DC Appleseed Center

For Law and Justice

Updates and Commentary

Three years ago, in light of emerging data describing the significant wealth disparities between black and white residents, DC Appleseed began a long-term study focusing on the workforce development system. Our purpose was to help improve that system as a means to provide low-income people and people of color an opportunity to receive education and training needed to compete for better-paying, sustainable jobs.

Making DC More Equitable by Reforming our Workforce Development System

February 15, 2022 DC

As we move forward into a new stage of recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, let us not forget the sacrifices that essential workers made providing critical services. Today, we can celebrate the DC City Council vote to boost pay for early educators who provided day care services to thousands of children, allowing their parents to go to work.

DC Government Votes to Send $10,000 to Early Education Teachers

February 2, 2022

As the Washington Post reported yesterday, the District of Columbia had “mixed results” in the fight against HIV. The reported results are based on the number of new infections in the city in 2020, along with the number of infected people in treatment and the number whose treatment has led to suppression of the virus so they will not infect others. infections in the city in 2020, along with the number of infected people in treatment and the number whose treatment has led to suppression of the virus so they will not infect others.

The HIV Fight Is Not Over

February 8, 2022

As Chair of the board for DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, I would like to commend Walter Smith and the staff at DC Appleseed, for their tremendous service working on many of the toughest issues facing the District. I also want to acknowledge all the support that our Board and our pro bono partners have provided in addressing these issues. Without the pro bono support from our Board and others, none of our accomplishments would have been possible.

President Biden, Congresswoman Norton, and the Washington Post Salute DC Appleseed - March 1, 2022

As you may have seen in our letter on today’s Post editorial page, DC Appleseed has long been a strong advocate for D.C. Statehood. At the same time, we are also a strong advocate of taking steps to advance democracy in ways that may bring us important elements of Statehood while we are working toward the ultimate Statehood goal. This includes our previous efforts to give the District an elected Attorney General and local budget autonomy.

Moving DC Democracy Forward - April 22, 2022

The Delegate Voting Rights Act of 2022 could give DC a voice in Congress. This bill, recently introduced in the DC Council, would amend the legislation that created DC’s nonvoting delegate to make it possible for our delegate to vote on all issues applying exclusively to the District of Columbia.

A Step Forward for DC Democracy - March 11, 2022