility helps residents with disabilities more easily access programs, services, and collections at all branches of the library.   The center had been located at the main library.   With the closure of MLK, the center will be relocated and re-open May 8.

The official update:

Dear Community Members, Friends & Colleagues:

As you may already know, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closed for a complete renovation on Saturday March 4th at 5:30 p.m.

The Center for Accessibility is moving to an interim space located at 1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street, between I and K Streets) and will re-open to the public on May 8th. This space will feature accessible computers, a scanner and reader, a videophone, classes, book groups and a host of other services. As a reminder, the Talking Book and Braille Library is a mail service and we are unable to accept digital book returns at the interim location.

American Sign Language classes, Book Clubs in ASL, ASL Story Times, and other deaf and hard of hearing related programming WILL continue as scheduled in neighborhood libraries.

Our main telephone number, 202-727-2142, will not be staffed during this two month period but messages will be returned within 48 hours. In April, there will be a brief disruption in phone and email service while we are in the process of relocating.

JAWS Classes

Beginning Wednesday, March 8 the JAWS classes will be held in March and April at the Tenley-Friendship Library located at 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016. Please note the schedule changes. The classes will be offered from 10:00 AM to 3:15 PM on Wednesdays, and 1:00 PM to 5:15 PM on Thursdays.

NEWSLINE

After March 4th, hands-on help and orientation sessions to NFB Newsline, and to the Victor Stream and mobile versions of NFB Newsline will have to be scheduled ahead of time.

Starting May 8th our hours of operation will be:

Mon. – Thur. 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri. and Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

To read more about the MLK renovation please visit www.dclibrary.org/mlkfuture.

Thank you for your patience.

We look forward to seeing you at our interim space when we re-open on May 8th.

Library Express
1990 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006

Hours of operation:
Mon. – Thur. 8:00-8:00
Fri. and Saturday 9:00-5:30
Telephone: 202-727-2142
Videophone: 202-559-5368
www.dclibrary.org/services/accessibility

Friday, March 3, 2017

Take 730DC's "ANC and See" Challenge (time sensitive)


Here's the explanation of the "ANC and See" Challenge:

Part of 730DC's mission is to help us all -- readers, writers, friends, and neighbors -- become better citizens of this crazy little diamond we call home. A big part of DC's governance structure lies in the hyper-local meetings of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs), which divide DC's eight wards into smaller districts of about 2,000 residents. In the next 60 seconds, you can make a plan to go to the next monthly meeting of your ANC, and tell the 730DC community all about it.

Here's how it'll work:

  1. Figure out your ANC district
  2. Find out when the next monthly meeting is
  3. Attend that meeting and see what your community is talking about! (Maybe even get up to speak??)
  4. Tell us a about the experience by answering a few quick questions
  5. We'll feature you in a hot blog post and on the newsletter

It's as easy as that! We'll accept responses until March 13th, so you've got a full month to find your meeting.

ICYMI: February 2017 revenue estimates

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nikki Burdine leaves WUSA*9

From DCRTV:
Nikki Burdine Leaves 9 - 2/25 - Channel 9/WUSA reporter Nikki Burdine (right) leaves the Tegna outlet for a new reporting gig at Nashville's WKRN-TV. She's been in DC since 2006. "I found my home at WUSA9. I worked in one of the best cities in the world with some of the best in the business (and in life). I accomplished what I came here to do - to report the news in DC. I covered some incredible stories," the Tennessee native writes on her Instagram page. Before coming to WUSA, Burdine worked at Channel 25/WHAG in Hagerstown.....

