On this Mother’s Day, I am so proud to represent all the mothers in
Ward 5 and I am proud to have worked with mothers, as well as women
generally, to advance important issues for all residents of D.C.
Depsite endelss demands on their time, these women are quick to
rise to the occassion when asked to pull a meeting togther, or
testify before the Council.
Nearly every constituency counts women and moms as members, but
there are some groups where women and moms lead the charge. I'd
like to share a little about two such groups on this Mother's Day.
Moms Demand Action was created to advocate for
establish common-sense gun reforms. I've partnered with the D.C.
chapter to advocate for full implementation of my criminal justice
reform legislation, Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (or
NEAR Act), D.C.’s public-health approach to violence prevention.
Moms4Moms VDC, at The Villages of Dakota Crossing
has been a partner in advocating for $10 million in capital budget
improvements for Fort Lincoln Park and Theodore Hagans Cultural
Center in Fort Lincoln. Additionally, I have stood shoulder to
shoulder with them calling for D.C. Public Schools to activate the
shuttered Thurgood Marshall School in Fort Lincoln.
would be remiss without recognizing the mothers in my office who
are so invaluable to the work I do down at the Council. They help
me keep the issues of mothers at the forefront of all the work that
we do in front of and behind the scenes.
Staff Demetris and her daughter Zahra (top); Staff Assistant Marita
and her daughter Myla (lower left); Legislative Director and
Mom-to-be (any day now!) Barbara (lower right).
comes down to it, almost every policy area has an additional impact
on women and mothers, and I appreciate their advocacy and all they
do for our community. To all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s