CRIMINAL JUSTICE / FOOD | The national prison strike, which began on August 21, officially ended on September 9th. The activists, incarcerated individuals in prisons, shared a list of ten demands, which included improving the quality of food served. (Civil Eats, 9/7)
“The food that [imprisoned people] are given, sometimes it’s inedible, sometimes it’s spoiled or rotten,” says Amani Sawari, a media representative for Jailhouse Lawyers Speak (JLS), a network of incarcerated people offering legal aid and training to fellow prisoners, and the group that first called for the strike. “The conditions on every single level are not made for humans to be living [with] for the decades that they are forced to be there.”
In addition to serving inedible food, prisons across the country have come under scrutiny for serving meals that lack nutrients essential to a healthy diet, and prison portions are notoriously small. For example, a 2017 report by Prison Voice Washington found that Washington state routinely failed to meet its own minimum requirements for the amount of fruit, vegetables, dairy, whole grains, and protein needed in prison meals.
RACIAL EQUITY | Miriam’s Kitchen wrote about the lessons they learned while integrating diversity and inclusion into their hiring practices. (Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 9/8)
WRAG | Join us on November 6th for WRAG’s 2018 Annual Meeting, Unseen, at the InterContinental at the Wharf! WRAG members will hear from Tracie D. Hall, director of the Joyce Foundation’s Culture Program, where she will help us envision a region where access to the arts is understood as a right, and not a privilege. The luncheon, which is open to the community, will feature painter Titus Kaphar. Members can register here. Registration for non-members will be opened at a later date.
HEALTH | Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will open a new medical center in Maryland. (WBJ, 9/10)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Montgomery County Could Start Letting Students Miss School For Protests (WAMU, 9/11)
WORKFORCE | An Economic Policy Institute analysis of wages in Seattle and San Francisco, where tipped employees have the same minimum wage as other workers, found that higher wages do not negatively impact jobs. (WAMU, 9/12)
HOUSING | A history of the word ‘gentrification’ by Next City. (NextCity, 9/11)
PUBLIC SAFETY | DC has now declared a state of emergency for the expected “torrential rain” from Hurricane Florence. (WaPo, 9/11)
A Kentucky town is mourning its first female mayor, a dog named Lucy Lou.