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Netroots Nation 2021
DC STATEHOOD IS RACIAL JUSTICE Panel; Thu, 10/07/2021 - 03:45pm (Eastern)
Long tied to voting rights and representation, the issue of DC Statehood is rooted in racism. Throughout the history of the District, white politicians have worked to reduce and eliminate black power in the District of Columbia. For activists and allies interested in dismantling systemic racism, Statehood for DC is an achievable solution with immediate impact. Our panel of national and local leaders will lead a conversation on the issues throughout history and present in proposed alternative solutions to Statehood.
Led by: Dr. Ravi Perry
Progressive City & County Champions
Heroes Pay Act of 2021
In July 2021 frontline essential workers joined with union and community leaders for a virtual press conference on Wednesday to urge the DC Council to fully fund $20 million for the Heroes Pay Act of 2021. The Heroes Pay Act will provide a one-time payment to tens of thousands of private sector essential workers who risked their health and their lives by working during the pandemic. The Heroes Pay Act was introduced by Labor Committee Chair Elissa Silverman as part of her committee budget. The committee budget was passed unanimously with the support of Councilmembers Christina Henderson, Trayon White, Sr., Janeese Lewis George and Robert C. White, Jr..
People's Charter endorser
Endorsers included Janeese Lewis-George.
Democratic Socialists of America June 4 2020,
- DSAinOffice "In Washington, D.C., Janeese Lewis-George, a self-described democratic socialist, beat a sitting city councilman whose mailers said Ms. George wanted 'to cut police in Ward 4.' She prevailed by 10 percentage points."
Lewis George notably had the backing of not just DSA and WFP, but labor unions like the Washington Teachers Union, Unite Here Local 25, and SEIU Local 500.
Black Lives Matter DC and Sanctuary DMV also backed Lewis George — their first political endorsements ever. “We do not take making endorsements lightly,” April Goggans, an organizer with Black Lives Matter DC said in November. “Janeese[‘s] policy and budget priorities around public safety, policing, and addressing intra-community violence are informed by values and principles that not only align with ours but will result in real safety.”
Benjy Cannon, a spokesperson for Unite Here Local 25, called Lewis George’s win a victory for organized labor and workers. “Her campaign showed that when we’re united, a powerful coalition of workers, tenants, progressive advocacy groups, and grassroots activists can defeat even the most deep-pocketed corporate interests,” he said.
Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America November 19 2019·
We are excited to announce that our chapter members voted to endorse Janeese Lewis-George for Ward 4!! Stay tuned for updates on upcoming canvasses and other ways to get involved.
DC Working Families November 14 2019· Janeese Lewis-George is a life-long, progressive, who will shift the balance of power back to working people. As a Fair Elections candidate, her grassroots people-powered campaign is what puts her above the rest and why we know we will win together next year. #DC4TheMany