Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Specialist Opportunity. January 30, 2019

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Serve DC seeks a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Specialist to help create a Safer, Stronger DC. Apply by clicking the button below or share with your network.

Yours in service,

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Chairman Thompson to Secretary Nielsen: Your Refusal to Testify on Border Security Is Unacceptable. January 2019


Chairman Thompson to Secretary Nielsen: Your Refusal to Testify on Border Security Is Unacceptable

The Secretary outrageously attempts to use the President’s shutdown as an excuse not to come before Congress
January 29, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent the below letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on her to reconsider her refusal to testify before the Committee next week:

Dear Secretary Nielsen:

Your decision to refuse my invitation to testify before the Committee on Homeland Security regarding our Nation’s border security on February 6, 2019, is unreasonable and unacceptable.  I strongly urge you to reconsider.

Your attempt to use the President’s recent shutdown as an excuse not to testify before Congress prior to the impending shutdown is outrageous.  As Secretary of Homeland Security, you should be prepared to testify on border security, the very issue that caused the recent shutdown, at any time and certainly prior to the potential February 15 lapse in appropriations. 

During the shutdown, you made numerous public appearances and comments regarding border security.  You should be well prepared to inform the public about the Department of Homeland Security’s border security needs as well as provide Congress with accurate information that can inform any pending border security legislation. 

The recent Federal government shutdown jeopardized homeland security, cost our economy $11 billion, and caused incalculable harm to the country. The Nation is just days away from President Trump again shutting down the government.  Your failure to engage Congress only makes averting another shutdown more difficult.

The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security continue to carry out their duties admirably despite difficult and uncertain circumstances.  I am hopeful you will follow their lead and agree to testify before the Committee on Homeland Security on February 6.  In your public comments on border security, you maintained that Congress should “get [its] job done.”  Please know that as Chairman, I intend to ensure the Committee fulfills its oversight responsibilities on this important matter.


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Media contact: Adam Comis at (202) 225-9978

Federal Shutdown Budget Approval Options for the future January 2019

Federal Shutdown Budget Approval Options.
Inclusion & Diversity across the board.
Was the military industrial contractors affected by the 2018-2019 federal shutdown?
Options for shutdown for consideration:
1. All non 'TS' (top secret) related contractor programs under DOD shift to GSA that will be affected by any future federal shutdowns if DOD budget was approved before other federal agencies and programs;
2. 10-day limit on federal shutdowns,
3. during 10-day limit concessions and approvals by Legislative and Executive branches of government,
4. agreement MUST be reached during this only 10-day limit for concessions, agreements, and approvals, if not
5. previous yeas approved budget immediately approved and implemented for COOP with built in cost of inflation for next budget period.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist."
Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Friday, January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019. House Homeland Security Committee. Chairman Thompson Statement on the Trump Shutdown’s Homeland Security Impact


Chairman Thompson Statement on the Trump Shutdown’s Homeland Security Impact

Today marks the second missed paycheck for 800,000 Feds
January 25, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on the Trump Shutdown and its continued negative impact on our frontline homeland security personnel who are charged with keeping the nation safe and secure.  Yesterday, Chairman Thompson hosted a Congressional Panel discussion featuring former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on the effects of the Trump Shutdown on the Department of Homeland Security.  Today marks the second paycheck missed for the DHS workforce, including approximately 800,000 federal employees.

“Now into its second month, the effects of the Trump Shutdown are becoming more worrisome for the safety of the nation by the day.  It has become clear from hearing from those on the frontlines that even if the shutdown ended today, we will be dealing with the consequences of it for months – or even years – to come. Quite simply, the shutdown is undermining the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to secure the homeland and protect the American people.”

“I have no doubts about the dedication of the public servants that protect our skies, waterways, and borders.  However, I continue to be worried that not having a paycheck – and not knowing when the next one will come – will serve as an altogether avoidable distraction to those whose jobs require laser focus on keeping our homeland secure.”

“Our homeland security personnel have been showing remarkable strength during this uncertain time, but I am afraid even the slightest additional stressor could call the resilience of our system into doubt. Donald Trump’s running a government like this defies logic and common sense.”

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Media contact: Adam Comis at (202) 225-9978

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All are Essential. January 2019.

Essential during Shutdown?

From a minor crisis, to worst-case scenario.
All are essential. All staff and programs that support individuals and communities.
From the housekeeping cleaners, maintenance staff, and the lowest paid worker TO the executive are essential,
From programs to feed the homeless, and unemployed TO the programs that restore communities during times of disasters both man-made and natural.
True inclusion & diversity involve all at the table.

CDS CEO BEMA International.

2019. Abuse of Powers Act.

Abuse of Powers Act 0f 2019
Constitutional Lawyers GET TO WORK!
I can only think of a broad view.
Time to take the leap into the 21st Century

For two branches of United States government (Executive and Congressional)
When livelyhood, liberty, justice, and sustainability for basic needs of citizens for homes\shelter, food, water, safety, and community security is threatened by federal decisions affecting states and constituents.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Protection of our children. Introduction to Comprehensive School Safety. January 2019

Protection and safety of our family, our children is an ongoing process.

