Press Releases

McDuffie Urges DC Government to Plan Coronavirus Response Through the Lens of Racial Equity

McDuffie Urges DC Government to Plan Coronavirus Response Through the Lens of Racial Equity

Press Release
McDuffie Urges DC Government to Plan Coronavirus Response Through the Lens of Racial Equity Building on years of leadership on racial equity, Councilmember McDuffie urged his Council colleagues and Mayor on March 23 to address these concerns in District’s response to COVID-19 Washington, DC – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairman Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, urges the leaders of the District government to view the ongoing coronavirus response efforts through the lens of racial equity. Councilmember McDuffie emailed his Council colleagues and Mayor Muriel Bowser on March 23, 2020 to call on them to craft any policies and programs enacted in response to coronavirus through the lens of racial equity. “History demonstrates that inequitable government responses to disasters have led to recoveries that…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Press Release, Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Legislation includes mortgage relief, support for CBEs, and expanded consumer protections Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-733]. Upon passage, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement: “Since the Council last met under our current public health emergency, the District has undergone a significant health, social, and economic transformation as the COVID-19 public health emergency touches nearly every resident of our City and region. The District has instituted key provisions of the first emergency, including setting up the Microgrant small business recovery program, a prohibition on evictions,…
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McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Statement
McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Washington, D.C. -- With the passage of the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement. "Today, the Council of the District of Columbia passed legislation to provide emergency relief to the residents and small businesses of the District of Columbia in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis. While it is true that we find ourselves in unchartered territory, I have found hope and optimism in seeing all branches of government, businesses, residents, and staff come together to find solutions during this time of crisis.From the time we began working on this emergency legislation late last week until now, the District and indeed the country has found itself in both…
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McDuffie Outlines Legislation to Support District’s Residents and Economy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

McDuffie Outlines Legislation to Support District’s Residents and Economy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Press Release
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Outlines Legislation to Support District’s Residents and Economy Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic Legislation to be Voted on by the Council on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Washington, DC – On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Council of the District of Columbia will take up emergency and temporary legislation in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency. Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, has been working closely with the mayor, his colleagues, and the Council Chairman to ensure workers and businesses are not overwhelmed by the necessary social distancing measures being implemented across DC and the region. In helping to craft this legislation, Councilmember McDuffie has engaged constituents, small business owners, workers, and members of the hospitality and tourism industries. “In the…
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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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