Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CM Sekou Biddle Discusses School Safety and Truancy Report

On Friday April 22, 2011 Council Member Sekou Biddle was able to discuss with SWOTDC the significance of the special committee on School Safety and Truancy’s recommendations to the entire city council. This was an important step in terms of being able to shape and mold educational reforms.  Recommendations discussed in depth included the Families Together Amendment Act of 2010, School Transit Amendment Act, South Capitol Street Tragedy Memorial Act of 2011, and the Coordinating Council’s Truancy Task Force.  If you would like a copy of the Committee Report of The Special Committee on School Safety and Truancy please click the link, and hopefully it will give you an in-depth look at the upcoming school reforms.

CM Sekou Biddle Discusses School Safety and Truancy Report


Thursday, April 21, 2011

SWOTDC April 22, 2011 Meeting

Please join SWOTDC as we host Council Member Sekou Biddle as he discusses issues dealing with The Special Committee on School Safety and Truancy.The meeting will take place April 22, 2011 from 9:00am -11 am at the Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard Street NW). For more information please view the flier or contact German Vigil at (202) 391-1527 or email gvigil@chsfsc.org.  

Save Our Safety Net Walking Tour

On April 21 2011 Save Our Safety Network and SWOT is organizing a walking tour highlighting social service agencies in Columbia Heights whose communities will be affected by the mayor's budget cuts. We have invited Councilmembers Graham and Biddle to attend and hope Ward 1 residents will learn about vital community organizations and share their feelings on the budget.

We'll start at the Columbia Heights Metro at 5:30pm and the tour goes until 6:30. From 6:30-7:30 we're having a happy hour at Alero restaurant that is near the Gala Theatre. This will be an opportunity to pass out information about your agencies, hear about the history of the neighborhood, and talk with Ward 1 residents and council staff. At this point we will also hand/send council staff letters from organizations about how budget cuts affect them, and we'll post the letters on the SOS blog as well. You are invited to write a letter as well! Please see the flier for more information.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

You Got Talent 2 (April 18 2011)


Distribucion de Comida

 La Oficina Executiva de la los Asuntos Latinos con colaboración con The Capital Area Food Bank van a tener una Distribución de comida el 28 de abril de 2011 la locación va hacer en el Barbara Chamber’s Children’s Center localizado en el 1470 Irving St. NW, para más información por favor llame al (202) 671-2825

Food Distribution

The Executive Office of Latino Affairs (OLA) in Partnership with the Capital Area FOOD BANK will have their next food distribution on April 28th 2011 the location will be at the Barbara Chamber’s Children’s Center 1470 Irving St. NW for more information please call (202) 671-2825.

Senior Wellness Center Seeks Donations

The Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center has really begun to serve the area’s seniors in earnest since its open house on February 28th. With your help this program has the potential to serve several senior citizens in Ward 1. They have been able to obtain several donations in the last two months; however it is still not enough to provide for all of their needs.

There are many opportunities for the entire community to be involved and support our seniors. One easy way is through donations of needed items in new or like-new condition. Below is a list of items needed by the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center. People can call 202-727-0338 for more information.

•Shuffle Board Set (Floor)
•Putt Golf Set
•Plastic storage containers
•Sewing and quilting supplies — (including fabric, cutting mat, rotary cutter, scissors, thread, straight pins (quilting), ironing board, backing, batting, long plastic cutting ruler, marking pencils, yard sticks)
•Crochet and knitting needles
•Jewelry making materials
•Gently used books – Self-help, Novels, Nonfiction
•Bibles and Korans
•Board Games and Puzzles
•Coffee Machine
•Umbrella Caddy
•Patio table, chairs, umbrellas
•Cameras (photography class)

Winning a Better Budget

Two out of every three dollars cut Mayor Vince Gray's proposed budget come from programs that support DC residents struggling with poverty, even though these programs make up only one out of every four dollars in the entire budget. 
  • Do we need affordable housing in DC
  • Is child care important for local workers?
  • Does everyone have a right to shelter?
Join us Tuesday, April 12  5pm-8pm at Bread for the City, 1525 7th Street NW (Between P and Q, 2 blocks from Shaw/Howard.) to learn about what’s happening and what you can do to make sure your tax dollars are spent on the services our city needs.

    You Got Talent 2