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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...
Conditions inside of DC Correctional Facilities have long been unsafe and unsanitary, and now more than ever, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, they are deadly. On Monday, the DC government reported its first inmate death from the coronavirus, and more are sure to follow. Congregate detention facilities, such as the DC Jail, the Correctional Treatment Facility,...
From my work as a tenant attorney, I know firsthand that working-class DC residents were staring down the barrel of an existential threat (the affordable housing crisis) originating from a crisis of leadership at the District-wide level well before the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary cause of homelessness in DC is a lack of affordable housing...