Today, Councilmember Robert White introduced a bill to make housing in the District more affordable across the entire city. The Generating Affordability in Neighborhoods (GAIN) Act of 2021 allows the District to pay housing providers to convert existing rental units into affordable units using covenants on the property.
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Race-Based Threat Assessments Enabled a Terrorist Attack on the US Capitol. Now Can We Do Something About It?
A long-standing double-standard of justice turned into a homeland security threat last week when the president of the United States incited a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol building.
On Tuesday, the DC Council voted to make DC the first US jurisdiction to restore voting rights to residents incarcerated with felony convictions.
For the past several weeks, I have been working alongside my Council colleagues to respond to changes in residents and the need for racial justice and police reform. I have marched with residents, volunteers, my wife and children, and with you. This is a personal issue for me. We are now in a moment where we have to take long-overdue steps toward racial justice and equality.
Councilmember Robert White, today, recommended provisions to include in the Budget Support Act to create an all civilian police complaint board for the Metro Transit Police. White said, “Every police department should have a civilian review board to examine police complaints. It makes police departments better and builds trust with the people they serve.”
This has been a difficult time for our city. We have mourned the loss of yet more Black Americans killed by law enforcement, we have seen and participated in protests, and we continue to suffer the effects of Covid-19.
Members of the DC Council and staff spent many hours consolidating several emergency bills and developing new ideas to assist District residents and small businesses during this public health emergency. On Tuesday, we passed into law the fourth iteration of coronavirus emergency-related legislation that incorporated all of the earlier emergency bills.
As we navigate through this challenging public health emergency together, I know we all are looking forward to seeing the other side of it. As Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), I’m working with elected officials from across the region to continue fighting for the federal resources we need to protect and stabilize our region during this pandemic.
Tuesday, the DC Council unanimously passed a fourth piece of legislation in response to the coronavirus public health emergency.