PUBLIC SAFETY/ EQUITY
– Last week, residents filed a class-action lawsuit to challenge a District law that allows police officers to arrest citizens for blocking a sidewalk. The plaintiff alleges that the law unfairly affects black men and homeless individuals. (WCP, 9/15)
The plaintiff in the case, Northeast resident Joseph Alexander, was arrested in August 2015 for simply being in an area where a police officer didn’t want him, says William Claiborne, one of Alexander’s three attorneys.
“[The law] gives the police the power to just make anybody they don’t like leave the area,” says Claiborne. “People are just absolutely gobsmacked that a policeman can tell them to move from the sidewalk where they’re just standing taking [in] the air.”
– Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a new memo that allows transgender service-members to re-enlist while the Pentagon is reviewing the impact of transgender service in the military. (Washington Blade, 9/16)
– DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has proposed a moratorium on worker’s rights legislation through the end of 2018. (WaPo, 9/17)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | College Park vote on noncitizen voting rights was insufficient, city says (Baltimore Sun, 9/16)
EDUCATION | This Prince William County school is inspiring their students through more hands-on learning with a “makerspace” classroom. (WaPo, 9/17)
Related: Funders, join us on September 28 for the third program in WRAG’s 2017 Public Education Learning Series: “Curriculum: The Missing Ingredient in Education Reform.” Register here
ARTS & HUMANITIES
– Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist who fought for better working conditions for farm workers and originator of the popular rallying slogan, “Sí se puede,” discusses her new documentary and organizing as a single mother. (NPR, 9/17)
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