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Archive - 2015

December 12th

The Mental Cost of Violence

Jonetta's Take

I sat next to her as audience members departed for the arts healing sessions during “The Gift,” a program presented by myself and Esther Productions, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving girls and women. She was reluctant to join a group, confessing a heavy heart. A day earlier, her cousin’sboyfriend had been killed; they were a close group.

jonetta rose barras is a freelance writer.

It’s Too Darn Hot!

The Nose

Last month The Nose revealed a cunning plan to revive the fortunes of the ethically challenged giants of the political hanky-panky, Michael “Piece of a Piece” Brown and Harry “The Golfer” Thomas.

Have a tip for The Nose? Email thenose@hillrag.com.

It’s Too Darn Hot!

The Nose

Last month The Nose revealed a cunning plan to revive the fortunes of the ethically challenged giants of the political hanky-panky, Michael “Piece of a Piece” Brown and Harry “The Golfer” Thomas.

Have a tip for The Nose? Email thenose@hillrag.com.

DC Can’t Afford to Lose the Low-Cost Housing It Has Left

The Numbers

Dealing with DC’s affordable housing crisis is like trying to run up a down escalator. While the city is making great strides to build new low-cost housing, powerful market forces are pushing up rents and home prices elsewhere, making it hard just to stay even. Each year it feels like we lose more than we gain. No wonder a growing number of DC residents see housing as the city’s top challenge, according to a new Washington Post poll, and a majority of black residents see development as bad for them.

Claire Zippel is a policy associate at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia and to increase opportunities for residents to build a better future.

DC Can’t Afford to Lose the Low-Cost Housing It Has Left

The Numbers

Dealing with DC’s affordable housing crisis is like trying to run up a down escalator. While the city is making great strides to build new low-cost housing, powerful market forces are pushing up rents and home prices elsewhere, making it hard just to stay even. Each year it feels like we lose more than we gain. No wonder a growing number of DC residents see housing as the city’s top challenge, according to a new Washington Post poll, and a majority of black residents see development as bad for them.

Claire Zippel is a policy associate at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia and to increase opportunities for residents to build a better future.

Walking with the Cane

E on DC

A number of my friends are using canes these days. Quite a few have had knee and hip replacements. Like football running backs and basketball players, we have started to lose that quick first step. Suddenly it’s the last quarter or the end of the year. Will you be back next season?

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. His “Collected Poems,” edited by Kirsten Porter, will be published in March 2016.

Walking with the Cane

E on DC

A number of my friends are using canes these days. Quite a few have had knee and hip replacements. Like football running backs and basketball players, we have started to lose that quick first step. Suddenly it’s the last quarter or the end of the year. Will you be back next season?

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. His “Collected Poems,” edited by Kirsten Porter, will be published in March 2016.

December 11th

Van Ness School Receives $5,000 Amazon Grant

Amazon, Inc., Awards Van Ness Elementary Funds for New School Supplies

Classrooms stocked with crisp hardback books, freshly tuned xylophones and kink-free jump ropes offer the children at Van Ness Elementary tools vital to their education thanks to a $5,000 grant awarded by Amazon, Inc. On Friday, two Amazon representatives toured the newly-reopened school on the 1100 block of Fifth Street SE with head of the school Cynthia Robinson-Rivers and Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen.