First and foremost, I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly at the polls this week, and in our neighborhoods and communities in the past months. Many heartfelt thanks to all of those who donated to this grassroots campaign. It was an amazing effort and a collective effort.Read more
Tomorrow is the big day, the culmination of a year of hard work to build the "D.C. for the People" campaign!Read more
We have an affordable housing crisis in the District, but our government lacks the political will to do what's necessary to make housing affordable for everybody. We have the means; what we lack is the will. Eugene and the D.C. for the People campaign stand for housing as a human right that everybody is entitled to and for fighting for the political solutions to this crucial issue.
David Schwartzman, who I have known since my years as a student at Howard University, is a stalwart for statehood and social justice. His entire life has been marked by a deep political commitment to progressive causes. He has knowledge and the ability to not only articulate the need for statehood, but to do it in a way that stresses the non-negotiable nature of self-determination for District residents. He has my wholehearted support in Tuesday’s election!
D.C. can and should lead not just the country, but the world in innovative environmental protections. Climate change and pollution have outsized impacts on low-income communities, and we owe it to ourselves and all future generations to preserve and protect the natural world that supports us.Read more
An edited version of this letter was published in the Northwest Current. We are reprinting the original with the authors' permission.
Imagine our chagrin -- no, anger -- when we picked up The Current’s October 22 edition and found that Eugene Puryear, our favored candidate for one of the two at-large Council seats, had been deemed a non-person in the newspaper’s Voters Guide.
With two weeks left before Election Day, D.C. for the People was prepared to make a big impression … and made an even bigger one.Read more
It is no secret that the Wards 7 and 8 have lagged far behind the rest of the District in just about all economic indicators. “East of the River” neighborhoods suffer from a severe lack of investment and opportunity that, while disgraceful, rarely gets more than lip service from District officials.
Geographically, the highest poverty rates are in Wards 7 and 8, where it has been estimated by the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute that one out of every three residents lives in poverty. While unemployment by Ward doesn’t have up-to-date statistics, fairly recent studies have estimated that Wards 7 and 8 have unemployment rates ranging from 15 to more than 20 percent. We also know that there is disproportionate unemployment among those with criminal records, with those individuals suffering an unemployment rate of 50 percent. Given that many of those with criminal records are also concentrated in high-unemployment and high-poverty areas, the compounding impact is clear.
What is less clear is how to approach economic development issues East of the River. Here are some approaches that we can take to lift up people and give them the tools to revitalize their communities.Read more
Washington is one of the most unequal cities in America, with nearly 20 percent of residents living below the official poverty line while our average income among the top 20 percent ($259,000) is the second highest in the nation. Solutions for economic development so far proposed and implemented have not reversed our downward trends in unemployment and economic insecurity; the "boom" currently underway has narrowly benefited a small group of people. To truly make a positive difference, we must think outside the corporate box and explore economic alternatives to meaningfully employ people and pull our families out of poverty.Read more
Through Friday, you can vote early at One Judiciary Square from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, with locations expanding to eight additional locations (one per Ward) beginning on Saturday. Here’s what you can do to help:Read more