Poor People’s Campaigns Taking Place in June

Mule cart, 1968 PPC, DC Public Library Special Collections, reprinted with permission

Washington, DC– At least two Poor People’s Campaigns (PPC) are taking place this June in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. One Poor People’s Campaign is led by Union Theological Seminary’s Kairos Foundation based in New York City in partnership with Repairers of the Breach, a social justice organization founded by Reverend William J. Barber, […]

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Stockton UBI: What would you do with an extra $1000 per month?

Living along the riverbanks is the norm in many developing countries

A universal basic income (UBI) plan is proposed by the City of Stockton in California. It is the brainchild of Michael Tubbs, the first African-American mayor ever elected, and also its youngest. Universal Basic Income, also called Guaranteed Basic Income, is generally designed to offset the widening gap between cost of living and money earned by the poor. The Bay […]

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Unseasonable heatwave affects D.C. homeless

Screenshot from drought.gov

There is a drought this year in the nation’s capital region. Hard to believe, but true. Most visitors wouldn’t notice since they only stay for a few days, and perhaps even welcome the dry weather. Locals observe that while the mugginess is less than usual, it is tiring all the same. Some elderly and homeless people, you can tell the […]

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2018 Environmental Film Festival in Washington Metro far from oblivion

The Last Animals (Opening night event)

This year’s environmental film festival in the nation’s capital comes with a sense of trepidation. Ever since the word “climate change” has been expunged from the Environmental Protection Agency website, the fate of climate science hangs in the air. In fact, at area public libraries, the books about climate change and global warming have shifted location to under social science. […]

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Hawaii legislation and homelessness: the good, the bad, the ugly

When can these encampment be zoned safe

The State of Hawaii is paradise, if you have money to spend. The population of the state in 2017 was 1,427,538 people, but it is decreasing at the rate of 3 people per day. This is after accounting for births and new move-ins. Over a five year period an estimated 37,000 people have left, mostly for the mainland. Invisible people […]

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National Law Center 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony: Empathy matters

Many resources at NLCHP

The annual McKinney-Vento Awards Ceremony showcases some of the nation’s most distinguished advocates, leaders who are taking a stand against the injustice of homelessness and poverty in America. It is also a major fundraising event for the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) founded in 1989. This year’s McKinney-Vento Awards ceremony was held on October 24th 2017 at […]

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Remembering Mayor Ed Lee: A Man with a Heart

Mayor Ed Lee speaking at Remembering Vincent Chin 30

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away on December 12, 2017, after suffering from a heart attack on the night before. The suddenness of his passing has stunned many including in the Asian community. Humble beginnings For many Asians and people of color, the late-Mayor represented a set of firsts. He was born and raised in the Beacon Hill neighborhood […]

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Hey whitey, you are holding a drink! You must be an alcoholic!

A journey is more important than the destination

A journey is more important than the destination. or, Success is not a destination but a journey. But what if you are an Anti-heroine and your destination is less than assured? The fact of the matter is that when society only recognizes results, it is in essence, blind. We have paid for the wars and will continue to pay for […]

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Rural environmentalists protest abuses at FERC Rally

Protesters say FERC environmental reviews ignores health impacts

Washington, D.C. — On September 20, a monthly crowd of protesters gathered in front of the Federal Energy Reserve Commission (FERC) building. The last time groups like the Stop the Pipeline met it was before the FERC had instituted a No-Quorum Period between February 9, 2017 through August 9, 2017. During this period, much of FERC’s orders and settlements were […]

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High rent forcing low-income D.C. residents out

Eve of destruction or renovation

D.C. Council votes to limit access to emergency housing Even though public-private partnerships such as the New Communities Initiative offers a wholesome approach for select District of Columbia residents, there are too many low-income tenants falling through the cracks. D.C. Housing Authority estimates there are 42,000 people on its waiting list—so many the agency stopped accepting applications in April 2013. […]

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