Taking Action Archive-2017

April 18, 2017: Can people organize their own networks to overcome mental health and employment crises?  My guests exemplify the spirit of self-help.  We’re learning about NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and the TightShift Laboring Collective, a worker-owned cooperative organized by returning citizens. 
Guests:  David Thurston, NAMI; Allison Basile, Juan Reid,Tight Shift Laboring Cooperative

April 11, 2017: 
It’s DC budget season and Mayor Muriel Bowser has released her 2018 budget for the city.  Does the Mayor’s budget share the city’s prosperity, or continue to exacerbate persistent poverty for residents and communities?  We’re talking with advocates and organizers who are tracking the budget on issues like housing, homelessness, and the needs of DC’s low income families. 

April 4, 2017:
What is the true State of the District?  We’re reflecting on DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s speech last week, and her city budget released this morning, with DC watchdogs and activists who are active in issues of public safety, housing and education.

March 21, 2017: 
We’re talking with activist, journalist and author Jordan Flaherty about his new book No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality. Jordan’s new book breaks down the history of white-controlled charity in its many forms and how it has maintained oppressive systems rather than led to the dismantling of them. Jordan will share ways that people of color, queer and nongender conforming people are leading grassroots efforts which buck the control of white “saviors” and represent real approaches to collective liberation.

March 8, 2017: 
Native Nations Rise! The fight in Standing Rock against the DAPL pipeline comes to DC with a week of action.  What are the lessons of the their movement for environmental justice and indigenous rights that we might apply to our own fights here in DC? 

February 28, 2017: 
The escalating cost of property taxes contributes to the displacement of DC residents.  One of the ways to combat this is through appealing property tax assessments.  The Urban Housing Alliance tells us how. 

February 21, 2017: 
What is the Pope doing to encourage the building of People Power?  Members of the DC delegation report back from the US Regional Meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements, initiated by Pope Francis, held this past weekend in Modesto, California.

February 14, 2017:
 Even if you are single today, please remember Mother Nature loves you!! Today on WPFW 89.3 @ 1pm est. we are going to show how much DC loves her back. Join Kari Fulton for a Special DC <3 ‘s Pachamama Episode of Taking Action with Empower DC. Featured Guests include, Tricey Adams of Black Millennials for Flint and the Thursday Network – GWUL Young Professionals, Jameka Hodnett of DC SUN, and Jeremiah Lowery, with so many hats we just goin’ call him “That Dude”. Plus a little Musical Love for Mother Earth. Updates on the Solar For All Bill, Fighting Lead in our Water, Protecting Health in Buzzard Point +More!

February 7, 2017:  
What is “equitable development” really? What does it take to make development equitable, and are the people using the term really putting it into action?  We’re talking about the latest buzz word in DC development with Greg Squires of GW University, Dominic Mouldon of ONE DC and Claudia Barragan of the Sierra Club Environmental Justice Committee.

January 31, 2017: 
With the election of Trump, many immigrant communities and communities of color have been in a state of anxiety, fear, and anger.  His hateful rhetoric is being translated into hateful policies that is further impacting our families and communities.  While DC is a Sanctuary City – what does that really mean for Latinx, Muslim, Afro-Latino, Black Immigrants and low-income communities of color generally? Do we have true ‘Sanctuary’?  And how are folks taking action on the ground in DC to move us towards a more comprehensive definition of ‘Sanctuary’? 

January 24, 2017: 
Rent Control, Housing and Homelessness: DC housing advocates and tenant leaders discuss their rental housing priorities for the city in 2017.

January 17, 2017:  
The Washington Teachers Union is preparing for action.  WTU President Liz Davis shares concerns about public education under Trump, and their priorities for 2017.

January 10, 2017:
As people gear up for marches and rallies during the upcoming Inauguration of Donald Trump, we ask the question – Why Protest?  Seasoned direct action facilitators join us to discuss the role that nonviolent direct action will play on Inauguration day and beyond.   

January 3, 2017: 
Building resistance to the racist model of Trumpism:  A coalition of faith leaders discuss their strategy ahead of a mass meeting planned for January 8th.