April 2012

DC for Democracy has been working on the DC budget for three years. In Fiscal Year 2013, we are being offered yet another austerity budget reflecting the values of tea party Republicans. We face another round of budget cuts to important social safety net programs and a failure of political will to ask the wealthiest DC residents to foot their fair share of the bill. The budget is arguably the most important vote the DC Council makes, yet very few DC residents make their voices heard on the subject. We believe it is vital that the public be mobilized to press our elected officials to invest in our community and social infrastructure with adequate revenues.

DC4D’s Budget Committee, which consists of Dan Wedderburn, Dave Power, and Kesh Ladduwahetty, has worked hard the last several weeks to study the FY13 budget. Kesh summarized our findings in a short article on the subject, with encouragement and input from the rest of the Budget Committee, Angela Bradbery and Chair Jerry Clark.

Kesh submitted the article to the Washington Post Local Opinions section, and we are delighted it was selected for publication in the Washington Post blog and will appear in the April 29th Sunday print edition (Metro section).

Please click here to read “A tea party budget for D.C.”

DC for Democracy members can help the budget campaign by doing the following:

1) Commit to email and phone targeted Councilmembers in early May (we will provide information and talking points).

2) Join us at the Wilson Building on Thursday, May 10, 10am - Noon to show our elected officials a typical “Day in the Strife” of vulnerable DC residents. For more information, click here to view the flyer [PDF].

Please contact Kesh at keshinil@yahoo.com or 202-537-6768 to join the campaign.

DC for Democracy endorsed Kenyan McDuffie in the 2012 Ward 5 Special Election at its March 14 meeting. Following a brief Q&A with the Ward 5 candidates (in addition to our candidate questionnaire and a discussion among the members, McDuffie won with 87% of the vote.