Join us tonight for a DC for Democracy happy hour in place of our usual meetup: 7 to 9pm, Looking Glass Lounge, 3634 Georgia Ave NW, one block south of the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro (Facebook event). Some of our friends from ROC-DC will be joining us. Invite anyone you know who might be interested in DC4D. We'll have information about our efforts with the DC Statehood Coalition and how you can spread the word about DC statehood at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, coming up toward the end of the month.

Living wage bill canvassing
In the past month, since the Large Retailer Accountability Act passed the DC Council, over 20,000 people have signed a petition or called or e-mailed the mayor to ask him to support the bill.

The canvass in Ward 7 led by Respect DC has been extremely successful: 9 out of 10 people whom canvassers talk with support the bill and sign the petition. Many call the mayor on the spot. Please join a canvass. Respect DC will train you and provide you with a partner to go door to door and talk with people at Metro stations, grocery stores, and community events.

Here is the schedule through August:  
  • Wednesday, August 14 - 4pm-8pm - Francis Gregory Library - 3660 Alabama Ave SE
  • Sunday, August 18 - 2pm-6pm - Living Faith Baptist Church - 601 50th St NE
  • Tuesday, August 20 - 4pm-8pm - Dorothy Height/Benning Library - 3935 Benning Rd NE
  • Saturday, August 24 - 10am-2pm - Living Faith Baptist Church - 601 50th St NE
  • Saturday, August 24 - 9am - March on Washington - meet with DC Statehood contingent at the DC War Memorial - north side of Independence Ave near 17th St SW
You can sign up now to canvass:

Finally, Respect DC and Faith Strategies are working with Councilmembers Vincent Orange and Phil Mendelson to plan a big event to demonstrate to the mayor how much DC residents and workers need this bill. Please save the date, Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30pm, at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave SE, for a town hall on the LRAA. More details to come, but mark your calendar now!

Keith Ivey, Chair
DC for Democracy