WRAG Strategic Planning is underway! We are happy to start the next phase of our strategic planning process. As part of this exciting and critically important opportunity for our region, we look forward to your input. Thank you for taking this survey to help us create a shared vision for the future of philanthropy in the Greater Washington, DC region.
Reimagining the Criminal Legal System
This spring, WRAG will host three webinars for members exploring different strategies for funders' roles in reimagining the DMV's systems of courts, jails, and prisons. See below for information on the first event!
Addressing Racial Disparity
Reimagining the Criminal Legal System Series
Friday, April 30, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Register Here
This panel will provide a survey of the region's racial disparity in the justice system and innovations for philanthropic partnership in equitable justice reform efforts throughout the region.
The Council for Court Excellence is committed to studying and reducing racial disparities in the justice system. In 2019, CCE produced a study on DC's justice system which revealed that DC is one of the heaviest policed cities in the country; racial disparities permeate every point of the system, and young adults make up the largest age group within the district jails. CCE is launching its second follow-up report providing an update on tracking key developments, issues, opportunities, and progress in DC over the last year.
- Casey Anderson, Council for Court Excellence
- Krystal Oriadha, Prince George's County Change Makers
- Emily Tatro, Council for Court Excellence
Friday Philanthropy Call:
COVID-19's Impact on the AAPI Community
Friday, May 14, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Register Here
Join us for our regularly scheduled Friday Philanthropy Call! Registering once automatically registers you for the complete series! Please note that this call is for funders only.
The pandemic hit AAPI businesses and front-line workers hard. In addition to dealing with the financial and economic crisis, AAPI community members have experienced increased racial violence and discrimination. This panel will discuss the pandemics' economic and social impact on the region's AAPI community and explore ways the philanthropic community can build mutual solidarity to eliminate anti-Asian racism and dismantle structural racism and oppression.
- Hanh Le, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Moderator
- Sina Uipi, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Panelist
- Naznin Saifi, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, Panelist
- Janet Namkung, Asians* in Focus + Total Liberation Collective, Panelist
- Akil Vohra, Asian American LEAD, Panelist
Click here to nominate
Pssst! You can also nominate yourself!
For AAPI Heritage month, WRAG looks to uplift local AAPI leaders in philanthropy. Let's honor our AAPI community members!
WRAG is currently seeking subtenants for our space at the Navy Yard! Do you know of a nonprofit or foundation looking for temporary office space? If so, we would love to connect with them and provide a socially distanced tour. #maskup. Reach out to Tia Pickeral at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Aisha Alexander-Young! Aisha, VP for Strategy & Equity at the Meyer Foundation, has joined ABFE as a new Board Member. With Aisha’s board appointment, we know that both of these #WRAGMember organizations will make an even more significant impact in our region!
Action & Advocacy
MWCOG Board of Directors Endorses DC Statehood
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors voted unanimously this month to endorse DC Statehood. The COG Board is comprised of elected officials from 24 area governments representing DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
The resolution notes that DC lacks full representation in Congress even though the District exceeds the population of two states, anchors a metropolitan statistical area that is the sixth largest in the nation, and its residents pay annual federal taxes of more than $27.5 billion – more per capita than any state. The resolution also calls out the injustice of denying full voting rights to the District’s diverse population of 712,000 residents, a majority of which are Black and other people of color. Learn more about the resolution here.