Tag: Maryland

Decriminalizing sex work in the District

PUBLIC HEALTH/CRIMINAL JUSTICE | A coalition of sex workers and their advocates have introduced a bill, the Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, to decriminalize the sale and purchase of sex in the District. (CP, 6/3)

The world of people who sell sex for money in DC is not a monolith with one blanket policy need … among their ranks are those who sell sex by choice; those who sell sex to survive, feed their children, and stave off homelessness; and those who sell sex against their will because they’ve been trafficked. Under the current law in DC, police can arrest and charge anyone who sells sex and under this new bill, police would no longer have cause or power to employ this tactic for catching sellers of sex mid-sale—a change that many sex workers and their advocates enthusiastically endorse.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | Minneapolis ended exclusive single-family zoning. Could the DC region do the same? (WBJ, 6/6)

LGBTQIA | DC’s LGTBQIA communities continue to fight for some basic rights—and celebrate their victories, too. (CP, 6/6)

ENVIRONMENT
Key Urban Agriculture Programs Delayed as City Swaps Who Will Manage Them (CP, 6/7)

– Michael Bloomberg’s foundation said that he will donate $500 million to a new campaign to close every coal-fired power plant in the United States and halt the growth of natural gas. (NYT, 6/6)

MARYLAND | Residents voice concerns over Montgomery County policing (WTOP, 6/7)

DC/CULTURE | The DC Public Library is launching a three-part Go-Go Book Club, in collaboration with Washington Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. (dcist, 6/6)

TRANSIT/CLIMATE | Maryland and Virginia plan to expand roads, in defiance of their own climate goals (GGWash, 6/6)

GENTRIFICATION | What’s In A Name? Residents East Of The Anacostia River Say, ‘Everything.’  (WAMU, 6/7)

PHILANTHROPY
– A new report,  Nonprofit Executives and the Racial Leadership Gap, details that people of color who lead nonprofits face barriers and challenges that their white counterparts don’t. (Chronicle, 6/4)

– Fund the People has launched the Talent Justice Initiative to help funders and nonprofits invest in intersectional racial equity across the nonprofit career lifecycle and workforce.

– Has the Giving Pledge Changed Giving? (Chronicle, 6/4)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director | Open Society Institute-Baltimore – New!
Director, School Partnerships Coach | Flamboyan Foundation – New!
Senior Director of Development, Research & Innovation | Children’s Hospital Foundation – New!
Senior Program Manager | Rising Tide Foundation
Development Manager | Mikva Challenge DC
Foundation Director | Venable LLP
Development Associate | Sitar Arts Center
Grants Manager | Arabella Advisors
Institutional Development Officer | Martha’s Table
Development Manager, Washington, DC | Reading Partners
Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum

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A disproportionate number of black people are arrested in the District for minor violations

JUSTICE/RACIAL EQUITY | A study from two watchdog groups has found that a disproportionate number of black people are arrested in the District for minor violations, including driving without a license, gambling, and smoking marijuana in public. The disparities are spread across the District and not limited to wards with high crime rates. (WaPo, 5/14)

The study was done by the DC office of the American Civil Liberties Union and a consortium of groups advocating transparency called Open the Government and is based on five years of arrest statistics … and says blacks accounted for 86 percent of the total arrests over the years examined, even though they make up slightly less than half of the District’s population … The disparity held true across 90 percent of the District’s census tracts “including the whitest parts of the city.”

HEALTHCARE | Kaiser Permanente is rolling out Thrive Local, a digital care coordination platform that makes it easier for its medical providers to connect patients to community-based social services. (NPQ, 5/8)

HOUSING
– Mayor Bowser calls for equitably distributing affordable housing and for creating enough overall housing. (GGWash, 5/13)

– ‘Build More Housing’ Is No Match for Inequality (CityLab, 5/9)

GENTRIFICATION
– The District’s Ivy City neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying and trying to preserve a sense of community. (WaPo, 5/4)

– After #DontMuteDC, this year’s Funk Parade is a call to action (WaPo, 5/11)

COMMUNITY | Alice M. Rivlin, a master of budgetary and fiscal policy who, among many roles, was an advocate for healthy communities, passed away yesterday at age 88. (WaPo, 5/14)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Lead in the District’s water is still a problem. Will the DC Council fund a plan to fix it? (GGWash, 5/13)

MARYLAND/VIRGINIA | According to an annual “Best States” survey, Maryland and Virginia are among the nation’s best states based on metrics including education, health care, the economy and public safety. (US News & World Report, 5/14)

PHILANTHROPY | Dozens of giving circles in the US recently met in Seattle to share stories, hopes and plans for building a stronger giving circle movement. (Philanthropy Women, 5/2)


Meet the “Bee Lady” of Capitol Hill

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Lack of foster parents in DC puts vulnerable children at risk

CHILDREN/FAMILIES | There is a shortage of foster parents in DC, which child welfare advocates say is putting children at risk of harm. Some children have even had to sleep at the office of DC’s Child and Family Services Agency while they waited to be placed in a home. (WAMU, 4/8)

“We’ve seen cases where kids have been exposed to a lot of violence, have been physically hurt, but have remained in their homes … because there are not enough foster homes right now” … the shortage has been caused in part by increased housing costs, experienced foster parents retiring, and changing demographics in the city. A spokesperson for DC’s Child and Family Service Agency says they are looking to add 40 new beds in the foster care system over this fiscal year … and specifically have a shortage of parents for children with special needs and for older children.

Related: Last year, WRAG’s president Tamara Copeland, urged philanthropy to focus on the child welfare system, a topic that is often invisible to many in our region. (Daily, 9/2018)

ARTS & CULTURE
– DC’s first-ever cultural plan lays out a strategy for growth through investments, infrastructure and programming. The plan was developed by the DC Office of Planning, in consultation with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment – and includes input from over 1,500 artists, art consumers, and experts from the cultural sector. (WAMU, 4/4)

– The owner of Bethesda’s Union Hardware is promoting a plan to open a collective art studio in downtown Bethesda for up to 30 artists by this summer. (Bethesda Magazine, 4/3)

ECONOMIC INEQUALITY | America’s growing geographic divide derives from economic inequality, especially the tremendous gains of the one percent. (CityLab, 4/3)

EDUCATION
– DC’s Low-Income Neighborhood Schools Are Losing Money. Is The Budget Or Enrollment To Blame? (WAMU, 4/5)

– In Montgomery County, a $5.7 billion budget proposal is being questioned by those who want to see more money focused on education. (WaPo, 4/7)

MARYLAND | Mike Busch, the longest-serving state House speaker in Maryland history who helped shepherd laws that improved access to health care and legalized same-sex marriage, died on April 7 at age 72. (WaPo, 4/7)

VIRGINIA | As Amazon builds and staffs up HQ2, other tech companies who orbit them could follow. (WBJ, 4/4)

FOOD | Hungry, a new Arlington-based healthy food delivery service, has received star-powered support. (WAMU, 4/5)

PHILANTHROPY | The Road Ahead: Will Philanthropic Critique Change Philanthropic Practice? (NPQ, 4/4)


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Loudoun County NAACP calls for investigation into specialized school’s admissions process

EDUCATION
– The Loudoun County NAACP is asking the Loudoun County Public School System to investigate the Academies of Loudoun admissions process because of the small percentage of black students accepted into the specialized schools, which house science, technology, engineering and career and vocational tech programs. (Loudoun Times-Mirror, 3/25)

In 2018, 2,116 students applied to attend the Academies of Loudoun, including 65 black students. Only one black student was accepted along with two American Indian and Pacific Islander students, rounding out the three lowest ethnic groups admitted. Asian and white students make up the top two ethnicity groups accepted “…it is incumbent upon the NAACP Loudoun Branch to investigate the denial of access to challenge curriculum and education to LCPS African-American students and find the root cause of this educational disparity and injustice” said Loudoun County NAACP President Pastor Michelle Thomas in a letter to LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams.

– A state audit of the Prince George’s County public school system shows problems with more than $75 million in contracts. (WaPo, 3/27)

– According to a report from EdBuild, public school children in cities receive less money than those in rural or suburban schools, and it is worse in districts that serve mostly children of color. (CityLab, 3/27)

HEALTH
Can DC speed up construction of a new hospital? It’s complicated.  (WBJ, 3/28)

– A University of Wisconsin study has found that Loudoun is Virginia’s healthiest county, followed by Arlington. (ARLNow, 3/27)

Related: While Northern Virginia overall may be a very healthy place, recent studies, such as the VCU Center on Society and Health’s Uneven Opportunities report that look at neighborhood and census-tract level data, reveal deep health inequities.

