Friday, December 31, 2010
The event will feature educational and vocational programs available for disconnected youth and young adults living East of the River. Community-based organizations which provide this essential programming will be available to talk with young people and sign them up.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
According to the event flier, the event is "In Loving Memory of DC Youth who lost their lives through Homicide in the Year 2010." As in the past, NEPAG hopes this will be the last vigil. More information about the event is available from Carrington Lassiter at (202) 388-1274.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
- Ward 6 Forum for At-Large Council Appointment, January 3
- Mr. Mayor! Here's What Research Says About the Challenges Facing the District of Colubmia, January 4
- Webinar Addresses Services for High-Risk Juvenile Offenders, January 6
- The Research behind Race to the Top (RTTT), January 14
- 3rd Annual Activism Workshop, January 22
- "How Should the Safety Net Be Retooled to Work in Times of High Unemployment?", February 23
Monday, December 27, 2010
Some of the data you will find in the updated profiles includes:
- After decades of decline, the District of Columbia’s population increased between 2000 and 2005-09, with the fastest population growth in Ward 6 (9.7 percent) and Ward 5 (4.2 percent).
- Overall, the number of children in the city changed little over the past decade, but the child population in Ward 3 grew 42 percent since 2000.
- The share of persons living in the city who did not have a high school diploma or GED decreased during the past decade, falling from 22 to 15 percent between 2000 and 2005-09. The largest drops were in Ward 8 (34 to 21 percent) and Ward 1 (31 to 19 percent).
NeighborhoodInfo DC has also updated profile data on TANF and Food Stamp cases, violent crimes, and property crimes.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
has hosted 15 Stakeholder meetings on various topics and in various neighborhoods, listed below. We have conducted conversations with approximately 250 stakeholders during this transition period to re-energize civic dialogue and gather feedback on key recommendations for education in our city.
The email from Katherine Bradley and Dr. Michael Lomax (co-chairs of the Education Transition Team), invited those not already engaged to submit ideas on more than 10 issue areas by December 29.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I met Lillian in my early days at DC Action for Children and she was a great ambassador to the east side of the Anacostia River. I learned a lot from her and will miss her.
The funeral for Lillian is being held December 23 at 10:00 am at the Breath of Life Faith Church located at 311 Addison Road South, Capital Heights, MD.
The document reports the results of the DME assessment of the District’s education and youth development infrastructure. The publication also includes a set of recommendations that can be used to guide future work on the issues of education and youth development.
The publication will be posted on the DME web site next week along with the appendices.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
SEVERANCE AND BONUS PAYOUTS FOR POLITICAL APPOINTEES ON THE BACKS OF DISTRICT’S UNEMPLOYED RAISE IRE OF COUNCILMEMBERS
Adult Job Training Funds Slashed by Nearly $500,000 for Payouts
Washington, DC – Today Councilmember At-Large Michael A. Brown and Council Chair-Elect Kwame R. Brown learned that DC’s outgoing Mayor Adrian Fenty reprogrammed $495,000 of FY 2011 Adult Job Training. The funds were reprogrammed to cover costs associated with severance and separation pay for Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) political appointees transitioning out of the government at the end of this year.
Meeting attendees developed recommendations on these subjects:
The Creative Economy Association of the North Shore says the creative economy
consists of those industries that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation of ideas, products and/or services.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Why is it important that you take the survey? I want to offer skill-building, information-sharing and networking workshops at affordable prices. I also want to share the results with other trainers so they can offer what I cannot.
So tell me: Do you want to learn about advocacy? Basic outreach and communications? The media? Messaging?
Journalist and documentary filmmaker Diana Winthrop and I have already offered four workshops this fall--Having a personal relationship with local media, Getting to know and maintaining relationships with Council staff, Getting to know exec branch staffers, and Outreach that actually reaches out. We are certainly able to offer the four again. But we also want to meet your needs so you can help people better.
Please take a few minutes to tell us what topics you would be interested in learning more about.
The deadline for participating in the survey is December 20.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
City Year corps members regularly testify before the DC Council at the youth-only hearings. On November 13, five City Year corps members talked about City Year’s plan to expand the Whole School, Whole Child program into the feeder patterns of the five high schools that produce 50% of the students who dropout of DC Public Schools—Spingarn, Ballou, Anacostia, Cardozo, and Dunbar.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
To register as a volunteer, go to the FOCUS web site or contact the Erika Wadlington at 202-387-0405 with any questions.
