Tag: human rights

No legal representation assistance for detained immigrants in ‘sanctuary city’

IMMIGRATION | Immigrant residents who are detained by ICE in the nation’s capital are unable to access legal representation after the mayor redirected funds the DC Council set aside for them into a fund that offers legal services to immigrants. Advocates are grateful that these services are being offered but think the city should be assisting detained immigrants also. (WaPo, 8/26)

“There’s a real threat to due process, and there’s a real need to provide those kind of services,” said Amaha Kassa of African Communities Together, a group that assists detained immigrants in New York and has used grant funding in the District to provide proactive legal assistance to 35 mostly Ethio­pian residents. “It’s more resource-intensive to meet with your lawyer if you are detained.”

“If you cannot afford an attorney, you have to go before an immigration judge and prosecuting attorney on your own,” said Annie Chen, the immigration project manager for New York-based Vera. “More local governments are seeing local community members ending up in immigration detention and deportation, and they are seeing more of the need for these programs in their community.”

– Loudoun County will now have a Mental Health Docket to keep nonviolent offenders who are diagnosed with serious mental illnesses from jail. The defendants have to make plea deals to qualify for the program. (WTOP, 8/29)

– A recently published report found that the militarization of the police force does not reduce crime or keep communities safer. (PNAS, 8/20)

HUMAN RIGHTSDeadly Violence Against Transgender People Is on the Rise. The Government Isn’t Helping. (ACLU Blog, 8/21)

– A bipartisan group of Congress members have introduced a bill to empower more working citizens to give through a pre-tax payroll deduction for employee giving. (PND Blog, 8/27)

– Busting Philanthropy’s Myths about Native Americans (NPQ, 8/27)

– After a Virginia school district announced that it planned to arm teachers, the state’s attorney general has said that school districts don’t have the authority to make that decision. (Richmond Times, 8/28)

Montgomery County Officials Call for Contraception To Be Available at All 25 County High Schools (Bethesda Beat, 8/28)

Here’s a guide to this weekend’s National Book Festival.

– Kendra

How to combat displacement by building community wealth

– The Democracy Collaborative has released a new report, Community Control of Land and Housing, which explores the different strategies and tools that can be used to help create inclusive, participatory, and sustainable economies built on community ownership. (Democracy Collaborative, 8/20)

Land and housing are two of the most important cornerstones of any modern society—and a basic human need. In the United States, land and housing have long served as an economic engine and one of the primary sources of wealth and stability for a great number of people. However, a historical legacy of displacement and exclusion, firmly rooted in racism and discriminatory public policy, has fundamentally restricted access and shaped ownership dynamics, particularly for people of color and low-income communities.

– In a Health Affairs blog, Brian C. Castrucci, CEO of de Beaumont Foundation, Loel Solomon, vice president of community health at Kaiser Permanente, and Shelley Hearne, president of CityHealth, write about the use of inclusionary zoning as a tool to ensure affordable housing. (Health Affairs, 8/20)

HUMAN RIGHTS | People who are incarcerated across the US are launching a strike today on the anniversary of the death of Black Panther member George Jackson, who was killed while incarcerated. They are calling for an end to prison slavery, poor living conditions, death by incarceration, and others. (Nation, 8/21)

– Prince William County is expecting 13,500 residents to become eligible for Medicaid next year. (InsideNOVA, 8/18)

The Secret to Keeping Black Men Healthy? Maybe Black Doctors (NYT, 8/20)

RACISM | On the Citizen ED blog, Justin Cohen advises other white people on how to address casual racism they may experience in their communities or workplaces. (Citizen ED, 8/16)

ECONOMY | The Problem Behind the D.C. Mayor’s Retort to Donald Trump (Citylab, 8/16)

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This longtime advice columnist has complied the worst manager stories they’ve been asked for advice about. Hopefully, you’ve never experienced any of these.

– Kendra

A new lawsuit alleges that DC has failed to provide adequate mental health care to youth

HEALTH | A coalition of disability rights organizations in DC have filed a class-action lawsuit against the city, alleging that it has failed to provide adequate mental health services to youth. (WaPo, 8/14)

The suit, filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of two unnamed minors, states that the District did not give the children access to intensive outpatient counseling and mentoring programs.

As a result, they were repeatedly institutionalized at psychiatric facilities, violating the District’s obligations to provide the least restrictive care possible under Medicaid and the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to the lawsuit.

