Police Reform Commission Report Highlights the Urgent Need to Fully Implement Councilmember McDuffie’s NEAR Act

Police Reform Commission Report Highlights the Urgent Need to Fully Implement Councilmember McDuffie’s NEAR Act

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Commission’s report identifies areas where the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR) remains unimplemented and recommends changes to improve public safety For Immediate Release: Friday, April 1, 2021Contact: Malcom Fox, 202-227-1701, mfox@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the DC Police Reform Commission released its report entitled “Decentering Police to Improve Public Safety. The Commission’s report culminates a year of work following calls for social justice this past summer and recommends that the District undertake sweeping changes to reimagine its approach to public safety. The report also makes it clear that critically important provisions of the NEAR remain unimplemented and underfunded. “Today’s report reaffirms my concerns that the NEAR Act has yet to be fully implemented and this lack of implementation is a detriment to public safety, said Councilmember McDuffie. “The Commission…
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At Councilmember McDuffie’s Behest, Council Office of Racial Equity Releases Vaccine Framework

At Councilmember McDuffie’s Behest, Council Office of Racial Equity Releases Vaccine Framework

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New report proposes changes to ensure residents with the greatest risk get the vaccine For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 2, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the Council Office of Racial Equity (CORE) released a framework to ensure amore equitable vaccine distribution program. Councilmember McDuffie requested this framework to addressthe disproportionate impacts this pandemic has had on communities of color and low vaccine rates amongBlack Washingtonians. “Every aspect of our public health and economic response to this pandemic must be done through the lensof racial equity,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “Black communities have been the hardest-hit by thisvirus but are getting vaccinated at the lowest rate. This new framework provides useful suggestions to helpguide our actions." The report makes clear that there are real barriers for Black and…
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McDuffie Calls for Sweeping Investments in Black Communities to Address Covid Crisis and Eliminate the Racial Wealth Gap

McDuffie Calls for Sweeping Investments in Black Communities to Address Covid Crisis and Eliminate the Racial Wealth Gap

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Urges the Mayor to advance a racial equity agenda that dismantles structural racism and empowers residents For Immediate Release: Monday, March 1, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released his FY 2022 budget request lettercalling for resources to alleviate the immediate impacts of Covid, address Ward 5 constituent priorities, andadvance a racial equity agenda that gives all residents a real fair shot. In the document, CouncilmemberMcDuffie calls for a $120M dollar investment to eliminate the racial wealth gap including $100M for aguaranteed income program and $20M to develop and implement a District-based Baby Bond initiative. “Centuries of slavery, segregation, and government-sanctioned discrimination have prevented BlackWashingtonians from building wealth and becoming financially secure,” said Councilmember McDuffie.“We must be bold and intentional about closing the…
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Councilmember McDuffie Calls on MPD to Release Stop-and-Frisk Data Mandated by 2016 NEAR Act

Councilmember McDuffie Calls on MPD to Release Stop-and-Frisk Data Mandated by 2016 NEAR Act

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This call comes after a second ACLU lawsuit alleges MPD failed to release criticallyimportant policing data since March of 2020, despite the NEAR Act requiring data bereleased twice per year For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 16th, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, Jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie renewed his call for the MetropolitanPolice Department to release certain policing data as statutorily required. The Neighborhood EngagementAchieves Results (NEAR) Act, authored by Councilmember McDuffie and passed unanimously by theCouncil in 2016, requires MPD to publicly release comprehensive stop-and-frisk data twice per year. Thiscall for transparency and accountability comes amid recent national and local calls for racial justice andpolicing reforms. “At a time when police practices have come under deservedly higher scrutiny, I find it disturbing that theMPD is, yet…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Landmark REACH Act Begins Implementation with Launch of the Council Office of Racial Equity

Councilmember McDuffie’s Landmark REACH Act Begins Implementation with Launch of the Council Office of Racial Equity

