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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643
Email: muriel.bowser@dc.gov

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Ron Ross

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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April 12, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 15

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This Saturday, I hope you will join me at our 2018 Emancipation Day Parade and Concert. Free and open to the public, this year's concert includes performances by Rare Essence, Brandy, Angie Stone, Big Daddy Kane, Allure, Ayre Rayde, and more. 

On Emancipation Day, we celebrate the courage and struggle of all who fought to end slavery and we uplift the voices of modern-day champions who continue the fight for equality. And each year, we use this historic moment to renew our push for full democracy in Washington, DC. Today, we have a historic 22 co-sponsors in the Senate and 151 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives for the Washington, DC Admission Act.

Now, we are working to spread our message far and wide - to educate Americans across the country about the disenfranchisement of 700,000 Americans living in the nation's capital. We have repeatedly watched members of Congress threaten and challenge our local laws, while we continue to be denied voting representation on important issues that affect our daily lives. Without statehood, the only way we can fight back is with our voice. But we need more; we need a vote.

Learn more about the 2018 Emancipation Day celebration at emancipation.dc.gov


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Girl Scouts

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Fresh Start Wednesdays

Fresh Start Wednesdays

Join the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives every Wednesday evening at the University of the District of Columbia for free workshops on career development, financial planning, entrepreneurship, networking and presentation, and more.

Learn more about Fresh Start Wednesdays HERE and get ready to jump-start your career!

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Free Animal Health Fairs

Pet Fair

The Bowser Administration will host free animal health fairs in all eight wards. The fairs will offer free onsite vaccinations for dogs and cats of District residents,opportunities to obtain dog licenses, and the chance to learn more about DC animal laws and to speak with veterinarians about your pet’s health.

Find more information about the upcoming Animal Health Fairs HERE.

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Fitness Sessions in the Park

Fitness in the Park

Throughout May and June, the Bowser Administration will host free outdoor fitness sessions in Chinatown Park. Join us for yoga, barre, zumba, and more!

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

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A District Minute

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This week’s District Minute features stories about Potholepalooza and PaveDC, the memorial service for Peggy Cooper Cafritz, and the DC Hires Vets hiring fair. 

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Hiring Fair

Interested in becoming a Safety Technician or a School Crossing Guard? Join the District Department of Transportation and the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs at the Reeves Center today from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to apply for a position. Learn more HERE