Tag: transgender rights

DC has finally closed the DC General shelter

– The District officially closed the DC General shelter yesterday. Many of the new shelters that were supposed to house the families are not ready, but the city was able to place them in alternative housing. (WAMU, 10/30)

The final closure of the long-troubled shelter, years in the making, was brief and without fanfare. A chain hung loosely across one set of doors and rooms inside the building had been emptied of possessions and cleaned. There was little evidence that the building — which served as a public hospital until it was shuttered in 2001, and as a shelter for a decade — had once housed 270 families at a time, amounting to more than a thousand men, women and children.

“We embarked four years ago on closing D.C. General,” said [DC Mayor] Bowser. “We all believed it was too big, too rundown, too isolated to serve families who need emergency shelter. We have worked over the course of the last four years to create short term family housing in all eight wards of the city.”

– A recent study found unsheltered homeless people face higher mortality rates than sheltered individuals (Street Sense Media, 10/17)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A new report by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that of the 22 DC agencies that frequently interact with domestic violence survivors, only two have policies on how to respond to reports of domestic violence. (WaPo, 10/31)

NONPROFITS | Susan Nall Bales, founder and board chair of the FrameWorks Institute, advises nonprofits on how to frame their issues better. (NPQ, 10/30)

HEALTHNew Study Suggests People in Arlington’s Poorest Neighborhoods Are Less Able to Lead Healthy Lives (ARLnow, 10/30)

WORKFORCE | A federal labor board has found that a Maryland hospital discouraged nurses from forming a union. (Baltimore Sun, 10/31)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | As the federal administration moves to strip transgender people of their rights, the DC Office of Human Rights assures that the city’s local laws our strong. (DCist, 10/30)

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– Kendra

DC residents organize to support a Mt. Pleasant grocer

BUSINESS | Residents and community advocates in DC’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood recently organized a benefit concert for a local grocer, BestWorld, after it was rumored that CVS was looking to purchase the property. (Citylab, 10/24)

“On any given day [at BestWorld], you will see brown people, black people, Asian people, rich people, poor people—it’s accessible to everyone,” says Mariel Garcia, the community organizer who assembled the benefit. “I can’t think of anywhere else in D.C. where you can go and buy jackfruit, African fufu powder, Jamaican jerk seasoning, and noodles for your Korean barbecue.”

Residents fear that selling out to CVS would also mean losing the Salvadoran restaurant next door, whose property belongs to the same landlord, Michael Choi. (His decision to lease an adjacent space to a Subway restaurant prompted emoji-filled protests a few years back.) A CVS could spell doom for an independent pharmacy across the street, as well as other spots on the strip. As community organizer Dawne Langford points out, even discounting Mount Pleasant’s existing pharmacy, there’s already another CVS about four blocks east and a different one less than a mile away.

Wells Fargo has announced that it will increase its charitable giving in DC to a total of $1.6 billion over the next five years. (WBJ, 10/23)

– CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will give $2.1 million to eleven community health organizations in the Greater Washington region that are supporting addiction treatment. (Baltimore Sun, 10/24)

– The Immigration Film Festival, the longest continually running festival showing films that highlight the immigrant experience, will begin screening films this weekend. (WCP, 10/24)

– Rain, The First Art Installation At The NoMa Underpass, Is (Finally) Being Unveiled (DCist, 10/24)

EDUCATION | A recent analysis found that the District’s teacher turnover rate is high. Now teachers are speaking out about why they leave. (WTOP, 10/24)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Column: Ruby Corado, founder of CASA Ruby, a drop-in center and shelter for LGBTQIA people in the District, discusses the administration’s plan to erase transgender people. (WaPo, 10/24)

Here’s why there’s a bee mural at the National Zoo.

– Kendra

The administration’s plan to erase transgender people

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | A recent memo reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to redefine gender as either male or female, “unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.” This definition would erase transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals as well as impose a binary that people have been fighting against for decades. (Atlantic, 10/21)

…this is a federal agency proposing widespread genetic testing and keeping records of citizens’ genitals. This is a proposal by the government imposing an expectation that everyone look and act in one of two ways, and that everything in between is somehow not right—an aberration, an anomaly, a flaw, a problem, a disease—rather than a marvel of the natural world, a way that humans survive and thrive not despite but because of our complexity as a species.

Even those who believe a simplistic dichotomy does and should explain the world—regardless of the millions of people who exist as evidence to the contrary—should see reason to question the American-ness of government imposing such a rigid prescription on everyone.

HIV/AIDS | Executive director Channing Wickham and senior program officer Jennifer Jue of the Washington AIDS Partnership discuss the Mobile Outreach Retention and Engagement initiative (MORE). MORE was created to help people living with HIV to access and stay in care when traditional medical services have not worked for them. (Daily, 10/22)

SOCIAL JUSTICE | Opinion: Philanthropy Won’t Change the World Unless It Takes More Risks. Here’s How. (Chronicle, 10/17 – Subscription needed)

– Virginia will begin accepting applications from low-income adults who are newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid on November 1. (WAMU, 10/18)

– What to know about acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness that’s affecting children (Baltimore Sun, 10/17)

EDUCATION | The American Civil Liberties Union has partnered with four Prince George’s County students who are challenging the school system’s summer school tuition policy, which makes families pay for the student to attend summer school. (WaPo, 10/21)

TRANSITIs Uber the Enemy or Ally of Public Transit? (Citylab, 10/19)

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Why the rising popularity of ugly produce is good news

FOOD WASTE | The consumption of imperfect or flawed fruits and vegetables is on the rise. While the produce has largely gone to food banks or to waste in the past, recently, some for-profit businesses have begun to sell them in an effort to stop food waste and to try to change our society’s views on food. (WCP, 5/17)

According to Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED), 63 million tons of food goes to waste every year. Ten million tons, or 16 percent, of that waste happens at the first stage of the supply chain—on the farm. One of the solutions ReFED recommends is accepting and integrating ugly produce into the food system.

That step alone would slow climate change by diverting 266,000 tons of waste away from landfills and on-farm losses, reducing greenhouse gases by 422,000 tons and saving 39 billion gallons of water every year, according to ReFED.

IMMIGRATION | The Montgomery County Council has approved $370,000 in funds to pay for legal representation for certain low-income immigrants who are facing deportation. (Bethesda Beat, 5/22)

TAX REFORM | Foundations and Nonprofits Split Over How to Respond to Tax Changes (Chronicle, 5/22 -Subscription needed)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | A Virginia court has ruled that school officials violated the constitutional rights of Gavin Grimm, a Virginia transgender teen who was prohibited from using the boys’ restroom in his high school in 2015. (WaPo, 5/22)

COMMUNITY | What do Prince George’s County residents think about the southern half of the county being labelled ‘ward 9’ of the District? This WAMU article asks community members. (WAMU, 5/22)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | Column: ‘No relief in sight’: Hundreds of Virginia inmates languish in solitary confinement for years, groups find. (WaPo, 5/22)

Here’s another reason to sleep in on the weekend…

– Kendra

Charitable giving in Loudoun County lags behind the region’s giving

CHARITABLE GIVING | A new analysis by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that Loudoun County’s giving rates have remained the same since 2014. Amy Owen, executive director of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, which recently launched the Faces of Loudoun campaign responded to the news with disappointment. WRAG worked on the Faces of Loudoun campaign with the foundation to bring awareness to challenges faced by low-income families in the county. (Loudoun Times, 2/1)

The first study, released in 2014, showed the median total gifts given to charity from Loudouners was $3,167, or 1.9 percent of their income. The 2017 study shows the figure remained at 1.9 percent, which equates to a median gift of $3,685.

Amy Owen, executive director of the Community Foundation, said she is disappointed by the findings.
“This is based on 2015 data, there is a two year time lapse to get the data out. We are very hopeful we are making an impact,” Owen said.

HOUSINGHUD May Push New Work Requirements for Public Housing Residents (CityLab, 2/2)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility has announced its 2018 faculty. Staff include:

  • Timothy J. McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation;
  • Diane Melley, Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives at IBM
  • Catherine Foca, President of the Capital One Foundation
  • Kim Fortunato, President of the Campbell Soup Foundation
  • Katherine Neebe, Senior Director, ESG, Trust & Transparency at Walmart
  • Aman Singh, Head of Content Strategy at FUTERRA.

There’s still time to register through March 1st or until the class is full. Download an application here.

