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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On Chuck Brown’s Birthday, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Details $3 Million “Go-Go Stimulus Plan”

On Chuck Brown’s Birthday, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Details $3 Million “Go-Go Stimulus Plan”

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Ward 5 Councilmember, Kenyan R. McDuffie, author of the, “Go-Go Official Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act of 2019,” also known as the #DontMuteDC bill, announces plan for $3 million in city investments to support the advancement and preservation of go-go music, history, and culture. For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 20, 2020 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Business and Economic Development, and author of Go-Go Official Music of the District of Columbia Designation Act, also known as the #DontMuteDC bill, is announcing details for a plan for $3 million in city investments into go-go. In the months since Go-Go earned its new status of “official”, COVID-19 has dealt a major…
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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Including Racial Equity Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

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Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 28, 2019, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Fiscal Year 2021 District of Columbia budget.  The FY21 BSA provides additional investments despite the current health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.  The FY21 budget reflects a number of investments in Ward 5, while simultaneously focusing on racial equity and supporting our small businesses and their workers.  I am pleased to share the following highlights, which I believe prioritizes racial equity and economic justice within various sectors of our city including health, small business, government, and education. Ward 5 Priorities: Allocates funding to create interim recreation space in Ivy City and recreational programming. Enhances the District’s Clean Team program with the creation of a new Clean Team in Ivy City.…
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McDuffie Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans and Introduction of Legislation to Ban Councilmembers from Engaging in Outside Employment

McDuffie Statement on Councilmember Jack Evans and Introduction of Legislation to Ban Councilmembers from Engaging in Outside Employment

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Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has released the following statement: “I am profoundly disappointed in Councilmember Evans. Since yesterday, I have spoken with both Chairman Mendelson and Councilmember Evans about this very serious issue. In our conversation, I told Councilmember Evans that, in the best interests of the residents of the District, he should resign from the Council. The O’Melveny report reveals a pattern of unethical conduct by Councilmember Evans, and his actions have irreparably breached the public trust. Regrettably, this is where we find ourselves, and that is why, today, I have introduced the Councilmember Full-Time Employment Charter Amendment Act of 2019, which would prohibit Councilmembers from engaging in outside employment.” A copy of the Councilmember Full-Time Employment Charter Amendment Act of 2019 can be obtained here.
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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

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Council Passes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Including Ward 5 Priorities Championed by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Washington, DC – On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Fiscal Year 2020 District of Columbia budget. The budget reflects priorities raised by Ward 5 residents through months of engagement, including public hearings, meetings with advocates and stakeholders, and the Ward 5 Budget Engagement Forum. Ward 5 Priorities: Allocates funding to create a Biotechnology Academy within McKinley Technology High School.Enhances the District’s Clean Team program with an expanded Fort Lincoln Clean Team, a new residential clean team in the Trinidad neighborhood, and a roving Ward 5 clean team.Adds an additional $3.5 million in funding for the Arboretum Recreation Center, which will include a new half-court gym and multipurpose…
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McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

McDuffie Statement on Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on the Rhode Island Avenue Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018, which is scheduled for a second and final on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. "I support the Rhode Island Avenue (RIA) Tax Increment Financing Act of 2018 [B22-0986] because it brings needed economic investment to Rhode Island Avenue NE and Ward 5, the project has a high percentage of affordable housing units, and it protects current residents from displacement. The RIA project includes about three times the number of affordable housing units when compared to other commensurate projects in D.C. (24% of units in this project are affordable, IZ requires 8-10%) and, importantly, many of these units are for extremely low-income renters making 0-30% of Area Median Income. Further, it prevents displacement of…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Proactively Plan for Transportation Growth by Ward

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Watch Councilmember McDuffie as he introduces the legislation: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zifn9CRikwI] For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Washington, DC – Earlier this month, Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced legislation that would require the District of Columbia government to issue a proactive report every two years analyzing each ward’s current transportation infrastructure and future needs. The Proper Planning for Future Growth Amendment Act of 2017 [B22-0181] This legislation will require the D.C. Department of Transportation and the D.C. Office of Planning to work together on a biennial report analyzing each ward's current transportation infrastructure and future needs. While individual projects perform traffic studies as part of their analysis of development impacts and Small Area Plans look at the traffic patterns within a prescribed area…
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DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Roxana Hoveyda Roxana.hoveyda@heart.org 704-248-1712 DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill in Budget Support Act American Heart Association celebrates a law which will teach DC students CPR, adding thousands of lifesavers in DC each year. June 21, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Students in the District of Columbia will learn Hands Only CPR in high school health classes, beginning in October. The DC Council included the CPR training language in the 2017 Budget Support Act, which also requires an automated external defibrillator at all schools in the District. In May, the Council appropriated $325,000 to purchase AEDs. Every hour in the U.S. approximately 38 people will have a cardiac arrest event outside of the hospital – more than 326.000 each year. Nine out of ten people will…
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Councilmember McDuffie to Hold Public Roundtable on Civil Gideon and Expanding Access to Justice in the District of Columbia

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For Immediate Release: June 21, 2016 Contact: Dionne Calhoun, 202-297-0152, dcalhoun@dccouncil.us On Wednesday, June 22, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, will convene a public roundtable titled “Considering Civil Gideon: Expanding Access to Justice in the District of Columbia”. In 1963, the United States Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that criminal defendants have a fundamental right to counsel at the government’s expense if they cannot afford one. The phrase “civil Gideon” refers to the national movement to expand this right to counsel to civil cases. The need for civil representation in the District of Columbia is dire, particularly for low- and moderate-income residents. Recent reports have indicated that 98 percent of litigants in domestic violence cases in the D.C. Superior Court…
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Walk with Teams McDuffie and Silverman in the Capital Pride Parade

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Dear Residents, Please join Teams McDuffie and Silverman tomorrow Saturday, June 11, for the Capital Pride Parade. Our teams are pumped up and you should be too! We would love to have you walk with us in the parade this year to show your Pride. There will be plenty of beads to toss, music, and a good time to be had by all. Although the parade starts at 4:30 pm – if you are interested in walking with us, please arrive to the staging area by 2:00 pm. The staging area is located at 23rd and N Street NW. The Capital Pride Parade attracts over 150,000 spectators from across the country annually and features exciting performances from amazing artists that bring so much energy to the stage. From the colorful beads which…
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