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.