The longest government shutdown in US history drags on and sadly there's not much else to say - it has to end now. The livelihoods of so many families are not bargaining chips in the political process. I'm grateful so many community organizations have stepped up to provide a hot meal, donate food and clothing, and other essentials.
Below is a transcript from Councilmember Charles Allen's remarks from the dais ahead motioning for the Council to override a veto of the Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act of 2018:
Last night, Councilmember Charles Allen issued the following statement on Twitter regarding the Mayor’s decision to veto B22-0408, the “Fare Evasion Decriminalizaton Act of 2018”:
Councilmember Charles Allen will re-introduce bills protecting tenants, expanding sexual assault survivors’ rights, and banning non-disclosure agreements for sexual misconduct from Council Period 22 at the first legislative meeting of Council Period 23.
Allen to introduce bill shifting control of DCPS at-risk student funds to principals from Central Office
At the first legislative meeting in Council Period 23, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) will introduce the At-Risk School Funding Transparency Amendment Act of 2019, which would shift the spending decisions for at-risk funding from DC Public Schools’ Central Office to principals and school communities.
Below is a transcript of the prepared remarks delivered by Councilmember Charles Allen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 after he took the oath of office to begin his second term as Ward 6 Councilmember:
The other week, at the end of a day-long legislative meeting wrapping up much of the year-end business of the Council, I was riding the bus home, a little wiped out but at the same time feeling incredibly lucky to have this opportunity to work on behalf of our community. Throughout that day at the Council, we worked on huge topics including campaign finance reform, establishing a new hospital in the Eastern part of our city, and passing some of the most ambitious environmental legislation in the nation.
We're rushing headlong toward the end of the year -- it's hard to believe 2019 is almost here! We've lit trees and menorahs, shopped at local businesses, put on our helmets to decorate the tree, and more. If you feel like you haven't gotten your share of local holiday cheer, there's still time to dive in with these holiday markets! But for now, we've packed A LOT into the final weeks of 2018 as the Council nears the end of its current session. Let's catch up on the latest:
Today: Public Hearing on Councilmember Allen’s bill to add open caption movie screenings at DC theaters
Today, the Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing to consider a bill introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen that would require District movie theaters to provide open captioning on a set number of screenings.
This evening, Ward 6 DC Councilmember Charles Allen will host the 12th Annual Ward 6 Brickie Awards and community celebration. The awards are an annual celebration of the people, places, and organizations that make the Ward 6 community great. Begun 11 years ago by then-Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells as the Livable Walkable Awards with engraved bricks as a special honor, the event was nicknamed “The Brickies” by the local newspaper Hill Rag.