Monthly Archives: April 2013


A Critical Step Toward a Swimmable, Fishable Anacostia

In testimony to the D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment, DC Appleseed project director Brooke DeRenzis explains the importance of toxics clean-up to achieving the District’s goal of a swimmable, fishable Anacostia River.  Her testimony describes how toxic compounds from industrial activities, stormwater pollution, and sewers have accumulated […]


Walter’s Corner: A Good Week for D.C. Democracy

This has been a good week for D.C. democracy and for DC Appleseed. Our longstanding efforts to help achieve local budget autonomy and protect D.C. voters’ right to elect a strong, independent Attorney General both saw important developments.   President Obama Heightens the Referendum’s Importance   First, on Wednesday, President […]


Washington Post: Getting It Right for D.C.’s First Elected Attorney General

In an editorial today, the Washington Post agreed with DC Appleseed that the Council should respect the people’s overwhelming determination in the 2010 referendum to have a strong, independent elected Attorney General. We testified on March 26 and April 9 against a pending proposal that would significantly reduce the chief […]


The Next Step in Reforming Workforce Development in the District of Columbia

By Brooke DeRenzis, DC Appleseed, and Ed Lazere, DC Fiscal Policy Institute   There is little doubt that the District’s leaders, especially Mayor Gray, are serious about helping residents get jobs, with an array of new initiatives that include a workforce intermediary and an independent community college. Yet the District’s […]