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Volume 1, Number 2

The Insider


Issue 1 No. 2                                                                                               October 14, 2011


We’re back from a brief hiatus! And we are very pleased to share some news and information with you about your government in our e-newsletter - ‘The Insider.’ This publication highlights our various initiatives and programs and provides information on the inner workings of your government. Enjoy all that 'The Insider' offers and let us know what you think at







DC Full Democracy Freedom Rally & March – October 15, 2011


On August 28 1963, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech. That day he talked about cashing in on a “promissory note” of democracy, written by our nation’s Founding Fathers, “to which every American was to fall heir.” And on that same day he declared to the world, “now is the time to make real the promise of democracy.”


Sadly, 48 years later, the District of Columbia is home to 600,000 Americans who still do not have full voting representation in Congress. DC residents pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal taxes -- just like other Americans; they serve on federal juries -- just like other Americans; and like other Americans, DC residents send their sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters to fight America’s wars in far-away places -- wars authorized and funded by a Congress in which they have no vote. Nearly half a century after Dr. King’s famous speech, the United States of America is the only democratic nation in the world to deny representation to the residents of its capital city. His dream is unfulfilled for us.


Dr. King said "now is the time to make real the promise of democracy. I demand full democracy for DC residents!"


If you care about justice, freedom and democracy, please take a stand with District residents in their demand for full democracy on Saturday, October 15th, 9:30am at Freedom Plaza for the DC Full Democracy Freedom Rally and March.






Ross One City One Hire


"Putting DC Residents Back to Work One Hire at a Time"

Last week Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that Ross Dress for Less®, the nation’s largest off-price apparel and home fashion retailer with over 1,000 stores in 27 states, will be opening its first store in the District of Columbia at Hechinger Mall on Benning Road Northeast, near the historic H Street corridor. Mayor Gray commended Ross managers for joining his One City • One Hire initiative, which is an integral part of  his job creation and economic development plan to help unemployed District residents find work. Read more.







DC One Fund 2011


The One Million Dollar DC One Fund Challenge

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the DC One Fund Executive Committee and Agency Coordinators rallied District of Columbia government employees to join the 2012 giving campaign, themed “Each One Give One.” The Mayor was joined by Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, who is serving as the DC One Fund Chairman; and Office of Contracting and Procurement Director James Staton, who is the DC One Fund Vice Chair, at the kick-off event held at One Judiciary Square. Employees learned how to sign up for payroll deductions beginning this week and received information from non-profit charities they can support. Read more.








DC Circulator - Anacostia Route


New DC Circulator Route with Service East of the Anacostia River

Mayor Vincent C. Gray; DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown; Councilmembers Marion Barry (Ward 8), Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Yvette Alexander (Ward 7); and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Terry Bellamy launched a new DC Circulator route, the first to ever provide service east of the Anacostia River. The new route runs from the Potomac Avenue Metro Station to Skyland and the Good Hope Marketplace Shopping Center via Barracks Row. Read more.









MLK Library


Sunday Hours Restored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that funding will be made available to ensure the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will remain open on Sundays. The library will receive $316,000 for Sunday hours, ensuring that residents continue to have library service seven days a week. The funding also ensures that the library remains open on Sundays, as it has continuously since 1972, the year it opened. Read more.







Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DHCD Remind Residents of Single-Family Residential Rehabilitation Program  

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) would like to remind residents of the Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program (SFFRP), which provides assistance to help households finance home repairs. Read more.








Keeping Public Safety Pledge, Mayor Gray Identifies Funds to Hire 300 New Police Officers

“Public safety is one of the top priorities of my administration, and this is a substantial step in rebuilding the size of the police force to better serve the citizens of the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Gray. “The 300 new officers will add to our dedicated law-enforcement personnel who are already serving in the Metropolitan Police Department.” Read more.







DC’s Sweat Equity Program Featured on CNN

CNN's Athena Jones looks at a novel program in DC aimed at giving people jobs, homes and a way off public assistance. The goal of the Sweat Equity program is to build a network of TANF recipients (including homeless and formerly homeless TANF beneficiaries) and provide training to enable them to obtain higher wages, sustainable employment and enhanced skills for higher degrees of self-sufficiency and independence from public assistance. Watch now.








District Awards Design-Build Contract to Modernize Cardozo High School 

The Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization (OPEFM) has awarded the design-build contract to GCS-SIGAL, LLC to fully modernize Cardozo High School, located at 12th and Clifton Streets in Northwest. Read more.