October 13, 2023
This newsletter comes amidst ongoing unrest around the world, and violence in our own city. I continue to keep our Ward 5 Israeli and Palestinian neighbors in my thoughts as I cannot imagine what it is like to watch the unspeakable violence unfold back home or where there are loved ones. I join the international calls for an immediate cease-fire, as the civilian loss of life in Gaza and Israel continues to climb. Earlier this week, I issued a statement speaking to our shared humanity, the right to self-determination for Palestinians, and the pain experienced by both Israeli and Palestinian neighbors during this crisis.
As we experience our own crisis of increasing homicides in the District, I am reminded of the urgent call to address the deepest needs of our communities. Those caught in generational cycles of displacement, corruption, and violence exist here in DC as they do in the Middle East. Every day, I am fighting for systemic change so that Ward 5 neighbors have what they need—access to healthy food, quality education, stable housing, good-paying jobs, safe streets, and a responsive government.
This edition of the Ward 5 Weekly newsletter includes information on my office’s new Ward 5 Monthly Public Safety Call, an upcoming community meeting for the Langdon Community Center Redevelopment, WMATA’s announcement about 24-hour Metrobus routes, tomorrow’s Kingman Island Friends and Family Day (rain or shine!), next weekend’s Eckington Day, and more.