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  • (Intro Materials Updated August 25, 2007)
    WELCOME to WPFW's Metro Watch Contacts Page and Knowledge Bank

        Each weekday morning, Gloria Minott and Metro Watch bring us news from the many organizations and individuals dedicated to building justice, transformation, empowerment, abundance, creativity, community and peace throughout the national capital region. Gloria interviews a number of resource people from a veritable spectrum of organizations, representing a rich and eclectic range of involvements and interests, and makes their work available to the public at large.

        Much of this invaluable knowledge is now available at all times, to all people, 24 x 7. This page lists the contact points for Gloria's guests, extending the reach and value of their work, and of hers, organized by date, beginning with the most recent. We usually update it quickly, within 24 hours of receiving the source information.

        Three Acknowledgements:   Special thanks are due to Gloria's three assistants, who did the work that made this page possible during its first year. The first, Rene Bryce-Laporte, without whom this page would not be possible, has moved to Harrisburg. He provided Geotrees with the source program information on a regular basis, and had useful suggestions and comments for the early development of the page's "look and feel." Thank you, Rene! In May of 2006 Jill Merselis began her work as Gloria's new assistant, doing the bulk of the writing you see in these listings. She moved to the Boston area in the spring of 2007. Thanks, Jill! And in mid-August of 2006, Schuyler Borton joined the crew and brought the page into the spring of 2007, making possible coverage of more programs, and sources, than before. Thank you, Schuyler!

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED, Autumn 2007

        Beginning now and running into the fall and beyond, Metro Watch and this web page need volunteers in three areas:

    • to collect program guests' organizational and contact information for posting here, and on the GeoLinks page;
    • to help summarize program interviews into the written material for this web site; and
    • to help Gloria organize her files and program materials.

        Collecting guest information requires net access and a telephone, and can be done from your choice of location. The work with recorded interviews, and with Gloria's files, would be at the studios in Adams Morgan, convenient to Woodley and Columbia Heights metros.

        Mature, reliable people of high school age on up are welcome. No HTML or other webskills are needed - simply a desire to serve the community, a commitment to sharing knowledge, and regular time each week. We'll acknowledge you by name. A great opportunity to meet the interesting and diverse people of WPFW! Are you interested? Please contact Gloria at the station: Tel. (202) 588-0999, xt 327, or Geotrees and Charles at guest AT geotrees.com.

    CONTACTING Metro Watch, Gloria Minott, and This Page

        If you're not familiar with the program, we encourage you to listen weekdays at 9:30 AM Eastern time, over WPFW at FM 89.3, or on the net at www.wpfw.org. You can call the station at Tel. (202) 588-0999, xt 327. Does your organization have value and service to offer the community? To learn about appearing on Metro Watch, please contact Gloria at WPFW, or Charles at guest AT geotrees.com.


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        This page and the OurWPFW discussion group are independent, volunteer productions of Geotrees.Com.

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    Use the links below to visit an array of WPFW-related resources, including the home page for station itself.

    Links:   Geotrees Home ~ Links to Historical and Current Documents ~ Geotrees Email Archives ~ To the TOP

    SEPTEMBER 2007

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    General Wesley L. Clark
    History and Humanity

          General Wesley L. Clark has a new book out titled A Time to Lead. The book is full of stories of his time in the military and how his experiences have shaped his views of the world. He talked about his book and his experiences.

    Parisa Nourozi, of EmpowerDC

          Parisa Nourozi is part of EmpowerDC and has organized people to attend the DC City Council to demand the city to use public property exclusivel."

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    Thomas Hampton, Commissioner, D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
    Personal Finance

          Commissioner Hampton discussed 'understanding of your insurance policy,' the top ten things you should know about buying a fixed deferred annuity, buying viaticals as investments.

    Todd Tucker, of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch Division
    Global Trade

          Todd Tucker, of the Division on Opposition of NAFTA and CAFTA, discussed growing opposition to the NAFTA Peru Expansion by trade unions, consumer groups, Latino and civil rights groups, and many others. Public Citizen is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization.

    Mwiza Muthali of the TransAfrica Forum
    Modern Haitian History

          Mwiza Muthali discussed some of the Forum's forthcoming events: Randall Robinson's book An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President. The best selling author and social justice advocate explores the heroic and tragic history of Haiti.

    • Email:  info AT transafricaforum. org  |  To the TOP

    Matt O'Lear, of Friends of the National Zoo
    Hispanic Culture

          Matt discussed Fiesta Musical, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the Latin American Film Festival with the participation of Spain and Portugal.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    Peter Geiger, editor of The Farmers' Almanac
    Americana; Rural Culture; Sustainable Living

          Peter Geiger, editor of The Farmers' Almanac, discusses the upcoming release of the Almanac and the details of the book. The book will arrive on the shelves in Late August 2008.
          (Note: The Farmers' Almanac, "Timeless, Trusted and Treasured Since 1818," and The Old Farmer's Almanac, published since 1792, are two distinct publications. Peter is from the first. For your convenience, edification and delight we are pleased to include links to both of them below. Thank you.   - Ed.)

    John Steveson, of Voices of America (VOA)
    Radio; Jazz

          John Steveson, Director of Central Programming for Voices of America (VOA), discussed the concert celebrating the VOA Jazz program and the late Willis Conover. The event is presented by the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival.

    Stan Painter, Chair, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    Government; Food and Public Health

          Stan Painter, Chairman of The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the National Joint Council of Food Inspection, discusses the USDA Food Inspection "Farm Bill." This bill serves to bring the end to federal meat inspection and is to be brought in front of Congress in a few weeks. Opposition to this bill is also backed by the AFGE which is the largest federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal government of the District of Columbia.

    • On the Net:  TBD  |  To the TOP

    Claire Greensfelder on Globalization
    Globalization; Sustainable Living

          Claire Greensfelder, of the International Forum on Globalization and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), discussed globalization solutions at a recent teach-in. "The International Forum on Globalization (IFG) is an alliance of sixty leading activists, scholars, economists, researchers and writers formed to stimulate new thinking, joint activity, and public education in response to economic globalization."

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    Camille Giraud Akeju, of the Anacostia Museum
    Local and Black History; Education; Community

          Camille Giraud Akeju of the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum discusses the Gala Celebration being held in observance of the Museum's 40th Anniversary. The affair will offer a preview of the commemorative exhibition, "East of the River: Continuity and Change," opening September 15.

    Keemone Freeman, of the National Black L.U.V. Festival

          Keemone discussed the upcoming festival on September 16 at John Marshall Park. The main goal of the festival is to address the seriousness of the times we live in, and reflect the possibilities of our capacity to affect change in our world. (Note: The Festival's website remains up and active all year, between festivals.)

    Georgiana Bloom, Communications Director of the Interfaith Conference, Metro Washington, DC
    Interfaith; Bridgebuilding; Community

          "The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) brings together historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among persons of diverse faiths and to work cooperatively for dialog, understanding, and social and economic justice in metropolitan Washington. The Conference offers public events, programs, and speakers. IFC's members are the Baha'i, Buddhist (observer) Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities in this region."

    Monday, September 10, 2007

    Ammanuel Moore, from the Afro American Newspaper
    Grassroots Economics

          Ammanuel discussed PayDay Lending, and why some say it should be banned or why it should remain intact.

    • TEL.  TBD
    • URL:  TBD  |  To the TOP

    Brian Becker, of the ANSWER Coalition

          Brian talked about the antiwar activists who were arrested at the White House last week (sic), and about the protests during the month of September.

    • TEL.  TBD
    • URL:  TBD  |  To the TOP

    Christine Flanagan, on the Art of Suzanne Stryk.

          Christine Flannagan discusses a new exhibit that opens at the USBG Conservatory called "Green Evolution" that features paintings and drawings by artist, Suzanne Stryk.

    • TEL.  TBD
    • URL:  TBD  |  To the TOP

    Friday, September 7, 2007

    John B. Salamone, on Luciano Pavarotti

          John B. Salamone, Executive Director of The National Italian American Foundation, joined us to talk about the death of legendary tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, who died at the age of 71 of pancreatic cancer.

    Audrey Epperson on Grandparents

          Audrey Epperson, Director of Employment and Training of the Great Washington area, talks about celebrating grandparents who raise their own grandchildren.

    • TEL.  TBD
    • URL:  TBD  |  To the TOP

    Tuesday, September 4, 2007

    Stan Spracker, of the Levine School of Music
    Music; Education

          Stan Spracker, Vice President of Development at Levine School of Music, talks about the work of the school and the free concerts at the Church of Epiphany.

    • TEL.  TBD
    • URL:  TBD  |  To the TOP

    MAY 2007

    Thursday, May 24, 2007

    Cedric Hendricks, Associate Director, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
    Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation

          The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency was created by the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997 to work closely with the community to reduce crime and recidivism, while fostering public safety.
          CSOSA coordinates with law enforcement agencies, courts and parole authorities to provide treatment and supervisory services to individuals on probation or parole. The agency also helps federal and local courts determine whether inmates are eligible for release.
          Cederic Hendrick addressed the re-entry crisis currenty experienced in cities across the country.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Patty Greenroth, Producer, Forced Sterilizations
    Human Rights and the Arts

          Forced Sterilizations is a play based on a true story about the Supreme Court's Buck v. Bell decision of 1927, which authorized the forced sterilization of "feeble minded" (mentally disabled) people. Carrie Buck was sterilized against her will to prevent her from procreating and passing on a mental disability to later generations.
          Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the Buck case, stating that "three generations of imbeciles are enough." He posited that sterilization was the most effective way to end the procreation of mentally disabled people, and after looking at Buck family history, he believed that three generations of women were mentally disabled.
          The Sundail Theater Company is putting on the production. Patty Greenroth started the company in 2003, and now serves as the Associate Artistic Director. The company focuses on issues of disabilities, with a mission to educate, enlighten and entertain audiences.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Tony Browder on Malcom's Ech: The Legacy of Malcom X
    History of Human Rights

          Sankofa Books and IKG will host a screening of Darkling Productions' Malcom's Echo, a documentary about the thoughts, philosophies and actions of Malcom X. Through a British perspective the film explores the legacy of Malcom X against the backdrop of Harlem.
          The film centers around a journey to the site of the activist's grave. This pilgrimage occurs each year on his birthday (May 19th).
          The screening will be on Friday, May 25th at 7:00 pm at Sankofa Video and Books at 2714 Georgia Avenue, NW in Washington, DC.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Tuesday, May 1, 2007

    Steven Nero, Filmmaker, and the Freedom Riders' Forum
    History of Human Rights in the US

          Steven Nero, maker of the documentary film Freedom Rides, will participate in a Freedom Riders' Forum on May 4th and 5th, sponsored by a grant from the D.C. Humanities Council. The host of events will begin with a remembrance at the point of departure of the Freedom rides from the original Greyhound Bus Station located at 1100 New York Avenue in northwest D.C. on Friday, May 4th from 11 to 12 pm. At 1 p.m. there will be a Freedom Riders' Teach-In, for student and youth groups to meet local freedom riders.
          On Saturday, events will include a panel discussion by historian and scholar Ray Asenault. He will be signing his book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

    For additional information, please contact:

    • TEL.  (301) 379-1312
    • Email:  freedomridersfilm( AT )yahoo.com  |  To the TOP

    Barbara Strother, Chief, Department of Human Service's Adult Protective Services, on the Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
    Our Elders

          DHS Interim Director Kate Jesberg recently announced that financial managers in the District are now legally obliged to report suspected abuse or exploitation of vunerable adults.
          The announcement comes as the country begins the recognition of Older Americans Month in May. In June, the World Health Organization similarly will observe World Elder Abuse Prevention Day.

    To report abuse, neglect or exploitation please call the DHS Adult Protective Services hotline:

    • TEL.  (202) 541-3950  |  To the TOP

    Melissa Johnson, Executive Director, the President's Council on Physical Fitness
    Partnerships for Public Health

          Today the DC Department of Health will kick off Move DC, a campaign to reduce obesity in the District, created through a partnership between the government and business and labor groups. The day's events will begin at 10 am and will include music, belly dancing, tai ch'i, health screeninigs and a fitness demonstration, with WPW's own Brother Bey and Captain Fly.
          The program goals include the creation of clubs and neighborhood groups to promote exercise and nutrition, and reduce stress.

    For additional information, please contact:

    • TEL.  (202) 671-5000  |  To the TOP

    Dexter Sumner, Filmmaker and Author of Diana's Legacy: Bringing the World's Attention to Angola Landmines
    War, Peace, and the Arts

          Tonight, Africare Film Philanthropy and the Halo Trust de-miners present Diana's Legacy: Bringing the World's Attention to Angola Landmines, a documentary presentation of the late Princess Diana working with children hurt by landmines in Angola. Set in the town of Huambo and Kuito, the film examines the social consequences of mine fields, and the initiatives to support children whose lives have been affected by the weapons. Also showing will be Cory Wilson's Beauty, a film about the mass production of mannequins and the perception of attractiveness in American culture.
          The event will be held at the University of California, 1608 Rhode Island Avenue.

    For additional information, please contact:

    • TEL.  (240) 461-3507
    • Email:  ypicpress( AT )unanca.org  |  To the TOP

    APRIL 2007

    Monday, April 30, 2007

    Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, on the Lawsuit DC Police Sanctuary Policy

          Should local police enforce federal immigration laws? DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says police should be enforcing criminal laws. Tom Fitton, president of the conservative public interest group Judicial Watch, wants all laws enforced - like immigration laws. Mr. Fitton believes the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC, is pursuing a sanctuary policy for illegal aliens by failing to pursue them. Former DC Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey went on record that „the MPD is not in the business of inquiring about the residency status of the people we serve and is not in the business of enforcing civil immigration laws." Says Mr. Fitton, "That's the signal for the cops -- don't do your job. And it turns DC into a magnet for illegal immigrants." Judicial Watch has filed a taxpayer lawsuit seeking to end a similar sanctuary police policy in Los Angeles and has investigated police sanctuary polices in Houston, Chicago, and Westchester County, New York.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Dr. Annette Ramirez, of Public Citizen

          The report is entitled "Unsettling Scores." In it, Dr. Annette Ramirez details how states fail to serve the needy. A majority of the 55 million mostly low-income Americans who rely on Medicaid are being poorly served, the report shows. In Unsettling Scores, Public Citizen ranks state Medicaid programs from best to worst, detailing their deficiencies. Thirty states - including a number of large states - ranked at the bottom of one of the four categories analyzed.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    • TEL.  Main Office, (202) 588-1000; Capital Hill office, (202) 546-4996
    • On the Web:  www.citizen.org  |  To the TOP

    Bill O'Field, Public Affairs and Program Development Manager, DC Board of Election and Ethics
    DC, its Government and Citizens

          Bill O'Field gave a last minute update on Tuesday's elections, which will fill the following positions: 1) the Ward 4 member of the City Council; 2) the Ward 7 member of the City Council; and 3) the District II member of the Board of Education. Voter turn-out for special elections in the District is typically low, with recent turn-outs ranging from 5.5% to 25.7% of registered voters.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Gregg Palast, Guardian Reporter and Author of the Bestseller Armed Madhouse

          Investigative journalist Greg Palast discussed his most recent book, the follow-up to his best-selling book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Armed Madhouse is an irreverent probe into the Bush regime, calling President Bush un-American and showing why.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Thursday, April 26, 2007

    Susan Carter, of Save Our Children-Save Alice Deal
    Our Schools,Our Children

          Susan Carter is a member of the group Save Alice Deal (SAD), composed of parents of students at Alice Deal Junior High School (JHS). On Wednesday, April 25th the group led a protest against the JHS principal Melissa Kim.
          The group contends that Ms. Kim has physically assaulted students, uses profanity, bullies and antagonizes students, and uses extreme punishment measures.
          SAD members say they have sent letters to the offies of the superintendent and the mayor documenting the actions of Ms. Kim. The group seeks to get a greater response from Mayor Adrian Fenty, Superintendent Clifford Janey and Regional Superintentent for Region VI Patricia Tucker, among other administrators.

    For additional information about the Alice Deal School, please contact:

    Michelle Joyner, National Military Family Association
    Our Military's Families

          On Thursday, April 26 at noon at the Russell Park Media Site in D.C., the Sierra Club and the National Military Family Association (NMFA) will announce their partnership in providing military children with free summer camp, called Operation Purple. Camps are located in 26 states, and are for children of deployed military members.
          The Sierra club is a grassroots environmental organization with a mission to protect the planet through education and advocacy. The group was founded in 1982 and currently has more than one million members.
          The National Military Family Association focuses solely on the military family, and the development and implementation of policies that will improve their lives. The group has been in operation for nearly 40 years.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Lori Wallach, Director, Global Trade Watch
    Mexico-US Trade

          Global Trade Watch is a division of the organization Public Citizen, a non profit consumer advocacy research, lobbying and litigation group founded in 1971. Global Trade Watch aims to promote democracy and to check corporate globalization.
          Lori Wallach is the Director of Global Trade Watch, and has served as a trade commentator on CNN, ABC, CNBC and C-SPAN. She received her law degree from Harvard.
          In a joint effort with environmental and labor groups, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit on Monday against the federal government over a pilot program that would authorize up to 100 trucking companies based in Mexico to operate long haul trips in the United States.
          Public Citizen, the Sierra Club, Global Trade Watch, the Environmental Law Foundation, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are among the many groups that filed the lawsuit against the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in California.
          The groups contend that the program is illegal, and they are seeking an injunction requiring the DOT and FMCSA to either comply with the law by providing public notice and an opportunity for public discussion of the program, or to cast the pilot operation aside.

    For additional information, please contact:

    Tensai Berhanu, on the Sankofa Cafe Opening
    Community and the Arts

          The Sankofa Cafe will celebrate its grand opening on April 28th and 29th with two days of music and poetry. The cafe is located at 2714 Georgia Avenue, NW.

    For additional information, please contact:

    • TEL.  (202) 332-1084  |  To the TOP

    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    Mary Filardo, of the 21st Century School Fund
    Our Schools, Our Youth

          The 21st Century School Fund was founded in 1994 with a mission to engage the public in the task of improving urban public schools.
          Members of the 21st Century School Fund, the Youth Education Alliance, the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators, Parents United, Fix our Schools and Parent Watch participated in the DC Voting Rights Rally on April 16th in support of a District vote in Congress. Additionally, the groups joined that day to express their opposition to Mayor Adrian Fenty's school takeover plan.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Jim McGrath, Chairman, DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition, or TENAC
    Tenants' Rights in DC

          TENAC is a non-profit organization with the mission of protecting tenant interests and rights, while supporting rent control in the District of Columbia. Serving DC tenants for nearly 15 years, the group aims to provide education, legal information and lobbying efforts for legislation for affordable housing and tenants' rights.
          Jim McGrath spoke about the upcoming TENAC sponsored forum that will occur on April 18th for the Special Elections for Wards 4 and 7 council positions. He will be the featured speaker at the event on Wednesday, April 18th, 2007, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Great Hall of the Charles Sumner Museum School at 1201 17th Street, NW in Washington, DC.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Heather Buckman, Director of Community and Corporate Relations, The National Center for Children and Families
    Nurturing and Respect for Our Children

          The National Center for Children and Families is a 93-year-old local non-profit with a mission to create healthy living environments for vulnerable children and families.
          The organization will present the 5th annual Art & Soul auction on Friday, April 20th, at the Bethesda Norht Marriot Hotel and Conference Center. The auction will consist of art from local artists to benefit the Betty Ann Krahnke Center for New Beginnings, an emergency domestic violence shelter in Montgomery County. The event will include live jazz and cocktails. For more information, visit the group's website via the link below:

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Jim Byers, Spokesman and Tour Leader for Walking Town DC
    Washington, DC - the City Itself

          Jim Byers is leading more than 60 free walking tours in the District of Columbia. Two will take place this coming weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 as part of the Spring Edition of WalkingTown DC, a program by Cultural Tourism DC, aimed at getting tourists and residents exploring areas other than just the mall.
          Sunday's walk is called the East Washington Heights tour, and will begin on Sunday at 10 am, outside the gates of the Hillcrest Recreation Center at 32nd and Camden Streets SE.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    O.D. Dixon Jr. of The Faces Project, Inc.
    Men's Health

          The Faces Project is a nonprofit organization geared towards increasing public awareness of the prevalence of prostate cancer among African American men in the DC metro area. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States.
          On Saturday, April 14th the Project will hold its first annual fundraiser from from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be at the Historic Vermont Ave. Baptist Church, at 1630 Vermont Ave. N.W.
          Speakers will include Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu, Professor of Urology at Howard University Hospital; Brother Kibwe Bey, a prostate cancer survivor, naturopathic practitioner and WPFW jazz host who will receive the "Community Health Leadership Award" at the event; Mayor Adrian Fenty; and City Councilmember and prostate cancer survivor Marion Barry.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Belle Clement, Executive Director, The Historical Society of Washington, DC
    History; Human Rights

          On Sunday, April 15 the Historical Society of Washington will commemorate the District's Emancipation Day, the anniversary of the day when slavery was abolished in DC, April 16, 1862. On that day President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, freeing more than 3,000 slaves nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Emancipation Day became an official holiday in the District in 2005.
          The event will run from 2:00 to 3:30, and will include a keynote address from Councilmember Marion Barry and a performance by Dolores Kendrick, DC's poet laureate.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Nita Everle, of the Friends of Congo World Bank Protest
    Globalization and Self-Determination

          On Saturday, April 14, a march and rally will be held to protest the IMF and World Bank for the organization's stance on multinational mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the occasion of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings.
          Participants will gather at McPherson Square at 2 PM and then march to the World Bank, where the rally will run until 4:30. At 5 p.m. there will be an event to discuss and learn about debt in DC and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the GWU Elliot School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Lidner Family Commons Suite 602.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Melissa Rosenberg, on An Evening of Jazz
    Grassroots Arts and Our Youth

          Class Acts Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote cultural and artistic performances and workshops in schools and communities. On Friday, April 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Sabang Restaurant in Wheaton, Maryland, the group will present an evening of jazz which will include Indonesian food from the restaurant, as well as music from Class Act's own Unified Jazz Ensemble and from the Springbrook High School Jazz Quartete.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    • TEL.  (301) 588-7525  |  To the TOP

    Tuesday, April 3, 2007

    Patty Rose, Executive Director, GreenHOME
    Sustainable Lifeways

          GreenHOME is a non profit organization that promotes the development of moderate income, environmentally friendly housing that is constructed with a sustainable design and landscape. The group focuses on communities in the DC metro area, providing education and outreach about the plausibility and availability of green housing and construction techniques.
          Executive Director Patty Rose builds partnerships between community organizations and GreenHOME to provide sustainable, affordable housing. She holds a degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and worked as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director and the Deputy Secretary of the Board of Commisioners for the regional transportation and development agency in St. Louis, Missouri during the construction of the city's light rail system, and as an Assistant Director for a college of design, art and architecture in Santa Monica, California.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

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    Gale Edwards, Director, Titus Andronicus

          The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus from April 3 to May 20, 2007. The work was written early in Shakespeare's career, and depicts themes of tragedy and revenge through a story about a Roman general's political and familial turmoil after his return from a battle victory against the Goths. The cast will include Sam Tsoutsouvas, Valerie Leonard, Alex Podulke, William Langan and Colleen Delany.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    MARCH 2007

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007

    Pat Elder, of Peace Action Montgomery, on Military Recruitment in Public Schools
    War, Peace, and Public Education

          On Monday, March 26th, Montgomery County civic groups and parents attended a Montgomery County Board of Education meeting to express their grievances about military recruitment in public schools. Groups included Peace Action Montgomery, the Montgomery Coalition for Alternatives to War, and the Equity in Education Coalition. Attendees brought up the Montgomery policies that give preferential treatment to military recruiters over college and corporate recruiters. In many schools military recruiters have access to all students in the cafeteria during lunch, according to the civic groups.
          Additionally, the military partners with the Montgomery school system to market the Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) Program to 8th graders.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Mary Barton, Scientific Director, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
    Medicine and Health

          The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention. The group conducts assessments of clinical preventive services like screening, counseling, and health medications. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides administrative and technical support to the task force.
          The Agency recently released two checklists designed to help people understand what medical tests they need to stay healthy. The men's and women's versions of Your Checklist for Health provide tips for healthy eating and exercise, while also supplying information about necessary screenings.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Ritv Sharma Fox, Co-Founder and President, Women's Edge Coalition
    Women and Empowerment

          The Women's Edge Coalition (Edge) is a non-partisan organization working to shape U.S. policy to help women living in poverty across the world.
          In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Edge, along with The Democratic Women's Working Group of the Congressional Women's Caucus, held a Congressional briefing on women's issues on March 16th. The briefing, entitled The 110th Congress: An Agenda on Global Women's Issues, outlined actions that Congress would take as part of U.S. foreign policy for women.
          Rita Sharma Fox, the co-founder and president of Edge, spoke about the new gender policy of the Millenium Challenge Corporation, while also urging Congressional members to support Edge's Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act, which will be reintroduced in the House over the next few weeks. The Act focuses on changing U.S. international assistance programs to empower women economically by giving them access to credit.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    Ron Ence, Vice President, Congressional Affairs for Independent Community Bankers of America
    Banking and Credit Unions

          The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) represents more than 18,000 community banks across the country, supporting their interests through advocacy, education and services to benefit the customers in communities the banks serve. The organization urged Congress to reject the Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (H.R. 1537), saying that the bill would allow credit unions to expand their activities into commercial lending while still maintaining their tax-exempt status.
          "If the large, multi-group and geographic-based credit unions want to operate like commercial banks, they should be subject to the same rules and regulations as commercial banks, including taxation and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)," said James P. Ghilglieri, Jr., ICBA chairman.
          According to ICBA, H.R. 1537 would allow credit unions to nearly double their commercial lending, expanding into larger geographic areas and focusing less on serving low-income members.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Karen Lloyd, of the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Program
    Internships; the Library of Congress

          This summer the Library of Congress will offer a 10-week, paid internship to college students. Junior Fellow Interns will work full-time, from June 4 through August 10, organizing un-cataloged materials that have been submitted to the office as part of the copyright registration process. Interns will work with library staff and curators to learn about preservation, reference, access standards, information management and the U.S. copyright system.
          Applications will be accepted online only, and should be emailed to the 2007 Summer Intern Program Coordinating Committee at interns07@loc.gov. The application deadline is midnight, Monday April 9.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Steve Alten, Founder, the Adopt-An-Author Program
    Young People and Literature

          Adopt-An-Author is a free, national program designed to create enthusiasm in young adults about reading and writing through the use of best-selling books and direct contact with the authors via personal appearances, classroom phone calls, emails and interactive websites. The program was created five years ago by author Steve Alten, after high school teachers used one of his books to motivate their students to read. The program is designed to engage older students, who often spend much of their time watching television and playing video games instead of reading.

    Teachers interested in the program should register online:

    Kathy Cox, on the Fort Dupont Ice Marathon

          The DC-ICE Speed Skating Club will host the first annual Fort Dupont ICE Marathon on March 24, 2007 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The skating marathon coincides with the Wirefly National running Marathon, a 26.2 mile race taking place in DC that morning. DC-ICE skaters will cheer on marathon runners in the morning, prior to the skating race.
          The DC Inner City Excitement (DC-ICE) was founded by three-time Olympic speedskater Nathanial Mills. According to him, "DC-ICE is inspired to host the first annual Fort Dupont ICE Marathon as a way of supporting thousands of runners and some of the city's most disciplined athletes in the National Marathon. We invite skaters of all abilities to join us at 11 a.m. for a fun form of skating, marathon style. Like those running the National Marathon, we will have some of the finest speedskaters in the region joining us at Fort Dupont. And it's for a great cause- the DC-ICE Speed Skating Club and Kids on Ice."

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007

    Marc Fisher, Washington Post Columnist, Author of Something in the Air: Radio, Rock and the Revolution that Shaped a Generation
    Radio per Se

          Marc Fisher's new book talks about the role of radio in American culture and community life based on his childhood experiences. Detailing the evolution of the medium, and the effect of television, Mr. Fisher also talks about radio's falling audience today, and what communities will listen to next.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Jeff Henderson, Author of Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras
    Personal Self-Determination; Cooking

          Jeff Henderson talks about his childhood, which included working as one of the top cocaine dealers in San Diego landing him in jail, and his work in the prison kitchen washing dishes. His experiences in the jail kitchen taught him to cook, giving birth to his dream to become a chef. After his release from jail, he endured treacherous experiences trying to get a chef position, and he now works as the executive chef at Cafe Bellagio in Las Vegas.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Tuesday, March 6, 2007

    Robert Bob, President, DC Board of Education
    DC Schools

          Mayor Adrian Fenty's school takeover plan has been greeted with hope and expectation from some, but for others, like DC Board of Education President Robert Bob, it is an unwelcome and unnecessary change "Emergency Student Achievement Act of 2007" in January. The legislation requires council approval, and would be in effect for 18 months. It would allow the school board to retain control over its budget and the construction and renovation of school buildings, as well as giving a new State Department of Education the ability to open charter schools.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Congressman Jim Moran, on the Lane Evans Mental Health and Benefits Improvement Act
    Our Veterans

          Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) and Representative Ray LaHood (R-IL) introduced the Lane Evans Mental Health and Benefits Act, that would give returning military personnel better access to treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). "Supporting the troops means not only encouraging them during battle but also caring for those who return with the scars of war," Mr. Moran said on his website. "The crisis at Walter Reed Hospital makes clear that we are failing to fully support our troops. No amount of body armor can shield a soldier from the horrors of war. Only professional treatment can heal the mental wounds our brave men and women receive on the battlefield. This legislation seeks to prevent soldiers who need treatment from slipping through the cracks and to provide more uniform coverage for all who serve our country in the Global War on Terror."

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    FEBRUARY 2007

    Wednesday, February 28, 2007

    John Cole, on the Supreme Court Dred Scott Event
    US History, Human Rights, and the Supreme Court

          On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that African-Americans were not U.S. citizens, a decision that inflamed debates about slavery, further aggravating the North-South divide. Dred Scott was a slave and was at the heart of the decision.
          On March 6, 2007, the Supreme Court will hold an event about the Dred Scott decision, featuring writer Mary E. Neighbor, author of Speak Right On: Dred Scott, a Novel. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Montpelier Rom on the 6th floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE. The event is free and open to the public.
          The program is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Dr. Frank Six, of the Youth NASA Moonbuggy Race
    Youth and Space Exploration

          NASA is looking for high school and college students to take part in its annual Moonbuggy Race, April 13 and 14. The contest will give students a chance to design and build their own moon vehicles, and then test them out in April. There will be 60 teams in all, and all will converge on the Space Museum for the design and race.
          Awards will be given to the top three finishing teams in both high school and college divisions. Awards will also be given to the most unique moonbuggy, the most improved from previous competition, the best overall design, fastest first-year contestant, and the vehicle with the safest design.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    BJ Brown, Executive Director of the Richmond Jazz Society
    The Arts

          On February 28th, the Richmond Jazz Society will hold a lecture and book signing by historian C.R. Gibbs called Black Inventors and Afro-Latinos: the Forgotten Legacy. The event will be held at the Petworth Neighborhood Library, at 4200 Kansas Avenue NW.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    • Tel.  (202) 541-6300  |  To the TOP

    Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    Jim McGrath of TENAC
    Housing in the District

          On Wednesday, February 28, TENAC will sponsor a forum about condo conversions in collaboration with Empower DC, the Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) Housing Counseling Services, and the Norwood Tenants' Association. The event will focus on the effects of the conversion of rental buildings and affordable housing into high end, expensive condominiums.
          The event is open to the public, and will begin at 6:30 at the Shiloh Baptist Church at 1510 9th Street, NW.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Tuesday, February 20, 2007

    Patricia A. Tyson, Executive Secretary, Military Road School Preservation Trust
    History and Citizenship

          The Military Road School Preservation Trust is an organization of former students, activists, preservationists, historians and former teachers in support of the Military Road School, which was designated a District of Columbia historic landmark in 1998, thanks to the work of the school's alumni association. The organization offers educational programs such as the Scholarship Fund and the Pearls of Great Price Mentoring School. The MRSPT also engages in outreach through membership support and active support in local and national organizations that serve communities and preserve historic landmarks.
          The organization is sponsoring a motorcade trip from March 22-25, 2007 from Washington, DC to Raleigh, North Carolina, to the Colored Troops Symposium. The symposium will be themed "Earning the Right to Citizenship-III," and will include seminars, workshops, and awards.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Andy Hirschberger, of Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore
    American Blacks in Comic Books

          From February 3rd through March 10th, Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore will hold an exhibit honoring African American comic characters and their changing role in pop culture. The collection is drawn from the works of Professor William H. Foster III, a comic book historian and author of the 2005 book Looking for a Face Like Mine.
          The museum is open year-round, with seasonal hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., November through March; at all other times, the museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Geppi's is located in Baltimore, at 301 Camden Street.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    • TEL.  (410) 625-7060  |  To the TOP

    D.B. Smith, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner on Real ID
    Your Privacy and the State

          The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, is designed to establish national standards for state drivers' licenses. The act will be implemented starting May 11, 2008. The Virginia DMV has expressed frustration with the deadline, saying that it is unrealistic that the state can meet the requirements in such a short time. The agency also spoke about other challenges in implementing the measure, including protecting the privacy of Virginia motorists, dealing with possible increased business at the DMV, and handling the costs of compliance.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    • TEL.  (804) 367-6623
    • Also, you may email Pam Goheen at  pam.goheen @ dmv.virginia.gov
    • URL:  www.dmvnow.com  |  To the TOP

    Wednesday, February 14, 2007

    Jim Webner, of the Shepherd's Table
    Volunteers, Community, and Empowerment

          Shepherd's Table is looking for Spanish/English-speaking volunteers to help out at the Silver Spring community homeless shelter. Shepherd's Table has been around for 23 years, serving free meals to those who cannot afford to feed themselves. Their resource center has an eye clinic, and gives prescription medications and referrals to area shelters. "The Table" also has a Clothes Closet that allows clients to shop for themselves and their families.
          If you are a fluent English and Spanish speaker, Shepherd's table can use your help! For more information, please contact Jordan Kough, Volunteer Manager at (301) 585) 6463, or follow the link below.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Vance Davis, Festival Organizer, the Alfred Street Baptist Church College Festival
    Higher Education

          On Saturday, February 17th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Old Town Alexandria will host its 5th annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Festival. On-site admissions will be offered at this year's festival. Those schools offering admissions include Hampton University, Lincoln University, Norfolk State University, St. Augustine's College, the University of the District of Columbia, and Virginia State University.
          Students attending are advised to wear professional attire, and to bring their transcripts, completed college applications, SAT scores and letters of recommendation. "Winning Against the Odds" is the theme for this year's festival. One of the seminars will be about college sports, with the athletic director of Morgan State University, the women's volleyball coach of Southern University and current and former HBCU athletes speaking.
          The Alfred Street Baptist Church is located at 301 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    • Tel.  The church, at (703) 683-2222 or festival organizer Vance Davis at (202) 584-1208
    • On the Web:  www. alfredstreet.org  |  To the TOP

    Dr. Shereen Lewis, Author, Race Culture and Identity, and Executive Director, EduSeed
    Race, Culture, and Identity

          In her new book, Shireen Lewis gives an overview of the literary and theoretical discussions on race, culture and identity by Francophone and Caribbean writers beginning in the early 1900s through the 21st century. She analyzes the works of Patrick Chamoiseau, Raphael Confiant, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Leon Damas and Paulette Narda.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Tuesday, February 13, 2007

    Connie McGuire, Research Coordinator, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
    Youth Gangs, DC and Beyond

          On February 8, WOLA and a research team led by the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs of the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) presented the findings of a year long comparative study of youth gangs in Central American, Mexico and the DC metro area. The event was held at the National Press Club from 10 a.m. to 11.a.m.
          The research concluded that policies dealing with gangs cannot be based on myths, anecdotes or speculation. Youth gangs are ever-changing, and should not be treated as a static phenomena. Government response to those gangs should not be repressive, as sometimes gangs grow more organized. The analysis also suggests that youth gangs are a serious threat to the public in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, even though the gangs are diverse from country to country. In D.C., gangs are active in hot spots, but are not a major public security issue.
          Also, research found surprisingly that gangs made up of Central American immigrants, or linked to Central America youth gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha, are not widespread in Mexico. Mexican youth gangs exist, but Central American gangs are not a huge problem in Mexico.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Damon Dozier, on the "Two Sides of Love" HIV/AIDS Benefit at the Zanzibar
    Fighting HIV/AIDS

          February 7th was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and for that reason the National Minority AIDS Council, the United Black Fund, Wedded Bliss, Inc., theBeeHIV.com, and Delta Airlines have teamed up with district non-profit United Nation of Individuals Fighting Impossibilities to host "Two Sides of Love."
          The event is intended to increase HIV/AIDS awareness, and will be hosted by Glenn Lewis, on Saturday February 17, 2007 at the Zanzibar: On the Waterfront.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Rene Poussaint, Co-Founder, National Visionary Leadership Project
    Youth, Empowerment, and the Transmission of Heritage

          The National Visionary Leadership Project is a nonprofit organization co-founded by educator and producer Dr. Camille O. Cosby, and former network correspondent Renee Poussaint. NVLP allows younger generations to develop into leaders by recording, preserving and distributing the words of African Americans who have shaped American history.
          On January 31, 2007, the organization celebrated its fifth anniversary with a roundtable discussion with Dr. John Hope Franklin, Dr. Camille O. Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, members and congress and other friends.

    For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Tuesday, February 6, 2007

    Michelle Lawrence Jawando, of People for the American Way
    (Civics; Electoral Integrity)

          The Maryland Election Protection Coatlition is releasing a report on the problems experienced by Maryland voters in the November 2006 elections. The report is based on the complaints of hundreds of Maryland voters that Election Protection received. Voters endured long lines, registration problems, intimidation and lack of disability access. The group aims to reform the election system in time for the next election cycle.

    Rod Coggins, Regarding Virginia State Bar's Essay Contest on Undocumented Students
    (Youth and Public Affairs)

          The Virginia State Bar celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Law and Society Award essay contest for Virginia high school students. The 2007 contest began February 5th, and is designed to encourage understanding of the US Constitution. Students have been asked to discuss whether undocumented students should be allowed to attend public universities.
          The contest attracts hundreds of entries every year, and awards are given to students whose essays show superior understanding of the value of law in everyday life. The contest is open to all Virginia high school students age 19 or younger in public, private and home schools. Essays and entry forms are due at the Richmond offices of the Virginia State Bar by 4 p.m. on March 9, 2007.
          Ten prizes are awarded, with the first place award of a $2,000 US Savings bond or $1,000 in cash.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Keith Fox, Fairfax County's Department of Family Services
    (Youth, Mentors, and Empowerment)

          A number of black men are needed to mentor boys with Fairfax County's Department of Family Services. Eight hours a month and a year's commitment are required.

    For Additional Information, please contact Chuck Berlin at Tel. (703) 324-7874

    Corey Jennings, on the 2007 Urban Film Series
    (The Arts)

          The 2007 Urban Film Series will tour Washington, D.C. from February 7th to 11th. The Next Generation Awareness Foundation produces the pieces. This year's schedule includes a Black History Month program, and will focus on the self-esteem and direction of children in urban communities.
          NGAF premiered last year's Oscar-winning film Tsotsi, which will be held in D.C. from February 7-11th.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    JANUARY 2007

    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Ori Nir, of Americans For Peace
    (Peace in the Middle East)

          Americans for Peace Now was founded in 1981 as an advocate for peace in the Middle East. APN's mission is to help Israel and the Shalom Achshav (Peace Now Israel) movement to achieve a comprehensive political settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict that fits in with Israel's long-term security needs and Jewish values.

    APN's goals:
          To teach the American public about „the strategic and economic benefits of security through peace in the Middle East
          To get the White House, Congress and State Department actively involved in the peace process
          To get financial support for APN activities.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Carl O. Snowden, New Director of Civil Rights in the Maryland Attorney General's Office
    (Civil Rights, Maryland, and the Law)

          Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced on January 11 that he created a new executive level position in his office. The position will be called Diretor of Civil Rights. Carl O. Snowden will be the first director.
          "On the eve of the nation celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I believe it is important for the Attorney General's office to reaffirm our commitment to the ideals and causes for which Dr. King gave his life," Attorney General Gansler said.
          Among the civil rights issues that Mr. Snowden will deal with are the alleged voting rights violations on Election Day 2006 in Maryland. Mr. Snowden will also address education equity, ground rents and hate crimes.

    Sekou Sundiata, of the Clarice Smith Co. Commission
    (Art, Language, and Empire)

          Sekou's Sundiata's "The 51st (Dream) State" comes to the Clarice Smith Rerforming Arts Center at Maryland on February 2nd and 3rd. Sekou will also appear with activists E. Ethelbert Miller of the Institute for Policy Studies and Sarah Browning of the DC Poets Against the War tonight, Tuesday, January 30 at Busboys and Poets. The event will focus around Sekou's thoughts on the theme "Writers in a Time of Empire: What is to be Done."
          "The world has entered an unprecedented moment in which America exerts a singular military, economic and cultural global power. The consequences of such power are experienced in profound ways inside the US and in the world. American society is split along religious, political, ethical, racial and other lines. And languages has been called into the service of the many splits and divisions, all the time falling short of meaningful discourse in favor of a degraded language that is reduced to sound bits, rhetoric, buying and selling, and speed. This poses a special question for writers because language is their medium, the thing they rely on most to make meaning of their lives and of our world. How are writers to respond to this environment?"

    Janice Brown, Announcing the DC Lottery Jazz Artists Calendar
    (Knowledge, Understanding, and Black History Month)

          Thursday marks the first day of Black History Month. To celebrate, the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board has released a calendar/poster highlighting African Americans and their contributions to America.
          Calendars are free and available at the D.C. Lottery's location at 2101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. in Southeast DC, and in their 2000 14th Street NW location.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Thursday, January 25, 2007

    Steven Bantz, Senior Analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists
    (Resource Dependency and the Environment)

          The Union of Concerned Scientists was formed in 1969, and has worked as a non profit to promote a healthy environment. The group has responded to President Bush's Fuel and Gas Mileage proposals during the State of the Union address this week.
          Below is an excerpt from the response from David Friedman, Research Director of the Union. "This could be a breakthrough we have been waiting for on fuel economy. The president joins leaders in Congress calling for increasing the gas mileage of cars, SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks to 34 mpg by 2017. This is the equivalent of a four percent improvement per year. However, this will only be a breakthrough if the president and Congress work together to pass a law guaranteeing that this goal becomes reality, while avoiding loopholes and escape clauses. They must also work together to continue these improvements beyond 2017. Only then will we be able to reduce our oil dependence, save money at the pump and put the auto industry on the road to recovery."

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Missa Goehring, of the Kaplan Free Test Preparation
    (College Admissions)

          Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan, Inc. is offering free practice admission tests for students in the area. LSATs for law school, GMATs for business school, GREs for graduate school and MCATs for medical school will be administered at the events.
          The schedule of free tests is:
          - Saturday, January 27 - 10 a.m. at Catholic University of America's Campus
          - Saturday, February 10 - 10 a.m. at Georgetown University
          - Saturday, February 24 - 10 a.m. at George Washington University
          - Saturday, March 3 - 10 a.m. at American University

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Timothy Jenkin, with the Save Our Schools Shout Out to Mayor Fenty
    (Our Schools)

          On Thursday, January 25, at 6:30 pm at the Bethlehem Baptist Church at 2458 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE in Washington, DC, there will be a Shout out to Mayor Fenty with the organization Save Our Schools.The organization is sending the following message to Mayor Fenty:
          - no takeover of the schools
          - no to developers running the city
          - no more money for stadiums
          - yes to supporting public schools
          - yes to universal health care
          - yes to affordable housing for all.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Dong Xiang, Discussing the Chinese New Year Spectacular

          On January 26 and 27, New Tang Dynasty Television, a Chinese-language network, will present Chinese New year Spectacular: Myths and Legends in celebration of the Chinese New year. The event will include an international cast of vocalists, musicians, classical and Chinese dancers.
          There will be evening shows on the 26th and 27th from 8-10:15 pm. at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium at 730 21st Street in NW Washington DC. Daytime shows (same location) will run from 12:30-2:45 pm on January 26th, and 2-4:15 p.m. on the 27th.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Monday, January 23, 2007

    Kate Watter, Executive Director, Crude Accountability
    (Politics and the Environment)

          Crude Accountability is an environmental organization based in Alexandria Virginia. The organization is organzing on behalf of Andrey Zatoka, an environmentalist and political prisoner in Turkmenistan. He was imprisoned on December 17, 2006, and has been held without access to an independent lawyer or his family. Mr. Zatoka is on the Board of Directors of Crude Accountability, and he founded the first children's environmental education club in Turkmenistan. After his imprisonment, the Zatoka family has appealed to Condoleeza Rice for help, saying that he was imprisoned due to his "activist attitude and his continuous activities aimed at strengthening civil society in Turkmenistan, as well as the authorities' fear of brave, educated people."
          The group will hold a vigil for Mr. Zatoka on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 2207 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in front of the Embassy of Turkmenistan from 6-7:30 pm.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Ambassador Curtis Ward, on the Air Travel Passport Requirement
    (Travel and Homeland Security)

          Begining January 23rd, citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda will be required to present a passport to enter the United States when arriving by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere. The US Department of Homeland Security and the State Department announced the new requirements last November, and the program is part of the departments' efforts to comply with the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.
          The only acceptable alternative documents to a passport will be the Merchant Mariner Document (MMD), which is issued by the US Coast Guard to US Merchant Mariners, and the NEXUS air card, which is issued to Canadians and Americans who meet certain eligibility requirements. The NEXUS air card is only accepted at certain airports.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Rev. Mark B. Jennings, on the Rally for Franklin Shelter
    (Urban Development and the Homeless)

          Members of the Committee to Save Franklin Shelter and other community members will hold a rally in front of the Martin Luther King Library at 8:30 a.m. on January 22, 2007.
          The rally is in relation to the upcoming development project at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and G Streets NW. Health services that are provided through the Downtown DC BID's Services Center such as showers and laundry, health screenings and referrals, may be displaced due to the project.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Wednesday, January 17, 2006

    Dr. Dennis Hunt, of the Center for Multi-cultural Human Services
    (Immigration; Bridgebuilding)

          The Center for Multi-cultural Human Services (CMHS) has operated in Falls Church, Virginia since 1982, when it was created in response to the influx of immigrants to the Fairfax area. The organization is currently celebrating its 25th year of operation. During that time, CMHS has provided mental health and social services to immigrants in the DC metro area, and currently serves over 8,000 children and families.

    Jim McGrath, of the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition (TENAC)
    (Tenants in DC and the Law)

          TENAC has appealed to D.C. lawyers to help evictees by giving them pro bono legal assistance. TENAC says that evictions in DC have passed the epidemic stage and have become pandemic. The group is urging District law firms to assign their lawyers to do pro bono legal work for those being evicted without lawyers.

    Karin Hill, of the Navy Museum
    (Historical Conservation)

          On January 17 at noon the US navy Museum is hosting an event entitled Project Echo: Everyday Care for Historic Objects. The event will show attendees how to safely digitize family photos and documents. Assistant Curator Jennifer Loyd will also explain and demonstrate the best way to use scanners and digital cameras to create family images. The event is free and open to the public, but participants must RSVP via phone at (202) 433-6897.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2006

    Cederic Hendricks, of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia
    (Incarceration and Reconciliation)

          The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency will hold a series of events designed to encourage the DC community to provide support to offenders returning from jail. CSOSA provides probation and post-incarceration supervision of more than 15,000 in DC. At least 40 faith institutions are working with CSOSA throughout the city to provide men and women returning home with support services.
          On Saturday, January 20th, there will be a unity luncheon for Previously Incarcerated Persons (PIPS). The event will be organized by PIPs, and held at Allen Chapel AME Church, at 2498 Alabama Avenue, SE from 11am-3 pm.
          On the following Saturday, January 27, there will be a women's forum titled "Life After Release." The event will be at the New Commandement Baptist Church, at 633 Park Road, NW from 8:30 am- 3:00 pm.
          Then on Saturday February 3, a workshop event called "Reviving the Spirit" will be held at the Pilgrim Baptist Church at 700 Eye Street, NE from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

    • Julia Irving: jirving@ercpcp.org; Phone: (202) 373-5767
    • Diane Sims-Moore: clusterbpbc@verizon.net; Phone: (202) 547-1090
    • Marie Brown: mariebrown@att.net; Phone (202) 726-7400
    • URL:  www.csosa.gov  |  To the TOP

    George Jones, Executive Director, Bread for the City
    (Local Relief Services)

          Bread for the City is a private, non-profit organization that provides free food, clothing, medical care and legal and social services to residents of DC. The group utilizes more than 700 volunteers and the contributions of thousands of community members to serve upwards of 10,000 people each month.
          George Jones has worked at Bread for the City since 1996, and spoke to Gloria about DC Mayor Adrian Fenty's visit to the organization's North West Center last week. The group presented Mayor Fenty with four requests:
        - Increase funding for the BFC's food pantry, which is the largest in the District;
        - Increase funding for civil legal services;
        - Increase the reimbursement rate for the DC Healthcare alliance; and
        - Increase funding for mental health services.

    Dr. Pauline Chen, Author, Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflection on Mortality
    (Medicine and Human Life)

          Dr. Pauline Chen is a surgeon who specializes in liver transplant. She attended Harvard University and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and completed her surgical training at Yale University, the National Cancer Institute, and UCLA. She also served as a faculty member at UCLA, and was named the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year in 1999.
          Final Exam is a series of essays on the relationship between modern medical practice, and the emotional events surrounding death.

    Tuesday, January 9, 2006

    Dr. Ron Daniels, of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century
    (Empowerment and Community)

          On Friday, January 12, the Institute for Black World 21st Century will hold a roundtable discussion with a panel of Black leaders. The speakers will discuss the response to Katrina by Black organizations, the prohibition of affirmative action in Michigan, and the rise of a small group of Black conservatives.
          The panelists will include Congressman John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheek Kilpatrick of Michigan, and Julianne Malveaux, a political columnist and economist among others.
          The event will be held at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Streets in NW Washington D.C, from 1-4 p.m.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Peter Dunning of Loudoun County, on Martin Luther King's Birthday
    (History and Humanity)

          Loudoun County will celebrate Martin Luther King's Birthday on Monday, January 15th at the Old Loudoun County Courthouse. The theme of this year's event is "Dare to Dream," and will focus on achieving racial equality and harmony. The event will include a march, and reception following, with a keynote address given by Reverend Reginald A. Early of the Mt Zion United Methodist Church of Hamilton and Willisville, Virginia.
          Marchers will assemble at the Old Loudoun Courthouse at 10 a.m., with the march beginning at 10:30 am, and taking participants from the Courthouse to the Old Douglass High School. At 11 a.m. there will be refreshments at the Douglass Center, followed by Reverend Reginald's address.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

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    Raymond M. Flynt, President, Travelers Aid International

          Raymond Flynt joined Gloria to talk about the new government passport regulations that began on January 8. The rules require all air passengers to bring their passports onboard the airplane when traveling to Canada or Mexico. Additionally, beginning January 23, US residents re-entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, Central, and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to show their valid passports.
          Travelers Aid International is an organization that oversees service agencies and help desks at 25 airports across the US, Canada and Australia. The organization is offering helpful tips for the new passport regulations on its website.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Thursday, January 4, 2007

    Leslie Cagan, National Coordinator, United for Peace & Justice
    (War and Peace)

          Leslie Cagan is the national coordinator for United for Peace & Justice.
          United for Peace & Justice is a coalition of more than 1300 local and national groups that have joined together to protest the Iraq War and to oppose the US government's "policy of permanent warfare and empire-building" according to the group's website.
          Founded in 2002, the group has organized hundreds of protests and rallies around the country. On Saturday, January 27th, there will be a march on Washington, DC to call for the end of the Iraq war.
          To participate in the rally, or for more information about the organization, please see below:

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Nathan Price, DC Professional Association of Taxi Drivers
    (Economic Justice)

          Nathan Price joined Gloria to talk about outstanding issues in the community of taxi drivers, and the actions he would like from new mayor Adrian Fenty. Over the year, drivers have had to deal with a new law that prevents non-D.C. resident cab drivers from obtaining D.C. licenses for their taxis. Also on the table is the debate over the merits of the present taxi cab zone system, versus the meter system that many cab drivers use in cities across the country.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

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    Tavi Steinhardt, Misician, The Dice
    (Mental Illness, Personhood and the Arts)

          Tavi Steinhardt is the lead vocalist and a guitarist in the teen band "The Dice." Band members say that the band has helped some deal with depression or social anxiety, while others say that the group helps them build self-esteem and confront other issues of teenagehood. Tavi believes that being able to release and express things through music has helped him.
          All of the band's members met as students at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., and they have been playing together for three years. They play venues in Maryland, Virginia and the District. The group also does an arts outreach program, where they play at soup kitchens and homeless shelters. They will perform Friday, January 5 in Bethesda at the Beatniks Dinner Club, a gathering place "for mental health consumers, their family members and friends." See the following link for details.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    DECEMBER 2006

    Thursday, December 14, 2006

    John Townsend, Manager, Government and Public Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic
    (Holiday Travel)

          Before his work at AAA, John Townsend worked in broadcast journalism, public relations and government relations. Now he manages the Government and Public Affairs of the AAA Mid-Atlantic Washington office. The agency recently advised citizens on holiday travel. This includes information on where and how many Washingtonians are traveling, how to deal with security and long airport lines, as well as tips for saving costs on fuel this holiday season.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Ben Ross, President, Action Committee for Transit
    (Public Transportation)

          The Montgomery County Council recently unanimously voted to approve the proposed Purple Line. Transit supporters have spoken positively about the vote- which was 9-0 in favor of the line. There has been a division for 20 years over the proposed line, which will run from Bethesda to New Carrollton.
          The Purple Line has already won the support of the Prince George's Council and Governor-Elect Martin O'Malley. Action Committee for Transit President Ben Ross said, "Consensus has been achieved at long last... Now let's get on with the job and get it built."
          The support reflects the result of the November election, in which Purple Line supporter Roger Berliner defeated the County Council's last remaining project opponent.

    Gediyon Kifle, photographer, The Soul of a New Cuisine
    (International Cuisine)

          Washington-based photographer Gediyon Kifle teamed up with internationally-known chef Marcus Samuelsson to create a new cookbook, The Soul of a New Cuisine. The book features 250 photographs, 200 recipes, and many anecdotes about Africa - with the goal of introducing Americans to African cuisine.
          There will be a photography exhibit and book signing on Saturday, December 16th, 2006 at the Edison Place Gallery Place at 701 9th Street NW in Washington DC.

    NOVEMBER 2006

    Thursday, November 30, 2006

    Eleanor Holmes Norton, Discussing DC's AIDS Town Hall Meetings
    (Health, Leadership, and the Community)

          Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced on November 27th that she would launch a series of five community meetings entitled "A Series of Frank Conversations by Us with Us: A Self Examination on the D.C. HIV/AIDS Epidemic."
          The series began with a Clergy Town Meeting for ministers and church officials on Thursday, November 30 from 6:30-8:30 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
          Ms. Norton planned the meetings because of the sizable population of DC residents living with HIV/AIDS. In the United States, half of the AIDS cases diagnosed are in African Americans, and one-third in women. Norton said that the epidemic shows a civic and spiritual crisis. In her letter inviting clergy members to attend the meeting, she wrote, "We acknowledge that none of us has the answers, but we believe that together, we can help ourselves to reduce and eliminate this epidemic. . . despite ministerial, governmental and other efforts, greater leadership and resident involvement are urgently needed, particularly on the underlying issues including abstinence, especially for young people; the dangers and moral consequences of promiscuity, safe sex and testing."

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Joshua Ford, Discussing the 17th D.C. Jewish Film Festival
    (International Cinema)

          On November 30, the 17th annual Jewish Film Festival began at the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater with the screening of Family Law, an Argentine film. The festival will run through December 10th, and will include events at the Avalon Theatre, the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, The National Gallery of Art, and the Goethe-Institute in northwest D.C.
          There will be 46 featured documentaries and shorts from 15 different countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the U.S and Vietnam.
          After the films' screenings, the audience can discuss the film with actors, filmmakers, historians and scholars.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Christopher Invar, Lead Actor, The Beaux' Stratagem at the Shakespeare Theater
    (The Stage)

          The Shakespeare Theatre presents Thorton Wilder and Ken Ludwig's adaptation of George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem. The production is directed by Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn and runs from November 7th through December 31st, 2006. The story line follows the lives of two poor men as they try to become famous, win women and status. The cast includes Veanne Cox, Christopher Innvar, Christian Conn, Julia Coffey, Floyd King and Nancy Robinette.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Dr. Mary Harris, Founder, Journey to Wellness Online Magazine
    (Health; Diabetes; Cancer)

          November is National Diabetes Month. Dr. Harris joined Gloria to speak about health disparities between men and women with the condition. Statistics show that men are more likely than women to suffer an early death of many diseases, according to Dr. Demetrius Porche, an associate dean at Louisiana State University's Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in New Orleans.
          October was National Breast Cancer Awareness month. In the US, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women; among African American women, it is the most common cancer. But each year, a small number of men are also diagnosed with and die from breast cancer. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 1,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 400 will die each year.
          Dr. Mary Harris it he founder of Journey to Wellness, an online health magazine for African Ameiercans. "By making certain you're doing all you can to be in good physical health, you reduce your chances of severe or debilitating illness such as stroke, heart attack and cancer."

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

    Nechama Cohen, Author, Enlitened Book on Kosher Cooking
    (Health and Diet)

          Nechama Cohen is the founder and CEO of the Jewish Diabetes Association. When she discovered that she had diabetes, she was challenged with how to continue Jewish culinary traditions, while also looking out for her own health. She wrote the book Enlitened Book on Kosher Cooking, which gives readers healthy yet traditional Jewish recipes to live by. She wrote this after studying nutrition and social work at Brooklyn College, and nursing at Kingsboro College. She has started a support group for Jewish women living with Type I diabetes. Ms. Cohen has also focused her community activism on helping people living with diabetes. She has written articles about diabetes for Jewish newspapers in New York, and has worked to make the Jewish Diabetes Association from her diabetes support groups.
          Her book was published in October 2006, and has 250 good-carb, healthy fat, sugar-free recipes. "Even if you're not on a diet or struggling with a particular health issue, you will still enjoy these elegant healthy traditional and non-traditional dishes," she affirmed.

    For Additional Information, and to Contact:

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    Tuesday, November 9, 2006

    Woody Woodland of the Cape May Jazz Festival

          The Cape May Jazz Festival announced its fall festival lineup, New Orleans Comes to Cape May, for November 10, 11, and 12. The Festival will take place on Beach Drive in Cape May, New Jersey. It will include salutes to New Orleans and its musicians, including trumpeter Chuck Mangione and Bariton Voalist Kevin Mahogany.

      To find out more, please visit the points of contact below.

      Dwight Kirk, on the Grand Opening of the Atlas Performance Arts Center
      (The Arts)

            The grand opening of the Atlas Performing Arts Center will be celebrated from November 8-12. The new opening comes after a $20 million renovation. The new center is 59,000 square feet, with five performance spaces, three dance studios, offices, dressing rooms, a production shop, a cafe, and a grand hall. Patrick E. Steward, executive director of Atlas, said that the opening will be like "a joyful hug to thank the donors, the artisans and the community members who believed, persevered and contributed in countless ways to bring the Atlas to life."

        To find out more, please visit the points of contact below.

        OCTOBER 2006

        Tuesday, October 17, 2006

        Patricia Tyson of the Military Road School Preservation Trust
        (US History)

              The Military Road School Preservation Trust (MRSPT) is a nonprofit organization that works to promote DC's historical treasures, particularly those relevant to African American Civil War History. MRSPT recently held the United States Colored Troops Symposium, honoring the First Regiment of the United States Colored Troops - DC's African American Civil War Regiment. In 1863, the Civil War Regiment was the first of its kind to be formally admitted into federal service, but it was looked down upon by local citizens, and as a result soldiers had to train on Roosevelt Island.

          To find out more, please visit the link below.

          Donald Paul Richardson, Artistic Director, Washington Women's Chorus
          (Women and the Arts)

                The Washington Women's Chorus has been performing for more than ten years, bringing DC audiences works by female composers spanning the last millennium. The Chorus will open its 11th season on October 22nd, with a concert of music directed by Donald Paul Richardson, with vocal accompaniment by Laurie Vivona Bunn, and organ accompaniment by Paul Skevington. The concert begins at 4pm, at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia.

            To find out more, please visit the link below.

            Rodney Marcella on the Carver Terrace Playground
            (Children, Community, and Grassroots Empowerment)

                  Carver Terrace community members are invited to join together on Saturday, October 28th, to build a community playground. The playground will be constructed at 1100 21st street N.E., off of Maryland Avenue. The construction of the playground will take place over the course of three days, starting on Thursday, October 26th, and wrapping up on the 28th.
                  The Moran Family Foundation and the Benjamin Seabright Fund have provided funds for the project. Learning Structures, Inc. designed the playground with the help of the drawings and ideas of the children of Carver Terrace.

              To find out more, please visit the points of contact below.
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              Tuesday, October 10, 2006

              Anupama Selvan of the Genocide Intervention Network
              (Humanitarian Action; Darfur)

                    On October 5, 2006, students at more than 300 high schools and colleges participated in a fundraising drive, called "DarfurFast," for survivors of the violence in Darfur, Sudan. Actors Don Cheadle and Allison Janney, authors Nicholas Kristof and Dave Eggers, as well as Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek and US Special Envoy to Sudan Adrew Natsios participated in the event. Participants gave up one luxury item that they normally enjoy, and donated the saved money to the Genocide Intervention Network.

                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                Rina Pina, Spokesperson for the Domestic Violence Month Fundraiser
                (Domestic Violence)

                      This weekend there will be a benefit concert in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Proceeds from the event will go towards the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an organization that serves as a resource for adults and children suffering from domestic violence. The Coalition also seeks to educate the public about domestic violence, and advocate on behalf of abuse victims.
                      The event is on Sunday, October 15 at 9:00 PM at the Black Cat at 1811 14th Street in Washington DC.

                  To find out more, please visit either of the links below.

                  Ori Nir of Americans for Peace Now

                        Americans for Peace Now (APN) is a Jewish Zionist organization that advocates for Israel‚s security through peaceful means. The organization released a statement of outrage against President Bush for urging Israel to refuse Syrian calls for renewed peace talks. On August 29th, the APN sent a letter to President Bush, calling on him to clarify that the U.S. does not oppose renewed Israel-Syria negotiations.

                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                    Charles Harrison, Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Design Award
                    (Human Excellence; Design)

                          Charles Harrison is a Louisiana native who has become a widely known and respected designer. He was the first African-American design executive to be hired by an American form.
                          Mr. Harrison will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Design Award at the Focus On DESIGN 4th Annual Awards Gala on October 10, 2006. The event will begin at 6:00 PM at the Washington DC Showroom. Focus On Design is a non-profit organization that provides designers of diverse backgrounds a place for professional development and economic empowerment.

                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                      Monday, October 2, 2006

                      Kim Mills of the Whitman Walker Clinic, on the 20th Annual AIDS Walk
                      (AIDS in DC)

                            Kim Mills of the Whitman Walker Clinic discusses the 20th Annual Aids Walk, set for Saturday, October 7, to benefit HIV/AIDS services at the clinic. The 5K walk will begin and end at Freedom Plaza, follow Pennsylvania Avenue and across the National Mall.
                            AIDS continues to ravage our community. The District has the highest rate of new AIDS cases of any major U. S. city, surpassing San Francisco, New York and Chicago. In addition, one in 20 adult D.C. residents is estimated to be infected with HIV, and one out of every three people infected does not know their status. The city government has launched a citywide campaign to encourage all residents from 14 to 84 years of age to know their HIV status.

                        To find out more, please visit the link below.

                        Dr. Harold Kraft, CEO, MyPublicInfo
                        (Personal Identity Protection)

                              MyPublicInfo is one of the first companies to provide identity scoring services directly to consumers. Identity scoring watches components of an identity individually and can therefore detect when a Social Security (SSN) number is being used in conjunction with information that does not belong to the victim, while credit monitoring can only show a consumer credit activities listed under his or her exact identity and would not, for example, alert them of an account opened with their (SSN) under a different name.

                          To find out more, please visit the link below.

                          Emmanuel Williams of Coldwell Bankers Real Estate in Lanham
                          (Community, Literacy, and Our Youth)

                                Mr. Williams talks with Gloria about the company's Community Day, taking place on Saturday, October 7. The main event is a local spelling bee with a first prize of $1,000, a second prize $500, and a third place prize of $250. Eligible students should be in the eighth grade, ages 9-14 years, and should have a parent or guardian fill out applications.

                            To find out more, please visit the link below.
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                            Nancy Wild, on Gaithersburg, Maryland's 15th Annual Oktoberfest
                            (Culture and Community)

                                  The 15th Annual Oktoberfest at the Kentlands in Gaithersburg will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2006. It is a lively mix of arts, music, food, and fun awaiting you and yours when you celebrate Oktoberfest from noon to 4 p.m. It features Bavarian music, dancing and food, with live entertainment on three stages, arts and crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, scarecrow making, and children's amusements. Admission and parking are free.

                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                              SEPTEMBER 2006

                              Tuesday, September 26, 2006

                              James Sullivan, Author, A Cultural History of An American Icon
                              (Fashion and US Popular Culture)

                                    James Sullivan's new book is A Cultural History of An American Icon. Here is the Publishers Weekly review: "Sullivan introduces readers to 'Big E' Levi's collectors (who only wear Levi's produced before 1971), provides a surprisingly nuanced history of indigo dye and charts the ascension of 'lifestyle brands' like Diesel and Lucky that made $100 (and then $200) jeans commonplace.
                                    "He also devotes plenty of attention to how Levi's, once the dominant denim purveyor, is now struggling to keep a foothold in the market it created. Sullivan, a San Francisco Chronicle culture reporter, keeps the writing brisk and the major players (and their places within large apparel conglomerates) distinct while ranging across continents and decades, giving devotees the definitive account of the development of the denim that decorates their derrieres." Mr. Sullivan discusses his book and the $14 billion a year industry with Gloria.

                              Mary Ann Fay, Coordinator of Arab Studies, American University
                              (The Middle East)

                                    On Thursday, September 28, the Arab Studies Program at American University and the Middle East Research and Information Project are sponsoring Crisis in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza: Causes and Consequences.
                                    The debate and discussion will be moderated by Mary Ann Fay, the coordinator of the Arab Studies Program at American University, and Chris Toensing, the Executive Director of the Middle East Research and Information Project. Presenters will include Mohammed Abu-Nimer, the Director of the Peace building and Development Institute at American University; Joe Stork, the Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program of Human Rights Watch; Robert Blecher, a Fellow at the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa; Muna Shikaki, a Correspondent at al-Arabiyya TV; and Sarah Johnson, an American University Student.
                                    The event begins at 7 p.m., in Room 4 of the Mary Graydon Center at American University.

                                To find out more, please contact the MAS Freedom Foundation Human and Civil Rights Division at the points below.

                                Amy Austin of the Crafty Bastards Craft Fair in Adams Morgan
                                (Community and the Arts)

                                      On Sunday, October 1, City Paper will hold the third annual Crafty Bastards arts and crafts fair in Adams Morgan. The fair will feature the alternative arts and crafts of independent artists, giving artists from outside of the mainstream a chance to show and sell their work, while providing consumers with an opportunity to find unique art, and meet and connect with artists.
                                      Examples of artwork that one may find at the event include dead Elvis statues, punk rock baby clothes, gumball machine ninja necklaces, screenprinted tees and handbags, restructured vintage clothing, duct tape wallets, tampon dolls and burnt toast plush toys, photography, collage and sculpture.
                                      The all-day fair is at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th and Wyoming NW. There will be entertainment, prizes and food for sale as well.

                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                  Aisha Davis of D.C. Grooves
                                  (Community and the Arts)

                                        The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will sponsor D.C. Grooves, a program of dance parties in late September. At the series kick off on September 22nd, Disco in the District, Rose Royce, Evelyn Champagne King, Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock will be present. The event is from 7-9p.m. On September 29, Motown in the Downtown will take place, featuring Dennis Edwards, who will perform greatest hits of the Temptations.
                                        Events will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
                                        This dance party precedes the third annual Dance D.C. Festival, also sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, set to run from September 29 to October 1.

                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                    Thursday, September 21, 2006

                                    Brahim Ramey of the Muslim American Society (MAS) Freedom Foundation
                                    (Catholicism, Islam, and Interfaith Harmony)

                                          The Muslim American Society is a not-for-profit Islamic organization that seeks to present the message of Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims to promote understanding, while also encouraging Muslims to foster morality in societies. The organization seeks to promote the family values of Islamic teachings, while seeking equality, justice, mercy, compassion and peace.
                                          In response to the recent controversy from Pope Benedict XVI's statements about Islam, Pax Christi-USA and Pax Christi-International announced a solidarity movement with Muslims and the Muslim at the Muslim and Catholic Unity Press Conference yesterday, at the Muslim American Society's Freedom Foundation Headquarters.
                                          Dave Robinson, the National Coordinator of Pax Christi-USA, Imam Mahdi Bray, the Executive Director of MAS Freedom Foundation and Marie Dennis, the Pax Christi-International Leader and organizer were among the speakers present.

                                      To find out more, please contact the MAS Freedom Foundation Human and Civil Rights Division at the points below.

                                      Sheila Coates of Black Women United for Action
                                      (Human Rights)

                                            Black Women United for Action is a non-profit, community service organization that advocates for women's issues, to bring people out of poverty, and to help low-income and vulnerable families become self-sufficient.
                                            On Saturday, September 23rd, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony to honor men and women that have been enslaved. The annual event will feature music and dramatic readings that highlight the experiences, accomplishments and contributions of those that have been enslaved. Gary Dourdan, actor with the TV show Crime Scene Investigation will be present with the BWUFA and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (MLVA) to lead the ceremony.

                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.
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                                        Tanya Wingfield of the To-Do List for Mayoral Candidates
                                        (Politics and Education)

                                              At an education roundtable held recently in Prince George's County, community members met and drafted a "to-do" list for governor candidates. The group asked the candidates to provide adequate funding for teacher salaries, operational expenses, construction and maintenance, and social services, to review extensively Maryland's response to the No Child Left Behind Act and to encourage parents to become involved in their children's lives.
                                              According to the educational organization Speak Out for Maryland Schools, 37% of Maryland citizens identify public education as the most important issue in the gubernatorial election. Also according to Speak Out, 60% believe that the state should spend more on education than it is currently.

                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.
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                                          Tuesday, September 19, 2006

                                          Paul A. Quander of the Offender Re-Entry and Sanctions Center
                                          (Offender Rehabilitation and Community)

                                                The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, the federal branch providing parole and probation services in Washington D.C., announced the opening this month of a Reentry and Sanctions Center in Washington D.C. The center will be located at 1900 Mass. Ave, SE, on the D.C. General Hospital grounds.
                                                With 102 beds, the Reentry Center will offer a voluntary 28-day integration program for D.C. residents coming from federal prison. Employees at the Center will assess the drug and crime history of past inmates, in order to develop an extensive long term treatment plan for each individual.

                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                            Steve Barbour of the Johns Hopkins Panels with Harry Belafonte/Newt Gingrich
                                            (Youth and the Future)

                                                  On Tuesday, September 19, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium will be held at John Hopkins University. The symposium was established in 1967 to honor the university's eighth president, and is entirely run by undergraduates. In the past it has drawn well-known speakers such as Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Eugene McCarthy, and Aaron Copland.
                                                  This year Harry Belafonte, entertainer and activist, will speak. Also during the series, college Democrats and Republicans will debate, and the hip hop artist Immortal Technique will perform. The symposium, themed "Finding Our Voice: The Role of America‚s Youth," will be held in the Shriver Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Doors will open for Tuesday's free event at 6:30 p.m.

                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                              Jonetta Rose Barras of the Daddy Daughter Tour, D.C. Primary

                                                    On October 6 and 7 there will be a National Daughter-Daddy Reunion Tour at the National City Christian Church at 5 Thomas Circle NW. The event will look at the effect of a father's continued absence in a family on daughters, and explore strategies to support females without fathers in their lives.
                                                    The National Daughter-Daddy Reunion Tour was launched in 2005 by Esther Productions, Inc. in an attempt to spur public debate about the role of fathers in the United States.
                                                    On Friday, October 6th, the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Speakers will include the talk show host Richard Rowe, and Jonetta Rose Barras, author of Whatever Happened to Daddy‚s Little Girl? The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women. There will also be a marriage development workshop, and a screening of the PBS documentary Fathers and Daughters: A Journey of the Heart.

                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                Friday, September 15, 2006

                                                Carolyn Robinson of the Community Health Fair and Bazaar
                                                (Community Health and Screenings)

                                                      The D.C. Chartered Health Plan, Inc., and Howard University's Dental School will offer free health screenings on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Brightwood Park United Methodist Church, 8th and Jefferson Streets, NW in Washington. Screenings will include dental examination, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and body mass index. Massages will also be available for those 18 years of age and older. There will be free refreshments and a bazaar.
                                                      Chartered Health Plan was incorporated in September 1986 and is a private sector, minority-owned and -operated Health Maintenance Organization offering door-to-door service and one-stop primary health care. Chartered Health Plan has pioneered the development of managed health care for Medicaid beneficiaries receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. The Howard University College of Dentistry is a teaching and patient care institution where community-oriented clinics offer an extensive range of dental treatments and oral healthcare services for adults and children. For more information, please contact the organization via the information below:

                                                  To find out more, please visit the points below.

                                                  1.   DC Chartered Health Plan, Inc.

                                                  2.   Howard University College of Dentistry

                                                  Sandra Brown Asante of the American Cancer Society
                                                  (Fighting Cancer)

                                                        The American Cancer Society is sponsoring a two day event September 19 and 20. Called the Celebration on the Hill, the event seeks Congressional support for the National Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program, increased funding, and a "Congressional Cancer Promise" to support the Society's 2006 programs. Events are being held at the Carnegie Library Building, the Washington Convention Center, and the National Mall.

                                                    To find out more, please visit Minnedore Green at the contact below.
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                                                    Dave McKenzie of the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival
                                                    (Scottish Culture in the US)

                                                          Large men in kilts will be throwing heavy objects on September 16 in Alexandria. They will be tossing the caber, in other words. The event is the Virginia Scottish Games and Festival at Fort Ward Park, 4401 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There will be Highland and country dancing, athletic events such as the tossing the caber, Scottish dog trials, Celtic crafters, Scottish fiddlers, pipe bands, and more.
                                                          Tickets are available from the URL below, or in person at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                      Thursday, September 14, 2006

                                                      Marc Fischer, Washington Post Columnist, Election Round-up

                                                            Marc Fisher writes a column about metro politics and culture for the Washington Post. With election and primary day this past Tuesday, many in Washington D.C. and the surrounding metro area are thinking critically about the fairness and effectiveness of voting machines and election procedures. Mr. Fischer joined Gloria to take a look back at what happened on election day, and how the results will affect DC metro area residents.

                                                      Stephen "Speedy" Berg, Fastest Reader

                                                            Stephen Berg joined Gloria to share some tips and strategies for listeners on how to increase reading speed, and to how to be able to remember more. He reveals how he read 80 pages per minute, to set the Guinness World Record. He also tells parents how to make reading and learning more fun. Berg claims that his techniques can help people to boost their memory and IQ.

                                                        To find out more, please visit Mr. Berg's link below. (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an explicitly commercial page.)

                                                        Alec Titches of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Festival
                                                        (Diversity in the US)

                                                              The 46th annual Greek Festival will be held this weekend, September 15-17. The event will offer homemade Greek Food, (Spanakopita, mousaka, and baklava) and Greek music. The festival will be at the corner of 16th and Upshur Street, from noon to 9 p.m. rain or shine. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church are the supporters of this event.

                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.
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                                                          Wednesday, September 13, 2006

                                                          Governor Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

                                                                The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works "to make every child a graduate, prepared for post-secondary education and success in life." Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, the organization's president, spoke with Gloria about important findings on education and their implications for the District economy.
                                                                According to the Alliance's recent issue brief intitled "Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community College Remediation," the District of Columbia is spending almost $800,000 each year to provide community college remediation education for recent high school graduates who did not acquire the basic skills to succeed in college or at work. The District is losing over $800 million in wages, continues the brief, since remedial reading students are more likely to drop out of college without a degree, which, in turn, significantly reduces their earnings potential. By increasing the number of graduating high school students prepared to succeed in college, the District's economy could gain almost $1.6 million annually.
                                                                "Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community College Remediation" is available at: www.all4ed.org/publications/remediation.pdf.

                                                          For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                          • Alliance for Excellent Education
                                                            1201 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 901
                                                            Washington, DC 20036
                                                          • Tel.  (202) 828-0828
                                                            Fax:  (202) 828-0821
                                                          • E-mail:  alliance-AT-all4ed.org
                                                          • URL:  www.www.all4ed.org  |  To the TOP

                                                          Andrew Riviera, Senior Attorney, the Advancement Project
                                                          (Integrity of the Vote)

                                                                Could thousands of Maryland voters be disnfranchised during the upcoming elections? The Advancement Project says there are problems.
                                                                Approximately 8,500 would-be voters in Maryland have received letters from county election boards indicating that the state cannot verify their driver's license and social security numbers and that, as a result, their voter registration applications will not be processed. The letters are worded in such a way as to suggest that the addressee will not be permitted to vote until their documentation was verified. In fact, the letter recipients can simply go to their polling place with the required documentation and vote by provisional ballot. Andrew Riviera wants these potential voters to know their rights. "With possible margins of victory razor-thin in congressional, state, and local elections," he says, "these 8,500 voters have the ability to tip the balance."

                                                          For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                          Trina Graves, Young Urban Viewz Magazine
                                                          (Faith, Youth, and Journalism)

                                                                Young Urban Viewz Magazine is a quarterly publication for African-American teens and young adults. The magazine describes itself as "a vessel used by God to empower the minds of our youth." Topics include well-being, academia, career development, style, social awareness, and civil responsibility. Ms. Graves discussed the magazine's beginnings, how it reaches kids, marketing, placement, and cost of the magazine, and what it has to offer to its target audience.

                                                          For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                          • Young Urban Viewz
                                                            P.O. Box 4657
                                                            Upper Marlboro, MD 20775
                                                          • Tel.  (301) 637-4280
                                                            Toll-free:  (877) 420-6244
                                                          • URL:  www.youngurbanviewz.com  |  To the TOP

                                                          Tuesday, September 12, 2006

                                                          Chris Van Hollen of Maryland"s 8th Congressional District

                                                                Chris Van Hollen represents Maryland"s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Government Reform. He is also the Vice Chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, a Co-Chair of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, and a Vice-Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Tax Policy and the Budget.
                                                                Rep. Van Hollen spoke with New York Times reported that the Bush administration had given the go ahead for tax collection to be outsourced. The paper said that within two weeks, the IRS would hand over data about thousands of taxpayers who owe back taxes, to three different collection agencies. IRS officials acknowledge that the outsourcing will cost more than doing the collections internally, but say that Congress has refused to let them hire more revenue officers, forcing them into the outsourcing.

                                                          Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
                                                          (DC's Rights in Congress)

                                                                Congressman Eleanor Holmes Norton is in her eighth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia. She was the first woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Congresswoman Holmes Norton has been working to win congressional voting rights for the District of Columbia, and she has also served as the Democratic Chair of the Women"s Caucus.
                                                                Today, Ms. Norton urged citizens to get out and vote, and to attend the judiciary committee hearing on Thursday, for the DC voting rights bill.

                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                            Josh Williams, President, the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO

                                                                  The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 53 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO seeks to build a broad movement of American workers by organizing workers into unions. Their mission is to "improve the lives of working families by bringing economic justice to the workplace and social justice countrywide."
                                                                  Josh Williams, President of the Federation's Metropolitan Washington Council, spoke about a film festival in Washington, D.C. that is focused on labor rights issues. As part of this year's DC Labor FilmFest, on Thursday, September 14, the opening night screening of Man Push Cart will be held. The screening will begin at 7:00 p.m., at the American Film Institute"s Silver Theater in Silver Spring Maryland.

                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                              Friday, September 8, 2006

                                                              Fritz Wenzel of Zogby International
                                                              (War and Peace)

                                                                    Five years after 9-11, a recent Zogby Poll finds a dramatic domestic partisan split on key issues as the nation nears critical mid-term elections. The war in Iraq, wiretapping and surveillance, and what role, if any, Saddam Hussein played in the 2001 terror attacks, are all key issues. The lack of national unity, they observe, stands in stark contrast to the near-unanimous feelings of goodwill that pervaded the political scene after the tower attacks. Fritz Wenzel discussed the findings with Gloria.
                                                                    Zogby International has been tracking public opinion worldwide since 1984, and is considered a leader in the public opinion field.

                                                              For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                              • Zogby International
                                                                1600 K Street, Suite 600
                                                                Washington, DC 20006 USA
                                                              • Toll Free in the U.S. and Canada: 1-(877) 462-7655 / GO-2-POLL  |  To the TOP

                                                              Sergio Buslje, Director of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra
                                                              (International Music)

                                                                    The Pan American Symphony Orchestra's first tango festival takes place this month. It will be a week-long event celebrating the tango beginning with an intimate musical evening at the Embassy of Venezuela which will include dance instruction for dancersof all leverls. The Embassy of Argentina will host a series of films during the week, free and open to the public. Dance classes continue at Trinity University on the 12th. Nuevo tango composer Astor Piazzola's works will be highlighted at George Washington University, and the festival culminates with a show which chronicles the development of the art form through the decades on September 16 at 8:00 PM at George Washington's Lisner Auditorium.
                                                                    The Pan American Symphony Orchestra is Washington's only orchestra which performa works by Latin American composers at every concert. It is considered the area's formost symphonic tango ensemble.

                                                              For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                              Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th-Illinois), Ex-Offender Job Fair
                                                              (Ex-Offenders and Employment)

                                                                    Congressman Danny Davis and others will sponsor a "Reentry Issues Forum" and Job Fair as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference, Saturday, September 9, at the Washington Convention Center. The so-called National Job Fair will host potential employers such as BP America, Sodexo, Clark Construction, US Department of Labor, ExxonMobil, T-Mobile, and many others seeking to hire formerly incarcerated individuals.
                                                                    Congressman Davis was elected to Congress in 1996. He is the sponsor of the Second Chance, designed to rehabilitate and to prepare ex-offenders for reentry into society once they are released from correctional facilities and to reduce the likelihood of their return to confinement.
                                                                    The Job Fair takes place Saturday, September 9, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Room 207 AB at the Washington Convention Center. For more information about the fair or about the Congresman's work, contact:

                                                              For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                              • Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis
                                                                1526 Longworth Building
                                                                Washington, DC 20515
                                                              • Phone: (202) 225-5006
                                                                Fax: (202) 225-5641  |  To the TOP

                                                              Josh Williams, President, Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO
                                                              (Labor and Democracy)

                                                                    Josh Williams, Gloria's perpetual "On the Line" Friday guest, spoke with Gloria about the upcoming mid-term Congressional elections and the Labor Film Fest, which will take place from September 14 through September 19. Now in its sixth year, the Washington Labor Film Fest will be a compilation of long and short, big budget and documentary films looking at labor issues. Organized and presented by the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute and AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, the films bring attention to working men and women of the world.
                                                                    One of the film choices for the festival is Chicken Run, a "clay-mation" feature. Oppressed and facing a dismal future as pot pies, Rocky the rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil chicken farm owners Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy. Rocky and Ginger must organize their fellow chickens if they are to escape from the prison-like farm of doom. Chicken Run plays Sunday, September 17, at 1:00, Monday, September 18, at 5:00, and Tuesday, September 19, at 5:00.

                                                              For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                              • AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
                                                                8633 Colesville Road
                                                                Silver Spring, MD 20910
                                                              • Phone: (301) 495-6720
                                                                Fax: (301) 495-6777
                                                                Recorded Program Information: (301) 495-6700
                                                              • E-mail: silverinfo-AT-afi.com
                                                              • URL:  www.dclaborfilmfest.org  |  To the TOP

                                                              Thursday, September 7, 2006

                                                              Terry Lynch, Executive Director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations
                                                              (Metrobus Safety)

                                                                    The Downtown Cluster of Congregations is a non-profit, ecumenical association founded in 1972 in order to help those without the basic necessities of life. The organization supports homeless care and geriatric assistance programs, among other services.
                                                                    Recently in northwest DC, a man who was trying to hail a Metrobus was struck by the bus and died. Police say that the incident, which happened around 9 p.m., appears to be an accident. The death has led many to look more deeply into Metro's pedestrian safety efforts.
                                                                    According to the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, this has been the second WMATA-related pedestrian fatality within three months. Terry Lynch, the organization's Executive Director, sent a letter on September 5, asking WMATA's General Manager Dan Tangherlini what safety measures, training and public education opportunities are being pursued by the agency.

                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                Peter Ham of CeaseFire Maryland, Inc.
                                                                (Adressing Gun Violence)

                                                                      CeaseFire Maryland Is a non profit organization that supports policies that reduce and prevent gun violence in Maryland. The non-partisan, grassroots organization has worked with the Million Mom March Chapters, and the Brady Campaign in an attempt to make the United States free from gun violence.
                                                                      Data from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) shows that 789 assault rifles were traced to crime in Maryland from January 2, 1998 to December 31, 2001. (CeaseFire Maryland claims that because of short comings with data collection methods, the actual number of assault weapons traced to crimes in the state is likely to be higher.)
                                                                      "With assault weapons being traced to crime in Maryland an average of every 48 hours, more needs to be done to get these guns off Maryland streets and to help law enforcement keep our communities safe," said Lisa Delity, President of CeaseFire Maryland, Inc. Lisa's brother, FBI Special Agent Mike Miller, was gunned down with an assault weapon at Washington, DC police headquarters in November 1994.The organization's board member, Sue Peschin, has authored a report to draw attention to the crimes committed with Maryland assault weapons.

                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                  Travis Morales of the World Can't Wait's Massive Day of Resistance, September 7
                                                                  (Peacebuilding and Activism)

                                                                        World Can't Wait is an organization that seeks to bring together US citizens and promote community activism. The group specifically tries to get individuals to "take responsibility to stop the whole disastrous course led by the Bush administration."
                                                                        World Can't Wait seeks to mobilize citizens to express outrage with the actions of President Bush, to eventually bring about change in the American political system, specifically by getting President Bush out of office.
                                                                        On September 7, 2006, there will be a "Massive Day of Resistance" in protest of the policies and actions of the Bush Administration. Around the country, World Can't Wait is facilitating community meetings.
                                                                        In Washington, DC, at the Potter's House at 1658 Columbia Road, there will be a get-together to address President Bush's record on the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the separation of church and state, and the use of torture in military prison camps.

                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                    Frank Ross, Author, Quiet Guys Can Do Great Things Too
                                                                    (Immigration and Personal Achievement)

                                                                          Frank Ross is an immigrant from St. Kitts in the British West Indies who moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. He worked at KPMG LLP, a large accounting firm, becoming its first black partner, and founded and became the first president of the National Association of Black Accountants.
                                                                          Mr. Ross is now retired from his career at KPMG. He recently wrote the autobiography Quiet Guys Can Do Great Things Too, published by Writing Our World Press. The book details Mr. Ross's childhood, which was marked by the death of his father and a separation from his mother. Quiet Guys leads readers through Mr. Ross's move to the United States, and his experiences trying to overcome racial barriers to go to college and get a job.

                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                      Wednesday, September 6, 2006

                                                                      Samuel Scott, Director, Full Circle Martial Arts Academy
                                                                      (Personal Empowerment; Martial Arts)

                                                                            As you prepare to return to school, the predator is preparing to get you, according to our guest, Samuel Scott. Master Scott, founder of the Academy, has trained youth and adults in the martial arts for twelve years. They offer a variety of classes, including children and adult Kung Fu classes, Tai Ch'i, an Ultimate Body Shaping Course, and Street Combat Self Defense. Training is not limited to physical improvement, he explains, but also teaches life skills.
                                                                            Master Scott discussed tips on how to avoid being a victim, such as staying off your cell phone while walking to your car and keeping a shopping cart with you when exiting a store to serve as a potential barrier between yourself and a predator.

                                                                      For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                                      • Glenn Dale Location:
                                                                        Full Circle Martial Arts Academy
                                                                        10835 Lanham-Severn Road
                                                                        Glenn Dale, MD 20769
                                                                        Phone: (301) 860-0030

                                                                      • Capitol Heights Location:
                                                                        Full Circle Martial Arts Academy
                                                                        1280 Ritchie Road
                                                                        Capitol Heights, MD 20743
                                                                        Phone: (301) 808-3578  |  To the TOP

                                                                      Minister Reggie X, of the United Nation of Islam
                                                                      (Spirit; Community; Empowerment)

                                                                            The United Nation of Islam is an organization based in Kansas committed to community involvement; to community transformation, in fact. The United Nation of Islam is the creator of a new community model, a "tested and proven system for revitalizing dilapidated communities," which could improve communities across this country. The Nation was established "to educate, teach and develop the skills and aptitudes of people in trades, manufacturing, contracting, building, erecting, and each and every kind of industrial pursuit, business, commerce, farming and science which will be of benefit to the nation as well as the planet." They are not a part of the Nation of Islam.
                                                                            The Nation will host a public town hall meeting on September 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Best Western Hotel, 6400 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD.

                                                                      For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                                      Caroline Wilke, University Relations Lead for Aetna
                                                                      (Health Insurance)

                                                                            A new survey finds that health insurance is a low priority among young workers. According to the survey, nearly half of young workers 18 to 24 would rather pay their cell phone bill than pay for health insurance, and 70% would rather pay down their credit card debt, increase their savings account, or contribute to their 401k. Those aged 18-24 are the fastest-growing group of uninsured citizens.
                                                                            Ms. Wilke spoke with Gloria about health care and youth, and discussed Aetna's new site, allaboutthebenefits.com, an educational program targeting young adults providing information about the benefits of health care.

                                                                      For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                                      Friday, September 1, 2006

                                                                      Congressman Jim Moran, 8th District of Virginia
                                                                      (Government and Relief Efforts)

                                                                            Virginia Congresman Jim Moran traveled to the Gulf Coast on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He discussed with Gloria the current situation on the ground and assessed restoration efforts there. Says Mr. Moran, "The damage and devastation there boggles the mind. It's important to see the destruction first-hand and to listen to those whose livelihoods were, and in many cases continue to be, upended. This is an essential part in understanding what Congress needs to be doing to assist the region's rebuilding."
                                                                            The delegation of Democratic Lawmakers toured areas of New Orleans previously inaccessible during FEMA tours.

                                                                        For Additional Information, and to Contact:
                                                                        • Congressman Jim Moran
                                                                          2239 Rayburn Building
                                                                          Washington, DC 20515-4608
                                                                        • Phone: (202) 225-4376
                                                                          Fax: (202) 225-0017
                                                                        • URL:  www.moran.house.gov  |  To the TOP

                                                                        Donna Lee, Registered Nurse and Co-Founder, LifeLine

                                                                              LifeLine is a minority and nurse-owned and operated healthcare consultancy committed to increasing access to healthcare and to delivering appropriate healthcare solutions. Services include health education, communit and corporate wellness programs,health care screening, legal, nurse consulting, CPR, NPR and AED certification training, and babysitting training.
                                                                              Donna M. Lee is a co-founder of LifeLine. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Law Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration, and an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing. A registered nurse since 1982, Ms. Lee has acquired substantial clinical expertise in multiple areas of health care, including organizating effective wellness programs resulting in healthier communities and workplaces, increased productivity, and decreased healthcare costs for LifeLine clients.
                                                                              On Sunday, September 3 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, LifeLink co-sponsored an evening with Mrs. Mary Ida Vandross, Luther Vandross' mother, to promote diabetes prevention. The event took place at the Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W Street, S.E. Donations of canned goods and gently worn clothing were offered, and welcome.

                                                                          For Additional Information, and to Contact:
                                                                          • LifeLine
                                                                            12138 Central Avenue, Suite 883
                                                                            Mitchellville, Maryland 20721
                                                                          • Phone: (301) 333-1918
                                                                            Fax: (301) 333-8787
                                                                          • URL:  www.lifelineaccess.com  |  To the TOP

                                                                          Josh Williams, President Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO
                                                                          (Labor and Social Justice)

                                                                                Josh Williams is a frequent guest on Metro Watch. He is President of the AFL-CIO's Metro Washington Council, whose mission is to "improve the lives of working families by bringing economic justice to the workplace and social justice countrywide." He discussed labor issues with Gloria. Among other initiatives, the Council is pushing for a standard of living that would raise the floor for workers, whether they carry a union card or not.
                                                                                The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 53 national and international labor unions.

                                                                          For Additional Information, and to Contact:

                                                                          • Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
                                                                            1925 K St NW, Suite 410
                                                                            Washington, DC 20006
                                                                          • Tel. (202) 756-4150
                                                                            Fax: (202) 756-4151
                                                                          • E-mail: streetheat( AT )dclabor.org
                                                                          • URL:  www.dclabor.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                          AUGUST 2006

                                                                          Thursday, August 31, 2006

                                                                          Joanna Shoffner, Associate Director, the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute
                                                                          (Housing and Poverty)
                                                                                The Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute was established in 1998 as an independent, nonpartisan organization to research and analyze state budget and tax policies. The organization pays particular attention to families with low and moderate incomes, and how to create community programs to better serve them.
                                                                                On August 30, 2006 the Census Bureau released data about economic growth and poverty. In Maryland, poverty has not declined, and the percentage of Maryland residents in poverty has grown from 7.3% in 2001 to 9.8% in 2005, even as 2005 marked the fourth full year of growth in the national economy since the end of the 2001 recession. This translates to 168,000 Marylanders living below the poverty line.
                                                                                "In an environment of ever-increasing energy, housing, health care, and child-care costs, paired with nominal raises in low-income wages, more and more working families and individuals are struggling to make ends meet," said Julie Varner, Chair of the Maryland Alliance for the poor.

                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                            Daniel Pacheco, Mexicans without borders, Culpeper immigration
                                                                                  Mexicanos Sin Fronteras (Mexicans Without Borders) is an organization that brings together groups of migrants located in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C to promote and defend the human and labor rights and civil liberties of all migrants to promote the well-being of families. The organization also seeks to integrate migrants into surrounding communities, while preserving their cultural identity.
                                                                                  The group attempts to help migrants gain access to medical care, English classes, and employment.
                                                                                  The city of Culpepper, Virginia agreed to send a letter to Congressman Erick Cantor (R-VA) after a council meeting on Wednesday August 23rd, as part of the Congressman's anti-immigrant stance. The letter proposed legal actions to combat immigration on the local level. Town councilman Steven Jenkins is leading the initiative accusing the immigrant community of obtaining services and benefits that drain tax dollars, recommending the approval of similar anti-immigrant measures as those taken in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, where the city council recently approved extreme measures to "crack down" on their local immigrant population.
                                                                                  In light of these events, Mexicans without Borders planned to deliver a letter to the city council expressing the community's disagreement with the anti-immigrant measures, and to hold a news conference on Saturday, September 1, and a march through the city. (Editor's Note: Whether the immigration and migration described here complies with federal immigration law is not known.)

                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                              Rebecca Odor, Virginia department of Health, Director Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention
                                                                              (Building Interpersonal Peace and Respect)
                                                                                    The Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative provides funding and technical support to local sexual assault centers so that these centers can provide education in the local communities about sexual and domestic assault. The Center collects and analyzes data on the prevalence of sexual violence, while also reaching out to men to encourage their involvement and concern over the issue.
                                                                                    With the school year starting up for students in Virginia, the Department of Health is coordinating with the Virginia Commonwealth University to focus on the problems of bullies in schools, with a bully prevention program.
                                                                                    The project is funded by a grant of $290,615 from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for each of the three years, 2006-2009. Virginia will use the Olweus Bully Prevention Program that was first implemented throughout Norway. This program addresses individual behaviors, while promoting social stills and promoting parental and community collaboration in bully prevention.
                                                                                    The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that the while the Olweus program was implemented, there were fewer student reports of being bullied and bullying by 30%. Additionally, there was less vandalism, fighting and theft, and improved classroom order.

                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                Archie Wallace, Baltimore Washington Jazzfest
                                                                                (Regional Music)
                                                                                      The Baltimore-Washington JAZZfest runs from August 25 to September 7, 2006. On its final day, the JAZZfest will present the sounds of Hammond B-3 organist Greg Hatza and his band, ORGANization. Mr. Hatza is from Baltimore, and plays with a versatile soulful technique. He and ORGANization will be playing on September 7, at 7:00 PM at the Historic Oakland at 5430 Vantage Point Road in Columbia, Maryland.

                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the points of contact below.

                                                                                  Wednesday, August 30, 2006

                                                                                  Verdova Bishop, Producer of Wake Up, Everybody,
                                                                                  and Dr. Robert Rice of the National Zoo's Migratory Bird Center

                                                                                        Most people wouldn't dream of starting the day without a cup of coffee. Dr. Robert Rice, research scientist at the Migratory Bird Center of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and Verdova Bishop, producer of the DVD Wake Up, Everybody, joined Gloria in the studio to discuss roasting and brewing coffee at home. Described as the only DVD focusing on home production of coffee, Wake Up, Everybody is the result of an intensive study of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee production and a desire to introduce the public to the "pure pleasure of tasting and consuming fresh roasted and brewed specialty coffee and to raise awareness of the hard work and great care required to produce it."

                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                    Friday, August 25, 2006

                                                                                    George Hanzimanolis, Vice President, National Association of Mortgage Brokers
                                                                                    (Home Ownership and Debt)
                                                                                          The National Association of Mortgage Brokers is the voice of the brokerage industry with more than 27,000 members throughout the United States. The organization provides certification, government relations and education for the mortgage broker industry, which originates 60% of all residential loans in the country.
                                                                                          As the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates, the implications for homeowners could be far-reaching. George Hanzimanolis, Vice President of the association, offered some advice about interest rate hikes, growing concerns about balloon mortgage payments, and the risk of foreclosure.

                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                      • 7900 Westpark Dr., Suite T309, McLean, VA 22102
                                                                                      • (703) 342-5900
                                                                                      • URL:  www.namb.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                                      Gail Dixon, Alabama Night
                                                                                      (US Culture and Lifeways)
                                                                                            Get ready for Alabama Night! Ms. Dixon discussed an upcoming event celebrating Alabama life, food, history and entertainment. Meet and greet fellow Alabamans at the University of the District of Columbia on Saturday, August 26 between 3:00 and 6:00 PM as they "feast on fine southern cuisine and Alabama folk memories." Music, provided by Bill Washburn, will include compositions by such Alabama luminaries as Nat King Cole and W. C. Handy.

                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                        • University of the District of Columbia, Building 41, Room A03, Small Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Washington, DC 20008
                                                                                        • (202) 248-9643  |  To the TOP

                                                                                        Josh Williams, President of the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO
                                                                                        (Empowerment and Labor Organizing)
                                                                                              The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 53 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO seeks to build a broad movement of American workers by organizing workers into unions. Their mission is to "improve the lives of working families by bringing economic justice to the workplace and social justice countrywide.
                                                                                              Josh Williams, President of the Federation's Metropolitan Washington Council, spoke to Gloria about the Federation's mobilization for the upcoming mid-term elections. Their 2006 actions are the most extensive in the organization's history, involving a $40 million member campaign which engages 12.4 million voters in 21 top tier states. They are targeting 21 governor's races, 15 Senate races and over 50 House races.
                                                                                              In addition to discussing the upcoming elections, Mr. Williams talked about his recent trip to Africa as well as the District of Columbia mayoral race.

                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                          • AFL-CIO, 815 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
                                                                                          • (202) 637-5000
                                                                                          • URL:  www.aflcio.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                                          Wednesday, August 23, 2006

                                                                                          Terry Lynch, Executive Director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations
                                                                                          (Spirit and Service)
                                                                                                The Downtown Cluster of Congregations is a non-profit, ecumenical association founded in 1972 in order to help those without the basic necessities of life. The organization supports homeless care and geriatric assistance programs, among other services.
                                                                                                Recently, there was an alleged beating in the Dupont Circle area reported on by the Washington Post. According to the August 20th article, an eyewitness repeatedly attempted to get the attention of police officers with no success. Police Chief Ramsey has launched an investigation into the alleged beating and lack of police response.
                                                                                                "I am gratified the Chief is looking into the allegations that have been made. Already the public was informed of police failure to follow appropriate procedures in the Rosenbaum case as detailed by the Inspector General's report," said Terry Lynch. "If the allegations made in this case are true, clearly the Department has a long way to go to assure it is fully responsive and professional in responding to crimes reported by the public," he added.

                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                            Ted Glick, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
                                                                                            (Hurricane Katrina)
                                                                                                  On Saturday, August 26th from noon until 3 p.m., there will be a Hurricane Katrina protest at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Protesters will gather to call for housing and jobs for survivors of Hurricane Katrina, also rallying to end President George W. Bush's cover-up of global warning's role in creating destructive hurricanes.
                                                                                                  Speakers at the event will include Chris Chandler, a former Ninth Ward New Orleans resident; Melody Drnach, Vice-President of the National Organization for Women Action; Jared Duval, Director of Sierra Student Coalition; and Mike Tidwell, Director of U.S. Climate Emergency Council.
                                                                                                  The gathering was organized by the U.S. Climate Emergency Council.

                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                              Lori Carrol, Carroll and Company's "Women's Day 2006"
                                                                                              (Women's Empowerment)
                                                                                                    Carroll and Company Events is an event planning company that supports African American women's events to promote community awareness of health, education and business opportunities for black women. Founded in 2001, the CCE Women's Day mission is to empower and encourage women to use opportunities to achieve success.
                                                                                                    On August 26 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. "Women'sDay 2006: Celebrating Women, Mind Body and Soul" will be held. The theme for the event is "Passion (What's Yours...)!" and is designed to give participants training and networking opportunities and learn about programs that support women. The event also supports Breast Cancer research.
                                                                                                    Donations of professional handbags and brief cases will be collected for "Suited for Change," which helps Washington area women make the transition from welfare to employment.
                                                                                                    The event will be held at Patuxent Greens Country Club at 14415 Greenview Drive in Laurel, MD.

                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                Corey Jennings, Founder and Project Coordinator, Black Docs Film Series
                                                                                                (Friendship; Community)
                                                                                                      The Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc. (NGAF), producers of the Black History Month Film and Discussion Series and the Urban Film Series Tour, are holding the First Annual Black Docs Film Series at the Landmark Theatre. The series focuses on documentaries related to Black History Month and urban issues, and that have been chosen from 150 submissions.
                                                                                                      Black Docs is a four month fundraising event that will benefit NGAF upcoming community programming and will help send its 2007 Urban Film Series Tour to underserved communities in the U.S. Black Docs exclusively focuses on documentaries related to urban lifestyles and issues.
                                                                                                      At the Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema on August 24, 2006 The Pact: Three Young Men Make A Promise and Fulfill a Dream will be shown. This is true story of three friends who made a pact in high school to find a way to go to college and medical school, and get out of the 'hood.

                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                  Tuesday, August 22, 2006

                                                                                                  Kenny Barnes, Reaching Out to Others Together ("ROOT") Rally
                                                                                                  (Community Peace and Safety)
                                                                                                        ROOT, Inc. is a non-profit organization that works to prevent gun violence on behalf of homicide victims and their families. The group works to empower communities by encouraging members to take action to reduce gun violence.
                                                                                                        ROOT has gotten together with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Hip Hop Caucus Institute, the Honorable Judge Arthur Bennett, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Congressman Albert Wynn (D-MD) to urge Congress to establish emergency hearings to deal with the increase in gun violence nationally.
                                                                                                        On Sunday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a rally at the Freedom Plaza, at 13th and Pennsylvania Avenue. Gatherers will join to urge Congressional action to address the growing youth violence, homicide rates and gun violence in the U.S.

                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the points of contact below.
                                                                                                    • Toll Free:   (866) 570-ROOT/7668
                                                                                                    • E-Mail:   rootinc( AT )rootinc.org
                                                                                                    • URL:  www.rootinc.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                    Ed Comeau, Director of the Center for Campus Fire Safety
                                                                                                    (Safety for Our Students)
                                                                                                          The Center for Campus Fire Safety is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate people about fire hazards in order to reduce deaths and injuries from fire. The Center provides information to students, parents, administrators, fire officials and legislators about campus fire safety, with a Board of directors composed of experts and advocates from around the country. Funding for the Center is provided by the National Fire Sprinkler Association, and the National Electrical Manufacturer's Association among other organizations.
                                                                                                          Ed Comeau was the chief fire investigator for the National Fire Protection Association as well as a fire protection engineer for the Phoenix Fire Department. While working towards his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he worked at the Amherst Fire Department.
                                                                                                          According to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, there have been 88 fire related deaths on and around college campuses since January 2000, with Ohio, North Carolina and Indiana leading the country in college-related fire fatalities. 80% of college fires occur in off campus housing, where 2/3 of the student population lives.

                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                      Max Stier, President/CEO of the Partnership for Public Service
                                                                                                      (Government and Emergency Management)
                                                                                                            In conjunction with the upcoming one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Partnership for Public Service is launching a new initiative called Government After Katrina. The program aims to improve government performance in the event of natural disasters by teaching the public about Hurricane Katrina and lessons that can be learned from the government's response last year.
                                                                                                            "If there is one lesson to take from Hurricane Katrina, it's that effective government is absolutely essential," said Mr. Stier. "We need to leverage the occasion of Katrina's anniversary to focus new energy to the issue of improved government performance."
                                                                                                            The organization has detailed five key lessons that were learned from Hurricane Katrina. These lessons focus on the training and retention of qualified public servants, governmental coordination, learning from mistakes, and implementing longterm, proactive solutions.

                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                        Furth Harwood and Richard Zandler, of the Montpelier Arts Center
                                                                                                        (Community and the Arts)
                                                                                                              The Montpelier Arts Center is an arts school and facility in Prince George's County. The Center holds jazz and folk music performances, while also displaying the works of local, national and international artists in its three galleries.
                                                                                                              The classes offered by the Center are one- and two-day workshops that teach participants specific skills or techniques. All instructors are artists with teaching experience. In addition to adult classes, there are programs for children of ages 8 and up.
                                                                                                              This coming season, Montpelier Arts Center is offering classes on Collage, bead and jewelry making, watercolor painting, welding, clay sculpture, etching, rug hooking and photography.
                                                                                                              The Montpelier Arts Center begins its fall classes the week of September 18th.

                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                          Friday, August 18, 2006

                                                                                                          Melissa Rhea, President, Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC
                                                                                                          (Traffic Accidents and the Law)
                                                                                                                The Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, is a voluntary, nonprofit bar association of Washington area trial lawyers. Its members are advocates who strive to hold wrongdoers monetarily accountable for the harm they inflict on consumers, workers, and families. The association drafted and lobbied for legislation which has just taken effect to curb so-called "ambulance chasers." These bounty hunters, called "runners," are hired by lawyers, doctors or other practitioners to solicit clients injured in automobile accidents. The new legislation will prevent contact with injured persons within the first 21 days following the accident. In addition, the law restricts access to police reports, the primary source of information for "runners." The law imposes a $1,000 fine per incident, and attorneys employing ambulance chasers are subject to discipline, which might include disbarment.

                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                            Valerie Coffins, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
                                                                                                            (Home Borrowing and Financing)
                                                                                                                  The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is considered the country's largest grassroots organization working to empower low and moderate income people. They target housing, jobs, living wages and banking issues. ACORN's Valerie Coffins spoke with Gloria about the organization's recent lending study which warns of impending "Rate Shock" for homeowners. The work, entitled "The Impending Rate Shock: A Study of Home Mortgages in 130 American Cities." The communities hardest hit by rising interest rates are those dependent upon sub-prime home loans, three quarters of which are adjustable rate mortgages. Borrowers fitting this profile tend to be lower-income and have fewer resources to cope with upward adjustments of their loan rates.
                                                                                                                  ACORN recommends that federal banking regulators require lenders to underwrite risky loans based on the borrower's ability to pay at the highest permissible rate of the loan with the highest calculable negative amortization and not simply at a low initial rate. Borrowers are advised to seek HUD-approved home ownership counseling prior to applying for a loan. They may also call ACORN for assistance

                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                                              • DC ACORN, 7398th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
                                                                                                              • (202) 547-9292
                                                                                                              • URL:  www.acorn.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                              Jamal Mohammed, WPFW Programmer and Long-time Friend of WPFW's "Big Al" Swailes, Who Passed Away This Week
                                                                                                                    WPFW programmer Jamal Mohammed spoke with Gloria about his friend of twenty-five years, Alvin Ellsworth Swailes, a long-time member of the WPFW community, who passed this week. Big Al had many friends and admirers here at the station. He was an ardent supporter of the station and a tireless volunteer. He will be missed. A wake in celebration of Big Al's life took place Sunday, August 20 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A memorial service was held Monday, August 21, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 10:30 am.

                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                Thursday, August 17, 2006

                                                                                                                Nick Williams, of the Anacostia HOURS Local Currency Project
                                                                                                                (Alternative Economics)
                                                                                                                      In Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville, some businesses and community groups are attempting to implement a new currency system. Instead of exchanging US dollars for goods, people can exchange Anacostia HOURS, or local paper money, for goods, with one HOUR equivalent to $10. The new currency unit is called an HOUR because it is related to the value created by an hour of labor. The system is useful for people who want second jobs or need more spending power. HOURS can be used in conjunction with US dollars also. For instance, if one wanted to purchase $12 worth of groceries, she or he could pay one HOUR and $2.00.
                                                                                                                      The benefits of using HOURS instead of dollars is that HOURS can only be used in specific communities, and therefore the value inherent in the notes will remain in the communities. A similar HOURS currency system has been successful in Ithaca, New York, where there are HOUR and Half HOUR notes.
                                                                                                                      On Saturday, August 19th, 2006 the Anacostia HOURS Work Group will have an informational meeting to explain the function of Anacostia HOURS. Carl Feuer, a labor and community activist who has been active with Ithaca Hours, will be the featured speaker. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Rainier Nature Center at 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, Maryland.

                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                  Dr. Robert Buynak, Author of Diabetes 1-2-3
                                                                                                                  (Diet, Diabetes and You)
                                                                                                                        Dr. Robert Buynak is a general practitioner who has been serving patients with diabetes. In his new book, he provides a new diet plan to help diabetics manage their weight and improve their health. In Diabetes 1-2-3, Dr. Buynak advised readers how to manage their food intake and plan meals simply. According to the American Diabetes Association, 7% (20.8 million people) of Americans have diabetes. An estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, while 6.2 million do not know that they have the disease. An estimated 5-10% of Americans with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes, which results from the body's failure to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes, where the body cannot properly use insulin, affects the majority of diabetes sufferers.

                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                    Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
                                                                                                                    (US History and the Arts)
                                                                                                                          On August 10, 2006, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announced that it had selected two Washingtonians to be represented by statue in the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. Historians and art experts reviewed the nominations of more than 50 citizens to decide on Frederick Douglass and Pierre Charles L'Enfant. The two sculptors have not yet been chosen, but the completed statues will be displayed in the John A. Wilson Building before they go to the U.S. Capitol.
                                                                                                                          Mr. Douglass, who lived from 1817-1895, was a slave born in Maryland who was an abolitionist, an orator, author, statesman and reformer. He was considered by many to be the father of the Civil Rights Movement, and he zealously supported women's suffrage. Mr. L'Enfant lived from 1754-1825 and was an architect, engineer and soldier who came from France to serve in the American Revolution. George Washington selected him to design the new federal city of Washington, and he became an American citizen and spent the rest of his life in the United States.

                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                                                      • Contacts TBD  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                                      Wednesday, August 16, 2006

                                                                                                                      Cathryn Bath, Executive Director, Security on Campus
                                                                                                                      (Student Security in College)
                                                                                                                            Security on Campus, Inc. is a national non-profit, grassroots organization that aims to promote safety on college and university campuses. On July 24, 2006 the organization released five tips for high schools seniors and their parents to consider when thinking about college. These tips coincide with the September's National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM).
                                                                                                                            "With approximately 45,000 serious crimes on U.S. campuses each year, safety is an important factor which students and parents need to address," says Catherine Bath, the executive director of Security on Campus. The safety tips advise parents and prospective students to look at crime information and statistics that universities have to make publicly available.
                                                                                                                            Secondly, students and parents should chose schools that are willing to implement new technologies in preventing crime. Also, prospectives should look out for schools that have strict alcohol and drug abuse policies, as much campus violence is related to alcohol and drugs. According to Security on Campus, 1,700 college students die annually from causes related to alcohol.
                                                                                                                            Parents and students should additionally consider the history of advocacy for victims of sexual assault and violent crimes at the university or college, while also looking at the parental notification policies.

                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                        Phil Wilson and Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black AIDS Institute (BAI)
                                                                                                                        (AIDS and US Blacks)
                                                                                                                              The Black AIDS Institute is an African American-centered think tank. The organization is hosting an initiative at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto from August 12-15 to talk about how to deal with AIDS in the African American community. The event will include Reverend Jesse Jackson, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and many other African American celebrities, politicians and leaders.
                                                                                                                              According to the BAI, more than half of people living with AIDS are black. Also, more than half of new infections are of blacks.
                                                                                                                              At the event the black community will discuss ways to commit resources to prevent the spread of AIDS. One of the group's goals is eliminating homophobia to allow more open dialogue about AIDS in the black community.
                                                                                                                              Phil Wilson is the founder and executive director of BAI. He founded the institute to reduce the HIV/AIDS disparities between African Americans and other racial groups by mobilizing communities to work to prevent AIDS.
                                                                                                                              Sheryl Lee Ralph is a television, movie and Broadway actress and singer of Jamaican descent who has been on TV programs such as Moesha, Designing Women, and It's a Living. Ms. Ralph joined Mr. Wilson on Gloria's show to discuss ways in which the African American community can come together to develop effective ways of educating and involving communities in efforts to prevent and treat AIDS.

                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                          Congressman Albert Wynn, NAACP Candidates Forum
                                                                                                                          (National Electoral Politics)
                                                                                                                                Albert Wynn is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has represented the 4th district of Maryland since 1992. He has attended the University of Pittsburgh, Howard and Georgetown University, and he has worked as a lawyer, director of Prince George's County consumer protection commission and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, all before serving in the House.
                                                                                                                                During his career in Congress, Mr. Wynn has been known as an advocate for small business development, and for protection of the salaries and benefits of federal employees. He also has worked towards ending discrimination in the work force, specifically at the federal level. Congressman Wynn has also co-sponsored legislation aimed at increasing the minimum wage, and offering increased job training and access to child care. He is up for re-election and took part in a NAACP sponsored candidates forum on Wednesday, August 16th.
                                                                                                                                The forum was held at 6:00 p.m. at Prince George's Community College, at the Rennie Forum Largo Student Center Building on the first floor. His challenger is Donna Edwards.

                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                            Donna Edwards, NAACP Candidates Forum
                                                                                                                            (National Electoral Politics)
                                                                                                                                  Donna Edwards is running for Maryland's 4th congressional district against incumbent Albert Wynn. The primary will be held on September 12, 2006.
                                                                                                                                  Ms. Edwards attended Wake Forest University, where she was one of only six African American women in her class. After graduation, she worked at Lockheed Corporation at the Goddard Space Flight Center, and later attended the Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire.
                                                                                                                                  She co-founded the National Network to End Domestic violence, and helped to pass the 1994 Violence Against Women Act. She has also worked with the organization Public Citizen, and with the Center for a New Democracy. Since 2000, she has been the executive director of the Arca Foundation. Ms. Edwards advocates campaign finance reform, a living wage, protection of Social Security, international labor and human rights, and the end of capital punishment.

                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                              Friday, August 11, 2006

                                                                                                                              Margo Tyler, Executive Director Gates Millennium Scholars Program
                                                                                                                              (Scholarships for Youth)
                                                                                                                                    The Gates Millennium Scholars program (GMS) is a $1 billion initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It was launched in partnership with the United Negro College Fund, and provides scholarships to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students demonstrating academic excellence, community service and leadership skills. The scholarship can be renewed for up to five years for undergraduate and graduate studies. On August 1, 2006 the GMS began the nomination process for 2007-8. The deadline for nomination/application is January 12, 2007.
                                                                                                                                    Earlier this week, the Foundation announced that it will provide an additional $58 million to expand the GMS to allow more students to pursue graduate degrees in public health. The GMS has supported more than 10,000 students throughout the country with their undergraduate and graduate studies in science, math, engineering, library science and public health.

                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                Ibrahim Hooper, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
                                                                                                                                (Islam in the US)
                                                                                                                                      CAIR is the country's largest Muslim civil liberties group, with 32 offices, chapters and affiliates in the U.S. and Canada. The organization serves to encourage public understanding of Islam, while promoting dialog, and protecting the civil liberties of American Muslims. Through activism and teachings, the group seeks to bring together citizens to promote justice, tolerance and mutual understanding.
                                                                                                                                      In the wake of the recent arrest of 21 individuals as part of an alleged plot to use liquid explosives on flights from the United Kingdom to the United States, CAIR has released a statement addressing American Muslims and terrorism.
                                                                                                                                      "American Muslims have consistently condemned all acts of terrorism, whether carried out by individuals, groups or states," CAIR says. "We repudiate anyone or any group that plans or carries out a terrorist act. We welcome early actions by law enforcement authorities against credible threats to the safety of the traveling public."
                                                                                                                                      "It is important, based on past counterterrorism cases that did not lead to terror convictions, that we withhold judgment until all the facts of this case come to light. We also ask public officials and commentators to avoid using stereotypical and ill-defined terminology when referring to this and similar cases."

                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                  Gene Pinder, Business Manager, Baltimore/Washington Laborer's District Council
                                                                                                                                        The Laborers' Mid-Atlantic region represents more than 40,000 working men and women in a variety of district councils and local unions. Members work in construction, environmental health, highway creation, manufacturing and service work in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.
                                                                                                                                        Gene Pinder serves as the Business Manager on a Mid-Atlantic District Council that represents the Baltimore/Washington area. He spoke with Gloria about the DC Stadium plans and the Laborers' local political efforts with the DC building trade organizations.

                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                                                                    • URL:  (TBD)  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                                                    Thursday, August 10, 2006

                                                                                                                                    David Bowers, Executive Director of Enterprise Washington
                                                                                                                                    (Affordable Housing in DC)
                                                                                                                                          Enterprise Washington is a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve affordable housing in the D.C. metro area. The organization has been putting forth a recent effort to help low-income tenants purchase apartment buildings to prevent them from being converted to luxury buildings. Enterprise has a $25 million loan fund to preserve affordable housing. With this fund, the organization provides capital to tenant groups and nonprofits so that they can compete with private developers for land and apartment buildings.
                                                                                                                                          According to Enterprise, DC has lost over 28,000 affordable homes and over 7,500 affordable apartments. Most of the homes are in low-income neighborhoods that are close to commercial developments. Many of the apartment buildings were renovated and sold at costs that are out of the reach of many long-time area residents.
                                                                                                                                          Enterprise is currently working to protect Plymouth Apartments, a 74-unit multi-family building in the Shaw neighborhood. Most of the residents are Latino immigrants, and with Enterprise's help, purchased the apartment building in May. They are planning renovations for the building, and the rents will not increase.
                                                                                                                                          Over the past nine years, Enterprise has invested more than $200 to build, preserve and rehabilitate more than 5,400 affordable homes.

                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                      David Friedman, Senior Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
                                                                                                                                      (The Environment, Oil, and the Price of Gas)
                                                                                                                                            The Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit formed in 1969, combines scientific research with citizen activism to develop solutions to create a healthier environment. The UCS has recently spoken about the recent pipeline shutdown by BP in Alaska. This pipeline supplied 8% of U.S. domestic oil supply. "The pipeline shutdown reminds us that we need to start kicking our oil habitÉ If all our cars and trucks on the road today got just one extra mile per gallon, we would not even need the 400,000 barrels per day BP has shutdown. The U.S. would spend $50 million dollars a day less on gasoline priced at $3 a gallon. Over the course of a year, that would be $18 billion that could be spent strengthening our economy and creating jobs across the country," said David Freidman, Research Director of the UCS's Clean Vehicle's Program.

                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                        Susan Cambria, DC Action for Children's "5 Promises to Kids"
                                                                                                                                        (Our Young People)
                                                                                                                                              DC Action for Children (DC ACT) is an independent, nonprofit advocacy organization that was founded in 1992 and works to improve the quality of life for children in the DC metro area. The group focuses on public policy concerning early care and education, child welfare, maternal health, and youth development.
                                                                                                                                              DC ACT recently launched 5 Promises to Kids Campaign, which will publicize a promise each week that deals with issues affecting DC youths, while also recommending changes that can alleviate youth problems in communities.
                                                                                                                                              The first promise, released on July 31, brings attention to child safety in homes and communities. "All too often in the District of Columbia, young people are abused or neglected by their parents or caregivers. Violence in our communities and homes also threatens the physical and emotional well-being of children and youth. THer is much the government can and should do to build and cultivate save, healthy and caring communities, communities that support and protect children and youth."

                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                          Alyssa Philip, Montgomery County Commission for Women
                                                                                                                                          (Empowerment of Immigrant Women)
                                                                                                                                                The Montgomery County Commission or Women (CFW) is a department of county government and an advisory board, created in 1972. Composed of 15 volunteers, the board focuses on identifying inequalities in law, policy and practices. CFW carries out research, analyzing economic, political and social trends while also providing general information on women's issues in the community. Currently, the organization is working on a number of projects, including one that focuses on empowering immigrant women living in Montgomery County, by educating the public about discrimination, exploitation and economic hardships that these women face. The group also provides information on fair labor practices and opportunities to these women.

                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                            Friday, August 4, 2006

                                                                                                                                            Eleanor Holmes-Norton and the 9th Annual Norton Job Fair
                                                                                                                                                  On Tuesday, August 8, 2006, the 9th annual Norton Job Fair will be held. The event will include workshops to prepare prospective employees with interviewing and resume skills, and information for completing Federal and DC employment applications.
                                                                                                                                                  Federal and D.C. employers will be recruiting applicants at the fair, which is open to D.C. residents only. Attendees must have a valid D.C. ID (driver's license or non-driver's id card, voter registration card or utility bill , pay stubs, leases etc.), and should wear business attire (no jeans, sneakers or athletic wear).
                                                                                                                                                  The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center's Grand Ballroom, 801 Mount Vernon Place in northwest D.C.

                                                                                                                                            Keith Titterman, Act Two Performing Arts
                                                                                                                                            (Youth and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                  Act Two Performing Arts is a nonprofit youth theater company in Gaithersburg that seeks to find and help develop the performance skills of youths in the D.C. metro area. The group will present the Tony Award Winning URINETOWN at the Winston Churchill High School on August 4-6, 2006. This musical, with music, lyrics and books by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, is a comedic look at political corruption. It is a family musical, focused especially towards teens. Kevin Kuchar, director of the production says, "families and teens alike will enjoy watching this witty play on words with fun music and great dancing as much as the actors enjoy performing in it." Performances will be on August 4th and 5th, 2006 at 7:30.

                                                                                                                                              To find out more or for ticket information, please see the contacts below.
                                                                                                                                              • Carol Walker, at (240) 418-9412
                                                                                                                                              • You may email them at boxoffice( AT )acttwo.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                                                              Thursday, August 3, 2006

                                                                                                                                              Elizabeth Keys, Attorney, CASA of Maryland
                                                                                                                                              (Empowerment; Labor Rights)
                                                                                                                                                    CASA of Maryland is an organization that seeks to protect the legal rights of Latinos and low-income families by offering legal education and services and leading advocacy projects. Along with offering day labor services, CASA gives workshops and orientations on legal rights, consumer protection, debt forgiveness, landlord/tenant relations, police misconduct and crime.
                                                                                                                                                    A new report called "Working Conditions of Domestic Workers in Montgomery" was released. The release documents abuses committed against the workers who clean Montgomery County homes and watch Montgomery County children. On Tuesday, August 1, 2006, domestic workers and advocates met at the Montgomery County Council Building to talk about the abuses and to call on council candidates to support the passage of legal reforms.

                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                Ambassador David Birenbaum, National Board, Americans for Peace Now
                                                                                                                                                (Faith; Peacebuilding)
                                                                                                                                                      Ambassador Birenbaum is a member of the National Board of Americans for Peace Now and is a partner in Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Washington, DC. Americans for Peace Now (APN) describes itself as a Jewish American organization that supports Israel, and seeks to get support for the country to lead to security and prosperity and the continued viability of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state. APN has called for the evacuation of settlements and the creation of a viable Palestinian state. According to APN, these criteria are not recognized by most Israelis and non-Israelis as necessary for a peaceful and secure future for Israel.

                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                  Bo Webb, of Pennies of Promise, the Coal River Valley, West Virginia
                                                                                                                                                  (Children, Education, and Health)
                                                                                                                                                        Pennies for Promise is a grassroots group that seeks to give children a safe and healthy place to go to school in their communities. The organization is made up of local citizens of the Coal River Valley in West Virginia, and other concerned Appalachian citizens. The organization is currently raising funds to build a new school to replace the Marsh Fork Elementary School, in Sundial, West Virginia. This school is located 225 feet from a coal loading silo that releases coal dust, and 400 yards from a dam that leaks sludge.

                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                    Jackie O'Regan, Evergreen House Art/Film
                                                                                                                                                    (History and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                          Jackie O'Regan is the curator of the Evergreen House, a 48-room mansion on the national Register of Historic Places. The Garrett family inhabited the home from 1878-1942, when the home was donated to the Johns Hopkins University. Today it is open to the public as a museum and center for arts.
                                                                                                                                                          On Friday, August 4, 2006 at 9 p.m., Evergreen House and the Creative Alliance present an outdoor screening of Running Fence and Powers of Ten in Evergreen's upper garden. Before the screening, guest can view installations by the Museum's 2006 artist-in-residence, and tour the outdoor exhibition Inside/Out: Sculpture at Evergreen. The gates to Evergreen open at 7 p.m.; Evergreen House is located at 4545 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.

                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please engage the contact points below.

                                                                                                                                                      JULY 2006

                                                                                                                                                      Thursday, July 27, 2006

                                                                                                                                                      Ben Ross, Action Committee for Transit Candidate Scoreboard ICC
                                                                                                                                                      (Public Transportation and Politics)
                                                                                                                                                            The Action Committee for Transit released its candidate scorecard, which lists in chart form each candidate's positions on the proposed Purple Line and other transit issues. All candidates running for state and local office in Montgomery County primaries are included on the scorecard.
                                                                                                                                                            The scorecard will be distributed at Metro Stations, via mail, and to homes in Montgomery County.

