From Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. <[email protected]>
Subject Domestic Violence Is A Part of Public Safety
Date October 14, 2022 1:59 PM
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Dear Ward 8 Residents,

On Wednesday, October 12th, I held a Public Safety ([link removed]) community tele-townhall meeting. The panel included representatives from the DC Metropolitan Police Department, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, Violence Interrupters, and the Office of Gun Violence Prevention.

It was a fruitful conversation where my staff and I gained more insight into public safety matters affecting Ward 8 residents. We discussed the city-wide safety plan, enhancement laws on ghost guns, what resources to take against nuisance properties, violence interruption techniques and much more.

This discussion is a part of more extensive dialogue and plans to reduce violence in our communities. Any injustice to residents is not tolerable in our community and we want to stand against that at all costs.

As a city, we will continue to address violence as a public health issue. October is national domestic violence awareness month and we know that domestic violence is a part of our public safety concerns just as much as gun violence. I encourage more community conversations on ways to get involved in supporting at-risk residents with wrap-around services. Additionally, I will work with agency leaders and our District's government to reduce the violence in our communities.

I appreciate the hundreds of residents that joined the conversation. Please get in touch with our office on ways to get involved in our committees and community outreach opportunities as we work to increase public safety in our Ward.

Trayon White, Sr.
Councilmember, Ward 8

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Recap of Public Safety Meeting Held on 10/12/2022
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Mayor Bowser to Recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Cut Ribbon on New Domestic Violence Shelter.

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, October 13 at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) will cut the ribbon on a new Domestic Violence Shelter, Sanctuary II. My Sister’s Place, through funding from OVSJG, acquired the new space earlier this year and will manage services at the shelter.

The shelter will have six new apartment style units, including larger units that can accommodate large families. While at the shelter, survivors of domestic violence will receive counseling, individual case management, and referrals to other supportive services. Families spend between 3-6 months at the shelter before moving to transitional housing. The shelter will strive to be a model in providing low-barrier and wrap-around services for domestic violence victims and their families.
Join Councilmember Trayon White Sr., alongside community partners for a 10-mile bike ride around the great Ward 8.
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2nd Annual Ward 8 Trunk & Treat
Saturday, October 29, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm

Oxon Run Park
On the corner of Wheeler Rd SE & Valley Ave SE
Washington DC 20020
On the field near the basketball courts

* Game truck
* Bounce house
* Hayrides
* Facepainting
* Food, drinks, concession snacks and
* Live performances

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Ward 8 Trunk & Treat community event in partnership with Bullying is Not Dope.

Trunk & Treat is a free and safe alternative to the regular trick-or-treating we see during Halloween, allowing children to walk from vehicle to vehicle to collect candy and snacks along the way.

We invite residents, community leaders, and business owners to join in the festivities by entering their decorated vehicles into the Trunk & Treat event. You may also support this event by making a charitable donation to to activity safe for families.
Enter Your Car For Trunk & Treat:

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** Monkeypox Vaccine Updates

October 11, 2022

** DC Health Merges Monkeypox Clinics with Ward 2, Ward 3 and Ward 8 COVID Centers

Today, DC Health announced that beginning Saturday, October 15, the District’s three Monkeypox Clinics will merge and collocate with the COVID Centers in Wards 2, 3 and 8. The monkeypox vaccine will continue to be available for first and second doses without an appointment at these three Health Service Centers.

DC Health has been able to take this step because of the District’s current success in countering the monkeypox outbreak. However, DC Health continues to encourage all eligible individuals to receive the monkeypox vaccine in order to maintain this trend and eliminate monkeypox in the District. To date, DC Health has administered more than 36,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine.

New DC Health Service Center locations and hours:
Ward 2 926 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004 Monday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
Ward 3 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015 Monday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
Ward 8 3640 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20032 Monday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Those eligible for the monkeypox vaccine include individuals who meet one of the following criteria:
* All people, of any sexual orientation or gender, who have had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks, including those currently considered highest risk: gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, transgender men, and transgender women; or
* Men who have sex with men who are non-monogamous (pre-exposure prophylaxis); or
* Sex workers (of any sexual orientation or gender); or
* Staff (of any sexual orientation or gender) at establishments where sexual activity occurs (e.g., bathhouses, saunas, sex clubs).
* People of any sexual orientation or gender who:
+ Are living with HIV/AIDS or have been diagnosed with any sexually transmitted infection in the past three months.

