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

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