Councilmember Allen to Hold Oversight Roundtable on Local Control of Parole in the District of Columbia
Tomorrow, DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Chair of the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will hold a public oversight roundtable on “Local Control of Parole in the District of Columbia” to explore restoring local control of the federal agency that handles DC parole functions.
The Council’s Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery has announced two public hearings in May focused on safety net protections and the future of public education as the District moves through the public health emergency (PHE).
A lot has happened since my last update - especially with the availability of vaccines for DC residents but on a lot of other fronts as well. My team and I have put together another update, but with so much going on, this one is a bit longer than normal.
Councilmember Allen Introduces Legislation Designed to Create Access to Affordable, Reliable High-Speed Internet Anywhere in DC
DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) has introduced a bill that would greatly expand access to fast, affordable, and reliable internet for all DC residents, no matter where in the District they live.
I think this is the week when everyone really started to feel like the end might be in sight. The cherry blossoms in full bloom, Opening Day(-ish) for the Nats, and some 70 degree days... and I'm here to be the wet blanket and remind you we aren't out of the woods yet with this pandemic. With the combination of warm weather and having spent an entire year living with pandemic restrictions, I know we all so badly want to get back to life as we know it.
The following statement is from DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), who chairs the Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, on the release of the recommendations from the Police Reform Commission, available here: https://dcpolicereform.com/
Our office has pulled together the questions on the pre-registration form in a printable format to assist any community organizations or neighbors who would like to help anyone pre-register who may not have access to the website or call center.
As promised in my last newsletter, I'm dedicating the bulk of today's update to one of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic: our education system. As a programming note, there are some very important updates about the switch being made to vaccine appointment registration (something I've been pushing for to move away from the weekly "competition" among neighbors that left so many frustrated).
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen released the following statement responding to the planned introduction by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to add a representative from the District of Columbia to the board with oversight of the US Capitol Police:
Below is the text of a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and House Speaker Pelosi from the DC Council regarding the fence around the perimeter of the US Capitol complex: