From Councilmember Trayon White, Sr. <[email protected]>
Subject Rename Good Hope Rd to Marion Barry Ave
Date December 8, 2022 1:35 PM
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Dear Ward 8 Residents,

Thousands of residents signed a peition to change Good Hope Road, SE to Marion Barry Ave, SE as a symbolic way to honor Mayor for life, Marion S. Barry, Jr.

Mayor Barry was a transformative figure who spent much of his life investing in District residents and business owners to bring economic opportunities and prosperity to black and brown people. Due to the contributions made by Mayor Barry, both as a four-term mayor and one who served ten years as councilmember for Ward 8, DC made considerable strides under his leadership. Renaming Good Hope Road is a dedicated effort to remind people of his sacrifices and contributions to this city, specifically in Ward 8.

Mayor Barry's legacy to many residents east of the Anacostia River lives on through his youth jobs program, the face-to-face relationships with thousands of constituents, and the hope and opportunities he provided for everyday people in our city.

The people want to honor our Mayor for Life, Marion S. Barry, by naming a street after him. If you would like to speak on the renaming of Good Hope Road to Marion Barry Avenue, please sign-up by December 9th at 5:00 pm here: ([link removed]) .

A virtual hearing will occur on Tuesday, December 13th, at 10:00 am. For more information about the hearing, visit: [link removed]

In solidarity,
Trayon White, Sr.
Councilmember, Ward 8
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Amber Hewitt, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Racial Equity (ORE), released the District’s first-ever Racial Equity Action Plan ([link removed]) , a three-year roadmap outlining actions that the District will take to close racial equity gaps and measure progress toward a more equitable DC.

Residents can provide feedback on the plan by accessing the online submission form.
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A community conversation was held to hear from youth and youth advocates about issues they face in our city.

On Saturday, December 3rd, Councilmember Trayon White held a community conversation about issues facing youth and young adults in the District.

Members from the Office of Councilmember Trayon White heard powerful and passionate testimony from youth and youth advocates working in our city tackling these issues firsthand.

"We have work to do when facing issues of housing/homelessness, workforce development, and public safety," stated Councilmember White. "We must unify as a city and make changes, by adding funds to the budget and curing the issues holding back our youth and young adults."

Councilmember White is in the process of scheduling additional conversations to ensure that these are considered priority items for budget season.

KIPP DC and leaders elevated the voices of students and parents during public safety forum.

On Saturday, December 3rd, Councilmember Trayon White's Legislative Director joined the community meeting on behalf of Councilmember White to discuss ways to keep children safe in an increasingly violent nation.

Representatives from Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie's office, Deputy Mayor Paul Kihn, and DDOT Director Everett Lott all sent staff to listen to parents and students. Thank you KIPP DC for hosting such an incredible conversation.

CM White and his Constituent Services team responded to the fire at the St. Elizabeths campus.

On Saturday, December 3rd, Councilmember White and his team responded to a fire on the St. Elizabeths campus. The fire was at the old vacant barn on the property, not the Men's Shelter as initially reported.

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