Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Five Years of #SoutheastLove by David Garber & Nikki Peele


Five years ago, my boss at the time and all things Southeast DC co-conspirator Nikki Peele (aka The Advoc8te) and I came up with the #SoutheastLove campaign to combat what felt like constant discrimination toward the quadrant in the formal and social media: all bad news all the time, rather than a more honest and balanced approach.

Powered with photoshop, some spare cash, and a couple hours to have a sign printed, we took the following day off of work to zigzag across DC's southeast quadrant and photograph as many of the amazing local businesses, arts institutions, residents, and community advocates as we could find. The one-day campaign, which turned into an annual event, got us a spot on NBC News, got the attention of the mayoral administration, and hundreds of others who joined in with their own signs, photos, and hashtags to celebrate Southeast.

It was a simple idea that didn't take much in the way of resources to execute, but it helped change perceptions of a quarter of the Nation's Capital that's all too often misrepresented and misunderstood. #SoutheastLove!

-- David Garber
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#SoutheastLove 2017
Hugs to my bestie David Garber for starting this #SoutheastLove journey with me FIVE years ago today! In case you don't know, David designed our sign in Anacostia and we got it printed in Capitol Hill and that was all she wrote! The best part has been seeing everyone print/make their signs and take pictures with them and showing all the great things to love about the SE quadrant. And while David and I are both sick as dogs today and couldn't hit the streets with our sign we did get together to take at least one picture on this special occasion (and then promptly coughed in each other's faces).

So while I am home, sick in bed my heart soars looking at #SoutheastLove pics from years past and seeing you out there spreading your community love one sign at a time! Please keep up the good work and remember, #SoutheastLove isn't just today but every day. There is so much work to do and we are the people to do it!

So here it is, our contribution to the 2017 Southeast Love Day. If you took pics please post/tweet and use #SoutheastLove so we can follow and retweet you!

You can print out a sign here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/125498990/SoutheastLove-Printable-Sign

Nikki Peele (AKA The Advoc8te)
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P.S. If you want to follow our five year story just click the "SoutheastLove" tab under this post and read prior years posts including the incident that prompted #SoutheastLove in the first place. I would put together some links but I'm sick, and sick people don't want to do much other than cough. ;)

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

DPW's Helping Hand Neighborhood Cleanup will give you the tools -- for free!

DPW helps community groups that organize Saturday neighborhood clean-up projects through the Helping Hand Program. The program will lend tool kits that include five rakes and brooms, two shovels, and 20 trash bags. A $20 refundable deposit is required for all tool kits loaned under the Helping Hand Program. Free compost will be delivered as well for use in neighborhood beautification projects.

DPW will send trucks to collect the bagged trash and a SWEEP (Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program) inspector will collect the tool kit.

To receive an application for a Helping Hand tool kit for your neighborhood clean-up project, please call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311. When the clean-up date is confirmed by a Helping Hand Coordinator, a control number will be assigned for tracking purposes, the event will be added to the Helping Hand calendar, and the tool kit will be delivered.

Residents may pick up free compost between March and October from the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, Saturdays only from 8 am to 3 pm.

Contact Phone:
(202) 645-7190

Contact Fax:
(202) 645-8518

Contact TTY:
(202) 645-5066

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

BLIGHT ALERT: 2900 b/o of Knox Place SE -- Who's responsible?!

A concerned community resident posted the following photos to The Great Ward Eight Facebook page inquiring for some assistance with what is clearly a blighted and vacant building. Word on the street is that the tenants were forced to move years back and the building has fallen into further disrepair and has become a magnet for litter and trash. 

Inquiring minds want to know who owns this building and what can be done to get it cleaned up ASAP?!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record this would not be tolerated west of the river and it shouldn't be tolerated here. 

Including photos below courtesy of Robin McKinney. 

Free HIV testing today in Anacostia, 12-4pm!

DCIST | Savoy Elementary School Is Now Closed Due To Bed Bug Issue

Savoy Elementary School (Photo via Facebook)

Go HERE to read the full article. If you have a child at Savoy Elementary we would love to hear from you on your thoughts on what is happening and how this is affecting your family. Please leave your thoughts in the "Comments" section of this post. I am sure some media outlets would like to hear from you. 


"About 350 D.C. students are out of school today due to an ongoing bed bug and rodent issueat their Southeast school. And it's unclear when they will return to the building. 
D.C. Public Schools temporarily shut down Savoy Elementary School after officials have been battling a pest problem since December. Savoy students are out of classes today and tomorrow, according to a DCPS letter that was sent home to families. They can get breakfast and lunch on these days at the Barry Farm Recreation Center. And beginning Wednesday, Savoy students will attend classes at Ferebee Hope Elementary School in Southeast, about three miles away. 
In mid-January, Savoy officials responded to the issue on Facebook saying that there wasn't a "bed bug infestation," rather there were "single isolated incidents with one adult and one child have been cited." School officials said that crews were hired to exterminate the school three days per week since December, among other steps to get rid of the rodents."

Monday, February 06, 2017

Feb 17 - 18 | Celebrate Frederick Douglass' 199th Birthday with these special events!