McDuffie and Community Peace Advocates to Lead Walk, Sleep Out for Peace, Solidarity, & Solutions

McDuffie and Community Peace Advocates to Lead Walk, Sleep Out for Peace, Solidarity, & Solutions

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Friday, September 29 8:00 PM   Reclaiming Our Community: Press Conference, Walk, Sleep Out for Peace, Solidarity, & Solutions LED BY: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Beacon House, Rodney Cephas, Ricardo Duren, Silas Grant, Tony Lewis, Jr., Kenneth Ward, and Paul Winestock Download a PDF of this flyer you can print at home. Washington, D.C. – In light of recent tragic murders in Ward 5, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Rodney Cephas, Ricardo Duren, Silas Grant, Tony Lewis, Jr., Kenneth Ward, and Paul Winestock will hold press conference and peace walk, ending with a 'Sleep Out For Peace, Solidarity, and Solutions' in the Brentwood park at 13th Street NE and Downing Street NE, the location of Zaire Kelly’s death. WHO: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5 Rodney Cephas, Athletic & Mentoring Programs…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie’s Landmark Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Reform Becomes Law As Congressional Review Period Passes

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Among its many provisions, this new law ends the use of solitary confinement on children; restores judicial discretion for sentencing juveniles; and ensures children age-appropriate confinement Washington, DC – Earlier this week, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie’s Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016 became official law. Introduced in April 2016 by Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, then-Chairperson of the Committee on the Judiciary, and six of his colleagues, and passed by the full council – unanimously – in October, the law makes landmark reforms to the District of Columbia’s juvenile justice system. “This law makes D.C. safer,” McDuffie said “by changing our juvenile justice system to one that - while still holding young people accountable - also offers an opportunity for rehabilitation. This law also makes the dollars we spend on…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie Introduces Bill to Close Gap in Nuisance Property Law Highlighted at Recent Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety Meeting

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember McDuffie, Ward 5, introduced legislation to close a gap in current drug-related nuisance abatement law that was brought to light at his recent Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety meeting held on March 7, 2017. Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation expands current law to permit civil actions against problem tenants who are complicit in allowing drug, firearm, and prostitution-related activity in their home or place of business. Current law allows action against owners of commercial property, but not their tenants. This legislation is the direct result of a suggestion made by Ward 5 resident Verna Clayborne at the Ward 5 Emergency Public Safety meeting hosted by Councilmember McDuffie on March 7, 2017. Ms. Clayborne and…
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PRESS RELEASE: Kenyan R. McDuffie Introduces Bills to Expand Opportunities for CBEs and Help D.C. Police Officers and Firefighters to Live in D.C.

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Washington, DC – On Tuesday, January 10, the District of Columbia Council held its first legislative meeting of Council Period 22 at which Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, introduced and co-introduced the following legislation. Local and Small Business Equity and Development Participation Amendment Act of 2017 This legislation will help businesses in the Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program profit from contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund. Currently, the Department of Housing and Community Development does not give priority to developers who contract with CBEs for equity and development participation. As a result, many contracts awarded from the Housing Production Trust Fund go to out of town developers and large companies who do not contract with…
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PRESS RELEASE: At Final Legislative Meeting, D.C. Council Passes McDuffie Bills to Fight Discrimination Against Returning Citizens and Those Affected by Poor Credit

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Washington, DC – Today, the D.C. Council passed two bills reflecting Councilmember McDuffie’s priorities for working people and returning citizens. Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016 [Bill 21-706] This bill – often called “Ban the Box for Housing” – limits what aspects of a person’s criminal record housing providers from consider when evaluating an applicant for tenancy. Crimes committed more than seven years ago may not be considered and neither can arrests that did not result in a conviction. This legislation also prohibits housing providers from asking about any criminal history until after a conditional offer is made. Included in the bill is a list of crimes that are allowed to be considered; these crimes include murder in the first…
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PRESS RELEASE: McDuffie’s Legislative Priorities Move Forward in Last Weeks of Legislative Session

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McDuffie’s Legislative Priorities Move Forward in Last Weeks of Legislative Session Bills to Support Seniors, Law Enforcement, and Rail Safety Advance Unanimously Washington, DC – Today, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to support three bills for a first vote and another for a final vote. Final Vote Sale of Synthetic Drugs Amendment Act of 2016 (Bill 21-261) – This legislation goes after those who would endanger our residents by enabling the District government to suspend or revoke the business license of any business engaged in the buying or selling of a synthetic drug. For a first violation, the Mayor must fine a business $10,000, and the Chief of Police would have the authority to seal the premises, or a portion of the premises, for up to 96 hours. Any business…
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PUBLIC ROUNDTABLE: The State of the Metropolitan Police Department: Crime, Community Policing, and Selecting the Next Police Chief

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THE STATE OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT: CRIME, COMMUNITY POLICING, AND SELECTING THE NEXT CHIEF OF POLICE Click here for a printable flyer: Nov 3 MPD Roundtable Flyer Councilmember McDuffie would like to invite you to take part in this public oversight roundtable. In this wide-ranging discussion, we invite the residents of Ward 5 and the entire District of Columbia to discuss Crime, Community Policing, and Selecting the Next Chief of Police. DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 5 p.m. LOCATION: Room 412, John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004 If you wish to sign up to testify or submit written testimony, you can do so by emailing judiciary@dccouncil.us or visit: www.KenyanMcDuffie.com/MPDroundtable Those wishing to testify must do so by the close of business on October 31,…
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Happy 4th of July

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Dear Residents, I would like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July! I hope you and your family have an opportunity to take time and truly enjoy our nation’s birthday. As we celebrate let us not forget our fellow Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our independence, both here and abroad. If you plan to use fireworks, please take all the necessary safety precautions, and only use fireworks that are legal in the District. As a rule of thumb if a firework can shoot in the air or emits a flame or sparks greater than 12’ it is illegal, and not safe to be used in an urban environment. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday! In Service, Kenyan
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