Are you looking to make an impact on the lives of young men and boys of color in the District? Join the Bowser Administration and radio personality EZ Street for the third annual My Brother’s Keeper-DC Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The National Press Club. This event will host 50 District-based organizations that provide volunteer opportunities that help prepare the next generation of Washingtonians for success.
Ward 4 resident David Horan has organized a pilot program called “Meal With An Officer,” where residents can host local Metropolitan Police Officers for a meal in their home with neighbors. The purpose of this program is to show MPD the support they enjoy in the community, and introduce residents to those sworn to protect them.
Simone Askew, drawn to a career in the military at an early age, is now making history in the field as the first African American woman to lead the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Corps of Cadets — the highest position in the cadet chain of command. Askew, 20, will assume her duties as first captain for the 2017-18 academic year on August 14 at the prestigious, predominantly male public institution founded in 1802. She currently leads 1,502 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training II.
Over 50 of the nation’s leading mayors will convene in New Orleans from August 10 – August 12, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Summer Leadership Meeting to outline policy proposals for some of the country’s greatest challenges, including the opioid epidemic, infrastructure investment, tax reform and more.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce the Ford Foundation is granting $150,000 to NABJ to help further the organization’s strategic plan implementation. The two-year restricted grant is targeted to executive level staffing and will enable NABJ to continue focusing on issues often ignored by the mainstream media.
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors.
Mayor Bowser announced My Health GPS, a new care coordination program that will help Medicaid beneficiaries diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions get the care they need. As part of the My Health GPS program, interdisciplinary care teams from approved Medicaid primary care providers will organize and coordinate primary, acute, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports for eligible beneficiaries.
Mayor Bowser celebrated the arrival of 26 New Flyer Xcelsior® model buses, the first wave of 40 new buses that will be added to the DC Circulator fleet. The New Flyer Xcelsior® model buses are manufactured in the United States, use clean diesel technology to drastically reduce harmful particulate emissions, and offer the greatest passenger economy.
At the Second Annual Great Streets Conference, Mayor Bowser announced over $4.7 million in awards through the Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant. The Mayor was joined at the announcement by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner.
Mayor Bowser announced a new partnership between the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Fútbol Club (FC) Barcelona, and the FC Barcelona Foundation. The partnership includes access to the FútbolNet soccer training program for DCPS middle school students and the opportunity for DCPS high school soccer players to train abroad in Barcelona.
Mayor Bowser kicked off the first cohort of Solar Works DC, a job training program that installs cost-saving solar energy systems on the homes of low-income residents. A joint effort between the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services, the program will provide on-the-job technical training to more than 200 DC residents…
Pilot Flying J the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is helping commemorate veterans and loved ones of the Desert Storm War. The National Desert Storm War Memorial (NDSWM), a 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Washington, DC, will receive $100,000 to help build a new monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference honors Chicago public relations guru Jerry Thomas at its 59th Annual Convention with its first-ever George Curry Award
George Curry, famously referred to as “The Dean of Black press columnists,” had his name attached to an award recognizing his legacy and contributions in the media during the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) 59th Annual Convention, which concluded this week in Memphis.
Mayor Bowser highlighted the District’s recent efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Washington, DC through a broad, coordinated response that brings together government, public health, healthcare, and law enforcement agencies. Since May 2016, 1,000 District-purchased naloxone kits have helped save the lives of at least 290 people in Washington, DC.
Through its Clean Rivers Project, DC Water is implementing the Drain the Rain Program, a pilot downspout disconnection program to manage stormwater runoff. Downspout disconnection helps control combined sewer overflows into the District’s rivers reducing stormwater runoff.
On Wednesday, July 19 Pepco and Suited for Change partnered to host #Suited4PopUp, an all-day sale benefitting local women in need. Proceeds of the sale support the organization’s mission of assisting low-income women on their path to financial independence with professional attire and life-skills training.
At a time when over 5.3 million young people in America do not have jobs, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) announced Wednesday at the Sasha Bruce Youthwork center in Washington, D.C., that they will introduce legislation to help young people find work.
