Murphy Brown's Thanksgiving episode, however inadvertently, vividly illustrates crucial lessons about police and privilege....
“The place looks like a ghost town now,” one Deanwood resident says. “But those few bottles left on the shelves don't tell the whole story.”
“This is a healing model for us as a community,” said April Goggans, looking out on a candle-lit circle of community members outside Marbury Plaza on November 1. The vigil marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Alonzo (Zo) Fiero Smith, age 27, who died following an encounter with special police officers (SPOs) at … Continue reading Community Backbone
My series on policing, with a focus on special (private) police and communities of color, is appearing in East of the River, a Capital Community Newspaper. Across the US, many individuals with badges, often armed, are accountable to no one except their private employer. Accountability and regulation of private security was found wanting in a … Continue reading Private Security with Badge (and Gun)
Virginia Spatz has reported -- regularly in some years, less often in others -- in Capital Community Newspapers, including the Hill Rag, Mid-City (DC North), and East of the River for 25 years. She regularly reported the monthly news for East of the River for five years. Her work has also appeared -- regularly in … Continue reading News, Views, and Pews
Virginia Spatz was feature reporter for We Act Radio's "Education Town Hall" program for several years and still maintains the program's website. Visit Education Town Hall for reports and program recordings.
DC Losses to Homicide. Mark every loss. Mourn. Organize. plus: Resources on Addressing Violence, with emphasis on Holistic Approaches and Gun Violence Prevention & People of Color