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ELEANOR NORTON/FACEBOOK | Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton proposed a bill in the House of Representatives endorsing statehood for the District of Columbia.

DC Statehood Endorsement Passes House Along Party Lines

The House of Representatives passed its first-ever endorsement of Washington, D.C. statehood in H.R. 1 with a 234 to 193 vote March 8. Although campaign finances, voting rights and anti-corruption were the primary focuses of the bill, known as the For the People Act, an endorsement for D.C. statehood was[Read More…]

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KEENAN SAMWAY/THE HOYA | The citizenship question causes census participation rates among minority communities to decline.

Norton Moves to Block Census Question on Citizenship

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced a bill to the U.S. House of Representatives to prohibit the U.S. Census Bureau from asking questions regarding citizenship, nationality and immigration status in the 2020 census on March 13. Including the citizenship question on the census will not help enforce civil rights laws,[Read More…]

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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY | Jason Matheny is the founding director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technologies, which will research technological advances in artificial intelligence.

GU to Establish Largest AI Policy Center in United States

The largest U.S. center focused on artificial intelligence technology and policy is set to open on Georgetown University’s campus in fall 2019. The center will be housed in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, offering undergraduates the opportunity to partake in research as assistants and students, according to SFS Dean[Read More…]

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NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT COUNCIL/FACEBOOK | A petition calling on the university to expand resources for Native American students will be circulated beginning March 19.

Native American Students Draft Petition; Seek Community Support

The Georgetown University Native American Student Council plans to begin collecting signatures from students on a petition urging the university to increase support for and representation of indigenous students by March 19. The petition is set to be submitted to the Office of the President on April 1, the first[Read More…]

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KIRK ZIESER/THE HOYA |  An Asian-American affinity residential house obtained approval from the Office of Residential Living on Feb. 27. The student push was modeled on the campaigns that led to the establishment of the Black House and La Casa Latina.

Asian-American House Gains Approval on Magis Row

The Office of Residential Living approved the establishment of an Asian-American affinity residential house, the Asian-American Hub for Organizing, Movement and Empowerment, on Feb. 27. The approval comes after a push from the Asian-Pacific Islander Leadership Forum, who announced Residential Living’s decision in a March 11 Facebook post. The Asian-American[Read More…]

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PBS | Filmmaker Lynn Novick said her experience directing the documentary College Behind Bars enabled her to better understand the influence of education on incarcerated people March 11.

Education Crucial to Prisoners’ Future Success, GU Professor Says

Two panels of filmmakers, Georgetown professors and former inmates discussed the rehabilitative power of education in the prison system March 11. The event featured the public debut of director Lynn Novick’s four-part PBS documentary College Behind Bars, excerpts of which were shown to an audience in Gaston Hall. Novick, an[Read More…]

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FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA | Metro  plans to return to automatic doors in a move to reduce wait times and mitigate rider risk, according to a March 4 news release.

DC Metro Tests Automatic Doors for Reintroduction

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has been testing automatic doors on trains in the Washington, D.C. area over the last three weeks as part of a plan to reintroduce automatic doors by the end of the year. The transition back to automatic doors would shorten wait times and reduce[Read More…]

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@JACK EVANS WARD 2/TWITTER | Washington, D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) was asked to resign after allegations that he abused his role in government to obtain corporate deals surfaced Feb. 28.

Open Letter Calls for DC Councilmember’s Resignation

An open letter requesting Washington, D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) step down as National Committeeman of the D.C. Democratic Party was published March 6, following allegations that he misused his position to solicit corporate deals. Evans is the councilmember who represents the neighbourhoods including Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Foggy[Read More…]

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@MARY CHEH/TWITTER | A bill that would enable minors to receive vaccinations without parental consent was introduced by Washington, D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) on March 5.

DC Bill Would Allow Minors to Receive Vaccines Without Parental Consent

Washington, D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a bill in the D.C. Council to allow minors to get vaccinated without parental approval March 5. The proposed legislation, entitled the “Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2019,” would allow any minor who understands the need for and the nature[Read More…]

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@APLERHOPLES/TWITTER | Alicia Plerhoples, Georgetown University Law Center professor, is highlighting economic hurdles faced by disadvantaged communities in her campaign for chairman of the Fairfax County School Board.

Law Center Professor Runs for Fairfax County Board

Georgetown University Law Center Professor Alicia Plerhoples was endorsed by grassroots advocacy group VA Democracy Forward in her bid for chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the highest governing body of Fairfax, Va., on March 2. VA Democracy Forward, a group that supports progressive candidates, joins Jennifer Carroll[Read More…]

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