Gentrification in D.C. means widespread displacement, bucking national trends, report says, by Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, April 26, 2019: In the District of Columbia, low-income residents are being pushed out of neighborhoods at some of the highest rates in the country, according to the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, which sought to track demographic and economic changes in neighborhoods in the 50 largest U.S. cities from 2000 to 2016. Full article>>

Ward 7 Is Getting Its First-Ever Urgent Care Center, by Natalie Delgadillo, DCist, March 20, 2019: Communities east of the Anacostia River will get their very first urgent care center later this year, after a D.C. regulatory agency finally granted the last bureaucratic approval the center needed to open its doors. Washington City Paper was the first to report the news. Full article>>

As D.C. Weighs How to Fix Its Public Housing, Families Keep Getting Sicker, by Morgan Baskin, Washington City Paper, March 20, 2019: Months after the DC Housing Authority went public with details about the extent to which its public housing stock has deteriorated, and years after its residents say they first began to complain, families continue to cope with the physical consequences of living in units that even the Authority’s chief acknowledges are in “deplorable” condition—and they’re doing so with no end in sight. Full article>>

D.C. has the highest ‘intensity’ of gentrification of any U.S. city, study says, by Katherine Shaver, The Washington Post, March 19, 2019: About 40 percent of the District’s lower-income neighborhoods experienced gentrification between 2000 and 2013, giving the city the greatest “intensity of gentrification” of any in the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Full Article>>

‘We Need to Start Calling These Folks Out by Name’, by Greg Kaufman in The Nation, February 25: The Poor People’s Campaign is pushing DC officials to do more for economic justice in the nation’s capital. On Valentine’s Day, which is also Frederick Douglass’s birthday, about 50 activists with the DC chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival showed up at City Hall to hold city officials accountable. Full article>>

Poor People’s Campaign to hold bus tours of poverty areas, The Charlotte Observer, February 25, 2019: The Poor People’s Campaign will hold bus tours of poverty-stricken areas in more than 20 states to call attention to “what the national emergencies really are” in the wake of President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration over the U.S.-Mexico border, a leader of the campaign says.

(Also, watch a video of the news conference announcing the bus tours)

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DC Housing Authority Board Opens Door to Privatizing Some Public Housing, Washington CityPaper, January 17, 2019: One lawyer says the plan will “strip tenants of their essential rights.” A majority of commissioners on the D.C. Housing Authority board voted Thursday afternoon to establish a plan for abating the dismal conditions in thousands of the Authority’s public housing units—a plan that some attorneys and nonprofit workers say amounts to little more than privatizing large swaths of DCHA’s portfolio.

With Public Financing And Pay-To-Play Prohibitions, Sweeping Changes Are Coming To D.C. Politics, WAMU, December 7, 2018: This week the D.C. Council gave final approval to a bill that imposes new limits on who can give money to people running for elected office in the city. It follows a bill passed earlier this year that will create a program starting in 2020 to provide public financing to candidates. Put together, the two bills represent a sweeping change to how political campaigns in D.C. will be funded, and could possibly open the door to new candidates and change the longstanding perception that well-heeled donors — individuals, business and lobbyists — hold sway over the levers of power in the city.

Walking in the Footsteps of MLK, Rev. William Barber Brings Stanford Audience to its Feet, KQED, January 20: Like Dr. King, Barber challenges his audiences to do something about systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and other injustices.

A social justice movement inspired by MLK is waging a new war on poverty, CNN, January 20, 2019: In December 2017, 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. called for a multiracial, nonviolent army of the poor, a new generation of activists resurrected the civil rights leader’s boldest crusade: the Poor People’s Campaign.

Congress Considers Bill to Defend Freedom of People With Disabilities, TruthOut, January 16, 2019: On January 15, disability justice activists celebrated the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act (DIA). This monumental piece of legislation is an important step forward for the full civil rights of those with disabilities.

Poor Information: How Economics Affects the Information Lives of Low-Income IndividualsInternational Journal of Communication, July 2018: This article applies economic principles to an exploration of how information is produced
for, acquired by, and utilized by low-income individuals in the United States.