Press Releases

McDuffie Sends Ward 5 Budget Priorities Letter to Mayor

McDuffie Sends Ward 5 Budget Priorities Letter to Mayor

Letter
Download Councilmember McDuffie’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Letter Here February 26, 2020 The Honorable Muriel BowserMayor of the District of Columbia1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20002 Re: Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal Dear Mayor Bowser: As you prepare to transmit the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget and Financial Plan to the Council of the District of Columbia (“Council”), I would like to highlight a few Ward 5 priorities and request that you consider funding them in fiscal year 2021. Last year, your Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and Financial Plan, A Fair Shot, made critical investments essential to Ward 5 residents and were reflective of requests I made in my letter dated February 28, 2019 on behalf of Ward 5 residents. That plan proposed to invest $3.5 million…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create African American and Cultural Studies Course at District High Schools

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create African American and Cultural Studies Course at District High Schools

Press Release
McDuffie Introduces Bill to Create African American and Cultural Studies Course at District High Schools As introduced, the legislation requires that the course be counted toward graduation requirements The new course seeks to increase student proficiency and engagement while offering a full and unvarnished telling of American history Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the African American and Cultural Studies Inclusion Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-0642]. The legislation, which was co-introduced by twelve Councilmembers, will require the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to develop an African American and Cultural Studies curriculum for high school students enrolled in either a District of Columbia Public School or a District of Columbia Public Charter School, and to allow such course to be counted as part of…
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McDuffie on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment

McDuffie on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment

Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment Washington, DC -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has issued the following statement upon the release of two reports from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment: "The findings of these reports are troubling, and I am disheartened—not just by what the data revealed, but also because a thorough study could not even be completed due to a lack of data. The reports underscore the necessity of consistent and standardized data collection, and one benefit is that we now have a roadmap to follow to develop a comprehensive study.Despite this, the goals of the CBE program are extremely…
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McDuffie to host Ward 5 Community Conversations on Public Safety

McDuffie to host Ward 5 Community Conversations on Public Safety

News Update
Join Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie and guests for a series of community conversations on public safety in Ward 5. These facilitated conversations will be an opportunity to learn about initiatives currently in place and engage with neighbors about how we can all be part of the solution. Invited guests include Metropolitan Police Department, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, and anti-violence advocacy groups. Meeting dates, times, and locations: DATE: Sat, December 14TIME: 11:30 amLOCATION: Dunbar High School Library, 101 N Street NW DATE: Mon, December 16TIME: 7:00 pmLOCATION: Israel Baptist Church, 1251 Saratoga Avenue NE DATE: Wed, December 18TIME: 7:00 PMLOCATION: Langdon Recreation Center, 2901 20th Street NE
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McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

Statement
Councilmember McDuffie has issued the following statement on recent violence in Ward 5: "Last night there was another shooting in Ward 5; it was the fifth act of gun violence in Ward 5 over the past two weeks. As a neighbor, a father, and your representative, I am both outraged and heartbroken that these acts continue to happen in our community. When these incidents happen, they can make us feel vulnerable and scared. We all deserve to live in a community where we feel safe. I have been in constant communication with MPD and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) since last night’s shooting on the 2300 block of Rhode Island Avenue. From what I have gathered, the recent violence stems from an ongoing conflict between multiple rival…
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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

Uncategorized
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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McDuffie Advances Racial Equity and Environmental Justice in Comprehensive Plan Framework, While Addressing the PUD Process

McDuffie Advances Racial Equity and Environmental Justice in Comprehensive Plan Framework, While Addressing the PUD Process

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Advances Racial Equity and Environmental Justice in Comprehensive Plan Framework, While Addressing the PUD Process McDuffie worked collaboratively to provide needed clarity in the PUD process to assist in meeting the District’s housing and community development goals McDuffie strengthened and expanded racial equity language in the final legislation Added language that addresses equitable distribution of industrial land, which may have negative impacts that are most frequently born by communities of color Washington, D.C. -- Today, the District of Columbia Council held its second vote on the Comprehensive Plan Framework, the Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2017 [B23-0001]. Advancing Racial Equity The Framework reflects Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s commitment to racial equity by including extensive language establishing racial equity, reflected in section 213 and throughout the guiding…
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McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC.

McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC.

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bill to Help Long-Term Businesses Stay in DC The ‘Affordable PLACE Act’ seeks to address the problem of long-term local businesses – many owned and operated by people of color – from being priced out of DC. The legislation would create a ‘Legacy Business’ certification, provide for grants and tax abatements to legacy businesses and/or landlords Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development introduced the Protecting Local Area Commercial Enterprises (P.L.A.C.E.) Amendment Act of 2019 or the ‘Affordable PLACE Act’ [B23-432]. The bill supports both legacy and small local businesses by providing technical and financial assistance, incentivizing landlords to enter into or renew leases with legacy businesses, and creating protections to commercial tenants as they…
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McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance

McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and First Source Bill to Address Transparency, Accountability, and Compliance Legislation would create an independent Chief Compliance Officer Councilmember McDuffie: “When it comes to compliance, the CBE program is broken.” Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced the Independent Compliance Office Establishment Act of 2019 [B23-471]. The legislation would create a new independent Office of the Chief Compliance Officer which would have purview of certification and enforcement over the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program and First Source employment program. Those programs are currently located within the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DLSBD) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), respectively. The new Chief Compliance Officer will serve a…
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Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

Statement
Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement in response to a story published in this morning's Washington Post: “Yesterday, I was contacted by a Washington Post reporter regarding a document which he stated list Keith McDuffie as the chief executive of Potomac Supply Company (the company).As I stated to the reporter yesterday and during a prior conversation on June 28, Keith McDuffie is my cousin, and I have known Okera Stewart for many years.While there is apparently a single document that all parties involved have stated was produced in error, there are official documents which clearly establish that Okera Stewart owns the company. Moreover, I did not know of any document connecting Keith McDuffie to the sports gaming contract as chief executive or otherwise prior to…
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