ARTS PHILANTHROPY | Janet Brown, former executive director of Grantmakers in the Arts, discusses why the organization made racial equity a priority and the future of arts funding. (Barry’s Blog, 1/29)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | On Consumer Health Foundation‘s blog, I wrote about the life expectancy of transgender women of color and how the District can support the health of this community. (CHF Blog, 2/5)

– Fairfax County’s appeals process for students in advanced academic programs in public schools is facing criticism from parents and students. (WTOP, 2/3)

– Students at a Maryland high school created videos to show how they practice kindness at their school. Watch the videos here and here. (Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, 2/2)

TRANSIT | DC officials are looking into public transportation options that cater to seniors and night-shift workers. (WaPo, 2/3)

HOMELESSNESS | A proposed bill to prohibit panhandling in Montgomery County drew opposition from firefighters at a recent hearing. (Bethesda Beat, 2/2)

Watch these adorable kids impersonate journalists and talk about black excellence here.

– Kendra

A new report reveals “islands of disadvantage” in Northern Virginia

POVERTY | A new report, commissioned by the Northern Virginia Health Foundation and authored by the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, explores the disadvantages communities face by census tract in Northern Virginia. The report found that opportunity for social and economic mobility varies dramatically across the region. (WTOP, 11/28)

The study found that life expectancy differs as much as 18 years between the areas of prosperity and low-income neighborhoods. Dr. Steven Woolf [of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health] said African-Americans and Hispanics are overrepresented in the disadvantaged areas, contrasting with areas of affluence largely occupied by whites and Asians.

CHARITABLE GIVING | Gretchen Greiner-Lott, WRAG’s vice president, breaks down the impact of the proposed tax reform bill on charitable giving. (Daily, 11/28)

Related: Yesterday, the National Council of Nonprofits hosted a webinar on what the tax reform bill will mean for nonprofits, and how they can act to improve the legislation. Listen here

HEALTH CARE | DC’s Providence Hospital closed its maternity ward in October, now expectant mother’s are forced to find another hospital and doctor. (WAMU, 11/21)

ENVIRONMENT/ WORKFORCE | In Prince George’s, meeting storm water regulations means investing in small, local businesses (WaPo, 11/23)

EDUCATION | District school leaders react to a proposed bill to prohibit out-of-school suspensions for minor offenses. (WaPo, 11/22)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the government must allow transgender people to join the military starting on January 1, 2018. (NBC, 11/27)

On #GivingTuesday, the National Museum of American History tells the history of philanthropy by prominent and regular citizens.

– Kendra

DC transportation program that benefits elderly and disabled residents has restricted its trips

TRANSPORTATION | Transport DC, a transportation program that allows residents, many of whom are elderly and disabled, to take a cab for any purpose for $5, has restricted the trips it offers to just doctor appointments and employment needs. Officials say the change is a result of the high demand for rides and budget limits. (WaPo, 10/15)

Officials say the District is paying about 44 percent less per trip than it would pay Metro for providing the same trips through MetroAccess. Transport DC also has helped reduce the city’s MetroAccess subsidy by 100,000 trips — or about $5 million.

Advocates cite these figures as reason to continue to allow residents to use the Transport DC program for all city travel.

“It was always intended to take trips off MetroAccess,” said Heidi Case, an advocate and user of Transport DC. “They think that if these people can’t use Transport DC they have the MetroAccess option. That costs more — twice as much.”

– Providence Hospital closed its maternity ward yesterday. Watch Kelly Sweeney McShane, CEO of Community of Hope, share why this has created a maternity care crisis for low-income and overwhelmingly Black and Latinx women in the District. (WJLA, 10/16)

– Chet Burrell, CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, discussed how the recent changes to the Affordable Care Act will impact the insurance provider. (WBJ, 10/13)

EDUCATION | A Maryland private school has lost its state voucher after the board of the state voucher program learned of its anti-LGBTQ policy. (Baltimore Sun, 10/13)

IMMIGRATION | Opinion: I’m a ‘dreamer.’ If someone must be punished, let it be me. (WaPo, 10/12)

HOUSING/ VIRGINIA | The Manassas city council has decided not to buy a mobile home park, which would have caused the eviction of 200 people. Instead, a nonprofit has agreed to purchase it for the residents. (Inside NOVA, 10/16)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTSTransgender Survey Shows Dismaying Discrimination Rates In D.C. (DCist, 10/16)

A brief synopsis about what the world was like the year you were born. Don’t be afraid of the black screen, it sets the scene.

– Kendra