Friday, December 17, 2010
- December 17 public oversight roundtable on the job creation in the District’s creative economy. The release on the event includes time, location, and partial list of witnesses.
- Ward 7 CM Yvette Alexander to issue fitness challenge December 20: The CM will begin an exercise and healthy eating regimen December 20 and will challenge other Ward 7 residents to do the same December 20 at 3:00 pm. Details in the press release.
- CM Bowser elected to Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB). More on this in her December 15 newsletter.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
If you see someone who is laying on the street who is not responsive, or who’s shivering uncontrollably and having difficulty speaking, call 911.
Lloyd and Gray discussed a range of topics including the meaning of One City, success of the town halls, and pressing policy and budget concerns.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The Council reconsidered the FY 2011 budget this past week to address the $175 million revenue shortfall and "spending pressures" which came to light earlier this fall, and approved a revised plan 11-2. It was a process filled with difficult choices, made somewhat more difficult by the very short time frame in which we had to act - the Mayor had only transmitted his plan to us just before Thanksgiving. As such, it was always my thought that we probably could not do much more than rearrange some of those priorities and then move forward, which is precisely what ended up happening.
Monday, December 13, 2010
- Ward 7 Health Council, December 13
- A Healthy Start Healthy House Party & Holiday Celebration, December 15
- Muskie Series 2010: Batterers and Intervention Strategies, December 15
- Protest violence and crime in Historic Anacostia, December 15
The CDC also has this advice for when to wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal or animal waste
- After touching garbage
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
P&P donates the space and wrapping papers to WLC and WLC supplies the volunteers. The Council has served the Washington community for more than 45 years providing reading education and support to District adults with the most limited reading skills, greatest needs, and fewest resources.
Want to volunteer as a gift wrapper? Contact Jennifer Durkin via email with "P&P Wrap" in the subject line.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
An excerpt of his full remarks and appointee bios is below.
The bulk of the cash Wells found for the grandparent subsidy was in a calculation error in Fenty's proposal. Fenty's budget calculated $477,000 in savings from not filling vacant positions, but the calculation didn't include more than $500,000 that would be saved in the benefits provided for those positions.
Gerald's letter to Wells, copied to all members of the Council, explains why Wells was wrong on the vacancies. Gerald also challenges Wells' decision to redirect funds to prevention when the agency is legally required to serve children who have already been abused and neglected and are in the system.
Though not said in the Gerald letter, the fact is that prevention work is the responsibility of multiple government agencies, not to mention the public. If prevention were of such importance to CM Wells, other funding, such as that for home visiting or substance abuse treatment, would have been increased as well.
The Wells amendment to the budget support act is here.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Volunteers help bring more than $9 million into the homes of DC’s low-income working families each year. Each tax return completed by a volunteer preparer can raise a low-income working family’s income by more than $6,000. That's right: $6,000.
Monday, December 6, 2010
We should expect that the FY 2012 development process may be a little bumpy with a new budget director and staff and, of course, necessity to address the ~$400 million problem. As you may recall, budget kickoff was delayed for a month this year until after the general election. The schedule (excluding technical aspects) is shown below. It reflects a compressed timeline with some soft deadlines.
As we move forward with the process, there are some items in the Draft FY 2012 OPERATING BUDGET MANUAL that are important for the public to keep in mind about FY 2012 development:
- There will be no agency budget targets. The starting point for the FY 2012 budget is the revised FY 2011 budget.
- Budget reductions, increases, transfers or all other changes will be decided at the Budget Review Team (BRT) meetings.
- No program enhancements or technical adjustments will be allowed.
- A decision about step increases will be made by Mayor-elect Gray.
Finally, the budget manual provides a good explanation of the Budget Review Team, frequently referred to as BRT. Those who have been too shy to ask may now read this explanation to be in the know.
With four workshops under our belt, Susie Cambria (public policy and local budget expert) and Diana Winthrop (journalist and documentary filmmaker) are interested in providing additional workshops to DC nonprofits -- and we want to know what you want to learn. This fall, we offered four workshops:
- Having a personal relationship with local media
- Getting to know and maintaining relationships with Council staff
- Getting to know exec branch staffers
- Outreach that actually reaches out
We are certainly able to offer the four again. But we also want to meet your needs so you can help people better.
