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09/04/2021

MAYOR'S ORDER CREATING MACCCA EXPIRED ON AUGUST 31, 2021

The Third and Fourth Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs were established for 9 years spanning the Grey and Bowser Administrations by Mayor's Order 2012-127 dated August 15, 2012, as amended by Mayor's Order 2017-182, dated August 8, 2017. Mayor's Order 2012-127 expired on August 31, 2021.

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUANCE SYSTEM
Mayor' s Order 2012-127
August 15, 2012
SUBJECT: Establishment - Mayor' s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community
Affairs
ORIGINATING AGENCY: Office of the Mayor
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the District of Columbia by section
422(2) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973, 87
Stat. 790, Pub. L. No. 93-198, D.C. Official Code § 1-204.22(2) (2012 Supp.), it is
hereby ORDERED that:

I. ESTABLISHMENT
There is hereby established in the Executive Branch of the Government of the District of Columbia, the Mayor' s Advisory Commission on Caribbean Community Affairs (hereinafter referred to as the "Commission").

II. PURPOSE
The Commission shall advise the Mayor and the Director of Community Affairs as appropriate, on issues, matters, concerns, methods, and views that are designed to strengthen and enhance the educational, social, cultural, and economic life of the District by building and fostering enhanced relationships between the District of Columbia and communities of individuals from nations in the Caribbean who reside in the District of Columbia.

III. FUNCTIONS
The functions of the Commission shall include:
A. Advising on means to encourage enhanced communication between the District government and members of Caribbean communities who reside in the District of Columbia.

B. Making recommendations to promote greater collaboration in cultural and
artistic exchange between the District government and members of
Caribbean communities who reside in the District of Columbia.
C. Advising on approaches to developing, stimulating, enhancing, or expanding, business and investment opportunities in the District among members of the Caribbean community who reside in the District of Columbia.
D. Advising on means to develop and encourage health and environmental awareness issues and information exchange.
E. Serving as an advocate for members of Caribbean communities who reside in the District of Columbia by providing review and comment on proposed District laws, regulations and policies that may affect members of these Caribbean communities.
F. Collaborating with other organizations concerned with members of Caribbean communities who reside in the District of Columbia.
G. With the approval of the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services, solicit gifts, donations and grants, and hold fundraisers in accordance with applicable District laws and regulations.
H. In fulfilling its functions, the Commission may prepare and issue written
reports, videos, or make use of a mix of seminars, symposia, public hearings, teach-ins, public lectures, educational forums, exhibitions, fairs, carnivals, and cultural and social events.
I. Undertaking other duties as assigned by the Mayor, or his designee.

IV. COMPOSITION
A. The Commission shall be comprised of not more than eleven (II) voting members appointed by the Mayor who shall be District residents.
B. The voting members appointed to the Commission may include representation from the following communities:
1. Business, labor and economic development;
2. Professional;
3. Educational;
4. Cultural;
5. Religious;
6. Not-for-profit institutions and organizations;
7. Other than English-speaking; and
8. The general public.
C. Members of the Commission shall have knowledge and expertise in the issues, cultures, people, educational systems, governmental systems and structures, economic and business systems, or social systems of nations in the Caribbean.
D. Members of the Commission shall be representative of as many Caribbean nationalities as is feasible, but shall be especially representative of Caribbean nationalities held by residents of the District.
E. For the purposes of composition of the Commission and this Mayor's Order, the term "nation[s] in the Caribbean" shall include the following nations, areas, territories, departments, or dependencies:
1. Anguilla;
2. Antigua and Barbuda;
3. Aruba;
4. The Bahamas;
5. Barbados;
6. Belize;
7. British Virgin Islands;
8. Cayman Islands;
9. Cuba;
10. Dominica;
11. Dominican Republic;
12. Grenada;
13 . Guadeloupe;
14. Guyana;
15. Haiti;
16. Jamaica;
17. Martinique;
18. Montserrat;
19. Netherlands Antilles;
20. Puerto Rico;
21. St. Kitts and Nevis;
22. St. Lucia;
23. St. Vincent and the Grenadines;
24. Suriname;
25 . Trinidad and Tobago;
26. Turks and Caicos; and

H. Neither the Commission, nor any member of the Commission, shall have any legal authority, actual or implied, to negotiate or contract with any Embassy, government, business, organization, institution, or any other entity, on behalf of the District government.
I. The Director of Community Affairs, or his or her designee, shall serve as the ex officio, non-voting designee of the Mayor on the Commission.

V. TERMS
A. The Mayor shall appoint members to terms of three (3) years, except that, of the first eleven voting members appointed, six (6) shall be appointed to three (3) year terms, and five (5) shall be appointed to two (2) year terms.
B. The date that the first members are installed shall become the anniversary date for all subsequent appointments.
C. The Chairperson may excuse a member for a meeting for an emergency reason. The Mayor may remove any member who fails to attend two (2) unexcused, consecutive meetings.

