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Will Merrifield
Yesterday, like far, far too many days before it, a son was killed in the District of Columbia. The tragic violence that occurred yesterday afternoon is an example of the culmination of dehumanizing and racist public policy that failed Deon Kay as a child of the District of Columbia. I grieve the loss of his...
WASHINGTON, DC: Last night, Will Merrifield filed a campaign finance report closing out August 2020. Throughout his campaign, Will has been able to generate a large amount of grassroots support, all the while refusing contributions from corporations and other organizations that don’t uphold his values. “I’ve always been steadfast in doing what’s right, even if...
WASHINGTON, DC: Today, independent candidate for DC Council at-large Will Merrifield submitted 513 signatures to gain ballot access for the November 3rd general election, well above the required 250 for ballot access. “Getting the support of over 500 everyday Washingtonians proves the great momentum this campaign has,” said Will Merrifield. “But we are just getting...
“The District is in need of fundamental change—the current system of trickle-down economics has caused an acute affordable housing crisis, mass displacement, and obscene inequities in our school system. This budget season has shown yet again that real change will not happen through backroom dealing in the Wilson Building,” said Will Merrifield, candidate for DC...
Black chalkboard with white writing that reads "1+1=3".
“In the midst of a global pandemic, catastrophic economic devastation, and societal unrest coming to a head, the D.C. Council has made grave missteps when it comes to meeting the needs of the people whom they purportedly serve in the budget released this week,” said Will Merrifield, candidate for D.C. Council At-Large. “The old saying ‘put your money...
Will Merrifield is running on a Green New Deal Recovery Plan anchored by a public infrastructure project and guaranteed jobs program to build thousands of units of Social Housing to solve the affordable housing crisis. Social Housing is a proven model of publicly controlled, permanently affordable, mixed-income housing that pays for itself. This, plus intentional...
It’s budget season and Mayor Bowser has been foreshadowing austerity politics despite the fact that she has packed her ReOpenDC Advisory Group with former recipients of huge corporate giveaways. Many of these advisors belong to the DC2021 group which is lobbying for $1B in tax cuts for DC’s wealthiest businesses and developers, indicating that DC...
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, DC’s iconic small businesses, like the Black-owned bookstore Sankofa and the Salvadorian restaurant Judy’s, were struggling to hold on against the tide of gentrification that has forced hundreds of locally owned businesses to close. Skyrocketing property taxes and commercial rents have proven to be too steep for many longtime small...
The District is dealing with an unprecedented public health and economic crisis. A historic number of Washingtonians have lost their jobs and have no idea when they’ll be able to work again. More than 66,000 DC residents have filed for unemployment insurance (UI) to replace a portion of their income, though only a third of...
Today, DC’s business conglomerate requested $346M in tax cuts in a private meeting with ten DC councilmembers that likely violated DC’s open meeting law. This is unsurprising – the DC government is privately owned. Just like at the federal level, big business is coming for huge handouts thanks to their outsized influence on how resources...
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