Poor people stand up: National campaign to build community and spark change stops in DC

From Street Sense Media: The Poor People’s Campaign held a mass meeting on Jan. 29 as part of a 20-plus-state tour to prepare for a huge rally and march on Washington that will happen early in the summer. “We’re coming back June 20th 2020,” said Alvin Jackson, an organizing leader for the D.C. chapter of the campaign.  … Continue reading Poor people stand up: National campaign to build community and spark change stops in DC

Editorial on Health Care in DC East of the River

Edward J. Smith, Executive Director of the DC Nurses Association (DCNA), speaks about the need for high-quality extensive health care services east of the river (Wards 7 & 8) in the District of Columbia in an editorial for WPFW-FM. Listen to the editorial: Written Transcript: This is Ed Smith with a WPFW editorial. Health care … Continue reading Editorial on Health Care in DC East of the River

Maternal mortality is worse in Washington, D.C. than Syria. Abortion access is one reason why.

From NBC News: Summer Sherburne Hawkins, associate professor, Boston College's School of Social Work, writes, "My research shows that as states restrict access to reproductive health care options, maternal mortality rates climb precipitously." "From 2007 to 2015, Syria's maternal mortality rate rose from 26 deaths per 100,000 live births to 31 deaths per 100,000 live … Continue reading Maternal mortality is worse in Washington, D.C. than Syria. Abortion access is one reason why.

Downtown Displaced: Gentrifying Mount Vernon Square, 1840-Present

Interesting article about the gentrifying of the Mount Vernon Square area and Carnegie Library's role in it, written by Dan Kerr in Street Sense Media. On May 11, Apple Inc. completed its most extensive historic renovation to date and opened its new Carnegie Library location to the public. Overall, the public and local press greeted … Continue reading Downtown Displaced: Gentrifying Mount Vernon Square, 1840-Present

GWU sues corporate hospital partner, leaving fate of Southeast project uncertain

Universal Health Services (UHS), the corporation under consideration to build a new hospital east of the river in DC, has been in trouble before. Now, a lawsuit, filed last week in D.C. Superior Court, alleges that Universal Health Services (UHS) — a Pennsylvania-based health-care corporation that owns hospitals across the country — has improperly diverted … Continue reading GWU sues corporate hospital partner, leaving fate of Southeast project uncertain

Our transportation system values some lives more than others

This article from Smart Growth America lays out how people in poor communities and people of color are disproportionately negatively affected by our transportation system and policies: "America’s transportation system is fundamentally inequitable. More resources go to wealthier and more politically connected communities; streets are designed to prioritize high-speed (expensive) vehicles over the safety of … Continue reading Our transportation system values some lives more than others