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Education and Disaster Risk Reduction

Introduction to Comprehensive School Safety

Education plays a large role in building sustainable and resilient societies and contributes to the achievement of all other sustainable development goals. Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) is a key component of Disaster Risk Reduction. In honor of International Education Day, learn the CSS Framework in this online course from Save the Children.  

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Washington, D.C.  20020
Office:   202-618-9097 
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“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ¯   David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, Coordination, Community engagement, and  Partnering (C5&P)             A 501 (c) 3 organization.

Monday, January 21, 2019

1/22/2019. UDC Law School. Discussion Public Awareness on the Impacts of childhood trauma in DC on academic success

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 pm (reception to follow) for a panel discussion to increase public awareness about the impacts of childhood trauma in DC on academic success and to galvanize the community, particularly professional and civic leaders, to demand the government increase in-school mental health funding and services, including a mandatory system-wide assessment of each child enrolled in public schools--traditional and charter-- over the next year.

Free, but please REGISTER HERE.

John C. Brittain, Acting Dean, UDC Law

Panel Discussion
Rose Shelton
DC Attorney General Karl Racine
DC Councilmember David Grosso
Davon Harris
Prof. Lauren Onkeles-Klein, Director, UDC Law Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic

Moderator: Jonetta Rose Barras

This event is free of charge but please REGISTER HERE.

This panel is brought to you by University of the District of Columbia Cable Television, the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Esther Productions Inc

Friday, January 18, 2019


January 18, 2019
Non-profit organizations serving the impact area surrounding MGM National Harbor are encouraged to apply
Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Local Development Council (PGCLDC) announced today the release of the FY 2019 Local Impact Grant application. The Local Impact Grant Program is for non-profits that serve Prince George’s County in the defined impact area around MGM National Harbor.  Local, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations are encouraged to apply for funding that will assist them in providing community-based programs and services within the three-mile radius around the MGM National Harbor gaming facility.  Working with non-profits, the PGCLDC hopes to positively impact residents and communities in the affected area.
Organizations interested in receiving funding must submit their application via email at and by mail or hand delivery by February 15th. Email applications (without five hard copies received) will NOT be accepted, and any application submitted after the deadline will be disqualified from competitive review. 
The PGCLDC, in consultation with the Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive and the Prince George’s County Office of Management and Budget, will offer an optional Grants Workshop on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Addison School, 7100 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill Maryland 20745 for those applicants that would like additional information prior to submitting their application.  For a list of the FY2018 Awardees, please see this link.
The PGCLDC was created by state law as a mechanism for ensuring the public is engaged and has input into how the government mitigates any negative impacts a new gaming facility may have on the surrounding area. According to state law, each jurisdiction where a gaming license is in operation must establish a local development council. The Prince George’s County Local Development Council also consults with the County on the following:
  • The development of a multi-year plan for the expenditure of local impact grant funds, and
  • The development of a comprehensive transportation plan for the gaming facility.
Non-profits located or providing services within the defined three-mile radius surrounding MGM National Harbor gaming facility in Prince George’s County.
By 5:00 PM on Friday, February 15th, 2019.
Via Email at AND five (5) hard copies mailed or hand delivered to:
Prince George’s County Local Development Council Local Impact Grants
Attention: Renee Adams
Prince George’s County Administration Building
1301 McCormick Drive, Suite 4000
Largo, MD 20774

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Internship Opportunity: Spring 2019. New York City (NYCEM)

 Good question: during process with NYCEM:  Are there any stipends with this position?

This is an unpaid internship. 
For information on NYCEM go to 

Division/Unit:  Operations/Operations Planning
Supervisor:    Kevin Clark
Number of Interns Needed: 1
Preferred Education Level:  Undergraduate or Graduate

Description of Project/ Intern Responsibilities:
Take direction and directly assist the Intern Supervisor in production of assigned aspects of plans, programs, and projects.  This would involve writing, editing, meeting coordination, and communications with assigned groups or individuals. The range of projects and responsibilities include:
Ø  Special event operational plan development (Fleet Week, large public concerts and parades, race events, UNGA / VIP visits, etc.)
Ø  Aspects of coastal storm and other emergency plans
Ø  Community outreach program support
Ø  Interagency briefings and meetings for related plans, programs and projects
Ø  Development of training and standard operating procedures

Interested candidates should be prepared to discuss how their career and academic interests relate to emergency management operations, especially how their abilities and skills could match available assignments.

Requirements/special skills needed:
Successful candidates will be in their third or fourth year of undergraduate study, or pursuing advance degrees in government policy, international relations, law, applied science or any field with a bearing on emergency plans / programs / project specific disciplines

Interested Applicants:
E-mail resume and cover letter to:
Mail to:   HR Coordinator,
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                Brooklyn, NY 11201


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