A disproportionate number of black people are arrested in the District for minor violations

JUSTICE/RACIAL EQUITY | A study from two watchdog groups has found that a disproportionate number of black people are arrested in the District for minor violations, including driving without a license, gambling, and smoking marijuana in public. The disparities are spread across the District and not limited to wards with high crime rates. (WaPo, 5/14)

The study was done by the DC office of the American Civil Liberties Union and a consortium of groups advocating transparency called Open the Government and is based on five years of arrest statistics … and says blacks accounted for 86 percent of the total arrests over the years examined, even though they make up slightly less than half of the District’s population … The disparity held true across 90 percent of the District’s census tracts “including the whitest parts of the city.”

HEALTHCARE | Kaiser Permanente is rolling out Thrive Local, a digital care coordination platform that makes it easier for its medical providers to connect patients to community-based social services. (NPQ, 5/8)

HOUSING
– Mayor Bowser calls for equitably distributing affordable housing and for creating enough overall housing. (GGWash, 5/13)

– ‘Build More Housing’ Is No Match for Inequality (CityLab, 5/9)

GENTRIFICATION
– The District’s Ivy City neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying and trying to preserve a sense of community. (WaPo, 5/4)

– After #DontMuteDC, this year’s Funk Parade is a call to action (WaPo, 5/11)

COMMUNITY | Alice M. Rivlin, a master of budgetary and fiscal policy who, among many roles, was an advocate for healthy communities, passed away yesterday at age 88. (WaPo, 5/14)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Lead in the District’s water is still a problem. Will the DC Council fund a plan to fix it? (GGWash, 5/13)

MARYLAND/VIRGINIA | According to an annual “Best States” survey, Maryland and Virginia are among the nation’s best states based on metrics including education, health care, the economy and public safety. (US News & World Report, 5/14)

PHILANTHROPY | Dozens of giving circles in the US recently met in Seattle to share stories, hopes and plans for building a stronger giving circle movement. (Philanthropy Women, 5/2)


Meet the “Bee Lady” of Capitol Hill

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Maryland to provide health insurance enrollment on tax forms

HEALTHCARE | Maryland is now the first state to let residents sign up for the state’s health insurance program when they file their taxes. Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill Monday that allows residents to opt into health insurance by checking a box on their tax forms starting in 2020. (WAMU, 5/13)

The bill — which received bipartisan support in both chambers — will also increase spending on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange by $1.2 million. Marylanders who don’t have insurance when they file their taxes can either pay a $695 penalty or put it towards enrolling in the lowest-cost insurance policy available. Should all go as planned during the 2020 tax season, Maryland could reduce its uninsured rate from 6.1 to 4.1 percent …  “we think this can be a model for the whole country” says Vinny DeMarco of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative.

EDUCATION | Prince George’s County Interim Schools Chief Monica Goldson plans to give school employees $46.5 million in raises they missed in the aftermath of the recession. (WaPo, 5/14)

JUSTICE | A group of local activists bailed out Black moms incarcerated in Maryland and Virginia ahead of Mother’s Day, joining an annual nationwide campaign led by the National Bail Out collective, which aims to draw attention to issues of incarceration and cash bail. (WAMU, 5/10)

EQUITY/DC | The 11th Street Bridge Project has developed this short film about their approach to equitable development.

CHILDCARE | Some DC Lawmakers Are Asking If Every Family Should Get A Child Care Tax Credit (WAMU, 5/9)

GENTRIFICATION | Almost 3,000 people attended a block party protest in Shaw in response to the threats to Black DC culture posed by gentrification. (AfroPunk, 5/8)

TRANSPORTATION | Discussions continue over keeping the Circulator bus system free and who it benefits. (WaPo, 5/12)

HOUSING Montgomery County is aging, especially with younger seniors (GGWash, 5/7)

GUN VIOLENCE | Johns Hopkins University is aiming to capitalize on the student-led gun safety movement by offering a free online course to teach strategies to curb gun violence. (NPR, 5/13)

PHILANTHROPY | Giving Done Right: Effective Data For Philanthropy (Wesleyan University Magazine, 4/29)


Wow – at some point, there may be a car-free trail from DC to the Pacific Ocean.

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Next steps for the District’s ambitious clean energy law

SUSTAINABILITY | The Clean Energy Act DC passed in January of 2019, and climate activists are now focused on how the law will be implemented, and funded to ensure that it will benefit all residents. (GGWash, 5/8)

The Clean Energy Act DC aims to transition the District to run on 100% renewable electricity by 2032, making it the country’s most ambitious renewable electricity standard … the law also aims to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2032. Activists and experts say it’s important to pay attention to how the law is implemented and funded and that scrutiny is needed regarding equity and accountability regarding the main components of the Clean Energy Act: the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund (SETF), the Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS), Transportation Emissions, and in particular, the Green Bank.