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** Celebrate the End of Hispanic Heritage Month with DC Public Library!
Hispanic Heritage Month, Mes de la Herencia Hispana

As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close we are grateful to everyone who chose to celebrate with us. The month was full of exciting moments of learning and exploration with traditional craft workshops, author talks, live music, book clubs and most of all - fun! This weekend we invite you to celebrate the end of Hispanic Heritage Month with the DC Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Luis Garay

Takoma Park Library | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Takoma Park Library will have activities and programs that honor and celebrate the many contributions of the Hispanic community to life in the DMV. Enjoy crafts, refreshments and more capped off by an engaging musical performance by a duo from Luis Caray Percussion World at 3 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of the Takoma Park Library.

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Gabriel Guzman Garcia

Mt. Pleasant Library | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Library is celebrating the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month with a full day of festivities, including traditional Mexican stories and songs with Gabriel Guzmán, a free coloring book made by the artists of Galería del Barrio, carnival games, Spanish storytime and Colombian cumbia dance class with live music!

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MLK Concert Performers Cumbria Heights and Laura Luv

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library | 4 - 5 p.m.

In collaboration with the Mars Arts DC Program ([link removed]) , the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is excited to present alternative tropical band Cumbia Heights ([link removed]) and singer-songwriter Laura Luv
([link removed]) for a concert celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture. Both music groups, who are local to Washington D.C., represent a broad spectrum of musical genres and as Cumbia Heights says, “Dancing guaranteed.”

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Bill 24-0946 ([link removed]) the “Eliminating Restrictive and Segregated Enclosures (“ERASE”) Solitary Confinement Act of 2022”

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Councilmember Trayon White joined Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Vincent Gray, Universal Health Services, GW Health and residents, for a ribbon cutting celebration at the new Cedar Hill Urgent Care Facility in Ward 8.

This facility is located at 2228 MLK JR. Ave SE and opens its doors on Monday, October 10th from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week.

Today, Councilmember White along with our government officials have made good on their promise to bring accessible healthcare to the east end.

This facility, and the updated plans to expand the size of the new hospital, Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center, share Councilmember White’s vision of healthcare equity.

The urgent care center will meet the immediate medical needs of residents who need to see a provider for minor sprains and strains, falls, minor cuts, mild to moderate asthma, colds, flu-like symptoms, burns and so much more.

The urgent care center is an excellent addition to Ward 8 and will provide the medical care that residents deserve.

At least six male youths were shot and injured in Washington, DC, in a span of less than 24 hours, according to authorities. These shootings occurred between midday on Sunday and midday on Monday.

By Monday afternoon, the victims were alert and breathing normally. No juvenile victims’ names have been made public and no arrests have been made.
D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) remarked, “I’m always dismayed anytime I see somebody shot in our city, especially when it’s kids,” and he advocated for additional funding of wraparound services for families, including as after-school programs. It’s not enough that we’re not doing more to foster the future of our children and our neighborhoods.

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A new urgent care center that opened Monday in Ward 8 is the first step in a larger effort to bring a comprehensive health care system east of the Anacostia River.

The big picture: D.C. has put $375 million toward upgrading health care services in wards 7 and 8, aimed at targeting health disparities in the predominantly Black, underserved wards where more than 154,000 residents live.
* The new, $1.8 million Cedar Hill Urgent Care Facility, named in a nod toward Frederick Douglass' nearby estate ([link removed]) , is just one piece of the plan ([link removed]) .
* It's the only urgent care in that area serving adults.

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In light of the changing college sports landscape with student-athletes able to make money off of their athletic images and sports agents playing a larger role in negotiating and managing those contracts, the D.C. Council has pending legislation regulating those areas.

D.C. Council member Christina Henderson (I-At Large) serves as the chief sponsor of the bill, the College Student Athlete Compensation Amendment Act of 2021.

“My bill would allow student athletes in the District to be compensated for NIL ("name, image, and likeness") activity, set boundaries on the types of products or activities that athletes may endorse, enables universities to set reasonable rules around NIL activity and protect intellectual property, updates the athletes’ agent statute requirements, and maintains prohibitions on pay-for play or performance as well as payments to induce attendance at a particular school,” Henderson said in her Sept. 29 e-newsletter to District residents.

Henderson’s bill has the support of Council members Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8), Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5), Brooke Pinto (D-Ward 2), Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1) and Janeese Lewis George (D-Ward 4). The bill sits in the Committee of the Whole, chaired by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D). A hearing on the bill occurred on Sept. 28.

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