News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: National Gun Violence Awareness Day

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

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1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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June 1, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 22

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Since day one, my Administration's top priority has been ensuring the safety and well-being of all DC residents. While Washington, DC saw decreases in violence last year that have continued into this year, I will not be satisfied until we have ended gun violence in our neighborhoods.

Tomorrow, people across the country will wear orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. I ask you to join me in doing the same. 

As Mayor, I am using every tool in the District's toolbox to curb violence across our city. From increasing community policing efforts to providing more wraparound services to families and individuals affected by violence, we are reforming our public safety agencies and our criminal justice system so that they work better for more people. We are working to cut off the cycles of violence that too many families are familiar with, as we increase our efforts to prevent new cycles from ever beginning.

Gun violence is senseless. It takes promising lives, destroys families, and ravages neighborhoods. As we prepare for the start of summer, I am asking the community to come together to bring an end to gun violence in the District of Columbia. We must get illegal guns off our streets, and the government cannot do this work alone. It has been said before, but it is worth saying again: If you see something, say something.

As we continue working together to build a safer, stronger DC, let us never accept gun violence as a fact of life. Tomorrow, as we wear orange, we must also take action. Regardless of whether we are individually part of the problem, we can certainly all work together to be part of the solution. 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

This Saturday: Young Women's Leadership Conference and Pep Rally

we the girls


This Saturday, as part of the Bowser Administration's new initiative, Reign: Empowering Young Women As Leaders, DCPS is excited to host the first annual We the Girls, Young Women’s Leadership Conference and Pep Rally. The conference will be a day of celebration, enrichment, and inspiration for young women of color in grades 5-12. 

The day will be spent exploring topics related to identity, stress management, healthy relationships, community advocacy, self-care, leadership, entrepreneurship, STEM, applying to college, and much more!

Online registration is closed, but those interested in attending can register at the event. Learn more HERE.  

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Ascend 2020 DC

Ascend 2020


On Tuesday, Mayor Bowser launched Ascend 2020 DC, an initiative that will support the growth of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses in underserved neighborhoods across Washington, DC. 

A collaborative effort between the Bowser Administration and Project 500, JP Morgan Chase & Co., the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, the Latino Economic Development Center, and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Ascend 2020 DC will provide entrepreneurs in DC with the training and capital they need to scale regionally and nationally.

Learn more HERE.

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Family Literacy Festival

literacy festival

On Saturday, the District of Columbia Public Schools Early Childhood Division is hosting a Family Literacy Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Emery Elementary School in Ward 5. The goal of the festival is to celebrate literacy and inspire a love of reading in young children. The event will feature special guest appearances from local authors and storytellers, a book giveaway, face painting, children's yoga, the Smithsonian Discovery Theater, food, science, art, and more!

For more information, contact Chanel House at (202) 698-1033 or email

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Register Today: Walk with Mayor Bowser in the 2017 Pride Parade

Pride Parade

Register today to walk with Mayor Bowser in the 2017 Capital Pride Parade!

The Capital Pride Parade is one of Washington, DC's landmark events celebrating the spirit and strength of DC's LGBTQ community. 

Learn more and register HERE.

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Spaces Still Available at DPR Summer Camps

summer camps

For many students, summer break is just around the corner. Still looking for safe and engaging activities for your child? The Department of Parks and Recreation still has open slots at summer camps at the following recreation centers:

  • Arboretum Recreation Center
  • Brentwood Recreation Center
  • Congress Heights Recreation Center
  • Douglass Community Center

Learn more about registering for a camp HERE

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A District Minute


This week's District Minute features stories about the Mayor's update on the six initiatives to protect vulnerable youth in DC, the groundbreaking at Orr Elementary School, the Mayor's announcement about summer programming in DC, and the kickoff of DC's outdoor pool season.

Pathways to the Middle Class: Office of Unified Communications, Telecommunications Equipment Operator

Job Posting

The Office of Unified Communications (OUC) consolidates the District's 911 and 311 call activities from the Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and customer service operations. The mission of OUC is to provide a fast, professional and cost-effective response to emergency and non-emergency calls in Washington, DC. 

OUC has an opening for a Telecommunications Equipment Operator. This position is responsible for taking and processing emergency and non-emergency calls for police, fire, and medical emergency services. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement

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