WRAG STATEMENT | We continue to see the dangers of resisting and rejecting the history and injustices that Black individuals, families, and communities have faced for centuries, and this moment in time is the most recent one as the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Amhaud Arbery have unleashed a new wave of pain, fear, and outrage across the United States that has escalated to global protests and calls for both accountability and action.
On April 21st, nearly 30 philanthropic, business and nonprofit leaders joined WRAG in a public statement calling for fair and equitable treatment of the District of Columbia as part of federal stimulus legislation related to the COVID-19 crisis. Signers included the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Federal City Council, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers, and a host of philanthropic organizations across the Greater Washington region. >Read the full statement.
Last month, WRAG's Racial Equity Working Group hosted a community briefing & conversation to explore the intersection of immigrant justice and racial justice. In this blog post, REWG member Claudia Williams (Washington Area Women's Foundation) shares strategies for how philanthropy can effectively partner and support the pro-immigrant movement
Even without the citizenship question, we face challenges to a fair and accurate 2020 Census count. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for the region.
Save the date for the Race, Equity & the Future of Greater Washington Regional Summit, June 11, 2020, at THEARC, where over 800 regional leaders from Greater Washington will convene to examine existing disparities and co-create a new path toward a racially just and equitable region.
In the final edition of WRAG's Journalism Fellows Project, we hear from Jailen Fuller, a 16-year old junior at Fairmont Heights High School about the community’s role in stopping violence in Prince George’s County, MD.
Last year WRAG launched the Journalism Fellows Project to share our platform with youth of color in this region who are often written about, but are rarely asked their perspectives on the issues facing their communities and families. In the latest edition, we hear from Thomas Kent, 2019 graduate of Richard Wright Public Charter School in DC, about the impact of violence in his neighborhood.
Co-chairs Levina Kim (United Way of the National Capital Area), Ria Pugeda (Consumer Health Foundation) & Terri Wright (Meyer Foundation) call on philanthropy to invest in outreach, education, and assistance to get-out-the-count in communities most at risk of an undercount – especially communities of color.