04.26.14 |The Public Defender Service (@PDSDC) is Offering a Day of FREE Services for Ex-Cons and Ex-Offenders



The 2014 Community Reentry and Expungement Summit  is geared towards ex-cons and ex-offenders, especially those who have non-violent/drug offenses, with criminal records in DC. The summit will precede the career and social services fairs scheduled to take place later this summer and fall. This event is an opportunity to assist individuals in breaking through legal barriers hindering their access to advancements in the job market and education.  All who wish to participate must register by RSVPing. For further detailed information contact April Frazier, Esq. at reentry@pdsdc.org


Celebrate National Financial Planning Month with Appeal, Inc.


As announced by President Obama, April is National Financial Planning Month and the beginning of the 2nd quarter for many businesses. It is also another opportunity for individuals to spring into gear, asses past spending habits, build and start anew.

Dive into Appeal, Inc.’s Financial Literacy Workshop series, going on now until May 24th.

There is no better time than the present, to make smarter decisions and earn up for the turn up!

Workshops are held Saturdays from 10:30AM-12:30PM at the Thurgood Marshall Center 1816 12th St, NW Washington, DC

Fees: First time attendees and Appeal members are FREE; Only $10 for all others.

Invest in yourself by registering for any of these classes and be sure to drop us a note below telling us about your experience. And as always, keep sharing the Street Intell!

For more detailed information on Appeal, Inc. and other services they provide click here.

Obama Takes Executive Action on Equal Pay


Tuesday, April 8th — President Barack Obama, continued his push on lessening the gender wage gap in the workplace by signing an executive order mandating contractors to publish wage data (by gender and race) in order to maintain compliance with equal pay laws. The order is a push for better wages of contracted workers allowing them extra protection; even when comparing wages, which under the order protects them from being penalized for such actions.

Today is also National Equal Pay Day and President Obama’s action serves as a reminder of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 which established the administration and enforcement of the law prohibiting gender based wage discrimination between men and women who perform jobs that require the same skill sets, responsibilities and are under the same working conditions.






Photo Credit: Mohamed Ibrahim

World Autism Awareness Day

Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.

All around the world in cities like New York, Dubai and Sydney, Australia; major national landmarks and businesses have been lite up as a sign of celebration for World Autism Awareness Day. Today is also a chance for everyone to share the knowledge of Autism (ASD) and the need for a better understanding and appreciation for individuals with these conditions.

What is Autism or ASD?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors… ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.


We can’t stress enough the importance of sharing the information on Autism and how much of an impact it can have on a family or community.

Remembering Avonte:

It was just this past October, 2013 that a 14-year old, New York city resident, Avonte Oquendo ran off from a group of classmates and disappeared. On a cold October day the autistic teen left his school building undetected and was reported missing for hours as police, school officials and community members searched for him. Nearly 4 months later (in mid-January), Avonte’s remains were found washed up on the shoreline.



It unfortunately takes stories like Avonte Oquendo’s for us to realize the importance of sharing information. Awareness and education make all the difference. Therefore please share the Street Intell and get more people involved. Visit AutismSpeaks.org for more ways to help empower more people by simply making them aware.








Source: AutismSpeaks.org

DC| 04.04.14 Emerging Jazz Singer and HU Student LeNaiya Blackwell Live in Concert at Columbia Station

Naiya Flyer

We shared Le’Naiya Blackwell story just a few short months ago, now she has met her goal and it is concert time! On her behalf we want to thank everyone who read our article and were led to contribute to her success. Grab your tickets and a smile and meet us down at Columbia Station this Friday.