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October 16, 2002

Persuasive Cases

Dear Case Workers:

Many people make persuasive cases in this issue of themail, but I particularly want to point out Rob Fleming's message arguing against Initiative 62. It's a long piece, so only the first three paragraphs are being sent by E-mail. The remainder is online; if you're interested in this subject, I'd encourage you to read and consider it. As I wrote in the last issue, the arguments for and against this Initiative have been ignored by the press; Fleming's article is a good statement of the case against.

Gary Imhoff


Vivian Henderson,

Perhaps people are not writing about the upcoming elections because they are overwhelmed with disgust with the current administration. The light in my alley has been out since August, I have reported it and reported it, etc., etc., it remains pitch black in the alley. Appealed to Mayor's office. He has no more influence than I, because the light is still out. Have appealed to Fenty for help (recently); will see what happens. It is bigger than those mentioned, I am switching to a new party, Republican; can't wait to vote for Carol Schwartz perhaps her party will pay attention to the needs of the taxpayers in this city. I have lived here for 42 years, and never have I witnessed such a blatant disregard for the needs of the public.


Just Two Comments
Mark Sibley,

Just two comments on a couple of submissions in Sunday night's themail: In “Tired of Tony Williams's Lies, Scandals, and Broken Promises” Mr. Goldstein suggests not sitting out the election, and sending a Message to “Million Dollar Tony” by writing in former DC Democratic State Committeeman Arthur Jackson for Mayor. While it is always a good idea to exercise your right to vote, I would suggest a more effective protest would be to join the thousands of other Democrats for Carol and vote for her. At worst, you might prevent Williams from getting a mandate; at best, you can send him packing to his next job, which will probably be in another city.

2) Reading Kemry Hughes’s comment in “Political Animal Mimicry” that “Catania posters came out after the Kinlow posters” made me laugh, since the Catania posters are the same basic design from the Catania '97 and '98 campaigns. While I agree with Hughes that “maybe both candidates see value in the DC flag,” I also know that mimicry is a form of flattery and that Catania’s campaign should not feel slighted, but rather be flattered.


How to Keep DC Spending Down
Susan Ousley,

Here's an idea. Don't let anyone who uses Medicaid — even children with long-term, well-documented, lifelong, chronic illnesses -- have prescriptions good for more than three months. Since so many doctors now won't even take Medicaid patients, it will take poor people much, much longer to get to the remaining doctors to get new prescriptions. Besides, those who are well enough to work won't have enough paid leave to make frequent appointments. Bingo! Automatic savings. And maybe some patients will even die or go into acute crises before they can get the meds they need.

Oh, wait a minute, DC is already doing this.


Sneaking the Wolf into the Fold
Rob Fleming,

A wolf in sheep’s clothing will appear on the November ballot in DC. Claiming to be an initiative to mandate treatment instead of jail for low-level drug offenders, it really tries to legalize some drugs. Treatment instead of jail is a good idea for people whose only offense is possessing or using small amounts of drugs, but DC already has two drug courts that can divert offenders into treatment instead of sending them to jail and can clear their records if they successfully complete treatment. It’s cheaper and more effective than jail, and recognizes that addiction is a treatable disease. Actually, Initiative 62 would apply to repeat offenders and probation-violators, including those on probation for crimes like burglary, arson, child sex abuse, and other crimes. It would forbid incarceration for those diverted to treatment, even if they did not follow their treatment plan.

But voters won’t know that, because the Short Title and Summary Statement that will appear on the ballot says treatment instead of jail for certain nonviolent offenders. Only when you read the full text of the Initiative do you learn that only the first or second violation after the law goes into effect on October 1, 2003, is counted to determine who is eligible. The definition of “violent” is much narrower than the definition in the DC Code. Further, it bans any jail time, even if the offender does not go into treatment immediately or violates the terms of the court-approved treatment plan. In effect, this is a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card that could be given to some really bad people.

