Tag: transgender rights

Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn’t protect transgender employees

WORKFORCE/TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | In 2014, former Attorney General Eric Holder released a memo explicitly stating that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender employees from discrimination. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released a memo stating that this law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work. (NBC News, 10/5)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo Wednesday asserting that federal civil rights law does not protect transgender people from discrimination at work. The memo refers specifically to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex.

“Although federal law, including Title VII, provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se,” the memo, signed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, states. “Title VII expressly prohibits discrimination ‘because of sex…’ and several other protected traits, but it does not refer to gender identity. ‘Sex’ is ordinarily defined to mean biologically male or female.”

HEALTH CARE | United Medical Center Nurses Want Changes At Troubled Hospital (WAMU, 10/6)

– According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, the city’s 2018 budget doesn’t include enough funding for affordable housing for the District’s extremely low-income families. (DCFPI, 10/5)

– Housing Insights, a new affordable housing tool designed to help policymakers and advocates understand the state of affordable housing in the District, has launched. Try the tool now

IMMIGRATION | Sanctuary DMV, a local network of activists who want to help immigrant communities, have created a rapid response number for people to call if they are experiencing or witnessing an ICE raid. (WCP, 10/5)

EDUCATION‘Concern’ And ‘Confusion’ As Schools Review New Sexual Assault Guidelines (WAMU, 10/8)

VETERANS | Starting next month, Prince William County, VA veterans who are arrested and have to appear in court will have a special hearing on a “veterans docket”. (Potomac Local, 10/5)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Citing the lack of women artists in museums, this local artist is intentionally featuring only artwork by women in her latest exhibit. (WTOP, 10/6)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Prevention Coordinator | Montgomery County Collaboration Council – New!
Sr. Manager, Corporate Relations | Exelon
Program Coordinator | Exponent Philanthropy
Content Manager | Exponent Philanthropy
Director of Development | The Literacy Lab
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum
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

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– Kendra

New report explores how philanthropy can foster an equitable regional food system

FOOD/ EQUITY | A new report, Funding the Foodshed: An Assessment of Funding Levels, Priorities, and Opportunities in the Chesapeake Region, by Arabella Advisors provides an analysis of the state of food funding in the region and uncovers trends, gaps, and actionable opportunities for funders. (Arabella Advisors, 7/26)

The first step to attract funding to address the regional food system holistically is communicating a vision of success to other funders—both regional and national, food-focused and non-food-focused. Providing resources for the creation and distribution of such a message will be crucial to fostering collaboration and holistic thinking throughout the foodshed. The narrative would outline actionable goals for the future and indicators to track and report progress, and it would elevate needs and tailor messages in a way that resonates with the most critical individuals, groups, and funders within philanthropy and other funding sources in the region.

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released a statement in response to the president’s recent anti-transgender statements. Read it here

WORKFORCE | A Montgomery County council member has introduced new legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. (Bethesda Beat, 7/26)

YOUTH | Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color (Atlantic, 7/27)

– The House appropriations committee has approved a bill to continue financing the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and other cultural agencies. (NYT, 7/20)

– How public art can strengthen a community (GGWash, 7/19)

HEALTH CARELosing Obamacare Could Leave Tens of Thousands of D.C. Residents Without Insurance (Street Sense, 7/26)

The Smithsonian’s Asian-American Literary Festival is happening this weekend.

– Kendra

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act is near

– Yesterday, amid weeks of protests by individuals who will be negatively impacted by recent proposals to cut Medicaid funding and other programs, the Senate voted to begin debating the healthcare bill that will repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. (NYT, 7/25)

Senate Republicans still have no agreement on a repeal bill that they can ultimately pass to uproot the law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans.

The Senate is now moving ahead with debate, amendments and ultimately a final vote in the coming days on legislation that would have a profound effect on the American health care system — roughly one-sixth of the United States’ economy. But it is entirely possible that by week’s end, the senators will have passed nothing.

– Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses the underlying race-related issues in the healthcare policy debate that few are talking about. (CHF Blog, 7/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Foundations Are Deepening Racism Even as They Seek to Fight It (Chronicle, 7/25 – Subscription needed)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | The president announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military on Twitter. (WaPo, 7/26)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A federal appeals court has ruled that the District’s strict concealed-carry gun law violates the Second Amendment and can’t be enforced. (DCist, 7/25)

HOUSING | A promising new coalition in the District looks to rewrite the politics of urban housing (Vox, 7/24)

ENVIRONMENT | Due to efforts to promote less waste in the Greater Washington region, including a ban on Styrofoam, more people are recycling. (WTOP, 7/26)

INNOVATION | The Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland have come together to launch a competition for Maryland residents focused on sparking innovation to address some of Howard County’s social issues. (Baltimore Sun, 7/17)

IMMIGRATION | A judge has ruled against a Justice Department decision that nonprofit legal groups cannot provide “certain legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation unless it undertakes full, formal representation of them in court.” (USNews, 7/24)

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– Kendra

Houses of worship step up to protect immigrants in DC

IMMIGRATION | The District is a sanctuary city, which means it welcomes refugees and undocumented immigrants, and law enforcement does not coordinate with ICE. Many organizations and individuals in the city are taking protection to another level, especially houses of worship. Congregations and church leaders are having “know your rights” sessions for immigrants, hosting those in danger of deportation and teaching others how to be good allies. (WCP, 3/2)

Houses of worship in D.C. have done this kind of work before. In the 1980s, several provided sanctuary for Central American refugees fleeing civil war. Right now, nearly 100,000 immigrants live in the District, and more than 11 million live in the U.S.

In D.C., Temple Sinai is among the first congregations to publicly offer sanctuary. “We declare ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation willing to host in our building temple employees, their families, and certain other members of our community who might need temporary protection as they seek to address their immigration status,” reads a letter signed by Rabbi Jonathan Roos and posted to the temple’s Facebook page. Far from the city’s Latin American enclave, Temple Sinai’s board voted Feb. 15 on the measure, which is meant to include immigrants connected to the temple’s many service programs.

HOMELESSNESSAdvocates And Critics Of D.C.’s Planned New Homeless Shelters Go Head To Head At Zoning Marathon (WAMU, 3/2)

HOUSING | A Montgomery County-commissioned rental housing study found the county needs 20,000 affordable rental homes to meet the demand. (Bethesda Beat, 3/2)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, discusses why the Institute for CSR is valuable for CSR professionals. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 3/2)

Related: Registration deadline for the 2017 Institute for CSR extended to March 8. Click here to learn more or to download an application.

RACIAL EQUITY/WORKFORCE | A new report, Still Looking for Work: Unemployment in DC Highlights Racial Inequity, by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute found that Black DC residents are the only racial/ethnic group whose unemployment rate is higher than it was pre-recession. (DCFPI, 3/2)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | People caught with a small amount of marijuana will not be provided a court appointed lawyer, according to a new Arlington County policy. (ARLnow, 3/2)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | Column: Williams: Transgender youths need support against discrimination (Richmond Times, 3/2)

NONPROFITNational Council of Nonprofits Launches Coalition Campaign to Oppose Repeal of Johnson Amendment (NPQ, 3/2)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Executive Director | International Association for Volunteer Effort– New!
Executive Director | Catalogue for Philanthropy
Part-time Accountant | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Donor Services Associate, District of Columbia | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Senior Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Nonprofit Project Accountant | Arabella Advisors
Human Resources Manager | Arabella Advisors
Executive Assistant to the President (P/T) | ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
Associate Director, Policy & Communications | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Administrative Associate
| Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers 
Manager, Operations & Programming
| Walker’s Legacy Foundation
Senior Associate, Engagement – Mid-Atlantic and Retail and Direct Bank markets
| Capital One
Executive Director
| Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

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Can you name 5 artists who are women?

