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South Arlington residents worry about Amazon’s impact

BUSINESS | Many in Virginia are excited to be the location of Amazon’s second headquarters, but some residents in South Arlington, a multi-ethnic area south of U.S. Route 50, are worried that it will cause rising rents and displacement. (Curbed, 12/13)

…some urban policy experts say South Arlington may see adverse effects from HQ2, such as an increase in income inequality and gentrification.

“You’d expect the biggest impacts of Amazon to be in easy commuting distance, and South Arlington is a prime target for that,” says Jenny Schuetz, a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. “A lot of these neighborhoods are likely to be pretty vulnerable because they have a lot of older apartment buildings, garden apartments, and older single-family houses that aren’t in great shape.”

PHILANTHROPY | Joi Ridley, director of communications at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, discusses how grantmakers can evaluate their capacity-building support to make it fit the needs of its grantee partners. (CEP, 12/13)

HIV/AIDS | Here’s a look at why HIV/AIDS funding is declining globally and across the US. (Inside Philanthropy, 12/12)

– These grandmothers created the Overground Railroad, a caravan of activists grandmothers that travel to meet asylum seekers once they are released from detention to give them food and other comfort. (YES! Magazine, 12/17)

– LGBTQ caravan migrants may have to ‘prove’ their gender or sexual identity at US border (The Conversation, 11/30)

ENVIRONMENT | Until We Confront Capitalism, We Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis (Truthout, 12/16)

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– Kendra

How these queer youth became entrepreneurs

LGBTQIA/BUSINESS | Last month, a local nonprofit, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, hosted a panel discussion with four LGBTQIA youth who have experienced homelessness. The youth cited challenges they experienced, but also talked about how they became entrepreneurs. (GGWash, 12/12)

Unsurprisingly, employment opportunities are frequently among the highest-ranked needs homeless LGBTQ youth report. Panelists said the work they find is often part-time and isn’t sustainable. Chris noted that workplaces can be unwelcoming to LGBTQ people, and that they have experienced prejudice on the job, both intentional and unintentional.

Panelists created small businesses to supplement their income and, in some cases, to feel comfortable being at work. Some of their enterprises include house cleaning, catering, jewelry making, and makeup design.

PHILANTHROPY | Tenneh Kemah, a  WRAG/UMD Philanthropy Fellow with The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and a student in UMD’s Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership program, discusses how her experience with the foundation is helping her gain valuable skills for her work at her own organization. (Daily, 12/13)

IMMIGRATION | This is what sanctuary means for a woman who is undocumented in Virginia. (WaPo, 12/12)

ENVIRONMENT | Big company, big dollars, small community: Dominion deal sparks dissent in community facing gas project (WaPo, 12/9)

WORKFORCE | A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled that elections officials failed to follow proper procedure when they allowed supporters of the Initiative 77 referendum to collect signatures. (WAMU, 12/12)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Prince George’s County Police Officers of Color File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit (WAMU, 12/12)

TRANSIT | A few weeks ago, the DC Council voted to decriminalize fare evasion, which would stop the targeted arrests of youth of color and Black men. This week, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission wrote a letter to DC’s mayor expressing its disappointment with the passing of the legislation. (InsideNOVA, 12/12)

HOUSING | Arlington County has released a new report analyzing the progress of its affordable housing master plan. The report found that although it was able to create or preserve 515 homes guaranteed to remain affordable to low-income renters this year, the number is short of the county’s goal. (ARLnow, 12/12)

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The impact of universal pre-K in the District of Columbia

– The Center for American Progress has released a report that analysed the impact of universal preschool on mothers in DC. The report found that the maternal labor force participation increased among both low-income and high-income families. (Center for American Progress, 9/26)

Looking within the population of District of Columbia families, this study finds that there are significant differences in maternal labor force participation by marital status, education level, total family income, and race/ethnicity. Increases in maternal labor force participation are driven by both low-income and very-high-income mothers, while middle-income mothers have roughly the same maternal labor force participation as before universal preschool expansion.

Low-income and unmarried women may have increased their labor force participation rates, but many are still unemployed or working part-time. Meanwhile, among high-income families, about 88 percent of mothers with young children were employed—a rate that is comparable to that of fathers of all income levels with young children.

– DC Councilmember Elissa Silverman to Introduce Initiative 77 Compromise Tuesday (WCP, 9/28)

WRAG COMMUNITY | In this announcement, WRAG’s Board of Directors provide an update on the search for the next president of WRAG. (Daily, 10/1)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | A new report found that bisexual individuals are more likely to be unemployed and relying on public benefits than their straight counterparts. (Metro Weekly, 9/27)

IMMIGRATION | How the US government is targeting Chinese immigrants who have been granted asylum. (NPR, 9/28)

BUSINESSNew laws: Gun restrictions in Maryland, tax hikes in D.C. (WaPo, 9/30)

NONPROFITS | In this article, the Chronicle of Philanthropy asked individuals who are experienced in corporate-nonprofit partnerships for advice on how best to support each other. (Chronicle, 9/5 – Subscription needed)

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Studying the life expectancy gap in the Greater Washington region

– Residents of Friendship Village, a community in Montgomery County, MD, are expected to live for about 96 years, the longest life expectancy in the region. The residents with the lowest life expectancy live just a few miles away in DC’s Barry Farms community. Their life expectancy is 63 years. (WaPo, 9/21)

When you highlight the long-lived folks in suburban Maryland, it becomes even harder to ignore that, just 10 miles away, there are neighborhoods where residents are expected to live three decades less. About 71 percent of D.C.-area neighborhoods have life expectancy above the national average, but those that don’t include some of the least privileged neighborhoods in the entire country.

