Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Information Session March 28th 2016

University of District of Columbia will be hosting a Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Information Session on Monday March 28th 2016. They will have representatives from TMCF discussing information with our students about opportunities for scholarships, internships, and Leadership Institute 2016 in which students have opportunities to interview with fortune 500 companies!

Event Details

Event: TMCF Information Session
Date: Monday, March 28th 2016
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Student Center, Building 56, 1st Floor Ballroom, Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC 20008

Whether you can or can’t attend please fill out the following Form if you are interested in Scholarship or Workforce Opportunities. If you do we can get you further information to help you pursue those opportunities. Also see our Workforce Opportunities page for more information

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A Real Right to Work — Workforce Training and Development

We have some abysmal numbers of unemployed people in some sectors of the economy no matter what the statistics say. Unemployment in the 20-24 year old component of our population is at 9% nationally [see] even where it’s lower on average. For minorities the rates are much higher. Overall the Washington Area unemployment when including surrounding areas is 3.8% while for the District proper it 6.3%[]. Not having an income or productive employment is bad for people’s psychological, civic and spiritual health. I’ve been volunteering with my friends at GABIDDC and other organizations to do something about this. Two of FD Roosevelt’s envisioned rights in his “Second Bill of Rights” were:

Right To Work

There can be no fair and equitable society (equity = a fair society) unless people can use their creativity, be employed at something useful and get compensated for their labors. But these are positive rights; they require institutions, programs, resources and efforts to become reality. My friend Mike Jackson is devoting Herculean efforts to getting workforce training and development programs stood up and supported in the District of Columbia and around the Country. I’ve been doing what I can to support his efforts.

For more on this subject see my blog: []

We are providing services to students needing help with access to education and folks needing help with access to workforce opportunities. If you need help with Workforce Training or Education opportunities visit this page: GABIDDC / BSF Financial Aid and Workforce Development. You can call us or fill out a form and we’ll help you.

To help Michael and the rest of us in our work, please donate to GABIDDC


Changes in the Water Supply can affect the lead in your water

The Washington Post announced Wednesday 3/1/2016 that:

“Drinking water in the District and parts of Northern Virginia could take on a slight smell and taste of chlorine between March 7 and May 2 because of a temporary change in the water-treatment process, D.C. Water officials said Wednesday.” [Washington Post]

They are switching from Chloramine to Chlorine to flush out the system, but it is possible that water supplies will smell like chlorine. If so they recommend:

  • Flush cold water tap for two minutes.
  • Run the cold water tap for five to 10 minutes when water is not used for several hours.
  • Collect and refrigerate cold tap water in an open pitcher. Be sure to collect water after running the
    cold water tap for two minutes. Within a few hours, the chlorine taste and odor will disappear and
    the water will be conveniently cold for drinking.
  • Water filters can reduce chlorine taste and smell. Be sure to use a filter certified to meet National
    Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards and replace the filter cartridge as recommended by the manufacturer.

Potential Hazards

There are some potential hazards from these changes. For example in the past a change from chlorine to Chloramine lead to lead being flushed out of pipes — which caused major problems to children and others around the district with older plumbing.

It can be harmful to fish.

It can produce disinfection byproducts (DBPs) Disinfection byproducts (DBPs) form when chlorine and other disinfectants react with natural material
found in the Potomac River. These can cause cancers in rare cases.

Perchlorate and Chromium are sometimes suspected to be in our water too. Though the District tests for them. Fluoride is also found, but it is added because the benefits of fluoride to teeth development are still considered higher than the risks.

The district ads orthophosphate to control lead in our pipes. This is intended to minimize the risk of lead being flushed out of older pipes and into the water supply. Even so, in older houses, this risk is still present whenever a change occurs such as construction, repairs or changes are made to the water supply.

If you suspect anything is wrong with your water supply please contact us. We can help you. For information on our environmental services go to either:

Our environmental Services Page

Or fill out our Environmental Services Survey to get more information.