ENVIRONMENT | Pay-as-you-throw trash program suggested in Montgomery County (WTOP, 3/28)

GENDER/EQUITY | The House just passed a bill to close the gender pay gap (Vox, 3/27)

MARYLAND
– Maryland could become first state to cap prescription drug costs. (WAMU, 3/27)

– Maryland’s General Assembly has cleared the way to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026. Some business owners say they’ll be forced to slash jobs or benefits. (WAMU, 3/28)

NONPROFITS | Retooling Recycling and Saving the Earth: A Practice Advisory for all Nonprofits (NPQ, 3/26)

PHILANTHROPY | Venture Capital Overlooks Women and Minorities; Philanthropy Should Step In, Study Says – Subscription (Chronicle, 3/26)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity – New!
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company – New!
President and CEO | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations – New!
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
Development Communications Manager | PeerForward
Communications and Development Specialist | Grantmakers In Health
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.


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It’s opening day at Nationals Park – play ball!

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Upcoming Kirwan Commission recommendations to address educational inequality in Maryland

MARYLAND/RACIAL EQUITY
– Hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding may soon bolster Maryland schools if lawmakers can agree on how to divide the money. The Kirwan Commission, or the State’s Commission on Educational Excellence, will soon present its final recommendations for the new school funding model to lawmakers in Annapolis. (WAMU, 2/25)

In 2016, Governor Hogan called for the formation of the 25-member Kirwan Commission to address the gap in funding for public schools. This comes at a time when one study said Maryland is the 15th worst state in terms of regressive education funding … “meaning that districts with high proportions of low-income students receive less funding than schools serving wealthier communities” said William Kirwan, chair of the commission.

 

– With the release of a new report on equity in Prince George’s County solutions have been proposed to move the county toward equity and equality for communities of color. (Prince Georges Sentinel, 2/20)

VIRGINIA/RACIAL EQUITY
Confederate flag incident at Virginia high school sparks concern of racist behavior (WaPo, 2/24)

– Virginia state superintendent says schools must address racism in light of recent scandals. (WTOP, 2/25)

–  Swastikas have been found at three sites in past week in Virginia, in what appears to be three separate hate crime incidents. (WaPo, 2/26)

HOUSING
– The Virginia General Assembly recently passed hundreds of bills, including one that gives residents an extra two weeks to pay rent that is past due and one focused on eviction reform. (WAMU, 2/22)

 – There’s No Such Thing as a Dangerous Neighborhood (CityLab, 2/25)

GUN VIOLENCE | Maryland lawmakers heard from family members affected by gun violence as well as gun-rights supporters in Annapolis on ‘gun day’ in Annapolis. (WTOP, 2/25)

BUSINESS | The proposal to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $15 has different opinions among the business community. (WAMU,  2/22)

PHILANTHROPY
– “Donors InVesting in the Arts,” or “DIVAs,” is a giving circle managed by the Greater Washington Community Foundation that is promoting civic engagement through the arts. (GWCF, 2/21)

– Funder support for media research has been growing as evidenced by the Knight Foundation’s recent commitment of $300 million to support local journalism. (Chronicle, 2/19 – Subscription)


“Plant-based” is so the new vegan.

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– Buffy

DC’s top education leaders trained to merge business concepts with equity in public education

EDUCATION/EQUITY | DC’s top three educational leaders – state superintendent Hanseul Kang, deputy mayor of education Paul Kihn, and acting schools chancellor Lewis Ferebee – have all studied at the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, an educational leadership program that promotes a business perspective in the management of urban public school districts that has a focus on equity. Those who support the training program say it offers a unique corporate-like training experience, while critics say the teachings encourage school leaders to undermine democratic control of public education. (WAMU, 2/19)

Ferebee says it’s possible to merge these business concepts with equity in public education. “When you are studying leadership and change theory, there is a lot that you can learn from the business sector, and we obviously take advantage of that. [But] it’s not limited to business principles. Maximizing resources is obviously a part of the business community. Often times it is how you impact your bottom line. Maximizing your resources is also one way to address equity, ensuring that you get the most out of the public dollars you have access to.”

CENSUS | Communities of color and immigrants are at particular risk of being undercounted in the 2020 Census and the Virginia Legislature has recently stripped funds for Census outreach. (Commonwealth Institute, 2/14)

RACE | According to a just-released Goucher College poll, a majority of Maryland residents think race relations in the state have worsened in recent years. (WaPo, 2/18)

HEALTH | In honor of Presidents Day, the de Beaumont Foundation has released a quiz with interesting facts about US presidents and how their policy, advocacy, and private lives have influenced Americans’ health.

