Tag: housing

Fairfax County may help undocumented immigrants fight deportation

IMMIGRATION | A publicly-funded legal defense fund for immigrants caught in deportation proceedings is under consideration in Fairfax County. This program would be part of a growing effort by local governments to counter the current administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants. (WaPo, 4/10)

Advocates argue that a proposed $200,000 pilot program aimed at assisting low-income immigrants — both undocumented and those in the country legally — would send a strong message that the county does not agree with the spike in immigration arrests that has spread fear in local communities.“ Fairfax has an opportunity to be a regional leader in ensuring that its immigrant residents have access to due process in our nation’s immigration courts,” said immigration consultant Jose Magaña-Salgado.

WRAG | Time flies. In a final blog post before her retirement from WRAG, Tamara Lucas Copeland reflects on her 12 years leading the organization. (Daily, 4/11)

Related: Two local organizations are honoring Tamara’s leadership at upcoming events. On April 29th, Fair Chance is naming Tamara as their 2019 Community Champion. And, the Nonprofit Village is recognizing Tamara with the Chairman’s Award on May 3rd.

HOUSING | DC’s Attorney General is going after bad landlords, and housing advocates are happy to see it. (WAMU, 4/8)

DC/GENTRIFICATION | After the community mobilized around #DontMuteDC, go-go is back at the Metro PCS store in Shaw. The store had turned off the music, which has been a mainstay on that corner for years, after residents in a new development complained. (WAMU, 4/10)

EDUCATION/CHILDCARE
– The Maryland General Assembly approved a two-year, $700-million boost in funding for the state’s public schools, some of which will be used for free pre-K programs across the state. (WAMU, 4/9)

– Families in the Greater DC region are on the hunt for affordable child care. (WAMU, 4/8)

EQUITY
– Opinion: The need to teach our children about the dangers of hate-laced speech against Muslims (WaPo, 4/9)

Supreme Court Says Discrimination Is OK — If You’re a Muslim (Truthout, 4/7)

PHILANTHROPY
Greater Good: Lessons from Those Who Have Started Major Grantmaking Organizations (CEP, 4/10)

– The Kresge Foundation has announced that a quarter of its US assets will be invested with firms owned by people of color or women by 2025. The decision is based on equity, opportunity, and returns. (Chronicle, 4/4)


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How DC restaurants can better welcome patrons with disabilities

DISABILITY RIGHTS | Local residents with mobility, hearing, and vision challenges must navigate a dining scene in DC that does not reliably or consistently prioritize inclusivity. (CP, 4/4)

Accessibility is more than whether a door frame is wide enough for a wheelchair. It’s equally about the hospitality diners with disabilities receive when they come in for a meal, including whether employees are nimble in accommodating them so they can have the same experience as other diners … one in four U.S. adults—61 million people—have a disability that impacts major life activities, according to a 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report … the most common disability type, mobility, affects one in seven adults. As of 2017, there were at least 75,783 people with disabilities living in DC.

HOUSING
– A new DC Policy Center report shows that a majority of the District’s housing stock outside of downtown is comprised of single-family homes.  (GGW, 4/4)

– A Columbia Heights rent strike highlights abuses low-income tenants face in DC (GGW, 4/3)

ENVIRONMENT | Chesapeake Bay Shows Signs Of Health, Despite Historic Rains And Climate Change (WAMU, 4/2)

DISTRICT
– United Medical Center has closed its cancer clinic, forcing patients to seek services elsewhere. (CP, 4/4)

– According to an audit by the city’s Office of Inspector General, DC Water should be doing more to reduce lead levels in the city’s drinking water, leaving infants, young children, and pregnant women at greatest risk of lead exposure. (WTOP, 4/4)

Elections Board Rules DC Can’t Vote On Term Limits … Even Though We’ve Done It Before (CP, 4/4)

NONPROFITS | DC missed a deadline to reapply for AmeriCorps funding, which could end up costing $3.75 million for local nonprofits, including Reading Partners DC, The Literacy Lab, and City Year DC. (WaPo, 4/4)

