January 20, 2016 Comments are off

Community Update – 1/15/2015

Anita Bonds
Councilmember At-Large

Chairperson,
Committee on Housing and Community Development

Member,
Committee on Judiciary Committee on Education

1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 110
Washington, DC 20004

(202) 724-8064

www.anitabonds.com

Friends,

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.

As we enter the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, let’s take some time to reflect upon this American hero’s legacy and what we can still learn from his teachings today.

In America, disenfranchisement is still felt by many, and not just because of the color of one’s skin. However, for many others, much progress has been made. Basic rights for many have been expanded, more economic opportunities exist, and many stand proud of the work of our country’s first black President, Barack Obama.

As a voice for all humanity, Dr. King is frequently praised because of his fight against discrimination, especially in support of African American community during the Civil Rights Movement and his words are an inspiration to those that fight for human rights and social justice. But the work continues.

Across our country, the rich continue to get ahead, while too many others have odds stacked against them in achieving economic justice. For example, a disproportionate number of young men and boys of color enter the criminal justice system only to return to society lacking hope and receiving little assistance towards successful living. Today, too many citizens do not have jobs, or are homeless, or remain trapped in poverty as housing costs continue to escalate, especially in our urban centers. Human rights, social justice and the freedom for one to love whomever they want is an ongoing challenge for many.

In our own hometown, Washington, DC, 670,000 American citizens lack full representation in Congress, and we cannot pass our own permanent laws without Congressional approval.

District of Columbia residents need statehood now for freedom at last!

This weekend, let’s be proud of who we are and what we have. Let’s continue to look out for our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and recommit to advancing the fight for justice for all in the District of Columbia and across our great land.

-Anita

Legislation Co-Introduced

Presidential Primary Ballot Access Amendment Act of 2016

The bill puts in place the procedures in which candidates for President of the United States can qualify for the ballot in the District of Columbia for the June 2016 Primary Election.

Legislation Co-Sponsored

Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2016

The bill amends the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 to require an employer to make a reasonable accommodation for an employee whose ability to perform the functions of their job is affected by a pre-birth complication.

Working to Combat Robberies

Councilmember Bonds joined Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Allen, MPD Chief Lanier, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Donahue and representatives from Metro Police and the US Attorney’s Office to launch the Robbery Intervention Task Force.

The task force will help law enforcement and government officials coordinate efforts and pick out patterns that could prevent offenders from repeating crimes in our neighborhoods.

Click here to watch the video of the press conference.

Supporting First Time Home Buyers

Councilmember Bonds chaired a Committee on Housing and Community Development hearing on the “Home Purchase Assistance Program Amendment Act of 2015”.

The legislation increases the maximum loan amount through the HPAP program to $80,000 from $50,000 and requires the Mayor to review the program to provide additional repayment options for the lowest income loan recipients.

Click here to learn more about the bill.

Community Cornerstone Award Ceremony

Over 100 residents from across the District gathered to honor 2015’s Community Cornerstone Award recipients.

Award recipients shared their stories with the attendees and received a small token of appreciation from the Councilmember.

Click here to check out pictures from the event.

Know an unsung hero?

We need your help to identify and honor outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations making a significant impact on citizens of the District of Columbia.

Click here to make a nomination today.

March with Team Bonds in DC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Join Councilmember Bonds, team members and residents from across the District as we march in the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

When: Monday, January 18, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: 2500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE

Let us know if you can join us by reaching out to Community Outreach Director Josh Brown at jcbrown@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8065.

About Author

Connect with Me: