Could DC statehood expand female representation in Congress?

WASHINGTON — In 1971, Anne Anderson moved back to D.C. after living in the suburbs for a few years. One part of the moving process was registering to vote. As she looked at the party affiliations, one party caught her attention — the D.C. Statehood Party. A party now known as the Statehood Green Party.    She registered for the party because she was for statehood and the full rights it...

WMATA says ridership is a main factor in which stations could close next year—turns out it’s more complicated than that

BY KAITLIN BELL, CAROLINA ORDEIX, MEGAN QUINN, AISHINA SHAFFER   Kate Crotty doesn’t have a car. That wasn’t always a problem.   Crotty, who lives in Crystal City, used to take Metro to the grocery store to save a few dollars. But when WMATA began closing stations in March 2020, her shopping habits had to switch from what was affordable to what was walkable in her neighborhood....

Parents and non-traditional teachers: Two peas in a pod

Not every family has the financial means to form a learning pod — a small, in-person class run by a hired teacher. Instead, many parents are supplementing their children’s remote education themselves. Trying to be creative, while also being safe, parents and pod teachers are fulfilling similar roles.   In Washington D.C., Julianne and Ryan Reilly’s biggest struggle during the pandemic has...

Long-term BIA Pro Bono Project case ends with a victory

This piece was originally published on July 24, 2020, for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project launched in 2001. In its 19+ years of operation, the Project has reviewed more than 7,200 cases, pairing attorneys and law school clinics with vulnerable asylum seekers and long-time lawful permanent residents. The Project accepted Jose Tineo’s case and...

Practicing self-care with DVP

This piece was originally published on June 26, 2020, for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic’s reach can be felt in so many ways. The way we live and work has been transformed as many do their part to protect one another from the spread of the virus. CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations, or DVP, Program found a way to bridge the social...
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Rehabilitation with the arts

The Justice Arts Coalition unites art with restorative justice to provide a more rehabilitative approach to the justice system. Rehabilitative approaches among offenders of all ages has begun to spread across the country and even nationally. Restorative justice is an approach that does not cast punishment as punitive; instead, it demands genuine accountability and responsibility taking from the...

Just Mercy: Award-winning memoir to star-studded film

"Each one of us is worth more than the worst thing we've done." This quote is the basis of Bryan Stevenson's work as a human rights lawyer. After graduating from Harvard law school in 1984, Stevenson moved to Alabama to work as a human rights lawyer. The majority of his work – exonerating innocent men from death row. His memoir – Just Mercy – shares the legal and personal relationships that...

Successful election of women in Virginia creates partisan shift

100 years after women gained the right to vote, women in Virginia turned played a critical part in flipping Virginia's partisan majority. As of 2011, only three women had ever been elected to congress from the state, according to a study from the Virginia Social Science Journal. Virginia also fell to the bottom of states that see women elected to state or federal office, especially among...
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