Once we hold the Brickies, every December just seems to fly by. In part, that's because Ward 6 shifts into a stunning holiday mode that fills up the calendar and brings a little sense of wonder to our neighborhoods. From decorated houses to holiday markets to concerts to annual parties, it certainly is a great time of year. I'd like to run through a few things happening around Ward 6 and provide a quick update on what I've been working on at the Council.
Hundreds of Ward 6 neighbors attended the 13th annual Brickie Awards on December 5 at DC Water’s new headquarters. Here's who won a Brickie and photos from the event.
Allen Introduces Bills Permitting Native American as Identification on Birth Certificates, Honoring Tribal Fishing Agreement From 1666
As part of Native American Heritage Month, today Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) along with Councilmember David Grosso (At-Large) introduced two bills seeking to strengthen Native American identity and honor longstanding agreements with recognized tribes.
What a week! It was only one week ago that the Washington Nationals won the World Series and joined the Caps and Mystics in bringing a trophy to DC. I hope you were able to join the celebration parade this weekend and catch up on sleep after so many late night Nats! Off the diamond, there's also been a lot happening at the Council and in the community, so let me catch you up.
The following statement is from Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen ahead of today’s public hearing to consider multiple pieces of legislation aimed supporting small and local businesses in the District.
The following statement is from Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen:
On Second Vote, Council passes bill dramatically expanding rights of victims and survivors of sexual violence
Today the Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights Amendment Act of 2019 was passed unanimously by the DC Council, a landmark bill led by Councilmember Charles Allen through the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.
Text of a note emailed to Ward 6 residents on planning a Ward 6 Public Safety meeting and providing an update on ongoing public safety efforts.
Despite increasing arrests, hate crime prosecutions in DC at lowest point in a decade. Council hearing tomorrow to find out why.
Tomorrow, October 23, the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will hold a public hearing on hate crimes in the District of Columbia and the failure to prosecute by the US Attorney’s Office. The Committee will also consider public testimony on two bills that propose banning so-called LGBTQ “panic defenses” in criminal proceedings.
Fall is here, even if it we set a record high temperature for October this week, I think we can finally settle in for some great weather. The Mystics are playing in the WNBA finals (heal up quick Della Donne!) and the Nats have advanced in the playoffs after some people were a little too quick to write them off earlier this year. Mea Culpa! The Council is off to a fast start after summer recess, so let's get right into what's happening: