Family and Friends Honor Taya Ashton

Purple balloons bounced in the summer wind in River Terrace Park Wednesday evening. Many of Taya Ashton’s family and friends wore purple as well. Others held signs and wore shirts with Ashton’s selfies in honor of the late transgender woman. Ashton, who was 20 years old, was found murdered in her Suitland apartment Saturday. Prince […]

Excluded Workers Rallied Against Another Exclusion Before the Council Budget Vote

“We’re fighting for our values, our representation, all of this work that we do.”

Last Friday, about a hundred excluded workers, faith leaders, and advocates rallied at Pershing Park speaking in Spanish, Amharic, and English. Their demand was amplified via mic and clearly written on bright neon signs: “$200 Millones.” Testimonies of folks—domestic workers and other non-contract workers who had stopped working during the pandemic for fear of transmitting […]

Teachers and Staff at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School Call for Removal of CEO

“The mission and continued success of the school is in imminent danger.”

Teachers and staff at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, a top-tier school serving D.C.’s adult immigrant population, have recently pressed their board of trustees to remove the school’s CEO, Allison Kokkoros. In a letter sent to the board earlier this month, unnamed employees writing collectively under the banner of “CR Strong” said that under […]

Calls to Amend, Delay Non-Compete Ban Grow

A law designed to protect workers is now facing criticism from the Washington Nationals and professional organizations.

A fight is brewing at the John A. Wilson Building over the future of the District’s new law banning non-compete agreements that has yet to even take effect. On one side are advocates and workers who say they’ve been harmed by non-compete agreements, which restrict a worker’s ability to hold simultaneous employment or leave their […]

D.C. Council Unanimously Passes a Phased Ending to Tenant Protections

The D.C. Council unanimously voted to phase out tenant protections including bans on evictions, utility shut offs, and rent freezes.

As the public health emergency over the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end, the D.C. Council unanimously voted to phase out tenant protections including bans on evictions, utility shut offs, and rent freezes.  D.C. lawmakers had been fiercely debating how to end tenant protections, and ultimately landed on a phased approach. One of the strongest […]

Are D.C.’s Vaccine Incentives Working?

Let’s look at the data, shall we…

About one month ago, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration started doling out $51 VISA gift cards at select COVID-19 vaccine sites, and entered individuals into various raffles for a chance to win more than just a shot back to “normal.” What has happened since? Sites that offer giveaways have seen an uptick of D.C. residents getting […]

D.C. Council Weighs Revising D.C.’s Eviction Ban

D.C. Council to vote on a phased approach to the end of the eviction ban on Tuesday.

With the understanding that Mayor Muriel Bowser won’t extend the public health emergency to which dozens of protections are tethered, the Council will consider revising the eviction ban. Under emergency legislation that the Council is considering on Tuesday, landlords could file for eviction in D.C. Superior Court over unpaid rent as early as mid-October so […]

Nine Reasons to Leave Your House

There’s a lot to be excited about in D.C.—including these nine new attractions.

There’s a lot to be excited about—including nine new attractions. Be it a new exhibit or a new venue, here are a lot of reasons to leave your house:  This Is a True Picture of How it Was Exhibit Raya Bodnarchuk painted every day for years. Now locals have a chance to see all 1,926 […]

DC Health: At This Time, People Who Got J&J Vaccine Do Not Need To Get Booster

Experts say more information about J&J’s effectiveness against the Delta variant and the possible side effects of Pfizer or Moderna boosters is needed.

All this talk about the highly contagious Delta variant has some D.C. residents feeling anxious even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Those who got the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, in particular, are wondering whether they’ll need to get a booster of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.  To back up, the Delta variant […]

What’s In Mayor Bowser’s Budget for Homeless Services?

Advocates say the mayor’s budget does not do enough to meet the housing needs of residents, so encourages the Council to tax the rich.

The D.C. government is in the midst of budget season, in case readers forgot. Wednesday kicks off budget markups, which means Council committees will begin to vote on changes to the mayor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2022, which takes effect Oct. 1.  Given that the pandemic left many more people un- and underemployed, and […]

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