                                                                                                                                                        To download the scorecard as a PDF file, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                        Zarina Shakir, the Peace and Justice Foundation and the Muslim Filmfest
                                                                                                                                                        (Peace, Faith, and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                              The Peace and Justice Foundation is a human rights education and advocacy organization that organizes demonstrations and educational events.
                                                                                                                                                              On Friday July 28, 2006 at 6 p.m. there will be a dialogue between print and broadcast news organizations about issues that are impacting the Muslim community here and abroad. The event will take place at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Conference Center at 4301 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, Virginia.
                                                                                                                                                              On Saturday, July 29, 2006 from 2-8 p.m., there will be a Muslim Film Fesitval, showing animations, documentaries, feature films, and Islamic/Muslim music videos. The event will also be held at the NRECA Conference Center in Arlington, Virginia.

                                                                                                                                                          Do you wish additional information? Please visit the contact points below.
                                                                                                                                                          • Tel. (301) 762-9162
                                                                                                                                                          • Emails to:  peacethrujustice( AT )aol.com  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday, July 26, 2006

                                                                                                                                                          Mwiza Munthali, TransAfrica's Washington African Diaspora Film Series 2006
                                                                                                                                                          (Community and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                On Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, the TransAfrica Forum will hold a presentation of the Washington African Diaspora Film Series 2006.
                                                                                                                                                                On the first night, there will be a reception from 6 -6:30 p.m., followed by a showing of Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work. Frantz Fanon was a psychiatrist originally from Martinique, who later became an advocate for the Algerian revolution against French colonialists. This production follows the short and politically and racially charged life of Frantz Fanon.

                                                                                                                                                            To find out more and to see the full schedule, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                            Jesse Smith, of the Franklin Shelter
                                                                                                                                                                  Jesse Smith is an African American man who has spent most of his life in the D.C. metro area. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Federal City College (now University of the District of Columbia) in 1974. He worked for almost 30 years in the telecommunications industry, and is a father of two children.
                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Smith is currently homeless and has been a resident of the Franklin School shelter since March this year. Now that the shelter is set to close, Mr. Smith has been active in the movement to keep the shelter open, and was elected President of the Committee to Save Franklin Shelter.

                                                                                                                                                              For more information on the Franklin Shelter's planned closing, see the Washington Post article via the link below.

                                                                                                                                                              Glynn Jackson, LA Pink Cancer Breast Cancer Survivor Salute
                                                                                                                                                              (Surviving Breast Cancer)
                                                                                                                                                                    Glynn Jackson has been working in media production and broadcast for 25 years. He is the President and CEO of Glynn Jackson Productions, and produces events for beauty professionals and products in urban communities. On July 30th Mr. Jackson's production company and La Pink will hold a supermodel competition for adults and teenagers to salute breast cancer survivors.

                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                Thursday, July 20, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                Arthur Spitzer, American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area
                                                                                                                                                                (Crime and Civil Rights in the District)
                                                                                                                                                                      The ACLU of the National Capital Area condemned the emergency crime legislation that is being considered by the D.C. Council. The group calls the bill "an election-season effort to score political points" that is "ineffective" and "cracks down on civil rights more than on crime."
                                                                                                                                                                      Johnny Barnes, Executive Director of the ACLU-NCA says that the proposals in the Mayor's bill are "at best constitutionally suspect, and, at worst, completely ineffective."
                                                                                                                                                                      The organization disagrees with the assumption that more surveillance cameras will cut down on crime, saying that the ineffectiveness of the cameras has been proven in London, and in seven U.S. cities.
                                                                                                                                                                      The ACLU also believes that extended curfew hours have no impact on violent crime, as teenagers that are intent on committing robbery or other crimes will avoid going home and breaking curfew. Also, these policies will pave the way for more arrests of teenagers that are doing no harm, and happen to be out past 10 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                      The ACLU supports measures to increase the neighborhood presence of trained police that have knowledge of specific communities. The organization backs provisions for increased overtime pay and more hiring of community police officers.At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19th at the John Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, citizens joined to speak out against the crime measures being considered.

                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                  Marc Fisher, Washington Post Columnist
                                                                                                                                                                  (Life and Crime in the District)
                                                                                                                                                                        Marc Fisher writes a daily column about metro politics and culture for the Washington Post. In a column on July 18th, Fisher examines the reaction of the city to the Takoma Park and Georgetown homicides. Highlighting the percentage decline in the murders committed in DC since last year at this time, he forces readers to look at the varying police and media attention that homicides receive in different neighborhoods across the city.

                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                    Ryan Griffin, FairVote DC, the Center for Voting and Democracy
                                                                                                                                                                    (Voter Turnout and Electoral Reform)
                                                                                                                                                                          FairVote is an organization that has the goal of boosting voter turnout, and supporting fair representation and the implementation of inclusive policy. Working to bring about electoral reforms such as instant runoff voting, direct election of the president, automatic voter registration and proportional voting, the organization conducts research and analysis to figure out how best to ensure that all Americans exercise their right to vote and elect representatives that represent citizens politically and racially.

                                                                                                                                                                      FairVote works through five programs:
                                                                                                                                                                      • The Program for Representative Government (focuses on reforming to create more fair representation of racial and political diversity, in particular proportional voting methods)
                                                                                                                                                                      • IRV America (supports instant runoff voting)
                                                                                                                                                                      • Voting and Democracy Research Center (research and analysis of our elections and their success in completing objectives)
                                                                                                                                                                      • Election Services Group (consulting on electoral systems, with a focus on non-governmental elections)
                                                                                                                                                                      • Democracy USA initiative (creating a stronger, more strategic network of national and state pro-democracy advocates).

                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                        Katie Seitz, INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
                                                                                                                                                                        (Women, Respect, and Civilization; )
                                                                                                                                                                              INCITE! Is a national organization that is composed of self-described radical feminists of color that have the goal of ending violence against women. They advocate community action and dialogue, and grassroots activism.
                                                                                                                                                                              The D.C. Chapter of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence hosted a night of conversation about the role of violence in the lives of female immigrants. The group looked into the economic, social and political conditions that shape the lives of immigrants, and can lead to violence at the state and personal level.The group discussed what it means to be a female immigrant, and how organizations are targeting violent behavior while debating the ways in which communities can join together to prevent violence against women.
                                                                                                                                                                              The event took place at 1403 Meridian Place, NW. For more information, please visit INCITE!'s website via the link below:

                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday, July 18, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                          Josh Williams, President of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO
                                                                                                                                                                          (Organized Labor and Democracy)
                                                                                                                                                                                The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is composed of 53 national and international affiliated unions, and represents over 9 million workers. Formed in 1955 with the merging of the AFL and CIO, the AFL-CIO encompassed nearly all unionized workers in the United States until 2005, when several unions left the federation.
                                                                                                                                                                                On Tuesday July 18, the Metro Washington AFL-CIO released the 2006 District of Columbia primary endorsements on Tuesday, July 18 at the AFL-CIO at 815 16th Street NW.

                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                            John Townsend, Manager of Government and Public Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                            (War, Peace, and the Price of Oil)
                                                                                                                                                                                  According to the Associated Press, crude oil prices fell on Monday during attempts to stop fighting between Israel and Lebanese militants. Analysts say that if fighting is contained to specific areas, this could help prevent oil prices from rising. Mr. Townsend spoke about what the fighting in the Middle East means for D.C. consumers.

                                                                                                                                                                              For more information on oil prices and their relationship with the conflict in the Middle East, please see the link to a Washington Post article below:

                                                                                                                                                                              Robert Brown, Multi-Media Training Institute, Inc. (MMTI)
                                                                                                                                                                              (Youth; Training for Empowerment)
                                                                                                                                                                                    MMTI is a not-for-profit, educational training organization with a mission of empowering youth by teaching them how to use video and computer technology, entrepreneurship and technical and arts theatre.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Youth from the video broadcast workshops Multi-Media Training Institute, Inc. (MMTI) will produce a forum to educate the community on the juvenile justice system, addressing why young people in the city's justice system are mostly African Americans that are economically disadvantaged. This forum will take place at THE ARC, at 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE on Wednesday July 19th from 7-8:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                Barbara Graniere, Otis Redding Inspired Work at Wolf Trap
                                                                                                                                                                                (The Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                      On Tuesday, July 18, two African American dance companies will perform at Wolf Trap, as Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and PHILADANCO take the stage. Each group will perform individually, coming together at the end of the evening on stage in a piece choreographed for Ronald K. Brown.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Also during that night Suite Otis, a piece inspired by Otis Redding, will be performed. Songs will include "Just One More Day," "My Lover's Prayer," "Satisfaction," and "I've Been Loving You Too Long."

                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, July 13, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                  Terry Lynch, Downtown Cluster of Congregations
                                                                                                                                                                                  (Public Safety)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Jim Graham and the Downtown Cluster of Congregations have urged the city to improve pedestrian safety in the area around the Columbia Heights Metro Station, which is surrounded by large scale construction projects. As a result, the city has widened sidewalks to improve handicap access, closed a truck ingress to the construction site, and used jersey walls to define walkways.
                                                                                                                                                                                        According to Mr. Lynch, "15th and Irving Streets, N.W. has been one of the most dangerous intersections in the city as evidenced by crash statistics. . . These two huge construction projects - literally engulfing the metro stop and one busy streets used by children to get to Bell Multicultural School and Capital City Charter School - have made it all the more dangerous for everyone - The city needed to act," he said.

                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Carol Foster, Artistic Director of the D.C. Youth Ensemble
                                                                                                                                                                                    (Youth and the Arts; Music)
                                                                                                                                                                                          The D.C. Youth Ensemble is a nonprofit performing arts company for young people in the D.C. area, offering training for adults and children. The organization has been the recipient of the District of Columbia's "Mayor's Art Award," and it has been featured in performances at the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and the Out of Doors Festival in New York City. On August 12-24, the D.C. Youth Ensemble will hold "The Fring," a large arts festival in Edinburg Scotland.

                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Isha Gupta, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
                                                                                                                                                                                      (Youth Activism, Health, and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                            On July 13, young activists from over 30 different countries rallied against smoking in the movies. They marched to the headquarters of the Motion Picture Association for America in Washington, DC and held a press conference calling on the MPAA to take action to reduce smoking in the movies, including requiring an R Rating for any movies with a non-historical depiction of smoking.
                                                                                                                                                                                            At noon, marchers met at the D.C. Convention Center, and marched to the MPAA headquarters at 1600 I Street NW. From there the group marched to the U.S. Trade Representative to call on the administration to keep tobacco products out of trade agreements, and then to the White House to call on the U.S. and other countries to ratify the International Tobacco Control Treaty, and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC.) The march follows the release of a study by the American Legacy Foundation on Thursday about the prevalence of smoking in movies that are popular with young people.
                                                                                                                                                                                            The march is sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco- Free Kids, Essential Action, and the Smoke Free Movies Action Network.

                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday, July 11, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                        Jim McGrath, Chairman of TENAC
                                                                                                                                                                                        (Tenants' Rights)
                                                                                                                                                                                              TENAC is a tenants' rights advocate organization. The organization recently expressed disfavor for the city's plans to close a large Washington, D.C. men's homeless shelter, the Franklin School Homeless Shelter. The city will instead use the space for a luxury hotel, leaving as many as 240 homeless men with nowhere to go. Aside from the population currently residing in the shelter, there is also a waiting list to get into Franklin. In a press release, TENAC calls the closure decision "A grievous mistake, and a greedy one as well. It cries out for reversal; otherwise, acute hardship will be inflicted on one of our most vulnerable populations."
                                                                                                                                                                                              On Tuesday, July 11th at 9 a.m. there was a demonstration against the shelter's closure at the Wilson Building.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. McGrath also spoke about the lamentable death of Chris Crowder, a TENAC board member, who was recently murdered by gunfire in a city park at 6th and N Streets in NW D.C. TENAC expresses their sadness, saying that the killing highlights the city's and country's need for more effective gun control measures.

                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the points below.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Colonel Ann Wright, Hunger Strikes to Bring the Troops Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                Peace activists and others completed their second week of the "Troops Home Fast" a hunger strike in Washington DC outside of the White House. The demonstration is organized by CODEPINK: Women for Peace. This group launched the strike against the war in Iraq on July 4, 2006. They will remain outside of the White House until August 15, at which time they will relocate to Camp Casey, right outside of President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                According to Ms. Wright, 3,500 people signed for the protest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                CODE PINK: Women for Peace is a grassroots activist group working for peace and social justice, and for an end to the war in Iraq. The group also seeks to prevent future wars from occurring, and to redirect resources to healthcare and education.

                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Robert Egger, Chairman of the D.C. Central Kitchen and the Mayor's Commission on Food and Nutrition
                                                                                                                                                                                            (Civic Nutrition; Youth)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Mayor's Commission on Food and Nutrition released the Community Food Security Report Card. Mr. Egger highlighted the report's findings, the importance of good nutrition for children, and the lack of nutritious food and of supermarkets in many neighborhoods in Washington D.C. He spoke about how convenience stores need to join together to get fresh fruits and vegetables, at reasonable prices, that they can pass on to the consumer. He also spoke about the placement of junk food at these stores, and the difficulty that many have in avoiding fatty food that is void of nutrition when it is so prevalent, and when there are few nutritious and affordable alternatives.

                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday, July 5, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ray Whitfield with Arlene Lee, Executive Director of the Maryland Governor's Office for Children
                                                                                                                                                                                              (Prison Inmates and Their Children)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mr. Whitfield, a monthly guest on Metro Watch, spoke with Arlene Lee about her work in helping children of inmates. She spoke of the importance of parental involvement to childhood and community development, and the great difficulties that she has had in helping children develop relationships with their jailed parents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                James Jones, City Paper's "Loose Lips"
                                                                                                                                                                                                (Alternative Journalism and Commentary)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Washington City Paper is a free, alternative weekly paper that was founded in 1981 and serves the Washington, D.C. metro area. The paper's "Loose Lips" column has covered political gossip in Washington D.C. since 1983, when the column was founded by Ken Cummins. It initially covered national and D.C. politics, and has since evolved into a local, D.C.-centered column. James Joyce, a former WAMU-FM reporter, has written the column since March 2005.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  To read Loose Lips' weekly column, please visit Washington City Paper's Website:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bill Foy, of Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles
                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Driving, Safety, and the Law)
                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are a number of changes taking place at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles this summer. Regarding all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, the 2006 Virginia General Assembly passed a law Effective July 1, 2006 that owners of any ATVs or off-road bikes must apply for a title with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Without this title, owners will not be able to obtain registration certificates, license plates or decals for the vehicle. The law also changes the age rules for ATV operations: Now, children between 12 and 16 are not allowed to operate an ATV with an engine larger than 90cc. Children under 12 now are not permitted to operate an ATV with an engine larger than 70cc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A new law will also change rules regarding alcohol, underage driving, and vehicle racing rules. Beginning July 1, 2006 drivers found guilty of purchasing alcohol for someone who is under the legal drinking age of 21, intoxicated, or prohibited from using alcohol by court order will have their driving privileges suspended for up to one year. Also, those who cause the death of another in vehicle racing may be guilty of a felony that will be punished by a mandatory jail term between 1 and 20 years. HOV lane fines have been increased, and military driver's license extensions have been extended to spouses and dependents that accompany military personnel serving overseas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information, please visit the Commercial Services/Dealer Services section of the DMV's website:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Amy Parks, Director of Education and Dean of Students at the Levine School of Music
                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Youth and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Founded in 1976, the Levine School of Music is a nonprofit community music school based in Washington D.C., and has been accredited by the National Association for Schools of Music. At the Arlington Virginia campus, the school is offering a two week guitar course for beginners and advanced guitarists between the ages of 12 and 18.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The school's faculty artist, Andy Mitchell, will teach the courses on August 1-3, and August 8-10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Andy received his Bachelors and Masters in Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He has toured with singer Steve Green, performed for the Arizona and Baltimore Classical Guitar Societies, and was a soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also this summer, there will be "Horns-a-Plenty" which will offer middle school students a chance to learn about wind and horn instruments. Classes will be held from July 17-July 21, from 4-7 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      JUNE 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday, June 30, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kristin Gossel, Director, Ready, Department of Homeland Security
                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Emergency Preparedness)
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ready is the DHS' national public service advertising campaign that seeks to educate Americans about emergency preparedness. Mrs. Gossel leads the operations and its outreach efforts. She joined DHS in March, 2003. She was previously the special assistant to Assistant Secretary of Legislation at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and she has worked at the Health Insurance Association of America, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and the US House of Representatives. In the wake of the recent severe floods in the D.C. metro area, she spoke about what residents can do to prepare for future emergencies. According to the DHS, flooding is the nation's single most common natural disaster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Josh Williams, President of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO
                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Labor, Domestic and International)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is composed of 53 national and international affiliated unions, and represents over 9 million workers. Formed in 1955 with the merging of the AFL and CIO, the AFL-CIO encompassed nearly all unionized workers in the United States until in 2005 when several unions left the federation.The AFL-CIO has smaller units called Central Labor Councils that serve as local labor bodies in primarily large, metropolitan areas. The Washington Council works with almost 200 affiliated unions, to support local workers with legal counseling, contract negotiation assistance and by providing political support for candidates that promote workers' rights. Mr. Williams joined Gloria this Friday to speak about recent developments in Africa's political environment, also telling listeners about local activists taking part in a protest at the White House this week.For more information on the local D.C. labor movement, please see below:Phone: 202-756-4150 Email: streetheat( AT )dclabor.org

