Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ward 8: Best Campaign Yard Sign?

Anyone who has ever run for public office knows once you decide to run, one of the first things to determine are your campaign colors. Many times campaign colors will reflect a candidates personality or just clever campaign strategy.

With 12 people running it looks like all the primary colors have been taken. We can talk all day about who we think will the Ward 8 City Council seat on April 28th, but for today let’s see who wins for best campaign yard sign. Any thoughts?

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.

Leonard Watson with a Classic Blue & White

Sheila Bunn with a  Blue and Lime Green Combo

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.

Sandra "S.S" Seegars  with a Classic "S.S." Yellow

Jahaur Abraham with a brighter Yellow

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.

Natalie Williams - Red and White with a bit of Washington NFL Football Team Maroon

Eugene Kinlow with a Red, Black & White combo

Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. Purple is a very rare color in nature; some people consider it to be artificial.

LaRuby May and the Grape Purple 

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.

Greta Fuller and Historic Preservation Orange

Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a 'greenhorn' is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.

 Trayon White and Jolly Rancher Green

 Anthony Muhammad and classic Green & White

 Stuart Anderson with another version of Green & White

Marion "Chris" Barry with Marion Barry Green

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Watch the Ward 8 Collaborative Candidate Forum

Did you miss the Ward 8 Collaborative Candidate forum on April 1, 2015? If so, no worries. Below is a link for a recording of the event. Nearly 600 Ward 8 Residents participated in the straw poll. Now get out there and go VOTE!

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:

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
Learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington FBR Branch @ THEARC by visiting

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.