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May 4th, 2018


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In This Issue:

  • MOAA Frontpage
  • What's New with Your Mayor?
  • Rolling in Resources 
  • You Should Go
  • Get Hired 


Cinco de Mayo Celebration


 Please join the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs for the Cinqo de Mayo Celebration that will be hel at the El Tamarindo Restaurant. The event will feature Photo booth, Music, Drinks and more!

When: Saturday, May 5th, 2018 | Noon - 4 pm

Where: El Tamarindo restauirant | 1785 Florida Avenue NW | Washington DC | 20009

For more information, please call: 202 671 2825

Mayor Bowser's Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration


 Please join Mayor Bowers's Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration that will take place on May 7th at the Lincoln Theater. During the event, will be featured   cultural performances by renowned AAPI artists, an awards ceremony, and more!

When:  Monday, May 7, 2018 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Where: Lincoln Theater | 1215 U St NW | Washington, DC |  20009

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DC AfroBEATs Spring Fest Culture, Music, Food & Fashion 


Launching of an all Afrobeats, Hip Hop & Soca music, food & culture day party fest to celebrate heritage, diversity, richness and vibrancy of cultures in the African Diaspora. This event will feature artists performances, top DJs representing various cultures in the Diaspora, dance performance, food vendors from various cultures, etc. Get ready for Afropolitan NYC Spring Fest at finest Spring vibe venues.

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 5:00 pm  – 11:00 pm  

Where: Club Elevate | 15 K St NE | Washington DC | 20002

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The National Museum of African Art celebrates 

the Ethiopian Jewish Heritage


Join the National Museum of African Art for a celebration of Ethiopian Jewish heritage! Don’t miss this special screening of Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew (dir. Rebecca Shore, 2016, Israel, 43 min., Hebrew with English subtitles). In 1984, as a part of Operation Solomon, Mekonen Abebe and his family emigrated to Israel, alongside over 14,000 other Ethiopian Jews—but Abebe’s father died before he could make the trip.

WhenSunday, May 27, 2018 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: National Museum of African Art | 950 Independence Avenue, SW | Washington, D.C | 20560

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Age Friendly DC Social Participation Committee meetings are scheduled.

When: Tuesday May 15th 

Where: 2-4 Northeast DC Public Library 330 7th St NE

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Networking Happy Hour Hosted by YAP DC


Join us for a networking happy hour with DC's best and brightest African professionals in the diaspora as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of transitioning to the motherland. Come with business cards in hand and ready to enjoy some food and drinks. We look forward to seeing you there.

When:Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 9 pm T

Where: The Board Room VA - The Champagne Room | 925 North Garfield Street | Arlington, VA | 22201

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Communications Specialist - Deputy Mayor for Education

This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME). The mission of DME is to develop and implement the Mayor's vision for academic excellence and creating a high quality education continuum from birth to 24 (from early childhood to K-12 to post-secondary and the workforce). 

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Manager, Consumer Services - Office of the Director of Compliance Analysis

This position is in the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Market Compliance, Office of the Director of Compliance Analysis. The position's primary purpose is to manage the intake and resolution of consumer complaints and inquiries. 

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Program Development Associate, West Africa

TechnoServe’s West Africa Regional Team, based in Washington, DC, and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, is successfully implementing a robust portfolio of single and multi-country programs in Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, and Benin. The team is currently seeking a dedicated program development professional to build upon the existing portfolio and support the development of new business opportunities in the region.

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Know Your Rights Town Hall


Please join the Mayor's Office on African Affairs, the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, and the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs for a "Know Your Rights" Town Hall. 

When: Thursday,May 17, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Franklin D. Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW, Washington DC | 20004 |  Edna Hall (2nd Floor)

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2018 African Studies Association 


Director Samba and MOAA staff participated in the 2018 African Studies Association meeting held at John Hopkins University.  Director Samba presented to attendees and shared important demographic information relating to the African community in Washington, DC and the ways the Mayor's Office on African Affairs engages in outreach to the various African communities in the District of Columbia. 

AASP is an organization made up of individuals who are responsible for organizing or leading the African Studies program at their college or university.

This meeting aimed to emphasize a better support to African studies research and talk about potential partnership for development. 

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CASEC Annual Cancer Conference 


On Saturday April 21st, 2018, MOAA attended the 2018 Cancer  Conference Information Exchange hosted by the Patcha Foundation. Held for the first time in Washington, DC, this forum encouraged dialogue around ways to bridge health care gaps Africans residents.  Deputy Director Soro Yah Kignaman attended the conference and shared remarks on behalf of the Mayor's Office on African Affairs. 

