Kenyan R. McDuffie

Kenyan R. McDuffie Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie represents the residents of Ward 5 on the Council of the District o

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The Comcast RISE Investment Fund will be awarding $10,000 grants to small businesses owned by POC in Houston, Miami, Oak...
09/14/2021
Comcast RISE – Resources & Tools to Elevate Your Small Business

The Comcast RISE Investment Fund will be awarding $10,000 grants to small businesses owned by POC in Houston, Miami, Oakland, Seattle, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C. areas! Applications will be open October 1-14. Visit www.ComcastRISE.com to learn more. #ComcastRISE #Smallbiz #POC

Complimentary marketing, creative, media and technology services to qualifying small businesses owned by underrepresented groups.

09/14/2021

Neighbors, Councilmember McDuffie was at the tragic scene last night, where our community lost a young child after she was struck by a van at the intersection of 14th and Irving Streets, NE. Our heart aches for her parents, classmates, and all who knew her.

There are no words to accurately express the tremendous grief this family and broader community of friends is experiencing, and likely will continue to experience for some time. Please, let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

We must do more to make our streets safer, for pedestrians and cyclists, and most especially for the youngest among us.

Councilmember McDuffie has communicated with ANC Prita Piekara, Tom Bridge, and Ward 5 Bicycle Advisory Council representative Parraize Butler and will follow up with immediate next steps.

Councilmember McDuffie extended the Rhode Island Ave Great Street boundary to include 12th st NE between Otis St and Mic...
09/13/2021

Councilmember McDuffie extended the Rhode Island Ave Great Street boundary to include 12th st NE between Otis St and Michigan Ave. Many of our legacy small businesses will now be able to benefit from this new expansion. #OurWard5

Councilmember McDuffie extended the Rhode Island Ave Great Street boundary to include 12th st NE between Otis St and Michigan Ave. Many of our legacy small businesses will now be able to benefit from this new expansion. #OurWard5

09/11/2021

On this day, we remember six members of the DCPS family we lost 20 years ago: students Asia Cottom, Bernard Brown, and Rodney Dickens, and teachers Hilda Taylor, James Debeuneure, and Sarah Clark.

They were chosen to participate in a trip to study ecology in California beside National Geographic Society researchers. On September 11, 2001, less than 35 minutes into the trip, their flight was hijacked. At 9:37 a.m., the plane crashed into the Pentagon. All passengers on board were killed, and 125 Pentagon employees lost their lives.

Asia was a new student at Backus Middle School. Her father worked at the school as a coach and a classroom aide. Teachers remembered Asia as kindhearted and eager to help her classmates.

Bernard was the type of student who kept teachers on their toes at Leckie Elementary School. Bernard’s teachers agreed that he was showing real progress, and that was one of the reasons why he was recommended to participate in the trip. He loved basketball and wanted to play professionally one day.

Rodney always made the honor roll at Ketcham Elementary School. His mother expected him to be a role model for his two younger brothers, as his two older sisters had been for him. His favorite activity was watching professional wrestling—no matter what he was doing, “…he made it home to see wrestling,” his aunt remembered.

Asia, Bernard, and Rodney were each 11 years old.

Hilda Taylor was a veteran teacher at Leckie Elementary School, teaching 6th grade. Originally from Sierra Leone, she immigrated to the United States to create a better life for her family. Ms. Taylor was a mother and a grandmother.

James Debeuneure returned to the classroom as a second career. He was a 5th grade teacher at Ketcham Elementary School. He was known for arriving early and leaving late. Mr. Debeuneure was a father of three.

Sarah Clark began teaching in DCPS in 1965 and worked as a 6th grade teacher at Backus Middle School. She was engaged to be married. Ms. Clark was a mother of two.

Asia, Bernard, Rodney, Hilda, James, and Sarah are forever in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies remain with their families.

Team McDuffie with @mysistersplacedc at @target in Ward 5 supporting a bicycle giveaway for 171 children!!
09/10/2021

Team McDuffie with @mysistersplacedc at @target in Ward 5 supporting a bicycle giveaway for 171 children!!

