- CFSA FY 2018 budget briefing presentation
- Want to make sure the progress already made toward cleaning up the toxics in the Anacostia River are maintained next year? (The answer is "Yes!") Take a look at The Facts about the FY 2018 DOEE Capital Budget. Want to advocate for a realignment of the CIP in support of the Anacostia River and the contaminated Kenilworth landfill site? (Again, the response is "Yes!") Here's what you can do: Take Action in FY 2018 to support Anacostia River and Kenilworth Landfill cleanup.
- CalltoIdea.com has collected examples of great webpages... use them to update or design your website!
- Laura Kelly is the new health and general assignment reporter at The Washington Times. (New Staff and Roles at The Washington Times)
- Fourth Year Progress Report (PDF). Sustainable DC 2.0 is grounded in a "large-scale community-driven process to update the plan to reflect changes in policies, programs and technology as we make progress towards the plan's 2032 goals."
- ICYMI, 20 To Become Fox 5 Plus. On April 20, DCRTV shared the news from broadcastingcable.com: 'The Fox station group is making changes at Channel 20/WDCA, DC's MyNetwork affiliate, to more closely align it with its primary sister station, Channel 5/WTTG. Starting July 17, WDCA will be branded Fox 5 Plus, a tie-in to the name WTTG goes by - Fox 5. WDCA also will be home to a nightly 8 PM newscast called 'Fox 5 News On The Plus,' anchored by WTTG's Tony Perkins and Shawn Yancy. The station will add breaking news updates when pertinent. 'Given Fox 5's brand recognition, this extension gives us the ability to build upon our strength in the marketplace and provide our viewers with additional opportunities to watch Fox 5 News,' says Patrick Paolini, WTTG/WDCA's vice president and general manager. WDCA's syndicated programming, including 'Judge Judy,' 'Big Bang Theory,' and 'Dr. Oz,' will continue to air. The change comes as Fox prepares to move its programming from WDCA to WTTG's spectrum. Fox sold WDCA's spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction for $119 million. Stations will have 39 months to give up their spectrum and, as in the case of WDCA and most stations in the auction, start sharing spectrum with a station in the market with which a sharing agreement has been struck....."
ICYMI, Adrianna Hopkins To 7. On April 17, DCRTV shared the news. "Adrianna Hopkins
(right)will join the anchor team at Sinclair-owned Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8's "Good Morning Washington" program beginning May 29. She comes from WDSU-TV in New Orleans. 'Washington DC is one of my favorite cities and I am thrilled to make it my new home,' says Hopkins. Before New Orleans, she worked at WSVN-TV in Miami, WHAS-TV in Louisville, and WGXA-TV in Macon GA. She began her career working behind the scenes in the consumer investigative unit at WRAL-TV in Raleigh....."
ICYMI, Leon Harris Joins 4. On April 20, DCRTV shared the news. "Leon Harris
(right)joins NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC. A veteran news anchor who spent 13 years covering the Washington area at Channel 7/WJLA, he will anchor weekend editions of "News4" at 6 PM and 11 PM with Erika Gonzalez. During the week, Harris will contribute to coverage of breaking news and special events and handle other reporting duties. 'Leon has been an incredibly well-respected journalist, both in Washington and on a national stage for many years,' says Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of WRC. "We are very glad he has agreed to join our team and continue his career here." The former CNNer ended his long career with Sinclair-owned WJLA last fall, when he contract was not renewed. While there, he anchored evening newscasts, hosted specials and weekly shows, and did his 'Harris' Heroes' segment that covered outstanding members of the DC area community. 'As a long-time admirer of the quality of the work and reputation of the 'NBC4' news team, I am beyond thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside some of the very best in the field,' Harris says. 'Being able to continue to cover and serve this incredible Washington region is a real treat and an absolute honor.' DCRTV wonders: Is high-profile Harris being groomed by WRC management to be the replacement for legendary weekday evening anchor Jim Vance, who is rumored to be retiring from WRC later this year? Stay tuned....."
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Good Council: There's bike parking at the Wilson Bldg on the 13 1/2 & D St sides. (Some was removed b/c of construction, but will return!) pic.twitter.com/63PF9grbjC— Council of DC (@councilofdc) April 23, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
- DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson's Getting the Best Deal for Historic Anacostia & the District in Chairman's Update
- While I loathe numbers in headlines since such articles are all too commonly clickbait, this is a good read: 4 lessons from the longest-running study on happiness. It can inform our personal lives and help those in the helping professions help clients.
