Tuesday, March 17, 2015

RightRides DC expands East of The River

Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), a DC group, empowers people in the DC metropolitan
area to build a street harassment Washington, DC. CASS recently announced it was expanding its popular RightRides DC program to wards 7 and 8.  The project, which is currently in its pilot phase, is done on a quarterly basis on specific dates. The next service date will be March 27.

First launched on Halloween 2014, RightRides DC is a non-profit service that provides free, safe, late-night rides home for women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people (“Riders”). These populations are most vulnerable to experiencing sexual harassment and assault in public spaces. The RightRides DC program is possible because of the hard work of CASS volunteers—Drivers, Navigators, and Dispatchers, as well as a partnership with Zipcar, who donates driving time in the cars CASS uses. To participate in Right Rides, volunteers complete a training, must pass a background check, and then set out as a driver-navigator team in Zipcar provided vehicles.

On March 27, riders in D.C. can call or text this number 202-556-4232 from 12 midnight to 3:30 AM to receive a free, safe ride home from CASS volunteers. The program is 100% volunteer-run and depend on volunteers, grants, donations and sponsorships to make this service possible.  Riders must both be picked up and dropped off/going home within Washington, DC. For more information, check CASS' web site at: http://www.collectiveactiondc.org/programs/rightridesdc/

Saturday, March 14, 2015

April 1st --> Ward 8 City Council Candidate Forum

Ward 8 City Council
Candidate Forum!

Have you decided who you are voting for as your next Ward 8 City Councilmember on April 28, 2015? If you are still sorting through the bunch, the Anacostia Coordinating Council along with 30+ Ward 8 and city-wide community based organizations would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming candidate forum!
The forum will include a Ward 8 Resident Straw Poll. Come out and vote your candidate of choice!

Ward 8 City Council Candidate Forum 
When: Wednesday April 1, 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: F.W. Ballou High School - 3401 4th St., SE
Straw Poll: Ward 8 Vote

Bring a friend and neighbor with you! See Flyer Below...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mother Nature Takes Its Toll on Historic Anacostia

Art of War Concept: Swift as the wind. Quiet as the forest. Conquer like the fire. Steady as the mountain

“I’m Going to Huff and Puff And Blow Your House Down!” It looks like Mother Nature took its toll on Historic Anacostia last night. Driving down MLK Ave SE this morning, I noticed the brick facades currently owned by the District Government were scattered across the street. This blows!

This special neighborhood as already lost a ton of its historic charm over the years and it just lost another three (3) historic building facades. I guess I can’t blame the government for this one...even though I'm sure somebody at DHCD is smiling. Here’s hoping the new administration will take some serious thought and care in the future of this neighborhood and understand historic preservation is the key to keeping it a special place and not just another place in the City.

What once was...

As of yesterday with the hopes of returning to Glory

And Now this Morning

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Ward 8 Christmas!

A Ward 8 Christmas!

Happy Holidays Ward 8 Neighbors,
We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family this past weekend. Christmas is right around the corner and we wanted to encourage you to participate in the upcoming Ward 8 Holiday celebration events. Please make it your best effort to help spread the holiday spirit in our neighborhoods this season!
Anacostia Coordinating Council Holiday Celebration
When: Tuesday December 2, 2014
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Where: Anacostia Playhouse - 2020 Shannon Pl., SE

Fairlawn Citizens Association Christmas Tree Lighting
When: Saturday December 6, 2014
Time: 5pm
Where: Corner of Good Hope Rd and Minnesota Ave., SE

Christmas Caroling in Historic Anacostia
When: Sunday December 7, 2014
Time: 6pm
Where: Anacostia Fire Station - 14th St SE

Congress Heights Community Association Christmas Tree Lighting
When: Saturday December 13, 2014
Time: 4pm
Where: Corner of MLK Jr Ave and Malcom X Ave., SE

A Cozy Christmas at the St. Elizabeths Pavillion
When: Saturday December 13, 2014
Time: 4pm - 9pm
Where: St. Elizabeths East Campus

Ward 8 AARP Chapter Holiday Luncheon
When: Wednesday December 17, 2014
Time: 11am - 1pm
Where: Joint Base Anacostia - Bolling Club
Cost: $25 - All You Can Eat
Ward 8 Democrats Kwanza Celebration
When: Saturday December 20, 2014
Time: 2-4pm
Where: R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center - St. Elizabeths East Campus

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Boys & Girls Club Launches Diploma to Degrees (d2D)

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Launches Diploma to Degrees (d2D)
$15,000 contribution from AT&T helps teens prepare for STEAM careers

Washington, D.C. (October 21, 2014) – Officials from AT&T today joined teens from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, D.C., and other community leaders to kick off the club’s Diplomas to Degrees (d2D) initiative, designed to help students prepare for science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) careers.