Please take a few minutes to tell us what topics you would be interested in learning more about.
The deadline for participating in the survey is December 20.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
- Intergenerational Study Circle, December 8
- DC Campaign's Holiday Open House, December 15
- Free Coffee and Conversation at the Foundation Center, December 15
- “Young and Older Workers: (Not) Entering and Exiting the Labor Market”, January 25
The Examiner's Freeman Klopott reported last week "The council is expected to gather on Monday for a public meeting in which members are likely to hammer out the details of a tax increase." But the Monday public meeting is not a done deal. Council insiders report that Council Chairman Vince Gray is not sure a meeting is required to hash out the wants of the other 12 CMs. Gray will make the decision sometime today.
Volunteers commit to provide childcare at least six times over 12 months and attend additional trainings that DCCC provides.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Co-sponsors DC Jobs with Justice, DC We The People, Empower DC, Save Our Safety Net DC, local small businesses, and others have joined together to oppose the cuts proposed by Mayor Fenty to close the FY 2011 gap of $188 million. The mayor proposed cuts to child care subsidies, TANF, adult job training, disability assistance, the grandparent caregivers program, and more.
Direct questions to Empower DC by calling 234-9119. Or, review (and share) the event flier.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The council budget staff and Gray have, for the most part, identified items in the proposed gap-closing plan which are unsustainable and otherwise no-gos. The Budget Office is also charged with finding additional revenue or other ways to pay for changes they and the chair are making. The Budget Office is largely done with that effort.
We should expect the chair's office and Budget Office to be working over the weekend pulling everything together for the vote on December 7.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
- The office of Ward 3 CM Mary Cheh reports she did not have prepared remarks
- Testimony of Gordon McDonald, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Budget and Planning
- Testimony of David Schwartzman of the Statehood Greens
- Testimony of Keshini Ladduwahetty with DC for Democracy
- Testimony of Andrea Northup from the DC Farm to School Network
- The victim services community showed up in numbers to testify and share information
- Testimony of Elisabeth Olds of Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.
- Testimony of Karma Cottman of the District of Columbia Coalition Against Domestic Violence representing the District of Columbia Victim Services Alliance
- Testimony of William Kellibrew IV with The William Kellibrew Foundation
- DC Victim Services Alliance talking pointsImpact statement from The Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children's National Medical Center
- DC Victim Services Alliance one-pager
Finally, numerous folks were tweeting the hearing, including me. Some who tweeted used the #gapclosing hashtag.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
- testimony of Joni Podschun from Bread for the City
- testimony of Judith Sandalow
- testimony of Ellen London of DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
- testimony of Neil Albert, City Administrator
- 0pening remarks of Vince Gray, Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia
It is important to note that I requested opening statements from all the CMs. CMs Mendelson and Catania replied saying that they do not prepare comments. They prepare notes and speak extemporaneously. The staff of CM Evans replied the same. CM Graham replied to my first email (last week) that they were not done but did not respond to my reminder email. CM Barry's staff said they would send something if a written statement was (or is it were? I'm tired, sorry.) prepared. Ditto the staff of Kwame Brown, At-large. I did not get a response from the remaining members.
It's getting down to the wire and we still need folks to sponsor a child's wishlist for our Holiday Assistance Drive! Shoot an email to Safe Shores for more info!
Remember that Safe Shores works with children who have been physically and/or sexually abused in DC.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Interested in getting involved? Training is available for tax preparers. Or, be a greeter. Or, do outreach. The catch is that those interested in tax prep training must register by November 30.
To register or for more information, email Dottie Elliott.
Friday, November 26, 2010
And plan to attend the event to buy beautiful fresh evergreen trees, roping, wreaths and more. All proceeds benefit the Alice Deal PTA.
