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February 7, 2022

Faith with National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens (NAARC)

KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE 

It is clear that we are at a crisis point with violent crime overwhelming our city. Daily headlines, notifications on our phones, and conversations in the community about incidents of crime are making neighbors feel afraid and unsafe. No one should be afraid to leave their home or go about their daily lives. Understandably, neighbors want police action to stop this trend and hold the individuals committed crime accountable.  At the same time, neighbors and advocates who have fought hard for justice reforms are concerned that their progress may be at risk; people are losing empathy. 

I believe in a balanced approach that includes prevention and intervention, as well as accountability, consequences, and responsiveness to stop the terror that is playing out in our communities. We need a public health approach that also includes coordination and communication between law enforcement, community-based organizations and our court system. Many of these crimes are being committed by young people who have no sense of any consequences, but are also acting out of pain, trauma and hopelessness. We must find a balanced approach that does not allow violent and illegal behavior to go unpunished and undeterred, but also addresses the root causes of children committing very adult crimes. We must get better at both - at the same time. 

We have resources in our communities and in our city that can intervene and surround our most troubled neighbors with mental health and other direct support services, while preventing them from continuing to harm our neighborhoods and terrorize our neighbors. But we must act now.

As your councilmember, I will fight to ensure our city agencies work together, rather than in silos, so that individual incidents are addressed swiftly, with coordination and an eye towards the bigger picture. Young people who commit crimes should not be thrown away, left to remain in cycles of crime, incarceration, and recidivism. They should have opportunities to experience transformation, and be able to use their experiences to make positive contributions to our society. We have seen countless examples of at-risk youth and returning citizens, when given the right interventions, opportunities, and supports, do just that. 

Our leaders must take the necessary steps to stop the harm AND heal our communities. Let’s not lose sight of the goal – healthy, whole, and safe communities for ALL of us.


Learn more about my position on Violence Prevention and Public Safety here

In partnership,

Faith Gibson Hubbard

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McKinley Tech students celebrating the end of the teachers strike in 1979 
Photo credit: DC Public Library


CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN OUR WARD
As we celebrate Black History Month, we recognize the rich and long history of Black excellence and achievements in Ward 5. The Washingtoniana Collection at  DC Public Library is a wonderful collection of our city’s rich history, including many photos depicting the evolution of our beautiful Ward 5. Learn more about the collection at https://www.dclibrary.org/washingtoniana
 
Faith with Mayor Bowser, Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5) and Trayon White (Ward 8), The Museum founders, and other members of the community.
 
NEW SHOE LAUNCH AT THE MUSEUM
Faith had a great time supporting a new shoe launch at The Museum, a Ward 5 business. The owners, Mohammed and Greg are lifelong Ward 5 residents, and we are so proud of their perseverance and success during the pandemic!  Check them out at 2014 Rhode Island Avenue NE. 
 
Faith is pictured here with Sara Mead, from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and
 LaDon Love from SPACES in Action.


DISCUSSING EARLY CHILDHOOD INVESTMENTS FOR DC FAMILIES
Last Thursday, Faith attended the announcement of $10 million in city funding for 1,000 new early learning childcare seats for DC families. As the Director of Thrive by Five, Faith advocated for this investment and increasing access to high-quality child care seats in Ward 5. 
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LET'S GET FAITH ON THE BALLOT
Team Faith was out in the cold, all across the ward, this weekend meeting neighbors and collecting signatures to get Faith's name on the ballot for the primary in June. If you are a Ward 5 resident and registered as a Democrat, and you'd like to sign the petition to put Faith Gibson Hubbard on the ballot, please let us know and we'll make it happen! 

If you would like to help circulate petitions, sign up below. 
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THE NEW YARDS SIGNS ARE IN!
Ward 5 neighbors, do you want a yard sign delivered to your yard?  Let your neighbors and friends know that you've got Faith in Ward 5!  Click the button below and let us know you want a sign, and we'll make sure you get one ASAP. 
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#WELOVEOURVOLUNTEERS
Feeling Faithful? Join the campaign! We love our volunteers! If you believe in the beauty and power of our community, join us to knock on doors, collect petition signatures, and phone bank with Team Faith. 
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SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN
Our campaign is gaining momentum! Faith is determined to knock on every door in Ward 5, and meet as many neighbors as possible. Your donation will help us spread the word. The next filing deadline is March 10th. Faith is proud to have a campaign that is people-powered, and fueled by neighbors just like you. Thanks to the city's Fair Elections program, all DC resident donations are matched 5 to 1. The maximum donation is $50. Please consider making a donation today. Every penny counts, and we appreciate your support.
 
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#ICYMI - Check out Faith's first campaign video!
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