Mayor’s Office Pushes Back on Council Cuts to Budget During Roundtable

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer The Mayor’s office pushed back against several cuts the D.C. Council proposed. Those cuts impact the city’s most vulnerable residents in many ways official said this week. City Administrator...

“Fund Our Schools Rally” Protests DCPS Proposed Budget

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer At least 100 people chanted “Fund our schools,” sang songs, and protested the proposed budget for District of Columbia Public Schools this week. The “Fund Our Schools Rally,” held...

Stars Set to Rock Emancipation Day

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] On April 16, 1862, eight months prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Blacks were freed in the District of Columbia, and 157 years later, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the...

READY Center Pools Resources for Returning Citizens in Order to Lower Recidivism Rates

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer The READY Center, 1901 E Street S.E., the new facility created to help returning citizens receive access to a multitude of services, is a quiet nondescript building just behind...

Mayor Bowser Engages Senior Community

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Mayor Muriel Bowser held a special town hall event for seniors this week as part of a series of Budget Engagement Forums for District residents throughout the month of...

DCYD New Executive Committee Calls for Northam’s Resignation

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] After celebrating the new Executive Committee for D.C. Young Democrats (DCYD) Thursday evening, on Friday the fresh team woke up to controversy surrounding Governor Ralph Northam’s (D-VA) racist yearbook...

Workers and Legislators Unite to Help Low-Wage Contract Employees

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer A little over a month ago Faye Smith found herself in the Senate Office Building protesting and searching for Senator Mitch McConnell in order to impress upon him how...

Grosso Hopes To Reduce Opioid Related Deaths with New Marijuana Legislation

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Council member David Grosso (D- At-large) presented legislation that would give D.C. residents more access to the District’s medical marijuana program. This effort is one of many measures to...

D.C. Council Overrides Bowser’s Veto of Fare Evasion Decriminalization

Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected] When Mayor Muriel Bowser used her power for a rare veto of a bill that would decriminalize metro fare evasion, much of the D.C. Council and local advocacy organizations spoke...

Bowser Pushed for Emergency Legislation for Unemployment Benefits and SNAP

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer As the country enters its second month of a financially crippling federal government shutdown, on Tuesday Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans for legislation that would offer some relief to...

Bowser’s Veto of Fare Evasion Decriminalization Brings Wrath of Council Members and Advocates

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day more than 46 organizations publicly admonished Mayor Bowser’s veto of the {Fare Evasion Decriminalization Bill}, joining Council member Robert C. White, Jr. who...

Black Furloughed Workers Share Grievances at DMV Town Hall

By Micha Green AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor [email protected] The government shutdown has been going on over a month and furloughed workers are hurting. “It hurts physically and it hurts mentally,” said Tyra McClelland a member...

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