In response to this summer's widespread calls for criminal justice reforms, on Friday, August 28th, the National Action Network, led by civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, will host the "Get Off Our Necks" Commitment March on Washington. This demonstration will take place on the 57th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have A Dream Speech" delivered during the historic 1963 March on Washington.
This moment is a unique call to action for governments at every level and citizens alike to challenge ourselves to come together and work to root out systemic racism. Here in the District, and throughout our country, we must ensure that every resident no matter the color of their skin, is treated with dignity and respect and has an equal opportunity to succeed in today’s society. Contributing to this effort is the District of Columbia’s Police Reform Commission, which is holding its first meeting today, Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 p.m. The Commission was recently established to examine policing practices in the District and to provide evidence-based recommendations for the reforming and revisioning of these practices. You can register here to join the Zoom broadcast or watch via live stream on the Commission's Facebook page.
As the march approaches, let us all remember to treat one another with respect and be mindful that any outliers of non-peaceful activity will not be tolerated. Let us demonstrate that we can and will call for change in a peaceful and respectful way, and let us not allow the distracting talking points of chaos to undermine our larger call for justice.
To be sure that you are aware of the city’s plan of action, I have included information regarding – registration, traffic advisories, and public health guidance for the march below.
August is also Black Business Month, and there is still time to celebrate in your community and throughout the District. For a list of local Black-owned eateries in DC, click here.
Next week, families in Ward 2 and throughout the District will begin the 2020-2021 school year with at-home learning, If you know someone whose students have technological needs, please encourage them to take the DCPS Technology Survey. More information is provided below.
Lastly, it appears that some email correspondence being sent from my office to constituents has been arriving in the spam folders of constituents. Please check your spam folders if you have not heard back from us and call my Chief of Staff, Genevieve Hulick at 202-262-1982, if you need further assistance. As always, my staff is standing by to assist you.
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Next week, D.C. public schools (DCPS) will begin the 2020-2021 school year online with plans to continue with virtual learning at least through November 6th for all students, grades Pre-K through 12.
All families are encouraged to complete the technology survey to share their technology needs with DCPS for the school year; the survey will remain open through the end of this month.
Families with students attending a Charter School are encouraged to click here for the latest updates. If your student is enrolled in a private school, please contact your school directly.
The Commitment March will take place entirely in Ward 2 and residents and visitors should anticipate road closures and decreased parking during the march.
Participants must pre-register and can do so on the National Action Network's offiicial website. Participants are also required to wear face masks and encouraged social distance per the events and gatherings guidelines provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bowser Administration at coronavirus.dc.gov.
For more information or to register for the march, visit the National Action Network's official website or call 1-877-626-4651.
The complete listing of Emergency No Parking Zones (from approximately 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.) and streets that will be restricted to vehicular traffic, (from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.) is found below. Please note that all street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions. The public will be guided by posted "Emergency No Parking" signage. All vehicles that are parked in violation of the "Emergency No Parking" signs will be ticketed and towed.
Streets Posted as Emergency No Parking from approximately 12:00 am to 11:59 pm:
Streets restricted to vehicular traffic from approximately 6:00 am to 11:59 pm (if safe to do so, vehicles will be allowed to enter the restricted area if they are on essential business or traveling to-and-from their residence):