March 2013


Chair Keith Ivey joins other DC for Democracy members at our March meetup to give Mayor Gray our ideas on who deserves some of the $368 million budget surplus.

Keith

How do you get a $368 million budget surplus (projected to be $190 million in FY13 and $178 million in FY14) in a city where 1 out of 5 people live in poverty, 1,800 kids are homeless, and 67,000 families are on the waiting list for public or subsidized housing?

By having elected leaders with the wrong values and priorities, who are more concerned about making Wall Street bond rating agencies happy while too many of their own people are miserable.

DC for Democracy joins the entire Fair Budget Coalition in urging Mayor Gray to use $101.5 million of the $368 million surplus to make a serious downpayment on reducing poverty in DC. That includes $60.5 million for affordable housing and homeless services, $30 million for job training, $6 million for health and $5 million for domestic violence victims. We also recommend taking some incremental steps to reduce the regressivity of the DC tax code by expanding the property tax credit for low-income people and making sure all high-income households earning over $350,000 per year pay their fair share.

To learn more about Fair Budget’s recommendations, click here.

To email Mayor Gray to urge a FY14 budget that Puts People First, click here.

DC for Democracy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jesse Lovell, Communications Chair
Email: pravdasatya@yahoo.com
Phone: 202-236-2063

Monday, February 25, 2013
DC for Democracy calls on DC Democratic State Committee to hold promised 2012 vote ASAP

DC for Democracy sent the Executive Committee of the DC Democratic State Committee (DSC) a letter Monday calling for party elections to be held ASAP. Earlier this month it became known that the DSC is discussing a plan to delay (again) a vote until the 2014 Democratic primaries. If the DSC chooses to accept this plan, DSC members would be authorized to overstay their elected terms by nearly two years. DC for Democracy believes Democrats in DC must forcefully reject such an undemocratic solution.

Political parties in DC have important powers which extend beyond the party itself. The Democratic State Committee has appointed two interim members to the DC Council in the past two years: Sekou Biddle in January 2011 and DSC Chairman Anita Bonds in December 2012. Members of the Democratic State Committee were already serving beyond their elected terms when they elected an interim Council member in December.

The DSC knew well in advance of the 2012 primaries that their own party elections needed to be rescheduled. In accordance with a change in federal law in 2010, the District of Columbia was required to lengthen the interval between its primary and general elections. DC law requires that elections of local party committee members be held during primary elections in presidential election years (and therefore the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) rejected a DSC request in July 2011 to hold a DSC election in November 2012).

Arguments about the cost or impracticality of including the DSC election in this year’s special election are now moot. The DSC election will not take place on April 23. The matter at hand is preparing for and committing to another date this year ASAP.

DC for Democracy has called on the DSC to hold an election by caucus subsequent to the Special At Large election on April 23. We believe a caucus would be the most practical and affordable way for the DSC to hold a vote as soon as possible. Caucuses are used by state Democratic parties around the country to elect party officials. We have also asked that the DSC constitution be amended to ensure that future party elections be held in accordance with the quadrennial Democratic primaries in 2016 and thereafter.

DC for Democracy believes DC Democrats must insist their party do more than offer more delays at this point. A vote must be held this year, and soon.

We have asked the DSC Executive Committee to respond to our correspondence within the next two weeks.

For more information:
www.dcfordemocracy.org