Mayor Muriel Bowser recently presented “A Fair Shot,” the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) Budget and Financial Plan, to the Council of the District of Columbia as part of the District’s annual budget process. The $14.5 billion budget proposal includes investments in infrastructure, education, affordable housing, health and human services, economic opportunity, seniors, and public safety.
“This budget is about giving more Washingtonians a fair shot,” said Mayor Bowser. “From investing in tax credits that make child care more affordable to expanding programs that allow seniors to age in place, the Fair Shot budget will do more to make Washington, DC a place where people of all backgrounds and in all stages of life are able to live and thrive.”
At this week’s DC Council legislative meeting, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced three bills on a variety of topics.
The “Warnings Before Citations Amendment Act of 2018” would require the District Department of Public Works (DPW) to give a warning to residents before issuing a $75 citation related to residential trash cans being improperly stored in alleys. Councilmember Todd introduced this legislation after writing a letter to DPW Director Christopher Shorter on the subject. The push comes in response to significant concern among Ward 4 residents about the apparent sudden increase in citations.
The NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has joined a coalition of other social justice organizations to push for more affordable housing policies across the country through the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign.
Recent NLIHC research shows the U.S. has a shortage of 7.2 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income (ELI) renters, and 11 million ELI renter households are severely housing cost-burdened, spending more than half of their incomes on housing. There are only 35 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 ELI households nationwide, and no state has an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. Just one out of four eligible low income households receives federal housing assistance.
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide transitioning veterans opportunities for training to mentor youth and serve their communities. This collaboration will provide personal and professional transition assistance to veterans in Houston, Washington, D.C., San Diego, and Seattle, where TMF will conduct Veteran Transition Workshops, as well as trainings to become Character Does Matter presenters. This partnership will enable TMF to expand their services to a larger audience of veterans, who will be provided with a redefined role in their community and the platform to engage our youth in the essential discussion of character and servant leadership. This process benefits our veterans, our youth, and our nation, one community at a time.
(BlackNews.com) — MobilizeGreen, a national non-profit on a mission to jumpstart green careers for diverse young people who want to change the world, will host its 2018 Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair at American University (AU) and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). March 22-23, at AU Constitution Hall, East Campus Commons, 3319-3395 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, DC.
In response to the gap that continues to exist between leadership in the environmental sector and people of color, the theme of this year’s event is, “Achieving Environmental Equity: Can it be Done Now?” and the title of the luncheon keynote is “Dissecting The Intersection of Race, Environmental Equity, and Pop Culture.”
One hundred teens from across the nation participated in Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine — a four-day, immersive and transformational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which concluded this weekend.
The 100 students were selected from thousands of applicants nationwide for this once-in-a-lifetime mentoring program that is designed to assist them in identifying and pursuing their dreams. The students, along with a parent or guardian, received an all-expense-paid trip to Disney to participate in the program, which features a series of career-oriented workshops and leadership seminars.
The Kennedy Street, NW Economic Development & Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee (KSED) that Councilmember Todd legislatively created will have their first meeting public meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Roots Public Charter School (15 Kennedy Street, NW). Councilmember Todd invites all members of the public who are interested to attend.
Energy assistance is still available in Washington, D.C. and Maryland to help Pepco customers pay for winter energy bills. Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Pepco customers can receive up to $1,500 in grant support toward their energy bill that they do not have to pay back. Customers must apply during LIHEAP’s open period to ensure they can secure their grant while money is still available.
Customers in Washington, D.C. and Maryland can submit LIHEAP applications now to secure their grants. Customers can apply for LIHEAP through Sept. 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and June 30, 2018 in Maryland. Washington, D.C. customers can get more information on where to apply for benefits here: https://doee.dc.gov/liheap. Maryland customers should visit: http://www.liheap.us/maryland-heap/.
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services has released its first DOES Customer Service Report. The report highlights the areas of improved service across the agency including improvements in performance, accountability, accessibility, outreach, technology and employee engagement. As the Bowser Administration is committed to providing District residents with quality customer service, DOES has implemented initiatives that provide a continuous standard of service including the development of the DOES Customer Service Bill of Rights, increasing internal customer service training and adding additional access to language and assistive services at DOES.
Daniela Gonzalez is a mother of two who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from middle and high school in Jackson and is now enrolled in paralegal training classes and pursuing her college degree. Daniela is deeply engaged with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) fighting for workplace safety and other rights for undocumented immigrants, and her dream is to be an immigration lawyer to continue helping others. But first she needs others to fight for her.
