• D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools

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    Published January 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm - 3 Comments Cross-Posted from DC Area Educators for Social Justice We invite you to endorse and participate in the D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in ...

    D.C. Area Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools
  • Third Annual #ReclaimMLK Week of Action!

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    Published January 11, 2018 at 10:50 am - No Comments Guest Contributor: Black Lives Matter DC “Martin Luther King Jr’s life’s work was the elevation, honoring, and defense of Black Lives. His t ...

    Third Annual #ReclaimMLK Week of Action!
  • Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves

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    Published December 20, 2017 at 10:53 am - No Comments Cross-posted from EducationDC [Ed Note: On Friday, December 15, the education committee of the city council held TWO related hearings on graduation ra ...

    Investigating Ballou Means Investigating Ourselves
  • Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet

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    Published December 13, 2017 at 11:31 am - No Comments Grassroots DC Winter Solstice Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:00 – 3:45pm Dorothy I. Height/Benning Heights Li ...

    Organizer & Media Activist Meet and Greet
  • Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal: Full Implementation of the NEAR Act

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    Published November 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm - No Comments Black Lives Matter activists worked for two years to pass the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act and get it fully funded. Now they're ...

    Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal:  Full Implementation of the NEAR Act
  • Remembering Big Mike: Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration

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    Published October 20, 2017 at 7:02 pm - 2 Comments I met Michael "Big Mike" Ballard four years ago when Grassroots DC moved into the Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex. He made regular use of our C ...

    Remembering Big Mike:  Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration
  • 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
  • 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

What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

The Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017 is currently under DC Council review. After mulling over the latest amendments they will vote on it again December 5, 2017. Before that happens, we’d like Grassroots DC readers to have some basic information about this bill so we’ve cross-posted the following from the Fair Budget Coalition, which describes what happened during the debate of proposed changes to the bill on November 7, 2017. . . . → Read More: What You Don’t Know About the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017

Triggered: Street Harassment and Rape Culture In D.C.’s Ward 8

Join Reclaiming Our Bodies DC on November 9, 2017 for a screening of the film Triggered: Street Harassment and Rape Culture in D.C.’s Ward 8, which documents the August 23 Speakout Against Street Harassment. . . . → Read More: Triggered: Street Harassment and Rape Culture In D.C.’s Ward 8

Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal: Full Implementation of the NEAR Act

Black Lives Matter activists worked for two years to pass the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act and get it fully funded. Now they’re working to see that it’s implemented correctly. . . . → Read More: Black Lives Matter Long-Term Goal: Full Implementation of the NEAR Act

Remembering Big Mike: Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration

I met Michael “Big Mike” Ballard four years ago when Grassroots DC moved into the Potomac Gardens Public Housing Complex. He made regular use of our Community Resource Center creating flyers for the dance classes he taught and using the computers and the Internet access working for his church and the nonprofit he was involved with Sistahs with Purpose. He taught at Knox Hill, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center and Potomac Gardens. He passed on October 10. He is survived by his mother Linda, sister Theresa and dozens and dozens of students and friends. He was a kind and compassionate person who will be missed. Below is an article I wrote about him in 2015. . . . → Read More: Remembering Big Mike: Line Dance Instructor and Inspiration

Many Languages One Voice Community Day

Many Language One Voice’s Community Day was designed to bring the community together to learn about our rights as immigrants in DC, prepare together, and celebrate our communities’ strength and resilience! ¡Nos reunimos para aprender nuestros derechos como inmigrantes en DC, prepararnos juntos, y celebrar la fuerza y la resiliencia de nuestras comunidades! . . . → Read More: Many Languages One Voice Community Day