(BlackNew.com) — With twelve symposiums in nine states completed from April through June, and another 13 scheduled through November, the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is taking its educational efforts to greater heights. The Fifth Annual Symposia is a series of partnerships between churches and PHEN throughout the country.
VOTING RIGHTS, HEALTHCARE, POLICING, GUN VIOLENCE, CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AMONG KEY TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED BY NAACP, CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, AND OTHERS DURING NATIONAL CONVENTION IN BALTIMORE
The 2016 election has begun a radical transformation of the civil rights landscape in the United States in ways that threaten to unravel decades of hard won protections. Protecting communities of color from legislative attempts to further diminish civil rights protections represents a key line drawn in the sand by the NAACP and serve as the focal point of the annual Federal Policy and Legislative Workshop during this year’s 108th National Convention.
The fastest growing grassroots organization trending, Millions Marching For Medicare 4 All is coordinating a massive rally in Washington DC on July 24, 2017 on the West Lawn of the Capitol Grounds. Co-founders Beverly Cowling, human resource trainer/speaker and life-long political activist (AL) and Michael Rushnak, retired medical doctor and author (NJ) are passionate crusaders intent on leaving no one ‘on the outside looking in’.
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that 4.31 percent of people ages 12 and older in the U.S. used prescription pain relievers nonmedically in the past year. When taken without a physician’s direction, prescription opioid pain relievers can lead to a higher risk of serious adverse consequences, such as substance use disorder, overdose, or death.
The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will hold its annual public Tax Sale beginning Monday, July 17th, from 8:30 am until 12 noon and from 1 pm until 4 pm. The sale will be held at 1101 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor, Room 250, Washington, DC 20024.
Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Bowser, members of her administration, community leaders, and residents for a historic occasion: the groundbreaking of the District’s first short-term family housing facility.
DC Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced the “Broadband Internet Protection Act of 2017,” which would protect the privacy rights of District broadband internet customers.
Mayor Bowser recently highlighted DC Public Schools’ (DCPS) extended school year at Garfield Elementary School in Ward 8. Garfield Elementary is one of 10 schools that moved to an extended year for the 2016-2017 school year, bringing the total number of schools with an extended year calendar to 11 schools serving more than 4,000 students.
The 2017 Kennedy Street Festival will take place on Saturday, June 24th, from 11 am to 3 pm. As in past years, the Festival is an opportunity to showcase the businesses that already exist on Kennedy Street, and to welcome a crowd to imagine what the corridor could be like every Saturday with a little love and commitment
At the Sixth Annual Senior Symposium, Mayor Bowser recognized the tremendous contributions of DC’s senior residents and announced that her Administration is launching a new pilot program that will provide seniors in DC with meals and groceries.
The Department of Human Services (DHS), in partnership with the Department of General Services (DGS), is building a Short-term Family Housing program in Ward 4, as part of the District’s all 8 Ward strategy to close DC General Family Shelter.
The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) is now issuing driver licenses and identification cards with the jurisdiction as Washington, DC. The new credential, which the agency has been issuing since June 1, 2017, has the same Cherry Blossom design as the driver licenses and identification cards…
(Black PR Wire) New Orleans – Recognizing the vital importance of mentorship in the development of our nation’s next generation of leaders, the U.S. Army continues its partnership with 100 Black Men of America.
More than 250 of the nation’s mayors will meet in Miami Beach for the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting, which runs from from June 23 to 26, 2017 at the Fountainebleau Hotel.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $4.9 million to 17 colleges and universities for suicide prevention and mental health promotion activities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will distribute the grant funding through its Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Program.
Mayor Bowser launched Text to 911 in Washington, DC, a new service that allows residents to request emergency services through texting. Text to 911 is intended to improve accessibility for residents who are unable to call 911, and the Administration is emphasizing that residents should continue to call 911 when possible.
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) is warning District consumers to be on the alert for counterfeit check scams.
The scam involves counterfeit checks that are printed with the names and addresses of legitimate financial institutions and actual account numbers and routing numbers.
At-Large Councilmember Robert White announced this week major wins for District residents, especially low-income residents, in his first budget as a member of the DC Council. The announcement comes as the Council today took the second and final vote on the city’s fiscal year 2018 budget, which passed unanimously.
(UPI) — The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by one quarter percentage point — to a range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent — signaling strength in the U.S. economy.
