• White Supremacy & the Police, A Love Affair

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    Published September 19, 2017 at 12:34 pm - No Comments "Ghost skin" is a term used by white supremacists to describe those who avoid overt display of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advanc ...

    White Supremacy & the Police, A Love Affair
  • Many Languages One Voice Defends DACA and Beyond

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    Published September 8, 2017 at 10:42 am - No Comments This moment is meant to divide immigrant communities into who is "deserving and undeserving," it is meant to put the blame on parents of undocumented ...

    Many Languages One Voice Defends DACA and Beyond
  • Black August Finale

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    Published August 28, 2017 at 9:20 am - 2 Comments Black August is almost over. What is Black August? I found the following at The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement: “Each year officially since 1979 we h ...

    Black August Finale
  • Charlottesville and It’s Aftermath: D.C. Alternative News Round Up

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    Published August 15, 2017 at 10:41 am - No Comments A quick search revealed no reports from local television news of last weeks events in Charlottesville or the solidarity marches that followed. Fortuna ...

    Charlottesville and It’s Aftermath:  D.C. Alternative News Round Up
  • The Interrupters Screening and Discussion

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    Published July 7, 2017 at 11:36 am - No Comments Thanks to the recent passing of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act), the District of Columbia will create a program similar to ...

    The Interrupters Screening and Discussion
  • DCMJ Inauguration Day Protest

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    Published January 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm - No Comments What will the Trump Presidency mean to the District of Columbia? With its status as a federal district, all laws passed by the City Council are subjec ...

    DCMJ Inauguration Day Protest
  • Not Enough Money for Low-Income DC Residents, But Tax Cut for Wealthy Unchanged

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    Published May 31, 2016 at 11:27 am - No Comments Cross-posted from Poverty & Policy Written by Kathryn Baer As you local readers probably know, the DC Council passed a budget for the upcoming fis ...

    Not Enough Money for Low-Income DC Residents, But Tax Cut for Wealthy Unchanged
  • No Shortage of Ideas for Better, More Affordable Child Care

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    Published May 9, 2016 at 10:51 am - No Comments The cost of un-subsidized child care is extraordinarily high, raising sometimes insurmountable barriers to low-income parents who want to work. The co ...

    No Shortage of Ideas for Better, More Affordable Child Care
  • Survival’s Price

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    Published May 2, 2016 at 6:18 pm - No Comments “...Afro-Americans have never had any kind of a chance to recover from the traumatic wounds of slavery…” Michele Wallace, The Culture War withi ...

    Survival’s Price
  • Changing the Rules on Graduation Requirements

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    Published March 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm - No Comments DC "State" Board of Education has proposed changing the rules for District of Columbia Graduates. Rather than taking all the courses required to get t ...

    Changing the Rules on Graduation Requirements
  • Taking Black History Seriously

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    Published February 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm - No Comments If Black history were taken seriously, the myth of Black inferiority, a foundational pillar of white supremacy, would be incapable of justifying itsel ...

    Taking Black History Seriously
  • From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Black Community Control Now!

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    Published February 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm - No Comments A United Nations Working Group preliminary report on human rights violations against Black America advocates Black community control of police. From Civil Rights to Human Rights, Black Community Control Now!

  • Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context

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    Published January 19, 2016 at 6:41 am - 2 Comments This past summer, much media attention was given to what has been called a “surge” of violent crime in DC. Resident reactions to the violent crime ...

    Placing DC’s Crime Wave in Context
  • DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”

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    Published November 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm - 5 Comments Cross-Posted from the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Written by Patricia Mullahy Fugere Last week, the DC Council voted 9-4 against requirin ...

    DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: “What’s wrong with us?”
  • Supporting the Movement for Black Lives

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    Published August 29, 2015 at 1:56 pm - No Comments Posted on behalf of Black Lives Matter DMV These next 3 weeks are going to be very busy for the Movement for Black Lives here in DC. We get a lot of a ...

    Supporting the Movement for Black Lives

The NEAR Act and the Future of Policing in the District of Columbia

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After a two-year effort by District residents who want the city to use violence prevention rather than aggressive policing methods like Stop and Frisk, the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (or NEAR Act) was passed. If the NEAR Act is to succeed in giving communities control over how they are policed, community members must understand it. . . . → Read More: The NEAR Act and the Future of Policing in the District of Columbia

The Interrupters Screening and Discussion

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Thanks to the recent passing of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act), the District of Columbia will create a program similar to Chicago’s Cease Fire program. What will it mean for DC’s communities? Come to the screening of The Interrupters and find out more. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The movie begins at 6:00 PM Sharp. . . . → Read More: The Interrupters Screening and Discussion

Lobbying on Behalf of District Children and Youth

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Beyond voting or joining a well publicized march or rally, many citizens are unsure how to become politically engaged. One of the most effective ways to have an impact on public policy is to tell your local representatives what you want. Lobbying is not just for professionals paid by corporate interest groups. In fact, government and the […] . . . → Read More: Lobbying on Behalf of District Children and Youth

D.C. Seeks to Improve Its Comprehensive Plan

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Cross-Posted from Street Sense by Ashley Clarke The D.C. Office of Planning is amending the Comprehensive Plan, a long-standing document that outlines priorities for D.C.’s future growth and change. In a statement from the Office of Planning, Director Eric Shaw encouraged residents to read the Comprehensive Plan and make suggestions for changes. “‘Planning an Inclusive City’ is […] . . . → Read More: D.C. Seeks to Improve Its Comprehensive Plan

Inauguration Day Blues

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It seems like it’s been years since January 20, 2017. A lot of people, many of them devout moderates, said that we should give Donald Trump a chance. He’s not really going to do the things he says he’s going to do. He’s not a true conservative. He’s just saying those things to get elected. […] . . . → Read More: Inauguration Day Blues