Over the weekend, I received calls from community members about their loved ones in custody at the D.C. Jail. There were concerns about the facility's conditions, allegations of mistreatment and inmate fatality.
We confirmed that an inmate died in the custody of D.C. Jail on Friday while in the facility's psychiatric unit. The cause of death has not been determined and we await the Chief Medical Examiners' report.
On Saturday, two inmates overdosed; one was revived by a staff member using Narcan and was hospitalized; the other individual was pronounced dead.
We take these matters very seriously and want to ensure that all residents have equitable access to medical treatment and safe living conditions. My office will work with the Correctional Information Council (CIC), which is committed to following up on the matters. I also wrote a letter to Mayor Bowser stating my concerns regarding the safety of those in our care.
Our hearts and condolences go out to both of the families of the two individuals who died over the weekend. We pray for their strength during this time of grief.
Councilmember Trayon White, Sr.
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This week, Mayor Bowser and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced that the District is seeking DC residents for referral to work ([link removed]) at the upcoming SOMETHING IN THE WATER festival, taking place June 17-19.
In April, Pharrell Williams and Mayor Bowser announced that the three-day festival will be held in the District on Independence Avenue, SW.
Residents interested in applying should visit does.dc.gov/page/something-water-2022-festival ([link removed]) . For more information about the festival, visit somethinginthewater.com ([link removed]) .
Once again, we want to thank you for your support and allowing us to give a presentation to the residents in your area about Lead Free DC, an initiative, whereby we are aiming to replace 28,000 lead and galvanized iron water service lines for FREE, at no cost to the customer.
We wanted to let you know that construction started November 4, 2021.
As you are aware, lead exposure can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead can damage the kidneys and brain and has been linked with deficiencies in neurodevelopment. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults.
To date, we have 112 of 145 identified residents (77 percent of the total LFDC eligible residents in your area) that have signed up to participate in the FREE lead service line replacement-but we need your help. We have called, emailed, and conducted door-to-door campaigns, but the remainder of residents on our list still have not signed the agreement. Attached, we are including a block-by-block list of customers that have not signed up, in hopes that we can count on your assistance in engaging with these customers.
It is not too late for residents to participate, and we encourage them to call our Lead Free DC hotline at (202) 787-4044, and/or email us at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) to obtain a copy of the agreement to sign. We’ve also attached a copy of the agreement to this update and ask that you please share this with your constituents.
Thanks so much for assisting us with this important public health concern, and please let us know if you have any questions.
Have you checked out the 2021 Progress Report? Click the link below and see exactly what progress Councilmember Trayon White has made for Ward 8 residents.
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Councilmember Trayon White collaborates with Manpower DC on their annual "Men's Day" program at Ballou.
Everything starts with the seeds planted in our youth. With water, everything grows. We spoke to the young men of Ballou Senior High School with our annual “Men’s Day” program. These are young kings and we have to do everything in our power to give them the gems they will need to flourish in our community and be outstanding.
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Garfield Prepartory Academy honored by ESPN and Unified Champion Schools as Top 5 Banner Schools in the nation.
Garfield Preparatory Academy was honored by ESPN and Unified Champion Schools as one of the Top 5 Banner Schools in the nation this year.
This is an enormous accomplishment and a testament to the efforts of the District of Columbia’s Public Schools in leading the charge to promote equity, educate the whole child, and empower our people. This prestigious award is based on 10 standards of excellence in social inclusion.
Congratulations to Garfield Prep Academy on this amazing achievement.
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The Well at Oxon Run Park Hosts Councilmember Trayon White and members from USDA for discussions on investing in urban gardens.
USDA met with leaders at The Well to discuss internship and career opportunities for students. USDA wants to invest in their own backyard to create urban agricultural hubs that would offer a pipeline for students of color to pursue more agricultural careers.
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