October 30: Year of the Anacostia at-large candidates forum

October 30: Year of the Anacostia at-large candidates forum

The race for the At-large seat on the Council of the District of Columbia is a hotly contested one this year. Come to the Year of the Anacostia Forum for At-large Council Candidates to hear from DC Council candidates their views on the Anacostia River, Anacostia Park, neighborhoods closest to the park and river, and other important issues.

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FY 2020 budget development has started

FY 2020 budget development has started

DC government agencies are right now working on their budgets for FY 2020 (October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020). This means its time for organizations, communities, and individuals to do some budget advocacy with executive branch agencies. Best to be quick about it. The first submission deadline is Wednesday, October 31 and the last is Friday, November 16.

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DC Appleseed honors Philip Pannell of Anacostia Coordinating Council, fellow Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative Member

DC Appleseed honors Philip Pannell of Anacostia Coordinating Council, fellow Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative Member

DC Appleseed, a member of the Anacostia Park and Community Collaborative, was proud to celebrate its 24th year last month, with a reception and program at Arena Stage in southwest DC. At that event, DC Appleseed recognized many community leaders including Philip Pannell, Executive Director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council, also a member of APACC.

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October 24: Free housing advocacy workshop

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APACC member 11th Street Bridge Park and friends CNHED and BRIDGES are inviting those interested in ensuring longtime residents can benefit from development and not be pushed out to a free workshop on housing advocacy. The event takes place Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-8:00 pm at Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Rd SE). Register: bit.ly/housing-advocacy or (202) 670-6995.

Why we care

Equitable redevelopment of the Anacostia River Corridor, particularly ensuring that changes benefit and improve the lives and livelihoods of both current and future residents, is a central principle in APACC’s work. Changes—aka improvements—impact housing in a major way, too often pricing current residents out of the housing market. Like the workshop sponsors, APACC believes policies and practices must make a concerted effort to protect those who have lived close to the Anacostia River and Anacostia Park throughout the development process.

FY 2019: Advocacy is not over once the budget is signed

FY 2019: Advocacy is not over once the budget is signed

Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019, FY19) started October 1. As is always the case, some laws, policies, programs, and taxes change from one year to the next. Action—advocacy—on the budget is not done when the mayor signs it. To the contrary, once the fiscal year starts, the work is focused on making sure agencies implement the budget.

APACC and its members will be paying close attention to several elements of the FY 2019 budget and taking action when necessary.

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Residents want better Anacostia Park signage, paddle boats, and safer neighborhoods: Results of Voice of the People Sept. 29

Residents want better Anacostia Park signage, paddle boats, and safer neighborhoods: Results of Voice of the People Sept. 29

Art All Night Congress Heights was a blast! Michael Bochynski with Clean Water Action and Art Slater with Anacostia Coordinating Council talked with attendees about the future of the Anacostia River Corridor, sustainability, and more.

The verdict? Less violence, paddle boats in the river, and better signage in Anacostia Park were among the recommendations.

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