Initiative 62 was brought to DC by the same people who got similar initiatives passed in Arizona and California and are seeking passage in Ohio and Florida. There, it was coupled with legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, but that was banned by Congressional action in DC, so it was proposed separately here. The DC Campaign for Treatment is well-funded and well-organized, with paid canvassers from an out-of-state firm collecting signatures at community events and shopping centers, but does not appear to have strong local ties. The Initiative shows an ignorance of local conditions and concerns, but does appear to be an attempt to make the issue of diversion to treatment visible right under the noses of the US Congress.

The Initiative really gives nothing to the people it purports to help. No one is prosecuted for using drugs in DC. Even those arrested for possession have to have more drugs than could reasonably be considered for personal use (The US Attorney won’t say how much, but MPD officers say they can’t get a case to trial for fewer than twenty bags of dope). They seldom get jail time on a first or second offense. DC already has two drug courts that are expanding their capacity.

DC already promises treatment on demand, fitted to the needs of the individual patient, through the Choice in Drug Treatment Act. When it passed, the Council thought they had appropriated an extra $10 million for treatment, but the Williams administration saw this as an “earmark” and took the money out of contracts for treatment services. While everyone agrees that treatment is underfunded, the initiative does nothing to change that. DC already has the seventh worst treatment gap in the country, but funds cannot be appropriated by initiative in the District. So passage of the Initiative would strain a treatment system that already serves clients from the courts or will require additional appropriations for the 2004 fiscal year. The DC Corporation Counsel has filed suit to block implementation of the Initiative if passed because it would require additional funds, something only the City Council can do.

Further, alcohol abuse is a much bigger problem in DC than drug abuse, costing an estimated $700 million and putting 28,500 people in need of treatment. Drugs cost the city $500 million, with 10,100 needing treatment for marijuana, 7,400 for cocaine, and 2,400 for heroin. These figures come from the 2000 DC Household Survey, which did not count the homeless, people in jail, or those living in college dorms, all known to be high-use populations. But the Initiative does not include treatment for DUI offenses. It also, because of Congressional concerns, does not mandate treatment for Class I narcotics (those with great potential for abuse but no medical application, like Ecstasy and PCP). It does require continued methadone treatment for heroin addicts jailed for other crimes, but does not mandate treatment in jail for marijuana offenders.

The initiative would ban any incarceration, even for those who don’t comply with the conditions of their diversion to treatment. Without that threat, treatment will be less effective. Nevertheless, people can be diverted into treatment without being addicted, and their records could be expunged even if they do not complete treatment.

The people of DC are sympathetic on this issue. Almost half reported using an illegal drug at some point in their lives on the Household Survey. Many know people who use illegal drugs. Canvassers reported little difficulty in getting people to sign the petitions with the misleading title and summary. The City Council and DC Metropolitan Police support more treatment and less jail. The Campaign plays on this sympathy with tales of children who will be placed in foster homes if their parents are sent to prison in Ohio. But this sympathy will be abused if voters are asked to approve an initiative that does far more, and far worse, than they are led to expect by the description on the ballot.

In summary, the Initiative would create a poorly constructed law that would do little for the low-level, nonviolent offenders described on the ballot, but potentially do a lot for some really bad people. While it does not legalizes drugs, it removes most of the penalties for using them. Passage of Initiative 62 will make a bad law. (The DC Campaign for Treatment has a web site at The full text of Initiative 62 is available at and


Scrutiny and Controversy
Shaun Snyder, Chevy Chase,

I lifted this from the NBC4 web site. This is a quote from Mayor Anthony Williams [in response to Carol Schwartz's debate comment that, “It's without question that this mayor has ethical problems”]: “I actually believe that I have been exposed to more scrutiny [and] exposed to more controversy . . . because of the kind of people I brought into this government. . . .”

He's got that right. Let's not forget Ronnie Few, Valerie Holt, Robert Newman, Vanessa Dale Burns, et al. The mayor deserves the credit for bringing them into the government!


