RACE | With our 2016 Annual Meeting, Philanthropy in Bold, right around the corner, WRAG has been talking a lot lately about acting boldly and embracing risk. Last week we released the first in what we hope will be a series of videos that embody both of those ideas: Structural Racism Theater. Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, Structural Racism Theater introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias in an edgy, social media-friendly way. The first episode, which debuted on Facebook, focuses on the timely topic of the Electoral College and its connection to the Three-Fifths Compromise.
WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland explains the goal of the videos (Daily, 10/31):
We know that for many, there isn’t time to read lengthy articles, so we are condensing this information and making it, we hope, more digestible. Our goal is to make structural racism and implicit bias understandable to a larger audience. We want them to understand and then to act.
REGION | A cross-sector group of regional leaders has been working over the past year to rebrand the Greater Washington region. The initiative is part of a larger effort to position the region to better attract business and talent, in order to lessen the region’s dependence on the federal government and ensure the region’s long-term economic sustainability (WaPo, 10/26).
This Task Force is part of the 2030 Group’s Roadmap for Our Region’s Economic Future project, which WRAG has been proud to partner with since last year. WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott says,
“An outgrowth of the Roadmap project is the development of a regional identity campaign to promote all the positive aspects of our region. It’s not only important for the “outside world” to see us as a cohesive and productive region, it’s important for those of us living and working here to think that way, too. Thinking and working as a cohesive region is the only way we are going to be able to tackle our big regional issues, such as housing affordability and transportation.”
TRANSIT | Budget proposal paints grim portrait of Metro’s future (WaPo, 10/30)
ARTS | “Art-Washing”—A New Name for a Not-So-New Side Effect of Gentrification (NPQ, 10/28)
FOOD | How the Half-Smoke Links a Changing D.C. (City Lab, 10/28)
I hope everyone has as happy a Halloween as this dog did!