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Community Update – 12/23/2015

Dear Friends,

Have the merriest of holiday celebrations with family and friends during this blessed and wonderful season. 

Enter the New Year of 2016 with love, peace, prosperity, good humor, and renewed determination to make a decisive difference in your life, your neighbors, friends, and family and with those you meet, work with, and cherish.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

In 2016, Let’s continue to look out for each other in our great community of DC.




Many thanks to the hundreds of friends and residents who joined the First Annual Community Cornerstones Awards Ceremony to honor and highlight the men, women, businesses, and organizations that make an extraordinary impact on the quality of life and general well-being of the residents of the District of Columbia.

See pictures from our Community Cornerstone Recognition Ceremony on my Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/anitabondsdc/posts/728230347309097 

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Raymond Bell– Founder and Director of the H.O.P.E. Project (Helping Other People Excel), in job training and placement.

Chaitra “Chai” Shenoy– Executive Director of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, for women and LGBTQ individuals.

Crown Bakery– community focused, family owned small business in the Brightwood Park neighborhood.

Tony Cancelosi– Director of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

America Works of Washington, DC– lifts people out of poverty using its unique brand of intensive, personalized employment services.

ANC Commissioner Kent Boese– Three term Chair of ANC1A with a reputation of working tirelessly for his constituents.

Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.– Co-Pastor of Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in the Edgewood Community.

Open Arms Housing– Provides permanent homes with a welcoming and supportive environment to women who are homeless with a variety of mental health issues.

Earl Fowlkes– President and CEO of the Center for Black Equity. (Formerly the International Federation of Black Prides)

Jubilee Jobs– one of the longest-serving workforce development providers in the region.

Aletha Campbell– Co-Founder of the Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center.

Spence Spencer– Founder of the Palisades Farmer’s Market and President of the Palisades Citizens Association.

Bread for the City– Provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal services to Washington’s neediest residents for over 40 years.

Bruce Darconte– Founder and President of the Near Southeast Community partners, Arthur Capper Seniors volunteer and Van Ness Elementary booster.

Maria Garcia- Ward 3 Community Organizer of the Palisades July 4th Parade, Easter Egg Hunt, Family Night at the Fire Station and Key Elementary annual Auction.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly– champion for the dignity and rights of the District’s elderly by providing free legal and social services.

Tywannda Blount– Executive Director of the Calvin Woodland, Sr. Foundation. Has spent years working with teenagers to learn work readiness and communication skills for higher education opportunities.

Kid Power, Inc.- Inspires youth by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic participation.

Fred Allen– With over 5 decades working in the civil rights and labor movements, Fred is the current Trustee of the Metro Washington Labor Council.

Taije Chambliss– 13 year old Ward 6 resident who suffered two gunshot wounds when she saved her friend’s life by jumping on top of her during gunfire.

Calvary Women’s Services– for over 25 years has offered housing, health, employment and educational programs to empower homeless women in Anacostia.

ANC Commissioner John Tinpe– Long standing leader in the Asian and Pacific Islander Community and Chairperson of ANC 2C.

Jim Vance– NBC4’s News Anchor that we all trust to report on the issues affecting DC.

Cynthia Pols– has provided free legal services for decades as an advocate to tenants across the District.

THEARC– The Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus has served for over a decade as a community bedrock of services.

Ruby Corado– LGBTQ Advocate and Founder of Casa Ruby, a bilingual and multicultural home for transgender residents.

Principal Richard Trogisch– Principal of School Without Walls in Foggy Bottom, one of the highest performing schools in DCPS.

CMS (Ret) Herman “Rip” Preston– Distinguished Army National Guard Veteran who commanded the DC Military Academy and 74th Troop.


Councilmember Anita Bonds attended the recent meeting of the Palisades Citizens’ Association where she discussed council legislation, affordable housing, transportation, public safety and senior services. Councilmember Bonds looks forward to working with the association in their pursuit of a Capital Bikeshare station in their neighborhood.


Councilmember Anita Bonds is proud to partner with the Greater Washington Foundation of Insurance and Financial Advisors to help make a Merry Christmas for many District Children.

With Councilmember Bonds’ suggestion, the Foundation donated hundreds of toys to the Women’s Wing Organization of DC who will distribute the toys to children of incarcerated parents.

The District is home to over 60,000 returning citizens and each month nearly 800 return back to the District.



On Tuesday, December 15, the Council of the District of Columbia held their final Committee of the Whole and Legislative Meeting for 2015. Highlights of the sessions include:

Bills Considered:

The Nuisance Abatement Notice Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-70) This bill clarifies what is required for a proper posting, by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, of a notice of infraction for failure to register a vacant or blighted property. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.

The Body-Worn Camera Program Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-351) This bill, which includes amendments made on the dais, adopts regulations for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Program. It includes provisions that: (1) permits the Chief of the MPD to issue policy directives to officers regarding the program; (2) permits MPD officers to record first amendment assemblies for limited purposes; (3) prohibits MPD officers from creating BWC recordings at or close to a school and while engaged in non-critical contacts; (4) specifies rules and exceptions for the holding, release to public and governmental entities, and retention of BWC recordings; (5) requires the MPD to conduct audits of the BWC program to determine compliance with regulations, impact, training and equipment needs, and whether individual privacy rights are being protected; (6) and permits officers to view recordings before writing their initial incident report except in cases when the officer is involved in a shooting. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.

The Extreme Temperature Safety Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-241) This bill prohibits the electric utility from disconnecting service to residences the day preceding and the day of a forecast of extreme temperature of 95 degrees or higher. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.

The Omnibus Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2015 (Bill 21-401)This bill creates two kinds of Farmer’s Market licenses that authorize the licensee to permit manufacturers of alcoholic beverages to conduct tastings and sell beer, wine, and spirits for off premises consumption at a farmer’s market.

The Office of the Attorney General Personnel and Procurement Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-0524) this bill gives the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) rulemaking authority consistent with OAG’s existing independent personnel and procurement authority. The bill was passed in final reading and sent to the Mayor for signature.

Bill Introductions:

The Special Police Officer Enhanced Security Amendment Act of 2015 (B21- 529) This bill requires Special Police Officers to undergo additional pre-employment training on de-escalation, biased based policing, and interactions with those with mental illness. This bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

The Vacant and Blighted Buildings Enforcement Amendment Act of 2015 (B21-0527) This bill requires that the classification of a building as vacant or blighted be reported continues until the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) approves a change in classification based upon the notification by the property owner. This bill was referred to the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs.

The Strangulation Criminal Offense Act of 2015 (B21-0528) This bill designates strangulation as a felony criminal offense and establishes a penalty upon conviction. This bill was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Help Make DC Healthy!

Enroll Today for 2016!

Call DC HEALTH LINK 855-532-5465 or enroll at www.DCHealthLink.org

10th Annual

MLK Peace Walk & PARADE

Monday, January 18, 2016

Commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday


Assembly | 9:30AM | Next to United Black Fund | 2500 MarƟn Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE


Assembly |10AM | St. Elizabeth’s East | 2700 MarƟn Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE


Living Word Church | 4101 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave., SW


12PM | Leckie Elementary School | 4201 MarƟn Luther King, Jr. Ave., SW

Visit www.MLKHolidayDC.org or call (202) 561‐4100 Ext. 120 for more information

Take Metro Green Line to Anacostia Metro Station for the Peace Walk or Congress Heights Station for the Parade.

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