Tax on Tax-Free Municipal Bonds

I haven't noticed any discussion about the City Council's underhanded new proposed tax on tax free municipal bonds from other jurisdictions to take effect in tax year 2003. This proposal went through the City Council without any opportunity for people to make comments.

It is a particularly stupid move. It impacts most heavily on those of us who are retired. We are by and large model citizens. We pay taxes, vote, often have our own health insurance, don't generally use a lot of city services. Suddenly decreasing a portion of our fixed or dwindling incomes by 9.3 percent is a real financial blow. I would have bought DC bonds, but no one in their right minds buys them. The city even has to insure them to sell them at all.

I am urging every one young (think ahead a few years) and old to write to your councilmember and all the at-large members to ask them to repeal this law before the city loses middle class citizens.

[Councilmember Jack Evans has introduced a bill to repeal this new tax. It is not yet available from Legislative Services or online, but I'll give more information about it when it is available. — Gary Imhoff]


Partisan Organizations in Public Space
Paul Dionne, PDionne at speakeasy net

Am I the only one concerned that partisan organizations are using government office space at Judiciary Square free of charge for endorsing political candidates (as advertised in themail, October 13)? Who is sponsoring them? Is this legal? Is this fair to those partisan organizations that pay for their meeting spaces?


Things Omitted
Larry Skrivseth,

Brief notes from one of the many omitters, using your item numbers: 1) Despite all her strengths, Carol Schwartz's candidacy is (perhaps unfortunately) a complete nonstarter owing to its own very late start and the realities of party affiliation in Washington, as febrile as that may be. It becomes somewhat irrelevant that I am considering voting for her myself. While Tony Williams may be imperfect, he clearly does want the job and has performed it far better than any of his recent predecessors. Neither can be said of Ms. Schwartz. 2) I pass. 3) The less said in themail about the sniper situation the better. The electronic and print media have been having a field day on the subject, and providing a great deal of valuable information if one takes the time to glean the new information from the sensationalist repetitions and alarmist hype. None of your readers is oblivious to the dangers involved, or needs to be reminded to keep her or his head down from yet one more source. After all, we don't read our E-mail while pumping gas. I found your reference to security details to be gratuitous at best. Couldn't your keyboard time have been better spent indicating to readers which of the various initiatives to provide support to victims' families is the least likely to siphon funds into a bottomless pit?

4) Frank Rich's put-down of the District is nothing but a recapitulation of the Manhattan-centric world view so cleverly displayed years ago on the cover of the New Yorker. Sadly, it isn't good enough to merit a flood of humorous ripostes (though Mr. Eckenwiler's is quite good). The New-York-is-the-center-of-the-universe world view is old news, sadly. Very old. There's the old saw that says that people vote with their feet (don't try this at home). DC's population is on the rise. Enough said.


Residential Parking
John Whiteside, johnwhiteside at earthlink dot net

Jack McKay is right that there are problems with the residential permit system, but it isn't that residents with stickers get special parking rights at night. The system needs a ground-up overhaul. I would suggest using Boston's as a model, because it worked much better. The city was divided into neighborhoods which were different from the city council districts. If you were in a neighborhood with permit parking areas, you could have a sticker, regardless of how your particular street was zoned. Most permit parking areas were residents-only, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. A much smaller number were metered or two-hour limits by day, but became residents-only at 6 p.m. Generally, if a street was zoned for permit parking, there would be a small section at the end marked for visitor parking, two-hour limit during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crowded neighborhoods would be almost entirely resident parking on side streets and a mix of resident and meters on main streets. This is much tougher on visitors than our system; it was nice to have the permit restrictions in effect at night, when most residents are actually home and need to park. There were no temporary visitor permits; that's one thing about DC's system which is helpful.