HOMELESSNESS | A challenge to Virginia’s ‘habitual drunkard’ law argues that it targets homeless people. (WaPo, 2/18)

WORKFORCE | A proposed bill currently being considered in Annapolis would phase out lower wages paid to tipped workers. (WAMU, 2/8)

ENVIRONMENT | If we don’t address climate change, DC weather will feel more like Mississippi in the next 60 years. (WAMU, 2/15)

NONPROFITS | Sometimes the best thing we donors can do to advance social justice is to just write the check and get out of the way (Nonprofit AF, 2/18)


Marylanders love our Old Bay – do you know what’s in it?

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How important healthcare access is to personal financial health

HEALTH CARE
– A new paper analyzing the link between personal financial security and access to health insurance found that the Affordable Care Act has helped boost the financial health of low-income citizens. (Citylab, 12/4)

Health insurance helps people avoid huge out-of-pocket medical costs. And preventative care helps people avoid lost wages from missing work, a big part of the benefit for low-income households. But health insurance also helps prevent the cascade of financial damage that unpaid medical bills can inflict, by preserving credit scores.

School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction (NPR, 12/5)

RACIAL EQUITY | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, shares with a new audience, Washington Monthly readers, the origins of the Putting Racism on the Table Series and its impact on philanthropy. Read it here. (Daily, 12/5)

MARYLAND | Nancy Navarro, who was recently elected for a second term as president of Montgomery County Council, outlines her priorities for the county. (WaPo, 12/4)

EDUCATION
– The Heising-Simons Foundation, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and Foundation Center are launching an effort to map the last ten years of philanthropic giving in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. (PND Blog, 12/4)

Report: 60 percent of graduates sampled in Md. school system excessively absent (WaPo, 12/4)

PUBLIC SAFETY | How the DC Department of Behavioral Health’s outreach team is working to address the K2 epidemic the city is experiencing. (WAMU, 12/4)

BUDGET | In Battle Over The Funds From Online Sales Taxes, Cutting Commercial Property Taxes Wins Out Over Homeless Services (DCist, 12/4)

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New report explores the impact of refugee integration in the US

REFUGEES | The Urban Institute has released a report examining data on the integration of refugees in the US. The report identifies key gaps in current data collection and provides context for the political conversation about the resettlement of refugees in the country. (Urban Institute, 4/9)

Overall, recent research has found that refugees integrate with time in the US. On average, their labor force participation rates rise to or exceed native-born rates, their income levels rise, and their use of public benefits declines. Their English language proficiency improves and arriving refugee youth have strong educational attainment. Most refugees become US citizens, and many become owners of homes and businesses, contributing to their communities.

Refugees arrive with a wide spectrum of educational and employment backgrounds, and many remain limited by low English proficiency and low educational attainment, which influences their economic outcomes. Integration outcomes vary greatly not only by amount of time in the US, but by country of origin and educational background, as well as gender and age at arrival.

EDUCATION | Tamara Lucas Copeland, WRAG’s president, believes that a college degree is important, but she also understands jobs that don’t require college completion are fundamental to a well-functioning society. In her new blog, she reminds readers that there are alternative pathways to success and we should value them. (Daily, 4/2)

WORKFORCED.C. servers concerned about ‘tipped wage’ proposal (Washington Blade, 4/4)

RACIAL EQUITY | Equity in the Center has released an updated infographic that shows the characteristics and actions of organizations that are needed to address the racial leadership gap in organizations. (Equity in the Center, 4/6)

MARYLANDPrice Check: Incentives For Amazon’s HQ2 May Cost Maryland More Than Gov. Hogan Said (WAMU, 4/5)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications until April 13 for its 2018 Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Awards, which honors individuals, businesses and nonprofits for business leadership, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility. Learn more here.

FOOD INSECURITY | Jackie DeCarlo, CEO of Manna Food Center, was one of five women to be awarded Sodexo’s 2018 Global Women Stop Hunger Award by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation. (Bethesda Beat, 4/6)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The ArtChangeUS@SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras is bringing together artist leaders to advance diversity and cultural equity issues in the orchestral and larger arts field in a week long festival at the Kennedy Center. Watch the live-stream here.


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High school students in the Greater Washington region are learning advocacy strategies

ADVOCACY/ YOUTH | Last year saw many residents in the Greater Washington region becoming more involved in politics and considering their roles as citizens in this nation. Youth, especially high school students, were particularly involved in demonstrations, such as the walkout after the administration’s DACA decision. Now young people across the region have come together for a three-day summit to better understand their civil rights.

Students also heard from Claudia Quiñonez, who helped organize a group of undocumented students, parents and supporters into United We Dream, a reference to those who had gained legal status under the now eliminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. They watched a documentary on Joe Arpaio, the longtime Phoenix-area sheriff whose approach to jail and immigration issues attracted controversy, and a movie about Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who disclosed documents on government surveillance programs.

“Things that go on in our world . . . affect us, too, and I think it’s really cool that we get to have those types of conversations,” said Chloe Pine, a 15-year-old member of the ACLU club at the School Without Walls.

NONPROFITSPotomac Health Foundation has partnered with Prince William Public Library System and the Foundation Center to help Prince William County grantseekers by opening a Funding Information Network. (PWL, 1/11)

MARYLAND | Maryland’s House of Delegates have voted to enact paid sick leave in the state and ban the box on private and public college’s student applications. (WaPo, 1/11)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING
– The Manassas mobile home park that was in danger of being sold, and leaving 58 families homeless was officially bought by a nonprofit, Catholics for Housing. (InsideNOVA, 1/11)

 DC Mayor Bowser announces $2.5M loan that will preserve 49 affordable units in Fort Totten (Curbed DC, 1/11)

EDUCATION | America’s Schools Are ‘Profoundly Unequal,’ Says U.S. Civil Rights Commission (NPR, 1/11)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | ​DC was​ ​named​ ​the​ ​25th Any​ ​Given​ ​Child​ ​city​ ​by​ ​the​ ​John​ ​F.​ ​Kennedy​ ​Center​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Performing​ ​Arts. Any Given Child is a collective impact program that assists communities in expanding arts education in schools. Help the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative collect information about the city’s existing arts education programs for youth by completing this survey.


Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Director, Rock Creek Conservancy | Rock Creek Conservancy
Finance and Operations Associate | Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Development Manager | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Development Associate | New Endeavors by Women
Executive Director | My Sister’s Place
Philanthropy Officer | Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
TIAA Nonprofit Leadership Fellows | University of Maryland & Do Good Institute
Director of Membership and Programs | Funders Together to End Homelessness
Director of Policy and Communication | Consumer Health Foundation
Development and Marketing Associate | Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc.
Director of Grants Management | Democracy Fund
Officer, Communications | The Pew Charitable Trusts
Events Assistant | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Member Engagement Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Vice President, Program and Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Senior Director, Strategy and Racial Equity | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director, Washington, DC Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Program Director, Virginia Community | Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

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Here’s some Michael Jackson to start off your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

– Kendra

How the Thriving Germantown initiative is supporting a low-income community in Montgomery County

MARYLAND/POVERTY | Many of the students at Daly Elementary School in Germantown, Maryland are from low-income families of color. The school staff strives to meet the students needs outside of education but often aren’t able. After learning of the community, Crystal Townsend, WRAG board member and president of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation, stepped in with help from other organizations to offer additional resources through the Thriving Germantown initiative. (Bethesda Magazine, 10/24)

“There isn’t an anchor nonprofit in Germantown, and there isn’t a municipality, but here we have the fastest-growing population and poverty rate in the county,” said HIF president Crystal Carr Townsend, who has spent much of her career overseeing social service programs. “How do you make headway on this? How do you catch this tide before Daly becomes a 90-percent FARMS school?”

With support from several funders, Family Service Inc. operates the Thriving Germantown Community HUB, designed to help Germantown families connect to health care, early child care, food assistance, workforce development, ESOL classes and more. The focal point is Daly: Each school year, families with a child in pre-Kindergarten or kindergarten will be eligible to enroll in the program, and by the end of the pilot the entire Daly community will have the option to participate, says Townsend.

IMMIGRATIONWill Central Americans, Haitians ‘Protected’ by U.S. Be Sent Home? (NBC News, 10/23)

FOOD/ WORKFORCE
– A new urban farm in the District’s ward 7 community will grow food and teach residents interested in selling their own food how to start their own businesses. (NextCity, 10/24)

– Four prominent chefs discuss the challenges they face as queer women in the food industry. (CivilEats, 10/24)

CHILDREN & YOUTH | The DC Policy Center has released a new report, Needs Assessment of Out-of-School Time Programs in the District of Columbia, that explores how the District’s out-of-school time programs are meeting the needs of youth across the city. (DC Policy Center, 10/24)

HEALTH CAREHotly Contested Proposal On Prescription Drug Prices Could End Up Before D.C. Voters (WAMU, 11/24)


This graphic artist is telling the lesser known stories of the District through comic form.

– Kendra