FAITH | Archbishop Wilton Gregory has just been named the first African American Archbishop of Washington (WAMU, 4/4)

PHILANTHROPY/CLIMATE | The successful Rockefeller Foundation Resiliency Program, tasked with getting cities to think proactively and collaboratively about how to address the interconnected problems of climate change and equity, has been terminated. (Fast Company, 4/2)

ART/RACE | A new generation of black playwrights is demanding a fresh look at racial insensitivity and American social and political inequities. (WaPo, 4/2)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Development Director​ | ​Greater DC Diaper Bank – New!
Program & Marketing Coordinator​ | ​ACT for Alexandria – New!
Grants Manager, Data and Reporting​ | ​The Colorado Health Organization – New!
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation – New!
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations – New!
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations – New!
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations – New!
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations – New!
Racial Justice Program Officer​ | ​Wellspring Philanthropic Fund – New!
Program Officer​ | ​The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation – New!
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
President and CEO | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Grants Program Specialist | Jack and Jill Foundation
Program Manager | Weissberg Foundation
Director of Development Partnerships – New England | League of Conservation Voters
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Grants Management Associate | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

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Crowd-sourcing to help fix confusing DC signs with #GoodSignDC 

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Review finds hundreds of Fairfax students with special needs secluded and restrained

EDUCATION/DISABILITY RIGHTS | Fairfax County Public Schools officials have reported thousands of incidents of students with special needs being isolated or physically restrained. The preliminary findings of a recent review found 1,679 incidents affecting 203 students in the 2017-18 school year. (WAMU, 4/3)

Nationally, the available federal data shows that the use of seclusion and restraint is rare, but students with disabilities disproportionately experiencing the majority of cases. In Fairfax, district guidelines prohibit seclusion “unless there is a dangerous situation and seclusion/restraint is necessary to protect the student or another person or persons” …  “The board is confronting a problematic history here where there is an appearance that things have been swept under the rug,” said at-large school board member Ryan McElveen … “We are not going to move forward without a full investigation. This board is going to get to the bottom as to why this has occurred.”

IMMIGRATION/EQUITY | Tatiana Torres, a CSR regional director, shares her story about growing up undocumented on the Consumer Health Foundation blog. (CHF, 4/3)

HOUSING | A Maryland General Assembly bill that would have required landlords to give a reason for evicting a tenant was voted down. (Bethesda Magazine, 3/29)

DISTRICT | A bill has been introduced to the DC Council to build eight new statues, one in each ward, of accomplished women and people of color who were born and raised in DC. (WAMU, 4/2)

PHILANTHROPY/EQUITY | Opinion: Real Equity Means Including People With Disabilities in Philanthropy (Chronicle, 4/1)

WORKFORCE/EQUALITY | America has stalled on equal pay, and women of color face the biggest gap. (Vox, 4/2)

ENVIRONMENT | The Tidal Basin is deteriorating because of climate change and tourism. (WaPo, 4/3)

HEALTH | Maryland legislature agrees to raise minimum smoking age to 21 (WaPo, 4/3)


Remembering Marvin Gaye 35 years after his death.

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Census Day is now just one year away

CENSUS
Census Day 2020 is one year from today. In an op-ed, Heather Peeler, President & CEO of ACT for Alexandria, explains why it is critical for the community to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. (Alexandria Times, 3/28)

Failure to count all Alexandrians is a threat to representational democracy and the values that are core to our country. An undercount means fewer dollars for schools, housing vouchers and many critical federal programs that our community members depend upon. The dollars add up quickly. On average each person counted represents about $2,000 in federal dollars per year for ten years. An undercount of even 1 to 2 percent means tens of millions of dollars in lost federal funding for our community.

