Amanda Michelle Gomez reports in the Washington City Paper about the lack of health services in Wards 7 and 8. The city has plans to build a new hospital in SE but the logistics are still being worked out. Read the article>>
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
Sunday, July 28, 4:00 – 7:00pm: Jamming for Justice (music event) Location: 5233 North Capitol Street NW (@ Plymouth). Hosted by Maceo Kemp
The D.C. Department on Disability Services (DDS) has decided not to renew Georgetown University’s contract that provides services to disabled residents through its DDA Health Initiative, as reported in an article in the Washington Post. The decision was made quietly and has unnerved those who work closest with the city’s most vulnerable residents. They fear that it … Continue reading DC Cuts to Services for People with Disabilities
As Abigail Abrams writes in Time Magazine, disabled voters shouldn't be ignored. By some counts, they represent 15% of the population and disabled activist were instrumental in saving the Affordable Care Act from Republicans' efforts to abolish it. Read the article: Voter Turnout Surged Among People With Disabilities Last Year. Activists Want to Make Sure … Continue reading Voter Turnout – People with Disabilities
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
An article by Andrew Giambrone from DC Curbed cites a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that says thirty-two thousand children in the nation’s capital live below the federal poverty line, one of the highest child poverty rates in the U.S. when considered among states. That’s roughly 26 percent of the under-18 population in … Continue reading D.C. has one of the highest child poverty rates in the U.S.
An article by Andrew Giambrone in Curbed discusses new legislation by Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, who represents many Southeast neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, that aims to stem gentrification and displacement by providing targeted services and funds in “high-risk displacement areas.” Read the full article
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, religious leaders from all faiths and supporters gathered at the White House to protest the immoral policies of the current administration. Read about the event in an article from Religious News Service - Boisterous faith leaders and a silent Pete Buttigieg rally against Trump at White House.
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