A Path Appears preview focuses on Poverty – Q&A with Ed Lazere (Jan. 25)

The negative impacts of poverty and income inequality in the District are clear. The District lost half of its low-cost housing in a decade, and the typical low-income family spends two-thirds of its income for rent and utilities. Homelessness has increased to crisis levels. Progress in improving education outcomes is confounded by a high rate of child poverty, with thousands of children coming to school with stress, malnutrition, and other barriers to succeeding academically.

DC Fiscal Policy Report: Reducing Inequality, Increasing Opportunities for DC Residents: Recommendations to the New Mayor and DC Council

Ed Lazere

Ed Lazere, executive director for the DC Fiscal Policy Institute is the guest speaker for the Community Cinema [DC] preview of  A PATH APPEARS. The January 25 screening (5 PM) at Busboys and Poets (14th & V) will feature the 2nd episode from the mini-series, “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty.”

path-appears_email-shareable-web_imageA PATH APPEARS is from the creative team behind the groundbreaking series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The series follows author/reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and celebrity activists Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard to locations throughout the United States, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya, as they explore the roots of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty, and the ripple effects that follow — including sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and child slavery. In their travels, they meet with inspiring activists who are creating effective solutions to gender-based oppression, transforming lives, and providing a roadmap for sustainable future change. Based on the book by Kristof and WuDunn, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity (a copy will be given away as a door prize at the event), the three-part series, a pillar program of the Women and Girls Lead initiative, premieres as a special presentation of “Independent Lens” on three consecutive Monday nights, January 26, February 2, and February 9, 2015 at 10/9c (check local listings) on PBS.

Ed has led the work of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute since its inception in 2001. Under his leadership, DCFPI has become the primary source of independent information on the DC budget and one of the most influential policy organizations focused on the District. Lazere is recognized as a leading expert on the District’s budget and tax system, and he is looked to as a resource on a number of policy issues such as affordable housing and welfare-to-work programs.

Ed’s work at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute has received numerous honors, including awards from Bread for the City, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the DC Employment Justice Center, the DC Primary Care Association, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, DC Jobs With Justice, and the Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council. He is cited frequently in the media, including The Washington Post, the Washington Business Journal, WAMU, WTOP and numerous blogs.

Ed served as the Chair of the Public Education Finance Reform Commission in 2011-2012 and a member of the DC Tax Revision Commission in 2012-13. Lazere also serves on the board of directors of a number of local non-profits, including the Children’s Law Center, the Consumer Health Foundation, the DC Primary Care Association, and Temple Micah.

Ed earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland

Astronaut Shannon Lucid and Women in STEM on OVEE October 29


What was it like to be one of the first women to travel through space? How are women involved in today’s space programs? And how can we pave the way for future explorers and more women and girls in STEM?

Find out by joining Women and Girls Lead for a live chat and special online screening of MAKERS: Women in Space on Wednesday, October 29th at 1pm PT / 4pm ET. Participate in the screening here: http://bit.ly/MAKERSspaceOVEE and meet the women who are trailblazers in STEM!

Chat live with:
· Shannon Lucid, NASA Astronaut and Biochemist (Retired)
· Karen Peterson, Principal Investigator, National Girls Collaborative Project
· Misty Davies, Research Computer Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center
· Thogori Karago, Associate Product Manager, LinkedIn

Learn how to create opportunities for young women and girls to participate in STEM, and be inspired by stories from women who broke through barriers in the fields of space and science, and who continue to take great strides in STEM today.

This event is hosted by Women and Girls Lead, in collaboration with MAKERS/AOL and WETA, and along with AAUW, National Girls Collaborative Project, and public media partners Basin PBS, WXXI Rochester, Eight Arizona, and Houston Public Media.

MAKERS: Women in Space, traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program and features the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts—the new group of pioneers who continue to make small but significant steps forward.

Meet Dr. Michelle Thaller – MAKERS Women in Space Guest Speaker (Busboys and Poets)

M_Thaller5Dr. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer by profession, and Assistant Director for Science Communication and Higher Education , Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space flight Center in Washington, DC. Michelle is a specialist in the life cycle of stars and no stranger to television. She was featured in the documentary “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers” on the PBS series NOVA where she shared her passion for Renaissance dance. Michelle makes the connections between science and performing 400 year old dances in a 25lb dress.

Anqoinette Crosby, host of “Vocal Point” on WHUT will be the moderator for the Q&A following the screening of MAKERS Women in Space Sunday, October 26 at Busboys and Poets (14th & V location)

Read more about Dr. Michelle Thaller in an interview posted on the NASA website.

Reserve your seat for MAKERS Women in Space.