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November 16, 2016 / Kendra Allen, Editor

D.C. Mayor Bowser affirms the District is a sanctuary city

IMMIGRATION| Yesterday, Washington, D.C., the 7th largest destination in the United States for immigrants in 2010, joined many other cities around the nation in declaring it will still be a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. (DCist, 11/15)

“We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus on protecting and serving,” Bowser said in a statement last night. “The values, laws, and policies of Washington, D.C. did not change on Election Day. We celebrate our diversity and respect all D.C. residents no matter their immigration status.”

WRAG COMMUNITY| The Daily WRAG is daily once more! As you all know, we’ve published the Daily almost every day as we’ve looked for a permanent editor, and through a shared partnership with Consumer Health Foundation, we’ve found one; me, Kendra Allen. I look forward to continuing the work of previous Daily WRAG editors and making sure that you get relevant, timely regional news in your inbox every day. Read more about the transition here. (Daily, 11/16)

PHILANTHROPY| Opinion: David Biemesderfer, President of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, discusses how philanthropy can leverage the public’s trust in charities to heal the divisions exposed by the 2016 Presidential Election and to continue creating equitable communities. He also pledges the Forum’s leadership role in this work. (Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers, 11/14)

HOUSING| Ward 8 has the most affordable house prices in the District, but it also holds the title for the lowest homeownership rates at only about 24 percent. The Ward 8 Homebuyers Club is working to change this. (GGW, 11/15)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA| This week Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church elected officials met to discuss how they can work together on transit and other social services that can help their communities save money. (WaPo, 11/16)

HEALTH EQUITY
DC Council passes assisted suicide bill (Washington Examiner, 11/15)

-Maryland has a state medical marijuana program, but few doctors have signed up. As a result, most people in need won’t be able to receive this care from their physician and will have to travel. (Baltimore Sun, 11/14)


Is the little owl on number 9 of these Comedy Wildlife photographs all of us next week leaping to the table when Thanksgiving dinner is ready?

Kendra

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