Breathe DC is leading the effort for healthy home environments across Washington, DC, by conducting the Healthy Public Housing – Smoke Free Project through a grant from the Department of Health. Because the rates of smoking and chronic disease are highest in low income communities, the organization is inviting interested public housing residents of DC to apply for mini-grants up to $2,500.

An analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), estimates that 8 million Americans avoided premature death as a result of the “1964 Report on Smoking and Health,” and the tobacco control efforts launched as a result of the report.  Since then, each of those 8 million people spared a premature death because they never smoked, quit smoking early, or gained, on average, almost 20 years of life.

This morning the Departments of Education and Justice issued new guidelines which lay out for educators their legal obligations to refrain from racially discriminating agaisnt students with their school discipline policies and explain how they can do their jobs without engaging in discriminatory practices.

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When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds came together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn't nearly on the political radar then like it is today.

 "They were fighting for equality, and that's exactly what we're fighting for," said Mikhel Crichlow, 28, a native of Trinidad and Tobago now living in Brooklyn. Crichlow said he was going to Washington for the commemoration.

Youth Will Carry the Torch as Washington, DC Prepares to Mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Civil rights and social justice groups from around the country will be convening in Washington DC from Aug 22-28 to construct a new political agenda for the country as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

Remembering Dr. King, the Black Community Organizer

By Makani Themba

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