The conversation amongst District residents for the past ten days
has been about our rich culture and demanding it be respected. The
go-go music that has traditionally been played, proudly, by the
music and cell phone store at 7th Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW
is a piece of that rich culture. I was proud to stand with
Washingtonians of all backgrounds who recognize the significance of
playing go-go music at that intersection. As I said on Twitter, “The corner of 7th & GA Ave
epitomizes black culture. Respect the culture.”
That was far from the only opportunity I have had recently to
highlight the District’s history and culture. I took part in
honoring a Ward 5 institution, Israel Baptist Church, during the
event to ceremonially rename the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue NE
to “Israel Baptist Church Way.” I stopped by to see John Tatum, Sr.
a veteran, Senior Olympian, and long-time Ward 5 mainstay who was
celebrating his 100th birthday.
Last Saturday was also DC’s Emancipation Day Parade, an opportunity
for the District to properly acknowledge our history and culture.
Dozens of neighbors joined us for the parade, and I want to thank
everyone who marched with us. Special thanks to some of the groups
who came out to walk with us including Beacon House, Cure the
Streets, and Brookland Huddle for Peace. DC Emancipation Day honors
an important milestone where the history of the District intersects
directly with American history and the African American story.
Honoring these milestones and celebrating the many, remarkable
accomplishments in our history is essential to keeping DC the
diverse, vibrant place we know today.
Legislative Update - Testify to Support
McDuffie's Bill to Advance Racial Equity in DC
Introduced earlier this year by
Councilmember McDuffie, the Racial Equity Achieves Results Act
would require all policies and laws adopted by the District to be
analyzed through the lens of racial equity. It operationalizes
racial equity in the District by requiring government agencies to
design and implement a racial equity tool and to include racial
equity-related performance measures in the development of an
agency’s annual performance plan. The hearing for this legislation
will take place on Thursday, April 25 at 10:00 AM and all
interested residents are encouraged to testify. To do so, you must
sign up in advance by emailing or calling the Committee on
Government Operations at email@example.com or (202) 724-6663, by the close
of business on Tuesday, April 23.
McDuffie at the Budget Oversight Hearing for the
Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement
Click on the video to watch Councilmember McDuffie at a recent budget
oversight hearing on violence interruption efforts through the Office
of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, an office created in CM
McDuffie's legislation to address root causes of violence, the NEAR
New York Avenue Park & Rec Center Meeting -
Future of Providence Community Meetings and
Focus Groups - April 24 & 25
Let your voice be heard on what
happens next to the site of Providence Hospital. Ascension Health,
the owners of Providence Hospital, are hosting two meetings to
solicit feedback from the community. Residents are encouraged to
attend and share their throughts directly with Ascension Health.
DATES: Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25
TIMES: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
LOCATION: Providence Ground Floor Lecture Hall, 1150 Varnum
RSVP: To RSVP for the meeting and for more information,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests should enter at Main
Entrance and report to the Welcome Desk for Check-In/Instructions.