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June 21, 2009

Not All Publicity Is Good Publicity

Dear Publicizers:

Friday afternoon, Mayor Fenty and Councilmembers Evans, Catania, and Graham held a press conference at the Columbia Heights Metro station. Evans, Catania, and Graham had supported Fenty’s “gang injunction” provisions that were defeated so soundly in the council last week, and they held the press conference to continue to push for them ( On Thursday, two participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program had quarreled at the Convention Center and resumed their argument at the Columbia Heights Metro, where one shot the other and an innocent bystander.

The mayor and councilmembers claimed the gang injunction provisions would prevent violent crimes, but even they didn’t try to claim that the provisions would have applied to the participants in Thursday’s shooting or could have prevented it. The mayor admitted that they were holding the press conference at the Columbia Heights station simply because Thursday’s shooting was in the news. In other words, it was cheap-jack exploitation. Their embarrassment should have been complete when later Friday afternoon the shooter was identified as an intern in Councilmember Jim Graham’s office who had been assigned there by the Summer Youth Employment Program, and Graham, who styles himself “the sheriff of Ward One,” drove the intern to the police substation to turn himself in. As one wag wrote to me, under the gang injunction provisions the attorney general could designate Graham’s council office as a gang and issue a stay-away order to the Graham Gang keeping them from gathering together in Ward One or in the Wilson Building.

I asked Mayor Fenty what he would say to potential employers to assure them that participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program would be screened well enough to ensure that they wouldn’t be bringing that kind of violence or weapons into their workplaces. The mayor’s answer, “I don’t understand the question.” Claiming that he doesn’t understand questions is one of the mayor’s usual ways to evade answering them, but in this case I believe him. I don’t think he understands how even a couple more cases of violence of this sort would discourage private employers from hiring kids in the program.

The question that Councilmember Jack Evans kept asking members of the press was how they would prevent crime, if they didn’t support the gang injunction program. It isn’t the job of reporters to propose government policies, so of course he got no answer. But the American Civil Liberties Union demonstrators at the press conference were already chanting a simple answer to that question: “Prosecute criminals, not innocent people.” Prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating actual criminals is the best way we know to prevent future crime. With few exceptions, young criminals in DC have to commit numerous crimes before they are arrested, to be arrested numerous times before they are prosecuted, and to be prosecuted numerous times before they are incarcerated. Instead of labeling people who have not committed any crimes as gang members, enforce our current laws and make the juvenile justice system work to protect innocent people.

WTOP radio dug up the fact that, “Since Adrian Fenty became DC’s mayor in 2007, the number of speed bumps in the nation’s capital has jumped from 157 to 691,” It’s just one more instance of this administration’s hostility to cars and their drivers, and its belief that if it makes the road bumpy enough, if it makes driving and parking unpleasant enough, people will abandon their cars for buses and subways. Shouldn’t urban planning have some basis in what people actually do and want to do, rather than simply in what urban planners want to make people do?

Gary Imhoff


Dorothy Brizill,

This past April, in response to news reports, the city council launched an investigation into efforts by the Fenty administration to use a District nonprofit to transfer a surplus District fire truck and ambulance to Sosua, a city in the Dominican Republic. Councilmembers Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, and Mary Cheh, chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, were authorized to conduct a joint investigation, and their respective committees were given subpoena authority. Last Friday, Cheh and Mendelson sought to carry out their investigations with depositions from three key individuals involved in the incident — Deputy Fire Chief Ronald E. Gill, Jr.; Robin Booth, Property Disposal Specialist in the Office of Contracts and Procurement; and Ronald Moten, Chief Operating Officer of Peaceoholics. The depositions were closed to the press and the public, so I spent most of Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the corridor outside of Room 104 at the Wilson Building, where I was able to see some of the drama surrounding the depositions.

At 10:00 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Gill, in his dress FEMS uniform, arrived with his pro bono attorney, Anthony Herman from Covington Burling. Already seated in the room were attorneys from the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles, including George C. Valentine, Deputy Attorney General in charge of the Civil Litigation Division. Although Gill’s deposition had been previously scheduled, Nickles had intervened, arguing that District employees Gill and Booth needed legal counsel, but that the Office of the Attorney General could not represent them, “given the potential for possible conflicts with the government’s interests under DC Bar Rule of Professional Conduct 1.13” ( When the council refused to secure private legal counsel for Gill and Booth, Nickles managed to secure private attorneys from Covington and Burling for Gill and from Venable LLP for Booth. Though the AG had argued that it would be a conflict of interest for his attorneys to represent Gill and Booth, the attorneys from the AG’s office refused to leave the deposition. After more than an hour and a half of heated discussion, and instances when all of the attorneys were put out of the hearing room, Mendelson had had enough, and called Ron Collins, Deputy Secretary to the council, to have him stand by in the event that security officers would have to be called to eject the AG’s attorneys forcibly. After more heated discussion in which they insisted that they were there to “assist” Gill’s attorney and to represent Gill in his “official” capacity as a District employee, Valentine and the other attorney from the AG’s office decided to leave voluntarily rather than to be forcibly ejected. Later in the day, Nickles told the Washington City Paper that he would take the council to court to enforce his office’s right to attend the deposition, even though he had earlier claimed that it would be a conflict of interest.

Robin Booth’s deposition, which followed Gill’s, was conducted by Councilmember Mary Cheh. George Valentine and the same attorney from the Attorney General’s office again insisted on attending the deposition, but this time indicated that they were there as co-counsel with Booth’s attorneys from Venable, Robert L. Wilkins and Claude E. Bailey. (Bailey until recently was a senior attorney in the District government, holding positions in the Corporation Counsel’s office, the Sports Authority, and the Washington Convention Center Authority.) Cheh allowed them to stay throughout Booth’s deposition. Ronald Moten was scheduled for a private deposition at 4:00 p.m. However, he invited about sixty teenagers and young adults from Peaceoholics to come to the Wilson Building, telling them that he was going to testify at a public hearing. At about 3:30 p.m., they began to congregate on the fifth floor outside the council chamber, acting in a boisterous and rowdy manner. At 4:00 p.m., Moten brought them down to the hallway outside Room 104, and insisted that “his people” be allowed to attend and witness his deposition. Councilmember Mendelson confirmed with Moten that he had been told the deposition was private and that only he and his attorney would be allowed to attend. Moten objected flamboyantly and angrily, said that he “didn’t have time for this,” and left with the sixty kids. Moten’s attorney, Rodney Mitchell, also said that Moten “didn’t have time for this.” Since Moten’s deposition was originally scheduled for 4:00 p.m., although he had been previously informed that the depositions were running late, Mitchell said Moten, “can’t stand around and wait.” Moten is now insisting that he will not attend a private deposition, but will only testify with his group witnessing in a public hearing.

Hovering in the hallway outside Room 104 all afternoon while the depositions were being taken was David Jannarone, Director of Development in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, who has been identified as one of the administration figures who worked with mayoral friend Sinclair Skinner to arrange for the transfer of the firetruck and ambulance.


Chancellor Michelle Rhee Is a Terminating Machine
Candi Peterson,

It has been reported that two hundred fifty DC teachers received notices of terminations last week. These notices were given to some DC teachers by hand; some by E-mail, and some by mail to their homes. Chancellor Michelle Rhee signed all teachers’ termination letters. Many believe two hundred fifty terminated teachers is not an accurate number, and the Rhee administration has not confirmed whether this an accurate number of teacher terminations. Despite the fact that Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee’s termination letters stated that DC teachers were evaluated by their local school principal, some DC teachers were fired without ever being evaluated, as WJLA news presented on Friday’s news. There are still a host of complaints in which veteran teachers report that there were targeted for personal reasons. Many teachers were not given the support they were entitled under our teachers’ contract. Many procedural violations occurred in implementing ninety-day plans for DC teachers. Probationary teachers were fired arbitrarily.

When Rhee signed off on the terminations of twenty-one teachers at Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC) for their standardized test scores, which many question, it leaves me wondering whether Principal Maria Tukeva ever cheated in some back room. How is it that the entire middle school teaching staff of twenty-one teachers out of approximately thirty-two teachers at CHEC were all deemed ineffective? How is that the entire special education department at Ludlow Taylor elementary school, where Carolyn Cobbs is principal, were terminated? Was the whole special education department ineffective? Stories like these and many others defy probability and reason, and suggest to me that it’s not about removing ineffective teachers but more about Chancellor Rhee’s making good on her threat to fire DC teachers in the form of plan B after proposed teacher contract talks stalled with the Washington Teachers’ Union last year.

Here’s what some DC teachers said on The Washington Teacher blog about the recent terminations. Dee Does the District: “This issue is bigger than just me. There are six other teachers that were terminated from Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School by Carolyn Cobbs (Principal). These individuals ranged from probationary teachers to veterans in the District. One teacher in particular was told her job was safe, only to receive a certified letter stating her termination last week. I want others to know that they are not alone in this! We need to band together and fight for ourselves and fight for the current and future teachers of the District. What happened to us is not right, it is not fair, and although this will be a long, arduous task, we will win this.”

A terminated teacher from CHEC: “I am one of the probationary teachers who was terminated at CHEC. My frustration is focused entirely on the administration at CHEC, for the way that they are handling the firing process, and for the amount of truly amazing professionals they are terminating. The amount of extra work required of teachers at CHEC is unbelievable, and all of the people that I know who have been fired embrace that extra work. There have been several terminations that I know of where teachers were not even placed on any sort of improvement plan. I was not on any sort of a plan . . . no 90-day, no anything. . . . All throughout the year, I felt underappreciated, unsupported, and unfairly treated. The work environment at that school is poisonous, and this is just the latest thing. May this just be a lesson to everyone that as educators, we need to stick together, support each other, and remember that we are ultimately all here for the kids. They are what kept me going all year, and they will continue to keep me going in the future.”

A current DC CHEC teacher: “This year at CHEC, there was an obvious shift in the way the administration ‘graded’ the performance appraisal rubric and evaluated teachers. Teachers who ‘exceeded expectations’ in the past were given ‘meets expectations’ or ‘needs improvement’ and the overall morale in the school was gravely effected by this seemingly arbitrary change in rating teachers. To me, this sounds like pressure coming from powers higher above. This shift definitely created an us versus them mentality in the school. Many teachers have been harassed, disrespected, unsupported, and pushed away due to unprofessional pressures from some administrators. I find it very disheartening to see so many talented and hard working teachers leave my school each year (voluntarily and involuntarily). I am also very frustrated that each year the dramatic turnover results in retraining and reinvesting in new staff which also greatly effects the school’s potential to grow and improve.”

This question was posted on my education blog, The Washington Teacher, and it is very appropriate in this climate of at-will terminations created by Chancellor Michelle Rhee. “If so many teachers are being terminated . . . what does that say about those hiring them? So many questions, so little answers, but plenty of finger pointing towards the teachers . . . including unfortunately, many good ones.” Some of us are determined to ensure that due process, required by law, occurs. A committee is being formed now to secure representation for many of our DC teachers who have been wronged. We are in search of an experienced labor attorney willing to represent a class of DC teachers pro bono. If you can help in any way, please contact me c/o