The Fed has raised the rate for three consecutive quarters since 2015, for a total growth of 1 percentage point. The highest rate ever was 20 points in 1979 and 1980.
United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) released final numbers today from Do More 24’s “Start Your Activism @ Home” which raised 1.67 million dollars, breaking records and making it the most successful event to date.
In commemoration of 50 years of philanthropy benefiting African American women and families, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) is awarding 50 Golden Anniversary Scholarships to students currently enrolled in, or entering institutions of higher education this fall.
(BPRW) Exelon Joins 150 Corporations in an Unprecedented Commitment to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
(Black PR Wire) CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane pledged to share best practices for creating a diverse and inclusive workplace with some of the world’s leading companies by joining the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ initiative.
Discovery Communications employees around the world will come together to volunteer in their local communities on Friday, June 16 as part of the company’s eighth annual “Discover Your Impact Day.”
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $72.5 million in grants through the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Program, also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI).
Congratulations to the hard-working men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Fourth District on receiving the “Crime Reduction Award” for 2016. Of all seven police districts, the Fourth, which encompasses most of Ward 4, saw the sharpest overall crime decrease in 2016 compared to 2015 — a remarkable 18%. Congratulations to the Fourth District, including Commander Manlapaz and the entire roster, on this impressive achievement.
This week, Mayor Bowser launched the Private Security Camera Voucher Program, an expansion of the Private Security Camera Incentive Program. Through the program, DC residents who either rent or own a property and receive public assistance under the District of Columbia Public Assistance Act of 1982 will be eligible to receive a private security camera system without cost.
The District of Columbia Public Service Commission recently approved the Standard Offer Service (SOS) rates that resulted in a decrease on the supply portion of a Pepco District Of Columbia customer’s bill. On June 1, 2017, the new SOS supply rates resulted in a total annual bill decrease of 1.3 percent for Pepco District of Columbia SOS residential customers.
Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a Mayor’s Order reaffirming Washington, DC’s support of the Paris Climate Accord. The Mayor’s Order renews Washington, DC’s commitment to the historic agreement to reduce global carbon emissions. Mayor Bowser was joined at the signing by local officials, federal partners, and environmental stakeholders.
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation announced that 2017-18 scholarships will be the highest in its 55-year history, totaling $7.3 million to more than 2,300 students. These funds will provide much-needed and -deserved access to education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsmen attending post-high school, undergraduate and career technical education programs in all 50 states.
Nike Community Store in Washington D.C. to Give $50,000 to Local Organizations Through the Nike Community Impact Fund
Nike has announced that applications for the next round of funding through the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) are now being accepted through July 31, 2017. The Community Store in Ivy City in Washington D.C. will award a total of $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to local organizations that are focused on getting kids active.
The details on how Trump will withdraw the United States from the accord are not yet clear but Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is working with a small team to determine whether to initiate a formal withdrawal, which could take three years, or to exit from the underlying United Nations climate change treaty, Axios first reported, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the decision.
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary April job estimates show an increase of 14,200 jobs for a total of 2,664,300 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 15,200 jobs, while the public sector decreased 1,000 jobs.
Mayor Bowser launched Ascend 2020 DC, an initiative that will support the growth of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses in underserved neighborhoods across Washington, DC. A collaborative effort between the Bowser Administration and Project 500, JP Morgan Chase & Co., the Washington Area Community Investment Fund…
EQUAL RIGHTS CENTER ALLEGES UNLAWFUL HOUSING DISCRIMINATION OVER COMPANY’S REFUSAL TO ACCEPT TEMPORARY HOUSING SUBSIDIES
The Equal Rights Center (“ERC”), a civil rights organization that seeks to promote equal opportunity in housing, filed a lawsuit today against Belmont Crossing Apartments, Oakmont Management Group, and Sanford Capital for violating the D.C. Human Rights Act’s (“DCHRA”) source of income provisions through its discriminatory rental practices.
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), in collaboration with the AARP, announced the launch of its HealthCARE is a HumanRight #NotAPrivilege Campaign (BWR HealthCARE Campaign).
Picnic and barbecue season offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. But these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly.
