Environmental Justice Update

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, October 11 6:30pm will be a very special event with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, focused on the Fair Elections bill and related campaign finance reform legislation. More details will follow as we gear up this Fall to pass landmark #DCFairElex legislation to re-energize our democracy!

Thanks to our new Environmental Justice (EJ) team, headed by Nikko Bilitza, DC4D is actively engaged on two great campaigns: Put a Price On It (Carbon Fee Rebate) and DC Reinvest (divesting DC government funds from Wells Fargo). Sadly, we are losing Nikko to a great job with SEIU in Philadelphia. Nikko, a big THANK YOU for your awesome work; we wish you the very best and hope you return to your native city (state) soon!

Zach Weinstein and Eric Atilano, who have been deeply involved with both campaigns, are now co-leaders of our EJ team. If you are interested in joining the EJ team, please reply to this email.

Here’s an update on DC Reinvest from Zach Weinstein:
DC for Democracy is on the steering committee for DC Reinvest, which is a coalition of organizations working to both divest the DC government from Wells Fargo, and reinvest those funds in a way that supports the community and DC residents. The coalition was formed in response to a national call from indigenous leaders to divest from Wells Fargo for their investment in pipelines, and Wells Fargo also has a history of predatory behavior targeting low income consumers and people of color. The coalition is working with Councilmember David Grosso to pass a resolution co-introduced by 6 members of the Council, calling for divestment. On Sunday, September 24th, we’re holding a Divest Fest at Uptown Art House from 1-3pm, where you can learn about how to divest your funds from big banks and learn about some of the organizations doing the type of work we’d like to see the DC government invest in. The event has more than a dozen cosponsors, including DC4D. Click here for more information, or reach out to Zach Weinstein at zweinstein@workingfamilies.org (Zach Francis on Facebook), to find out how to get involved. 

Another special EJ event…
Special Community Dialogue on Climate Change
Leading the Way on Climate Change: A Green Investment Fund, Carbon Tax and Public Bank

Tuesday, September 26th at the Forest Hills Home, 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW at 7 PM.
Sponsored by the Ward 3 Democratic Committee
Panelists: Mary Cheh (Ward 3 Councilmember), Sarah Dougherty (Natural Resources Defense Council), Larry Martin (DC Public Banking Center), Mike Tidwell (Chesapeake Climate Action Network), Tommy Wells (Director, DC Department of Energy & Environment), Ruth Caplan, Moderator. RSVP on Facebook.