Write-In Candidate for Treasurer of Ward 5 Democrats
Albrette “Gigi” Ransom,

I have entered the Ward 5 Democrats Officers race as a write-in candidate for the Treasurer’s position on a slate for change for the 21st century. It is a new day in America, which has been infused with a higher consciousness. It has taken the air/power out of the controlling, suppressive, oppressive, group think, self-interest focus way of thinking about how to use power at the expense of the people’s rights and benefit. This new, uplifting consciousness has also entered the hearts and minds of those around the world, as we now see in Iran (Persia). People of all nationalities, special populations, etc., want to be engaged; have a voice that is respected and adhered to; and to be an integral part of the political, grassroots, social, etc. orders. It is clear that the leader(s) they now chose to elect must possess values, integrity, leadership skills, be inclusive of the willingness to accept constructive criticism, see the bigger picture, and act accordingly on behalf of the people. It is no longer about having power and wanting people to “fear” you because of it, but how you use that power and influence to empower those who elected and did not elect you to serve.

Here in DC, it is no different. However, the need for change in leadership to empower, embrace, and enhance this new way of thinking and perception is needed now more than ever. In Ward 5, as far as representation, it seems time has stopped along time ago, with outdated thinking and controlling systems, along with a singular focus to please, to serve, and enrich others to our detriment. It has taken some wonderful, dedicated ANC commissioners, and the same for the many community activists, no matter their age or preferences, “who have left/leave their egos at the door,” that have stood up and taken a stand for what is right, true, and deserving of the people! Due to the current built-in obstacles, they may not have achieved the desired results, but they knew/know that the adversary in the next fight will know they are a voice to be reckoned with. I am not one to just talk about an issue or situation. As one who has a track record of doing, with a strong background as a team player, especially with those who understand the true purpose of service, I recognize the sense of urgency for a change in leadership.

That being said, after discussions with some Ward 5 residents, I am entering the Ward 5 Democrats officers race as a write-in for the Treasurer’s position. I am respectfully asking for your vote. When we are elected, I would like to join Rae Zapata, Chair; Jeff Wilson, Vice Chair (write in); Imani, Vice-Chair; William “Bill” Myers, Vice Chairman; and Jane Lincoln, Recording Secretary, who have so far entered the race, who will serve from the high road, and will stand as lighthouses guiding the way for an empowered Ward 5.

I know that many of our residents have heard about the ANC resolution to censure me, created and presented in the dark by some of the 5C commissioners. Please know, I have and can further refute all of these trumped up allegations, some, if you had been able to see the E-mails would have definitely shown what they were up to. I am not homophobic. It is an attempt at character assassination, to destroy my reputation because I won’t go along with the status quo, which is the same way of thinking we are trying to change in the Ward 5 Dems. Those in Ward 5 and around the city who know my history of community service have not fallen for this action by Commissioner Bonds and others.

The election is tomorrow night at Michigan Park Christian Church, voting is from 7:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. , 1600 Taylor Street, NE (just before S. Dakota Avenue, NE). Again, I am respectfully asking for your support and vote, thanking you in advance for a new day in Ward 5 politics! Please come out to vote for change.


Capitol Visitor Center
Ed T. Barron, edtb1@macdotcom

The newly opened Capitol Visitor Center, costing about four times the original budget, is a huge entry into the Capitol Building. It is well done and should last a thousand years. Not normally inclined to visit popular attractions during the tourist season, we had our grand gals here from the other Washington and made reservations for a tour. The place was packed, but the crowds were handled in a very orderly manner. Tour tickets are time stamped and crowds of about six or seven hundred enter the orientation theater every twenty minutes. After the fifteen-minute film they are divided into groups of twenty-five and led by a tour guide onto the Rotunda floor. Probably about twenty groups are on the floor at any one time, but the tour guides are well equipped to describe the building. After the tour there is a “restaurant” which is really a very well organized cafeteria. We managed, at the height of the lunch hour, to get some good food at somewhat elevated prices (but worth the convenience) in about ten minutes and easily found a table to occupy despite the throngs of diners. The only other nearby alternative for lunch would have been the 6th floor of the Library of Congress building cafeteria (open to the public) a block away. For those touring the Capitol, there is a tunnel that leads right to the Library of Congress, another delightful place to visit (and a lot less crowded). The Capitol, and the new visitor center, are worth a visit.


Best Pet Trick Videos
Phil Shapiro,

To foster greater civic dialogue on important matters of the day, is sponsoring Best Pet Trick Videos. Http://


Why American University Is Becoming a Center for New Journalism
Phil Shapiro,

Just read a very interesting blog post from Mark Glaser at PBS’s Media Shift blog on why American University is becoming a hub for new journalism. ( Fair disclosure — I’m an adjunct professor at AU and might not see this information with unbiased eyes. Interestingly, although I teach in the school of education, a lot of what I teach my grad students is new media skills (screencasting, podcasting, blogs, video editing, RSS, etc.) — the same stuff taught in the School of Communications.

On a related topic, the recently formed Capital Region Society for Technology in Education looks like it’s getting off to a great start this month ( This no-dues organization was founded by Walter McKenzie, Assistant Superintendent for the Arlington Public Schools. Walter McKenzie is as sharp as they come in understanding how the human mind learns and is a down-to-Earth, unpretentious visionary. Follow CRSTE on Twitter at


DTV Transition and Loss of Stations
T. Lassoc,

Regarding the absence of WETA in the basic Cox cable service: We have no TV’s with digital tuners and as yet do not have a converter box. Before the transition, we had neither cable nor satellite service and actually were quite satisfied with channels available by over-the-air analog transmission. Of necessity, we just subscribed to limited, basic cable service just for minimal TV access.

It is reported that the number of over-the-air local channels (now digital broadcasts) has greatly increased (e.g., ABC has three digital channels), some of which are not included in basic cable lineups. Therefore, we intend to purchase a small digital TV (probably no larger than 13”) and/or a converter box (with the help of the government coupon), to supplement the stations we now receive by limited cable service. Fortunately, WETA is included in our limited cable service.

In order to receive the local over-the-air digital channels not included in the Cox standard/basic cable lineup, possibly consider a small digital TV not hooked up to your cable service or a converter box for an analog TV (if you still have one; they’re probably “a penny a dozen” or “free” now) — a possible interim alternative without a lot of additional expense.

[Unfortunately, converter boxes aren’t a penny a dozen yet. Regardless of brand, most places (Best Buy, Radio Shack, Sears, etc.) still sell them for sixty dollars, though Walmart sell them for fifty, which makes the final cost with the government discount coupon ten or twenty dollars. You may also need a new antenna; unless you’re in a poor reception area (in a valley or surrounded by taller buildings), the cheapest basic antenna with rabbit ears and a UHF loop will do fine. If you watch mostly PBS stations, as Nan Reiner wrote in the last issue of themail, digital over-the-air broadcast will actually give you more choices than cable. — Gary Imhoff]


The Nine Lives of Marion Barry
Gary Imhoff,

In the last issue of themail (June 17), I wrote about The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, the new documentary that debuted at Silverdocs on Saturday. The division of the crowd, from the people who booed him as he entered the theater to the people who cheered him and chanted his name as he left in his limousine, reflected the division that Marion Barry still inspires. For each side, the movie seemed to confirm and reflect the opinions they brought to it.

For me, the movie confirmed my greatest disappointment about Barry. He was first elected mayor in a three-way race against Mayor Walter Washington and Sterling Tucker. A series of Washington Post editorials argued basically that Washington was boring and Tucker was buttoned-down, and that Barry would bring excitement to the mayor’s office — which he certainly did. Black votes were split among Washington, Tucker, and Barry, and liberal whites provided Barry’s margin of victory. Barry’s failures as mayor were foreshadowed in his first term and became evident in his second — government corruption, both explicitly illegal and marginally legal; using the government as a jobs program and creating thousands of no-work and even no-show jobs; and his personal failures of womanizing and alcohol and drug abuse, which led to his general neglect and mismanagement of the government.

But his greatest failure was in the area where he had the greatest promise. As a product of the civil rights movement, Barry had credibility with liberal whites and street cred with blacks who didn’t feel represented by middle-class men like Washington and Tucker. He was a chameleon; to his developer friends, he was an educated man whose dashikis were a costume; to his street dude followers, he shared all the vices of the street, and his three-piece tailored suits were a disguise. He could speak with and relate to everyone. Coming to power after Washington’s 1968 riots, he had the potential to heal his city and reconcile the races better than nearly any other city leader in America. But when his personal vices could no longer be hidden, when his enablers and excusers could no longer claim that Marion was just fine, Marion continued to lie, and to bolster his lies by creating and exacerbating racial tensions and divisions. All his problems were the fault of the man, of “them,” the white people who couldn’t stand seeing a strong black man in charge and leading the city. Instead of reconciling and uniting the city, Barry deliberately divided it for his own purposes. It was that division that hurt this city and its people, more than the corruption and more than the mismanagement. It was his exploitation of race for personal gain that remains as his legacy to his city.



Department of Parks and Recreation Events, June 22-25
John Stokes,

June 22-26, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Ridge Road Recreation Center, 800 Ridge Road, SE. Inter generational football camp. Participants will enjoy a week of learning the fundamentals of football. They will also be preparing themselves for the upcoming football season. For more information, call Sonny Hicks at 645-3959.

June 24, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Langdon Park Recreation Center, 2901 20th Street, NE. Langdon Park Fun Day, ages six and up. We are having face painting, basketball tournament, outdoor swimming, outdoor tennis, relay races, tug-a-war, hop scotch, flag football, etc. There will be hot dogs, potato chips, popcorn, snow cones, juice, and sodas. Please come out and support our Fun Day here at Langdon Park. For more information, call T-Jai Farmer, Site Manager, at 576-6595.

June 24, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Takoma Community Center (Park Area), 300 Van Buren Street, NW. Senior picnic for ages 55 and up. Join the Senior Services Division for our Annual Senior Picnic. Seniors will enjoy fun, food, entertainment, and fellowship. For more information, call Nichole Williams at 576-7134.

June 24, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW. Congressional Softball Game. The softball teams from the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee staffs play for bragging rights. Sometimes the national chairmen for each group come out, but usually most of the participants are staffers. For more information, call Robert Haldeman at 671-1700.

June 25, 7:00 p.m., Ft. Lincoln Recreation Center, 3100 Lincoln Drive, NE; Ft. Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie Street, SE; Taft Field, 18th and Perry Streets, NE; Ridge Road Recreation Center, 800 Ridge Road, NE; and Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center, 501 Riggs Road, NE. Stars & Strikes Baseball Tournament for ages twelve and under. Stars and Strikes is a youth baseball program intended to enhance the awareness and participation level of youth baseball in the District of Columbia. Its focus is to provide a forum in which youth baseball teams, ranging in age from five to twelve, can participate in organized baseball during the 4th of July weekend and gain exposure to the world of organized travel baseball.

The event has been separated into two programs. The first half of the program will be the actual celebration of baseball in the District of Columbia. On Friday, July the 3rd, Stars and Strikes will hold a festival at Fort Lincoln field. There will be organized t-ball games and a mini 10U, one day, tournament at Fort Lincoln field. In addition, there will be food, beverages and amusements all over the Ft. Lincoln area. All teams will be from the District of Columbia. The point of this day is to attract the game of baseball to more individuals and increase the participation rate of kids involved in baseball.

The Second part of Stars and Strikes is a more competitive element. DC is a great city and it is a perfect venue to attract teams to come and play the game of baseball. However, there are a limited number of serious tournaments that are hosted within the District of Columbia. Stars and Strikes will host a 16 team 12 U tournament over the course of the July 4th week. Games will be held at various fields all over the DC from June 29th to July 4th, with games concluding on July 4th. The point is to make DC as serious of a forum to host competitive youth baseball tournaments. Teams will be in the DC, MD and VA area. For more information, call Robert Haldeman at 671-1700.


