New report finds racial disparities in arrest rates in D.C.

EQUITY | A new study by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs finds that African Americans in D.C. are arrested for petty crimes and minor drug-related offenses at disproportionately high rates relative to whites. (WaPo, 7/12)

According to the report,

…Eight of 10 adults arrested in the District are black, disproportionate to the racial breakdown of residents — roughly 47 percent black and 43 percent white. Nine of 10 people arrested on the charge of simple drug possession are black, the study found. And eight of 10 charged with disorderly conduct are black.

– The House of Representatives passed a new version of the farm bill yesterday that cut funding for SNAP from the legislation entirely. The House and Senate now have until the end of September to work out a final bill. (WaPo, 7/12)

Related: WRAG consultant Lindsay Smith explained how the farm bill is about much more than just farms after a previous version of the bill failed to pass a few weeks ago. (Daily, 6/26)

Related: Here’s a good explanation of the history of food stamps, and why they have been coupled with the farm bill for decades. (Bill Moyers, 6/28)

Related: The Post has a nice infographic on SNAP recipients around the country. (WaPo, 7/12)

COMMUNITY | The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2013 Graduate Arts Awards. The 20 arts students will receive $50,000 a year for up to three years to attend graduate school. Congratulations to the winners! (JCKF, 6/26)

HIV/AIDS | In an op-ed, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH writes about the potential for an HIV vaccine and the role it would play, coupled with other proven prevention strategies, in ending HIV and AIDS. (WaPo, 7/12)

ARTS | Americans for the Arts has released a new report on the salaries and demographics of local arts agencies employees throughout the country.

DISTRICT | D.C. Statehood Advocates Push For Bill That Would Put Money Into Fight (WAMU, 7/11)

EVENT | On July 17 DCAYA is hosting a workshop about evaluation and how quality data collection can increase a nonprofit organizations’ ability to receive major grant funding. [More information]

Natural disasters + animal attacks = best bad TV movie concept ever. I can’t believe I didn’t watch this last night.

– Rebekah