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This weekend we welcome marchers from around the country for the March for Our Lives. Unfortunately, in the District of Columbia, we are all too familiar with the damage that gun violence causes.

Last summer we lost the bright young life of Jamahri Sydnor, who was getting ready to begin her freshman year at Florida A & M University. Just a few weeks later, Zaire Kelly's life was taken on his way home from a college preparatory class. We know the pain that guns cause.

It is in that spirit that we will welcome the young people from Parkland, Florida and the thousands of people who will travel to the District of Columbia to march this weekend. Each member of the Council has been provided tickets to the 'stage section' of the rally and I have reached out to Jamahri and Zaire's families to ensure they are invited to be a part of the rally this Saturday.

In addition, I hope to see many of you at the Rally for D.C. Lives, which will take place prior to the national March, at 9:00 am at Folger Park (3rd and D Street, SE). We will be joined by other Councilmembers, Congresswoman Norton, Mayor Bowser, and hundreds of Washingtonians standing up against gun violence -- and D.C.'s own lack of self-determination to make our own gun laws. After the Rally for D.C. Lives, the group will walk over to the national March for Our Lives on the National Mall.

Finally, I invite those attending the march to stop by my office downtown to warm up, use the restroom, or just take a rest. The Ward 5 office in the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW will open from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. (Note that you will only be allowed to enter the building from the D Street NW entrance)

In Service,
In this issue of the Ward 5 Report:

Kenyan in the Community

Councilmember McDuffie, Mayor Bowser, and District agency leadership on a community walk through of the North Michigan Park neighborhood (above, left).

Councilmember McDuffie visited several Ward 5 DCPS elementary schools earlier this month, including Noyes, Wheatley, and Burroughs. Above (right) Councilmember McDuffie talks with the principal, teachers, and students at Burroughs Elementary. 

More of Kenyan in the Community:

Councilmember McDuffie on the Radio

Hearing the Council
Councilmember McDuffie was featured on the D.C. Council's new radio show, Hearing the Council, available on D.C. Government radio, WHUR 96.3 FM, HD4. If you missed it live on the air, listen to Councilmember McDuffie as he discusses growing up in Ward 5, some of the jobs he had as a young man, and what he sees for the future of Ward 5.

Business Matters with Andy Shallal
Councilmember McDuffie joined Andy Shallal for his WPFW, 89.3 FM radio show, Business Matters, where they discussed McDuffie's work to bring a lens of racial equity to an array of public policy areas including education, housing, employment, and criminal justice reform.

March with Councilmember McDuffie in the D.C. Emancipation Day Parade - Saturday, April 14

On Saturday, April 14, walk with Councilmember McDuffie & your Ward 5 neighbors as we celebrate D.C. Emancipation Day 2018. We will meet at 1:00 PM at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Parade will start at 2:00 PM and proceed along Pennsylvania Ave from 10th Street NW to 14th Street NW

Clean Up of Park at 14th Street, Rhode Island Ave, and Brentwood Road NE - Saturday, March 24

On March 24 at 10 AM, give back to your community through a litter clean up of the park, located at 14th Street NE, Brentwood Road NE, and Rhode Island Avenue NE. Organized by D.C. Department of Public Works and the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, this event provides certified volunteer hours and an opportunity to meet your neighbors. Additionally, this event is the first step in fostering a safer space at this intersection. No RSVP is needed - just show up! Garbage bags, gloves, and equipment provided.
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