It’s Time to Let DC Vote, June 23
Ann Loikow,

The Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar is cosponsoring a brown bag program with the Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section and the DC Affairs Section: It’s Time to Let DC Vote! Tuesday, June 23,12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., at Jenner & Block LLP, 1099 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 900 (Metro Center, 11th Street exit). Speakers: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman for the District of Columbia (invited); Bruce Spiva, Chair, DC Vote, Spiva & Hartnett LLP; John Fortier, American Enterprise Institute; moderator: Lorelie S. Masters, Jenner & Block LLP.

Since the District of Columbia was created by Act of Congress in 1801, residents of our nation’s Capitol have had no voting representation in Congress. For the first time in decades, legislation in Congress that would give District residents a vote in the US House of Representatives has a realistic possibility of passing and being signed into law. A legal challenge will likely be reviewed on an expedited basis in the Supreme Court. Come and participate in a discussion about the Constitutional and other issues raised by this historic legislation. Cost: $10.00 Litigation Section, Real Estate, Housing and Land Use Section, and DC Affairs Section members and subscribers; $15.00 non-section members; $5.00 law students, government, and nonprofit employees, summer associates, and clerks. Please bring your own lunch.

To register for this program or for a printable registration form, please visit For more information, please visit


Community Reentry and Expungement Summit 2009, June 23
Susie Cambria,

Learn how to succeed with a criminal record. Come learn about reentry support services in the DC area and whether you are eligible to have your DC arrest record sealed or conviction record expunged. Event services will include housing information and counseling, education and vocational training, employment assistance, free civil legal advice, and information on record sealing and expungement. Tuesday, June 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW (Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center stop on the Yellow and Green Metro lines and Gallery Place/Chinatown stop on the Red Line; Metro buses P6, 90, X2, and G8).

For more information, contact April Frazier, Community Reentry Program Coordinator, 680 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Suite H-5, 824-2835,


National Building Museum Events, June 24
Jazmine Zick,

June 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Smart Growth: Achieving Neighborhood Sustainability with LEED. Sophie Lambert, director of LEED for Neighborhood Development at the US Green Building Council, explains how the LEED-ND rating system combines the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design. Tony Greenberg, JBG Companies, also shares his experience taking the Twinbrook Station project through the LEED-ND process. Free. No registration required. At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Judiciary Square stop, Metro Red Line.


Humanities Council Events, June 24-25
Lisa Alfred,

Conversation on great streets with the four living mayors of Washington. Wednesday, June 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m. At the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Invited panelists include all living mayors of Washington: Marion Barry, Adrian Fenty, Sharon Pratt, and Anthony Williams. Free. Please RSVP at or call 387-8391.

DC community heritage symposium on fundraising and the future of neighborhood preservation. Thursday, June 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Watts Branch Recreation Center, 6201 Banks Place, NE, one block from the Capitol Heights Metro Station. The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, presents a panel discussion and workshop on potential funding for community groups who want to tell the story of their community. Free. Please RSVP at or call 387-8391.


Independence Day Tea Party, July 4
Mickey White,

The Independence Day Tea Party will be held on July 4th at John Marshall Park, just two blocks from the mall at the corner of 4th Street and Constitution Avenue. The purpose of this event is to provide an outlet for area citizens to exercise their right to protest wasteful government spending, in the form of “Pork Projects” and the inevitable high taxation that follows. The Tea Party movement is a movement of the people, by the people, and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate.

This grassroots movement has grown popularity after fifty tea parties spontaneously erupted in late February, after Congress passed the pork-filled stimulus package, followed by the earmark-filled omnibus spending package, on April 15, over seven hundred fifty tax day tea parties were attended by over 350,000 Americans.

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