D.C. Government

Workers and Legislators Unite to Help Low-Wage Contract Employees

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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 the federal shutdown was impacting...

Grosso Hopes To Reduce Opioid Related Deaths with New Marijuana Legislation

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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 reduce opioid-related deaths. “We are all...

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

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Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.com 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 out against her decision.  So...

Bowser Pushed for Emergency Legislation for Unemployment Benefits and SNAP

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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 D.C. residents who were impacted. That...

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

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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 released a blunt statement criticizing...

Black Furloughed Workers Share Grievances at DMV Town Hall

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By Micha Green AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor mgreen@afro.com 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 of the Local 727 union...

Grosso Pushes Marijuana Legislation with Democratic House in Session

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer District of Columbia Council Member David Grosso pushed a revised version of his Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act, a bill that could surge through with a Democratic House of Representatives firmly planted in Congress,...

District Wide Policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer January marks the 15th annual National Stalking Awareness Month, but D.C.has been ahead of the pack with a District wide policy on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking released at the beginning of the...

Fifty-Five Strong: The Largest Congressional Black Caucus Kicks Off the 116th Congress

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor As the new Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) was handed a large gavel from outgoing Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) it became clear that the new CBC would be making a sizable...

DC Turns Up for Mayor Bowser’s Inaugural Celebration

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Residents of D.C.and DMV appreciators, pulled out their tuxes, heels and evening gowns last Saturday night in celebration of Mayor Muriel Bowser's Inauguration. Bowser, who was elected for a second term, and the city have...

Black Leadership is Celebrated at CBC Swearing In

By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer The who’s who of Black politics and - well - politics in general - were in attendance at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Swearing In Ceremony, and bolstered by a rallying cry of course...

Scores Sworn Into D.C. Leadership

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By George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff Writer Scores of people took an oath of service this week, as the swearing-in ceremony for the District of Columbia State Board of Education (SBOE), the Shadow Congressional Delegation and the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner seats...

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