D. Any member who fails to attend three (3) consecutive, unexcused, meetings shall be deemed to be removed from the Commission, and a vacancy created.
E. The Mayor shall appoint members to fill vacancies in an unexpired term only for the remainder of the unexpired time of the term.
F. A member shall serve for no more than two (2) consecutive terms.
G. Members may serve beyond the end of their terms until reappointed, or replaced, by the Mayor.
VI. COMPENSATION
Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation, except that a member may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the authorized ex*****on of official Commission duties, if approved in advance by the Director of the Office of Community Affairs, and subject to appropriation and funding availability.

VII, ORGANIZATION
A. The Mayor shall appoint a Chairperson and a Vice-Chairperson from among the appointed voting members of the Commission. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall serve in those capacities at the pleasure of the Mayor.
B. The Commission may elect such other officers as may be required, or as its members deem appropriate
C. The Commission shall convene at least two (2) meetings each year.
D. The Commission may establish subcommittees as needed. Subcommittees may include persons who are not members of the full Commission, provided that each subcommittee is chaired by a Commission member.
E. The Commission may establish its own by-laws and rules of procedure, subject to the approval of the Mayor or his designee.
F. There shall be no voting by proxy.
VIII. ADMINISTRATION
A. The Office of Community Affairs shall provide administrative and technical support
subject to approval by its Director.
B. The Commission may utilize District public building space, without
charge, to sponsor or hold meetings and events pre-approved by the
Commission, in accordance with District law and regulations.

IX. SUNSET
The Commission shall sunset on August 31, 2021.

X. EFFECTIVE DATE: This Order shall be effective immediately.

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WHAT: Soka Tribe's 6th Anniversary Celebration  WHEN: Aug 14, 2021 at 12:30pm-4:30 pm, WHERE: Lansburgh Park 1098 Delawa...
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WHAT: Soka Tribe's 6th Anniversary Celebration
WHEN: Aug 14, 2021 at 12:30pm-4:30 pm,
WHERE: Lansburgh Park 1098 Delaware Ave SW, DC
WHY: Carnival Culture should be celebrated and showcased as much and as often as possible!
For our 6th year we are pulling out all the stops with the Soka Tribe Convoy dancers and featuring guests:
Josanne Francis, pan musician
Amadou Kouyate, percussion master
With sounds by Dj Fyah Oats
Traditional Mas: Moko Jumbies, Blue Devils, Fancy Sailor, Dame Lorriane, and more!
Performances by the Soka Tribe Convoy!
BYOPicnic- there's a large lawn and picnic tables.Please invite all your friends and dem!!!
RSVP now for a chance to win our last giveaway of classes, gear and VIP TREATments at the event :)

WHAT: Soka Tribe's 6th Anniversary Celebration
WHEN: Aug 14, 2021 at 12:30pm-4:30 pm,
WHERE: Lansburgh Park 1098 Delaware Ave SW, DC
WHY: Carnival Culture should be celebrated and showcased as much and as often as possible!
For our 6th year we are pulling out all the stops with the Soka Tribe Convoy dancers and featuring guests:
Josanne Francis, pan musician
Amadou Kouyate, percussion master
With sounds by Dj Fyah Oats
Traditional Mas: Moko Jumbies, Blue Devils, Fancy Sailor, Dame Lorriane, and more!
Performances by the Soka Tribe Convoy!
BYOPicnic- there's a large lawn and picnic tables.Please invite all your friends and dem!!!
RSVP now for a chance to win our last giveaway of classes, gear and VIP TREATments at the event :)

06/15/2021
06/15/2021
06/15/2021

Juneteenth: Celebration of Resilience is coming up this Saturday! As a Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), you’re welcome to have a sneak peek at everything we have scheduled so that you can plan your celebration with us — or start celebrating now!

Juneteenth honors the date in June 1865 when enslaved communities in the state of Texas learned the Civil War had ended and they were free from slavery. Since that time, June 19th has developed into a special day for African Americans to gather with family and community to reflect on the past, honor the present, and look to the future through tradition-sharing, music, and storytelling.

We hope you find your own special way to celebrate with us. NMAAHC Juneteenth programs include:

Black Smoke with food writer Adrian Miller and our Andrew W. Mellon Director, Kevin Young
Genealogy & Records of Intrigue with NMAAHC’s Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center staff
Porch Stories with storyteller Jan Blake
Juneteenth: Connecting the Historic to the Now, a panel discussion on the historical origins and current political significance of Juneteenth
Community Soundstage: A Conversation with Amythyst Kiah includes both an acoustic performance and a discussion with our associate director for curatorial affairs, Dwandalyn Reece
Juneteenth 2021 is generously supported by Ford Motor Company.