WORKFORCE | Advocates from DC’s homeless community want the city to do more outreach about its First Source program, which is a law that gives DC residents first priority in hiring for new jobs. (Street Sense, 8/14)

– Preliminary estimates show that the District spent at least $2.6 million last weekend protecting the 20 to 30 white supremacists that came to attend the Unite the Right 2 rally. (WaPo, 8/14)

– Crystal City Hyatt Will Host An Anti-Muslim Group’s Annual Conference (DCist, 8/14)

– The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has been conspiring with ICE to tell them when immigrants eligible for deportation came to the CIS office for routine interviews. (WaPo, 8/15)

– The history of the United States’ policy of separating migrant families. (Atlantic, 8/14)

CENSUS | Two Congress members have introduced a bill to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in the census and the annual American Community Survey. (Washington Blade, 7/31)

Find out where DC’s new murals will go.

– Kendra

DC is getting Starbucks’ only US store run entirely by staff proficient in sign language

WORKFORCE | Starbucks will open its first US store which will be run in American Sign Language in DC. The store will hire twenty to twenty-five deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing people that are proficient in American Sign Language. (WaPo, 7/19)

The store will open near Gallaudet University, a 150-year-old institution and the world’s only university designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The campus of 1,900 students is located in northeast Washington, a quick walk from blocks of restaurants and bars along the bustling H Street corridor.

The store will feature art and a mug designed by a deaf artist. Deaf employees will wear aprons that show “Starbucks” spelled in sign language. Hearing employees proficient in sign language will wear pins showing they can sign.

HOMELESSNESS‘They say we can’t play’: What life is like for D.C.’s forgotten homeless kids (WaPo, 7/19)

DISTRICT | Congress members who represent Alabama, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina have all recently introduced measures to prevent DC from enacting its own laws. (WaPo, 7/19)

HUMAN RIGHTS | How the Muslim travel ban and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it has impacted the life of one Northern Virginia family. (WAMU, 7/19)

ARTS & HUMANITIESArtwork from inmates at Virginia jails goes on display at Torpedo Factory (WaPo, 7/20)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Advocates and cyclists gathered at the John A. Wilson building yesterday to call for DC to improve safety for pedestrians and those biking in the city. (GGWash, 7/19)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Director, School Partnerships Coach | Flamboyan Foundation –New!
Program Officer | Jane Bancroft Robinson Foundation –New!
Part-Time Program Administrator for the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Membership Development Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Senior Manager of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Evaluation & Impact Manager | DC Bar Foundation
Director of Development and Communications | Madison House Autism Foundation
Fellowship for Special Project | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Development Manager | Young Playwrights’ Theater
Sr. Social Innovation Specialist | Washington Gas
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations | Wolf Trap Foundation
Foundation Coordinator | The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
Senior Manger of Policy | United Philanthropy Forum
Grants Associate | Democracy Fund
Contract Grant Writer | Project HEAL
Program Associate| Case Foundation

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Happy National Lollipop Day!

– Kendra

How DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park project is working to prevent displacement

Opinion: Scott Kratz, vice president of Building Bridges Across the River, discusses how his organization has partnered with the District to develop the 11th Street Bridge Park east of the Anacostia River, and how they are working to mitigate displacement in the neighborhoods the development will impact. (WaPo, 6/22)

Working with nearby residents, civic associations, business owners and city officials, we created an Equitable Development Plan for the park’s surrounding neighborhoods. It outlines how the park can partner with other local nonprofits already active in Wards 7 and 8 to combat displacement and create equitable and inclusive economic opportunities. Recommendations were made in four key areas: workforce development, small-business enterprises, affordable housing and cultural equity.

– Report: Arlington Has Lost More Than 14,500 Market-Rate Affordable Homes Since 2000 (ARLnow, 6/25)

PUBLIC SAFETY | After a blind passenger fell into the gap between two Metro train cars last month, the Federal Transit Administration is mandating that Metro install barriers to prevent these incidents. (WaPo, 6/25)

HUMAN RIGHTS | This morning, the Supreme Court upheld the president’s Muslim ban. (NBC News, 6/26)

PHILANTHROPY | Annie Chang and Elise Miller discuss the hidden costs of advocating for social change for nonprofit organizations and funders. (Nonprofit Finance Fund Blog, 6/19)

HOMELESSNESSHomeless Advocates Say D.C. General Closure Should Be Delayed, But D.C. Officials Say Plan Remains On Track (WAMU, 6/26)

WORKFORCE | An April audit found that a District law that required companies to hire local workers was not being enforced. Now the DC Departmant of Employment Services says it is in compliance with the law, but it needs better data collection. (Washington Times, 6/25)

EDUCATION | DC Councilmember David Grosso is hosting town hall meetings across the city to allow students to talk about how they would like to see schools improved. (WJLA, 6/25)

In case you’re wondering how our pandas are doing…

– Kendra

How the Greater Washington region is helping imprison the children taken from their parents at the border

– Although the administration reversed its policy of separating children from their parents at the border, the children still remain isolated in cages in facilities across the country, including the Greater Washington region. Now, many worry about how, and if, the children will be reunited with their families. (WAMU, 6/20)

Nithya Nathan-Pineau, the director of CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s program, says her group has personally interviewed “dozens” of detained children who are being held at public and private facilities in Maryland and Virginia.

“The majority of them have no contact with their parents,” Nathan-Pineau says.

Though Trump reversed course and signed an executive order ending the policy that separates children from their parents at the border, the fate of these children remains unclear.

– Before the administration reversed their policy of separating families at the border, David Biemesderfer, president and CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, wrote a blog urging an end to the policy. (United Philanthropy Forum, 6/19)

HOMELESSNESS | The number of laws criminalizing those who are homeless has increased in the US, but researchers say we should be trying to address the underlying causes of homelessness. (Citylab, 6/20)

HEALTHCARE | Reproductive rights advocates and healthcare clinics in Virginia have filed a lawsuit in hopes of overturning the state’s old anti-abortion laws. (ThinkProgress, 6/20)

PHILANTHROPY | A new report analyzing grants made to journalism programs from 2010 to 2015 found that only a small percentage of funding went to organizations operating at the local or state level. (Chronicle, 6/18)

RACISM | White Supremacists Plan To Demonstrate In D.C. On Anniversary Of Charlottesville Rally (DCist, 6/20)

Happy first day of summer!

Can you tell what these cooks were trying to make?

– Kendra

Recent DC job fair offered mock interviews as well as business clothes

WORKFORCE | At the DC Opportunity Fair, which featured employers such as Hilton, Nordstrom, FedEx and U.S. Postal Service, young people who are unemployed or underemployed were offered interview advice, business casual clothes and employment. (WaPo, 9/22)

“Hopefully, I can find a company here that I can grow with,” said 24-year-old, bow-tie-wearing Markiel Jones, who is unemployed after dropping out of college for financial reasons.

The Prince George’s County resident graduated from high school and went on to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. After low-paying jobs in the food-service industry that showed little promise for growth, he landed a Starbucks job offer and learned about the company’s tuition assistance for employees seeking a higher education.

– DC has a large deaf community but many of the city’s practices, polices, and even sidewalks are not deaf-friendly. (Urban Turf, 9/21)

– Why It Looks Like Discrimination Cases In D.C. Are Down By More Than 60 Percent (DCist, 9/21)

HEALTH CARE | Virginia, as well as other states, anxiously wait to hear if Congress will reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program by September 30. (Richmond Times, 9/21)

ARTS & HUMANITIESAs The African American History Museum Turns One, Director Lonnie Bunch Looks Back (DCist, 9/21)

LGBTQ/AGING | DC’s Office on Aging will be hosting a townhall for LGBTQ individuals next Tuesday to learn how it can better help the population. (Washington Blade, 9/19)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Opinion: The District is the most policed place in the US, so why do officials keep calling for more cops? (WCP, 9/21)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations | Exelon  – New!
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy  – New!
Content Manager | Exponent Philanthropy  – New!
Director of Development | The Literacy Lab  – New!
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Senior Program Associate, Engaged Practice Division, Healthcare Engagement Program | The Democracy Collaborative
Program Associate, Portfolio Support, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Associate, Public and Patient Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Officer, Public Engagement | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy

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Please don’t disappoint the pink cube.

– Kendra

New Barry Farm development won’t have enough room for longtime residents

HOUSING | The District’s Barry Farm public housing complex is close to being redeveloped into mixed income housing. According to a lawsuit filed yesterday, by Barry Farm residents, there will not be enough room for longtime residents to move back due to the size of the new units. (WaPo, 8/29)

At issue is the planned mix of apartment sizes among the replacement public housing units. In the lawsuit, tenants’ advocates contend the new project will offer fewer multi-bedroom apartments than were available at the old Barry Farm.

“With each development project” in the District, “communities are displaced and new upscale housing created for higher income residents,” the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs said in a statement. “The redevelopment of Barry Farm will exclude more than 150 working and low-income families by decreasing the number of family-sized units,” meaning apartments with two to six bedrooms.

PHILANTHROPY |  The Clark Charitable Foundation has changed its name to A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation and has appointed a new president and CEO. Read more about the change here.

– Marc Morjé Howard, the director of Georgetown University’s Prison and Justice Initiative, discusses parole boards’ incentive to keep violent offenders in prison and how the US can reform its prison system. (Atlantic, 8/29)

– Hogan promises ‘truth in sentencing’ measure for repeat violent offenders (WaPo, 8/29)

IMMIGRATION | The District’s ward 4 residents respond to anti-immigrant flyers in their community. (GGWash, 8/29)

EDUCATION | An evaluation of an internship program, which operates in Maryland and DC, that offers “disconnected” high school seniors training and mentoring found that participants only fared a small percentage better than students not in the program. (NextCity, 8/29)

HUMAN RIGHTS | A diverse coalition of of activists are marching from Charlottesville, VA to Washington, DC to confront white supremacy. (Richmond Times, 8/28)

Going to the National Book Festival this Saturday? Check out WAMU’s guide before you go.