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For more information on the local D.C. labor movement, please see below:
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Phone:  202-756-4150
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Email:  streetheat( AT )dclabor.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Regarding the Scholarship and Student Loan Consolidation Deadline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Congresswoman Holmes Norton reminds students of the upcoming deadlines for student loan consolidation, and D.C. Scholarship Program applications. Interest rates on student loans are due to increase on Saturday July 1st, possibly reaching 7%, the highest rate in six years. Students who consolidate before July 1st could lock in a rate as low as 4.75%, saving many thousands of dollars over the life of their loans. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, nearly two-thirds of students attending four-year public colleges take out college loans, compared with less than half of students in 1990.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                In February, as part of the budget reconciliation bill, the Republican-controlled Congress approved a bill that cuts $12 billion out of federal student aid revenue, the single largest cut to federal student aid programs in history. Ms. Norton said "It is plainly shameful that Congress has chosen to push higher education even further out of reach at a time when millions of American families are already struggling to pay tuition bills, and many more young people are being shut out of college because they can't afford it."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                D.C. students should focus on another urgent cut-off-date: Friday, June 30 is the deadline for students to apply for grant programs administered through the State Education Office for the 2006-2007 school year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dave Fooks, Kutztown Folklife Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Pennsylvania Dutch/Amish Culture and Lifeways)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From July 1 to 9, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, the Kutztown Folklife Festival will take place. A celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch culture, the festival is a gathering event for hundreds of craftsmen and women across the country. Visitors will be able to watch and learn about blacksmithing, weaving, woodcarving, metalworking, decoy carving and chair caning, among other offerings. Children can participate in sing-alongs, wagon rides, and marble games, for some "good honest fun." The festival has been around since 1950, to educate residents and visitors about the Pennsylvania Dutch culture of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Kutztown Festival works closely with the Kutztown University Pennsylvania German Heritage Center and local university educators, to provide an educational, cultural event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              For more information, please visit the Festival's website via the link below:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday, June 28, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Greg Roberts, President and CEO of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Our Young People)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation was formed in June 1999 to address the long term needs of children and families in the District of Columbia. The organization seeks to ensure that there are high quality services and programs available for DC youths, and that effective strategies are in place to encourage the private and public sector to invest in children. The Corporation supports Parents Centers, providing resources and programs, while also offering Out-of-School Time Programs for children between 5-13 during the summer, after school hours and weekends. Older Youth Programs focus on providing people between the ages of 14 and 24 with opportunities in the academic and community spheres.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Recently, the New York-based Wallace Foundation chose five cities, including Washington D.C., to participate in its Learning in Communities initiative, which seeks to increase the standards of out-of-school learning programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On June 27 the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, along with District school officials, discussed the Wallace Foundation's large grant, detailing the program it will fund.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the links below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Terry Lynch, Executive Director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Neighborhoods and City Life)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Downtown Cluster of Congregations is a non-profit, ecumenical association founded in 1972 in order to help those without the basic necessities of life. The organization supports homeless care and geriatric assistance programs, among other services.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Recently, as the city finalizes plans for the new Nationals' Stadium and its surrounding neighborhood, Terry Lynch urged the Zoning Commission to minimize above-grade parking around the stadium. Citing the tremendous public expense for the new stadium, he believes that commercial, residential and retail development would best benefit the community, instead of just losing the land to parking facilities. "Above-grade parking eliminates long term gains for DC families, businesses and city revenues... It's better this job be done right than done on time."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Lynch, along with fellow community activist Charley Doctor, cite the commercial development around the Verizon Center as a model for success in the stadium's neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  David Alan Brown, of the National Gallery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Art of Renaissance Venice)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From June 18 to September 17, the National Gallery of Art will display a new international exhibit of more than 50 pieces of art from the Renaissance period in Venice. The Louvre is lending Titian's Pastoral Concert (c. 1510) to the United States for the first time, for exhibit at the Gallery. The Galleria degli Uffizi of Florence, the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna, the National Gallery of London, and the Museo del Prado in Madrid are among other museums lending works for this exhibition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also in this exhibit, there will be an installation focusing on the conservation technologies used to preserve these works.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John Givner, HIV Project Director of Lambda Legal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Civil Rights; Fairness in the Workplace)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Updated on Monday, July 3)   On Tuesday, June 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in the lawsuit of Lorenzo Taylor against Condoleezza Rice. The U.S. State department allegedly denied Mr. Taylor employment as a Foreign Service Officer based on the fact that he is HIV positive. The State Department claimed that the nature of the job would be too taxing for someone with the immunodeficiency virus. Judge Arthur Raymond Randolph said that "The Secretary's claim that granting Taylor Class 2 clearance is unreasonable and would impose undue hardship is suspect" because the State Department has hired people with medical conditions other than HIV.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Judge Randolph said that Mr. Taylor's physician testified that the patient's immune system was strong enough to allow him to serve throughout the world. Lambda Legal, an organization that supports LGBT and HIV positive communities, is representing Mr. Taylor in this case. Jonathan Givner, HIV Project Director of Lambda Legal, said that Lambda was "pleased to see that the Court sees through the faulty reasoning used by the State Department to substantiate this discriminatory and baseless policy... This ruling establishes that our client must have his day in court."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thursday, June 22, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Gilberto Zelaya, of the Montgomery County Board of Elections
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Civic Empowerment)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Montgomery County's Board of Elections is seeking Spanish- speaking election judges to serve during the gubernatorial primary election on Tuesday, September 12, 2006. In accordance with the Election Code of Maryland, judges must be English- literate U.S.citizens who are over 18 years old and registered to vote in Maryland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tel. (240) 777-8532
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Email Gilberto.zelaya( AT )montgomerycountymd.gov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • URL:  www.777vote.org  |  To the TOP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Reading, Writing, and Knowledge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair is a three-day event where independent, alternative publishers get together with community groups to take part in a festival that includes lectures, performances, and workshops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This year Christian Parenti, a contributor to The Nation and the author of "The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq," will be present. Other planned attendees include Ward Churchilll, a Native American activist and scholar and professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, and Steve Kurtz, a University of Buffalo Professor, and art activist.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Mid-Atlantic Radical Bookfair will begin on Friday, June 30th at 6 p.m., and run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 2nd. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at Centerstage, 700 North Street in Baltimore's Mount Vernon cultural cistrict.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the points of contact below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joe Cirone, of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Boating Safety)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded by a Congressional Act in 1939, as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. Re-designated as the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1941, the volunteer organization includes 31,000 members that assist the Coast Guard in all of its missions except for military and direct law enforcement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Coast Guard will have to focus on enforcing safety standards for the increasing number of recreational boaters that will occupy the waterways this summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Cirone advised listeners that boaters should maintain up-to-date and fully functional equipment, and have an awareness of general navigation and boat safety. While in or operating a boat, Cirone said that passengers should wear Personal Flotation Devices and abstain from consuming alcohol.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aside from these well-known safety measures, there is a new technology that can give boaters an even greater sense of security by allowing them to be identified in cases of emergency. With a marine radio, a connected GPS unit and Maritime Mobile Service Identity number, Coast Guard members can identify the location of a vessel in the event of an emergency.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michael Paranzino, President of Psoriasis Cure Now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Health; Media Responsibility)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On June 20, 2006 Psoriasis Cure Now, a nonprofit patient advocacy group, asked Google to enforce its own policy of not accepting advertisements that promote cures for incurable diseases.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Google currently runs numerous paid advertisements that offer people with psoriasis quick and easy cures to the disease. Psoriasis is an incurable immune system disease that results in dry skin anywhere on the body. According to Psoriasis Cure Now, the disease affects up to 7.5 million Americans. Many scientists believe that a dozen or so different genes may play a role in this disease, and that is often worsened by environmental factors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday, June 19, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nathan Price, of the D.C. Professional Taxi Cab Drivers Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For decades, taxi-cab drivers, politicians and passengers have been debating the merits of the present Taxi Cab zone system, while discussing the possibility of putting into place the meters that so many cab drivers use in cities across the country.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The results of the District's recently completed eight-month study comparing the two systems will be publicized shortly. During the study, a couple dozen D.C. cabs utilized both test meters and the zone system to calculate the fare of their trips.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As it stands, Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) has expressed his desire to change to meters, while many cab drivers prefer the legacy system. Proponents of the present system believe that the zone system is more fair because prices do not change based on traffic conditions. Critics contend that pricing using the zone system is inconsistent, as one can travel a distance within a single zone at a price that is smaller than what passengers would pay to travel a much smaller distance that happens to traverse multiple zones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brittany, Jonathan, and Terrell of Uniquely Spoken Youth Media and Unique Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Listeners get a taste of the Baltimore-based youth radio program, hearing the radio pieces of Brittany, Jonathan and Terrell, of Uniquely Spoken Youth Media.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rotha Cain, CEO of FlatterMe(R), Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Personal Innovation)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A retired government employee and resident of Clinton, Maryland, Rotha Cain found a new way to carry her personal identification materials discreetly. She recently invented a leg pocket that is designed to securely carry one's ID during travel, while appearing to be only a fashion accessory. She now offers the utilitarian accessory as a gender-neutral wallet that can be worn around the ankle, neck, wrist, calf or bicep.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cain exhibited her products in trade shows in Atlanta, Miami and Las Vegas. At the invention and New Product Exposition in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Cain recently won the bronze medal in the accessory category.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chris Toussant, of the D.C. Carnival Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Community, Culture and Civilization)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The D.C. Caribbean Carnival was established in 1993 and included nine bands that drew 150,000 spectators. It has since grown to include 25 bands and attracting 300,000 spectators, according to Washington Metropolitan Police. All groups participating in the parade are local to the D.C. area, representing communities from all over the Caribbean.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The D.C. Caribbean Carnival Committee will hold its annual Carnival Parade of the Bands on Saturday, June 24, 2006. The parade will run along Georgia Avenue, from Missouri Avenue to Barry Place, with the DC Festival site located at Banneker Field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday, June 16, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Philip Mangano, Executive Director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Philip Mangano has been working with homelessness for the past 25 years. In 2002 the Bush administration appointed him to the position of Executive Director of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. In implementing President Bush's 10 year federal plan to end chronic homelessness, Mr. Mangano has helped more than 200 cities start 10 year plans to end homelessness. As part of his effort to end chronic homelessness, he has emphasized an idea that is based on a study in 1998 by Professor Dennis P. Culhane, a sociologist of University of Pennsylvania. After researching the system of homeless shelters, Culhane found that it was more cost effective to provide the homeless with their own housing, rather than paying for them to go in and out of emergency rooms, shelters and jails.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sam Tsemberis of the "Pathways to Housing" group in New York founded the first "housing first" program that provided some chronically homeless men and women with their own apartments. Now there is a similar "Pathways to Housing" program that has been implemented in Washington D.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the links below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday, June 14, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jauhar Abraham, Youth Truce Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In January, DC was declared under a state of emergency because of an increase in violence and homicides in 2005. There has been an unsettling rise in female gang-related violence, causing concern among community leaders.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Recently, more than 14 girl gangs from the District joined have declared a truce. On Tuesday, June 13 at 13th and Pennsylvania Ave. in the Freedom Plaza, they will celebrate their resolution, and talk about how they reached it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Truce Day event will celebrate peace and unity in the community, bringing together girl gang members from the Metropolitan area to celebrate how they resolved their disputes to work collectively to better their communities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the Peaceoholics at the contacts below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Phaye Poliakoff-Chen, Assistant Director of Baltimore Youth Media Minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Youth and the Media)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phaye Poliakoff-Chen is the assistant director of an inner city youth radio project that is based in Baltimore, Maryland. The project aims to involve young people in urban areas in community building radio projects, teaching them radio skills to allow them to express themselves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Monday, June 12, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ben Ross, of the Purple Line Backers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Public Transportation)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The proposed Inner Purple line would connect Bethesda, Silver Spring, Langley Park, College Park and New Carrollton Town Centers, providing commuters with an alternative to the congested beltway at a time when gas prices are high.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Bethesda-to-New Carrollton light rail line would cut travel times for area residents, and in the future could be extended westward to Tysons Corner and eastward to Largo. Eventually, it may even cross the Wilson Bridge and create a line that encircles the city.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Currently, the Action Committee for Transit is working to make sure that the Inner Purple line is built.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Greg Palast, Author, Armed Madhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Peace, Freedom, and the Press)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Described as a progressive, investigative journalist, Mr. Palast has worked as a reporter for the British Broadcasting Corporation, and for the British newspaper The Observer. He has covered labor unions, consumer advocacy, and corporate corruption. He is also known for his accusations of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris of election fraud during the US Presidential elections of 2000 and 2004.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On Monday, June 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Greg Palast joined WPFW to discuss his new book Armed Madhouse, a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. The event was at the People's Congregational Church, at 4704 13th Street, NW Washington, DC 20011.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday, June 8, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Netfa Freeman, Director, the Social Action Leadership School for Activists (SALSA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Empowerment and Education)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. Freeman, director of SALSA, has been a community activist for over 17 years. He worked as coordinator of the Committee for Political Education at the Pan-African Resource Center, and was involved with the 1986 International Peace Gathering in response to the U.S. bombing of Libya; he was involved with the Advocates Plus Save UDC movement in 1997. He also is an organizer for the No War On Cuba Movement, in addition to his work at SALSA. SALSA, part of the Institute for Policy Studies, offers affordable classes and training programs to strengthen community activism and create engaged citizens. It offers students an opportunity to discuss progressive issues and to network with social change activists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On Monday, June 12, SALSA in conjunction with the Save Our Schools Coalition will hold a Community Town Hall Meeting to address the privatization of public schools in Washington D.C. This event will bring together community members, teachers, students and trade unionists to discuss the lessons learned from the privatization of many of D.C.'s schools, specifically the SEED Charter Boarding School. Representatives from SEED and the Save Our Schools coalition have been invited. The event will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave, SE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Corey Jennings, Founder and Project Coordinator, Black Docs Film Series
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (US Black Life and Culture; Film)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Next Generation Awareness Foundation, Inc., producers of the Black History Month Film and Discussion Series and the Urban Film Series Tour, are holding First Annual Black Docs Film Series at the Landmark Theatre. The series focuses on documentaries related to Black History Month and urban issues, and that have been chosen from 150 submissions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The event opened on May 25, with a presentation of the recently completed documentary on the Harlem Globetrotters, The Team that Changed the World, and will run until late August. A documentary in honor of AIDS awareness based on the BET Special, The Down Low Exposed, called The Pact, will also be showed. This documentary will be followed by a panel discussion on AIDS and its effects on communities. The documentaries will be shown on May 25, June 29, July 27, and August 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Landmark Theatre's E Street Cinema.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the contacts below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Al Wade, The National Center for Fathering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Fathers and Their Children)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The National Center for Fathering was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield, in response to the problem of fatherlessness in the U.S. The organization was founded for the purpose of improving the well-being of kids by teaching and inspiring men to be more engaged and involved in the lives of their children. The Center conducts research on families, in order to develop resources to thoroughly prepare fathers for the difficult job of parenting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Center recently had a Washington Nationals Father of the Year Essay Contest, with a theme of "What My Father Means to Me." Students from 1st to 12th grade participated in the annual contest, which has been carried out since 1992. On June 16, 2006, the organization will honor the winners and their fathers at the Capitol Terrace View at RFK Stadium.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Adria Moultrie, for the Upcoming D.C. Teen Expo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Teenaged Parents)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On Saturday, June 10 the D.C. Public School TANF Office, in conjunction with New Heights, will have a Teen Expo called "We Are All the Help TEEN parents Need" at Gallaudet University. The Income Maintenance Administration, Office of Early Childhood Development, and Department of Employment Services are among the many exhibitors that will attend. The expo, which focuses on teen parents, will give participants valuable information on housing, health care, education and career assistance. Child care will be provided, and there will be a moon bounce, DJ, and refreshments. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gallaudet Kellogg Conference Center Hotel, at 800 Florida Avenue NE D.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the contacts below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Monday, June 5, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA, 8th District)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Politics and Nationa Security)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jim Moran began his political career in 1979 as a member of the Alexandria City Council. Since then, he has served as the vice-mayor of Alexandria from 1982-1985, until he was elected mayor of Alexandria. Now, Congressman Moran represents Virginia's Eighth District in the United States House of Representatives, as he has since 1991. He is Ranking Minority Member of the Legislative Branch subcommittee, serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and is a member of Interior and Defense Subcommittees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Congressman Moran spoke about the Department of Homeland Security's recent anti-terror funding cuts of 40% for Washington D.C. and New York City, and the corresponding increases in anti-terrorism funds for Omaha, Nebraska and Louisville, Kentucky. He explained to listeners why he believes that these funding dispersals are based solely on politics, and meant to placate Republican voters in states that are significant in upcoming elections.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paula Wright Coleman, of the African Ancestral Commemoration Institute (ADACI)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Cultural Transmission)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On Saturday, June 10th, the African Diaspora Ancestral Commemoration Institute will present Empowered By the Ancestors, an annual African ancestral commemoration. Presentations will include the documentary 500 Years Later, the play Prison Poetry, and a panel discussion featuring Dr. Kevin Washington and Dr. Ama Tyus on strategies of dealing with the trauma of slavery that Africans in the Diaspora experienced. Poet and activist Laini Mataka and Professor Dr. Ackllyn Lynch will attend, and the Walking in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors Awards will be presented, honoring those showing dedication in preserving African culture in the Americas. The event will start at 8:00 p.m. at Howard University's Blackburn Center, 2397 6th Street NW D.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, and for tickets, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Felix Angel, of the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center Gallery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Guyana; Culture and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Created in 1992, the IDB Cultural Center aims to foster development through cultural education and enrichment. The Center administers a grants program to provide funding for culture projects that have a positive impact on various region, while also working to raise European and American awareness about IDB member countries, specifically those in Latin America and the Caribbean.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From June 1-August 11, 2006, in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month, the IDB Cultural Center Gallery presents "The Arts of Guyana: A Multicultural Caribbean Adventure." The free exhibit includes work of Guyanese artists living in Guyana, with pieces by the Amerindian population, and paintings and sculptures from the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology and the National Gallery of Art of Guyana, among others.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The exhibit is open Mondays through Fridays, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Avenue NW D.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday, June 2, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeredine Williams, Executive Director, Migrant and Refugee Cultural Support, Inc. (MIRECS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MIRECS aims to help immigrants and refugees overcome cultural and language barriers, and integrate into American society. In addition to training workshops, outreach programs, cultural literacy classes, participants also have access to domestic violence, affordable housing and employment educational sessions. Most of the center's clients come from Europe, Latin and Central America and Africa and many include wives and employees of diplomats.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    An activist for social justice, Ms. Williams has led MIRECS in the organization's recent Multilingual Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Campaign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On Thursday, June 1, 2006, there was a colloquium and dinner celebrating the 'International Marriage Broker Regulation Act' passed by Congress, which provides protection to foreign mail-order brides from exploitation and abuse, and was enacted as part of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 by the US Congress. The Virginia-based TAHIRIH Justice Center lobbied for this provision, and was also celebrated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lyah Beth LeFlore, Author of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Fiction; Bread and Circuses)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ms. LeFlore's recent book is a fictional account of the entertainment industry and the importance of music and the nightlife scene based on her own experiences. She gives an insider's view, having worked with entertainment heavy hitters from concert mogul Alan Haymon and uber television producer Dick Wolf, to former music executive Andre Harrel's Uptown Entertainment, where the careers of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci were launched. Ms. LeFlore has partied at some of the most glam-packed scenes to grace the pages of In Style and Vibe for Clive Davis' exclusive Grammy celebration, to P. Diddy's celeb-filled soirees. She has been in the entertainment industry for years, working as a producer on the popular television show New York Undercover, focusing on the evolution of urban music and the importance of music to the show's characters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Reverend Ronald E. Braxton, of the Commission on Public Relations of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Ministry to Prisoners)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reverend Braxton has led the Metropolitan AME Church in the Daniel A. Payne reclamation project that was established by the Mighty Men of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, and that aims to help men that have recently left penal institutions. The program helps men by giving them access to family counseling, substance abuse treatment, employment training, transitional housing and job placement assistance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Church will launch an eight-week pilot training program for ex-offenders in the Washington Metropolitan area that will aim attempt to integrate former inmates into society. On June 3rd, 2006, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Mighty Men of Metropolitan AME Church will hold a fashion show and luncheon at the National Education Association Building at 1201 16th Street NW. The fashion show, "In His Image and His Likeness," will feature men of all ages from the community, modeling four categories of fashion wear. The Christian Jazz Ensemble "Just In Time" will provide music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Josh Williams, President of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Labor in Southern Africa)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Williams joins Gloria every Friday. Today he spoke about his recent trip to Africa, reporting positively on South Africa's progress, while also telling listeners about the unfavorable situation in Zimbabwe, where President Mugabe is repressing his citizens and bulldozing the homes of those who oppose him.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For more information on the situation in South Africa and Zimbabwe, please visit the links to BBC articles below:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MAY 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday, May 31, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Terry Lynch, Director, Downtown Cluster of Congregations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Community Empowerment and Safety)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The recent assaults and robberies that have taken place on the National Mall have prompted safety concerns in surrounding communities, and have led leaders to look at why there have been so many delays in street light repairs in the downtown area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. Lynch, with the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, has been urging the Department of Transportation to repair 125 lights that are out in the DC area, saying that the dark areas create an atmosphere that is ripe for crime.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. Lynch has also been working with residents, police and government officials to address the growing safety concerns over drug dealing, prostitution, trash and graffiti in the downtown area. He spoke with Gloria about the growing problem of broken street lights, and the inability of the city to keep up with the necessary repairs while also telling listeners about the trash that litters the streets due in part to the small number of rubbish bins in the downtown area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kim Mills, Director of Communications, Whitman-Walker Clinic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (GBLT Community-Building, Health and Empowerment)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Whitman-Walker Clinic is a nonprofit community health organization that serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with three sites in DC and Northern Virginia. The organization was established in 1973 to deliver medical and dental care, mental health and addictions counseling and treatment to the gay, lesbian and transgender community, especially focusing on providing for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On June 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Capital Pride Town Hall Meeting and Panel Discussion "Building Bridges Without Destroying Identities" will take place. Speakers will include Donald Blanchon, DEO of the Whitman-Walker Clinic; Darlene Nipper, Mayor Williams' liaison to the GLBT community; Mike Sessa, the president of the DC Center; and Kathleen Debold, executive director of the Mautner Project. The event will be held at the Human Rights Campaign Building, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jack Olender, President, Jack H. Olender and Associates, PC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Social and Professional Equity)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jack Olender is the president and principle trial lawyer of his malpractice law firm, Jack H. Olender and Associates, P.C. He has served as the president of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Trial Lawyers Association, D.C., the American Board of Trial Advocates, D.C., and the George Washington American Inn of Court. Mr. Olender is also the founder of the Olender Foundation, which promotes equality and opportunity for the citizens of Washington, D.C. At the Foundation's Annual Luncheon, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) issued a formal apology to lawyers of color in the Washington D.C. area for the BADC's ban on lawyers of color from membership until the 1950s. Mr. Olender spoke about his efforts in getting the BADC to express their regret, and the reasoning behind trying to get the organization to apologize.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Calaneet Balas, of the Arthritis Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Health; Arthritis)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Arthritis Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that promotes government and private sector action to better the lives of those Americans living with arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are 66 million Americans affected by arthritis, 830,000 of which are living in Washington, D.C. The organization raises money for arthritis research, education and services.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On Saturday, June 3, 2006, the organization will hold the 2006 Walk to Fight Arthritis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Friday, May 26, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marc Fisher, Washington Post Metro Columnist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (The DC Sniper Trial)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Today Gloria asked Mr. Fisher about the latest developments in the Maryland trial of John Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo. This week, the trial took an interesting turn as Mr. Muhammed cross-examined Mr. Malvo, and demonstrated for the courtroom his influence over the younger man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Imani Kazana, Washington Gas Watch Alliance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Grass Roots Empowerment)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In late May, the Prince George's County Council voted to approve the new Transit District Overlay Zone to lead development around the West Hyattsville Metro station. This decision, while beneficial for Metro, did not please members of the Washington Gas Company, as the new zoning rules prohibit utility companies from building tanks for storing fuels, essentially ending the Gas Company's plans to build a liquefied gas processing and storage facility at their Chillum Road Property, in the overlay zone. Local area residents were pleased with the decision, after working to prevent the project for 15 months. Ms. Kazana, president of the Avondale Citizen's Association and leader in the Washington Gas Alliance, spoke with Gloria about Washington Gas' attempts to challenge the decision, and the efforts of the community to end the proposed industrial development in the densely populated area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nancy Twigg, Executive Director, Frederick Festival of the Arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Community and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On June 3rd and 4th, in Historic Frederick, the 13th Annual Frederick Festival of the Arts will be held. 135 fine artists from across the United States will gather at the festival to display their work and give demonstrations. Those attending can watch artists weave Nantucket baskets, make glass beads, loom weave, matt photos, and paint cloth. The festival will be at East Street and Carroll Creek Linear Park in Historic Frederick, Maryland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more or for ticket information, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Josh Williams, President of the Metro Washington Council of the AFL-CIO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Empowerment of Working People in Southern Africa)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Josh Williams returns from Africa! Gloria's most frequent guest and president of the Metro Washington Council of the AFL-CIO has made a pilgrimage to Africa - South Africa and Zimbabwe - and joined Gloria to discuss his trip. Josh's trip was specifically dedicated to participating in union activities in these nations. His observation is that the trade union movement in both nations is strong. In Zimbabwe the trade union movement is under some attack, but is still operating. Josh went to Zimbabwe to participate in a union convention. President Mugabe of Zimbabwe even prevented some foreign delegates from entering the country ‹ turned them back at the airport. Josh, though, was able to get through. In South Africa the outlook is a bit brighter, which some tension between the government and the union movement, but with an existing sense of the two sides trying to find a common ground.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more or for ticket information, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thursday, May 25, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Howard Ways, Ward 7 Project Director, Anacostia Waterfront Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Ward 7 / Anacostia Civic Life)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At an open house on May 25th the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation will update community members on the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative and the status of redevelopment projects in Ward 7. The event will be at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy in DC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information on the event or the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, please call the organization or visit their website via the contacts below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Richard Castellini, Vice President for Consumer Marketing, Careerbuilder.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Employment; Veterans)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. Castellini has recently focused on the obstacles facing soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq who are seeking employment, and has been a leader in Careerbuilder's creation of their new website, Operation Hero for Hire. Careerbuilder.com has partnered with federal and state organizations to provide Operation Hero For Hire, a site specifically dedicated to helping veterans in their job searches. According to Mr. Castellini, unemployment rates in the veteran community are three times that of the national average, even though many former soldiers joined the military partly because of the opportunities for career growth. He spoke with Gloria about Operation Hero for Hire, and about the ways in which soldiers become re-acquainted with their private lives in the US.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the links below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruby Sales, Director of the Spirit House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Enwholement; Community; Spirit)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ms. Sales joined Gloria to talk about how the Spirit House began, and the organization's upcoming Sisterall gathering I Have the Light of Freedom, from June 18th to 23rd at the Bishop Claggett Center in Buckeystown, MD.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sandra Holloway, Artistic Director, City At Peace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Youth Empowerment and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ms. Holloway is the artistic director of the City At Peace's youth-written show, "What Doesn't Kill Me." The show portrays issues facing teenagers, and is a result of six months of training and discussions by 68 adolescents from DC, Virginia and Maryland.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The play will be performed on June 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and on June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theater, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Additionally, Ms. Holloway is looking for a new group of teenagers to create City of Peace's next core, youth show. On Friday, June 23rd, at 5 p.m. there will be an audition for the upcoming program. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 19 is welcome to attend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the links below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday, May 23, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aaron Foreman, Co-founder and President of Refuge for Young Adults
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Empowerment and Culture)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Foreman spoke on Metro Watch about the upcoming State of the Urban Male symposium, in which community members, clergy, educators and national advocates will come together to discuss the lives of young black men in the DC metro area. The event will be hosted by Black Entertainment Television's Jeff Johnson, and will delve into issues such as the portrayal of sex in the music industry, athletics and race, and community mentoring programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The event will be held on May 27, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Central High School Auditorium at 200 Cabin Branch Road in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please contact the points below.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tel. (240) 464-7367.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • URL TBD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bruce Stone, Virginia Farm War Insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Local Hurricane Preparedness)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With another hurricane season beginning on June 1st, Bruce Stone of the Virginia Farm Bureau spoke with Gloria about how people can be prepared for the unpredictable and dangerous weather that may come. Mr. Stone advised listeners on developing an emergency plan and creating a preparedness kit, with supplies such as adequate water and food, and a battery-operated flashlight and radio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For more information on the Virginia Farm Bureau, and preparing for the coming hurricane season, please visit the links below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sarah Holley, of the National Gallery of Art's Free "Jazz in the Garden" Concerts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (The Arts; Jazz)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Starting May 26th, and running to Sept 15th, the National Gallery of Art will offer free Jazz concerts on Friday evenings in the Sculpture Garden. Jazz in the Garden will feature local and regional artists every Friday from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine. (The concerts will be inside on rainy days.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Monday, May 22, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sam Jordan, Executive Director, Healthcare Now!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Senior People and Medicaid Part D)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Jordan talked with Gloria about the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and the recently passed May 15th enrollment deadline for seniors. Those that did not enroll on time will have to pay a penalty, and won't be able to sign up for benefits until the next enrollment period begins in November. According to Jordan, in DC there are an estimated 77,000 seniors that are eligible for the Medicaid Part D, but as of May 8th more than 20,000 still had not registered for benefits. Mr. Jordan believes that because many seniors didn't know about the deadline, and others were confused and hesitant to enroll, the financial penalties should be waived.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On June 8th, Healthcare Now! will have a "waive the penalties" rally at Luke's Church on 49 East Capital Street from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information on Healthcare Now!, please consult the contact points below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John Townsend, Manager of Government and Public Affairs, AAA Mid-Atlantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (The Summer, Gasoline Prices, and You)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Townsend joined Gloria to talk about gas prices, and the effect of the long, hot summer to come. He believes that prices aren't falling fast enough, despite the recent drop of a couple of cents over the weekend. With high gas prices, Mr. Townsend believes that this summer Americans will be curbing their travel, taking vacations closer to home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Causton Toney, Chair of District of Columbia Taxicab Commission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Equity and Empowerment for DC Taxidrivers)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Tony joined Gloria to talk about the controversial registration policy that the DC Department of Motor Vehicles enacted on March 1, 2006. Tony explained the new policy, and the affect that it will have on DC cab drivers. He also spoke about the benefits that would come to drivers and passengers if the city switched to a meter system, instead of the zone scheme that is currently used to calculate the price of a cab ride.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There will be a community meeting on issues affecting taxicab drivers and passengers for DC residents and industry experts on June 1st, at the Hillcrest Community Center.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the Commission's link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday, May 19, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gabrielle Martin, President, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Work and Working People)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ms. Martin joined Gloria to talk about the EEOC's most recent round of buyouts, as part of a larger controversial restructuring plan that has been implemented.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ronald Goodwin, A.H. Parker 1961 Alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Alumni Life)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. Goodwin joined Gloria to speak with about his school experiences and the creation of the A.H. Parker 1961 Alumni organization. The group is presenting Family and Friends In Concert on May 21, 2006, at 4:30 p.m. at the Arc Theater, at 1901 Mississippi Ave in Southeast D.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more or to get tickets, please visit the points below.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Call (202) 288-8066
