Councilmember McDuffie, Community leaders and Business Leaders Call on Mayor Bowser to Release Reopening Roadmap

Councilmember McDuffie, Community leaders and Business Leaders Call on Mayor Bowser to Release Reopening Roadmap

Press Release
Calls for a reopening plan and hotel relief grants come as regional partners and cities across the country unveil plans for how workers, businesses, and faith institutions will move forward For Release: Monday May 10, 2021 Contact: Malcom Fox, 202-227-1701, mfox@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development Kenyan McDuffie joined community stakeholders representing workers, local businesses, and institutions of faith in the District to call on Mayor Bower to release a formal reopening roadmap for Washington, D.C. “Low-wage workers, particularly those in the hospitality and service industries, have seen their livelihoods evaporate,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “Businesses cannot begin to rehire and reopen without a proper roadmap like what neighboring jurisdictions have released. Our reopening plan must prioritize safety, but…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Applauds Congress for Passing American Rescue Plan Act and giving DC its Fair Share

Councilmember McDuffie’s Applauds Congress for Passing American Rescue Plan Act and giving DC its Fair Share

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, Jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act, sending the bill to President Biden’s desk for signature. This stimulus package includes approximately $2.3 billion dollars in funding for DC residents that will go towards direct cash payments, assistance for small businesses, rental support, and extended unemployment benefits. “The American Rescue Plan Act provides vital assistance to District residents and small businesses,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “Importantly, this bill retroactively provides the $755 million in local funding that Senate Republicans deliberately withheld from Washington, D.C. in the CARES Act. The stimulus funding will help us get workers and business operators back on their feet and combat the public health crisis that continues to devastate our communities.” The…
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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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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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