DC Council votes to create an office for black advancement

RACIAL EQUITY | The DC Council has passed a bill titled, “The Office on African American Affairs Establishment Act of 2017”, to create an office to develop, implement and support policies and programs for black advancement in the District. The office will also have the ability to write grants for DC organizations that support black communities. (AFRO, 12/14)

Aaron Holmes, running for the Democratic at-large position on the D.C. Council in 2018, told the AFRO he likes [Councilmember Brandon] Todd’s bill for its grant-making authority. “I think it is important for the District government to give grants to organizations that work to help African Americans in the city,” he said. “These organizations will help African Americans prosper in the city and preserve our history and legacy.

Todd, who chairs the Committee on Government Operations, held a hearing on his legislation on July 6, with the majority of witnesses indicating the bill is needed. The council member emphasized during the hearing that his bill would put the OAAA on par with the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs such as Latino Affairs, Office of Asian and Pacific Islanders and African Affairs.

TRANSIT | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has passed a resolution urging the three jurisdictions and the federal government to each commit $125 million to fund Metro annually. (WTOP, 12/14)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Shannon Schuyler, PwC‘s chief purpose officer, discusses how CSR programs are evolving into innovative responsible business leadership initiatives and their recent Opportunity Index. (US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 12/7)

Related: Shannon Schuyler is a faculty member at the Institute for CSR. Registration is open for the 2018 program. Download an application and learn more about the 2018 curriculum here.

CHARITABLE GIVINGWill people still give or as much if they can’t get a tax deduction for their charitable giving? (WaPo, 12/14)

HOUSING | Housing developers consider if building houses in the District’s alleys will expand the affordable housing options for middle-income residents. (WaPo, 12/14)

ACTIVISMHow a Group of Native American Activists Used Fake News to Push for a Redskins Name Change (Washingtonian, 12/13)

IMMIGRATION | Two undocumented immigrants in Fairfax County filed a lawsuit against the US government for ending DACA. (Fairfax Times, 12/4)

CRIMINAL JUSTICEA maid stole some rings, then returned them. A jury convicted her, then paid her fine. Was that right? (WaPo, 12/15)

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