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30,000 Masks Donated to HU Testing Site

By Xavier Underwood Special to the AFRO Having extended the District of Columbia’s stay-at-home order until June 8, Mayor Muriel Bowser has been battling with a number of businesses and residents disregarding her orders. Bowser’s monitions for wearing facemasks when leaving...

Bowser Releases Budget Amid COVID Crisis

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] Amid the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the nation’s capital, with 7,434 residents testing positive and 400 lives lost as of May 18, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser released her Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Proposed Budget,...

Millennial Politicians Fight for Equity in D.C.

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] While the District of Columbia may have a reputation for having long-serving leaders such as: former Mayor and current Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7); former Council member Jack Evans (who served for about 28...

Meet Ward 7 Candidate Veda Rasheed

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray served on the Council before being mayor and most recently has held the seat of Ward 7 Council member since 2016.  While the incumbent has a resume filled with experience,...

Local Actions Taken While Science Develops

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] The nation’s capital is still suffering from the novel coronavirus with more than 3,000 District of Columbia residents having tested positive for COVID-19. Fifty percent of those diagnosed with COVID-19 are African American. Dr. Asefa Jejaw Mekonnen,...

Emancipation Day During COVID-19 Crisis

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] Despite the pall of COVID-19 hanging over the nation’s capital, where more than 2,100 people have tested positive for the virus, 72 have died (as of April 15) and with most residents cooped inside, the...

Vote Safe D.C. Campaign Launch

By Briana Thomas Special to the AFRO On March 27, the D.C. Board of Elections launched a campaign to encourage residents to utilize voter mail-in ballots for the upcoming elections in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Vote Safe DC initiative is...

Council Unanimously Passes Relief Bill for Residents

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] Conducting a virtual meeting for the first time in its 45-year history, the District of Columbia Council unanimously passed its second COVID-19 relief bill that will offer rent freezes, mortgage deferrals, further extensions for unemployment...

Mayor’s Top Aide Dies of COVID-19

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By Micha Green AFRO D.C. Editor [email protected] According to the D.C. Health Statistics Summary, 401 District of Columbia residents have tested positive for COVID-19, 106 people have recovered and nine patients have died. One of the local decedents from the deadly disease...

The Joint Center Commends Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Appointing Kemba Hendrix as Executive Director...

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WASHINGTON — The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies commends Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for appointing Kemba Hendrix as executive director of the newly established U.S. House of Representatives Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Kemba will...

Issues, Not Candidates, Drive Black Women’s Votes

By Donna Lewis Johnson and Micha Green Special to the AFRO On March 4, the day after Super Tuesday, the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) released its seventh annual report on Black women and justice at a press conference featuring a panel...

Allen Proposes Metro Subsidy

By Imani Wj Wright Special to the AFRO On March 4, D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) introduced the Metro for DC Amendment Act of 2020, a proposal that would give nation’s capital residents a monthly subsidy of $100 on...

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