March 2: Twitter chat on homelessness and hunger


Join the #WhatsGoingOn Twitter chat Thursday, March 2 at 9:00 pm and chat with Damon Jones (@socksmovement) of S.O.C.K.S. Movement, Salim Adofo (@SalimAdofo) of National Black United Front, and others about homelessness and hunger in DC and what you do to make a difference.   RSVP on Facebook.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Free trainings for nonprofits, curated list by @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   23 Free Nonprofit Webinars for March 2017 includes:
  • Business Management Essentials for Nonprofits: Further Your Mission by Tending to Your Business Needs, March 1
  • Introduction to Corporate Giving, March 8
  • Engaging Your Board & Others in Difficult Decisions, March 8
  • How to Successfully Participate in Cause Awareness and Giving Days, March 14
  • Why Build Relationships with Grantmakers?, March 21

February 24, 2017 DC Register in tweets

Monday, February 20, 2017

February 23: Nonpartisan Voter Engagement Tactics

Join Nonpartisan Voter Engagement Tactics Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 pm and learn about "the variety of nonpartisan voter engagement activities available to nonprofits: voter registration, voter education, Get-Out-The-Vote, ballot measure advocacy, working with candidates, and more."

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 18 - 19: The weekend in Wards 7 and 8


Take a look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

Agency FYs 2016 and 2017 oversight responses online

Want to know what agencies have to say in response to DC Council committee questions in the FYs 2016 and 2017 oversight process?   Committees are posting agency responses online: dccouncil.us/pages/committee-oversight-2017.

February 28: Five Global Challenges and the Role of University

Tune in at Noon on Tuesday, February 28 to hear Juan Carlos De Martin and Charlie Nesson, both with Berkman Klein Center, the former Faculty Associate and the latter founder, talk about the role of University in the face of five global challenges (democratic, environmental, technological, economical, and geopolitical).

Hear the masters of the University ― Nesson who has studied "the role of University in cyberspace" and De Martin who studies "the role of Unive rsity in society" ― discuss which of the five global challenges are the most important and the ways that University can adapt to better serve people and the planet.   De Martin will undoubtedly talk about how, if "University truly wants to maximize its social utility, it needs... to critically question the last 30 years of its development and re-discover its roots, updating them for the 21st century."   This is what he argues in his book 'Universit√† Futura' (Codice Edizioni, Italy, 2017).

Looking for a job in #sustainability? Check this out.

The Department of Energy and Environment has an opening for a Program Analyst focusing on equity and engagement.   The job description:
This position is located in the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), Urban Sustainability Administration (USA), Sustainability & Equity Branch. The incumbent will advise and support coordination within the Urban Sustainability Administration, the agency, and community partners to broaden and strengthen resident engagement as well as maximize equitable outcomes related to urban sustainability. Strong facilitation, community engagement, communication, project management, and analytical skills are required in addition to experience in and knowledge of equity theory and practice.

The Program Analyst, Equity & Engagement, will support the following activities: Building partnerships with community organizations to better align sustainability and environmental goals with community priorities; Incorporating genuine community engagement into sustainability and climate planning such as Sustainable DC, Climate Ready DC, and Clean Energy DC; Attending events and organizing residents and community groups around environment, sustainability, and climate to increase support and awareness of sustainability; Helping develop equity and diversity trainings for DOEE staff.

The closing date is March 17.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 18: Get your erg on, support middle schoolers, support CRC


Support students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School by supporting the Capital Juniors Ergathon Saturday, February 18 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Capital Juniors, a program of Capital Rowing Club (CRC), combines academics and competitive rowing to nurture "discipline, camaraderie, fitness, knowledge of water safety, and stewardship for the Anacostia River."   Capital Rowing Club says that through the program, "all DC youth, especially those from low-income areas, have access to rowing and academic support and can apply the lessons they learn in excellence toward successful futures."

There are several ways to support this effort; learn more on the CRC website.

Deadline February 20: 2017 Trail Ranger Team applications


A reminder that applications for the 2017 Trail Ranger team are due Monday, February 20.

2017 is the 5th annual Trail Ranger season.  Trail Rangers will serve as ambassadors, welcoming riders to the trails, ensuring the trails are kept safe and sound... basically, team members are Trail Ranger Super Heroes!