Allstate Agency Owners Across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Earn $253,000 Grant for Domestic Violence Nonprofits
Washington, D.C.-area Allstate agency owners recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Homestretch Inc., and YWCA of the National Capital Area. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), which represents the organizations’ local efforts, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to the local domestic violence nonprofits.
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
Middle school basketball player Olivia Stoy received blood and platelet transfusions during treatment for T lymphoblastic lymphoma. With the help of blood and platelet donations, the 14- year-old has returned to the basketball court and, more importantly, beat cancer.
Washington, D.C. Members of the national disability rights group ADAPT are outside the home of FDA Director Scott Gottlieb demanding that he release the regulations that would immediately end the use of an electric shock device to control disabled children and adults at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts. “The FDA wrote the regulations to stop this in 2016, but has delayed them,” said Rhoda Gibson, an organizer with the Massachusetts ADAPT chapter. “Disabled Americans are tortured in my state every day with Gottlieb’s blessing.” ADAPT and other disability led organizations have been calling for an end to JRC’s use of this device for years now. The group went and protested the facility in 2016 and then went to the FDA last spring.
(BlackNews.com) — “No good deed goes unpunished.” This age-old adage can mislead the kindhearted into believing good deeds backfire. The reality is good deeds often go unnoticed. ACCOLADE Celebrations, LLC was founded in 2014 in hopes of celebrating those who take it upon themselves to help another, purely out of kindness.
The Acts of Kindness Awards Gala honors members of the community for selfless acts that have brightened a stranger’s day, made a difference in someone else’s life, or brought hope and promise to dismal circumstances. Honorees are acknowledged in a beautiful, ballroom setting.
This past Saturday, Councilmember Todd kicked off a new initiative: “Councilmember in Your Living Room,” which creates a venue for an intimate conversation between residents, their neighbors, and their elected representative. It allows neighbors the opportunity to get together and discuss the topics, trends, and concerns facing your neighborhood, Ward 4, and the District as a whole.
The Bowser Administration released a web-based survey seeking the public’s input about where to locate Opportunity Zones, a designation that provides tax incentives to encourage investment in low-income areas.
“As we continue building a safer, stronger DC, the Opportunity Zones program is a new tool we can use to strengthen neighborhoods throughout our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “We want our decision to be informed by residents and stakeholders so that we can use this tool as effectively as possible and catalyze the types of investments that will create more pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians.”
The Bowser Administration announced that construction of Skyland Town Center is underway following the closing of the first phase of commercial financing, thereby paving the way for the issuance of the Tax Increment Financing bonds that will support the long-delayed project. The first phase includes construction of 263 units of workforce housing and 80,000 square-feet of retail and is expected to be completed in approximately two years.
On Saturday, March 3, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Bowser, Chairman Phil Mendelson and the DC Council, and other dignitaries will dedicate and unveil the historic statue of the late four-term Mayor of the District of Columbia, The Honorable Marion S. Barry, Jr., outside of the John A. Wilson Building. The eight-foot tall bronze statue was designed by artist Steven Weitzman, who was commissioned for the project by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will resume residential mechanical street sweeping on Thursday, March 1. To ensure streets are swept thoroughly, motorists are asked to obey the signs posted with the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced. The fine for violating this restriction is $45. Signs posted along street sweeping routes indicate that the program runs from March 1 through October 31. To learn more about the program, visit: dpw.dc.gov/page/street-and-alley-cleaning.
/PRNewswire/ — ColorComm, Inc., the nation’s leading women’s platform addressing diversity and inclusion from across the communications, marketing, media, and advertising industries, will hold its first ever ColorComm Service Day on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in seven network chapters across the nation.
ColorComm Service Day will take place in each ColorComm chapter city with the purpose to spend Saturday giving back to local communities and provide resources to those who are in need. The cities that will come together to participate are as follows: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dallas.
For the ninth consecutive year, The Home Depot is continuing to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and today announced that voting has begun for the 2018 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. Since 2010, the program has awarded more than 1.8 million dollars in grant money to our nation’s HBCUs to make sustainable improvements.
Love Beyond Walls Launches the March Against Poverty to Commemorate the Legacy and 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
(Black PR Wire) In light of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, the social justice advocacy organization Love Beyond Walls in partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights will launch the second March Against Poverty. Love Beyond Walls founder and Executive Director Terence Lester will travel on foot from Dr. King’s birth city in Atlanta, GA to the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. The 386 mile journey beginning Saturday, March 3rd to Wednesday, April 4th will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy and bring awareness to fight against systemic poverty, social injustice and the homeless epidemic still present in America today.