Mayor Bowser Launches Solid Foundations DC: The District’s Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Homelessness
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced Solid Foundations DC, the Interagency Council on Homelessness Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness. Solid Foundations DC is the city’s first ever data-driven plan focused on the needs of unaccompanied youth.
Mayor Bowser and 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Announce Plans to Bring Opportunity Fair to Washington, DC
Mayor Bowser and the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative announced plans to hold an Opportunity Fair and Forum in Washington, DC in the Fall of 2017. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for opportunity youth – 16-24 year-olds, who are neither in school nor employed.
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported this week that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in April – up 0.1 percentage point from the reported March rate.
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed two loan agreements totaling more than $7.5 million that will help preserve more than 60 affordable rental housing units — capable of housing over 150 residents — in Wards 1 and 8. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank, is expanding its 7th Annual “I Got Bank!” Financial Literacy Contest to include ten winners, up from three. The contest has also evolved to include the best essays and the best art projects that represent the “I Got Bank!” theme. OneUnited Bank is partnering with BMe Community to expand the contest and celebrate more youth contest winners.
(BlackNews.com) — In churches across the US, a portion of regular Father’s Day services will be devoted to Prostate Cancer Awareness. The 9th Annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer enlists prostate cancer survivors in the congregation as well as those who have lost loved ones to the disease to join hands in a special prayer for support and healing.
President Trump today proposes an $11.7 billion Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) budget for the Department of the Interior. The President’s budget allows Interior to carry out its core mission of responsible multiple-use of public lands in a way that both conserves America’s iconic landscapes and supports responsible resource development.
Results released this week by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that one in five (22 percent) U.S. teenage students lack basic financial literacy skills. Among 15 participating countries and economies, the United States ranks 7th in the evaluation of 15-year-olds’ aptitude in understanding essential financial concepts, products and risks.
Bowing to public and Congressional pressure, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller on Wednesday to be a special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, Justice Department officials said.
Mayor Bowser and city officials celebrated the opening of West End Square 50, the new mixed-use development and home of DC Fire and EMS Engine No. 1 in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Ward 2. The new 110,000 square-foot, nine-story development is a unique multi-use building with a 15,000 square-foot state-of-the art fire station, 52 units of affordable housing for households at or below 60 percent Area Median Income (AMI), three Permanent Supportive Housing units for households at or below 30 percent AMI, and six market-rate residential units.
At-Large Councilmember Robert White recently introduced a bill to begin converting underutilized office buildings in the District of Columbia into affordable housing. The bill, the “Office to Affordable Housing Task Force Establishment Act of 2017,” creates a task force to issue recommendations for public-private partnerships for office-to-affordable housing conversions.
The Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc.® (KSEF) recently crossed the $3 million mark in portfolio value for first time in KSEF’s 33 year history. KSEF provides four-year scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors from the DC Public High and Public Charter High Schools. KSEF scholarship recipients have enrolled in many of America’s best regional and national colleges and universities.
Atlanta, GA—This week, The Home Depot® held the winners’ceremony to announce the 2017 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program recipients. This year, nine HBCUs were awarded a total of $360,000 to use towards funding sustainable campus improvement projects of their choosing. To date, the program has awarded more than $1.8 million dollars in grant money to HBCUs. In 2017 alone, 72 HBCUs participated in the voting phase of the program.
Mayor Muriel Bowser co-hosted the Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Last October, Mayor Bowser, Governor McAuliffe, and Governor Hogan participated in their first regional meeting in Washington, DC, where they signed the National Capital Region Compact to Combat Opioid Addiction.
Mayor Bowser Highlights MPD’s Success in Getting Illegal Drugs and Unregistered Guns Off the Streets
Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighted the Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit’s (NEU) success in getting illegal drugs and unregistered guns off the streets. The NEU, a unit within the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, covers all seven police districts and focuses attention on reducing and preventing drug-related crimes.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) released the District’s 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, which reflects the number of persons and families experiencing homelessness in the District on January 25, 2017. Compared to the 2016 results, this year’s count indicates a 21.8 percent reduction in the number of families experiencing homelessness; a 10.5 percent reduction in the number of persons experiencing homelessness; and a 2.7 percent reduction in unaccompanied individuals.
