In this special AllEyesOnDC segment, grassroots journalist Sam P.K.Collins and At-large D.C Councilmember Robert White (D) speak about the meaning of D.C. Emancipation Day and how White, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, has been able to tackle issues related to the welfare of other D.C. natives.
Theresa told members of the AllEyesOnDC audience on Friday night that The D.C. Comprehensive Plan as it stands, would’ve been sufficient enough had the D.C. Zoning Commission, a body selected by the D.C. Mayor, not opt for exemptions that allow them to ignore rules that maintain the character of neighborhoods.
It’s incumbent on the D.C. Council as a unit to think long and hard about the implications of this move.
Participants discussed what they considered the best means of connecting young women of color to resources that can aid them in safely navigating the school system and having a healthy coming of age.
“There’s an unfair assumption by African Americans that they have to be Democrats."
For nearly two hours, D.C. Council member LaRuby May, along with fellow candidates Aaron Holmes, Maurice Dickens and Trayon White, weighed in on a bevy of issues including youth homicide, unemployment, gentrification, the school-to-prison pipeline, cutbacks in sports and arts programs, and the lack of Black instructors in the classroom.
"Some [of these] people are just trying to get over their past. They should be given a second chance to prove themselves to society.”