– Kendra

Segregation in DC’s school system

– A new report, “Our Segregated Capital,” by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA found that the District’s public school system is still highly segregated. According to the report, “the combined share of African American and Latino students was 88% in 2013, but 93% of their classmates came from these same groups.” The report also suggested ways the District could address the problem. (WaPo, 2/26)

The report also found that:

– Ninety-three percent of students from poor families who attended charter schools in 2012 had almost no white classmates. For such students in regular public schools, the share was 87 percent.

– Segregation is more intense in charter schools than in regular public schools. Nearly 70 percent of charters in 2012 had no white students or almost none, compared with 50 percent of regular public schools.

– D.C. private schools are growing more white. In 2001-02, white students accounted for 32 percent of the city’s private school enrollment. Ten years later, nearly 60 percent of D.C. private students were white.

– DC student sues city after tuition assistance grant is denied because her mother is an immigrant (WJLA, 2/28)

– To move into the middle class, many advise lower-income families to buy homes or invest in stocks. This article explores the two options. (GGW, 2/28)

– D.C. Attorney General Hires Litigator to Focus on Affordable Housing (WCP, 2/24)

– Maryland’s County Council is considering a bill that would require healthier products in vending machines on county property. (Bethesda Beat, 2/28)

– Ed Hunter, president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation, discusses how we can protect public health evidence. (Medium, 2/28)

ENVIRONMENT | Supporters and opponents of a fracking ban in Maryland continue to voice their concerns. (WAMU, 2/28)

ARTS & HUMANITIESArts Leaders Aim to Take Action to Stem Cuts to Arts and Humanities Endowments (Chronicle, 2/28 – Subscription needed)

PHILANTHROPY | Philanthropists Need to Stand With the Most Vulnerable and Marginalized (NCRP Blog, 2/28)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/TRANSGENDER RIGHTSACLU sues D.C. police for warrantless arrest of transgender activist (WaPo, 2/28)

This is why you should play with your food.

– Kendra

Transgender students may lose federal protections

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | For a while, students were legally allowed to use the restrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identified with. Yesterday the new administration announced it would roll back protections for transgender students. While this is alarming for all transgender individuals, it is especially harmful to those experiencing gender dysphoria. For this group, the basic right to express one’s gender is paramount to one’s survival. (WaPo, 2/21)

The Obama administration’s guidance was based on the position that requiring students to use a restroom that clashes with their gender identity is a violation of Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination. Transgender students and their parents cheered Obama’s move to expand the protections, but it drew legal challenges from those who believe it was a federal intrusion into local affairs and a violation of social norms.

The issue of which bathrooms transgender people should be permitted to use has evolved in recent years into a central debate about rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Transgender advocates say that allowing people with gender dysphoria to use their preferred restroom is essential for their health and psychological well-being. Opponents say the accommodations violate student privacy and traditional values.

– Rachel Tappis, Director of Community Impact at the Advisory Board Company, reflects on her time in WRAG’s Institute for CSR, and the invaluable knowledge she gained from the program. (Daily, 2/22)

How Can Businesses Build Effective Partnerships with NGOs? (The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 1/25)

Related: This is just one of the many topics we’ll cover in the first session of the 2017 Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. Class kicks off March 16. Applications are due by February 28. Register here

– The Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charitable 501(c)(3) organizations from participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, may be repealed. The Council on Foundations has determined that private foundations can engage in communications with legislators in support of or in opposition to any repeal or modification of the terms of the Johnson Amendment. Learn more (Council on Foundations, 2/7)

Related: Funders are invited to join us on Monday, March 13th for Foundations and Advocacy: It’s Time to Get in the Ring, a training with Alliance for Justice that will explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts and engage in advocacy themselves. Register now

– Crystal Townsend, Healthcare Initiative Foundation president and member of WRAG’s Board of Directors, is featured in this month’s Grantmakers In Health Grantmakers in Focus section. (GIH, 2/17)

HIV/AIDS | The Affordable Care Act allows a significant number of people with HIV to access health coverage. (Huffington Post, 2/15)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | The District’s Skyland Town Center project just signed a lease with CVS and plans to move forward with development this year. (WBJ, 2/21)

INCOME INEQUALITYThe Only Thing, Historically, That’s Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe (Atlantic, 2/22)

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– Kendra