McDuffie Calls for Sweeping Investments in Black Communities to Address Covid Crisis and Eliminate the Racial Wealth Gap

McDuffie Calls for Sweeping Investments in Black Communities to Address Covid Crisis and Eliminate the Racial Wealth Gap

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Urges the Mayor to advance a racial equity agenda that dismantles structural racism and empowers residents For Immediate Release: Monday, March 1, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released his FY 2022 budget request lettercalling for resources to alleviate the immediate impacts of Covid, address Ward 5 constituent priorities, andadvance a racial equity agenda that gives all residents a real fair shot. In the document, CouncilmemberMcDuffie calls for a $120M dollar investment to eliminate the racial wealth gap including $100M for aguaranteed income program and $20M to develop and implement a District-based Baby Bond initiative. “Centuries of slavery, segregation, and government-sanctioned discrimination have prevented BlackWashingtonians from building wealth and becoming financially secure,” said Councilmember McDuffie.“We must be bold and intentional about closing the…
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Councilmember McDuffie Calls on MPD to Release Stop-and-Frisk Data Mandated by 2016 NEAR Act

Councilmember McDuffie Calls on MPD to Release Stop-and-Frisk Data Mandated by 2016 NEAR Act

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This call comes after a second ACLU lawsuit alleges MPD failed to release criticallyimportant policing data since March of 2020, despite the NEAR Act requiring data bereleased twice per year For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 16th, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, Jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie renewed his call for the MetropolitanPolice Department to release certain policing data as statutorily required. The Neighborhood EngagementAchieves Results (NEAR) Act, authored by Councilmember McDuffie and passed unanimously by theCouncil in 2016, requires MPD to publicly release comprehensive stop-and-frisk data twice per year. Thiscall for transparency and accountability comes amid recent national and local calls for racial justice andpolicing reforms. “At a time when police practices have come under deservedly higher scrutiny, I find it disturbing that theMPD is, yet…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Landmark REACH Act Begins Implementation with Launch of the Council Office of Racial Equity

Councilmember McDuffie’s Landmark REACH Act Begins Implementation with Launch of the Council Office of Racial Equity

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Creates racial equity impact assessments that will be required for new legislation andresearch tools to help Council ensure someone’s race no longer predicts their success For Release: Monday, January 18th, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, Jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day byofficially launching the Council Office of Racial Equity (CORE). This new office comes fromCouncilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Achieves Results (REACH) Act, which seeks to dismantle theinstitutional barriers that prevent many Black residents from succeeding in Washington, DC. CORE willadvance racial equity across the District, provide equity impact scores for future Council legislation, createequity tools to eliminate racial disparities in government as well as the budget, and ensure all Council staffundergoes equity training. The REACH Act also creates a…
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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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Committee on Business and Economic Development Budget Report Advances Councilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Agenda

Committee on Business and Economic Development Budget Report Advances Councilmember McDuffie’s Racial Equity Agenda

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Invests in Black entrepreneurs by providing access to capital.Operationalizes racial equity by implementing the REACH Act.Funds a disparity study so more District procurement supports minority and women entrepreneurs. Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, June 25, 2020, the Committee on Business and Economic Development, led by Chairman Kenyan R. McDuffie, passed its budget report for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget is the culmination of months of work including public hearings, engagement with advocates and stakeholders. This budget report is focused on advancing Councilmember McDuffie's Racial Equity Agenda. With today’s vote in support of the budget report, Councilmember McDuffie said: "Developed through the lens of racial equity and recognizing the disproportionate impact the public health emergency is having on communities of color, specifically black people, the Committee’s budget significantly invests in District…
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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

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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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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

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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 Successfully Adds Language on Racial Equity to the Comprehensive Plan Framework

McDuffie Successfully Adds Language on Racial Equity to the Comprehensive Plan Framework

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Successfully Adds Language on Racial Equity to the Comprehensive Plan Framework Councilmember McDuffie continues his work to advance racial equity as a policymaking principle in the District by ensuring the Comprehensive Plan Framework will be guided by the principles of racial equity Washington, D.C. -- Following the July 2, 2019 release of the ‘staff draft’ of the Comprehensive Plan Framework, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, drafted additional language to clearly state that racial equity is a critical part of the District’s Comprehensive Plan. The ‘committee print’ of the legislation, released by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Monday, July 8, and to be voted on by the Council today adopts this language defining and expressing racial equity as a guiding principle. As the Council prepared to take the…
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McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C.

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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a Racial Equity Tool for D.C. Each D.C. Government Agency Would be Required to Use the Racial Equity Tool in Agency Performance Plans by Fiscal Year 2020 Legislation Also Requires D.C. Government to Provide Racial Equity Training for All Employees Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie introduced the Racial Equity Achieves Results Act of 2019 [B23-0038]. The legislation operationalizes racial equity in the District by requiring the Office of Budget and Planning to design and implement a racial equity tool, beginning in fiscal year 2020. Further, it requires the Mayor to include racial equity-related performance measures in the development of an agency’s annual performance plans and to require the Mayor to include an evaluation of the use of the racial…
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McDuffie Introduces Bills to Invest in Communities and Address Root Causes of Crime

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        Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to: Create a new D.C. Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Create a new H.O.P.E. Fund to Inject Resources into Targeted Communities Direct Currency and Property Received by Police to Fund Violence Prevention and Intervention Initiatives Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced three pieces of legislation in response to recent incidents of gun violence in the District of Columbia. The bills underscore Councilmember McDuffie’s call for a heightened sense of urgency and that the District of Columbia must use all available resources to address the root causes of violence that plague communities across the District. The Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2018 [ B22-0843…
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