I hope you're staying safe and warm this Friday! With the DCPS delay this morning, I just came back inside from clearing our sidewalks with Cora and Everett. A neighbor chipped in and we were able to make quick work of clearing those icy sidewalks for several of our older neighbors as well. Before the refreeze tonight, please take a couple of minutes to clear the sidewalks to make it safer for everyone. And if you can spare an additional 5 minutes, go ahead and help out your neighbor!
Statement from Councilmember Allen on the Federal Rail Administration’s Decision To Revisit Project Planning for Union Station Expansion
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) is sharing the following statement after the Federal Rail Administration’s decision to revisit project planning on the Union Station Expansion Project’s Preferred Alternative, a key win for DC residents and nearby neighbors to have a greater voice in the future of Union Station:
Allen Introduces Crime Victims Bill Expanding Financial Aid, Creating New Advocate Positions, and Strengthening Violence Interruption in the ER
Today, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6) introduced legislation to provide greater supports to victims of crime by expanding eligibility for victims’ compensation, creating new “crime victim advocates” in certain serious crimes, and strengthening the District’s Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs. Hospital-based interventions are an effective part of the District’s violence interruption work, engaging with victims at the hospital with serious injuries like gunshot or stabbing wounds where a retaliatory act is far more likely without intervention.
January sure feels like it packed in at least half a year's worth of events and news in the first 30 days, doesn't it? I sent out an update on vaccines earlier this week to provide some timely information as the sign-up process works to improve and evolve. But I know it remains a frustration for many and I'll continue to push for the needed improvements and I'll link to that update below. We also have a tremendous amount happening all over the District, and I want to keep you informed with a longer newsletter that touches on many important topics.
Statement from Councilmember Charles Allen on selection of Linda Harllee Harper as the District’s first Gun Violence Prevention Director
Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she would be naming Linda Harllee Harper as the District’s first Gun Violence Prevention Director, a position created and funded in last year’s budget by Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.
From Councilmember Allen:
Hey folks, I wanted to provide an update on vaccines heading into this week’s releases.
We're hiring a legislative counsel/ policy advisor to join the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. Are you the right person for the job?
Today we celebrate and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under normal circumstances, it would be a National Day of Service where many of us would gather together to pitch in to improve our city, but that looks a lot different this year for a variety of reasons.
I wanted to pull together a wide-ranging update on what Ward 6 neighbors can expect over the next few days and lay out the preparations the District is undertaking.
Last week was a lot to handle. As neighbors of the U.S. Capitol, a dark moment in American history played out on our front lawns. The horror of what we watched was only made worse by our proximity to the events and concern about if it was safe to go to the grocery store or walk the dog.