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News about our work at the DC Council and in our Ward 4 community on your behalf. Learn about the legislation we introduced, important updates, and my messages to Ward 4.

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Citi Open, Masks Return, and a New Playground!

Dear Neighbors, We have a new playground and a new Farmers Market starting in Ward 4 this week, an update on Citi Open, important public health news, and many resources and events in our community. Next week after our second budget vote I will share a detailed breakdown of the DC budget and all of the important investments for Ward 4, for the District as a whole, and for a just recovery after the pandemic. Ward 4 News New Playground, Farmers Market, Popsicle Party, Yoga, and Jazz! This Sunday will be a big one for the Parks at Historic Walter

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Responding to Gun Violence in Our Communities

This piece originally appeared in Petworth News’ Councilmember’s Corner column. Our communities are reeling from the devastating gun violence that our city is experiencing. From the shootings by Nationals Park and 14th Street to the tragic killing of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney in Southeast DC and the public safety incidents in our own neighborhoods, it’s clear that DC and Ward 4 have not been spared from the nationwide surge of gun violence. These crimes are senseless and catastrophic. We cannot afford for this situation to continue and for more lives to be claimed by gunfire.  Everything we do in the short term needs to be about keeping guns off

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Investing in Housing, Child Care, and Working Families

Dear Neighbors, I’m writing to update you on the latest about the DC budget, including a budget amendment that will have a huge, positive impact on our most vulnerable, most neglected, and most excluded residents. I’ll also share an update on the devastating gun violence crisis our city is experiencing. And as always, I have lots of events, resources, and community news to share. Legislative Updates A Huge Step Towards Ending Homelessness, Funding Child Care, and Lifting Up Working Families On March 5, 2016, city leaders gathered in a crowded Foundry Church and made a commitment to end chronic homelessness in the District.

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Citi Open, First Budget Vote, and Evictions and Utility Protections

Dear Neighbors,  I hope you’ve had a great week! I’m writing to share important updates to DC’s moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs, lots of Ward 4 news, and quite a few events and resources for our community. We’re also working hard to finalize DC’s budget, which will have its first of two final votes on Tuesday next week. Ward 4 News Citi Open Returns to Ward 4 at Full Capacity with Rafael Nadal Citi Open, DC’s prestigious tennis tournament is returning to Ward 4 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center from July 31-August 8 after being cancelled last year due to

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Budget Updates, Senior Housing, and Summer Concerts

Dear Neighbors,  As we head into the weekend, here is the latest on what’s happening in Ward 4 and DC! Ward 4 News NPS Opens Public Comment Period on Upper Beach Drive Ward 4 encompasses more of Rock Creek Park than any other Ward, so it’s important that our residents have a say on determining the future of Upper Beach Drive. Yesterday the National Parks Service held a public meeting and opened the public comment period for whether Upper Beach Drive should reopen to cars and during which time periods. The comment period will last until August 22, so you have until then to weigh in.

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Introducing the Law Enforcement Vehicular Pursuit Reform Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, joined by five other Councilmembers, introduced the Law Enforcement Vehicular Pursuit Reform Act of 2021, a bill to protect the safety of residents by restricting the use of police chases in the District. “Verdicts are not substitutes for policy change,” said Councilmember Lewis George. “Police chases are inherently dangerous for officers, suspects, and bystanders, and they should only be used when absolutely necessary. An officer’s decision of whether to speed after someone should always prioritize safety and safeguard human life.” The Law Enforcement Vehicular Pursuit Reform Act of 2021 would prevent law enforcement

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Councilmember’s Corner: Hope through the Vaccine

When I was younger my mom used to hold my hand, but yesterday I held hers as she received the vaccine. And then I was fortunate to receive my vaccine, too.  Several of my family members, including my mom, have been hesitant about being vaccinated. They share the justified reluctance that many DC residents feel, especially seniors and people of color. In the past, racist and dangerous health practices have targeted vulnerable Black and Brown communities. And when DC began providing vaccines to seniors, these residents were discouraged by an inaccessible system that seemed to only serve the affluent and

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Community Safety on the Kennedy Street Corridor

Our community is rightfully concerned and saddened by the longstanding public safety issues along the Kennedy Street corridor. We are heartbroken by the tragic incidents of gun violence as well as by the  conditions that led to Cheesemonster’s decision to close. Every resident should be able to feel safe in their neighborhood. I had a community walkthrough on Kennedy Street last Friday to hear the concerns of our local businesses, and I have reached out to Alice and Kara to offer support. Many of the issues we are seeing are the outcome of economic desperation, substance abuse, people being cut

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Introducing the White Supremacy in Policing Prevention Act of 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Today Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, joined by seven other Councilmembers, introduced the White Supremacy in Policing Prevention Act of 2021, a bill to investigate any ties between members of MPD and hate groups that could prevent fair enforcement of the law, and to recommend preventive and detection safeguards for the Department.  “We cannot confront the bias and discrimination in policing without rooting out explicit racism. Investigating links to hate groups within MPD and identifying reforms to prevent and detect these ties is critical to protect our communities and move us closer to equal justice under the law,”

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Councilmember Lewis George Statement on Insurrection at the US Capitol

Today is a dark day for our city and our nation. We witnessed an attempted coup by a violent mob that sought to overturn the results of our fair, secure Presidential election. I condemn the shameful, dangerous, and destructive behavior of these seditionists and call on them to cease their violence and leave the District immediately. Each person who participated in these attacks must be held accountable for their actions with the full force of law. Our democracy is fragile. It depends on decency, integrity, and respect for one another. None of that was present among the crowds that stormed

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