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The UPDATE

Economic Justice:
Guaranteed Basic Income for District Residents and Working Families to Start in 2023

 

Beginning in 2023, District households whose adult members work but aren’t paid enough to make ends meet will receive a monthly guaranteed basic income payment. The income boost is the result of a new program created by the DC Council, thanks to the leadership of Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen. The exact dollar amount will vary by household size and income, with roughly half of beneficiaries being children. Stipends would start at up to $168 per month for families with three children and increase to up to $476 per month by 2026. Nearly 35,000 District households, which include 50,000 tax filers and 58,000 children, would benefit from the program. 

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Nominate a Young Person or Colleague for DC Action’s 2021 Awards

DC Action's Fall Reception and Awards Celebration on Tuesday, October 26 is the start of a new tradition of honoring individuals in our community who are blazing new trails in advocacy. These heroes/sheros bring to life our collective vision of making the District of Columbia a place where all of our children and young people grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard. 

We invite you to nominate professionals and young people who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to advance equity and the well-being of children and youth in the District of Columbia.

Selected honorees will receive a star trophy and $2,500 to $5,000 cash prizes during our Awards Celebration. The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 27 at midnight. 

Nominations are now open for:

  • Early Educator of the Year
  • Home Visitor of the Year
  • Shooting Star
  • Youth Champion of the Year
Learn More and Submit a Nomination

Education

Out-of-school-time programs have proven to be lifelines for District children, youth, and families, especially during the pandemic. By providing social and emotional and academic support to students and enabling parents to get back to work, OST programs are integral pieces in the fabric of our community. Now, community-based organization, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, has gone a step further, working to educate its families about the COVID-19 vaccine and help them get vaccinated. 

Read the Washington Post Article

Health and Safety:
How COVID-19 Is Impacting
Children & Young Adults

Now 18 months into the coronavirus crisis, COVID-19 continues to affect our city in a variety of ways, and disparities persist along racial and geographic lines. For example, as of August 31, among 12- to 15-years olds, 7 out of 10 Ward 2 youth had been fully vaccinated, while not even 1 out of 10 Ward 8 youth in this age range had been fully vaccinated. Read DC Action Research and Data Manager Rachel Metz’s latest report on COVID in the District.

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Voting and Democracy

While people across the United States rallied for voting rights on the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington, District residents focused their public advocacy on the fight for DC Statehood. 

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Read, Watch, Listen

Read: The 57 Bus is Dashka Slater’s compelling examination of how a chance meeting of two teenagers on an Oakland bus led to life-changing events propelled by the intersection of race, class, gender, and justice.

Watch: Authors and educators Ijeoma Oluo and Rachel Cargle and 12-year-old minister Elijah Lee explore the lives of anti-racist activists in this installment of the Self-Evident: A PBS American Portrait Miniseries. 

Listen: Students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts produced this podcast about the escalating toll that gun violence is taking on our community, interviewing three survivors.

About DC Action

DC Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy organization making the District of Columbia a place where all kids grow up safe, resilient, powerful and heard. DC Action uses research, data, and a racial equity lens to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. We are home to DC Kids Count, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, the DC Home Visiting Council and the Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coalition. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns bring the power of young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change.

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