Tag: sexual harassment

Virginia to study high rates of evictions in the state

HOUSING | After a recent study found that five Virginia cities had eviction rates among the highest in the country, the state has decided to convene a work group to study the problem. (Richmond Times, 5/7)

A separate Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis of eviction records found that Richmond’s public housing authority initiated more evictions than any other landlord in the state, while some private landlords were even more aggressive about using the courts to force tenants to pay rent or leave.

Martin Wegbreit, director of litigation for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, pointed out several examples of ways in which the legal system is “unfriendly” to tenants by giving them little legal recourse in disputes with landlords unless their debts are fully paid.

DISCRIMINATION
– Richard E. Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, announced that his foundation will no longer recognize sports teams that denigrate Native Americans with its RWJF Sports Award. (USA Today, 5/7)

– In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the National Women’s Law Center will be sharing overlooked histories, stories and research about this community. Learn more here. (NWLC, 5/1)

SEXUAL HARASSMENT‘We’re In This Together:’ Northern Virginia Faith Leaders Discuss Their Role In #MeToo Movement (WAMU, 5/7)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation, discusses how CSR professionals can use new power ideas without sacrificing the old.(American Express, 5/7) We’re excited to see Tim for the second session of the 2018 Institute for CSR later this week!

LGBTQIA RIGHTS |Opinion: The Federal Farm Bill Will Take Food Out of the Mouths of LGBT Seniors (Advocate, 5/2)


Here are some cool photos of tulips in the Netherlands.

– Kendra

How the new citizenship question will impact Langley Park

2020 CENSUS  | Langley Park, MD has one of the highest percentage of noncitizen residents in any US city: 80% of the men and over 50% of the women. Residents, advocates, and lawmakers are all concerned about how the addition of a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census will impact their community. (WaPo, 4/16)

The decision to include the question has generated alarm in ethnic media and in states where many noncitizens live. Even though it is illegal for the Census Bureau to share information with other federal agencies, immigrants’ advocates say some fear the question — coming as President Trump has vowed to aggressively enforce immigration laws — will be used to find and deport them. If those immigrants therefore refuse to fill out the census survey, it could trigger an undercount that would deprive jurisdictions — including those that voted for Trump — of a share of political power and federal funds for roads, bridges and schools.

RACIAL EQUITY | In the second session of WRAG and Leadership Greater Washington’s Putting Racism on the Table: Expanding the Table for Racial Equity series, Dr. Robin DiAngelo discussed the way race shapes the lives of white people, why it is so hard for white people to see racism, and common white racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards racial equity.  Click here to watch the video and download the accompanying discussion and viewing guides.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT/PHILANTHROPY | Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NoVo Foundation, asks why the #MeToo movement hasn’t come to the philanthropic sector and urges grantmakers to increase funding for gender-based violence. (PND Blog, 4/16)

IMMIGRATION
– Today, the Montgomery County Council will vote on whether to award funding to the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition to provide legal services to immigrants facing deportation. (WaPo, 4/16)

– A federal judge has banned a new Justice Department policy that rewarded local police departments for increased cooperation with ICE. (NextCity, 4/16)

HEALTH CARE | Maryland’s ACA exchange moves forward with plan to lower premiums, stabilize insurance marketplace (WBJ, 4/17)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Armed with the belief that if police officers knew black history it may help them better police black communities, the Metropolitan Police Department is requiring a mandatory training course on black history for its officers. (Washingtonian, 4/16)

Related: Dr. Bernard Demczuk, retired professor from George Washington University, is one of two people teaching this course on critical race theory to police officers. Watch Dr. Demczuk discuss DC’s racial history at the kick off of this year’s Putting Racism on the Table series here.

EDUCATIONLimited School Funding Can Lead to the Misuse of Extra Resources for Low-Income Students: A Closer Look at ‘At-Risk’ Funds (DCFPI, 4/13)


The Daily will be back on Thursday!

This website can tell you the Indigenous history of the area you live in.

– Kendra

States are investing in gun violence research

PUBLIC SAFETY | In 1996, Congress approved the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the CDC from using funding to “advocate or promote gun control.” Since then, there has been little to none gun violence research by the agency. States and the philanthropic sector are now stepping up to do this research. (WaPo, 3/12)

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year found that from 2004 to 2015, research related to gun violence was “substantially underfunded and understudied” compared with other leading causes of death, based on the mortality rates of each.

The influence of pro-gun groups has also dissuaded many private foundations from funding such research, according to David Hemenway, who studies gun violence and injury prevention at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.

