CJP Adopts Martha's Market at Smothers Elementary
The Community Justice Project has "adopted" the Martha's Market, hosted by Martha's Table, at Smothers Elementary School. The Market is a pop-up grocery market, where the school's students, employees, and their families can shop for healthy groceries free of cost, taste recipes, and participate in a cooking demonstration. The volunteers, Market Helpers, set-up the shopping experience (bag produce and arrange it in baskets, put tablecloths on tables, etc.), assist with shopping (particularly kids who are shopping without an adult), and clean up at the end. CJP will staff the market each month.
Smothers Elementary is an elementary school of about 275 students in grades PK3 through grade 5. The school is located at 4400 Brooks St. NE in Ward 7. Wards 7 and 8, which have the District's highest poverty rates, also have the city's highest obesity rates and are home to large food deserts.
CJP Submits Testimony in Support of Incarceration to Incorporation Entrepreneurship Program
Because of CJP's involvement in the successful passage of Ban the Box legislation, the office of D.C. Council Member Vincent Orange asked CJP to testify in support of B21-463, which would establish the Incarceration to Incorporation Entrepreneurship Program to educate, train, and assist returning citizens in becoming socially responsible entrepreneurs. The clinic submitted written testimony focused on our clients' (both individual unemployment insurance claimants and our project work for organizations) experiences as returning citizens themselves or groups that workwith that population, as well as the expressive value of the law to the larger D.C. community.