The event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
- Meeting on jobs, unemployment and the Gray Administration, December 1
- Leveraging Social Media for Grassroots Advocacy, December 6
- Understanding the Impact of Domestic Violence Among Teens and Adults, December 8
- Non-Profit CEO Outlook, December 16
- Should the Disadvantaged be Spared from the Budget Axe?, December 16
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The statement also indicated his planned introduction of the FY 2012 budget resolution calling for the mayor's proposed budget to be introduced by April 1, 2011.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Remember, you can learn more about the Brown transition by going to their web site.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Next, At-large CM Michael Brown, member of the Committee on Human Services, had this to say at the beginning of the hearing. He is not a fan of the legislation and would prefer an approach that requires the government to provide quality services and supports people need.
Advocate Amy Loudermilk testified about the devastating impact of the bill as written on domestic violence victims.
Finally, I tweeted throughout the hearing. The tweets are here.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This is terrific news for these children and families. But more than 150 children in the District who are currently in foster care are awaiting permanence in an adoptive home.
More information about the event, including the keynote speaker, is in the press advisory.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The bottom line from both sources? B18-1061 is bad public policy.
Not only would B18-1061 limit receipt of welfare benefits no matter the source of funding, as written the bill would limit other federal benefits. These benefits include Medicaid, child care subsidies, homeless services, and funding for grandparents caring for their grandchildren.
Citywide Candidates Forum featuring the candidates seeking appointment by the DC Democratic State Committee, December 16 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St NW) in the Old Council Chambers.
Friday, November 12, 2010
These special hearings allow young people under the age of 21 to discuss issues of importance to them. Some young people present complaints about city services and public policies, often describing issues in painful detail. Others come to the table with homework assigned by Gray from a previous hearing. Eleven panels with at least double the young people are registered to testify at the hearing. The hearing will be aired live on Channel 13.
- Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth on Twitter: @cwcyouth. The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth identifies, investigates, and litigates credible innocence claims of wrongfully convicted young people, provides resources and support for actors in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and advocates for policy reforms that will decrease the likelihood that any youth will be wrongfully convicted. (From their web site) (A blog reader)
- D.C. Government/Council media clips. Online and on Twitter (@DCGovClips) . You need news about the DC government? Look for clips between 7:00 - 7:30 am Monday through Friday by Karyn-Siobhan Robinson. (Susie)
- USATODAY Daily Briefing offers interesting tech, life, and other news that complements what I read from other sources. Sign up online. (Susie)
One reader also shared this:
Twitter has really changed the way I read, in that I spend less time searching the Post or the Atlantic and more time clicking on interesting things that end up in my news feed.
What about you? Are you overwhelmed with feeds, emails, tweets? What are you doing to manage?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
A Memorial Service will be held November 13 at 10:00 am at Riderwood Retirement Community Chapel (3140 Gracefield Rd, Silver Spring, MD).
Advocates have rallied to oppose the bill, arguing the new provisions will prevent the most vulnerable from accessing shelter.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The next Second Thursday is November 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Big Chair Coffee and Grill (2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE).
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
My assessment of the transition so far? That the team is slow to take advantage of the energy and interest related to Mayor-elect Gray. On the Gray campaign site, folks could volunteer for a transition team. Yet there is no word on the transition site about how volunteers will be integrated into the teams. This transition feels like the Williams' transitions with controlled public participation. That's a fine approach but somewhat contrary to Gray's call for One City and resident engagement.
Oppose the bill November 8 at 11:30 am in the JAWB during the Committee on Human Services (Ward 6 CM Tommy Wells, chair) public hearing. Register to testify or attend; details are in the hearing notice.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
You are invited to a special screening of the film as a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving family outing to celebrate National Adoption Month. The screening is November 22 at the Lincoln Theater.
For a taste of the film, check out this short clip on YouTube.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression continues to hit DC residents hard. Unemployment has more than doubled, and the recession has walloped the savings and investment income for many These factors helped cause the serious revenue shortfall the District now faces – putting at risk funds for schools, police officers and health and human services.
You can help the District's leaders make better choices to make a better future by signing on to the BETTER CHOICES: MOVING DC FORWARD movement.
Still no word on how members of the public who have volunteered will be engaged in the transition.
Ohev Shalom needs volunteers to make this event a success. Opportunities—on November 24 and November 25—include cooking, decorating, cleaning up, and more. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, send an send an email or call (202) 882-7225 with your name, a contact number/email.
Free Christmas dinner at the Basilica: The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is providing free Christmas dinner at the Basilica or via home delivery. Details are in this flier.