HOUSING | The Washington Housing Initiative has announced its first Impact Pool closing, where investors – leading local developers and banking institutions, including JBG SMITH, Bank of America, PNC Bank, SunTrust, JPMorgan Chase, BB&T, United Bank,Wells Fargo, Bernstein Management, Buchanan Partners, and Bob Buchanan – have committed more than $78 million to support the creation and preservation of affordable workforce housing across the region. (Yahoo Finance, 5/8)

RACIAL EQUITY/PHILANTHROPY | The Consumer Health Foundation not only incorporates racial equity into their grantmaking, but intentionally recruits people most impacted by structural racism onto their board of trustees to deploy those resources. (CHF, 5/7)

HOMELESSNESS | Data from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments finds that the number of people in Arlington County experiencing homelessness has decreased. (ARLNow, 5/6)

GENTRIFICATION/DC | Go-go’s fight against gentrification is just getting started. This is what it sounds like. (WaPo, 5/8)

ENVIRONMENT | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a report yesterday that says the waters of the Potomac River are getting cleaner but there’s still more work to do. (WTOP, 5/8)

PUBLIC SAFETY | New bills are trying to make District streets safer. (dcist, 5/8)

INCLUSION | How One Non-Muslim Is Working To Make Restaurants More Inclusive During Ramadan (WAMU, 5/8)


Social Sector Job Openings 

Director of Individual Giving | Horizons Greater Washington – New!
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – New!
Director of Communications, Technology, and Administration | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Director of Corporate and Foundation Advancement | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Grants Compliance Manager | Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Engagement Officer | Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants and Communications Associate | Neighborhood Health
Senior Manager of Member Engagement and Partnerships | United Philanthropy Forum
Director of Development​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director of Operations​ | ​Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
Director, Flamboyan Arts Fund​ | ​Flamboyan Foundation
Membership Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Development Director​ | ​Council on Foundations
Communications Director​ |​ Council on Foundations
Learning Engagement Manager​ | ​ Council on Foundations
Program Coordinator | TGR Foundation – A Tiger Woods Charity
Individual Giving Manager | Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Senior Program Officer | Potomac Health Foundation

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A picture says a thousand words – 24 magazine covers about climate change

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Is the solution to the District’s housing crisis to invest in the middle class?

HOUSING | A strategy to produce and preserve workforce housing is gaining support among elected officials and developers to address the affordable housing shortage in the District. (WAMU, 5/2)

In her proposed 2020 budget, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has called for the creation of an unprecedented $20 million “workforce housing” fund that would subsidize homes affordable to middle-income professionals like teachers, social workers, and first responders… Many developers applaud the mayor’s workforce fund, saying it will help incentivize builders to construct and preserve housing that isn’t market-rate or “luxury.” Businesses tend to like it, too, because they want to be where the workforce lives. But the applause is countered by critics who say the mayor should instead invest that $20 million in low-income housing — particularly public housing, an estimated third of which is currently uninhabitable due to hazardous conditions.

EDUCATION | Prince George’s County may become the first jurisdiction in the country to use a public-private partnership to build and maintain several of its public schools, to speed up construction and decrease debt. (WaPo, 5/5)

LGBTQIA+ | Transgender teens in schools with bathroom restrictions are at higher risk of sexual assault, study says (CNN, 5/6)

WORKFORCE
– This co-working space doubles as a child care center. (WAMU, 5/6)

– Participants in a District workforce development program have not received the training they expected and are still unemployed. (CP, 5/2)

PRISON REFORM
– The District is looking into how it might obtain local control over the parole system again. (DCist, 5/1)

Maryland just banned placing pregnant inmates in solitary confinement. Yes, that was apparently happening. (WaPo, 5/1)

VIRGINIA | Fairfax board adopts budget with more for affordable housing, environment (WaPo, 3/7)

DISTRICT | The DC Inspector General says the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has failed to track and collect on fines from businesses, developers and landlords who break the rules. (WAMU, 3/7)

COMMUNITY | Congrats to Natalie Madeira Cofield, founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation, for being named the Women in Business Champion of the Year by the DC Chamber of Commerce. (Walker’s Legacy Foundation is a fiscally-sponsored project of WRAG.)

PHILANTHROPY | New CEO at Council on Foundations Pledges Greater Accountability (Chronicle, 5/1)


Sleep in a ‘Glamping Globe’ on the roof of the Watergate? Yes please.

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Pay Equity Act in Montgomery County is aimed at reducing gender pay disparities

GENDER/EQUITY | New legislation introduced in Montgomery County is aimed at reducing pay disparities between male and female county employees. County Council Member Evan Glass’s “Pay Equity” act will prohibit county government employers from basing salary offers on applicants’ past earnings, and will require the county executive’s office to assess gender pay equity within county government every two years. (WAMU, 5/7)

Women in Maryland typically earn 86 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to the National Women’s Law Center, which supports barring employers from asking job candidates about their salary history. Black and Latina women face even larger disparities across the state.  “Since wages for women generally lag behind wages for men, and wages for women of color lag even further behind wages of white men, basing a starting salary on a person’s current salary is likely to result in an adverse impact on the future wages of women employees,” says a county memorandum.