- 2017 First Quarter Financial Status Report (Capital Expenditures) (PDF)
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
- Mayor Bowser will be live on FB Monday, April 10 at 1:30 pm for an interview.
- Up First is a new podcast from NPR. It's a short 10 minutes, airs every weekday, and is by the folks at Morning Edition. Listeners will learn from NPR journalists and correspondents what is leading the headlines that day. They are also on Twitter: @UpFirst.
- "Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Act of 2017"
- CM Vince Gray's FY 2018 budget request letter to Mayor Bowser
- CM Vince Gray's opening remarks at April 6 budget briefing by Mayor Bowser to DC Council
- If you missed the Mayor-Council breakfast April 4 when Mayor Bowser introduced her proposed FY 2018 budget to the DC Council, watch it now: Mayor Bowser Presents FY 2018 Budget Proposal, 4/4/17.
- DC Economic Indicators, March 2017 have been published by OCFO
- The DC Employment Justice Center has announced it is partnering with the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs (WLC). The valuable work of the EJC will continue uninterrupted. Those who require assistance should call WLC at (202) 319-1000, the old EJC number (202) 828-9675, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for help with an employment matter.
Good Council: So many bus lines will get you to/near the Wilson Building: the 30s, 42, 52, 54, 64, 80, D6, G8, L2, P6, S2, S4, X2. Try them! pic.twitter.com/ttvScVpi3n— Council of DC (@councilofdc) April 9, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Both events are open to the press.
- 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)
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
- #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
In other budget news, we have the budget office's pre-hearing questions.
- Instructions for AFOs
- Intra-District Transfers
- Federal Grants
- Spend Plan
- Committee Assignments
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
- #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.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
- 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, email@example.com 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).
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Good Council: Just like public witnesses have limited time to speak at hearings, so do Councilmembers--often 10 minute rounds of questions. pic.twitter.com/7bHvSP7mJ1— Council of DC (@councilofdc) March 19, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
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:
Small breakout groups reporting out: Events group 1 wants > bathroom & other facilities; group 2 wants equity & access #shapeanacostiapark— APACC (@anacostiarivpk) March 6, 2017
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.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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.
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 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.
1990 K St NW
Washington, DC 20006
Hours of operation:
Mon. – Thur. 8:00-8:00
Fri. and Saturday 9:00-5:30
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
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:
- Figure out your ANC district
- Find out when the next monthly meeting is
- Attend that meeting and see what your community is talking about! (Maybe even get up to speak??)
- Tell us a about the experience by answering a few quick questions
- 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.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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.....
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
- 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
Monday, February 27, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Good Council: If you're testifying during Performance Oversight season, know that your mike is on/live/hot if the red lights are illuminated pic.twitter.com/m4VeVcHTDa— Council of DC (@councilofdc) February 19, 2017
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
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 'Università Futura' (Codice Edizioni, Italy, 2017).
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
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.
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 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.
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
Raising a toast to my committee director Christina Henderson as she leaves us and takes off on a new adventure on Capitol Hill pic.twitter.com/EEyiff3Flj— David Grosso (@cmdgrosso) February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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 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
Several priorities OAG has worked on include reforming the juvenile justice system, protecting consumers, and "safeguarding public integrity."
Monday, February 13, 2017
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%.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Some small changes were made to the schedule of upcoming Performance Oversight hearings--check them out here pic.twitter.com/5qA8TIHJ9h— Council of DC (@councilofdc) February 6, 2017
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
Good Council-Our LIMS legislative search page can be used to comment on a bill from when the hearing's scheduled to the comment period's end pic.twitter.com/p90Eb8uHNe— Council of DC (@councilofdc) February 5, 2017
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.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Monday-10:30AM: @ChmnMendelson holds his traditional Legislative Meeting Eve morning media briefing. Watch at http://22.214.171.124/DCC/jw.html— Council of DC (@councilofdc) February 3, 2017
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Friday, February 3, 2017
Thursday, February 2, 2017
The purpose of this video is to raise awareness of the situation for children in Syria. That is, without a doubt, important. But I am more interested in the broader question about whether people would help this boy.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Interested? Email email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monday, January 30, 2017
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.