Team members will work on Anacostia River Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail, Metropolitan Branch Trail, and Suitland Parkway Trail.

WABA plans to hire six people.   The position is part-time (16 - 24 hours/week), pay is $15.50/hour, and rangers will work from March 29 to September 30.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in the position, more details and the job description are in We're Hiring: Part-time Trail Rangers.

Organizations, help NPS operationalize their management plan


Organizations with an interest in Anacostia Park and Anacostia River are invited to participate in the Monday, March 6, 1:00 - 3:00 pm meeting featuring National Park Service Superintendent Tara Morrison.

The purpose of this stakeholders meeting is for Morrison and NPS planners to hear stakeholder priorities for operationalizing the recently released Anacostia Park Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (PDF).   The meeting will also be an opportunity for Morrison to explain the next steps in implementing the elements of the plan and talking with attendees about collaboration.

Anacostia Urban Waters Partnership, Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative, Anacostia Waterfront Trust, and the National Park Service are sponsoring the meeting.

Learn more about the meeting and RSVP; read March 6: Shape the Future of Anacostia Park on the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative (APACC) blog.

Committee on Human on Services pre-oversight questions for CFSA

CFSA 2017 Pre-Hearing Performance Oversight Questions by Susie Cambria on Scribd

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Civic engagement redux

Interested in civic engagement?   Empowerment?   Activism?   Organizing?

Read What does the new civic engagement look like? to learn how and why people who are becoming (more) engaged and "(w)hat’s going through their heads right now".

You'll read about young and old, starting with Jennifer Gathright.

Jennifer Gathright, a recent college graduate, describes her inner life since the election as such: '[beyond feeling young], I have been wracked with another overwhelming feeling: a yearning to know where to put myself. I think this political moment should force me to change my life, but I’m not quite sure how yet.' She's marching forward while feeling stuck, and in the meantime, making commitments with her friends about the world they want to help create.

Follow The Development Set to read more about the new civic engagement.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Christina Henderson goes where?!

ICYMI, Tene Dolphin is back

In case you missed the news, Tene Dolphin is back in DC government, this time as Chief of Staff to the (new-ish) Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services HyeSook Chung.   You can reach Dolphin by calling (202) 727-7973 or emailing Tene.dolphin2@dc.gov.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 15: Weaponization of Social Media and Political Communication, a free webinar

The Johns Hopkins University MA in Communication Program's free webinar Weaponization of Social Media and Political Communication with Alan Rosenblatt, Ph.D. takes place Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 pm.   Registration required.

WaPo shares news on Snapchat

From DCRTV:
WaPo Expands Onto Snapchat - 2/13 - The Washington Post launches a daily Discover Edition on Snapchat, which will make the company the first editorial partner to provide multiple news updates throughout the day on the platform and seven days a week. The edition will be live in the US, Canada, and the UK. More at washingtonpost.com

AG issues mid-term report, highlights accomplishments

Attorney General Karl A. Racine summarizes accomplishments and lays out a vision for the future of OAG in the report In the Public Interest (PDF).

Several priorities OAG has worked on include reforming the juvenile justice system, protecting consumers, and "safeguarding public integrity."

Monday, February 13, 2017

TA: Video stickiness

Can you guess the one word that keeps people watching videos?   Saying This Word in the First 5 Seconds of Your Video Increases Views By Nearly 100% says that it is "you" and variations.   Emily Buder wrote,
According to a recent study, YouTube videos that contained the word "you" in the first five seconds had view counts that were 97% higher than videos that did not mention the word.

. . .

In addition to nearly doubling a video's view count, the word "you"—or variations, such as "your," "yourselves," and "y'all"—increased a video's likes by 66% and engagements by 68%.