ARTS & HUMANITIES | The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis has released a study that shows DC’s arts and culture industries lead the nation in contributions to the local GDP. (DC Theater Scene, 3/9)

HEALTH
– As the administration continues to make changes to the Affordable Care Act, some states are taking their own steps to prevent the changes from hurting citizens. (Citylab, 3/9)

– Some believe the administration’s proposed changes to immigration policy will hurt the home health care workforce, which employs a large population of immigrants. (NPR, 3/5)

HOUSINGA Provision Hidden in the Banking Bill Could Hurt Black Homeowners (Atlantic, 3/9)

SEXUAL HARASSMENT | Cheryl Kagan, a Maryland senator, has become the first woman in the State House to publicly accuse a man of sexual harassment since the #MeToo movement began. (WaPo, 3/11)

TRANSPORTATION
– The Virginia General Assembly has voted to give Metro $154 million a year, if DC and Maryland agree to do the same. (WaPo, 3/10)

Washington’s Unloved Subway Opens a Swag Shop. Riders Aren’t Rushing the Doors. (NYT, 3/9)


Here’s something to make you smile on this Monday:

hokey pokey

Thanks to Pat Mathews, president and CEO of Northern Virginia Health Foundation, for the great idea to start doing a Monday smile (and the first entry)!

Do you want to be involved? Send us a picture of something that has made you smile and we may include it in the “Daily WRAG’s Monday Smile”!

Email us your content at allen@washingtongrantmakers.org.

– Kendra

These DC women helped establish sexual harassment protections in the workforce

SEXUAL HARASSMENT | As the #MeToo movement has reached from Hollywood to politics to the media and the nonprofit sector, conversations about consent and the history of sexual harassment laws has increased. Washingtonian has published an article about one of three DC area women whose court case helped establish sexual-harassment protections for women in the workforce. (Washingtonian, 3/4)

Robert Adler, thin with dark curly hair, scoured the library for sexual-harassment lawsuits with his team, hoping to assemble a playbook of winning arguments to use in Sandra Bundy’s case. They found little to be encouraged about. “Most of the case law was going to go against us,” says Arthur Chotin, the attorney who argued the case at trial.

At that time, judges took it for granted that men would pursue women at work just as they did at the local bar—and “there was nothing the law could do about it nor should do about it,” says Gillian Thomas, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. In her book about landmark discrimination cases, Because of Sex, Thomas cites a New Jersey judge who ruled against an early harassment claim by saying the law wasn’t meant to “provide a federal remedy for what amounts to a physical attack motivated by sexual desire . . . which happened to occur in a corporate corridor rather than a back alley.”

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Katy Moore, WRAG’s managing director of corporate strategy, discusses how diversity initiatives alone will not erase the racial inequities we see in the business community and highlights Deloitte‘s efforts to make white men full diversity partners. (Daily, 3/7)

RACIAL EQUITY | Nicky Goren, vice chair of WRAG’s Board of Directors and president and CEO of Meyer Foundation, discusses the foundation’s journey to adopt a racial equity lens and how the Greater Washington region’s philanthropic sector has responded to the administration’s new policies. (PND Blog, 3/6)

NONPROFITS | What It Takes: How a Charity Confronted Its Lack of Diversity and Found New Strength (Chronicle, 3/7 – Subscription needed)

EDUCATION | DC will enforce its attendance policy for graduating seniors this year. This decision is complicating the lives of students who have already missed more days than allowed. (WaPo, 3/6)

HEALTHPatients Like Hospital Care At Home, But Some Insurers Are Skeptical (NPR, 3/7)


The Atlantic has created visuals to W.E.B. Du Bois’ writings on how it feels to be a problem in America.

– Kendra

Students call for gun reform in the region and across the country

EDUCATION/PUBLIC SAFETY | After the Parkland school shooting last week, students are organizing to become gun reform advocates. Yesterday, local students participated in a three minute “lie-in” in front of the White House to represent the students killed in the shooting. (WaPo, 2/19)

“This could be a breaking point,” said Whitney Bowen, 16, an organizer of the D.C. protest. “We’re still just 16, but at least we’re old enough to have our voices be heard.”

“We’re not 18 yet so we can’t vote, but we have an advantage living in D.C. and as teenagers with access to social media,” Bowen said. “I don’t want to be known as a member of the mass shooting generation. It’s horrible and it’s devastating and it’s not the legacy I want to leave.”

NONPROFITS/SEXUAL HARASSMENT | In response to the #MeToo movement, Vu Le, creator of the popular blog Nonprofit AF, discusses some strategies the nonprofit sector can embrace in order to foster a safe working environment. (NAF Blog, 2/12)

HOMELESSNESS | The DC Interagency Council on Homelessness has released a report exploring experiences of women who have experienced and continue to experience homelessness in the District. It found that three out of four women are survivors of violence. (WaPo, 2/19)

HOUSING | Proposed changes to the housing voucher program could further harm low-income families. (Nation, 2/16)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | The District’s Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced a bill to protect the rights of the city’s LGBTQIA residents and the city’s reproductive freedom laws from interference by Congress. (MetroWeekly, 2/16)


Here’s some interesting local Arlington history you may not have heard of…

– Kendra