Great family event starts tomorrow at 5:30pm in #shawdc – Family Movie Night at Kennedy Rec Center

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Family Movie Night @ Kennedy Rec Center. Bring a blanket & the family. Huge thanks to the office of Charles Allen for making this happen.

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Mayor Bowser Addresses Violent Crime and Guns, Holds Press Conference in Shaw

Mayor Bowser and DC MPD Chief Lanier addressed a crowd of media and neighbors to regarding this year’s spike in crime and to seek additional cooperation from the public.

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To incentivize public cooperation, the city is increasing rewards for tips leading to a conviction to:
$2,500 for illegal guns
$10,000 for a shooting
The reward for tips leading to a conviction for homicides remains at $25,000.
The Mayor and City Council are also exploring areas where legislation may be helpful to law enforcement activities (e.g. making it easier to execute searches when there is suspicion of illegal firearms).
The Mayor also touched on the topic of making sure that the courts were pursuing appropriate sentencing in the prosecution of violent crime.
Chief Lanier touted police efforts leading to over 900 illegal firearms being confiscated, and recent efforts to crack down on things like illegal gambling, and other activities that have been precursors to violence.
They said the cause of the uptick in crime is not due to any single factor, and that the motives of the shooters has been diverse. They said the bottom line is that they need to get illegal firearms off the streets and out of homes.

Mayor Bowser Core Team Walkthrough – Taking Stock of Residents’ Concerns

Mayor Bowser’s Ward Six representatives Frank Maduro and Seth Shapiro organized a Core Team walkthrough of our area, helping us to troubleshoot a number of problems.  We were lucky to have such a strong Core Team turnout, with representatives from District Dept. of Transportation (Public Space), Department of Health Rodent Control, Department of Public Works, Parking Enforcement, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Metro Police Dept., ANC Commissioner Alex Padro, and Jamaal Jordan from the office of Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen.

During the walkthrough we discussed trash removal, rodent control, broken alley surfaces, sidewalk trashcans, 4-way stop signs on 8th Street, parking enforcement, storm drain flooding, and the increase in crime along/near 7th Street NW, to name just a handful of the issues.  These city agencies are now aware of our concerns on a firsthand basis.

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We’d like to give a huge thanks to the Mayor’s office for organizing this Core Team walkthrough, and especially to all the agencies for coming out to witness our problems directly. We look forward to working with everyone on an action plan going forward. In fact, the Mayor’s staff have already followed up on several issues – thank you!

Volunteering at Bread for the City – 7th ST Location in Shaw

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Five (and a half) members of the Central Shaw Neighborhood Association (Ray R, Walter, Ray M, Lesly, Katya, Dmitri) plus a friend (Pilar) volunteered yesterday afternoon at Bread For the City. We were joined by volunteers from the Immaculate Conception Church on 7th & N as well. We participated in the gleaning program, sorting and bagging fresh vegetables that were donated by local farms and farmers’ markets. The food will be distributed to customers and families in need at the 7th St location and the SE locations.  Thanks for volunteering your time everyone. We’re looking forward to organizing more efforts like this in the future.

After volunteering we toured the 22,000 square ft facility. It was beautiful!  Bread for the City offers the following services:

  • Food pantry
  • Yoga, crafts and salsa lessons upstairs, other community classes
  • Medical and dental clinic
  • Financial services
  • Housing and furniture
  • Legal services
  • A sustainable rooftop garden

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