Tag: children and families

Advocacy groups demand an end to information sharing on detained children

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security are using information from detained children to arrest and deport their families. Advocates have signed a letter demanding an end to the practice. (Richmond Times, 11/28)

Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants.

“Children are being turned into bait to gather unprecedented amounts of information from immigrant communities,” said Becky Wolozin, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center, which signed the letter. The center is representing immigrant children in a federal case in Virginia that challenges the information-sharing as arbitrary and capricious.

– Martine Gordon, early care and education program officer at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, writes about her organization’s racial equity journey and encourages other funders to adopt a racial equity or justice lens. (WAWF, 11/27)

– How this doctor of color navigates racism in and outside of the hospital. (YES!Magazine, 11/26)

HEALTHCARE | On 3-2 vote, Arlington officials approve hospital-expansion plan (InsideNOVA, 11/28)

ENVIRONMENT | The DC Council has voted to initially approve the city’s climate bill which would make all energy sold in the city come from renewable sources within the next 15 years. (DCist, 11/27)

WORKFORCE | Bartender Sues, Temporarily Blocking Petition to Repeal the Repeal of Initiative 77 (DCist, 11/27)

Take a break from work and finish this crossword puzzle.

– Kendra

How will DC pay for its Birth-to-Three For All DC bill?

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | The DC Council unanimously approved the Birth-to-Three For All DC Act, which will increase investments in health services provided to infants and toddlers, and increase subsidies for early childhood learning to expand access and to increase the wages of low-paid workers. Now the city has to figure out how to fund it. (DCist, 11/19)

This all comes at a steep price: an estimated $500 million over the next decade. So far, just $1.3 million has been earmarked for the Birth-to-Three Act in the 2019 budget, financed by a tobacco tax increase last spring.

This month 18 local organizations—banding together under the umbrella of the “Birth to Three Policy Alliance”—sent a letter to the mayor, requesting she invest $30 million in her next budget for the legislation ($22 million to raise the wages of educators, $6 million to expand home visiting, and $2 million to expand healthcare supports).

– Here’s what DC offered Amazon to locate its second headquarters here. The incentives include DC committing to double its spending on affordable housing through the Housing Production Trust Fund to $200 million a year. (WAMU, 11/19)

– This is how the residents of a historically Black section of Exmore, Virginia created a nonprofit and installed their own indoor plumbing in 1999 after city officials ignored them for years. (YES! Magazine, 11/19)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in America in 2018, a report honoring the known transgender people killed in 2018. (HRC, 11/19)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Anacostia-based Theater Alliance has named Raymond O. Caldwell as its new artistic director. (WaPo, 11/19)

WORKFORCE | How the economy is impacting the lives of women, especially those who are pregnant or women of color. (Truthout, 11/11)

IMMIGRATION | A federal judge has temporarily blocked the administration from denying asylum to migrants who cross the southern border into the United States. (WaPo, 11/20)

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Here’s a guide to talking with relatives and others you don’t exactly agree with during the holidays.

– Kendra

Multiple DC families find lead present in homes inspected by the city

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | According to the Washington Post, between March 2013 and March 2018, at least 41 homes that were subsidized by a DC housing voucher had high levels of lead present. Two of these families are now suing the city because it did not adequately inspect the units before giving its approval. (WaPo, 8/15)

The District Department of Energy and Environment, which performed the count and the testing, said it inspected about half of the homes because a child living at the property, or visiting it often, had tested positive for elevated levels of lead; the other homes were investigated following a tip about possible lead hazards. The agency said that the list wasn’t exhaustive and that there may be more.

TRANSITMetro must pay $82 million in wage increases to thousands of workers, arbitration panel says (WaPo, 8/15)

– The role customers can play in ensuring better working conditions and wages for restaurant workers. (Civil Eats, 8/14)

– Ever Heard of a Tanda? Inside D.C. Restaurant Workers’ Savings Circles. (WCP, 8/15)

EDUCATION | DC will open up its only public ‘girls only’ school after taking over Excel Academy Public Charter School. (DCist, 8/15)

MENTAL HEALTHThe Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health and Everyone Else’s (YES! Magazine, 8/13)

We lost the Queen of Soul today. Let’s celebrate her life by listening to our favorite songs. Here’s one of mine.

– Kendra

Why increasing police presence won’t lead to less gun violence

PUBLIC SAFETY | As new laws meant to address gun violence in the US are being proposed and passed, such as increasing police presence in schools, some argue that lawmakers and others have not considered the potential impact on people of color, especially since police officers have shot and killed Black individuals, and continue to, with virtually no consequences. (Atlantic, 4/6)

The guiding principles of American gun-control advocacy are that there are simply too many guns, that those guns are too capable of mass carnage, and that if fewer people—especially people who exhibit a proclivity to use them for violence—had those guns would likely make everyone safer. This is undeniably so in some black and brown neighborhoods, where homicides have spiked or remained elevated, bucking national long-term trends.

But many of those with little direct experience of such neighborhoods fail to understand how the ubiquity of guns everywhere becomes a rationale for police to employ lethal force in some places, and why a turn towards confiscation will inevitably lead to a cascade of more people killed the way Stephon Clark was. Advocates also generally fail to grapple with their role in empowering heavily armed citizens with a proclivity to use those arms—on themselves, against intimate partners, and against black and brown persons—to go on patrol.

