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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 04/ 6/2010

Peaceoholics downsizing after cuts

By Washington Post editors

Peaceoholics, the nonprofit known for working with at-risk youths, is downsizing after losing millions of dollars in earmarks from the D.C. government, the D.C. Wire reports.

About 50 part-time and full-time workers have been laid off, and the group has until the end of the month to move out of its headquarters on Raleigh Place SE.

Co-founded by Ronald Moten, a friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Peaceoholics received nearly $8 million in city contracts over four years. But last year, the D.C. Council grew wary of the group after questions were raised about its involvement in the donation of a city-owned fire truck and ambulance to the Dominican Republic.

The council cut earmarks for several organization to help fill a budget gap.

Moten blamed Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who announced last week that he will challenge Fenty in the Democratic September primary. He also blamed Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) for distributing money tagged for gang intervention to other groups.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 6, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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How much does Moten receive from money given to Peaceaholics?

Posted by: 123cartoon | April 6, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

After that Milloy column, I guess people are going to blame Obama for this one too...

Posted by: cbmuzik | April 6, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Moten blamed Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who announced last week that he will challenge Fenty in the Democratic September primary. He also blamed Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) for distributing money tagged for gang intervention to other groups
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Stop blaiming everybody Moten, they just caught on to your scam. The only reason Ronald Moten was even getting his info about beefs on the streets was because his son went to Ballou High School. Now you can go back to throwing your weak partied over at Hogate's and hope that the Feds don't audit you @$$.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 6, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Moten blamed Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), who announced last week that he will challenge Fenty in the Democratic September primary. He also blamed Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) for distributing money tagged for gang intervention to other groups
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Stop blaiming everybody Moten, they just caught on to your scam. The only reason Ronald Moten was even getting his info about beefs on the streets was because his son went to Ballou High School. Now you can go back to throwing your weak partied over at Hogate's and hope that the Feds don't audit you @$$.
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I don't care what you say he did at Hogates, the man has been doing a wonderful job with the young people in our Ward. SO Public Enima - if you aren't going to put up shut up.

Ron, we on the phone calling to get your money back - don't be dettered, keep up the good work

Posted by: love2much SE | April 6, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

$8M and can anyone give one concret example of anything Peaceoholics has done to prevent gang violance in the city? Mr Moten said the budget cuts cost two people in the area where the mass shootings occured. Why did Peaceoholics do PRIOR to the shootings? Answer nothing.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 6, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

There hasn't been much peace amongst the wayward youth in some parts of DC so Peaceholics should not receive another dime until the results of their 'work' can be seen. The government can give money all day long but until parents take responsibility and start raising their kids, the problems will continue. Don't wait until there's a funeral and get mad because the politicians won't show up sounding like a broken record saying "stop the violence". The government cannot raise anyone's children.

Posted by: dcisajoke | April 6, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

I have not really seen any impact from Peaceaholics. I contacted Moten about a year ago to help us deal with an increasingly violent beef in our neighborhood. He told me that he could only help if we could get the council to give him some money. Seriously. And then I found out about all this money his organization was getting and it really made me question what the F they were doing with it. From what I've seen, this org does NOTHING. They just take the city's money and spend it staffing their offices. But when you call for help, nothing really happens. And clearly the shootings haven't stopped, so the approach doesn't really work. I say spend the money to build another jail to house all these little thugs. Lock 'em up and throw away the keys.

Posted by: Stats | April 6, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I can only speak to what this organization did not do for the DC Dept. of Youth Rehabilitation Services and DCPS.

This side of short of nothing sums it up. Alliance for Concerned Men, Roving leaders, CeaseFire, and others have the track record and miles and do their part without the need for fanfare, lights, and camera time.

In addition, he publicly proclaimed he was stepping down to consult and make money on the speaking circuit. Speak???? Ha! If only he could.

Posted by: winston61 | April 6, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Before people start to make comments on things that they hear they should try to research this organization and that does not mean just reading what certain people blogs have to say. The peaceoholics have interceded in plenty of neighborhood beefs and squashed the beefs of many inner city gangs. They also take the time to build lasting relationships with the youth that they are out there helping. No one group can be credited for the work that is done but me personally have heard of the peaceoholics and what they do for the community and the youth in the community. They have taken plenty at risk youths and sent them to college where they are thriving and city officials counted them out. Peaceoholics is an organization that consist of many employees working together to make a change in our communities, Ronald Moten should not be the focus. What they do as a whole should matter, when people single him out that shows hating. So stop hating and get with the program of change. It is so easy for people to look in and pass judgement when they are not the ones doing anything.

Posted by: concerned2010 | April 6, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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