Every email, letter of support, phone call to the council, testimony, personal presence at the hearing including the wonderful drummers and the babies, made the difference. Each vote, from the Business and Economic Development Committee to the Committee of the Whole, was unanimous – because they saw your support!
Council Member Brianne Nadeau drafted bill. The Business & Economic Development Committee held hearing where 30 people testified, 100 people attended, 2000 letters of support were sent to council members. Date for hearing was set.
The Business & Economic Development Committee met to hold vote. The bill passed committee unanimously.
On 06/19/2019 , the Business & Economic Development Committee voted YES unanimously!
On 06/19/2019Consideration for vote by the Committee of the Whole is passed.
On 07/09/2019 at 11am, Committee of the Whole Passed Bill unanimously!
Once we get to this stage, Mayor Muriel Bowser officially signs the bill into law.
As the final step of the process, the bill is then sent to Congress for approval since Washington D.C. does not have statehood yet.
"You come [to Sankofa] as you are and you leave as a new person."
"So many of the places that were special to me no longer exist."
"I believe that change and evolution are good, but not at the expense of human life and culture ..."
NEXT STEP: The mayor must sign and apply funds to appropriate the bill. If you want to help us make sure Mayor Muriel Bowser does this, send emails urging her to do so by using the fields below. She will begin allocating her funds in October so it is time now to get on her list of priorities. You may choose to use The Support Letter Template or write your own letter.