We Have a Rhodes Scholar: Local Student Earns Prestigious Scholarship

By Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Education and Scholarship Task Force Southwest resident Samantha O’Sullivan announced to the world when she was a pigtailed eight-year-old that she intended to be an astronaut. Today, as a college senior, O’Sullivan is one of the 32 American students to receive a 2022 Rhodes Scholarship. After graduation this spring from Harvard […]

Southwest Organizations Urge Action on Climate Change

By Asia Thomas and Wilma Goldstein                                                On Monday, December 6, 2021 three Southwest organizations came together virtually to co-host an event designed to move people toward action on climate change. Members of Waterfront Village, our local aging-in-place organization, and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Aging in Style Task Force, along with a delegation of students from […]

Mayor Bowser Addresses Southwest Community Questions, Challenges 

 By Melissa Silverman Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser joined a Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) community meeting on October 25 to discuss a range of timely topics, from combating COVID-19 to education, transportation, crime, and even the burgeoning rat population in Southwest.  SWNA is the publisher of The Southwester, and Editor-In-Chief Mike Goodman served as the […]

Southwest Students Awarded College Scholarships

By Audrey Hinton, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Education and Scholarship Task Force The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s (SWNA) Education and Scholarship Task Force held its 47th annual scholarship awards program on August 15, awarding 23 young people $50,000 in college scholarships.   About 100 viewers joined the pre-recorded virtual event as the students received scholarships ranging from $2,000-$2,500. […]

They Practice What They Preach

By Wilma Goldstein For 25 years, Brian and Ruth Hamilton have served as co-pastors at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 4th and I Streets in DC’s Southwest neighborhood.  “I think a church really needs to be a community center and has the responsibility of organizing around all kinds of issues and problems […]

Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Emergency Preparedness Task Force hosting Extreme Event game

Join the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s Emergency Preparedness Task Force for the Extreme Event game – a community disaster preparedness exercise – on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Channel Square Apartments Clubhouse, 325 P Street, SW. A light lunch will be provided. Extreme Event is […]

Emergency Preparedness Focus Groups—Feedback from the Community

On April 11 and 12, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) Emergency Preparedness Task Force, in partnership with graduate students from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, held two separate discussion groups at the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) office on emergency preparedness. We invited participants from across Southwest DC to talk about what […]