From Emancipation to Taxation Without Representation

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

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:
Ronald R. Ross

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Lamont Akins

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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April 11, 2019 | Vol. 5, Issue 15

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This Saturday, I hope you will join me at our 2019 DC Emancipation Day Parade and Concert. Free and open to the public, this year's concert includes performances by Faith Evans, Mýa, EU Featuring Sugar Bear, Doug E. Fresh, Master Gee of the Sugar Hill Gang, Kenny Lattimore, and more. 

On DC Emancipation Day, we celebrate the courage and perseverance of all who fought to end slavery and recognize that DC's fight for full equality is not over.

This week, Washingtonians will join Americans across the nation in submitting our taxes by April 15. The difference is that, in DC, we will once again be reminded of the ongoing injustice of taxation without representation. We will pay more per capita in federal taxes than any state, but when it comes time for Congress to vote on the issues that matter to the 700,000 residents of Washington, DC, we'll continue to have zero votes representing our values. 

When Congress votes for common-sense gun control, we'll have zero votes. When Congress votes on whether and how to create pathways to citizenship for immigrants in our community, we'll have zero votes. When Congress votes to take more aggressive action on climate change, we'll have zero votes.  

And when Congress votes for DC statehood, we will, of course, have zero votes. This means that we must continue spreading the word to Americans and members of Congress in the other 50 states. We don't have a vote, but we do have a voice. This DC Emancipation Day, commit to using your voice to educate friends and family outside of DC about why we need statehood.


Muriel Bowser
Emancipation Day Concert

In This Week's Newsletter:

FY20 Budget Highlight: Families First DC

Families First

The Mayor's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget includes $4.7 million for a new Families First DC initiative. Through the initiative, the District will establish 10 Family Success Centers in neighborhoods East of the Anacostia River to hear directly from families about what they need. Then, working with community partners, the District will empower families with resources, support, and opportunities tailored to their needs.

Learn more HERE

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Black Maternal Health Week

Maternal Health Summit

Today, April 11, marks the beginning of Black Maternal Health Week. From now until April 17, the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives will join the national conversation on black maternal health by garnering awareness, activism, and community building intended to improve health outcomes for mothers across the District.

As we continue to amplify the voices of mothers across our city, Mayor Bowser is proud to proclaim April 11 through April 17 "Black Maternal Health Week" in the District of Columbia. Learn more about how you can join us in recognizing the week HERE

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District Sustainability Awards

Sustainability Awards

On Wednesday, April 17, join the Bowser Administration at this year’s District Sustainability Awards. The annual Sustainability Awards recognize outstanding businesses and organizations for their environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation. This year, the District will recognize the first winner of the Clean Energy DC Award.

Register to attend the awards HERE

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the Mayor's announcements around National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a new workforce training program at the DC Infrastructure Academy, and the release of the District's first-ever Cultural Plan

Pathways to the Middle Class: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Motor Vehicle Dispatcher

Pathways to the Middle Class

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the state education agency for Washington, DC charged with raising the quality of education for all DC residents. 

OSSE's Division of Student Transportation has an opening for a Motor Vehicle Dispatcher. This position is responsible for providing guidance and assistance to motor vehicle operators as it relates to route issues and resolving problems in accordance with established procedures. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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