– A new report by Rights4Girls and the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative has found that young Black girls in DC are more likely to be arrested than white youth. Researchers also found that between 2007 and 2017, there was an increase of 87% in arrests of girls in DC; most of them for minor offenses. (Citylab, 3/22)
At the root of these harsh responses is a sense of paternalism, the authors believe. “When a young girl is acting out in a particular way, the system responds by saying, ‘That’s not how young girls should act. We’re going to respond by getting the system involved,” whereas for a young boy, for instance, they may take the approach, “Boys will be boys, so we don’t need to get involved,”’ said Eduardo Ferrer, of the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative, who co-authored the report. That urge to overcorrect gets activated with particular gusto for girls of color—particularly black girls—who, data shows, have long been perceived as angrier, less innocent, less “ladylike,” and more sexually promiscuous.
– Two-Thirds of Americans Live in the “Constitution-Free Zone” (YES! Magazine, 3/23)
RACIAL EQUITY | Business owners and residents who occupied DC’s 14th Street before the 1968 rebellion reflect on the day and how it changed their lives. (WaPo, 3/26)
Related: In our recently released Putting Racism on the Table series video, Dr. Bernard Demczuk, a retired George Washington University professor, discussed the impact of the 1968 rebellion on the District and why we have to understand the racial history of DC.
ADVOCACY | David Biemesderfer, president & CEO of United Philanthropy Forum, explores how and why philanthropy should expand its advocacy agenda beyond “self-defense” issues. (United Philanthropy Forum, 3/23)
PUBLIC SAFETY | Naomi Wadler, an Alexandria, VA 11-year-old, was the youngest speaker at this weekend’s March for Our Lives rally. She asked that Americans remember that Black women are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. (WaPo, 3/25)
PHILANTHROPY | Tiger Woods has announced that he will participate in the 2018 National golf tournament, which benefits the college-access and Earl Woods Scholarship programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation. (Bethesda Beat, 3/26)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Montgomery County Executive Candidates Stake Positions on Affordable Housing, Public Campaign Financing (Bethesda Beat, 3/23)
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