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1ST Annual Community Summer Block Party | Saturday, August 25th

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AUGUST 25, 2018. GIRL SCOUTS EMPOWERMENT SYMPOSIUM/COLLEGE FAIR!

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INFO @ https://marchforcollege.regfox.com/girl-scouts-of-central-md-empowerment-symposium-march-for-college

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EQUITY & Renewable Energy!

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Let’s not let “equity” become another meaningless buzzword for the city government! Join us to explore equity and renewable energy!   
 
Empower DC is a citywide membership based organization committed to racial, economic and environmental justice.
Join as a member and help Empower DC
Organize Community Power!

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Pepco is building a substation next to a school. Residents want to know: Why here?

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Nestled between a public school and affordable housing for seniors and families lies a bustling community garden. Schoolchildren learn how to grow food. Seniors pick up bundles of fresh veggies on the cheap. And some of the District’s most acclaimed chefs purchase herbs and edible flowers grown here.

But the K Street Farm is living on Pepco-owned land, and the utility is preparing to bring a $143 million electrical substation to the property in Washington’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Community activists are attempting to thwart the plans, saying an industrial facility does not belong so close to a school.

Pepco — the utility company that provides electricity to the District — is proposing to build the substation on the 100 block of K Street NW, a reflection of growing power needs there and in other gentrifying neighborhoods with booming populations, including Shaw and NoMa.

The project has been in the works for about three years, and a small group of parents, churchgoers and neighborhood residents organized protests last week, saying the proposed substation represents the latest example of the city catering to new, wealthier residents at the expense of longtime Washingtonians. The Walker-Jones Education Campus, which is separated from the Pepco property by a parking lot and street, serves children who mostly come from low-income families.

“I don’t think anyone could doubt that the city tends to put these things next to communities they feel have less ability to fight and be heard,” said Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower DC, a local advocacy group.

The two-acre-plus parcel was city property until 2015. But Mayor Muriel E. Bowser transferred it to Pepco as part of a huge land swap so that the city could acquire property needed for a soccer stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington, now D.C. United’s Audi Field.

Read more by Perry Stein @ The Washington Post HERE

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