GUN VIOLENCE | Student protesters at a rally yesterday called for passage of federal legislation requiring universal background checks for firearm sales. The demonstration came a year to the day after thousands of students in region participated in a national walkout to protest gun violence, moved to action following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL. (WaPo, 3/14)
Hundreds of high school students, family members and people touched by gun violence marched Thursday to the US Capitol demanding universal background checks for firearm sales that awaits a vote in the Senate, following House approval. “We are here today because we have to be, because we have been failed by every institution that didn’t protect us,” Dani Miller, co-president of the Maryland group MoCo Students for Change, told the crowd. Miller’s group organized Thursday’s demonstration. “Our friends are dying, so we march,” Miller said.
– Last night 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack at several mosques in New Zealand. The horrific events in New Zealand underscore the urgency of activism and action against gun violence. (WaPo, 3/14)
– A new study finds that communities of color disproportionately bear the health burden of air pollution. Black and Hispanic communities on average experience 56 and 63%, respectively, more air pollution than they create, while white people experience 17% less air pollution than they produce. (NPR, 3/11)
– The District will finally have a maternal mortality review committee, joining nearly 30 other jurisdictions in the United States. (City Paper, 3/30)
WORKFORCE | A $15 minimum wage bill has been approved by Maryland Senate. (WAMU, 3/14)
DISTRICT | DC will be able to maintain its own parks, thanks to a federal partnership. (Curbed, 3/12)
– Housing advocates say homeowners and tenants are likely to see increased home values and rising rents soon, because of HQ2 and because Greater Washington has long suffered from a lack of affordable housing. (WBJ, 3/13)
– Arlington County Board will vote on a $23 million incentive package for Amazon this weekend despite critics working to delay the vote. (dcist, 3/13)
– DC’s affordable housing funds aren’t going as far as they were just a few years ago. Higher construction costs have significantly increased what it takes to create affordable housing in DC. (Curbed, 3/11)
RACE | Stanford researchers found that black and LatinX drivers were stopped more often than white drivers, based on less evidence of wrongdoing. (NBC News, 3/13)
– Several schools in Fairfax County are regularly isolating children. (WAMU, 3/13)
– Regional lawmakers want to allow schools to start before Labor Day. (WAMU, 3/13)
– Funders Propose a Philanthropic “Green New Deal” (NPQ, 3/12)
– Grant Makers Urged to Rethink How They Are Organized and How They Operate (Chronicle, 3/12)
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