– Over the next year, philanthropy, nonprofits, local government, business, and other community stakeholders are mobilizing around the 2020 Census. In a new blog post, Rebekah Seder, WRAG’s senior program manager, looks at why a fair and accurate census count is essential to an equitable future for our region. (Daily, 4/1)

Census 2020: For all to count, all must be counted (Black Press USA, 3/30)

For The First Time, US Census To Collect Responses In Arabic Among 13 Languages (NPR, 3/31)

House panel threatening subpoenas over census question (WaPo, 3/29)

HOUSING
– To address concerns about housing affordability in the DC suburbs, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will ask state lawmakers this week to add $4 million to a housing trust fund. (WaPo, 4/1)

 – Now more than ever, DC must comply with fair housing rules (GGW, 3/28)

ARTS | Arts and culture are an economic power, contributing more than $800 billion a year to US economic output. (CityLab, 3/28)

RACIAL EQUITY
Dismantling racism and oppression
within school systems can be prioritized with mandatory worker training. (Truthout, 3/28)

– Opinion: Economic inclusion and criminal justice reform are intertwined — and why the business community should care. (CityLab, 3/28)

NONPROFITS | 4 Ways Nonprofits Can Tackle a Growing US Divide (Chronicle, 3/26)

PHILANTHROPY | Opinion: Why Philanthropy Must Do More to Help Transgender People (Chronicle, 3/28)


Tips to get great cherry blossom pics with your phone!

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DC to open new middle school in growing Northwest neighborhood

EDUCATION
– In recent years District leaders closed more than a dozen schools because of low enrollment, but now a new middle school underscores the city’s strategy for retaining students in neighborhood schools. (WaPo, 3/26)

…A booming corner of the city is getting its second new middle school in recent years. The opening of the campus in Northwest reflects a strategy to bolster middle schools so families will stick around to attend public high schools.

The arrival of the campus in Takoma — the school, adjacent to Coolidge High, is part of a broader $150 million overhaul of the Coolidge campus — comes as middle schools and high schools in other neighborhoods sit with ample vacant seats.

In the Takoma, Brightwood and Manor Park neighborhoods, city leaders saw an opportunity for growth. The school system studied population trends with the D.C. Office of Planning and determined that the cluster of neighborhoods is poised for one of the biggest population growths in the city over the next seven years, bolstered by the arrival of immigrant and young affluent families.

Arlington Public Schools Developing an Implementation Plan for Transgender Non-Discrimination Policy (ARLNow, 3/27)

VIRGINIA/RACE | Virginia Governor Ralph Northam amended two motorist measures in the state budget with ‘race inequities’ in mind. (WaPo, 3/26)

HOUSING 
Mayor’s budget proposes slight increase for DC police, more money for programs that treat violence as health issue (WaPo, 3/26)

– According to a new report, the “vast majority” of dollars raised by DC elected officials through private donations to help District residents are not spent as intended. (WaPo, 3/26)

HOMELESSNESS | Employed full-time and experiencing homelessness in the Washington region: the changing face of homelessness. (WaPo, 3/22)

GUN VIOLENCE | Bump Stock Ban Takes Effect As Gun Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court For Delay (NPR, 3/26)

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC Police Reported A 20 Percent Increase In Use-Of-Force Incidents Last Year (dcist, 3/25)

GENDER | Teen boys rated their female classmates based on looks. The girls fought back. (WaPo, 3/26)

PHILANTHROPY | The Sweetness of Circles highlights the history, strength and growth of black-led giving circles. (Medium, 3/25)


How to cycle, drink, and cruise down the Potomac!

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Dr. Madye Henson announced as new WRAG President and CEO

WRAG | Following a highly competitive national search and vetting process, the board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Madye Henson as President and CEO. She will take the helm on April 15.

Madye steps into this role with over 20 years of cross-sector leadership and a distinguished reputation for building strong relationships. She is known as a visionary and strategic thinker with capacity-building and organizational management skills that have enhanced the teams she’s led within the business, education, and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, she has tackled effectively the significant and complex challenges facing the organizations she led with a blend of strategic, operational and cultural expertise admired by staff and stakeholders alike. Modeling leadership resiliency and courage, Madye has engaged in implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and developed lasting partnerships as cornerstones for mission success.

