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

Residents Push Gray to Fully Fund UMC

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

Uncertainty Plagues the Only Hospital in Southeast D.C.

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.

What reparations might look like

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

Activists Say Bowser’s Policies Harm Black Washingtonians

Candace Y.A. Montague writes in the DCist that activists gathered outside Mayor Muriel Bowser's home on Saturday to protest her policies, such as building a new jail, MPD’s participation in Israeli training programs, and continuing to criminalize sex work. They say these policies harm African-Americans in particular. A large banner read “Bowser’s policies = black … Continue reading Activists Say Bowser’s Policies Harm Black Washingtonians