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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:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Faith Gibson Hubbard

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

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June 25, 2021

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,  

Help us spread the word: DC is open! This summer, because Washingtonians continue taking the necessary steps to crush the virus, we are happy to welcome visitors back to the greatest city in the world and soon to be 51st state.

And while we are proud to host the federal government and all the monuments and museums, we also want visitors to experience all of DC. We want people to know that DC is a great place to come if you like history. But it is also a great place to come if you like good food and a world-class nightlife. If you like concerts. If you like sports. If you like fantastic playgrounds and pools. If you like nice hotels. DC is also a great place to come if you’re traveling alone, or with a group of friends, or with kids. We truly have something for everyone.

Of course, the vaccines have been a game-changer, and I am going to continue asking all eligible DC residents who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, to protect others, and to safely enjoy all our city has to offer.  

We worked hard to get to this point. Let's keep pushing and let's have a safe and fun summer in DC. 


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Take the Shot, DC Giveaway

Take the Shot DC Giveaway

DC residents who are 18 and older and get their first dose (or only dose if you get Johnson & Johnson) of the COVID-19 vaccine at the RISE Demonstration Center, Anacostia High School, or Ron Brown High School can enter into a drawing to win:

  • A new car (one winner each week)
  • $10,000 for groceries, to cover approximately a year of free groceries (two winners each week)
  • A year of free Metro bus and train (multiple winners each week)

Additionally, all DC residents who are 12 and older and get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at these three sites will receive a $51 VISA gift card. Gift cards will be offered through Saturday, July 17. While anyone can get vaccinated at District vaccination sites, the gift cards are only available to District residents. Residents between the ages of 12 and 17 must be accompanied by a guardian. 

Learn more at taketheshotdc.com

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The Washington, D.C. Admission Act

DC Statehood Is Racial Justice

This week, Mayor Bowser testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at a hearing on the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S. 51).

Read the Mayor's full testimony HERE and watch the hearing HERE

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DMV to Resume Walk-in Service

DMV Walk In Services

The DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) Service Centers and Adjudication Services will return to walk-in service beginning the week of July 19, 2021. DC DMV will honor all appointments made through Saturday, July 17, 2021 but none will be available after that date. In addition, two DC DMV locations will have special weekend hours to accommodate residents.

In-person service becomes available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Adjudication Services starting Monday, July 19, 2021, and at all DMV Service Centers starting Tuesday, July 20, 2021. As DC DMV transitions away from "appointment only" service, the agency notes that residents can still make appointments for any available or cancelled appointments through July 17. Scheduling road tests for commercial and noncommercial driver licenses will remain by appointment only.

Learn more HERE

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Learn More About the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program

Funeral Assistance

Financial assistance is available for families impacted by the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Join us for a webinar hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs, the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA on Wednesday, June 30 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to learn more about this important program.

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