UPDATED: D.C. Advocates Call for End to Police in Schools

By Sasha Fernandez Jenny Cetlin was teaching at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. last fall, when one of her students began disrupting the class.  Cetlin said that because she had to manage 18 other students, she called the office for assistance. The school didn’t have a guidance counselor, so the administration instead sent upContinue reading “UPDATED: D.C. Advocates Call for End to Police in Schools”

In Crowded, Local Race, D.C. residents share how they chose their candidates

By Sasha Fernandez There is a highly competitive race happening in the nation’s capital and it’s not just to become the president. 23 candidates are vying for just two spots on the D.C. council, the city’s most powerful electorate body.  However, in a local race with a large candidate base and where twenty-one candidates areContinue reading “In Crowded, Local Race, D.C. residents share how they chose their candidates”

UPDATED: District Advocates Fight to End Stop-and-Frisk Tactics by Local Police

By Sasha Fernandez Local D.C. police reform advocate Valerie Wexler is on a mission to end police from indiscriminately stopping and frisking civilians for weapons. She has just one problem: this tactic is already illegal.  “It’s been this process of us, and many other organizers throughout D.C., of just trying to get D.C. police toContinue reading “UPDATED: District Advocates Fight to End Stop-and-Frisk Tactics by Local Police”

Advocates Call for New Law to End Local Agency Cooperation with ICE

As emergency legislation is set to expire, D.C. advocates and residents testified in a Judiciary and Public Safety hearing to permanently prohibit the District’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The Oct. 1 hearing, which was led by Chairperson Charles Allen, included testimony from activists calling for the Sanctuary Values Temporary Amendment Act toContinue reading “Advocates Call for New Law to End Local Agency Cooperation with ICE”

After a lack of reform, D.C. activists advocate for stricter regulations on Police stops

By Sasha Fernandez Advocates within Washington, D.C. are calling for stricter regulations on stop and frisk tactics, after local non-profits determined that the practice disproportionately targets Black residents.  Patrice Sulton, director of the criminal and legal justice policy non-profit D.C. Justice Lab, co-wrote a Sep. 10 report which argued that D.C. police were conducting aContinue reading “After a lack of reform, D.C. activists advocate for stricter regulations on Police stops”

Passionate President Tackles Sorority Diversity at AU

By Sasha Fernandez Usually sorority recruitment on American University’s campus is a rush of fun with chapters setting up tables to meet incoming students. Yet this year, for President of the Panhellenic Council Anna Waldman, 21, she said she was hesitant to initiate it. Waldman’s role at Panhellenic, the intermediary party between the university, theContinue reading “Passionate President Tackles Sorority Diversity at AU”

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