Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King:   "Today, we remember the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life was tragically ended fifty years ago while helping organize sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. While memorialized for his dream, we must also pause to remember Dr. King’s unwavering commitment to racial equality, social justice, and economic inclusion. We must remember his commitment to the ideals of opportunity and social advancement—that only when our normal routines are disrupted do we really begin to fully understand societal issues. In his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize address, Dr. King stated, “there is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Opening Statement at the Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Framework Amendments

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5 Opening Statement Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole Public Hearing Tuesday, March 20, 2018 https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FKenyanRMcDuffie%2Fvideos%2F1785702991491920%2F&show_text=0&width=560 "Good afternoon, I want to thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing. And I want to thank my colleagues for being here and all these public witnesses who have taken time out of their busy schedules to weigh in to what is probably one of the most pressing issues facing the District of Columbia in a very long time. I am grateful that you all have made it out to today’s hearing. As we look at this Comprehensive Plan, this plan should do more than make a broad policy statement. Like other jurisdictions, I believe it should evaluate and account for the growth of…
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Councilmember McDuffie statement on Councilmember Trayon White’s remarks

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on Councilmember Trayon White's remarks:   "I spoke with Councilmember Trayon White earlier today about his recent remarks. I expressed to him that anti-Semitic conspiracies and deeply offensive rhetoric have no place in our public discourse, certainly not coming from our elected officials. Councilmember White has apologized, rightly, and has been meeting with members of the Jewish community to begin a process of understanding the history of his remarks and why his words are so hurtful. I believe he is doing so in good faith and hope that he has learned from this experience." ###
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Councilmember McDuffie statement on DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson

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  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson:   "On June 22, 2017, Chancellor Antwan Wilson signed Chancellor’s Directive #103, Discretionary Out-of-Boundary Transfers Policy. The transfer policy expressly states that, “this discretionary transfer process is not available for current or former ‘public officials.’” As a current public official, Chancellor Wilson sought and received a discretionary transfer for his child and, thus, violated this policy. In so doing, he breached the public trust and must resign. I do not arrive at this decision lightly. In fact, I have spent the time since learning about this on Friday talking with many Ward 5 parents and students. Their emotions ranged from shock and disappointment to anger and frustration. Most residents expressed that they…
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Councilmember McDuffie Statement on DCPS Report on Attendance and Graduation

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  Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) issued the following statement regarding the D.C. Public School (DCPS) attendance and graduation report:   “I am deeply upset by the findings of the DCPS attendance report, and in particular the revelation of wide-spread attendance fraud at Dunbar High School in Ward 5. I learned about this yesterday from Chancellor Wilson, just hours before the Mayor’s press conference, which I also attended. While some details are still emerging, it is clear that the adults who are responsible for the alleged attendance fraud failed our students, their parents, and our entire education community. At the same time, the report suggests this situation is not just a few bad apples, but a systemic failure at DCPS. I am also disappointed to learn…
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STATEMENT: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on President Donald Trump’s Recent Remarks

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Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on President Trump’s remarks:   “I am disgusted and offended by the President's racist remarks yesterday. Divisive and incendiary rhetoric has no place in public discourse—certainly not coming from the highest elected leader in our country. People who migrate to the United States often make great personal sacrifices in attempting to be a part of the American dream. We should recognize their sacrifices, welcome them, and treat them with the human dignity that we all deserve.”   ###
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Statement on MPD Use of Force Review Board’s finding in Terrance Sterling Case

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  Washington, D.C. – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on the determination by the Metropolitan Police Department Use of Force Review Board that the shooting of Terrance Sterling was not justified:   “The death of Terrance Sterling was a devastating tragedy. My thoughts remain with his family and friends. At the time of Mr. Sterling’s death, I chaired the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and reached out to the Metropolitan Police Department asking them to provide the public with more information on the status of the shooting investigation. As I have always maintained, transparency and accountability are critical to community-police relations. In fact, we have seen many cases of national significance where a lack of information has led to widespread community outrage about an…
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Statement on the passing of Rev. Shearin, pastor of Israel Baptist Church

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Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement upon the passing of Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr., pastor of Israel Baptist Church: “It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Reverend Shearin of Israel Baptist Church. Rev. Shearin was a pillar of our community and his selfless contributions touched countless lives. He will be missed dearly. I extend my sympathies and prayers to his family, friends, and congregation.”  
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