This use of small permit areas kept parking problems from flowing into neighboring areas. I lived in the South End, where parking was tough, half a block from the Back Bay, where parking was impossible. With a DC-style system, my neighborhood would have been filled with Back Bay residents parking a few blocks from home because there was nothing closer; instead, Back Bay parking issues stayed in the Back Bay (and if you were foolish enough to move there with a car and no parking spot, that was your own problem). Extending the restrictions into the night kept people from registering cars in New Hampshire to avoid Massachusetts insurance and excise taxes (which fund road work there). Without that sticker, you were out of luck. And permits were free of charge to residents; you just had to prove your Boston residency with your registration and a recent bill, and you got a sticker. (And they were attractive — each year they featured a different illustration of a city scene.)


Residential Parking Permit Problems
Denise Wiktor,

Mr. McKay must have missed the City Council hearing that went until almost 7:30 p.m. on the issue of RPP parking. Citizens came forward with many thoughtful issues and ideas, and there is a Mayoral task force on parking in the works now. Suggestions that we look at other boundaries beside Ward boundaries were suggested. However, as one of Mr. Graham's staff that advises people to get RPP parking, I would note a few things:

1) That is what we have in the law now. So that is where I send people. It may have been initially designed for out-of-city commuters but also is effective for within-city commuters to a degree. 2) According to the former PSA Lieutenant for Mt. Pleasant, there are about 300 cars registered out of state that belong to folks who live in Mt. Pleasant. 3) There is now the ROSA task force working evenings geared toward targeting those cars and getting them registered in DC. 4) It is a simple process to get your block zoned RPP. The problems folks have run into is blocks where there are a large number of out-of-state cars and apartment buildings. Both of those can be dealt with, the first one administratively with DDOT, and the second we have helped with.

RPP is not perfect but until something better comes along it is what we have to deal with out of state and out of ward plates on our street.


Living through a Global Whirlwind
Mark David Richards, Dupont East,

Historian Constance McLaughlin Green said that during the years approaching the Civil War, among residents of DC, “the fiercer the storm blew roundabout, the greater the quiet at the center.” Today, we are citizens of a united and the only remaining hyper-super-power, living in a world convulsion. There are so many national and International issues to think about that I am not surprised at the apparent difficulty we find focusing on local politics. Gloom is in the air, and this makes us tender in some ways. Stability is meaningful. We live daily with the knowledge that innocent individuals in our region are being picked off and murdered one by one. Our nonvoting delegate, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, along with other regional voting representatives, was on CNN tonight to discuss the impact of the sniper on our regional. Between 9-11 and the sniper, our region is coordinating more than ever. Our national leaders are talking immanent war, and most of the world wants the US to slow down and think this through. There is less tolerance for dissent, yet there is much disparity in our opinions about how our nation should behave. As always, DC is not part of the national discussions in a way that counts in Congress. This is an emotional time. What are we to make of everything we are seeing and reading and hearing? How are we to analyze the quantitative with the qualitative and find a sense of what is happening? Indeed, it is difficult to think about local politics in an environment where one gets the impression that it might be nice to just get off the merry-go-round. Perhaps one of the reasons that DC has had such a hard time making its case for equal political rights for the last century is that DC is at the center of world events, where local events get lost in a global whirlwind. But we can't be completely distracted from our local quality of life and the very important aspect of quality of governance.


Tom Berry Is Incorrect
George Ripley,

Tom Berry is absolutely incorrect when he says that there is no one issue motivating protesters. The common denominator is social justice. The policies of injustice that have come to infect every aspect of policy are primarily the result of the corporate purchase of our democracy. That there are so many issues indicates the extent of the problem, stemming from greed, and leading to war. Please look for a moment at the American flag; it is a symbol of our unity. The flagpole then becomes a symbol of that around which we unify, i.e., the central organizing principle, the common denominator. Look at the finial adorning the top of the flagpole. If it is a cross what does that indicate the central organizing principle might be? If it is the Imperial Roman Eagle, a spear point or a cannonball, what then? How about a dove, the blue/green planet, or a sheaf of wheat? Those are the symbols proposed by Americans for Social Justice, for whom the central organizing principle of the movement begun in Seattle, which continues without pause and with gaining influence, is social justice itself. (I'd rather see a pink flamingo on top of the flagpole than the Imperial Roman Eagle.)

I respect Tom's suggestion that we question authority. Tom, get down here in this "mud puddle" right now; all your rationalizing about your life's experiences leading you away from the dissent you felt show you to be at heart a principled man. The general welfare has never been so at risk. You can still do some "do-gooder" things for the world and live to be proud of your impact.


World Bank Protests
Vicki Kratz,

I found Tom Berry's E-mail amusing for its lack of logic on a number of points, but rather than respond to all of them, I'm just going to bring up the one that irritates me the most. I hear this all the time from people: “Unlike the Vietnam War, there is no single reason to protest. There are disparate groups with a plethora of agendas and causes who seem to find it convenient to mass together to air their individual points. There is no unity.” Okay, it may be that the protesters have not successfully gotten their message across, and therefore it's difficult for the general public to connect the dots. Or, more likely, the mainstream media is simply too lazy/bored/uninterested in any of the causes of the protest to report on them, and instead just show up looking for the "violence" that they eagerly anticipate. But these are not disparate groups with a plethora of unconnected agendas. The causes are all connected, as I can easily demonstrate. For example, that Saturday I participated in the global AIDS march that joined up with the World Bank protests near Sylvan theater. What does global AIDS have to do with the World Bank? Simple. Developing countries can't afford to devote resources to the huge AIDS epidemic they're battling because so much of their money is tied up in debt. They're forced to pay back the money they borrowed from the World Bank, rather than pour that money into health care. The protesters are asking the World Bank to absolve the debt, so these countries can focus on a health crisis. You can debate whether that's sound policy or not, but at least agree that the issues are related.


IMF Protests
David Pansegrouw,

I have posted to themail before that I think the MPD handles IMF protests with a rather heavy hand. More to the point, the IMF/World Bank has a total team player in Chief Ramsey. I do not believe him for a moment when he talks about his respect for protesters or for that matter the rights of DC residents.

I am further intrigued by other readers of themail who say the police have the right to preventive arrests based on what somebody says they might do (who? are they there? are others there?) and the supposed lack of a “single issue.” Preventative arrest is a tactic more commonly used by despots, tyrants, dictators and others who cling to power by brute force. And I don't buy the line that, “The police had every right to peacefully disassemble large groups before the situation turned nasty.” Surrounding people, telling them to disperse, then blocking anyone who tries to disperse and then arresting everyone because they didn't disperse is a perversion of logic. And it is not peaceful.

Peoples' rights in this country are constantly being threatened. Since September 11, they have been under serious assault. As to “step in a mud puddle, get dirty,” the road to fascism is a slippery slope.


Health Costs
Rene Wallis,

On salary costs versus contracts in the Mercer contract at the Department of Health. I apologize! I must not have made my point clear: the point wasn't that Mercer paid those salaries to their employees, but that the cost to the District was $161,000 per person. Contracts aren't cost effective when they are used to provide staff that ought to be provided by DC employees, because contracts are more expensive than hiring staff for the very reasons Ms. Kane cited in her E-mail (themail, October 13).

Contracts versus hiring staff is a government efficiency discussion that will be ongoing in the upcoming budget discussions. In the recent budget cutting round, the issue of high contract costs and high salaries was brought up by Patterson, Schwartz, Cropp and others. The Mercer contract at the Department of Health is just one example: I am guessing we are going to hear more about this and DC begins the FY04 budget debate. Good reminder for me to be very clear in my writing! Thanks for catching it!


October 2002 InTowner
Peter Wolff,

This is to advise that the October 2002 on-line edition has been uploaded and may be accessed at Included are the lead stories, community news items and crime reports, editorials (including prior months' archived), restaurant reviews (prior months' also archived), and the text from the ever-popular “Scenes from the Past” feature. Also included are all current classified ads.

The complete issue (along with prior issues back to July 2001) also is available in PDF file format by direct access from our home page at no charge simply by clicking the link provided. Here you will be able to view the entire issue as it looks in print, including the new ABC Board actions report, all photos and advertisements. The next issue will publish on November 11. The complete PDF version will be posted by early that Friday morning, following which the text of the lead stories, community news, and selected features will be uploaded shortly thereafter.

To read this month's lead stories, simply click the link on the home page to the following headlines: 1) “Skateboarder on U Street Assaulted by Aggressive Police Without Warning”; 2) “University's Dorm Plan Near Dupont Circle Not Welcome, Neighbors Seeking to Nix Deal”; 3) “Historic House Razing Galvanizes DC to Set Regs Enforcing Existing Law.”



Please Testify at Antenna Hearing Thursday, October 17
Ann Loikow,

As of 3 p.m. on the day before the Zoning Commission's hearing on revising the antenna regulations, only four citizens (and no one from the area around the Tenley Tower) have signed up to testify. The hearing will be on Thursday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. Please fax (727-6072) Alberto P. Bastida, Secretary to the Zoning Commission, or E-mail him ( that you wish to testify, and if for an organization, what the organization's name is.

It is very important that citizens participate actively in this hearing. This is the hearing we requested at the roundtables last year. The purpose of the hearing to get comments on the Office of Planning's proposed amendments to the antenna regulations which are basically our only protection, esthetically and from a public health standpoint, as to new antennas, antenna towers and monopoles all over the city. Please participate. For more information, E-mail me or call me at 363-6658.


Renovators’ House Tour on Capitol Hill to Benefit Local School, October 19
Mark Eckenwiler, eck at ingot dot org

The Renovators' House Tour is a self-guided walking tour of Capitol Hill homes featuring creative design and renovation ideas. This year's tour is slated for Saturday October 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and includes an 1805 house recently renovated under the direction of award-winning architect Robert Gurney. Also on the tour is a loft space planned by local architect Eric Jenkins, who won an Inform 2002 award for the project.

Tickets are available at Trover Books, Grubbs Pharmacy, and Randolph Cree Salon on Capitol Hill, or by calling 543-0805. All proceeds go to support Watkins Elementary, a DC Public School within the Capitol Hill Cluster. For more information, visit


Latin Drums Along the Potomac, October 19
Dorothy Marschak,

You can beat this! The drums, that is, that Steve Nash will demonstrate in his program on "Latin Drumming" this coming Saturday afternoon from 2-3 p.m. at Northeast Public Library, Maryland Avenue and 7th Streets, NE. In this program sponsored by CHIME (Community Help In Music Education), Steve will present a live demonstration of different Latin drumming styles using timbales, bongos, congas, and campana. He will also show a videotape of different Latin musical influences, and answer questions from the audience.

This program is the fourth in CHIME’s 2002-2003 Music Around the World in Your Neighborhood series of twenty-two free programs for all ages at eleven libraries in all parts of the city. It is the first of its next group of three programs on music with Hispanic roots, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Save October 26 for a program with Coral Cantigas Director Diana Saez on “Songs of Latin America” at Petworth Public Library and catch Steve again on November 2 at Lamond-Riggs Library. The series will pick up again in January with units on music with Asian, African and European roots respectively. The programs illustrate the connections as well as the differences between the musical forms and instruments of different cultures, genres and periods.

The series is partially supported by grants from the Humanities Council of Washington, the IMF and Friends of participating libraries. We still seek donations to make up the balance of the costs, including sponsors for taping for TV airing. For a complete schedule of the series and for more information about CHIME (Community Help In Music Education), including how to volunteer or donate, visit You can also contact us at, or at S232-2731.


From the Omitted, Candidates Forums
Anne Heutte,

I think that since I joined the DC Statehood Party (now the Statehood Green Party) when Julius Hobson organized it in 1971, I am a reliable witness to the fact that the DC media have done an excellent job of keeping us omitted from the political life of this city. So here is how readers can play catch up: meet us in full color reality at any of the occasions listed below. And get to know us in our virtual reality at We are a feisty, progressive, colorful bunch of tireless young enthusiasts and vigorous old-timers, all of us in it for the long haul, so that, as Julius used to say, we can become a city of free citizens instead of a Disneyland for the rich. See you at the polls.

Thursday, October 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., mayoral candidates' forum, Capitol City Pavilion, 3401 Georgia Avenue, NW, Sponsors: ANC 1A and 1B.

Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at-large council and mayoral candidates forum, 441 4th Street, NW, outside the Judiciary Square Metro Stop on the Red Line. Sponsor: Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners' Assembly.

Monday, October 21, 7:00 p.m., mayoral forum sponsored by Capitol Hill/Stanton Park Neighborhood Assoc. H Street Theater, 1365 H Street, NW. Moderator: Tom Sherwood of Channel 4.

Monday, October 21, 6:30 p.m., League of Women Voters sponsors a forum for candidates for At-Large and Chair of the DC Council. Martin Luther King Library, Auditorium A.

Tuesday, October 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Alliance candidates' forum for At-Large City Council seats. Moderator: Tom Sherwood, Channel 4. Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street, NW.

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m., Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle Street, NW, sponsors a Candidates' Forum.

Saturday, November 2, 12:00 p.m., mayoral candidates' forum. Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue and Macomb Street, NW.


Stand Up for Democracy Candidates’ Forum, October 23
Karen Szulgit,

Stand Up for Democracy in DC will sponsor a candidates' forum for DC statehood delegation, at-large council, and mayoral candidates. The forum will be held on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, Basement Auditorium, Room A5. The forum will feature a celebrity media panel including Joe Madison, nationally syndicated talk show host for WOL-1450AM, and Mark Plotkin, political commentator and analyst for WTOP Radio (1500AM). Moderators will be Anise Jenkins, Stand Up! president, and Mark David Richards, sociologist. For more information, contact Anise Jenkins, 232-2500.


Rally for Environmental and Economic Justice, October 24
Parisa Norouzi,

In commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, please join us for A People's Rally for Environmental and Economic Justice United in the Fight Against Racism, Poison, and Poverty. Hear national and local speakers and invited elected officials, see exciting cultural performances, get information and be part of the movement! Thursday, October 24, 6:30-9 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW.

Join us for an evening rally of the 2nd National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, as we celebrate our work, victories, lessons and key objectives of the growing environmental and economic justice movement. At this event we will highlight and unite environmental justice organizing underway throughout the country with the ongoing organizing around affordable housing, health care, education, safe jobs at livable wages and overall economic justice in Washington, DC and throughout the nation. One goal of this national event is to provide support for the people of Washington, DC, our host city. Please come out and represent your community! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit Planning Committee and National Black Environmental Justice Network,, or call 265-4919 or 833-1333.


“Bowling for Columbine” A Must-See Movie
Sarah Lanning, splanning at yahoo dot com

I just saw the new movie by Michael Moore, “Bowling for Columbine,” and it is fantastic! It's a highly entertaining documentary about America's love affair with guns. Michael Moore's previous movie, “Roger and Me,” took a look at corporate greed at GM. As we face the prospect of war with Iraq and our home has become a place where pumping gas can be fatal, the issues he raises in this movie seem more important than ever. Even if you ultimately don't agree with his position, it's a very funny and provocative movie that is well worth seeing. It opened in New York and LA last weekend, it opens in more cities this weekend (including DC) and will eventually be shown in over 700 movie theaters across the US Please go see this movie.



Food Donations Needed for Families
Art Jackson, Jr.,

We are seeking donations of turkeys and can goods to feed fifty to one hundred families falling on hard times, in need of someone to care. If you know of a grocery store or individual who can assist us, E-mail details today. Donated meals will be distributed to the District families in mid November.


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