DEVELOPMENT | The Montgomery County Planning Board has created an interactive tool to help residents and others track development in Bethesda, MD. (Urban Turf, 4/2)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Virgina schools will now include education on how to recognize and prevent child abuse in its family life education curriculum. (InsideNOVA, 4/5)

GIVINGCorporate Giving Is Tax-Exempt Lobbying, Report Suggests (PND Blog, 4/6)

ENVIRONMENT | A survey conducted by the Bloomberg Philanthropies found that mayors and city managers view climate change as one of their biggest concerns. (Citylab, 4/5)

RACISMHow America’s long history of anti-Chinese racism still haunts the U.S. today. (Slate, 4/2)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed a bill to create a  reinsurance program for Maryland’s health insurance marketplace, which will stop healthcare premiums from spiking. (WAMU, 4/6)

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Our Region, Your Investment is making a real impact in the region: Here’s an update

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Last year, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and WRAG created a local impact investing initiative, Our Region, Your Investment, to protect and produce affordable homes in the Greater Washington region. Today Enterprise released a report on Clarendon Court, an affordable housing development in Arlington County, VA, which was financed through Our Region, Your Investment.

Gretchen Greiner-Lott, WRAG’s vice president, said, “The Washington Regional
Association of Grantmakers is pleased to work with Enterprise Community
Loan Fund on the Our Region, Your Investment initiative. Through this initiative,
we have brought additional attention to the housing crisis in the greater
Washington, D.C., region and raised new capital to address the issue.
We know that Clarendon Court and the other projects supported by these
investments—from foundations, individuals, nonprofits and businesses—are
making a positive difference for individuals, families, neighborhoods and our
region as a whole.”

Read the stories of the Clarendon Court residents here.

Join the Live Online Event on December 7th, at 2 pm to learn more about the report, the impact measurement methodology, and how Enterprise Community Loan Fund engages investors to strengthen communities.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Sunday Kubba Hassan, of the Central Bank of Nigeria, discusses why he traveled almost 6,000 miles to attend the Institute for CSR and how he’s applying the lessons he learned to his work. (Daily, 11/16)

Related: Registration for the 2018 Institute for CSR is open! Download an application and learn more about the 2017 faculty and curriculum here.

– A local woman experiencing homelessness discusses her interactions with District shelters and how they can improve their treatment of families. (Street Sense, 11/15)

– This local organization prepares young children from homeless families for elementary school and also offers parenting classes. (WaPo, 11/15)

– Mildred Muhammad, author and ex-wife of John Muhammad (the DC sniper), discusses the link between domestic abuse and mass shootings. (WaPo, 11/16)

– What If We Treated Gun Violence Like A Public Health Crisis? (NPR, 11/15)

This map flashes every time a baby is born.

– Kendra

New report shows the rate of premature births in the Greater Washington region

– According to a new March of Dimes report, which analysed the rate of premature births in the US, Virginia’s rate of premature births has increased, Maryland has stayed the same and the District has the worst rate in the region. (WAMU, 11/2)

Spontaneous labor accounts for half of all babies born before 37 weeks — why that happens is a mystery. Genetics may contribute, while infections and environmental factors may also play a role.

“She might need smoking cessation, she might need help with housing,” said Gabriela Garcia of the March of Dimes in Maryland and D.C., talking about the risk factors for individual moms.

Garcia said while there are a lot of great targeted programs in our region, not enough look holistically at all of the resources — medical and otherwise — that a woman might need to make it to 40 weeks.

– On Consumer Health Foundation‘s blog, I wrote about the District’s response to the maternal healthcare crisis that is impacting low-income black and brown pregnant women. (CHF Blog, 11/7)

EDUCATION | Adele Fabrikant, executive director of Teach For America’s DC Region and Maura Marino, CEO of Education Forward DC, reflect on how funders can address implicit bias in education. (Daily, 11/7)

Related: Funders, join us on December 1 for the last program in WRAG’s 2017 Public Education Learning Series: “Ensuring All Students Graduate College AND Career Ready”. Register here

– Today the Montgomery County Council will vote on a new version of a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 in the county. (WaPo, 11/7)

– District Wharf Phase II Faces Challenge From Labor Unions (WAMU, 11/6)

ECONOMY | Local economist Stephen Fuller recently advised Prince William County’s Chamber of Commerce and supervisors to build more high-quality, walkable communities to attract younger workers. (InsideNOVA, 11/6)

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We look forward to seeing you all at WRAG’s annual meeting at the MGM National Harbor tomorrow!

– Kendra

A new report explores the obstacles faced by children in immigrant families in the US

CHILDREN & FAMILIES/IMMIGRATION | Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new report, 2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, that explores the challenges children in immigrant families face. The report also includes updated results for the 2014 Race for Results report, which measured children’s progress by race and ethnicity at the national and state levels. (WaPo, 10/24)

“When you hear conversations about immigration and immigration policies, it’s rare that you hear about the impacts on kids being discussed,” said Laura Steer, associate director for policy reform and advocacy for the Casey Foundation. “These kids are going to be our future leaders, our future workforce. We need them to be successful if we are going to be successful as a country.”

While children of immigrants make up less than a quarter of the nation’s population of children, they account for 30 percent of those from low-income families, the report says.

– For those who plan to sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace, here’s a quick overview of deadlines and requirements that you need to know. (WAMU, 10/24)

–  Whitman-Walker breaks ground on redevelopment project for Elizabeth Taylor site (Metro Weekly, 10/19)

TRANSIT | A coalition of small business leaders in the region have written an open letter in support of a long-term funding solution for Metro and a reversal of the recent fare hikes. (WaPo, 10/24)

EDUCATIONHow Much Does the Government Really Need to Know About College Students in America? (Atlantic, 10/24)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | This new art exhibit, Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art, at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, DC tells the story of the Mexican and Latinx American civil rights struggle in the US from the 1970s to the present. (WCP, 10/20)

Here’s one of my favorite things about Halloween – check out these pictures of scared people in haunted houses!

– Kendra