HOUSING
DC Plans To Phase Out Overflow Motels For Families Experiencing Homelessness By The End Of 2020 (dcist, 3/22)

– A new study shows that those who are poor are more likely to be overcharged on their rent. (CityLab, 3/21)

– A congregation in Ward 4 built affordable housing for their community. (GGW, 3/21)

RACIAL JUSTICE | Arlington County May Take Another Avenue To Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway (WAMU, 3/25)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | DC residents with disabilities face many barriers when looking for housing. (WaPo, 3/20)

EDUCATION
–  How College Admissions Stack the Deck against Low-Income Applicants (NPQ, 3/19)

– The Prince George’s County budget proposal that has been submitted by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks is focused on education. (Prince George’s Sentinel, 3/21)

HISTORY | African American History Museum Unveils Previously Unknown Harriet Tubman Photo (dcist, 3/25)


Yesterday, March 25th, was Maryland Day – a legal holiday in the state.

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Study finds over 20,000 Black DC residents displaced between 2000 and 2013

HOUSING/RACIAL EQUITY
– According to a just-released study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, approximately 40 percent of the District’s lower-income neighborhoods experienced gentrification between 2000 and 2013. The city also saw the most African American residents displaced from their neighborhoods during that time, giving DC the greatest “intensity of gentrification” of any city in the country. (WaPo, 3/19)

More than 20,000 residents were displaced from their neighborhoods by mostly affluent, white newcomers, which is part of the intensity ranking, where “you feel it and you see it,” said Jesse Van Tol, chief executive of the NCRC, a research and advocacy coalition of 600 community organizations that promote economic and racial justice. “It’s the visibility and the pace of it.”

– DC families living in public housing face ongoing health issues. (CP, 3/20)

HOMELESSNESS | Victims of domestic violence are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. (WaPo, 3/30)

VIRGINIA | Opinion: Don’t underestimate Amazon HQ2’s importance (WBJ, 3/21)

CHILD CARE | Mayor Bowser has proposed building three new early education centers for kids aged four, which could create more than 500 new openings. (WAMU, 3/21)

GENDER/EQUITY | The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host its annual Art+Feminism edit-a-thon to improve Wikipedia entries about notable women artists to help improve the site’s gender imbalance. (WAMU, 3/22)

EDUCATION | This school in the District had a high pregnancy rate, so it opened a day care for students, which helped to decrease pregnancies and increase its graduation rate. (EdSurge, 3/15)

COMMUNITY | The Greater Washington Good Business Awards ​ is accepting applications through Friday, April 5.

PHILANTHROPY/RACE | The recently released study, Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color, found that race has little impact on giving. (Chronicle, 3/19 – Subscription)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Grants Program Specialist | Jack and Jill Foundation – New!
Program Manager | Weissberg Foundation – New!
Director of Development Partnerships – New England | League of Conservation Voters – New!
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation
Grants Management Associate | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Northern Virginia Community Affairs Liaison | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington launches initiative to secure $1 billion toward affordable housing

HOUSING | The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington, which WRAG co-convenes along with Enterprise Community Partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Citi Community Development, has announced the Capital Region Housing Challenge. The initiative encourages employers, anchor institutions, philanthropy, private investors, and local and state governments to commit by the end of 2020 at least $500 million in new private capital and $500 million in new public funds toward affordable apartments and home ownership.

“The Capital Region Housing Challenge is a down payment toward the investments needed to truly solve the region’s housing needs, especially for lower income residents,” said David Bowers, Enterprise Community Partners Vice President and Mid Atlantic Market Leader and HLG Co‐Convener. “By working in partnership with other regional efforts and stakeholders, we are committed to promote the value of, and opportunities to, invest $1 billion in new capital by the end of 2020.”

WRAG’s vice president Gretchen Greiner-Lott says, “WRAG is excited to support the Housing Leaders Group and this Capital Regional Housing Challenge. We trust this challenge will encourage and energize everyone to plug in where they can to support housing affordability across the region.”

Click here to read a fact sheet about the Capital Region Housing Challenge.

