CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | As the deadline for registering to vote nears in the Greater Washington region, there has been a push to register voters. Spread the Vote, a national nonprofit who helps eligible voters obtain government-issued photo IDs so that they can register to vote, has been particularly active in Virginia. (WaPo, 10/11)
…Spread the Vote goes to housing projects, food banks and churches that provide meals, seeking out residents who are often homeless or recently released from jails and prisons. Their lives are often unstable, and there is no guarantee they will make it to the polls on Election Day. Still, the group’s organizers fervently believe they should be able to vote if they get there.
“We’re bringing in people who haven’t had a voice for a long, long time,” said Carol Geargeoura, Spread the Vote’s director for the Springfield to Alexandria region. “When you see the impact on them once they get the ID — how is it we haven’t done this all these years? They’ve been forgotten.”
HOMELESSNESS | Another D.C. camp cleanup leaves people experiencing homelessness in NoMa displaced (Street Sense Media, 10/5)
CHILDREN & FAMILIES | Arlington County officials have released more details on the possible changes for the county’s childcare policies. (ARLnow, 10/10)
– The cost of care for mental health services is a big deterrent for people that need these services. This Virginia nonprofit understands this and offers affordable mental health care. (WTOP, 10/11)
LGBTQIA RIGHTS | The Human Rights Campaign’s ranks cities that have initiatives to support LGBTQIA communities ever year. This year, they have given the City of Richmond the highest score of US cities. (WTOP, 10/11)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE | In Wake Of U.N. Climate Report, D.C. Lawmakers Consider Aggressive Clean Energy Bill (WAMU, 10/10)
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