Investing in DC’s Democracy: The Fair Elections Act of 2017

On Tuesday, January 9, the D.C. Council voted unanimously in support of the Fair Elections Act of 2017. (Washington Post; WAMU). This victory for making government more responsive to the public interest, lessening corporate involvement in elections, encouraging greater citizen involvement in elections, and helping to restore public trust in government is the result of […]

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Looking Back: Our Year in Review

  It’s been a busy year here at DC Appleseed. As we look ahead to the next year, we’re reflecting back on the work we’ve done across this year to make DC a better place to live and work. And we thank our partners in the community for collaborating in these efforts. Holding CareFirst Accountable: […]

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Strengthening DC’s Workforce Development System: Read Our Latest Testimony to Council

On Thursday, November 30, the DC Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard testimony on the “Adult Career Pathways Taskforce Expansion Amendment Act of 2017.” The bill would expand the District’s Adult Career Pathways Task Force to include members of DC’s business community. The task force was created in 2014, and was charged with […]

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Ending the HIV Epidemic in DC: 2017 Progress Report

A year ago on World AIDS Day, DC Appleseed stood at a press conference with the Washington AIDS Partnership, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt of the DC Department of Health (DOH) to release the 90/90/90/50 Plan – the blueprint to end the HIV epidemic in DC. We set ambitious goals: By 2020… 90% of […]

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Improving Job Quality for the Early Education Workforce: Opportunities for States

Across the country and right here in the DC, early childhood educators are consistently some of the lowest paid workers. Most make only slightly more than cashiers and dishwashers, and about half of early educators nationwide enroll in some form of public assistance to support themselves and their families. Here in the District, the average […]

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Viewpoint: District must help its youngest residents

The following op-ed was originally published in The Current on October 4, 2017. It was co-authored by DC Appleseed Executive Director Walter Smith and at-large Councilmember Robert White. As we watch District students start a new school year, we wonder how many of them would be doing better in school if they had received high-quality […]

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The Second Amendment and Concealed Carry in DC

You probably saw that yesterday afternoon, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced that the District would not be appealing the D.C. Circuit’s decision on the city’s public-carrying law to the Supreme Court. This was a difficult decision, but we think the Attorney General made the right call, and we are glad he did it with support from […]

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Building a Stronger Early Education System in the District: Our Testimony to DC Council

On Wednesday, September 27, DC Appleseed joined parents, child care directors, educators, and the community at a hearing for two major pieces of legislation currently under consideration by the DC Council. The two bills up for consideration — the BEGIn Act and the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act — both strengthen the District’s […]

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On the Brink of a Multi-Million Dollar Investment in D.C. Health

You may have seen the Washington Post report last week on the District’s persisting racial and geographic disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. For example, chronic diseases and depression are highest in Ward 8, and less than a quarter of residents in the District’s east end see a primary care provider in their own […]

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Investing in D.C.’s Children

High-quality childcare is essential to children, families, and the local economy. Science tells us that brain development in a child’s first three years provides the building blocks for all future learning, and that children deprived of appropriate stimulation in that crucial period will struggle to meet their full potential. With studies showing a $7.30 return […]

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