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

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

No, climate action can’t be separated from social justice

In an op-ed in The Guardian, Julian Brave NoiseCat argues that "Elites who divorce climate policy from social justice are almost as out of touch as those who deny climate science altogether." He goes on to say, "Experts agree that we must quickly deploy vast resources to mitigate and adapt to global warming. If the United States … Continue reading No, climate action can’t be separated from social justice

Children in Wards 7 and 8 see higher asthma rates than the rest of the city

According to this article in Washington City Paper, Doctors Blame D.C.'s High Asthma Rates in Part on Poor Housing, Ankoor Shah, a pediatrician and assistant professor at George Washington University, says that the asthma epidemic “disproportionately affects poor, urban minority children. And the severity is worse, specifically when you think about Wards 7 and 8.” Read … Continue reading Children in Wards 7 and 8 see higher asthma rates than the rest of the city

W. Kamau Bell “Exposes” the Real DC

In the latest episode of his CNN show United Shades of America, comedian W. Kamau Bell travels to our fair District. He notes that the anger people feel towards the nation’s capital is separate from the local city. “If you hate Washington, D.C., the thing you actually hate is Washington—and, most likely, you don’t know much about D.C.” … Continue reading W. Kamau Bell “Exposes” the Real DC