Highlights of week of February 13 in Wards 7 and 8

Good Council, February 12: newspapers available at JAWB

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Open Culture, free learning and culture

Open Culture, "The best free cultural & educational media on the web", offers a ton of content for free.   Take a MOOC, choose from more than 1,200 free online courses (in subjects including biology, astronomy, classics, physics), read books or listen to audio books, and take language lessons.

February 12: (My friend) Frank Bruni at Politics & Prose

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

MPD needs volunteers. Will you help?


MPD has put out a call for volunteers:

MPD Looking for Volunteers!

(Washington, DC) – The DC Metropolitan Police Department is currently accepting applications to serve as volunteer Reserve Police Officers, Auxiliary Police Officers, or Citizen Volunteers! Classes begin in the Summer of 2017.

Reserve Officers are dedicated, community-oriented, armed police officers who serve alongside MPD career officers in our mission to serve and protect the citizens and visitors of Washington, DC. Auxiliary Officers are sworn, unarmed police officers who serve alongside MPD career and reserve officers in a variety of capacities, such as working specific details including traffic and special events, helping with station responsibilities, cell block work, and community engagement initiatives. Citizen volunteers assist the department in its day-to-day operations and can perform a variety of tasks, such as administrative work, station work, and in various customer service roles.

We are specifically interested in individuals who have a desire and capacity to work with youth for various community engagement projects and events.

If you would like to participate in any of these three programs, please email marvin.haiman@dc.gov to register to attend one of the following orientation sessions:
• February 21st – 7-9pm at 441 4th Street, Northwest
• February 22nd – 3-5pm at 441 4th Street, Northwest
• February 23rd – 7-9pm at 441 4th Street, Northwest

We look forward to working with you! To learn more about volunteer opportunities and/or to register for more information today, please visit https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/volunteer-opportunities-mpdc.

February 9: Creating a Voter Engagement Plan and Timeline for Your Nonprofit


Register for this free webinar.

Changes to oversight hearing sked

No more comments on wtop.com

From DCTRV:
WTOP Removes Comments From Website - 2/3 - As of Feburary 1, Hubbard all-newser WTOP has disabled the comments feature on its wtop.com website articles. "Our goal with the comment boards has always been to foster a space for civil dialogue on the many issues we cover daily. WTOP values free speech and our role in protecting the First Amendment. However, over the past year, the discourse on our comment boards has devolved into sometimes hateful and racist dialogue, which is a direct violation of that policy and inconsistent with WTOP's journalistic standards and principles," according to a statement at wtop.com. "Monitoring the comment boards to ensure our policies were respected and followed began taking an increasing amount of time away from our primary mission of reporting the news." WTOP directs those who are interested in commenting on stories to its Facebook and Twitter pages.....

Monday, February 6, 2017

Emergency Legislation for February 7, 2017 leg meeting

Highlights of the week of February 6 #eotr


Check out the complete Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

@ChmnMendelson's February 6 leg meeting briefing on demand

Good Council on LIMS, Feb. 5

February 6: Data, Justice and Opportunities in Reentry

The panel discussion Data, Justice and Opportunities in Reentry takes place Monday, February 6 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.   The event, co-sponsored by Google and Mission: Launch, will be live streamed on YouTube and covered on various social media channels using #DataJusticeOpps.

Mission: Launch has described the event as a "fast-paced and stimulating criminal justice discussion."   The event will feature esteemed panelists discussing the benefits and drawbacks of data in criminal justice decision-making, connecting policy to the discussion of collateral consequences, and initiatives dedicated to expanding workforce opportunities for people living with an arrest and/or conviction record in the US.

