Closing in on Election Day, and We’re Stronger than Ever

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.

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New White Paper: Rebuilding and Empowering Our Communities East of the River

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.

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New White Paper: Alternatives in Economic Development

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.

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The D.C. for the People Guide to Early Voting

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:

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As Early Voting Begins, We Go Into High Gear

As we have since the campaign began, D.C. for the People has been out in numbers at events all over the District to spread the word about Eugene and our unique, progressive, people-first agenda for our community.

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Three Special Events Coming Up

The power of this campaign, D.C. for the people, and the excite around Eugene has created some unique opportunities for us to engage with people within the movements for social change and build relationships with artists of conscience. Please join us for the following fundraisers/benefits that show that this truly is a campaign for a D.C. for the People.

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New Video on the #FightFor15 -- #WhyNotDC?

Hot off the presses and in honor of our monthly storm to demand #15Now, check out this video featuring Eugene talking about the $15/hour minimum wage and the need to have a true living wage in D.C. Watch now!

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Just Three Weeks Left!

As Election Day draws nearer, we work harder and go faster. This election is looking more and more like a race to the finish, and we plan to keep picking up speed!

Last week is a good example of what makes us unique: Between debates, outreach at festivals and other speaking engagements, we just made a bigger impression the more that there was to do.

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New White Paper: Benefitting Small Businesses in a D.C. for the People

The past 10 years have been a period of highs and lows for small businesses in Washington, D.C. In general, small business growth has been rising and fairly resilient to the pressures of the crisis in the worldwide economy. Since 2003, growth of businesses with 5-49 employees (which admittedly is not the most precise measurement) has trended upwards. Since 2010, small business growth has exceeded both Virginia and the national average.

That being said, there are a number of important caveats. There is no one-size-fits-all “small business” policy, because small businesses differ so widely. For example, the fairly rapid changes in neighborhood composition can and do facilitate the growth of new small businesses, but can hamper or drive out others who catered to a different subset of the population. Further rapid development can increase property taxes, hurting businesses that are not a part of particular developments.

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As the Time Gets Shorter, We Get More Powerful

There are just 27 days left until Election Day, and we’re doing everything we can so that D.C. for the People becomes a reality. District residents are at a crossroads—to make D.C. a place where hard-working people can live comfortably, or to stand by and let developers make D.C. a playground for the super-rich. Eugene and the campaign have been attending events and doing outreach every day, standing with the people of D.C.

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