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Congress Votes on D.C. Statehood

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com The District is one step closer to becoming the 51st state. On June 26, the House of Representatives voted to pass l H-R 51, also known as the D.C. Statehood Bill. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.),...

Thousands Seek to Remove Lincoln Park Emancipation Memorial

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com The day before Juneteenth (June 19), which celebrates when the final slaves in Galveston, Texas learned of their freedom in 1865, At-large Council candidate Marcus Goodwin launched a campaign that is separate from his political...

Congressional Leaders To Vote for D.C. Statehood

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com June 26 will be a historic day in Congressional and District of Columbia record, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- California) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D- Maryland) announced that is the day when the...

30,000 Masks Donated to HU Testing Site

By Xavier Underwood Special to the AFRO Having extended the District of Columbia’s stay-at-home order until June 8, Mayor Muriel Bowser has been battling with a number of businesses and residents disregarding her orders. Bowser’s monitions for wearing facemasks when leaving...

Bowser Releases Budget Amid COVID Crisis

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com Amid the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the nation’s capital, with 7,434 residents testing positive and 400 lives lost as of May 18, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser released her Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Proposed Budget,...

Millennial Politicians Fight for Equity in D.C.

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com While the District of Columbia may have a reputation for having long-serving leaders such as: former Mayor and current Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7); former Council member Jack Evans (who served for about 28...

Meet Ward 7 Candidate Veda Rasheed

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray served on the Council before being mayor and most recently has held the seat of Ward 7 Council member since 2016.  While the incumbent has a resume filled with experience,...

Local Actions Taken While Science Develops

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com The nation’s capital is still suffering from the novel coronavirus with more than 3,000 District of Columbia residents having tested positive for COVID-19. Fifty percent of those diagnosed with COVID-19 are African American. Dr. Asefa Jejaw Mekonnen,...

Emancipation Day During COVID-19 Crisis

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com Despite the pall of COVID-19 hanging over the nation’s capital, where more than 2,100 people have tested positive for the virus, 72 have died (as of April 15) and with most residents cooped inside, the...

Vote Safe D.C. Campaign Launch

By Briana Thomas Special to the AFRO On March 27, the D.C. Board of Elections launched a campaign to encourage residents to utilize voter mail-in ballots for the upcoming elections in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Vote Safe DC initiative is...

Council Unanimously Passes Relief Bill for Residents

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com Conducting a virtual meeting for the first time in its 45-year history, the District of Columbia Council unanimously passed its second COVID-19 relief bill that will offer rent freezes, mortgage deferrals, further extensions for unemployment...

Mayor’s Top Aide Dies of COVID-19

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com According to the D.C. Health Statistics Summary, 401 District of Columbia residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 106 people have recovered and nine patients have died. One of the local decedents from the deadly disease...

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