This is a heart-breaking time for our city and our country.
We stand with those who are protesting the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing structural racism which it tragically demonstrates.
Last night, Donald Trump ordered the Secret Service and the US Park Police to attack peaceful protestors exercising their First Amendment rights in Lafayette Square, all so he could stage a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Trump has urged local and state elected leaders to “dominate” people exercising their constitutional rights and has proposed using the military against US citizens.
Hillary Clinton called it, back in 2016: deplorable.
Quoting from a recent email sent by DC Vote, one of our local DC Statehood organizations,
“The roots of DC’s lack of representation are planted in white supremacy…Today, our lack of Statehood is rooted in a desire to maintain control over a jurisdiction that is majority persons of color.”
Quoting from a recent email from the DNC:
“…this president has done nothing to heal those wounds. Instead, he has sown division; he has advocated violence against protestors, rather than condemning the racist violence that launched these protests in the first place. We will not heal as a nation through silence, but through justice, through progress, through activism and action.”
If you are protesting, know your rights and take steps to keep yourself as safe as you can from the coronavirus: wear your mask, don’t share water, bring hand sanitizer (and use it frequently), and try to maintain some physical distance as best you can.
President, Ward 6 Democrats