Dear Ward 5 neighbors,
This week, the Council held important hearings on legislation to address traffic safety and public safety. These are two of my top priorities for the District, and I was grateful for the opportunity to hear public testimony and ask questions to foster accountability and transparency in these critical areas. In this newsletter, you can find a recap of both Wednesday’s joint hearing with the Committee on Transportation and Environment and Committee on Public Works and Operations on four bills addressing traffic safety and enforcement, and Thursday’s hearing with the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety on the Office of Unified Communications (DC’s 911 call center) and relevant legislation.
Monday, October 9, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, honoring and celebrating American indigenous peoples and commemorating their cultures and heritage. In the DC region, we particularly honor the people who first called this land home—the Nacotchtank, Piscataway, Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Monacan, Powhatan, and Pamunkey peoples. In celebrating American indigenous peoples, we are also soberly reminded of the ravages of colonization, imperialism, and countless broken promises that caused lasting harm and goads us toward reparative and restorative action.
Read a list of impact government services for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and lots more in the newsletter, by clicking below.