Thank you to everyone who joined our annual holiday party on Saturday, December 9! Despite the first winter snow, the party was warm with friendship and cheer. DC4D members both new and old gathered around food, drinks, and excited conversations reflecting on 2017 and the year ahead. We also raised nearly $1,400, money which helps to ensure DC4D can continue to host monthly meetups and provide food at venues without food service. Thank you to all of our generous donors!
We gave out four 2017 Jerry N. Clark Civic Super-hero Awards (named for our distinguished former Chair and long-time progressive activist) to the following deserving members:
- Elinor Hart – Lifetime Achievement. Elinor has been a leader in the movements for Statehood and Affordable Housing for many decades. Recently, she has led DC4D’s efforts to preserve and expand rent control, and almost single-handedly organized a very successful event on de-federalizing DC’s criminal justice system (particularly the parole system), bringing together statehood advocates and criminal justice reform advocates.
- Jesse Lovell – All-Rounder. Jesse has been active in almost every DC4D activity this year, and that’s pretty typical. He is indispensable to the statehood movement, serves as our representative in the Fair Budget Coalition and clocked more hours canvassing in VA than we can count.
- Erin Palmer, Eric Atilano, Adrian, Mateo & Javi – Outstanding Family. They are everywhere! Organizing Kids’ Lobby Days for Paid Family Leave, testifying for Fair Elections, leading the charge at immigrant rights rallies, advocating for the DCReinvest campaign, and doing a ton of social service events in their community.
- Dexter Williams – Fair Elections Champion. Dex led the Fair Elections campaign in Ward 7 and lined up the support of long-time community leaders in the ward, including the late Ed Potillo. He has also emerged as a leading spokesperson for the campaign and is a member of the coalition’s steering committee.
Congratulations to all our 2017 Civic Super-heroes!
And a sincere thank you to the Steering Committee members who worked to make the event a big success: Roy Harrison, Keith Ivey, Andrea Rosen, Zach Schalk, Jonathan Silverman, Noah Van Gilder, Dan Wedderburn and Andra Wicks.