A year after a controversial merger with Chicago-based Exelon, D.C.-based Pepco Holdings is preparing to spend up to $720 million to upgrade the electrical grid in some of the Washington area’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.
Construction on what’s being called the “Capital Grid Project” is set to begin next year and finish by 2026 at the earliest.
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) received 184 proposed health insurance plan rates for review from four major insurance companies in advance of the fifth year of open enrollment on DC Health Link, the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace.
In accordance with Secretarial Order 3350, which implements President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, the Department of the Interior today announced it will move forward to resume its evaluation of applications from six companies seeking permits to conduct geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean in order to resume their evaluation, upon the grant of the remand by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA).
The thin blue line protecting our national icons and most visitors to our nation’s capital is getting thinner, according to U.S. Park Police staffing figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The number of Park Police sworn officers is at the lowest point in nearly a decade and down more than 15% in the Washington Metro Area just since 2010.
Mayor Bowser and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) broke ground on Square 769N, a new mixed-use development project that will include 179 mixed-income apartments, including 36 affordable units, 4,000 square-feet of commercial retail space, and various residential common areas. They were joined at the groundbreaking by members of the community, Forest City, and Urban Atlantic.
Councilmember Anita Bonds introduces legislation to provide funds to repair infrastructure at low-income condos and co-ops.
At Tuesday’s Council Legislative Session, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds introduced the “Common Interest Communities Remedial Funding Act of 2017” to establish a pilot program that would provide non-taxable grants of up to $30,000 to cure housing and building code violations at low-income common interest communities, such as condominiums and cooperatives.
Mayor Muriel Bowser announces an upcoming legal clinic to help existing and aspiring child care providers understand and navigate the rules and regulations that govern child care facilities in Washington, DC. The Mayor made the announcement at a ribbon cutting celebration for the new Curious Explorers Child Development Center, and was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services HyeSook Chung.
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary March job estimates show an increase of 4,100 jobs for a total of 2,647,700 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 1,400 jobs, while the public sector gained 2,700 jobs.
Over the past two or three years, a great deal of attention has been given to transgender issues. In the United States, the transgender population includes an estimated 150,000 transgender youth. A Heritage Foundation report argues that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 does not require schools to protect these youth from discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
May is Celiac Awareness Month. An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and crossbreeds of these grains.
Mayor Bowser broke ground on The Parks at Walter Reed, a redevelopment project that will create 3.1 million square-feet of residential, office, and retail space in Ward 4. The project will also create 6,000 jobs, 2,100 units of housing, 432 of which will be affordable, and nearly one billion dollars in tax-generated revenue over 30 years. The Mayor was joined at today’s groundbreaking by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and representatives from the master development team Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden.
Pepco submitted a proposal to the D.C. Public Service Commission to move forward with an Electric Vehicle Pilot Program focused on providing the community with new technology, promoting the integration of electric vehicles, and understanding the impacts that electric vehicle charging will have on the electric distribution system. With the demand for electric vehicles on the rise, this program is a proactive approach to best understand the most effective ways to manage plug-in vehicle (PIV) charging.
(UPI) — President Donald Trump is proposing the “biggest” tax cut ever, including fewer income tax brackets and rates, administration officials said Wednesday.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn summarized the plan in a briefing to reporters at the White House.
The seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for March was 5.8 percent– reflecting no significant change from the reported February unemployment rate, while the number of employed District residents increased from 374,400 in February 2017 to 375,000 in March 2017.
“Maintaining a strong, diverse, and resilient city requires that every resident has a fair shot, and a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser.
Councilmember Todd was pleased to cut the ribbons at three new Ward 4 small businesses in Takoma. A new Gladsyl/Allstate Insurance office relocated to Carroll Street, NW from Foggy Bottom; Artful Framing & Gallery relocated from Takoma Park, Maryland to Maple Street, NW; and the Big Bad Woof pet store expanded to a larger location across Maple Street, NW. The Councilmember was excited to support the expansion of small businesses in Ward 4.
Mayor Bowser announced the appointment of Lauren Pair as the DC Rent Administrator. The Rent Administrator provides leadership and direction as a recognized technical authority in the District of Columbia on issues of rent control, in the interpretation of associated policies and legislation, and in the development and coordination of special projects and programs designed to monitor, assess, or improve rent control processes in Washington, DC.
