Snakes in the Garden – Op-ed

Be happy!

Or how even the best of intentions can fail…[Crosspost from yourhomelessblog]   Every day now is a struggle for many Americans who must cope with the prevalent surreality — if they are awake! How many of us are not awake, because we are forced into a mold that disallows us the privilege of thinking for ourselves much less with expression? […]

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Progressives want Build Back Better to include HUD, but when and how?

Save public easement

WASHINGTON — On July 20th, the House Financial Services Committee held an extended hearing in Congress over proposed legislation by California Representative Maxine Waters. The hearing was attended mandatorily by new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge. The Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen was not present however. Waters, who represents the Los Angeles 43rd District, has proposed […]

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DC Grassroots Decry Planning Code Revision

Empower DC Priorities Lower 50% Needs Come First

According to Empower DC, a Washington, D.C. city-wide coalition of local grassroots citizen organizations, the proposed changes to the DC Comprehensive Plan underway is a developers’ brainchild. The revision will intensify redevelopment and gentrification not only in urban neighborhoods but existing residential neighborhoods, such as in Anacostia. They are doing so by demanding reclassification of zoning considerations, shortening or eliminating […]

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Signs Your Habitat is Controlled by a Slumlord

Homeless in DC

Here is a crosspost from YourHomelessBlog.blogspot.com Recently I ran into a person I used to see at Miriam’s Kitchen, one of the poets of our group. There were several white males in our group that met every Wednesday morning (pre-Covid). One was a former professor, up in years, who due to taking care of his wife, had used up his […]

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DC Homeless experience COVID-19 side effects

Union Station missing spring tourists

The homeless community in the Washington, D.C. metro region are abnormally adversely affected by all the side ramifications of COVID-19 from not being able to frequent their usual haunts to not being able to panhandle. Many of the most vulnerable suffer from mental illness and may not even be aware of the crisis. They may not understand the symptoms of […]

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Yang2020 fighting back and rising up

Screenshot The View (aired Jan 8, 2020)

While the Democratic Party regards Andrew Yang as an underdog in the run for presidential nomination, Yang2020 is fighting back for all it’s worth. The unusual part about it is that the fight is taking place online and in various social media. Yang, who just turned 45 in January, is the second youngest of the candidates; and he is the […]

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Resilient infrastructure solutions for climate change

Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate; edited by J. Rolf Olsen, Ph.D.

The IPCC has warned the public time and again that the world is heading towards a warming climate with rising oceans. Current projections are between 2-4 °C provided that positive feedback loops do not lead towards uncontrollable warming.  Russian scientists are exploring the phenomenon of methane clathrates, a scenario in which methane locked in frozen solids begins to melt or […]

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DC Tenants Union draws attention to affordability crisis

TENAC organizes, April 5, 2019

The DC Tenants Union met on July 20, 2019 at the All Souls Church on 16th Street in Washington, D.C. Visitors and union members exchanged stories about how increasing rent prices have affected them and what they are trying to do about it. DC Tenants Union is one of a handful of organizations representing tenant organizing and advocacy by tenants […]

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D.C. Circulator #FairShot: Zero-emissions and no-cost rides

What gives?

(Washington, DC) – Since February the D.C. Circulator has been free for all riders. Partially as a response to the government shutdown, the Mayor extended the free ridership throughout the month of March. The Circulator began as a private-public bus system to fill the gap in buses traveling to popular destinations. Over the years, the shuttle bus evolved into a […]

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Protesters gather at University of the District of Columbia to raise public outcry over diminishing public housing

UDC Live Theater

Washington — At least 40 protesters from housing activist groups such as Empower DC, People for Fairness Coalition, National Coalition for the Homeless, and others gathered at the University Theater where the Mayor delivered her 2019 State of the District Address starting at 5:30pm. The demonstrators  marched, chanted, and sang for nearly an hour despite the presence of police cars […]

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Protests sparked by Trump Order on National Emergency

BLM DC denounces huge DC police militarization

President’s Day is a peaceful day for family gatherings and commemorating our past U.S. Presidents. However this year there are over 230 President’s Day protests planned to fight President Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The National Emergencies Act is a codified federal law which provides the President emergency powers once such […]

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