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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:
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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July 3, 2019 | Vol. 5, Issue 27

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Tomorrow, as our nation celebrates 243 years of independence, here in DC, we will celebrate knowing that "taxation without representation" continues in our nation's capital. We will celebrate knowing that even though we meet every obligation of citizenship, we still have no voting representation in Congress – no say in how our federal tax dollars are spent and no voice on important issues that affect our day-to-day lives. 

And we will celebrate with the understanding that the only way to fix this injustice is to make Washington, DC the 51st state.

This year, through education, outreach, and persistence, we have made historic strides in our fight for statehood. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s statehood bill has a record number of cosponsors. And, later this month, the House will hold the first hearing on statehood in over 25 years.

And that's why I declared July 2019 “DC Statehood Month” in Washington, DC. I encourage all Washingtonians to attend the hearing on July 24, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2154).

Together, let's celebrate our democracy by fighting for full access to it. 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Plan Ahead for the Fourth of July

July 4th

Heading out in DC tomorrow? Make sure you have all the information you need to have a safe and fun holiday.

  • The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the United States Park Police to use a text notification service to quickly deliver important and emergency information to residents and visitors on July 4. Cell phone users are encouraged to register for notifications by texting JULY4DC to 888-777. 
  • Residents and visitors are asked to be mindful that many events are occurring throughout the city and to use public transit. Metro Fourth of July hours can be found on wmata.com.
  • For more information on District service adjustments including street closures, trash collection schedules, and parking information, visit dc.gov/fourthofjuly.
  • Those who plan to celebrate on or near the National Mall should visit the National Park Service website for a comprehensive list of prohibited items and a schedule of events.

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RSVP: Celebrate the Fourth of July with Mayor Bowser

Fourth of July

Celebrate Independence Day with Mayor Bowser at the Barracks Row 4th of July Parade and the Annual Palisades Parade and Picnic!

Register to walk in the Barracks Row Parade HERE and the Palisades Parade HERE.

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ICYMI: DC's Minimum Wage Is Now $14 per Hour

Minimum Wage Increase

On Monday, July 1, 2019, Mayor Bowser marked the third increase to the minimum wage under the #Fightfor15 legislation that she introduced and championed in 2016. Effective July 1, the District’s minimum wage increased from $13.25 to $14.00 per hour. The wage increase is expected to benefit over 200,000 workers in the District.

In 2016, as part of her commitment to create pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians across all eight wards, Mayor Bowser signed the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016 into law to raise the District’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2020. 

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about preparations for the Fourth of July, the 2019 RAMMY Awards, and the increase to the District's minimum wage. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: Office of Unified Communications, Electronics Engineer

Pathways to the Middle Class

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 an Electronics Engineer. This position is responsible for completing assignments related to the construction, operations, and management of the Office of Unified Communications electronics equipment and facilities. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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