Secretary Zinke Announces $34.9 Billion Added to U.S. Economy in 2016 due to National Park Visitation
During National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks.
(BlackNews.com) — Researchers who study cardiovascular health have long known that exercise is one way to keep high blood pressure at bay. But studies confirming this protective effect have mainly focused on white patients, leaving it unclear whether African Americans, the most vulnerable of all populations, have stood to gain in similar ways.
NEW NATIONWIDE CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR POLICE OFFICERS, BADGES2BRIDGES, AIMS TO EASE RACIAL TENSIONS
(BlackNews.com) — The Cross-Cultural Institute has launched Badges2Bridges, a new training program for police officers and law enforcement professionals. The program aims to equip law enforcement personnel to work effectively with minority communities.
Badges2Bridges is the most comprehensive law enforcement education program (LEEP) specifically designed using input from police officers around the globe.
During his address to Congress in February, Trump said he supports the NATO alliance.
“But our partners must meet their financial obligations,” he said. “We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific — to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.”
Although most of us probably identify the federal income tax with the revenue that ultimately fills the government’s coffers and allows it to spend our hard-earned cash, it actually makes up less than half of all revenue. What makes up the rest, and how those figures have changed in recent decades, is actually quite surprising.
District of Columbia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) held a public meeting to tackle the growing threat to District communities posed by opioids and synthetic opiates. Participants which included representatives from the DC Department of Health, Metropolitan Police Department, social workers, and community activists engaged in a frank discussion on the extent of the opiate threat.
National Low Income Housing Coalition Applauds Introduction of “The Ending Homelessness Act of 2017”
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) for introducing the “Ending Homelessness Act of 2017,” a comprehensive plan to ensure the lowest income people and families America have safe, decent, and affordable homes.
(BlackNews.com) — A new cultural movement to help children overcome and defeat racism has been born. Watoto Entertainment & Education (a.k.a. “I Am WEE Nation), is a cultural movement of artists dedicated to creating and performing music for children of African descent, which provides them with child-appropriate and self-affirming music that will enhance their social and cultural development.
This year’s Washington D.C. Ambassador Family is the Baldwin Family. Audrey and Scott were excited about growing their family in 2015, when the amniotic sac ruptured. She spent three weeks in the hospital on bedrest, away from her other 1-year-old daughter, Reese. Baby Shay was born by emergency C-section at 30 weeks weighing only 4 pounds 5 ounces.
(BPRW) The Black Church & HIV Initiative Launches Newly Updated Pastoral Resources for Faith Leaders
(Black PR Wire) –(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative announced the release of its newly updated pastoral resources for faith leaders in honor of Minority Health Month. The Pastoral Brief and the Activity Manual offer a foundational approach for faith leaders to address HIV within the Black community from a social justice perspective.
Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on the new Cleveland Park Library. Located at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, the Cleveland Park Library will be the 20th neighborhood library to undergo renovation since the city began improving libraries in 2006.
(BlackNews.com) — Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters wants to give a mentorship opportunity and a $15,000 grant to aspiring music producers. Craft Syndicate returns, celebrating its 2nd year and is searching for innovators with an unwavering commitment to making their dream a reality.
(UPI) — A new study shows that different treatments for early-stage breast cancer have very different values regarding cost and overall effectiveness.
Researchers identified 105,211 women with early-stage breast cancer diagnosed between 2000 and 2011 and studied treatment complications within 24 months of diagnosis comparing the types of treatments and complications.
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, invites everyone to celebrate the first National Social Security Month in April by taking five steps toward financial security at www.socialsecurity.gov/5-steps-toward-your-financial-security. During the month, Social Security will provide educational articles and video messages on its website featuring personal finance expert Suze Orman.
D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson on Friday March 31 issued the agency’s Spring 2017 funding notice and request for proposals (RFP) to produce and preserve affordable housing for District residents.
In the RFP, DHCD will prioritize projects that primarily serve households earning below 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) or between 31 percent-50 percent of AMI. In addition, DHCD will give consideration to projects that include Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units.