Covid and Arts Education

What happens to arts education in the virtual/distance learning environments many young people are experiencing, at least in part, this year? What about social-emotional learning and support? Is the current situation worsening learning and access gaps? Is Covid-19 loosening the hold of systems that were already not working for Black children? We Act Radio’s “Community […]

Encampments, Vacant Apartments, Computers, and DC Housing Insecurity in the Pandemic

A variety of community partners, led by individuals who have or are currently experiencing homelessness, are stepping up to meet the needs of the housing insecure in DC.

Covid and Encampments

The People for Fairness Coalition and Serve Your City DC, a Mutual Aid hub, have been gathering each Sunday afternoon to support people living in encampments during this pandemic. “Covid Reduction Plan” has been focused in DC’s NoMa neighborhood and is now expanding to other encampments. Qaadir El-Amin of the Fair Budget Coalition, Maurice Cook […]

Covid, Commutation, and the Black Coalition

July 22, 2020 — We Act Radio’s “Community thru Covid” Segment 1: Ronnie Long’s case and commutation. Top of the hour Prof. Jamie T. Lau and AshLeigh Long on the case of Ronnie Long, still serving an 80 year sentence many think he should never have received at all, while facing additional health risks from […]

Covid and the Black Coalition: Update from Dr. Reed Tuckson

Heat emergencies and other logistics are impacting the District’s response to Covid-19, while the pandemic continues to hit harder, and be more lethal, for Black people in the city. Dr. Reed Tuckson, of the Black Coalition Against Covid, joined “Community thru Covid” Wed, 7/29. Segment begins around 33:00 mark — Dr. Tuckson highlighted our responsibility […]

Covid and Commutation: Calls to #FreeRonnieLong

UPDATE: Ronnie Long’s conviction was vacated and he was released in late August. Details to follow. Albermarle Correctional Institution has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 in the NC prison system,* meaning Ronnie Long, 64, faces the viral threat as well as decades remaining on an 80-year sentence that his attorney says he should […]

Covid and Incarceration: Juvenile Facilities

Thanks to Josh Rovner, senior advocacy associate for The Sentencing Project, for sharing important background regarding Covid-19 in juvenile detention facilities and suggested actions for those concerned about health and developmental risks to incarcerated youth. Segment begins near the top of the hour here (video link below) — Nationally, facilities in DC and 37 states […]