I urge every member of the D.C. Council to refresh your commitment to the District's children and families so that we can all turn the corner together and no one is left behind. Please set a goal of improving our entire city, not just the reputation of the council.
While many employers can agree on the justice objective of hiring returning citizens generally, the legislative specifics are very important to avoid the kinds of problems that Marion Barry's proposed legislation on ex-offenders presented.
There are many people running to replace Harry Thomas, Jr. as the Councilmember for Ward 5. But only one will make a real difference as soon as he is elected to the Council. That person is Democrat Kenyan McDuffie.
The growing movement to undo the nefarious impact of the Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate campaign spending finds its counterpart in a citizens' revolt against corporate control of local Washington, D.C. elections.
Yesterday, I stood outside D.C. Democratic Party headquarters talking to residents about early voting for delegates. One thing became clear: District voters had little idea that they had a choice in who would represent their views.
Corruption in D.C. damages our chances for full voting rights and cheats District residents. Recent federal prosecutions, along with a cascade of elections, may help clean out the D.C. Council. But we need more.
The issues facing our city are many, ranging from a failing public education system to income inequality to crime. Most residents agree on what needs fixing, and they look to their elected leaders for solutions.