The 21 tracts with the lowest life expectancy in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area are all in D.C. itself, concentrated southeast of the Anacostia River.

– Virginia’s Medicaid work requirement won’t hit until long after program expands next year (WaPo, 9/22)

– Congrats to WRAG member Sonia McCormick of PNC Bank and Natalie Cofield of Walker’s Legacy for being named two of the 2018 Washington Business Journal Women Who Mean Business honorees!

– The Entertainment and Sports Arena, which will house the Washington Mystics, officially opened in Congress Heights this Saturday, and residents are hopeful that the facility will have a positive impact on the area. (WaPo, 9/22)

WORKFORCEJP Morgan Chase has released a study that suggests the ‘gig’ economy will not be the workforce of the future. (WTOP, 9/24)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | DC Council has passed a bill that made a current DMV policy, which allows residents to obtain IDs with non-binary gender markers, permanent. (Metro Weekly, 9/20)

PUBLIC SAFETY | DC Police have always had the choice to issue citations for public marijuana use rather than arresting residents. Now, the mayor and police department have announced the police will only issue citations, except in certain cases. (WAMU, 9/24)

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31 percent of US households struggle to pay their energy bills

ENVIRONMENT | A newly released report by the Energy Information Administration found that in 2015, almost one in five households had to reduce food, medicine and other necessities to pay their energy bill in the US. Most of the households impacted were communities of color. (NPR, 9/19)

“We only conduct the Residential Energy Consumption Survey every 4-5 years,” survey manager Chip Berry told NPR by email. “This is the first time in the history of the study (goes back to late ’70s) that we have [measured] energy insecurity across all households, so there’s not much in the way of historical comparison.”

The study found that about half of households experiencing trouble reported income of less than $20,000. More than 40 percent had at least one child.

PUERTO RICO | On the anniversary of Hurricane Maria, which claimed the lives of thousands of Puerto Ricans, residents are still feeling its impact. (NBC News, 9/20)

WORKFORCE‘Chocolate City’ is now ‘Money City’: The high price D.C. is paying to overturn the public’s will (WaPo, 9/19)

LEGAL AID | According to the DC Bar Pro Bono Initiative Report, DC lawyers performed more pro bono work in 2017 than they did in any previous year. (WTOP, 9/17)

HEALTH CARE | Here’s the latest on Providence hospital’s upcoming closure in D.C. (WBJ, 9/19)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | How resistance against the growing diversity of suburban areas is displayed in the recent case involving the Masterpiece Cakeshop which refused to make a cake for a gay couple. (Citylab, 9/19)

Here’s some inspiration to keep doing the small things you do to make the world a better place.

– Kendra

How Virginia can ensure school districts are funded equitably

EDUCATION | According to a recent National Center for Education Statistics report, Virginia and Maryland are among six states where the wealthiest school districts receive more funding per student than the poorest districts. The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has released a blog post on how Virginia can better fund schools with a high poverty population. (TCI, 8/28)

Virginia does target some extra state support to schools with high percentages of low-income students through its At-Risk Add-On program, which provides between 1-13 percent more in basic aid per student eligible for free lunch. But given the funding gap that this new national report reveals, this approach is clearly not sufficient to make up for the difference between high-poverty and low-poverty school divisions.

Rather than relying so heavily on student enrollment to allocate state funding to school divisions, Virginia should follow the lead of other states that use need-based allocations. This model would use weights to adjust per student funding based on economic status, English language proficiency, or student disability. Most states take this approach to more equitably distribute education funding to divisions.

RACIAL EQUITY | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, and Yanique Redwood, chair of WRAG’s Board of Directors, provide an update on how WRAG plans to make an organizational commitment to racial equity. (Daily, 9/5)

PHILANTHROPY | A philanthropic advisor discusses how foundations can encourage staff to take more risks. (NCRP, 8/23)

HOUSING | It’s Time to Rewrite Fair Lending Rules. (Just Not Like This.) (Citylab, 8/31)

– DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the city will give a one-time grant to a downtown church to operate a daytime service center for homeless residents. (Street Sense Media, 9/5)

– New D.C. General replacement shelter to début in Northwest this month (Curbed, 9/4)

NONPROFITS | In a new blog, nonprofit leader Vu Le asks progressive activists to stop weaponizing social justice terminology and concepts against each other. (NAF, 9/4)

LGBTQIA RIGHTSBusinesses in Virginia increasingly are showing support to LGBTQ communities not just to attract them as customers (Richmond Times, 9/2)

Congratulations to the Mystics for going to the WNBA Finals for the first time!

– Kendra