The announcement was made during a special event at FBR Branch @ THEARC. A $15,000 contribution from AT&T will allow the students to engage in experiential learning activities using updated technology.  The students also will develop and build their academic and professional portfolios that will be used to assist them with securing college admissions, internship, and workshop exposure opportunities and STEAM careers.

“Education is our priority. We provide quality programs that raise graduation rates of our members,” said LeVar Jones, teen director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.  “Education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. AT&T’s contribution will help us reach more students in Washington, D.C. We’re excited to team up with the company on the d2D initiative.”

Jones added that the project is part of the club’s Extreme Teens and teen leadership programs (grades 9-12) that focus on education, technology, leadership, character development, and community service.  The programs help youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, applying learning to everyday situations and embracing technology to achieve success in a career.

LaTara Harris, AT&T’s regional director of external affairs, said the program will help create the next generation of innovators in the District of Columbia. “When students graduate from high school, they improve their chances for success in college and careers,” Harris said.  “This program will keep these students engaged in school and on track to graduate, and will help them better prepare for success in college and beyond.  We want to do our part to help the next generation of innovators in Washington, D.C.”

Harris added that the program is aligned with AT&T Aspire, one of the country’s largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.  In 2012, AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program, bringing the total commitment to $350 million since the program was launched in 2008. Learn more about AT&T Aspire by visiting www.att.com/aspire.
Learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington FBR Branch @ THEARC by visitinghttp://www.bgcgw.org/fbr-branch-thearc/.

About Philanthropy at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mayoral & Attorney General Candidate Forum

Inviting ALL DC Residents to attend
Have you decided who you are voting for on November 4, 2014? If you are still thinking, the Anacostia Coordinating Council along with 30+ Ward 8 and city-wide community based organizations would like to invite you to participate in two upcoming candidate forums!
First up, is the Mayoral Candidate Forum. All three leading candidates have confirmed their participation in this discussion regarding the future of our City and Ward. Now we need you and your neighbors to show up on this Thursday October 16, 2014 and let your voices be heard.

Then the following week, we host a forum for the Attorney General race. Do you know the role of the position? Did you also know this will be the first time District residents will be able to elect an Attorney General? Come hear what candidates have to say about how they will provide legal representation for the City.

Mayoral Candidate Forum 
When: Thursday October 16, 2014
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Where: Academies of Anacostia (Anacostia High School) - 1601 16th St., SE
Straw Poll: Ward 8 Vote

Attorney General Forum  
When: Monday October 20, 2014
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Where: Old Congress Heights School - 3100 MLK Ave., SE
Straw Poll: City-Wide Vote

Bring a friend and neighbor with you! See Flyers Below...

Is the Reeves Center Good for Ward 8?

Art of War Concept: Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

The Reeves Center is a symbol of neighborhood revitalization. Then Mayor Marion S. Barry's decision to relocate government offices to the corner of a blighted neighborhood suffering the aftereffects of the riots of the Sixties is credited with sparking the revival of the booming U Street corridor. Now, there is talk of the Reeves Center coming to Downtown Anacostia. The conversation assumes that a similar strategy will have a similar impact.

Anacostia and other neighborhoods in Ward 8 need more than just another government office building. Rather than pursue this 'copycat' approach to economic revitalization, the city should focus instead on how it can make neighborhoods special in their own right. What is needed is a shared vision and a well-thought-out plan.

A plan – a shared vision? Is that possible? In emerging communities, stakeholders often have different ideas.  Through conversations led by the people who live in the neighborhood, all can get on the same page. After all, the people who live there should know what is best for their own community, right? Yet, where is the dialogue?

In Wards 1 and 6, the city held public hearings to discuss the soccer stadium and the replacement of the current Reeves Center. Why were there no such meetings in Ward 8? Residents should be asked to weigh in on whether location of a major government facility in their midst is a good idea. They should be consulted on its location. After all, they live here! With all attention on the mechanics of the soccer deal, maximizing the potential of redeveloping governmental infrastructure to Anacostia remains an afterthought.

Actually, I think a Reeves Center type facility will have a positive impact on Ward 8. Day time foot

traffic generated by its office dwellers should attract needed retail. However, the proposed location on Good Hope Rd. SE is not in the best interest of the community. Moving the project closer to the
Anacostia Metro Station is preferable. Downtown Anacostia has very few thoroughfares. A location next to Metro ensures government workers can use public transportation for their commutes.

Moreover, there has been no discussion about how the design of a new Reeves Center will relate to historic fabric of Downtown Anacostia. Will it look like the ugly DC Lottery buildings fronted by massive parking lots? Will it resemble the sterile architecture of the DC Dept. of Housing and Economic Development? Large buildings of this caliber that have no reference to the architectural fabric of the surrounding historic neighborhood threaten to undermine its integrity and beauty.

I and many of my neighbors choose to live in Anacostia precisely because of the beauty and charm of its built environment as well as its history. Any new development should be respectful of our choice.