The UPDATE | May 5



DC Children and Youth Win Thanks to DC Attorney General Settlement

DC Action and Mikva Challenge will split the $750,000 settlement that the DC Attorney General’s office won as a result of its lawsuit against the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inauguration Committee over misspent funds. Much appreciation to AG Karl Racine for believing in the mission of our organizations to educate and engage young people in the democratic process.

Tune into Candidate Debates Before Voting in DC Primaries

The DC Office of Campaign Finance will hold four debates in May to provide voters with opportunities to hear from the candidates for mayor, attorney general, council chair, and council members. All debates will be presented online beginning at 7pm.

May 16 | Mayoral candidates

May 17 | Attorney General candidates

May 18 | Council Chair candidates

May 19 | At-Large Member of the Council candidates

Visit the event website for more details (launching soon).


Last Chance! Urge Chairman Mendelson to Fund Home Visiting Programs

Friday, May 6 is your last opportunity to call DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s office to ask him for $369,150 to enable home visiting programs to meet increased demands on their workforce because of the pandemic. Call Chairman Mendelson at 202-724-8032 and use this script if you would like. Thank you!

Common Good City: Growing, Making, and Eating Food Together

In the new installment of our OST Voices series, Emily Richardson shares how Common Good City Farm not only provides fresh produce to neighborhood families but also engages young people in growing, preparing–and of course eating–delicious and nutritious food together. Tasty recipes are included in this week’s blog post!


DC Action in the News

Trump organizations agree to pay $750,000 to settle lawsuit with D.C, Washington Post

Trump Settles Suit Over Payments to Hotel for 2017 Inauguration, New York Times

What kind of support do youth experiencing homelessness need to find stable employment?, Street Sense

DC background check delays means fewer tutors in schools, groups say, Washington Post


READ Take My Hand, a novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, tells the story of a young Black nurse living in Alabama in the 1970s and her work to help her patients take charge of their own reproductive rights.

WATCH The Color of Care, Oprah Winfrey’s new documentary about the persistent crisis of racial disparities in health care in the United States and how we can solve the problem.

LISTEN Hear from the candidates for DC Council Chair–incumbent Phil Mendelson and challenger Erin Palmer–in their conversation with WAMU/dcist reporter Martin Austermuhle on WAMU’s Politics Hour.