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Park View Public Safety Working Group Meeting This Saturday — All Neighbors Welcome

August 25, 2017

Whether you have been actively engaged with MPD over the past several months, or recently, public safety in the Park View neighborhood is top of mind. Community concerns about various hot spots in the community were top of mind over the past several months, and the shooting at the Park View Rec Center at Princeton and Warder on Wednesday night has only underscored the need to develop a strategy — not just to focus on current issues but also to proactively address future issues.

I’ve been collaborating with and supporting the United Neighborhood Coalition’s efforts to develop a community based task force to focused on public safety. This Saturday, this working group will kick off. Below is the announcement from the UNC.

As promised earlier this week, below are details and the draft agenda for Saturday’s meeting to kick off a Park View UNC public safety working group. All Park View UNC members and non-member neighbors are invited to attend.

Given last night’s events, public safety is top of mind for many in our community. This meeting will be a chance for neighbors to discuss the structure we’d like a public safety working group to take and determine its leadership. We’ll also lay out issues of top importance to the neighborhood that the working group can take on. Although many of us are urgently seeking answers about last night’s shooting, by taking space at this meeting for longer-term planning, we’ll be better equipped to address specific incidents in close coordination with MPD, our Councilmember’s and Mayor’s offices, and other city departments in the future.

I hope to see you there!

Where: Park View Rec Center , on the corner of Warder St. and Otis Pl. NW. We will meet in the small multipurpose room at the back of the rec.
When: Saturday, August 26, 10:00-11:30am

DRAFT agenda – Park View UNC Public Safety Working Group Kickoff

Saturday, August 26, 10-11:30am

1. Welcome and introductions: each attendee provides their name, where they live and their top public safety topic of interest

2. Issues: Brainstorm top issues that the Working Group will focus on (driven by what was covered during the intros and added to/tweaked as we go)

3. Process: How do we track these issues? Which DC city agencies or offices (Mayor, Council, MPD, etc.) can help? How can we best coordinate with them? If it is something the community can be proactive on independently, what action can we take?

4. Structure: What will the Working Group structure look like? This will include leadership of the Working Group overall, point people on specific issues, frequency of report-outs, etc.

5. Next steps/discuss meeting frequency

6. Adjourn

Arrest Made in Casa Ruby Vandalism/Assult, Casa Ruby Seeks Donations for Repairs

March 14, 2017

Vandalism of door at Casa Ruby

On Sunday at around 2 pm Casa Ruby — located at 2822 Georgia Avenue — was vandalized and the perpetrator engaged in a verbal altercation with a staff member working at the center. Casa Ruby is a drop-in center and advocacy organization for transgender women which was founded in 2004 by Ruby Corado. As the subject left the building, he threw a brick at the door causing damage.

On Monday, March 13, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, Andrew Cook of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Felony Destruction of Property. He was additionally charged with Simple Assault and Threatening to Kidnap or Injure a Person.

I can’t thank MPD enough for their support of Casa Ruby and swift response, but Casa Ruby also needs help in repairing the damage. A gofundme campaign has been set up “to help raise enough money to help Casa Ruby get better security doors as to keep everyone inside safe and make them feel safe.  The transgender community and especially our youth really need our help right now.”

Please consider supporting Casa Ruby to help them repair damage and upgrade their safety.

(Ruby Corado (center) of Casa Ruby)2

Two Bruce Monroe @ Park View Families Facing Deportation Proceedings — Assistance from Community Being Sought

March 9, 2017

I’ve been informed that two families with children enrolled at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School are currently facing deportation proceedings and are approaching the community for help. A fundraiser has been started to raise money to provide legal representation to the families who are currently in deportation proceedings. As of last night, 45% of the $10,000 goal had been raised.

Local charities are not taking new cases, but attorneys willing to represent the families for a reduced fee have been found. The organizers are asking for help from the community. Any money not spent representing these or other families in deportation proceedings will be donated to the CAIR coalition and CARECEN in equal parts.

Love March Planned for Georgia Avenue on Saturday, March 11th

March 8, 2017

On Saturday, March 11th, a group of DC community members who are interested in celebrating and promoting diversity in our neighborhoods have scheduled a Love March that will run down Georgia Avenue from Emery Recreation Center to the African American Civil War Memorial.  You can learn more about the march on the Love March Website. Below are March details from the site.

March/Rally Date
Saturday, March 11

Starting Point Location
Emery Rec. Center, starting at 10:30am

Mid-Point Rally
Bruce Monroe Park, 12:30pm

Ending Rally
U Street/African Civil War Memorial, 1:30-2:30pm

What Was Your Experience During the Women’s March This Weekend?

January 23, 2017

womens-march-metro(One of the many Green Line trains packed taking people to Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington)

The Women’s March on Washington has come and gone, and I doubt anyone in Washington wasn’t involved or impacted in some way. Whether you were packed like a sardine on Metro (an experience I personally shared) — where ridership exceeded Metro’s capacity, with trains sitting in tunnels waiting for trains to unload and platforms to clear further down the line — or walked down to participate, or even hosted family and friends from out of town (I had the pleasure of hosting family from Ohio),  it seemed like everyone was involved and helped make the day the tremendous success it turned out to be. It certainly exceeded my expectations.

What was your experience? What moment did you feel was the most significant/moving moment of the day for you? Equally important, what impact do you think the march with have in the long-term?


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