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Celebrate FBC’s 20th Anniversary!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Believe it or not, FBC has been advocating for a just budget for all DC residents for 20 years now. We think that’s worth celebrating. On Friday, November 7, we’ll be gathering at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law to share stories, cocktails, reminiscences, appetizers, reflections, and visions for a more equitable DC. Register here. We look forward to seeing you...

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Council Passes the Budget Request Act with Human Needs a Major Priority!

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Budget Request Act was passed successfully yesterday, May 28th, by the DC Council. The second vote on the Budget Support Act will happen on June 11. We want to give our profound congratulations to all Fair Budget members, volunteers and allies who have worked so hard to win funding for these programs. Thank you for standing with us over the last year to educate legislators, get our issues into the media, plan events and actions, call and email Councilmembers, mobilize staff and clients, and everything else you did with us to make human...

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Think DC Has Gentrified? A New Proposed Council Bill Will Make It Even More So

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Angie Rogers May 22, 2014 The DC Council has introduced legislation that would change how long a homeownership unit must remain affordable when it is subsidized by the Housing Production Trust Fund—DC’s main source for affordable housing construction and renovation.  Right now, homeownership units subsidized by the HPTF must remain affordable for at least 15 years.  This means that if someone wants to sell their unit during that time period, they must sell it at a price that another low-income buyer can afford.  After 15 years,...

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“Close the Divide” Action & Public Forum: May 23

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

            The DC Council is in its final stage of deciding what programs should get funded in the DC budget. Do you want to see more adult literacy? Less homelessness? Good jobs? More affordable housing? Then stand with us at Fair Budget’s final action before the budget vote:   Close the Divide!: A Public Forum on Reducing Inequality in DC Friday, May 23rd 10am-Noon At the Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW Bring ID to get in the building Light Lunch provided RSVP Here:...

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Face-to-Face Rally & Photo Exhibit to End Homelessness

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It’s everyone’s job to end homelessness It’s time to come Face to Face with the need to end homelessness in our city. Thursday, May 15th At the Wilson Building: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave RALLY: 10:00am-Noon Stand with us to call for a comprehensive approach to address homelessness in DC that meets the long- and short-term needs of DC families, individuals and youth.  Limited lunch available. PHOTO EXHIBIT: 10:00am-5:00pm View the one-day “Face to Face” exhibit in the Wilson Building atrium; featuring photos...

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Mayor’s Budget Shortchanges Under-Educated DC Adults … and Their Kids

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Cross-posted from the Poverty and Policy blog. By Kathryn Baer. “We have jobs and we have people,” says DC Appleseed’s Deputy Director. “But the education people have doesn’t fit the jobs available.” The real problem, however, as she goes on to suggest, is the education that many people don’t have. This isn’t a rerun of the oft-debunked skills gap myth — at least so far as the District of Columbia is concerned. The extraordinarily high high unemployment rates in the poorer parts of the city apparently reflect a lack...

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Help Seniors Put Food On the Table

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shirley Washington reaches into her freezer to pull out individually bagged portions of fruit, which she purchased fresh from the grocery store when it went on sale. “This is how we do it in the south” notes Shirley as she begins assembling a version of her typical breakfast shake. Nuts and 1% milk are added to the mixture which quickly begins to whirl loudly in a blender. The blender, which spent a year in its box, is now Shirley’s staple appliance. “I’m not ashamed of anything in my life” says Shirley, who, at 62, participates...

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To work sick? Or not to work sick? That is the Paid Sick Days question.

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  The restaurant industry employs more than 48,000 people in DC, of which 60% have admitted to coming into work sick!  However, this is set to change! The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Amendment Act, which ensures that no worker in DC will be forced to choose between their healthy and economic security, passed unanimously. In a key victory for DC’s restaurant workers, tipped workers are included (ie, most servers, bussers, bartenders) and can start accruing paid sick days after one day on the job, earning up to 5 paid sick days...

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How We Win Advocacy Campaigns: Panel & Discussion

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Join us for a dynamic panel and discussion about what it takes to be an effective advocate: How We Win: Lessons from Successful DC Advocacy Campaigns   Friday, April 25th 10:00am-12:00pm At the Shaw Library 1630 7th St NW   Featured Panelists Mike Wilson,  Respect DC, Minimum Wage Campaign Elizabeth Falcon, CNHED, Housing for All Campaign Nikki Lewis, DC Jobs with Justice, Paid Sick Days Campaign Naomi Iser, Employment Justice Center Samantha Davis, So Others Might Eat And more TBA… RSVP HERE or call Janelle at...

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Our Evaluation of the Mayor’s FY2015 Budget

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Mayor Gray released his budget last week amid growing pressure to address poverty and inequality in DC.  We are very happy to report that there were many new investments into critical safety net programs like affordable housing, cash assistance to low income families and mental health services. But the budget fell far short of where it needs to be to adequately address homelessness, adult literacy and hunger. We evaluate the Mayor’s budget based on the Fair Budget Coalition principles that a fair budget must: Invest in programs...

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