HOMELESSNESS | In a new report, the National Coalition for the Homeless documents that those experiencing homelessness are more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population, arguing that the dehumanization they experience leads to their marginalization and leaves them unprotected. (GG Washington, 2/5)
In their latest report, “Vulnerable to Hate: A Survey of Bias-Motivated Violence against People Experiencing Homelessness in 2016-2017,” the NCH documented at least 112 anti-homeless attacks that occurred in the United States in 2016 and 2017 and analyzed 1,769 reported acts of violence committed against people experiencing homeless from 1999-2017. Of the 1,769 violent acts, 476 victims lost their lives as a result.
– In her latest blog post, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, Katy Moore, reflects on the significance of the racist photo from Governor Northam’s yearbook page, and the relationship between racist imagery and the deep racial inequities that underlie our social systems. (Daily, 2/7)
– During Black History Month, DC educators embrace Black Lives Matter week, and tackle a challenging and sensitive topic: how to talk about race with young students. (DC Line, 2/4)
PHILANTHROPY | “Why we give – The need to connect and belong,” – TedX Talk by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia‘s President and CEO, Eileen Ellsworth.
IMMIGRATION | DC Mayor Bowser has awarded the National Immigration Forum a $100,000 grant to support city employees and residents who are trying to become U.S. citizens. (WaPo, 2/4)
LGBTQIA/EQUITY | Gender-neutral bathrooms benefit a lot of people. Our region needs more of them. (GG Washington, 2/6)
HOUSING | A bill was introduced this week to revoke the DC Housing Authority’s status as an independent agency and fold it into the purview of the Office of the Mayor. (City Paper, 2/5)
HEALTH | A smoking ban currently in place in Rockville and Gaithersburg could soon cover all of Montgomery County. (WTOP, 2/6)
– The U.S. Attorney for DC has announced a strategy to prosecute some gun-related crimes in federal court, rather than DC Superior Court. According to the ACLU, this would contribute to mass incarceration. (WaPo, 2/6)
– DC officials are putting an additional $6 million toward violence prevention and jobs training programs in light of the recent increase in violence across the city. (DC Line, 2/2)
COMMUNITY | BB&T and SunTrust are set to combine in a $66B deal that will result in the third largest bank in the DC area by market share (WBJ, 2/7)
SHUTDOWN | DC Is Preparing For The Possibility Of Another Shutdown (WAMU, 2/5)
VIRGINIA | Northern Virginia lawmakers are welcoming Amazon to the region. (DCist, 2/5)
The Oscars won’t have a host this year – the first time since 1989 when Rob Lowe danced with Snow White in an opening number that is now considered the most cringe-worthy moment in awards-show history.
The (Almost) Daily WRAG will be back tomorrow!