CHECK IT OUT

And, there is so much more! When you visit our Juneteenth webpage, you can also:

Learn more about the meaning and legacy of Juneteenth
Research ancestors
Get free recipes for your Juneteenth feast
Share your own story through our Community Curation Program
Participate in education activities — including Press Play on History, which invites students and educators in grades 6 to 12 to create a musical playlist inspired by objects that embody the holiday — for learners of every age

06/15/2021
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06/15/2021

Photos from MACCCA DC's post

06/15/2021

Juneteenth: Celebration of Resilience is coming up this Saturday! As a Charter Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), you’re welcome to have a sneak peek at everything we have scheduled so that you can plan your celebration with us — or start celebrating now!

Juneteenth honors the date in June 1865 when enslaved communities in the state of Texas learned the Civil War had ended and they were free from slavery. Since that time, June 19th has developed into a special day for African Americans to gather with family and community to reflect on the past, honor the present, and look to the future through tradition-sharing, music, and storytelling.

We hope you find your own special way to celebrate with us. NMAAHC Juneteenth programs include:

Black Smoke with food writer Adrian Miller and our Andrew W. Mellon Director, Kevin Young
Genealogy & Records of Intrigue with NMAAHC’s Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center staff
Porch Stories with storyteller Jan Blake
Juneteenth: Connecting the Historic to the Now, a panel discussion on the historical origins and current political significance of Juneteenth
Community Soundstage: A Conversation with Amythyst Kiah includes both an acoustic performance and a discussion with our associate director for curatorial affairs, Dwandalyn Reece
Juneteenth 2021 is generously supported by Ford Motor Company.

CHECK IT OUT

And, there is so much more! When you visit our Juneteenth webpage, you can also:

Learn more about the meaning and legacy of Juneteenth
Research ancestors
Get free recipes for your Juneteenth feast
Share your own story through our Community Curation Program
Participate in education activities — including Press Play on History, which invites students and educators in grades 6 to 12 to create a musical playlist inspired by objects that embody the holiday — for learners of every age

06/15/2021
06/15/2021

ALERT!
New Dialing Procedure for Customers with the 202 Area Code

All customers with the 202 area code should prepare for 10-digit dialing and the introduction of the new 771 area code. The 771 area code will be added as an overlay to the 202 region. An overlay is the addition of another area code (771) to the same geographic region served by an existing area code (202). An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code, but does require customers to dial the area code to complete local calls.

Customers should ensure all services, automatic dialing equipment, applications, software, or other types of equipment are reprogrammed to dial 10 digits if they are programmed to dial just 7 digits, and recognize the new 771 area code as a valid area code. Examples include life-safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, gates, ankle monitors, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions. Be sure to check your business stationery, advertising materials, personal checks, and your personal or pet ID tags to ensure the area code is included in your telephone number.

Important safety and security equipment, such as medical alert devices, and alarm and security systems must be programmed to use 10-digit dialing. Many systems operate on 10-digit dialing by default, but some older equipment may still use 7 digits. Any needed reprogramming of alarm and home security equipment must be done between April 10, 2021 and October 9, 2021. Please contact your medical alert or security service provider if you are not sure whether your equipment needs to be reprogrammed to accommodate the upcoming change to 10-digit local dialing.

A six-month permissive dialing period will begin on April 10, 2021, to give consumers adequate time to adjust to the dialing changes. During this period, local calls can be made with either 7 or 10 digits, and all calls that are local will continue to be local even though you dial 10 digits.

Beginning October 9, 2021, all local calls made within the DC 202 area code must be placed using 10 digits (area code + the 7-digit telephone number). On and after this date, calls placed using just 7 digits will not be completed.

Beginning November 9, 2021, new telephone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 771 area code.

The key facts for consumers to know about the upcoming DC 202/771 area code overlay are:
Your current telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
If you seek new phone service on and after November 9, 2021, you may be assigned a phone number with the 771 area code.
You will need to dial area code + telephone number for all local calls, including calls within the same area code.
You will continue to dial 1 + area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.

What is a local call now will remain a local call.
The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the overlay.
You can still dial just three digits to reach 911. You can also dial three digits to reach 211 and 811, as well as 311 and 511, where available.
Please remember to identify your telephone number as a 10-digit number and include the area code when giving the number to friends, family, business associates and customers, etc.

Remember that all local calls must be programmed using 10 digits and add ‘1’ for all long distance calls.

For additional information, please visit the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia website or contact your local telephone service provider.

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is an independent agency established by Congress in 1913 to regulate electric, natural gas, and telecommunications companies in the District of Columbia.

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