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Ward 8 FY23 Budget Priorities and Discussion
Where should the District spend its money? Public safety? Education? Jobs? These are just a few areas where Ward 8 residents want the District to make investments. But how do we advocate for these and other priorities...and win!
Join us at noon on Saturday, January 15, 2022 for Ward 8's Fiscal Year 2023 budget priorities discussion with Erica Williams, executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute; Jamila White, ANC Commissioner & chair of ANC 8A; and Michael Grier, co-chair of Issues and Legislative Affairs for the Ward 8 Democrats. They will help demystify the DC budget process and how you can get engaged.
Log on and help the Ward 8 Democrats and your fellow residents map out a strategy for ward budget priorities in the upcoming budget. Let's create a blueprint for the Mayor and Council to take needed action!
Don't join alone; invite a neighbor.
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022
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Take the Survey: Ward 8 FY '23 Budget
The Ward 8 Democrats need to hear from you to advocate for services and supports in the District’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, which runs from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023.
The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. We will take your recommendations directly to the officials you voted for and advocate for your voice to be heard! The deadline to complete the survey is soon.
We're Looking for...YOU!
The Ward 8 Democrats is looking to fill crucial precinct captain positions n the ward. With an eye toward equity, we would like to have a man and woman assigned to each precinct.
Responsibilities include include facilitating voter registration and absentee ballot access; leading get out the vote outreach efforts; distributing campaign and party literature; promoting the party; and addressing voter concerns. Great opportunity for everyone from age 16 and up.
Re-Watch: 2021 Kwanzaa Celebration &
For nearly 30 years, Baba Melvin Deal was the featured orator and teacher at our annual Kwanzaa celebrations. The Ward 8 Democrats reflected on his incredible life and legacy with a special tribute. Joining President Troy Donte' Prestwood is Ward 8 activist Philip Pannell and arts educator and founder of the DC Youth Ensemble, Carol Foster. You don’t want to miss it. Be sure to click like and click share so others can enjoy this tribute to our friend, mentor, teacher, and prayer warrior.
Re-Watch: Bringing New
The Ward 8 Democrats has long been a leader in the fight to bring new voting technology to the District. The organization championed vote by mail for more than two decades until enacted during the 2020 general election. But there's another voting option that's part of the Ward 8 Democrats platform: vote by app.
Proponents of remote voting technology believe voting by app would increase voter participation in the District, especially in low-voter turnout precincts. In fact, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White recently introduced legislation to bring vote by app to the District. But others say not so fast as concerns around voting security and election integrity mount across the country. If not vote by app, then what other ways can we use technology to increase voter engagement and participation in the District.
Re-watch our virtual roundtable on new voting technologies and what they could mean for the District:
Hear from newly elected officers of the Ward 8 Democrats and watch as Councilmember Trayon White officially swears them in. Also, did you know Ward 8 has the highest number of domestic violence calls to 911? Hear how you can access life-saving resources from Afi Gaston, founder of the Domestic Violence Wears Many Tags. Then, the 2020 Census shows the District's population grew by nearly 15 percent over the last ten years. As a result, District officials must find a way to equal out the city's population across all eight wards. Ward 8's boundaries are expected to change. Re-watch our virtual meeting and learn how these changes will impact our ward, which communities may come, and which ones could leave. Plus, learn how you can share your views on the changes to come. Also, you can submit your own ward map using this tool and share it with the DC Government.
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