Team McDuffie with @mysistersplacedc at @target in Ward 5 supporting a bicycle giveaway for 171 children!!

Congratulations to Desmond Barnes and Derrell Simpson on their partnership with Yes! Organic Market. Mr. Barnes and Mr. ...
09/04/2021

Congratulations to Desmond Barnes and Derrell Simpson on their partnership with Yes! Organic Market. Mr. Barnes and Mr. Simpson are the Co-Founders of “Heart of the City Candles”, a scented candle company, with its products available at all five locations of Yes! Organic Market in the District of Columbia.

Congratulations to Desmond Barnes and Derrell Simpson on their partnership with Yes! Organic Market. Mr. Barnes and Mr. Simpson are the Co-Founders of “Heart of the City Candles”, a scented candle company, with its products available at all five locations of Yes! Organic Market in the District of Columbia.

08/31/2021

The National Cannabis Festival was so much fun this weekend! One thing was clear: D.C. deserves to decide its own ma*****na policies, without congressional interference. It’s a criminal justice issue, social justice issue, economic justice issue, and racial justice issue.

w/ Kenyan R. McDuffie

As we approach the final days of #BlackBusinessMonth we are continuing to celebrate Black businesses and Black business ...
08/30/2021

As we approach the final days of #BlackBusinessMonth we are continuing to celebrate Black businesses and Black business leaders making a difference throughout the District of Columbia

08/30/2021

Here is a flash back to Councilmember McDuffie’s last in person back to school rally. We look forward to greeting students in person again. #OurWard5 #happyfirstdayofschool

08/30/2021

Councilmember McDuffie sends a warm welcome back message to our school community. #happyfirstdayofschool

Councilmember McDuffie joined Principal Berger and the entire Banneker High School community for the celebration of thei...
08/28/2021

Councilmember McDuffie joined Principal Berger and the entire Banneker High School community for the celebration of their new school building.

Team McDuffie joined the DC Bicycle Advisory Council’s Facilities Committee on an infrastructure ride where we assessed ...
08/28/2021

Team McDuffie joined the DC Bicycle Advisory Council’s Facilities Committee on an infrastructure ride where we assessed the need for biking improvements in the ward.

All DC Public Schools (DCPS) students and students at public charter schools participating in the District’s testing pro...
08/27/2021
Mayor Bowser and OSSE Announce Changes to the District’s School-Based COVID-19 Testing Program | osse

All DC Public Schools (DCPS) students and students at public charter schools participating in the District’s testing program will be automatically eligible for symptomatic and random asymptomatic testing as part of the centralized, school-based COVID-19 testing program.

Learn more here - ow.ly/D5al50FZFCm

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced that all DC Public Schools (DCPS) students and students at public charter schools participating in the District’s testing program will be automatically eligible for symptomatic ...

August is Black business month, let us know in the comments what your favorite Black owned business is in the District o...
08/27/2021

August is Black business month, let us know in the comments what your favorite Black owned business is in the District of Columbia!

Councilmember McDuffie visited KIPP DC College Prep today as they continue to mourn the loss of 15 year old Kemon Payne....
08/26/2021

Councilmember McDuffie visited KIPP DC College Prep today as they continue to mourn the loss of 15 year old Kemon Payne.

We all must work together to combat the culture of violence here in the District of Columbia.

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released a statement in response to the police-involved shooting at the intersection of Ne...
08/25/2021

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released a statement in response to the police-involved shooting at the intersection of New York Avenue and Florida Avenue, NE in the early hours of Wednesday August 25, 2021.

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released a statement in response to the police-involved shooting at the intersection of New York Avenue and Florida Avenue, NE in the early hours of Wednesday August 25, 2021.

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released the following statement on the tragic incident at KIPP DC College Prep:
08/18/2021

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released the following statement on the tragic incident at KIPP DC College Prep:

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released the following statement on the tragic incident at KIPP DC College Prep:

Washington, DC – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released the following statement:“I am deeply saddened to s...
08/18/2021

Washington, DC – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened to share that a 15 year old student from KIPP DC College Prep lost his life today. I send my sincerest condolences to the families involved and the entire KIPP DC community.

While we do not know all the details of the incident, I have been in communication with MPD, and understand that they have apprehended a suspect, also a student at the school. I also understand that an MPD officer was on duty inside the school and that that safe passage procedures were in place. I am heartbroken that so many of our children continue to experience this culture of violence spread throughout our city.

Collectively, we must surround our children with the love, guidance, and nurturing environments that they need to know their lives are valued. The victim, the alleged perpetrator, and the students who undoubtedly will carry today’s trauma with them for some time, are all a part of our collective village no matter where this violence occurs or whose child it impacts. I remain committed to working through every means necessary to combat the dreadful culture of violence permeating our communities.”

Washington, DC – Today, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie released the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened to share that a 15 year old student from KIPP DC College Prep lost his life today. I send my sincerest condolences to the families involved and the entire KIPP DC community.

While we do not know all the details of the incident, I have been in communication with MPD, and understand that they have apprehended a suspect, also a student at the school. I also understand that an MPD officer was on duty inside the school and that that safe passage procedures were in place. I am heartbroken that so many of our children continue to experience this culture of violence spread throughout our city.

Collectively, we must surround our children with the love, guidance, and nurturing environments that they need to know their lives are valued. The victim, the alleged perpetrator, and the students who undoubtedly will carry today’s trauma with them for some time, are all a part of our collective village no matter where this violence occurs or whose child it impacts. I remain committed to working through every means necessary to combat the dreadful culture of violence permeating our communities.”

Neighbors, Here is today's update on @dcpublicschools return to in-person learning for all students in the 2021-2022 sch...
08/18/2021

Neighbors,

Here is today's update on @dcpublicschools return to in-person learning for all students in the 2021-2022 school year.

https://mayor.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/release_content/attachments/Back-to-School-Updated-Presentation_08-18-21.pdf

Neighbors,

Here is today's update on @dcpublicschools return to in-person learning for all students in the 2021-2022 school year.

https://mayor.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/release_content/attachments/Back-to-School-Updated-Presentation_08-18-21.pdf

Join us this Saturday at Chuck Brown Memorial Park (2901 20th St NE) from 2PM - 7PM, for the 7th annual Chuck Brown Day!...
08/17/2021

Join us this Saturday at Chuck Brown Memorial Park (2901 20th St NE) from 2PM - 7PM, for the 7th annual Chuck Brown Day! #makegogoforever #longlivegogo

Join us this Saturday at Chuck Brown Memorial Park (2901 20th St NE) from 2PM - 7PM, for the 7th annual Chuck Brown Day! #makegogoforever #longlivegogo

Despite the tragic loss of DPR Roving Leader Ricardo Duren, his 14th annual backpack giveaway took place today at Brentw...
08/14/2021

Despite the tragic loss of DPR Roving Leader Ricardo Duren, his 14th annual backpack giveaway took place today at Brentwood Recreation Center. Many thanks to @dcdpr and the Duren family for continuing Ricardo’s legacy.

Throughout this pandemic, Councilmember McDuffie has championed an equitable recovery that addresses structural racism a...
08/12/2021

Throughout this pandemic, Councilmember McDuffie has championed an equitable recovery that addresses structural racism and supports residents & small businesses most impacted by COVID-19.

Here are some of his biggest priorities that were passed and funded in FY21 & FY22:

Throughout this pandemic, Councilmember McDuffie has championed an equitable recovery that addresses structural racism and supports residents & small businesses most impacted by COVID-19.

Here are some of his biggest priorities that were passed and funded in FY21 & FY22:

The Council just passed the final FY22 budget which includes transformative programs championed by CM McDuffie such as #...
08/10/2021

The Council just passed the final FY22 budget which includes transformative programs championed by CM McDuffie such as #babybonds, the Commercial Acquisition Fund, & @[email protected] computer services degree programs + unprecedented financial relief for workers & small businesses

check out this City Paper article on CM McDuffie's new Commercial Acquisition Fund that helps socially disadvantaged ent...
08/09/2021

check out this City Paper article on CM McDuffie's new Commercial Acquisition Fund that helps socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs purchase their operating space.

This legislation is a game-changer that breaks down structural barriers to access capital.

https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/527382/commercial-aquisition-fund-helps-socially-disadvantaged-business-owners-purchase-property/

check out this City Paper article on CM McDuffie's new Commercial Acquisition Fund that helps socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs purchase their operating space.

This legislation is a game-changer that breaks down structural barriers to access capital.

https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/527382/commercial-aquisition-fund-helps-socially-disadvantaged-business-owners-purchase-property/

Yesterday, our team was out in Fort Lincoln delivering water to senior buildings for residents affected by the water boi...
08/06/2021

Yesterday, our team was out in Fort Lincoln delivering water to senior buildings for residents affected by the water boil advisory. Thanks to @CMLewisGeorgeW4 and her team for helping to give out water as well!

Yesterday, our team was out in Fort Lincoln delivering water to senior buildings for residents affected by the water boil advisory. Thanks to @CMLewisGeorgeW4 and her team for helping to give out water as well!

Please help our office spread this information to residents impacted by @dcwater's boil water advisory.We are calling lo...
08/05/2021

Please help our office spread this information to residents impacted by @dcwater's boil water advisory.

We are calling local stakeholders & senior buildings and canvassing door2door to help distribute water and information.

If you can help us canvass, please call 202-724-8028

Please help our office spread this information to residents impacted by @dcwater's boil water advisory.

We are calling local stakeholders & senior buildings and canvassing door2door to help distribute water and information.

If you can help us canvass, please call 202-724-8028

Updates from @dcwater on boil water advisory:- DC Water is partnering w/ stakeholders to support door2door outreach w/ w...
08/05/2021

Updates from @dcwater on boil water advisory:
- DC Water is partnering w/ stakeholders to support door2door outreach w/ water
- Setting up a pop-up community outreach table at Turkey Thicket Rec Center from noon - 5 today to answer questions
- Water sampling has begun

Updates from @dcwater on boil water advisory:
- DC Water is partnering w/ stakeholders to support door2door outreach w/ water
- Setting up a pop-up community outreach table at Turkey Thicket Rec Center from noon - 5 today to answer questions
- Water sampling has begun

Neighbors, DC Water has issued a boil water advisory for the following Ward 5 neighborhoods. Edgewood, Brookland, Fort L...
08/05/2021
DCWater.com | Water is Life

Neighbors, DC Water has issued a boil water advisory for the following Ward 5 neighborhoods.

Edgewood, Brookland, Fort Lincoln, Woodridge, Queens Chapel, Michigan Park and North Michigan Park.

Impacted customers should not drink or cook with their water without first boiling it for 1 minute. The earliest the advisory will be lifted is Sat., Aug. 7. Visit bit.ly/DCWaterMap for map of impacted area. Visit dcwater.com for more information

Everyone's favorite water drop now has her own children's book! Come along as she leads students on a fun tour of the wastewater treatment process.

Check out episode 10 of the DC Democrats podcast featuring CM McDuffie! He discusses becoming a Democrat, his baby bonds...
08/04/2021
Episode 010: Discussing Baby Bonds with Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie - The Filibuster by the DC Dems

Check out episode 10 of the DC Democrats podcast featuring CM McDuffie! He discusses becoming a Democrat, his baby bonds legislation and public safety.

Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=538060087341209

Or listen here: https://dcdems.buzzsprout.com/1738849/8973502-episode-010-discussing-baby-bonds-with-councilmember-kenyan-mcduffie

On this episode of The Filibuster, DC Dems Chair Charles Wilson interviews Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.Tune in to hear how Councilmember McDuffie is working to advance transformative policy to give residents a better chance to get ahead i...

2021 National Night Out in Ward 5
08/04/2021

2021 National Night Out in Ward 5

Councilmember McDuffie secures Baby Bonds as well as funding to reduce the racial Wealth Gap, facilitate an equitable re...
08/03/2021

Councilmember McDuffie secures Baby Bonds as well as funding to reduce the racial Wealth Gap, facilitate an equitable recovery and reimagine public safety in the FY22 budget.

See full press release and spending highlights:

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