The Patcha Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission to reduce the burden of cancer on African peoples locally and globally. Cancer continues to devastate peoples of African descent and other disenfranchised communities. 

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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off Summer Crime Prevention Initiative with 10,000th Security Camera Funded Through Incentive Program


On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative by celebrating the 10,000th private security camera funded through the Private Security Camera Incentive Program at the home of Jonathan Brooks in Ward 7. The program provides rebates for the purchase, installation, and registration of a security camera system on the exterior of a building owned or leased by a DC resident, business, nonprofit, or religious institution.

We know that building safer neighborhoods is most effective when we all have a role to play,” said Mayor Bowser. “That is why I am excited to celebrate the 10,000th security camera funded through the Private Security Camera Incentive Program. This program continues to be a great example of how we are working together with residents across all eight wards to create a safer, stronger DC.

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Mayor Bowser Celebrates Preservation of Nearly 300 Family-Sized Affordable Housing Units for 750 Residents in Ward 8



On Thursday, May 3, 2018  Mayor Muriel Bowser today cut the ribbon on the Atlantic Apartment Homes in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Ward 8. The renovated property, formerly known as Atlantic Gardens and Atlantic Terrace, consists of nearly 300 family-sized units and includes expanded community services and the largest community solar project in the District.

Through this project we are making good on our commitment to give more Washingtonians the opportunity to participate in the District’s prosperity,” said Mayor Bowser. “Just as the creation of affordable housing is critical to the future of our city, so is the preservation of existing units. Today, we’re celebrating that nearly 300 families will be able to stay and grow in the community they call home.

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Mayor Bowser Commits $4,000 to All-Girls Team from Banneker High School Competing in NASA Research Challenge


On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced her commitment of $4,000 to the Benjamin Banneker High School team that is currently in the final stage of NASA’s Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). The grant will help the students continue to build on their innovative project in which they are designing a system to remove lead from drinking water in schools. Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner, and Bria Snell, the only all-black, female team to make it to the final stage, developed their idea for the competition while volunteering at the Inclusive Innovation Incubator, or In3, as part of their school’s commitment to community service.

Through their brilliance and passion, Mikayla, India, and Bria are bringing our vision for In3 to life and making our city proud,” said Mayor Bowser. “Mikayla, India, and Bria are just the type of people and scientists our world needs more of and we are proud to support their dreams.”

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  Pledge to #SaveDCTAGSaveDCTAG


                                                                                                      MOAA calls on its community members to support the Mayor's fight to save the DC Tuition Assistance Grant program (DCTAG), a program that has helped 26,000 students attend and get through college. Today, President Trump released a budget proposal for 2019 that completely eliminates DCTAG. This is grave news for DC. It means that a college education for thousands of DC students is at risk. Congress can and should reject this proposal and fully fund DCTAG for 2019 and beyond.

Please help us save DCTAG by signing the #SaveDCTAG petition Here


Honoring Ethiopian and African-American Veterans who Fought in the ” American Civil War ” & the Battle of Adwa 


The United States of America celebrates its independence from Great Britain every year on the 4th of July to mark the anniversary of the publication of the Declarations of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. On the patriotic holiday, Americans worldwide proudly display American flags outside their homes and in front of office buildings. Beginning from May 2011, Little Ethiopia DC held annual commemorative wreath laying ceremonies honoring  two great African freedom fighters from the Diaspora and continental Africa.

 The annual replaying events held on the 1st week of May marked the triumphant return of Emperor Haile Selassie I from his exile in Britain on May 5, 1941. The Miazia 27 Pan-African Celebration of the victory against Italy of its the 2nd futile attempt to colonize Ethiopia. The Emperor with the support of the patriotic and the resilient people of Ethiopia drove out the fascist Italians who occupied the only African nations that has never been colonized by European Imperialists. 

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Washington, DC - Free Redfin Home Buying Class


Thinking about buying a home but don't know where to start? Redfin Agent Rebecca Love will walk you through the home-buying process so you know what to expect.

What will be covered:

  • Is buying for you?
  • Washington home prices, inventory & market conditions
  • Special property types (short sales, foreclosures, new construction)
  • Home financing & the purchase process

Free bites & beverages will be provided!

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Washington English Center's Spring Community Services and Health Fairs


On  Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Washington English Center will; be host the Community Services and Health Fairs to connect adult immigrant students with organizations in the community that provide services of interest to our student body. 

Washington English Center hosts Community Services and Health Fairs every term during regular class hours so that it is easy for students to attend and learn about these services. WEC typically have about 150 students in attendance at each event. About 60% are from Spanish-speaking countries, and the other 40% are from all over the world.

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Where: 2200 California St NW | Washington, DC | 20008

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