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Creates racial equity impact assessments that will be required for new legislation andresearch tools to help Council ensure someone’s race no longer predicts their success For Release: Monday, January 18th, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, Jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day byofficially launching the Council Office of Racial Equity (CORE). This new office comes fromCouncilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Achieves Results (REACH) Act, which seeks to dismantle theinstitutional barriers that prevent many Black residents from succeeding in Washington, DC. CORE willadvance racial equity across the District, provide equity impact scores for future Council legislation, createequity tools to eliminate racial disparities in government as well as the budget, and ensure all Council staffundergoes equity training. The REACH Act also creates a…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Call for Equitable Vaccine Distribution Results in Priority for Wards Hit the Hardest

Councilmember McDuffie’s Call for Equitable Vaccine Distribution Results in Priority for Wards Hit the Hardest

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More than 4,000 new appointments made available for residents in Wards 1,4,5,7,8 For Immediate Release: Friday, January 15th, 2021 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the DC Department of Health announced there will be an additional 4,309 vaccine appointments for residents of Wards 1,4,5,7, and 8 aged 65 and older, or who work in a health care setting, starting on Saturday January 16th at 9 AM. This new ward-based approach comes after Councilmember McDuffie requested that DC Health distribute vaccine appointments more equitably. “We must ensure residents hardest hit by this pandemic can access the vaccine,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “I appreciate the Department of Health making this critical course correction to provide additional appointments for residents with the greatest needs. I want to thank Dr. Nesbitt for…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Years of Work on Environmental Justice Issues Earn a Win for Ward 5 Residents

Councilmember McDuffie’s Years of Work on Environmental Justice Issues Earn a Win for Ward 5 Residents

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This legal action by the Office of the Attorney General highlights Councilmember McDuffie's legislative and constituent services work to address pollution, air and water quality and environmental justice for Ward 5 residents. For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 14th, 2021 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Tuesday, the Office of the Attorney General announced a $350,000 settlement with the owners of 2201 Channing St., LLC for years of violating DC environmental laws. The settlement comes from a lawsuit alleging that this company, and the businesses operated on the property, improperly stored hazardous waste and allowed used oil to spill and leak into District storm sewers and other public spaces. This ruling highlights years of legislative and constituent services work by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie to better utilize industrial land in…
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Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Condemns Insurrection by Trump Supporters at US Capitol

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Condemns Insurrection by Trump Supporters at US Capitol

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC - Today, the President of the United States incited a violent insurrection at the United States Capitol. Trump’s supporters viciously disrupted Congress in a seditious attempt to prevent members of Congress from certifying the 2020 Electoral College results and the peaceful transition of power. Councilmember McDuffie vehemently condemns the violence incited by Trump and perpetrated by his followers. He implores federal officials to do everything within their powers to reign in President Donald Trump and prevent further armed revolts. “If Vice President Pence and members of Congress take seriously their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, they must hold Donald Trump accountable for inciting this assault on our…
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Councilmember McDuffie Introduced Measures to Create a Reparations Task Force and Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in the District of Columbia

Councilmember McDuffie Introduced Measures to Create a Reparations Task Force and Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis in the District of Columbia

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The proposed measures will establish a Task Force to Research and Develop Reparation Proposals for African American descendants of slavery and declare racism a public health crisis in the District of Columbia. For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0741, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chairperson of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Reparations Task Force Establishment Act of 2020 and the Sense of the Council to Declare Racism A Public Health Crisis in the District of Columbia Resolution of 2020. The first measure would establish a 9-member task force to study and develop reparations proposals for African Americans in the District of Columbia, with a Special Consideration for African Americans who are descendants of persons…
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McDuffie’s Statement on The September 2020 Updated Fiscal Forecast

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Washington, D.C. — Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore of the Council and Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement on the DC Chief Financial Officer’s updated revenue estimate: “The District’s CFO Jeffrey DeWitt just provided the Mayor and Council with an updated financial forecast the FY 2020 ended $222m higher than the previous April estimate. Despite ending the fiscal year with more revenue than estimated, the District is still down -$334.4m compared to FY2019 and FY 2021 has been lowered by $212 million. Today’s updated revenue projections indicate that we remain in a recession and the path to recovery will be much longer than originally anticipated. COVID-19 has had a devastating economic impact. With unemployment insurance claims in the District…
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