Volunteer drivers are needed; see the flier for information.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
- Webinar, "Getting to Market – Improving Food Access in All Communities", November 4
- An Emancipation Proclamation: How to Produce Creative Social Media, November 4
- Nonprofit Legal Requirements Workshop, November 10
- Shop with Your Heart: A Trunk Show Benefit for Break the Cycle, November 10
- Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic, November 16
- Chancellor’s Community Forum: Early Stages, November 17
- Public Policy Forum on Issues Impacting Low-Income Women, December 1
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
- 2010 Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (children's book)
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
In preparing for my workshop with Diana Winthrop on October 29, I found these two graphics. They were used as part of the Fair Budget Coalition's 2001 "Human Needs First" campaign. It's truly a shame that we are still fighting these fights.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Will I see you there?
- The Freddie Mac Foundation's Adoption Expo, November 6 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (1000 H St NW), will showcase adoption agencies and services in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.
Vendors will provide information about the adoption experience and the resources available if you're considering adoption. Experts and families will share important information in myriad workshops scheduled throughout the day.
Details about the expo are on the Freddie Mac web site.
- Volunteers are needed to join the Citizens Review Panel (CRP). CRP members are citizen-volunteers who are federally mandated to monitor and evaluate the policies and practices of the Child and Family Services Agency. Members broadly represent members of the community and have an interest in foster care, child protection and related issues. More about requirements and responsibilities are in the CRP recruitment flier.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
If you are anxious to attend a town hall in person, two more remain: Wards 4 and 6. The Ward 4 event is being held October 26 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Peoples Congregational Church (4704 13th St NW). The Ward 6 event will be held October 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St NE). More information about the town halls is on the Gray campaign web site.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
In a press release, Gray promised swift consideration of a new bill, "Harassment and Intimidation Prevention Act", introduced this week by Ward 5 CM Harry Thomas, Jr. and Gray. The bill calls on various child- and youth-serving agencies to "establish policies and prevention programs to discourage and address bullying and similar offensive behavior."
On the issue of the mayoral and council chair transitions, Gray introduced a bill to restrict the government resource contribution to in-kind items such as office space and furniture. Gray has recently said he will not use taxpayer dollars with the economy as it is. More about this is in a Gray press release.
Consider making a gift of time this year with your office, civic club or friends to make the wishes of these children come true. Learn more about holiday season volunteer opportunities with Child and Family Services Agency in this flier.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The drive is in full swing and there is a new deadline to sign up for holiday giving: November 1.
There are donation opportunities at all price points and to meet all areas of interest. For example, CFSA is collecting Thanksgiving baskets, holiday gifts for specific children, family sponsorship, and more.
So sign up to make a donation for foster children by November 1.
Individuals, families, businesses, civic association, and tenant groups stepped up during the 2009 holiday drive, donating 4,930 toys and other gifts which CFSA gave to 1,640 children.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
- Public hearing on making capital available to local businesses and nonprofits: The Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs (Ward 4 CM Muriel Bowser) is holding a public hearing on B18-1042, "Capital Access Program Act of 2010" on October 20 at 2:00 pm in the JAWB. The purpose of the bill is to enable the city to use federal funds to create a public-private partnership with banks and other financial institutions to make capital available to businesses and nonprofits. The public is encouraged to testify; details about registering are in the notice.
- Public hearing concerning the city's compliance with Title IX: The Committee of the Whole (Council Chair Vince Gray, chair) is holding a hearing on B18-552, "Title IX Compliance Act of 2009", on November 10 at Noon in the JAWB. The purpose of the legislation is to assess the District's compliance with federal law, require a plan to ensure compliance and to conduct an analysis after five years of the status of Title IX compliance. The public is encouraged to testify; details are in the notice.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
According to Hildum, some recent crime is disproportionately committed by young people: while six percent of crime overall can be attributed to youth, youth commit 48% of armed robberies. Even more troubling is Hildum's statement about the prevalence of young men who are prone to violence.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
- October 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church (3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE) (Ward 7)
- October 14, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St NW) (Ward 2)
If you missed the Wards 3 and 5 town halls, they have been taped and are available on the campaign blog. You can also search Twitter for tweets with the hash tags #ward3 and #ward5.