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Highlights from our Black History and DC Budget Meeting
Our annual Black History Month celebration looked back on the Ward 8 Democrats' 35-year history with an esteemed panel of former and current Ward 8 Democratic leaders. Panelists reflected on the organization's major milestones, accomplishments, and the path forward. Next up was Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, who led a discussion on DC Budget 101. Last fiscal year, DC programmed a record-setting $14.5 billion budget that many say left more to be desired for Ward 8. Lazere talked about the DC budget process and how to advocate for the interests of the community.
Highlights from our Meeting on the new East End Hospital
Highlights from Ward 8 Democrats At "Art All Night"
"Chocolate city" Co-Author discusses new book on the history of black people in DC
“Chocolate City" Co-Author George Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. participated in a special lecture series with the Ward 8 Democrats about the history of African Americans in the DC. The book traces the city's massive transformations--from a sparsely inhabited plantation society into a diverse metropolis, from a center of the slave trade to the nation's first black-majority city, from "Chocolate City" to "Latte City," Musgrove and co-author Chris Myer Asch, Ph.D., offer an engaging narrative peppered with unforgettable characters, a history of deep racial division but also one of hope, resilience, and interracial cooperation. The Musgrove lecture was co-sponsored by the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC) and DC Vote. You can purchase a copy of the book here.
Ward 8 Democrats Push For New Election Reforms in WaPo Op-ed
Much has been written and posted on social media about low voter turnout in June’s Democratic primary election, with pundits speculating about the causes. One popular narrative was that, counter to their well-to-do neighbors, residents of Wards 7 and 8 aren’t concerned about the future of the District or improving quality of life. This defeatist thinking is dangerous and harks back to an era when the District’s political class peered east of the Anacostia River and deemed residents’ calls for more jobs and less crime as undeserving of attention. Read full op-ed.
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Photos from the "Chocolate City" Discussion
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