Meagan Charles is a nursing student at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also one of the rising number of Americans diagnosed as children with diabetes. “I was 13 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” Charles, now 22, said. “It was one of those things I didn’t understand at such a young age, I just knew that my father had it.”
Diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, heart disease and amputations of legs and toes and even death, is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.
This past weekend, Councilmember Todd was at the Sociable City Summit in New Orleans to represent the District and discuss his “Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017.” Councilmember Todd participated in a panel discussion entitled “Champions of Nightlife: Does Your City Have One?” He was delighted to share his thoughts and experience in crafting his legislation that will create a centralized liaison for managing and fostering the growth of the District’s thriving nightlife economy, which includes not only bars and restaurants, but also the arts, fashion, music, and culture.
As the District prepares to unveil the Marion Barry Jr. Commemorative Bronze Statue in the Wilson Building, the Marion Barry Jr. Legacy Foundation invites you to the first Marion Barry, Jr. Symposium and Youth Oratorical Contest. The inaugural symposium is designed to highlight the work and contributions of Marion Barry, Jr., DC’s Mayor for life. The oratorical contest, open to youth 14 – 18 years old, is designed to provides a public forum for young people to express their personal views about the impact of the Barry Legacy through original essays and oral presentations.
Please join DC Water and Councilmember Todd and DC Water for a Ward 4 Town Hall on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Location to be determined. The primary purpose for the Town Halls is to share with residents important information on the proposed rate increase for the upcoming fiscal year. Resident feedback from the meetings is shared with our Board of Directors prior to our annual Public Rates Hearing, which takes place in early-mid May.
Saving energy can reduce the number of asthma attacks and other harmful health effects of air pollution from power plants, according to Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency, a pioneering new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility that looks at the impact of energy efficiency on US states and cities.
For the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Washington, and the University of Minnesota hold the top three spots respectively on the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ascends to No. 4 this year, while the University of Florida holds steady at No. 5.
Tuesday, Councilmember Todd had a wonderful time visiting the DC Fire And EMS Museum to learn more about the rich history of our Department. It was an excellent way to prepare for the ribbon cutting of the new Engine Company 22 at 6825 Georgia Ave, NW. Councilmember Todd invites you join him, Mayor Bowser, and Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean this Friday, February 16th at 4 PM to celebrate this new investment in Ward 4 public safety!
In his recently released federal budget proposal, President Trump called for the elimination of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program, which expands higher education choices for college-bound D.C. residents. I condemn this proposal as baseless, callous and contrary to everything the District stands for. Eliminating this critical program would slam the door in the faces of our young people seeking a higher education and a brighter future. We cannot allow DCTAG to be shuttered. I call upon all D.C. residents to join me, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) in protecting the dreams of our young people by speaking out against yet another Trump administration attack on the District.
“As we continue to create new opportunities and expand prosperity across all eight wards of the District, this new bridge will enhance the connection between Wards 8 and 6, with the bridge itself serving as a destination for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bowser. “The project is already creating jobs for District residents, and once completed, the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will have a tremendous impact on our city’s transportation network and economic growth.”
Low-income children who receive educational support in school and at home from preschool through third grade may be more likely to get a college degree than their peers who don’t get extra help during their early years, a U.S. study suggests.
For the study, researchers examined data on 1,539 minority youth in high-poverty Chicago neighborhoods who were part of a program designed to give kids small classes, engaging instruction that helps them develop self-control and good communication skills, and encourage parent involvement in education.
The U.S. Department of Education is making it easier to find out when a school is under investigation for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.
For the first time, the federal agency is posting information on its website about all pending claims against schools and colleges being investigated by its Office for Civil Rights.
The searchable listing includes cases alleging discrimination based on disability in addition to race and national origin, sex, age and equal access.
After steadily climbing for two decades, the proportion of U.S. children with autism may be leveling off, a recent study suggests.
As of 2016, approximately 2.8 percent of U.S. children from 3 to 17 years old had autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers report in JAMA. While that’s up slightly from about 2.2 percent in 2014, the difference is too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood
In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.
(BlackNews.com) — While many Black History Month celebrations solemnly commemorate the lives of slain Civil Rights trailblazers, one group of Black women comedic actors refuses to be solemn. Like Issa Rae, their fictitious talk show, “We Did That!” is “rooting for everybody Black.” Every. single. body.
The talk show parody celebrates any and every Black history “first,” however inane. The parade of guests – which could populate any Saturday Night Live sketch – includes: the first African American elbow stunt double; the first Nigerian internet scammer to become a multi-millionaire; and the first Black woman to snatch somebody’s edges.
As part of Education Week 2018, Mayor Bowser highlighted the District’s efforts to ensure students have the resources and support they need to travel to and from school safely, announcing updates to the District’s Safe Passage program and calling on community members to volunteer with the program. The Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Jennifer Niles and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Inspector Mike Coligan.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced that they are traveling to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as an ideal location for tech companies, promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation, and visit potential job creators. The Mayor will travel to California on Friday, February 9 and return on Monday, February 12.
Deputy Mayor Kenner began engagement in California on Wednesday, February 7, and the mission will include meetings with tech giants Lyft, Cisco, and Yelp.
Councilmember Todd Introduces Legislation To Protect Children From Traumatic Experiences & To Create DC Senior Strategic Plan
Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced two bills before the DC Council: one that would establish an Adverse Childhood Experience Health Task Force, and a second that would create a Strategic Plan for the growth of DC’s senior population.
The “Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force Act of 2018” would establish a specialized Task Force to identify evidence-based solutions that reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences. Adverse childhood experiences, or “ACEs,” are stressful or traumatic events in a child’s life that are strongly related to the development of a wide range of health problems.
The DC Council unanimously passed the Fair Elections Act, creating a program where candidates for public office can opt into a publicly-funded model that puts greater focus on small-dollar contributions from DC residents and strengthens their voice in DC elections. The bill was introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.
“The Fair Elections Act is going to change the way campaigns are run locally. More residents will be empowered to participate, more candidates from diverse perspectives will be viable to run, and candidates will spend more time talking to residents rather than dialing for dollars,” said Councilmember Allen.
BLACKECONOMICSMATTER.COM WILL CREATE 45 NEW BLACK BILLIONAIRES THROUGH COLLABORATION, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
There are approximately 500 billionaires in America. There are approximately 5 Black billionaires in America. Blacks represent 10-15% of the population in America. Based on 10%, there should be at least 50 Black billionaires in America.
BlackEconomicsMatter.com launched on February 1, 2018. The killing of unarmed Black men, and even women and children, by police officers has incited many movements.
/PRNewswire/ — The Impact Network, the only African American owned and operated Christian television network in the United States, is now available on Altice USA’s Optimum TV. The network features programming on urban ministries and gospel lifestyle entertainment.
“We’re excited about the commitment Altice USA has shown to the African-American community by adding this network,” said Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, CEO and president, of the Impact Network.
At the bill signing for the Defending Access to Women’s Health Care Services Amendment Act of 2018, Mayor Bowser announced that open enrollment for District residents has been extended through Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Residents now have through Monday, February 5 to go to DCHealthLink.com to shop for, compare, and enroll in affordable, high-quality insurance plans.
“Preventive care saves lives and reduces health care costs,” said Mayor Bowser.
The Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) launched it application for Youth and Host Employers on January 26, 2018. Any and all employers who are interested in hosting an SYEP youth should submit an application by Friday, May 25, 2018. MBSYEP 2018 will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018 and will end on Friday, August 3, 2018. The six-week program consists of 29 days of work
This past Saturday, January 27, 2018, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center was transformed into a hospital-wide outreach event to care for 840 homeless, at-risk and underemployed Veterans. Participants received medical and mental health care, VA benefits and services, employment and housing support, legal counseling, warm clothing, comfort kits, haircuts, a hot meal and much more.
This marks the 24th year the medical center has hosted the Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down, a one-stop resource haven.
The DC Streetlight team is pleased to announce two upcoming public hearings on the District’s Smart Lighting project, “Safer. Smarter. Greener.” In case you haven’t heard about this project, it is a joint effort of the Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) to modernize the District’s more than 75,000 streetlights. This will create safer, more reliable lighting customized to the needs of each neighborhood, faster repairs of outages, and save as much as 50% of energy costs (reducing the District’s carbon footprint by 30,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year).
The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch started the year with an increase in small business job growth and wages in January. The Small Business Jobs Index stands at 99.88, a 0.18 percent increase over December. The jobs growth rate remains below last January’s level by 0.74 percent. Hourly earnings have grown $0.72 in the past year to $26.38. January’s 12-month wages growth rate of 2.81 percent marks an improvement from 2.78 percent in December.
(BPRW) The Home Depot Announces the 2018 Retool Your School Grant Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced its 2018 Retool Your School Grant Program. Now, in its ninth year, the program awards accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) grants to use toward creating sustainable renovations and additions to their campuses.
The Home Depot has awarded $1.8 million to HBCUs since the program launched in 2009.
This week, Councilmember Todd was honored to be appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force. He looks forward to collaborating with Co-Chairs Rep. Tina Orwall (WA) and Rep. Dan Saddler (AK) on this vitally important work.