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 4 - 5 in Wards 7 and 8

Mayor Bowser's FY 2018 budget engagement forums scheduled for February

Mayor Bowser's FY 2018 Budget Engagement Forums, designed to elicit input about the administration's priorities and investments, are scheduled for
  • Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm, at Woodrow Wilson High School (3950 Chesapeake St NW) (RSVP)
  • Saturday, February 25, 1:00 pm at Department of Employment Services (4058 Minnesota Ave NE) (RSVP)
  • Monday, February 27, 6:30 pm at Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th St NW) (RSVP)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DC gets another clean audit (FY 2016)

16 CAFR Release by Susie Cambria on Scribd

Volunteer in DC Office of Public Records

Office of Public Records director Rebecca Katz has put a call out for volunteers.   On- and off-site opportunities are available.   On-site work includes data entry, re-housing building permits, and labelling shelves.   Off-site work includes documenting inventory in spreadsheets and creating publicity materials.

Interested?   Email rebecca.katz@dc.gov.

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 31: Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality

Dan Greene, a postdoc researcher at Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England, did three years of fieldwork in DC, interviewing librarians and people experiencing homelessness who spent time in DCPL branches.   Greene was interested in the question of "how poverty comes to be understood as a 'digital divide' and how that framework changes the nature and purpose of public institutions in an era of skyrocketing inequality."

Green is morphing his dissertation into a book.   Here's what he writes about the book:

The Promise of Access: Hope and Inequality in the Information Economy
In 2013, a series of posters began appearing in Washington, DC's Metro system. Each declared 'The internet: Your future depends on it' next to a photo of a middle-aged black Washingtonian, and an advertisement for the municipal government's digital training resources. This hopeful discourse is familiar but where exactly does it come from? And how and why are our public institutions reorganized to approach the problem of poverty as a problem of technology?

Learn more about "poverty as a problem of technology" Tuesday, January 31 at Noon at the Berkman Klein Luncheon Series event Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality.   The event is being live streamed.

Good Council on the website and LIMS, Jan. 28

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week of January 30 #eotr

Highlights of Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar week of January 30, 2017


Take a look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

Small claims court cap raised to $10,000

Press release from DC Courts:

DC SUPERIOR COURT ENHANCES ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN SMALL CLAIMS CASES
- LOWER COST, MORE EXPEDITIOUS PROCESS -

On January 3, 2017, the DC Superior Court raised the dollar amount limit for cases that may be filed in the Small Claims Branch from $5,000 to $10,000. This change allows hundreds more civil cases to be resolved in the faster, inexpensive and informal Small Claims court setting. The Court estimates that the change will provide improved access to justice by approximately 1,000 more cases to be filed in the Small Claims Branch each year.

"I am pleased that we can allow more DC area residents to take advantage of the expedient and cost-effective solution of filing in the Small Claims Branch. This change will help expedite cases seeking between $5,000 and $10,000 and thereby improve access to justice for those with limited means," said Chief Judge Robert E. Morin.

Previously the limit for cases to be filed as a Small Claim was $5000 and all suits seeking higher dollar amounts had to be filed in the Civil Division, where filing fees are higher, rules and procedures are more complex, and attorneys are often required. The Court’s increase in the limit will save parties time and money. Small claims cases tend to be resolved far more quickly than civil actions and have more streamlined processes, with less complex rules.

To learn more about the Small Claims Branch, and/or to chat with a court employee see http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/public/aud_civil/smallclaims.jsf (there is a link to Live Chat in the lower right).

To learn more about the Court's Small Claims Resource Center, see http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/documents/SmallClaimsResourceCenterFlyer.pdf

January 27, 2017 DC Register

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development staff

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development staff (reference DRAFT Committee on LWD CP22 Staff Appointment Resolution (Word)):

#resist

H/t @hgil

Saturday, January 28, 2017

CM Allen's, committee's staff changes

Councilmember Allen recently announced changes to his council office and committee staff:

See the CM's full staff list.   See the full committee staff list.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Free webinars in February 2017, curated by @WildApricot

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   31 Free Nonprofit Webinars for February 2017 includes:
  • How Top Nonprofit Leaders Avoid Burnout, February 1
  • Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways, February 7
  • Using Facebook LIVE to Broadcast Impact, February 8
  • Social Media and Volunteer Engagement, February 23