– Kendra

The Affordable Care Act is still intact

– The most recent debate to restructure the American health care system, by repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, ended earlier this morning. Members of the Senate voted against every proposed repeal of the health care bill, and the last one, the skinny repeal, was voted down 49-51. (NBC News, 7/28)

It isn’t clear what comes next, but the collapse of some insurance markets around the country serve as an incentive for Republicans and Democrats to hold hearings and fix the problems with health care.

Most Republicans never embraced the different iterations of legislation they crafted, nor the process by which it was constructed. Even on the last-ditch effort at a bare-bones bill, Republicans couldn’t reach agreement. Over the past two days, many rejected a plan that would have partially repealed and replaced Obamacare and a measure that would have just repealed it. The repeal vote was the same bill that passed the Senate and the House in 2015 when former President Barack Obama vetoed it.

– DC has hired its first chief resilience officer to find solutions for economically disadvantaged residents when “shocks” such as earthquakes, floods, and disease outbreaks happen. (DCist, 7/27)

HUMAN RIGHTSDiscrimination against Muslims is increasing in U.S., Pew study finds (WaPo, 7/26)

EDUCATION | This Virginia high school has received an innovation grant to help teachers develop a curriculum for newcomer immigrant students. (WaPo, 7/27)

HOUSING | Former President Jimmy Carter explains why housing is a basic right. (Citylab, 7/27)

ARTS & HUMANITIESWho Gets Most Arts Money? Still Large, White Organizations (American Theater, 7/21)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy – New!
Operations Associate | ACT for Alexandria – New!
Arts Education Specialist | DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities – New!
Membership & Marketing Associate | Exponent Philanthropy – New!
Membership Manager | Exponent Philanthropy – New!
Management Associate | Public Welfare Foundation – New!
Executive Director | Agua Fund
Database Assistant | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Senior Administrative Assistant/Foundation Coordinator | The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation and the Marriott Daughters Foundation
Program Officer | The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
Program Officer | Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
Development Coordinator | Girls on the Run – DC
Senior Program Officer | George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Corporate Gifts Officer | FIRST Chesapeake
Officer, Philanthropic Networks, Philanthropic Partnerships | The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Because we all managed to make it to the end of the week, enjoy this mashup of Sesame Street and 80’s music.

– Kendra

How do we make cultural philanthropy more equitable?

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The Helicon Collaborative has released a study, Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy, that explores inequities in arts funding in the US. Among the chief findings, the study found that, although foundations have made efforts to be diverse and inclusive, funding overall has gotten less equitable. (Medium, 7/10)

In spite of this increased attention and activity, the distribution of arts funding nationally is actually getting more concentrated in the hands of the institutions that already have the most resources.

The 2 percent cohort is made up of 925 cultural groups that have annual budgets of more than $5 million. (NCCS) These organizations are symphonies, opera companies, regional theaters, art museums, ballet companies and other large institutions — the majority of which focus primarily on Western European fine arts traditions. While most of these institutions have made sincere efforts to broaden participation in the past decade, their audiences remain predominantly white and upper income. (NEA Research Report #57)

– These nurse practitioners have set up health clinics to care for low-income populations in three counties in Northern Virginia. (InsideNOVA, 7/14)

– ‘We’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets’: Why two black pastors are suing Coca-Cola (WaPo, 7/13)

HUMAN RIGHTS | Tonight, activists will march in the District to push the city to do more to end violence against transgender woman, especially those of color. (DCist, 7/13)

ECONOMY | Loudoun County has been named the richest county in the United States again. (Loudoun Times, 7/13)

Related: The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties recently launched the Faces of Loudoun, a campaign that features the stories of real Loudoun residents who’ve struggled with the lack of basic resources.

REPRESENTATION | The DC Council is working to give DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton a vote in the House of Representatives on District matters only. (Current, 7/12)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Director | Agua Fund – New!
Database Assistant | Greater Washington Community Foundation – New!
Senior Administrative Assistant/Foundation Coordinator | The Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation, the Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation and the Marriott Daughters Foundation – New!
Program Officer | The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
Program Officer | Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
Development Coordinator | Girls on the Run – DC
Senior Program Officer | George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation
Corporate Gifts Officer | FIRST Chesapeake
Officer, Philanthropic Networks, Philanthropic Partnerships | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Program Manager: Thriving Germantown Community HUB-Germantown, MD | Family Services, Inc.

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– Kendra