My Statement on the Ballou High School Graduation Scandal and Call for an Independent Investigation

  For Immediate Release: December 1, 2017 Contact: Rebekah Caruthers, Communications Director: (202) 256-7154; rcaruthers@dccouncil.us   Councilmember Robert White’s Statement on Ballou High School Graduation Scandal and Call for an Independent Investigation   Washington, DC—Councilmember Robert White issued the following statement on the Ballou Senior High School graduation scandal. “The November 28th WAMU report that…

Councilmember Robert White Works with Gray and Grosso to Advance Landmark Early Childhood Development Legislation

  For Immediate Release: November 29, 2017 Contact: Rebekah Caruthers, Communications Director: (202) 256-7154; rcaruthers@dccouncil.us   Councilmember Robert White Works with Gray and Grosso to Advance Landmark Early Childhood Development Legislation Washington, DC— Today, the DC Council Committee on Education passed Councilmember Robert White’s Bolstering Early Growth Investment Act of 2017 (BEGIn Act). The landmark…

Diversity in the Marijuana Industry

In the District of Columbia, for example, the ACLU found that in 2010 a black D.C. resident was eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white resident, although the rate of usage among the two races was about the same. Now, local lawmakers have joined a nationwide effort to make…

At-Large Councilmember Robert White Wants to Offer More Carrots and Sticks for Housing Code Compliance

On Tuesday, At-Large Councilmember Robert White proposed a bill meant to improve housing conditions, especially among older buildings where code violations are common. White says the measure would “make it cheaper and easier to be a good housing provider, while making sure slumlords don’t profit off our residents.” He adds that renters face seemingly intractable issues.

Councilmember Robert White’s Hearing Statement on the Office to Affordable Housing Task Force Establishment Act of 2017

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2017 Contact: Rebekah Caruthers, Communications Director: (202) 256-7154; rcaruthers@dccouncil.us   Councilmember Robert White’s Hearing Statement on the Office to Affordable Housing Task Force Establishment Act of 2017   Washington, DC— I have been looking forward to this hearing since I introduced the Office to Affordable Housing Task Force Establishment Act…

Councilmember Robert White Secures $1.5 Million to Support Entrepreneurship for Returning Citizens

  For Immediate Release: November 15, 2017 Contact: Rebekah Caruthers, Communications Director: (202) 256-7154; rcaruthers@dccouncil.us   Councilmember Robert White Secures $1.5 Million to Support Entrepreneurship for Returning Citizens   Washington, DC— Councilmember Robert White worked with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) to secure a $1.5 million investment over the next ten years to support…

October 2017 Newsletter

Several weeks ago, I visited the DC Jail to meet with and talk to the men who were preparing for release about available city resources and to get feedback on their needs as they begin the process of coming back home. I didn’t go alone—I went with my brother, Michael, a former inmate who once…

Statement on the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017 (HRSA) Markup

For Immediate Release: October 18, 2017 Contact: Rebekah Caruthers, Communications Director: (202) 256-7154; rcaruthers@dccouncil.us   Statement on the Homeless Services Reform Amendment Act of 2017 (HRSA) Markup   Washington, DC— Councilmember Robert White negotiated key changes to HSRA that improves the bill for vulnerable residents. “We have to be more cautious and more careful when…