Statement on Recent Gun Violence and Funding for a Violence Intervention Initiative

Statement on Recent Gun Violence and Funding for a Violence Intervention Initiative

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (Ward 5) has issued the following statement on gun violence of the past weekend, and a new violence intervention initiative:   "I am deeply saddened and upset by the senseless gun violence that has taken place across communities in the District over the weekend. Here we are, merely weeks before the school year ends, and the summer begins, and we are dealing with 11 people shot and four killed including 24-year-old Anthony Clark, who was shot and killed in Langston Terrance on Memorial Day. This is outrageous, and as a native Washingtonian, husband, father, brother, friend, and Councilmember, I can no longer accept the violence that has gripped our city as an everyday fact of life. Yesterday, I met with residents from across the city…
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Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie's Statement Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King:   "Today, we remember the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life was tragically ended fifty years ago while helping organize sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. While memorialized for his dream, we must also pause to remember Dr. King’s unwavering commitment to racial equality, social justice, and economic inclusion. We must remember his commitment to the ideals of opportunity and social advancement—that only when our normal routines are disrupted do we really begin to fully understand societal issues. In his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize address, Dr. King stated, “there is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Opening Statement at the Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Framework Amendments

Councilmember McDuffie’s Opening Statement at the Hearing on the Comprehensive Plan Framework Amendments

Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5 Opening Statement Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole Public Hearing Tuesday, March 20, 2018 "Good afternoon, I want to thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing. And I want to thank my colleagues for being here and all these public witnesses who have taken time out of their busy schedules to weigh in to what is probably one of the most pressing issues facing the District of Columbia in a very long time. I am grateful that you all have made it out to today’s hearing. As we look at this Comprehensive Plan, this plan should do more than make a broad policy statement. Like other jurisdictions, I believe it should evaluate and account for the growth of the…
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Councilmember McDuffie statement on Councilmember Trayon White’s remarks

Councilmember McDuffie statement on Councilmember Trayon White’s remarks

Statement
  Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on Councilmember Trayon White's remarks:   "I spoke with Councilmember Trayon White earlier today about his recent remarks. I expressed to him that anti-Semitic conspiracies and deeply offensive rhetoric have no place in our public discourse, certainly not coming from our elected officials. Councilmember White has apologized, rightly, and has been meeting with members of the Jewish community to begin a process of understanding the history of his remarks and why his words are so hurtful. I believe he is doing so in good faith and hope that he has learned from this experience." ###
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STATEMENT: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on President Donald Trump’s Recent Remarks

STATEMENT: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on President Donald Trump’s Recent Remarks

Statement
Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie issued the following statement on President Trump’s remarks:   “I am disgusted and offended by the President's racist remarks yesterday. Divisive and incendiary rhetoric has no place in public discourse—certainly not coming from the highest elected leader in our country. People who migrate to the United States often make great personal sacrifices in attempting to be a part of the American dream. We should recognize their sacrifices, welcome them, and treat them with the human dignity that we all deserve.”   ###
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PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie Supports A Day Without A Woman

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For Immediate Release: March 6, 2017 Washington, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) announced that, in solidarity with women across the United States and the globe, women in the Ward 5 Office will have the option not to work on Wednesday, March 8, A Day Without A Woman. “I was proud to attend the Women’s March on January 21 with my wife and daughters, and I remain inspired by the voices rising up across the country to resist sexism, bigotry, and hate. Despite the progress that has been made, women are still undervalued in our society. From unequal pay to discrimination, it is obvious to anyone who cares that there continues to be inequality between the genders. I am proud to have championed policies on…
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STATEMENT: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on President Donald Trump Executive Orders

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For Immediate Release: Monday, January 30, 2017 Washington, DC – Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) released the following statement today on recent executive actions taken by President Trump: "As the Ward 5 Councilmember and an elected leader in the District of Columbia, I find President Trump’s executive order banning Muslims as well as a his executive order limiting federal funding to designated sanctuary cities unconscionable. It sows fear and uncertainty for the individuals directly impacted and has the potential to make the entire city less safe by pushing a further wedge between the community and public safety officials. This order is the very antithesis of the principles of fairness and justice upon which our country was founded. The immigrant community is inextricably woven into the fabric of…
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