WRAG | After 11.5 years at WRAG, today is Katy Moore’s last day at the organization. In her final blog post, she reflects back on her career thus far in philanthropy, what she’s learned, and where she sees the field heading in the future. (Daily, 3/20)

DISABILITY RIGHTS | The Smithsonian Debuts New Accessibility Technology For Blind and Low-Vision Patrons (CP, 3/15)

WORKFORCE | JPMorgan Chase is investing $350 million to get workers ready for the future (CNN, 3/19)

REGION | New consortium sets vision for Washington region to be national leader in finding digital solutions to problems (WaPo, 3/19)

POVERTY | Millennial women are more likely than GenXers to live below the poverty line. The newly released report, CLIPPED WINGS, reveals the current economic reality for millennial women and the primary drivers contributing to the wealth inequities they experience. (Asset Funders Network, 3/19)

EDUCATION | Fairfax County Public Schools are launching “a complete and thorough evaluation and review” into their seclusion and restraint practices following the revelation of hundreds of unreported cases. (WAMU, 3/15)

COMMUNITY | Kim R. Ford has been named the new CEO of Martha’s Table. (WBJ, 3/18)

PHILANTHROPY | Behind a $25 Million Plan to Elevate Women in STEM and Use their Stories to Inspire Girls (Inside Philanthropy, 3/15)


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Students march to fight gun violence

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)

PUBLIC HEALTH
– 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
– 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)

EDUCATION
– 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)

PHILANTHROPY
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)

NONPROFITS | UMD’s Do Good Institute (WRAG’s partner on the Philanthropy Fellows program) is offering a series of free webinars on nonprofit management, fundraising, and  finance. Sign up here – here


Social Sector Job Openings 

Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation – New!
Grants Management Associate | Wellspring Philanthropic Fund – New!
Program Manager | DC127
Development Manager  | DC127
Corporate Responsibility- Mid-Atlantic Region, Vice President | JPMorgan Chase
Northern Virginia Community Affairs Liaison | CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
USPSC Senior Contracts and Grants Specialist | USAID’s Office of Food for Peace
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
Individual Giving Manager | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Development Manager | American Society of Landscape Architects
President​ | ​Virginia United Methodist Foundation
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer​ | ​Horizon Foundation
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.


Community Calendar

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Urgent care center to open east of the river in the District is a step forward for health equity

HEALTH/EQUITY | The first urgent care center is coming to Wards 7 and 8, which advocates say is long overdue and a major step forward in the fight for health equity. MBI Health Services will open the center, which will be a 24/7 site for any acute problem that doesn’t truly require a trip to the emergency room. (CP, 3/13)

MBI hopes to finish building out its center by November of this year. As far as their doctors are concerned, it couldn’t open soon enough. MBI CEO Marie Morilus-Black says that “at least once a week, sometimes more, we have to call an ambulance for one of our patients because their [blood] pressure is so high as to be at a stroke level.” She wants to send them to an urgent care rather than to the ER, but there aren’t any east of the river. So she decided to start her own.

HOUSING
– Citi has maintained top position as the largest affordable housing lender in the country. (Affordable Housing Finance, 3/4)

Our property tax system rewards neglect and punishes investment in struggling neighborhoods (GGW, 3/11)

RACIAL EQUITY
– Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro and County Executive Marc Elrich stand united in the creation of a new racial equity and social justice policy.

– City planners need to talk about race. The lives of our residents depend on it (GGW, 3/12)

– A racial slur aimed at three black children on a DC schoolyard has moved a public elementary school with a mostly white, wealthy student body to examine school inclusivity and discipline policies. (WaPo, 3/12)

TRANSIT | More (rich) people are living near DC Metro stations, but fewer are riding. (WaPo, 3/11)

LGBTQIA+ | ‘Gender Neutral’ ID Bill Gains Traction in Annapolis (Bethesda Magazine, 3/11)

PHILANTHROPY | How Liberatory Philanthropy and Restorative Investing Can Remake the Economy (NPQ, 2/28)


Interesting – a history of DC’s Daylight Saving mishaps

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