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DC’s Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

DC’s Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

March 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

HUFFINGTON POST 03/13/13 By Michael Shank The District of Columbia’s poverty problem received much-needed attention recently with reporting on how D.C. General has become a home for hundreds of homeless parents and children. The over-crowded and abandoned hospital-turned-homeless shelter has become a testament to D.C. benevolence, ushering in an outpouring […]

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Anacostia Totem Pole Belies Washington’s Devotion to Redskins

Anacostia Totem Pole Belies Washington’s Devotion to Redskins

February 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

WASHINGTON POST 02/22/13 By Michael Shank At the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, in Anacostia, a totem pole will rise from a plain patch of vacant ground this spring. It may seem odd that a Native American totem pole was the piece of public […]

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Missing the Mark on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at MLK Avenue

Missing the Mark on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at MLK Avenue

February 4, 2013 at 1:51 am

WASHINGTON POST 02/04/13 By Michael Shank As Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated last month with community service ads and intimations in President Obama’s inauguration speech, I wondered, as I do every year, how the nation can commemorate a leader so disingenuously. We will likely do the same during […]

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Marion Barry’s Quest to Help Ex-Offenders

Marion Barry’s Quest to Help Ex-Offenders

December 5, 2012 at 2:30 am

WASHINGTON POST 12/05/12 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner D.C. Council member Marion Barry’s ex-offender bill, which is on the city’s legislative hopper and addresses discrimination by granting employment protections, is needed not only in the District but also across America.  It is needed for an estimated 65 million Americans, […]

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‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

‘Lincoln’: Where was Frederick Douglass?

November 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/28/12 By Michael Shank There is much to laud in the recently released film “Lincoln,” and Participant Media, which produced the film, points a principled way forward for fellow filmmakers, and their audiences, who care about social action.  Participant Media is relatively new to Hollywood, but it has […]

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GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

GOP, Follow Stevens’ Example

November 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER 11/28/12 By Michael Shank Will Pennsylvania ever produce another Republican leader on par with Thaddeus Stevens (“‘Lincoln’ lays bare messy reality of process,” Sunday)? Stevens’ adamant promotion of equality and opportunity contrasts starkly with the present state GOP. Whether it is the voter-ID law that would disproportionately impact […]

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Education Disparities Persist in D.C.

Education Disparities Persist in D.C.

November 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

BET 11/16/12 By Cord Jefferson The nation’s capital now has the worst racial achievement gaps in the country when it comes to educating children. A new op-ed in the Huffington Post dredges up a well known but important topic of conversation: the growing and increasingly entrenched disparities between whites and […]

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Anacostia: Why I Have Faith in the Future of My Neighborhood

Anacostia: Why I Have Faith in the Future of My Neighborhood

November 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

WASHINGTON POST 11/14/12 By Michael Shank Of the two rivers that cup our nation’s capital — the Potomac and the Anacostia— the latter of the two is, perhaps, the most apt reflection of where America is at socio-economically. The Anacostia River, the Anglicized namesake of which was first officially recorded […]

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Racism and Classism in the Heart of America’s Capital

Racism and Classism in the Heart of America’s Capital

November 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

AL JAZEERA 11/13/12 By Michael Shank Of the two rivers that cup our nation’s capital – the Potomac and the Anacostia – the latter of the two is, perhaps, the most apt reflection of where America is at socio-economically. The Anacostia River – the Anglicised namesake of which was first […]

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The District’s Divide: Classism, Racism and the Re-Election of Marion Barry

The District’s Divide: Classism, Racism and the Re-Election of Marion Barry

November 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

POLITICO 11/09-11/12 By Michael Shank Of the two rivers that cup our nation’s capital – the Potomac and the Anacostia – the latter of the two is, perhaps, the most apt reflection of where America is at socio-economically. The Anacostia River – the Anglicized namesake of which was first officially […]

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