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Julián Castro

Every Person Deserves a Place to Call Home for the Holidays

Julián Castro | November 25, 2015 | Politics
Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home. But in the wealthiest nation in the world, more than half a million Americans sleep on the streets or spend their Thanksgiving in a homeless shelter. Many of them are children.
Connie Lawn

We Are All French

Connie Lawn | November 25, 2015 | DC
"Vive La France" - that was part of the mantra at the White House during this extraordinary week. Millions of people around the world were saddened and angered by the ISIS attack in Paris, as we were 10 months earlier, during the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Ray Halbritter

A Moral Stand Against the R-Word Makes Economic Sense

Ray Halbritter | November 25, 2015 | Sports
For the myriad businesses that work with the NFL, Adidas has shown that corporate partners do not need to be neutral when it comes to moral issues. They can support those working toward a simple goal: to stop the promotion of a dictionary-defined racial slur against Native Americans.
Dana Beyer

Thanksgiving and Its Discontented in Montgomery County, Maryland

Dana Beyer | November 25, 2015 | Politics
In a month when our attention has been riveted to waves of Syrian refugees flooding Europe, and punctuated by atrocities in Paris, Beirut, Kenya, and Mali, one of our American communities is once again under attack -- Muslim Americans.
Jean-Michel Giraud

This Holiday Season, Pledge Your Hope Locally

Jean-Michel Giraud | November 24, 2015 | DC
It's impossible to make sense out of the news these days, because we have a feeling that we cannot impact on such matters directly. Things happen too far away and out of our control. But, changing the world can start locally.
Elissa Silverman

D.C.'s Rent Is Too Damn High

Elissa Silverman | November 23, 2015 | Politics
The District of Columbia is a wonderful place to live -- if you can afford it. The high cost of housing makes ending homelessness in our city more of a challenge. No District resident who works, or who has spent a life working, should be in poverty and homeless.
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

Golden Artwork Sparkles in D.C.

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | November 23, 2015 | DC
Sometimes you just need a little art in your life. It provokes conversation, provides visual stimulation and can be a defining moment of inspiration in an otherwise run of the mill day.
Patty Mullahy Fugere

Displacing the Displaced: Mayor Evicting Homeless Residents From Their Tents

Patty Mullahy Fugere | November 20, 2015 | DC
The Mayor must ensure that the conditions and safety of emergency shelters are improved significantly so the street is never a safer option than a DC-funded and operated homeless shelter.
Anna Wilding

President Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Deal

Anna Wilding | November 21, 2015 | DC
A quiet Friday morning at the White House was interrupted with an urgent statement by the President, that he was going to reject the Keystone Pipeline Deal.
Jay Smith

The Cost of ALS Is Killing Us, and Our Vets

Jay Smith | November 19, 2015 | Politics
ALS is a very expensive disease, costing patients an estimated $300,000 a year. The average life expectancy for someone with ALS is 18 months. We wouldn't leave a soldier with a battle wound sitting around waiting to see a doctor for 16 months. So why are we now?
Reid Ewing

I Underwent Cosmetic Surgery for My Body Dysmorphia... And I Wish I Hadn't

Reid Ewing | November 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
Of the four doctors who worked on me, not one had mental health screenings in place for their patients, except for asking if I had a history of depression, which I said I did, and that was that. None of the doctors suggested I consult a psychologist for what was clearly a psychological issue.
Mac Cassells

A Welcoming Smile

Mac Cassells | November 18, 2015 | DC
The travel world has become an increasingly global one. I myself demonstrated this in the summer of 2015 when on my return trip from Switzerland, I went through two countries, five states and Washington D.C. in a 24-hour span.
Connie Lawn

My Journey With Hospice Care

Connie Lawn | November 18, 2015 | DC
I have had a fantastic, exciting, and fulfilling life, and I hope it can continue. But at the age of 71 I now have something the doctors call Parkinson's Plus. They haven't figured out what the "plus" is, but I have always done everything in a big way. The...
Valerie Jarrett

A Look Back at an Out-Standing Year for LGBT Advocacy

Valerie Jarrett | November 13, 2015 | Gay Voices
As hard as President Obama and his Administration have worked to expand opportunity and make this a more equal country, these accomplishments would not have been possible without the advocates, allies, activists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things, to change our culture every single day.
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

A Guide to Giving

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | November 12, 2015 | Impact
Getting involved in nonprofits is a lot of work, either as an employee or board member. There is a constant need to raise visibility, do more with less, and, in the process, constantly raise funds to keep the momentum going.
Patty Mullahy Fugere

DC Council Votes to Lower the Legal Standard for new Family Shelters: "What's wrong with us?"

Patty Mullahy Fugere | November 13, 2015 | DC
We can do better. All of us. While the standard in the law for family shelters has been lowered, that doesn't mean that Mayor Bowser cannot far exceed this floor--and she has promised to try to do so.
David J. Smith

Westboro Baptist Church: Thanks for Visiting and Come Again

David J. Smith | November 12, 2015 | Education
What America looks like in my community - tolerant, progressive, diverse - is not America to many others. There are parts of this country where race relations are troubled, gays and lesbians are outcasts, and immigrants are blamed for much of the ills of the world.
Cesar Montelongo

As an Undocumented Immigrant, It's Easier to Get My MD-PhD Than a U.S. Visa

Cesar Montelongo | November 13, 2015 | Latino Voices
The fundamental reason that I was accepted into an MD-PhD program is because I was given a chance. And yet at one point in my visa application process, the chance of obtaining legal residence became non-existent.
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

What the Keystone XL Victory Means for the Future of Climate Leadership

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | November 11, 2015 | Green
I have continually found inspiration in this campaign--from the First Nations leaders who showed me the tar sands strip mines to the friends who got arrested with me outside the White House to Nebraskans who came to D.C. to show their deep love of their land and water.
Franklin Garcia

DC is Latest Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) Member

Franklin Garcia | November 10, 2015 | DC
At its 20th session in Brussels, Belgium, UNPO formally voted to accept the Nation's Capital as a new member. The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent and democratic membership organization.
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