TRANSIT
– A just-released study highlights recommendations for transforming the Greater Washington region’s bus network into a better system that works when, where, and how customers need it. (WaPo, 5/6)

– The District is looking into adding tolls and implementing decongestion pricing to address traffic concerns. (WTOP, 5/2)

EDUCATION | Can DC’s public schools survive the coming enrollment surge? (GGWash, 5/2)

HOUSING
– Amazon says that its presence in the Washington region won’t cause housing costs to spike like they did in Seattle due to better planning. (WaPo, 5/3)

– Newly Enforced DCHA Policy Prematurely Cuts Families Off From Rental Assistance, Housing Attorneys Say (WCP, 5/1)

WORKFORCE | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute highlights the history of May Day and the fight for workers’ rights in the District. (DCFPI, 5/1)

SHUTDOWN | The shutdown may be over, but contractors continue to suffer from it. (WBJ, 5/6)

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT | According to a new United Nations report, up to 1 million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, and humans will suffer. (WaPo, 5/6)

PHILANTHROPY | How Philanthropy Can Preserve Press Freedom (Chronicle, 4/29)


Yay and yum – Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are at their most plentiful in seven years.

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Fairfax County plans to invest millions to boost affordable housing

HOUSING
– Fairfax County officials are discussing new plans to strengthen investments in affordable housing programs in fiscal year 2020. They also plan to increase spending right now to $15 million to help developers pursue affordable housing projects, and to hire a new “housing in all policies coordinator” who will manage the county’s efforts. (WBJ, 4/29)

Those changes are merely the first stage of a broader effort to meet the recommendations of a task force studying the county’s housing needs. That group wants to see Fairfax add 5,000 new homes affordable to people making 60 percent or less of the area median income — that would apply to anyone making an annual salary of at least $46,350 — over the next 15 years. To meet that goal, the board is directing county staff to draft “innovative land use policies” to expand affordable housing projects, running the gamut from new density bonuses to more flexible parking requirements.

– As the number of families with multiple generations living under one roof is rising, home builders are focusing on extended families. (WAMU, 4/24)

Should cities subsidize housing for a family making $141,000? (WaPo, 4/29)

VIRGINIA | Amazon posts first jobs for HQ2, says project is ‘ahead of schedule’ (WaPo, 4/29)

LGBTQIA+/EDUCATION | The school boards in Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Arlington are supporting the rights of transgender students, weighing in on a case involving a teenager’s legal fight over his attempt to use the boys’ restroom at his high school. (WaPo, 4/29)

IMMIGRATION | Trump tightens asylum rules, will make immigrants pay fees to seek humanitarian refuge (WaPo, 4/30)

ENVIRONMENT | Global Inequality Is 25% Higher Due to Climate Instability (Truthout, 4/27)

HATE/JUSTICE | One day after Passover ended, an interfaith group gathered at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society to celebrate at an event that featured a moment of silence — and a continued resolve to counter hatred — after Saturday’s deadly shooting at a California synagogue. (WTOP, 4/29)

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS | Arlington plan for managing mass casualties is first in nation (WTOP, 4/29)

GUN VIOLENCE | Newtown Wasn’t an End for Gun Control. It Was a Beginning. (NYT, 4/29)

PHILANTHROPY | How Philanthropy Can Curb the Rise of Hate: Count It, Condemn it, Confront It (Chronicle, 4/29)


Interesting visual of 25 years of sprawl in Northern Virginia.

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New “Graduation Guides” designed to boost college and career readiness for DC students

EDUCATION | DC Public Schools is implementing a new “Guide to Graduation, College, and Career” for high school students that tracks their progress towards graduation requirements and gives them information about college and career options. This effort is part of a larger movement across the country to make education data more available and accessible. (WAMU, 4/25)

The implementation comes just one year after DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education found 34 percent of DC’s high school graduates hadn’t actually met the requirements for receiving a diploma … and the graduation rate for black and Latino students had dropped. “It’s definitely an enhancement to our transparency around graduation,” said DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee of the guides. “It’s a way that we can monitor, along with families, where students are on their journey to graduation.”

YOUTH/JUSTICE/RACISM | Opinion: ‘It hurt’: A 9-year-old boy was handcuffed. But how many other DC children have also been? (WaPo, 4/27)

HOUSING
– Montgomery County Council calls for an additional $5 million for its affordable housing fund. (Bethesda Magazine, 4/26)

Affordable assisted living center could be coming to Northeast DC (Urban Turf, 4/26)

WORKFORCE | Economists are learning to love the minimum wage. (CityLab, 4/26)

RACISM | An author speaking at the Politics and Prose bookstore in DC was interrupted by a small group of white nationalists. (WTOP, 4/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Arlington, one of the most environmentally progressive jurisdictions in Virginia, is ending curbside glass recycling. (WAMU, 4/26)

PHILANTHROPY | Melinda Gates Wants Nonprofits and Foundations to Put More Emphasis on Women (Chronicle, 4/23)

NONPROFITS | Compass is providing pro bono consulting for nonprofits on a variety of topics, from board development to technology strategy. Learn more about the offer and how to apply for services here.


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