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
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
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.
Jonathan Hutto of Empower DC invited three members of the DC Poor People's Campaign to discuss our activities and the goals of our campaign to speak on his Taking Action program on DC's community radio station WPFW 89.3 FM. Listen here:
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
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
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
Residents east of the Anacostia River aren’t known to go to the John A. Wilson Building for city business, but they turned out in droves on Oct. 25 to let D.C. Council member Vincent Gray know how they want the United Medical Center supported unconditionally by the city government. Read the full article in the … Continue reading Residents Push Gray to Fully Fund UMC
Residents of Southeast DC and health workers at United Medical Center testified about the status of health services east of the river at a hearing before the health committee of the DC Council on Friday, October 25. United Medical Center staff say they are overworked and need more support in the interim, as residents suffer … Continue reading Uncertainty Plagues the Only Hospital in Southeast D.C.
In an article in The Outline, Jennifer Epperson addresses the question: How could reparations manifest at an individual and collective level, and what might this say about unrelenting systemic racial inequality? Epperson talked to African-Americans about what they think reparations might actually look like in their own lives, starting with the premise that reparations aren't just … Continue reading What reparations might look like