“There are over 28,000 veterans residing in the District of Columbia,” said Councilmember Todd. “I am honored and proud to continue to be a voice of support and change for our District’s veterans on this Task Force.”
Mayor Bowser recently announced that the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed two loan agreements totaling more than $17.5 million that will help preserve 159 affordable housing units in Wards 5 and 8, including 65 units for residents age 55 and older. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
“This is how we build pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians of all ages, in every corner of the District,” said Mayor Bowser.
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) announced recently that it will hold a public hearing to review private passenger (noncommercial) automobile insurance premiums in the District of Columbia on January 30, 2018.
The purpose of the hearing is to review the causes and impact of recent large increases in the premium rates for automobile insurance in the District of Columbia. The Department also wants to gain insight into the current automobile insurance market, and identify areas for changes to improve the cost, availability and transparency of private passenger automobile insurance.
Scholarships for minority students in the chemical sciences are available during year long celebration of scholarship alumni
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is announcing the availability of its annual renewable scholarship for minority students. Previous winners will be featured during a year long promotion of ACS Scholar Alumni, sponsored by ACS President Peter K. Dorhout, Ph.D. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society.
The renewable scholarship ranges between $1,000 and $5,000 per year for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian students majoring in chemistry-related disciplines at accredited community colleges or four-year institutions. Graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply.
Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.
More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to very low turnout at many blood drives.
(BPRW) Disabled Veteran Creates Veterans Health Solutions, The Premiere Cannabis Education Resource For The Veteran And Underserved Communities
(Black PR Wire) Inglewood, CA – Two weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of noninterference with marijuana friendly state laws, Veterans Health Solutions (VHS) is now offering real time cannabis education to colleges, veteran organizations and urban centers nationally.
VHS, a non-profit public benefit organization has setup a full comprehensive strategy to educate the veteran populace and underserved communities regarding the use of medicinal cannabis and or hemp related products.
One high school increased the number of students of color taking its AP and college-level courses sixfold in just a year. In another high school, where half of the student population is homeless or involved in the Child Welfare system, strong supports helped its students match New York City’s graduation rate. Yet another high school engages students in rich, college preparatory coursework in an unusual location—a working farm within the Chicago city limits.
In honor of the Year of the Anacostia, Mayor Bowser announced significant conservation and investment commitments for Kingman and Heritage Islands. The Mayor directed the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to designate portions of both islands as a State Conservation Area and the southern area of Kingman Island as a Critical Wildlife Area. The State Conservation Area designation mimics the federal covenant for the islands, restricting their use to environmental, educational, and recreational purposes. In addition, the Mayor also announced a new $4.7 million investment for educational and recreational improvements on the islands.
— General Motors executive will be the sixth woman in the 32-year history of the scientific and technical awards to be named Black Engineer of the Year —
(BlackNews.com) — US Black Engineer (USBE) magazine’s annual BEYA STEM Conference will recognize GM Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing Alicia Boler Davis with the Black Engineer of the Year Award on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the BEYA Gala in Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.
(BlackNews.com) — Thinking about starting a business as a youth these days reaches farther into the creative realm than a lemonade stand or mowing lawns. Children today are discovering ways to educate and make a difference in how the story is told and sold.
Meet Kalimah McKeaver, 13, founder & CEO of Dinkra Stylez, LLC and The Kid Griot. Dinkra Stylez is the world’s first craft design firm with the mission of educating its clients about African Heritage through the creation of fun, colorful, and engaging products.
Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores Inc., recently announced changes to the business unit’s U.S. real estate portfolio, with the closure of 63 clubs around the country. The company’s press release came after local and national news outlets across the country reported that some Sam’s Club employees reported to work to find locked doors and notices about the closures.
According to the company, its actions were taken after a thorough performance review.
Mayor Muriel Bowser joined by Administration and local officials to highlight the progress of DC Clean Rivers Project, a DC Water program to prevent stormwater and reduce combined sewage from overflowing into Rock Creek Park and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Located at a major green infrastructure site in the Brightwood community in Ward 4, Mayor Bowser toured the construction of the permeable pavement, disconnected downspouts, and rain gardens for bio-retention.
As part of the Every Day Counts! campaign, Mayor Bowser celebrated Jefferson Middle School Academy’s success in creating a strong school community that welcomes students and families. Last month, the middle school was announced as the winner of the 2018 DC Public Schools (DCPS) Standing Ovation prize for Family Engagement. At today’s event, the Mayor highlighted the school’s work in building positive and collaborative relationships with students and families through home visits, student-led conferences, and more.
Supported by the Flamboyan Foundation, DCPS’s Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) helps school leaders and teachers engage families in ways that benefit student learning. Participating schools have seen significant academic growth, along with more active and engaged school communities. One of the most popular family engagement strategies is the use of home visits. In teams of two, teachers and staff visit families at home or in a location of the family’s choosing and focus on getting to know the family and child. During the visits, teachers and families share their hopes, dreams, and expectations for the student. During the 2016-2017 school year, more than 11,000 DCPS families in FEP schools received a home visit from their child’s teacher.
To build on the success of Mayor Bowser’s Kids Ride Free on Metrorail initiative, the Bowser Administration launched Every Day Counts!, a citywide initiative to increase attendance at the District’s public schools. More than 18,000 students – one in four – in the District of Columbia are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of all school days.
DC Health Link’s 2018 open enrollment season continues through January 31, 2018. If you do not have health insurance, visit www.dchealthlink.com to shop and enroll. Individuals, families, and small businesses can choose from 26 different plans through the District’s Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. Sign up today!
DC Water shares the following advice for protecting your pipes and your home during this extreme cold:
Preparing Pipes in Your Home for Winter Weather
When water standing inside a pipe freezes, it can expand causing the pipe to break. Pipes that freeze are often exposed to the outside or are in unheated interior areas such as kitchen cabinets, attics, garages, basements and crawl spaces.
Before the onset of cold weather, help prevent frozen pipes by following these recommendations:
The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to provide District residents with two easy options for having their cut holiday trees and greenery recycled (no artificial trees).
First, residents can bring their trees and greenery, free of charge, to either of the District’s transfer stations. The Fort Totten Transfer Station is located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, and the Benning Road Transfer Station is located at 3200 Benning Road, NE.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages consumers to donate or recycle their used electronics. Donating or recycling electronics helps the environment by conserving natural materials and resources, and reducing harmful emissions caused by manufacturing new materials. Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year. “If you received a new cell phone, laptop, tablet or other electronics during the holiday season, consider giving your older device new life while reducing the impact on the environment by donating or recycling it,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.
As one year gives way to the next (making reflecting back practically unavoidable), one of the things I’m grateful for is the volume of health information that comes across my desk. Not only is it interesting to read, but it’s quite practical, too, since I can incorporate some of the things I learn into my daily or weekly routine.
LYFT PARTNERS WITH NO ONE LEFT BEHIND TO HELP IMMIGRANT COMBAT INTERPRETERS AS THEY RESETTLE SAFELY IN THE US
Lyft, the fastest-growing on-demand transportation service in the US, and No One Left Behind, a non-profit organization that helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States, today announced a partnership that will enable these wartime allies to earn valuable income through driving with Lyft as they resettle into new lives in the United States. The partnership is piloting in Washington, DC., where the US State Department estimates over 9,000 SIVs have resettled since 2008.
If you or someone you love is one of the millions of Americans with a chronic disease or a life-threatening condition, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their partners offer you a gift of hope in 2018.Pharmaceutical manufacturers are criticized as Scrooge or the Grinch in our country’s health care system. Elected officials and advocacy organizations want to blame somebody for rising Rx costs, and the most obvious target is the Big Pharma.
But in this blame game, very little attention is given to the help the pharmaceutical industry and its partners quietly provide to patients in need through a variety of programs.
Ward 4 is, undoubtedly, the next frontier for robust economic development in the District of Columbia. Councilmember Todd is committed to developing a sound and sustainable strategy that is collaborative and reflects the interests of ALL residents and business owners. Secured in the FY 2018 Budget: - $200,000 in “Main Streets” grant funding to spur business development along Kennedy and Upper 14th Streets, NW. The “Uptown Mainstreet” will bring more neighborhood-serving businesses to this fast-growing part of Ward 4. - Funding for an Upper 14th Street Clean Team to benefit residents and businesses along this burgeoning corridor. This will join the ranks of Ward 4’s other clean teams for upper & lower Georgia Avenue and Kennedy Street, NW.
Staff and OPEIU Local 2 members at AFGE and IBEW really stepped up their efforts this year to help local needy families during the Community Services Agency’s Holiday Basket Project. “This is really terrific and helps CSA promote the Holiday Basket Project and our other programs,” said a grateful Sonte’ DuCote, CSA’s Assistant Executive Director.
The Bowser Administration announced it would opt-in to the national First Responder Network – creating a new partnership between the District and FirstNet to create an enhanced wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety personnel during major events and emergencies. The District joins nearly 40 states opting in to the national First Responder Network– a communications network that is being built, operated and maintained at no cost to participating states through a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T. The FirstNet Network is expected to transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.
A notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA) was published in the DC Register on Friday, December 22, 2017. DOPA promotes affordable rental housing by maintaining the affordable status of existing affordable rental units as well as increasing the total number of affordable rental units within the District. To this end, DOPA requires rental property owners to provide the District with the opportunity to purchase housing accommodations consisting of five or more rental units, as long as a certain percentage are deemed “affordable.” DOPA is subordinate to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).
BALTIMORE (Dec. 21, 2017) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) was recently announced as one of the nation’s highest ranked gas and electric utility companies as rated by residential customers surveyed by Market Strategies International in its annual Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement ™ Residential Cogent Report. This is the second recent recognition of BGE’s leading customer satisfaction performance.
(UPI) — President Donald Trump praised Congress for passing a sweeping tax reform bill Wednesday, saying his first legislative victory since taking office was “a lot of fun.”
The president made remarks outside the White Hours hours after the House held its final vote. He was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republicans.
Mayor Muriel Bowser this week applauded the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which show Washington, DC’s population continued to climb in 2017. Newly released figures indicate the District of Columbia is quickly approaching 700,000 residents after a growth rate of 1.4 percent between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017 – ranking the District eighth in percent growth among the states. As of July 1, Census data estimated the District’s population to be 693,972.
“Washington, DC continues to attract new residents from around the region and across the globe. We are a city where people want to do business, raise a family, and age in place – a city committed to our residents and DC values,” said Mayor Bowser.
After Congress passed tax reform legislation, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt announced that District property owners can pre-pay their property taxes in preparation for the upcoming tax year. The tax reform legislation limits the amount of state and local income and real property taxes that individuals may deduct from their federal income tax, beginning in calendar year 2018. Under the new law, the amount that may be deducted is limited to $10,000 of the combined local income or sales taxes and real property taxes. (This applies only to taxpayers who itemize their income tax filings; taxpayers who do not itemize will get no tax benefit by paying early.)
The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) removed the agency’s Unemployment Insurance Program’s designation as an “at-risk” grantee on December 5, 2017. The District’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Division was first designated as “high-risk” in January 2012, with the designation later reduced to “at-risk” in June 2013. The removal of the “at-risk” designation reflects the vast improvements made at DOES during the Bowser Administration.
A one-time District of Columbia Public Schools student who grew up to be a teacher then became a school administrator was named DCPS’s Principal of the Year.
Tenia Pritchard entered the packed cafeteria at Whittier Education Campus in Northwest D.C. on Friday not knowing she was the reason everybody gathered there.
“Out of so many tremendous leaders we have here at DCPS, you are being honored as our 2018 DCPS Principal of the Year,” DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced as students and staff cheered.
Mayor Bowser hosted more than 3,500 District seniors at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. During the event, representatives from more than 80 community organizations, DC Government agencies, and local businesses provided information, free health screenings, and immunizations to attendees. In addition, volunteers from the Coast Guard, Navy, PEPCO, and DC Public Schools’ Jr. ROTC program joined nearly 150 members of the Mayor’s Administration to help serve lunch.
“Aging is a priority for my Administration because we know that aging well means living well,” said Mayor Bowser. “Together, we are ensuring Washingtonians in all eight wards have the resources and support they need to age in place and live healthy, happy lives.”
(UPI) — President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion defense budget that seeks to increase military spending and operational capabilities.
The bill includes measures like the establishment of a U.S. Space Corps within the Air Force by 2019, a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops, special pay for situations like combat and hazardous duty and bonuses for re-enlistment contracts.
The act also enables the Pentagon to procure 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and 14 Navy ships from defense contractor Huntington Ingalls, in addition to authorizing $12.3 billion for missile defense.
The Federal Communications Commission is reminding consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers during this holiday season. Illegal robocallers often spoof caller ID information and try to use real events to defraud consumers by tricking them into providing money or personal information.
Fraudulent callers may pretend to be debt collectors, offer holiday deals, or use fear to extort money. Be aware that scammers can use other information-gathering tools and may know more about you beyond your phone number. Do not assume that because they know your name, the name of a company you use, a recent financial transaction, or some other detail, that they are legitimate.
Nike Community Store in Ivy City Awards $50,000 in Grants to Local Organizations Through the Nike Community Impact Fund
Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF), an innovative approach to grant-making that engages committees composed of Nike employees and store athletes to help award grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where they live and work. The community store in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C., awarded $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to six local organizations focused on getting kids moving through play and sport so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.
New polling from CBS News finds that 84% of the public, including 74% of Republicans, support efforts to keep Dreamers here in America. Additionally, new polling conducted by PPP (Public Policy Polling) of 25 Republican-held “swing” House districts finds that by a 68-22% margin, voters in these battleground districts back the Dream Act.
According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, “The new public opinion findings underscore why Congress passing legislation protecting Dreamers this year should be a no brainer and a common sense step forward for the country: as actions across the country yesterday demonstrated, there is incredible energy for protecting Dreamers all across America; there is growing bipartisan support in Congress, reflecting the majority of both chambers; and poll after poll reminds us that the American public, including Republicans, strongly backs efforts to keep Dreamers here in America: their home.”
TV One has announced that after four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to viewers as the only Black daily newscast on television, the network has decided to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The final live show is scheduled on Thursday, December 21, at 7 a.m. ET.
TV One premiered NewsOne Now in 2013, to provide a daily voice to Black America on important political and social issues impacting our community. The foray into daily news was the idea of TV One CEO Alfred Liggins.
(BlackNews.com) — Tom Joyner is reminding students that the deadline for the Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program is rapidly approaching. The highly coveted scholarship will cover all the expenses of one talented student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2018.
“Our full ride scholars are outstanding,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “We’re looking for another amazing young person who already is changing the world – and wants to go to an HBCU where they can pursue their dreams.”
(UPI) — Scientists have discovered a new function of a protein called Runx3. Their research suggests the protein can be manipulated to boost the immune system’s defense against cancer.
The human immune system’s primary foot soldier is the T cell. Scientists at the University of California San Diego found T cells in infected tissues and tumors were surprisingly similar. Experiments showed Runx3 dictates their presence.
Scientists suggest the protein can be used to encourage T cells to meet cancer on the front lines — in the tissue where cancer and tumor growth is most likely to begin.
On Saturday, December 9th, come to EdFEST 2017, DC’s only citywide public school fair, and meet representatives from more than 150 DCPS and public charter schools before the common lottery application opens on December 11, 2017. EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family…
Metro has announced the expansion of its monthly SelectPass to all pricing levels, giving customers the ability to select the right Metrorail pass for their needs and save up to 20% per month. With SelectPass, riders pay for 18 days of round-trip travel, selecting a price point based on the fare of their typical rush-hour trip. Once the pass is loaded, customers can take unlimited rush-hour trips valued up to the price point selected.
Washington, DC was one of ten cities honored at the fifth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards ceremony, recognizing the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. The awards ceremony, which took place at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, highlighted 10 urban sustainability projects from around the world that represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts by cities to tackle climate change.
DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson has issued the agency’s second funding notice and request for proposals (RFP) in calendar year 2017 for projects that will produce and preserve affordable housing for District residents. DHCD has partnered with the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) in issuing the new RFP. The application deadline is February 14, 2018.
Mayor Bowser recently highlighted the ongoing success of the Robbery Intervention Task Force and urged residents to take advantage of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Exchange Zone Program. The Mayor launched the Robbery Intervention Task Force in December 2015 as part of the Administration’s Safer, Stronger DC plan. Since the implementation of the task force, robberies have decreased across all police districts.
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December. Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.”
Carolinas HealthCare System is partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) to provide sports medicine and athletic training services to the university’s student-athletes. This agreement represents CHS’s first collegiate athletic training partnership and provides JCSU with a comprehensive sports medicine continuum of care and connection to CHS’ clinical experts and programming. This includes sports medicine physicians, primary care services, Carolinas Rehabilitation and connection to the ever-expanding clinical expertise throughout CHS.
On Thursday, November 30, Mayor Muriel Bowser is joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), to break ground for The Wren at 965 Florida Avenue, NW. The Wren, which is led by DMPED, is a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will produce more than 430 apartment units…
The fall leaf collection program runs from November 6 through January 12. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.
Applications for the FY18 Curatorial Grant Program are still being accepting. This grant provides support to qualified individual curators in the visual arts for exhbition proposals intended for presentation in CAH’s 200 I Street Galleries, Lobby Gallery, which is a District-owned exhibition space located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC, 20003.
It’s that time of year again when we all go crazy ordering from Amazon and several other “shop until you go broke” websites! Here are just a few tips that I have shared with my family and friends to help prevent package thefts from your front doors:
To coincide with National Giving Day, the NAACP is joining with Dallas –based non-profit Impact Shares as they file for their initial exchange traded funds (ETFs), that will creatively allow investors to invest in social justice. Impact Shares will file for two ETF’s designed in conjunction with and to benefit the NAACP and the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.