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,
  • 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, 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.


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

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

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

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.