Thursday, June 04, 2020

here is today's Ward 5 CM McDuffie update: No curfew tonight - McDuffie offers police use-of-force provision

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <>
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:13 PM
Subject: June 4 Update - No Curfew Tonight - McDuffie Offers Police Use-of-Force Provision

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No Curfew Tonight

Mayor Bowser has NOT instituted a curfew for tonight, Thursday, June 4.

Councilmember McDuffie Offers Provision to Define Police Use-of-Force Measures

In light of the tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless more black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, the District of Columbia Council is expected to take up emergency legislation on June 9, 2020. Councilmember McDuffie has drafted a provision he hopes to include that would establish when the use of force or use of deadly force by a police officer may be justifiable or not. The provision would also define specific factors that must be considered when determining whether an exercise of force or deadly force is reasonable.

An additional provision that is included in the proposed emergency legislation as circulated would prohibit police officers from viewing body worn camera (BWC) footage prior to documenting their recollections in a report. A similar provision was removed from the original BWC law authored by Councilmember McDuffie in 2015 by a last-minute amendment from former Councilmember Jack Evans.

With the release, Councilmember McDuffie said:

"As all caring people are, I am heartbroken and angered by the continued killing of black people at the hands of law enforcement -- and it must stop.

I am proud of the reform efforts I have led since joining the Council, such as drafting and passing the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act (NEAR Act) and the police body camera law. Still, this moment and the thousands of District residents peacefully protesting police violence require additional action to improve our laws and advance justice in our city.

The use of force provision will help delineate what is now an unclear standard and increase the public's trust in the police by increasing police accountability.

The amendment to the BWC law would return an important provision that would prohibit officers from reviewing BWC footage before writing an initial report involving a use of force.

There remains much work ahead of us, but I know that if we can come together with a sense of empathy and purpose, we can move our city and country forward."

Councilmember McDuffie served as Chair of the Council Committee on the Judiciary from 2015-16, leading the Council through the passage of the landmark criminal justice reform bill, the NEAR Act. The NEAR Act introduced a public health approach to crime prevention to the District of Columbia and included recommendations from President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (2015). The current legislation, The Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, consists of several provisions from across the Council and is being drafted by Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Council Committee on Public Safety.

Woodridge Library Reopening for 'Take-out Service'

The DC Library is reopening one library in each ward for 'take-out service.' Under this approach, customers will be allowed to pick up holds and return books at designated points near a building's entrance. The returned books will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in. Starting Monday, June 8, the Anacostia, Benning, Cleveland Park, Mount Pleasant, Northeast, Shepherd Park, West End, and Woodridge libraries will offer take-out service from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on weekdays. Additionally, remote printing, which allows customers to send documents electronically for printing, will be available. Due dates for items currently checked out have been extended to August.

All library buildings will remain closed to the public during Phase One of reopening.

Trinity Sunday at St. George's Episcopal Church

From: Saint Georges DC <>
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:01 PM
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St. George's Episcopal Church

Trinity Sunday ~ June 7, 2020

160 U Street Washington DC 20001

This Parish of the Episcopal / Anglican Church was founded in 1930 as an Episcopal Church for African Americans. St. George's witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as expressed through the Anglican Tradition. We serve as a guiding light for our parishioners as well as the larger community.  We bid you welcome in the name of the Lord! 

Priest-in-Charge: The Rev Marilyn Jenkins

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of you divine Majesty to worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, on God, for ever and ever. Amen (BCP 228)

Pledges are Up!

Sunday Schedule
The Next Sunday Service in Church will be determined by Public Health Indicators and implemented in a phased approach
7:30 a.m.      
Holy Eucharist RITE I with Sermon -- The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins

8:30 a.m.
Hospitality Hour

9:00 a.m.      
Parish Choir Rehearsal        
9:00 a.m. - Conf. Room     
Bible Study with The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins

10:00 a.m.  
Choral Holy Eucharist RITE II with Sermon -- The Rev. Marilyn Jenkins
11:00 a.m.
Hospitality Hour 

This Week

June 7 - Zoom Worship

June 13 - Kwanzaa Kitchen

This Sunday's Worship
St. George's ~ St. Luke's ~ Calvary

This Sunday, June 7, 2020 we will again worship via zoom joining St. Luke's and Calvary live. Please join us on Zoom if you can. Or you may join us on St. George's Facebook page as we will stream the Zoom worship live onto Facebook and on St. George's YouTube Channel.

Sunday Worship:

Date: June 7, 2020
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Meeting ID number: 362-627-1076. If asked for password -- 001891

If you are calling in by cellphone, we ask you to use this number: 301-715-8592, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. 

If you must use landline to call in, use 1-877 -853-5247, meeting ID: 362-627-1076. Password is 001891 (this is toll-free, but it costs us)

Outreach: Serving the Community

Kwanzaa Kitchen: Janis has been able to come up with a unique way in which we will continue to feed the hungry in this important ministry. It involves fewer than 6 people and we will pack the food to go and place it outside on tables for people to take their breakfast with them. We will continue this way until we are able to gather groups together again.

New Website

We have our new website up and running. It is a work in progress so it will continue to evolve over time.

Saint George's Episcopal Church |

St.Georges DC | 160 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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