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Send an email to ronagd( AT )aol.com  |  To the TOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rick Fiori, Author of The Worst President Ever
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Politics and the Stage)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Fiori spoke with Gloria about his political satire The Worse President Ever, which will be shown on Wednesday May 24th, and Wednesday June 28th, at 7:30 PM in the Warehouse Theater at 1021 7th Street, in Northwest D.C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For tickets or more information, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday, May 18, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              McArthur Bishop, President, Prince Georges County Southern Christian Leadership Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Human Rights and the "Covenant with Black America")
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mr. Bishop joined Gloria to speak about the SCLC's upcoming event to talk about the "Covenant with Black America." He told listeners about the panelists, and the importance of talking about issues affecting blacks in America as a way to bring about meaningful change.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the contact points below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eric Gilliland, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Bicycling and City Life)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Gilliland joined Gloria to talk about the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's Bike to Work Day, set for Friday, May 19th. On Bike to Work Day there will be a total of 21 pit stops in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, where riders can get refreshments, listen to speakers and win prizes. In addition to organizing Bike to Work Day, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association arranges Commuter Convoys, or area specific biking tours led by experienced bikers to show new cyclists the safest route to get from one place to another.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the contact points below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joseph C. Phillips, Author of He Talk Like A White Boy (Running Press Book Publishers, 2006)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Black Life in the US)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Philips spoke with Gloria about his new book, and how a young girl's comment about Mr. Philips that "he talk like a white boy," inspired its title. Philips told Gloria how racial stereotypes of how a black person should behave followed him through his life and acting career. This book discussed not only his lifelong struggle with the notion that black racial identity should be equated with poor grammar, but also his desire to see a return to the values where excellence was valued, respect was provided to the women in the community, and men provided for their families. Mr. Phillips points out that not long ago the people that graced the walls in black homes were scholars likes W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson. While he says he does not mind that young people have Jay-Z on the wall, he feels that one does not have to eschew one for the other.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He Talk Like A White Boy chronicles Mr. Philips' efforts to move past the constricting notions of race, while also pointing out the great differences between "old school" and "new school" black community values.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the contact point below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jim McGrath, Chairman, DC's Tenant Advocacy Coalition (TENAC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Tenants' Rights)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. McGrath joined Gloria to talk about the goals of TENAC and the challenges that the organization meets in its attempts to advance the rights of tenants. Mr. McGrath also invited listeners to attend the organization's upcoming mayoral Candidates Forum on May 17, from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Great Hall in the Charles Sumner Museum School at 1201 17th Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the contact points below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Terry Lynch, of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Faith, Communications and Empowerment)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. Lynch joined Gloria to speak about his organization's new voice mail project. The project is designed to give low-income and homeless individuals access to voice mail to allow them to connect with prospective employers, families, friends, and health care and social workers. The program will create 350 voice mailboxes, at no cost to the individuals using them. St. Johns Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square Park has provided initial funding for the project.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday, May 16, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Greg Wall, saxophonist, Hasidic New Wave and Yakar Rhythms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Spirit and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Wall joined Gloria to talk about his group's unique music which combines African rhythm and Jewish jazz. He invited listeners to come to the group's concert at the Carnegie Institution of Washington on Sunday, May 21 at 7:00 PM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more on the group's CDs and live shows, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Christopher John Farley, author of Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Music and the Musician)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Farley joined Gloria to talk about his new book, which looks closely at the private life of Bob Marley that few people really knew. Mr. Farley takes readers through Marley's youth and earliest developments as an artist, through his later struggle to develop his own style of music.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dr. Jacqueline Watson, Founding Member, Jamaican Women of Washington (JWOW)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ms. Watson spoke with Gloria about the creation of JWOW by a group of women of Jamaican heritage. Ms. Watson also told listeners about JWOW's efforts to raise money for women and children living in poverty in Jamaica, and the organization's goal of increasing awareness amongst Jamaican Americans about the island's events and culture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday, May 15, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meskram Ghirma, on the First Ethiopian Election Anniversary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ms. Ghirma joined Gloria on the one year anniversary of Ethiopia's bloody, multiparty elections, explaining the roots and repercussions of the violence in Ethiopia, while also speaking about the Ethiopian community in the United States. Ghirma also told listeners about the rallies being held in front of the White House at 8 a.m. today, to bring attention to the violence, and to request that the United States stop giving direct aid to the Ethiopian government.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the contacts below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tony Rose, CEO and Publisher, the Amber Communications Group, Inc. Books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Black American Publishers and Publishing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Rose spoke with Gloria about the upcoming African American Pavilion at Book Expo America, which is presented by the American Booksellers Association and draws close to 80,000 people from around the world. Mr. Rose also spoke about Amber Books, and the company's focus on African American self-publishers, and self-help books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The book expo will take place from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. To find out more, please visit the contacts below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday, May 11, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carol Lee Morgan, Green Roof Advocate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Green Architecture)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Morgan joined Gloria to talk about her efforts in energy conservation and the creation of green roofs. She explains how vegetation on a roof can help conserve energy, and about her personal efforts to secure a grant to make the roof of her DC condominium green.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For more information on green roofs, please visit the Low Impact Development Center's website. Please note that this organization is not connected to Ms. Morgan herself. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tom Fitzmorris, Author of New Orleans Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Cooking and Katrina)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Fitzmorris spoke with Gloria about his experiences with Hurricane Katrina, and what led him to write New Orleans Food, his most recent book of classic New Orleans recipes. Mr. Fitzmorris also talks about his daily food column and radio program, and the ongoing recovery efforts in New Orleans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To learn more about Mr. Fitzmorris' radio program "The Food Show," visit New Orleans' WSMB's website. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday, May 9, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tamika Felder, Founder of Tamika and Friends Inc. and Cervical Cancer Survivor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ms. Felder talked with Gloria about her diagnosis at age 25 of advanced cervical cancer, and about the effects of cancer on her life. She explained the importance of the regular gynecological pap exams and HPV tests, and also discussed her motivations for founding Tamika and Friends, a non profit organization that seeks to educate women about their bodies in a comfortable and relaxed setting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mary Beth Powers, Senior Health Advisor of Save the Children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Children's Health)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Powers joined Gloria to discuss Save the Children's recently released World Mother's Report. The report examines the lives of newborns and mothers across the world, making recommendations for how countries with the highest maternal and infant mortality rates can provide women and newborns with improved access to healthcare, and family planning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rene Minor, Director of Kids To College
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ms. Minor joined Gloria to speak about Kids To College, an organization that strives to get middle school students thinking about their college and career futures. Ms. Minor spoke of the organization's history and past successes, as well as their upcoming silent auction and concert fundraising event on Wednesday, May 24th at 7 p.m. at Howard University's Blackburn Center.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please contact the points below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday, May 8, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kathy Frazier, of the Save Our Schools Coalition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Education in the District)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Frazier joined Gloria to discuss the School for Educational Evolution and Development (SEED) in Southeast DC, and the mayor's proposal to expand the school into Kingman Park. Ms. Frazier brought to light some of the school's flaws, such as its low graduation rates, expensive implementation, and harsh disciplinary practices. Frazier also explained the conflict between the mayor and the community due to the expansion process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please contact the points below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lee Swepston, International Labor Organization Senior Advisor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Child Labor Worldwide)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Swepston spoke with Gloria about the findings of the International Labor Organization's recently released Child Labor Report. The report informs readers about the types of work that children are engaged in, the number of children involved in child labor, and the countries that have the highest concentrations of child labor. Mr. Swepston also spoke about the wide use of child labor in sub-Saharan Africa due to the prevalence of AIDS in that part of the continent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alvaro Simmons, of the Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ms. Simmons joined Gloria to talk about Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, an organization that provides medical and social services to women and families, located in Adams Morgan in Northwest DC. Simmons spoke about the history, mission and current challenges of the organization, as well as the upcoming Mother's Day Event on May 13th, at the Lauriol Plaza, at 1835 18th Street, NW.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Philis Elperin, Executive Director of the Grassroots Organization for the Well-Being of Seniors (GROWS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Older People)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Elperin spoke with Gloria about her organization, and its goals of increasing services for senior citizens in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Ms. Elperin also told listeners about the newly created Spanish translation of the seniors' resource guide that GROWS helped the Senior Beacon Newspaper to publish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Friday, May 5, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arnold Punaro, Chair, the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (US Domestic Militia)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Punaro joined Gloria to talk about the two days of hearings that were held on Capitol Hill regarding the roll of the National Guard and Reserves in the United States during a time of war.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robert Egger, of the D.C. Central Kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Hunger in the National Capital)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. Egger spoke with Gloria about the D.C. Central Kitchen's recent decision to stop delivering food to a variety of homeless food providers, in order to get the city's attention to secure a contract and increased funding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Myrrh Cauthen, of the Film Crazy Like a Fox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (The Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Cauthen joined Gloria to talk about her roll in the Delphi Film Foundation's new movie, Crazy Like a Fox. She also told Gloria about how she got the roll, her experience acting, and the message of the movie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Josh Williams, Metro Watch Weekly Guest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Commerce and the Community)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Williams joined Gloria to talk about Wal-Mart's plans to build a store in Prince George's County. He explains why he believes that the store's existence would negatively affect the community, and the attempts that the store is making to appease PG residents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you wish more information on the planned Wal-Mart construction in Prince George's County? Please visit the link to a recent Washington Post Article on this subject, below: .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday, May 4, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monique Morrisey, of the Economic Policy Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Federal Employee Benefits Reduction)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Morrisey joined Gloria to talk about the AFL-CIO's concern over President Bush's "assault" on employee pension benefits. Union leaders became worried when the Energy Department recently announced that it would no longer reimburse contractors for traditional pension benefits, and would only reimburse them for 401K plans. Ms. Morrisey talked about the effect that Bush's benefit cuts could have on the energy sector, and possibly eventually the defense sector.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For more information on the Economic Policy Institute, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dawn Mercer, Education Specialist, NASA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Hands-on Education)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ms. Mercer spoke with Gloria about the NASA Student Initiative that aims to give high school students early, hands-on engineering experience. She explained the year long projects in which high school students design, build and launch small rockets in close coordination with professional engineers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the links below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aisha Finch and Debony Heart, of the Community Coalition Against Street Harassment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Sexual Harrasment, Security, and Respect)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ms. Finch and Ms. Heart joined Gloria to speak their Community Coalition Against Street Sexual Harassment. The group seeks to educate women about sexual harassment, while teaching them effective and safe ways to confront harassers. The Coalition hopes that through educational efforts, women will be empowered and communities will be safer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Coalition is having a Community Education Speak Out event at 3:00 on Saturday May 6th, at 14th and Clifton Street in Northwest DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • (202) 269-1588  |  To the TOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Donald Paul Richardson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Washington Women's Chorus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (The Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. Richardson joined Gloria to talk about the creation of the Washington Women's chorus a decade ago, and how the chorus has changed overtime. Mr. Richardson also told Gloria about the chorus' upcoming concert, at 4 P.M. on May 7th at the National Presbyterian Church on Nebraska Avenue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more about the Washington Women's Chorus, and for ticket information, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday, May 3, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Corey Saylor, Head of the Government Affairs of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Community; Darfur)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mr. Saylor spoke with Gloria about the Darfur march and rally on the mall that occurred on Sunday April 30th, put on by the Save Darfur Coalition. Mr. Saylor spoke about CAIR's position on the crisis, and the United States' use of the word "genocide: to describe the ongoing violence in the region. He further detailed his ideas about what can be done to help to resolve the conflict.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard D. White, of De Gullah Creations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (History and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. White joined Gloria to talk about his new exhibit in Washington DC. Mr. White discussed the story of "Gullah," including the meaning of the word and its historical significance in South Carolina. He also talked about his lifetime love of art and the path that led him to become a woodcarver. The exhibit will be at Trade Secrets at 1515 U Street in Washington DC, from May 6-7.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Netfa Freeman, Director of Social Action and Leadership School for Activists (SALSA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Community; Darfur)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Freeman spoke with Gloria about the May 6th community showing of The Devil's Miner, a documentary about the lives of two teenage boys who work in the dangerous Bolivian diamond mines. He also talked about his Social Action and Leadership School for Activists (SALSA), part of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The showing took place on May 6th at the Silver Theater in Silver Springs Maryland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phil Mendelson, Council Member; and Ray Whitfield's Crossroads Premiere
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Crime, Punishment, and the Cinema)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Mendelson and Mr. Whitfield joined Gloria to talk about the criminal justice system. Mr. Whitfield shared some of his questions about the system, giving Mr. Mendelson the chance to talk about the changes that he has recommended for the public safety budget, including changes to the emergency medical services, and the prison system.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more, please call Mr. Mendelson at (202) 724-8024.  |   To the TOP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, May 2, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Congressman Jim Moran, D-Va., 8th District
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (A Variety of Current Issues)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Congressman Moran appeared with Gloria to discuss a range of prominent issues including Darfur, immigration, and a series of town hall meetings that will be held on May 6th - the first from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at the Reston Community Center; another from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Falls Church High School; and a third from 2:00 to 3:30 PM at Mark Twain Middle School in Alexandria. Congressman Moran was among a group of U.S. Congresspeople who were arrested as part of a protest against genocide at the Sudanese embassy on April 28th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Charles Graves, Deputy Director of the Long Range Planning for the DC Office of Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Washington, DC City Planning)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mr. Graves joined Gloria to discuss the new DC plan for the city's future. There will be series of "special previews" in late May and early June to bring this plan to the public. Each presentation will cover how the plan addresses issues that have been raised over the past 18 months at earlier Comp Plan community meetings and at ward briefings for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you wish more information about the briefings? Please visit Dwight Kirk at (202) 331-5054, or check the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Calvin Gurley, President of the Takoma Park Civic Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (DC Schools)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. Gurley appeared with Gloria to discuss the deplorable conditions of DC Public Schools. He discussed a campaign to get DC council members to support the establishment of a dedicated fund for minor repairs and air conditioners in the schools. They will hold a press conference to launch this campaign on May 12th at Coolidge High School at 8:30 am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you wish more information? Please contact Charmaine Davis at (202) 263-7710.  |   To the TOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paul Ruppert, Executive Producer of the the Warehouse Theatre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (The Arts; Drama)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Ruppert joined Gloria to discuss the theater's upcoming season with a series of plays in April, May and June. The Warehouse Theatre, located in the Penn Quarter area of NW Washington, hosts more shows than any venue in the DC area other than the Kennedy Center. They are celebrating 10 years of their theater program.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you wish more information? To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Monday, May 1, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jim McGrath, of the DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition, or TENAC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Rent Control)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. McGrath joined Gloria today to discuss the upcoming votes on rent control. He warns that we risk seeing much higher rents in the District if changes in the rent control law occur. There is already a crisis in the area for those of moderate incomes in finding and staying in affordable housing. TENAC will hold a demonstration on May 2nd at 9:30 am at the District building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gloria LaRiva, of the May 1 Boycott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Undocumented Immigration)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ms. Lariva appeared with Gloria today to discuss the National Day Without an Immigrant boycotts that are occurring nationally today. The boycott will be accompanied by demonstrations across the nation. Ms. Lariva also discussed the new "Nuestro Himno," a Spanish-language version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that debuted on many radio stations last week. These events are bound to produce further discussion of the issue of immigration in general and of undocumented immigrants in particular, and how to deal with them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maria Tildon, of the Century Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Underage Drinking)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ms. Tildon joined Gloria today to discuss the subject of underage drinking as prom season approaches. Ms. Tildon stressed how important it is to educate youth that drinking, and particular drinking and driving, are not part of the prom celebration. This message will need to be stressed by parents in particular. Since 1991, the Century Council has been a primary source for information about underage drinking and provides education for youth, parents, educators and others about the consequences of this activity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mwizi Munthali, of the TransAfrica Forum and the Cabral/Youth Circle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Film and International Culture)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mwizi appeared with Gloria today to promote The Cabral/Truth Circle, a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. Every other month TransAfrica Forum will show a short documentary and host a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism. The selection for May will focus on the current situation in Haiti and on U.S.-Haitian relationship. The presentation will be based on both a book and a film. The film will be shown during the program. The next event will be held at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Sts. on Tuesday, May 2nd, at 6:30.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            APRIL 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, April 18, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Robert Franklin. Coordinator, the Virginia Department of Male Health Outreach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Sexual Respect and Cultural Transformation)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Franklin appeared on the show to discuss Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In Virginia one in every four women and one in every eight men has been a victim of sexual assault, most when they were children according to a 2003 Virginia Department of Health survey. VDH is engaged in an effort during April to reduce the incidence of sexual assault across the state.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The "Isn't She a Little Young" campaign enlists the aid of men when they see their buddies pursuing young girls. The "Men of Strength" campaign focuses on redefining masculine strength and how young men relate to women. It includes training for human service providers in how to involve men and boys in preventing violence toward women. The "White Ribbon" campaign is a grass roots effort that denounces all forms of violence against women.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, simply visit the link or use the email address below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruby Sales, Director of Spirit House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Sales appeared with Gloria to discuss the work of her organization Spirit House. Ms. Sales is a civil rights veteran, historian and activist from Jemison, Alabama. In the 1960s, while studying at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, she became involved with the state's Freedom Summer voter registration drive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Sales serves as director of Spirit House, a nonprofit organization she launched in 2000 in Washington, D.C. Spirit House is focused on community organizing and spiritually based community building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Deedra Dick, of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ms. Dick appeared on the show with Gloria to discuss two seminars that were held at UDC. These seminars were: "Interview Skills for Investigative Reporting" and "The Status of the Black Press." The seminar was held on April 19th in cooperation with the Joe Elam and the UDC Journalism Club and the UDC student government. Among the participants were: Joe Madison from WOL, Gloria Minott from USC, Theola Labbe from the Washington Post, Denise Rolark-Barnes of The Washington Informer and Randi Payton, publisher of African-Americans on Wheels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday, April 17, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nico Pitney, Assistant Editor, the American Progress Action Fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Nuclear Proliferation; the US and Iran)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nico appeared with Gloria to discuss the United States' nuclear technology showdown with Iran. Several news reports have disclosed that the United States military has put together plans to attack Iran in an effort to destroy Iran's nuclear development facilities if they do not abandon their plans to acquire nuclear technology.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the following link. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tony Gittens, of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Founder of the DC International Film Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (The Arts; Film)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tony Gittens is the Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the official agency of the District of Columbia. The Commission's programs support and promote stability, vitality and diversity of artistic expression in the city. He is also the founder of the DC International Film Festival. He appeared with Gloria to discuss this year's festival. Last year's festival drew 34,000 filmgoers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carl Walker, Musician with the Band Opus Akoben
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (International Culture; Music)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carl Walker of the band Opus Akoben appeared with Gloria to discuss the band's selection as Hip Hop Ambassadors for the State Department's Rhythm Road ‹ American Music Abroad Program. This program selects professional American performers of jazz and urban music to perform where there is limited exposure to live American culture. The tour began on February 18th and ran through April 12th. The band is a jazz fusion quartet which has been performing for over a decade with tours across Africa, Australia, Europe, as well as North and South America. For this tour they made their first visit to the Middle East.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To find out more, please visit the links below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Prof. Michael Holman, Professor, Howard University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Education and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Professor Holman appeared with Gloria to discuss the University's Paul Robeson Award. This year's winner is Raoul Peck. Mr. Peck is a Haitian-born writer, director and producer. Mr. Peck spoke at the event on April 13th at the Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring. The awards are sponsored by Howard's Department of Radio, Television and Film within their Communications Department.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To find out more, please visit the following link. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Colleen Kelley, President of the The National Treasury Employees Union
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Privatization of Federal Taxation)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Colleen appeared with Gloria to discuss the steps that the federal government is taking to privatize tax debt. She called on the IRS to publicize the criteria being used to choose debt collectors and inform taxpayers about their rights.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For more information on the union please visit the link below. You may click on press releases to find out more information on the union's position with respect to the IRS' plans to privatize debt collection. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, April 11, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sanjoy Manajan, Professor, Cambridge University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Workplace Justice)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (NOTE: Web link updated April 26)   Mr. Manajan is a physics professor from Cambridge University on sabbatical here in the United States. He joined Gloria to discuss affirmative action and the American Institute of Physics. Mr. Manajan said that there is a two-tier system at the Institute. All the support staff there is black and the professional staff is white. Jeff Schmidt, an editor for the magazine Physics Today for 19 years at the Institute, published a book called Disciplined Minds that discussed this two-tier system at his office and others. In May 2000 he was fired. Mr. Schmidt filed a lawsuit; the case was recently settled on terms favorable to Mr. Schmidt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mimi Cataldi, Director, AARP - DC Tax Help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Cataldi appeared with Gloria to discuss the tax aide program sponsored by the AARP. They offered free volunteer service to help low and middle-income taxpayers with counseling. This service ran from February 1 to April 15. Help is available on a walk-in basis. (Editor's Note: Tax advice may be available during the 'off-season' as well. Contact them to find out.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eugene DeAnna, of the Library of Congress' Recorded sound section
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Historical Recordings)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr. DeAnna heads the Recorded Sound section at the Library of Congress. He joined Gloria to discuss the Library's 4th annual selection of 50 historic recordings. Each year 50 recordings are added to the Library's list. They held a press conference on April 11th to formally announce the new recordings. Celebrity guests include Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, Bob Hendrix, cousin of the legendary Jimi Hendrix, and the comedy troupe Firesign Theatre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To find out more, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cathal Armstrong, Chef Chair, Taste of the Nation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Hunger Relief)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cathal Armstrong, chef chair for Washington, DC's Taste of the Nation and chef and owner of Restaurant Eve, appeared with Gloria to discuss the "Taste of the Nation." This annual event hosted by Share Our Strength looks to raise money to feed hungry children and families. Chefs and other restaurant professionals volunteer their time to benefit the cause.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To find out more, please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday, April 7, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kurt Schmoke, Chair of the National African Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Black Community Health)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Mr. Schmoke appeared to discuss the devastation of HIV/AIDS, unemployment and incarcerations in the black community. He was promoting a summit held from April 5th through April 8th at the Metro Center Marriott. NAADPC is focused on enhancing treatment, education and prevention programs that have been proven effective at reducing drug use and recidivism, thus reducing crimes and making communities safer and families stronger. Mr. Schmoke is the former mayor of Baltimore and the current dean of the Howard university Law School.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For more information on the summit specifically and the organization in general, look for NAADPC at the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tavis Smiley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Black Community, Empowerment, and Historical Knowledge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Mr. Smiley joined Gladys to discuss his Covenant with Black America Town Hall Meetings. He has hosted these meetings annually during Black History month. These meetings brought together a number of the top thinkers and activists within the black community. Mr. Smiley promoted a collection of essays that discussed the issues raised by Covenant Town Hall Meetings. The book is filled with facts and discussions of the issues. The book of essays has reached #6 on the NY Times Best Seller list. It is #1 on the Washington Post's local Best Seller list. There will be upcoming town meetings to follow on the texts specifically. Upcoming stops are planned in Baltimore, Indianapolis, Harlem (New York), Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Detroit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For more information about tour dates, locations, information on how to implement The Covenant and to get the book, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A.C. Byrd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Activism and the Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Mr. Byrd appeared to discuss the life of Paul Robeson and a program on the Life and Legacy of Paul Robeson to be held at University of District of Columbia on April 10th at 7pm. The event will be held in building 41, room A03 on the UDC campus. Enter on the Van Ness side of the campus.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • For more information on the event contact A.C. Byrd at (202) 966-9853.  |  To the TOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beverly Watts Davis, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMSHA)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Youth and Health)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Mr. Davis is engaged in the Reach Out Campaign. This campaign consisted of a series of teach-ins held from April 3-7 on underage drinking. This campaign targets 5th and 6th grade classrooms across the nation. The idea is to "start talking before they start drinking". Young people who drink heavily are at risk for potential lifetime health problems, as well as developing problems with alcoholism and drunk driving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you wish additional information? To learn more about SAMHSA and the teach-ins, please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jerry Connolly, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Local Homelessness)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Mr. Connolly joined Gladys to promote their Community Summit to End Homelessness. He talked about their aim in Fairfax County not only to reduce homelessness, but to end it in their county within 10 years. The two aspects of homelessness discussed were first, prevention and quickly moving people out of shelters into housing and second, strategies that community, public and private leaders have used as support for ending homelessness. The event was held on April 7th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a news conference at 11:45. It was held at the Freddie Mac headquarters at 8200 Jones Bridge Road in McLean, VA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday, April 6, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Neal Robinier, Affordable Housing Advocate, St. Martin's Apartments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Mr. Robinier appeared with Gladys to discuss the rising rental and purchase prices of housing in the Washington area and the increasing difficulty that many middle and lower income people have in finding such housing. He discussed the challenges this provides in having an economically diverse community. Given the reduced role that the federal government has taken over the past 20 years in offering affordable housing, he promoted the idea of offering more affordable housing on the local level. He says that Mayor Williams has increased the funding for affordable housing, but that we need to aggressively acquire land for more affordable housing and remove barriers to those who would like to build more affordable housing. St. Martin's Parish Apartments is are a rental property located in the Edgewood/Eckington area of the city near North Capitol St. and aims to house people with annual income between $30,000 and $54,000 per year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wendy Pearson, of the Alice Ferguson Foundation (River Cleanup)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Grassroots Ecology)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Wendy joined Gladys to promote the Alice Ferguson Foundation's 18th annual Potomac River watershed cleanup to be held April 8th from 9:00 AM to 12 noon. A watershed is the land area that drains into a body of water. In this case the cleanup focuses on the land that feeds into the Potomac River, as well as the creeks and streams that flow into the larger river.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Linda Leeks of Empower DC (Housing)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Guest Host: Gladys L. Brooks)   Ms. Leeks appeared to talk about affordable housing in the city and specific legislation to create a rental assistance subsidy program. This program would resemble a recently expired (three years) law in DC that helped low to moderate income residents with rental subsidies. The program would cost $19 million. These funds would come from tax revenues as Empower DC to suspend the 1999 tax cut and from new revenues that would come increased recordation fees from new home purchasers. Recordation means the fees that are paid by new home purchasers to have their deeds recorded with the local government. The bill number in question is 16661, introduced by council members Graham and Fenty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wednesday, April 5, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Juan Gutierrez, Immigration Policy Activist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Immigrant Rights)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Gutierrez discussed programs in behalf of immigrants' rights. Having organized more than one million people in Los Angeles on March 25, demonstration organizers will announce new mass action. There will be a rally on May 1st, dubbed "The Great American Boycott of 2006."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate for the District of Columbia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (DC Life)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Del. Norton will hold a town meeting on April 5, 2006 to discuss a federal government investment of $300 million to build a Coast Guard Headquarters and develop the West Campus of St. Elizabeth's Hospital. The new funding for Coast Guard construction adds to $40 million appropriated last year for St. Elizabeth's development.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tuesday, April 4, 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Martina Gillis of the Fair Budget Coalition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Social Equity)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Martina appeared to promote Advocacy Day, April 5, 2006 for the DC City Council. NOTE: Advocacy Day is a focused opportunity to discuss the needs of low-income residents of the District of Columbia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DC Fair Budget Coalition, 1200 U Street, N.W., Washington D.C. 20009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • (202) 328-5513
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • URL:  www.fairbudget.org  |  To the TOP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Hon. Charles Steele, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (Human Rights)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr. Steele appeared to promote the April 4th Freedom Unity Brunch at Shiloh Baptist Church to honor the memories of C. Delores Tucker of the National Congress of Black Women, civil rights legend Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, of the Center for Non-Violent Social Change and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Wilhemina Rolark of the United Black Fund.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you wish additional information? Please visit the link below. .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MARCH 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thursday, March 30

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ethan McSweeney, of The Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Hartman Center of the Arts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (The Arts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With Ethan McSweeney, discussing The Persians by Aeschylus, playing from April 4 through May 21 under his direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brian Henry of the Audubon Naturalist Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Nature and Harmonious Living)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brian Henry of the Audubon Naturalist Society discussed concerns about the Inter County Connector with Gloria. .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mark McCullough of the Washington Regional Transport Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Health / Organ Donation)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. McCullough of the Washington Regional Transport Consortium joined Gloria for a discussion of National Organ Donor Month.
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