Forums featuring Ward 8 City Council Candidates in the Running for the April 28, 2015 Special Election
Please note: Because conditions and/or circumstances are subject to change, please inquire with the specific contact(s) listed below in advance of any given event to obtain the most up-to-date information available.
Forum events are listed in order of occurrence:
1. The organization Women In Politics will sponsor a forum on February 28th at Ambassador Baptist Church, 1412 Minnesota Avenue, SE. For more information, contact ANC Commissioner Theresa Jones (8D07) at 202-561-7318.
2. March 24th, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club endorsement forum, Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2458 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. The moderator will be Sam Ford, WJLA-TV reporter. Only candidates who are registered Democrats will be eligible to participate. Anyone who is a member of the club 30 days before this forum will be eligible to vote and a candidate must receive 60% of the votes to receive the endorsement. Potential members can join the club at http://www.steindemocrats.org/membership/. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. March 25th, Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, DC Federation of Civic Associations (DCFCA) forum, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School, 2437 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. Tom Sherwood, WNBC-TV reporter has been invited to be the moderator. The DCFCA will sponsor forums for the special elections in Wards 4 and 8 on its regular meeting dates (the fourth Wednesday) in March and April. You are encouraged to become a member of a DCFCA affiliate. For more information, contact the First Vice President, Philip Pannell, at email@example.com.
4. April 1st, Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Ward 8 City Council Collaborative Candidates Forum and Straw Poll, sponsored by the Anacostia Coordinating Council, Ballou High School PTSA, ANC 8C and other organizations, Ballou HS, 3401 4th Street, SE. For more information, contact the forum chairman, ANC Commissioner Charles Wilson (8A05), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. April 8th, Wednesday, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Anacostia/Bellevue/Congress Heights AARP Chapter #4870 forum, Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, 3845 South Capitol Street, SW. Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer and former DC AARP state president has been invited to moderate. For more information, contact the chapter president, Philip Pannell, at email@example.com.
6. April 13th, Monday, 6 pm, Emergency Ward 8 Debate On Violence & Returned Citizens, hosted by Washington Informer's Denise Rolark Barnes at Emanuel Baptist Church, 2409 Ainger Pl. SE. Questions will be asked by Clinton Yates of the Washington Post and Rock Newman of WHUT's Rock Newman Show.
7. April 18th, Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm, NAACP Youth and College Division forum, Union Temple Baptist Church.
8. April 20th, Monday, 6:30 pm, Washington City Paper. The debate will be held on the second floor of Uniontown Bar and Grill (2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE) and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Moderators for the evening will be Loose Lips columnist Will Sommer, Nikki Peele of Congress Heights on the Rise, and NBC4 reporter Mark Segraves. Doors open at 5 p.m., and space is limited to around 100 people. Send questions using the Twitter hashtag #LLDebate, and check back next week for audio.
9. April 22nd, Wednesday, 6 pm to 8 pm, DC Statehood Autonomy Candidate Forum at The Islamic Heritage Museum (2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE Washington DC 20020). Among the topics: Statehood, Budget Autonomy, Education, Seniors, and Housing. Moderators: James Wright, Staff Writer for the Washington Informer, Journalist Aaron Davis from the Washington Post, Anise Jenkins, Stand Up for Democracy in DC (Free DC), Lino Stracuzzi with the Statehood Green party, Sen. Michael Brown.
by Art Slater
After a nearly seven-year wait, Anacostia, and hence Ward 8, will be among the official showcases of D.C. history with the launch of "An East-of-the-River View: Anacostia Heritage Trail". The Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC), partnering with the Historic Anacostia Block Association (HABA) and Cultural Tourism DC, revived the once-flagging effort to restore to pride of place one of D.C.'s most dynamic and historically varied neighborhoods with signage along designated routes marking significant physical landmarks, cultural and commercial centers along with substantial achievements of Anacostia's residents.
In 2008, ACC Executive Director Philip Pannell and community partners gave before the Cultural Tourism DC board to advocate for the Anacostia Heritage Trail project and its funding and ACC provided outreach and refreshments for a series of evening community meetings to solicit community input and to obtain briefings and presentations on what it means to have a trail established. Materials for the Anacostia trail have been 2 1/2 years in production. Currently, there are 15 heritage trails in the District of Columbia, and only one trail East-of-the-River in Deanwood (Ward 7). Launch for "An East-of-the-River View: Anacostia Heritage Trail" is expected some time in mid-Spring of this year. For more information about Neighborhood Heritage Trails in DC, visit Cultural Tourism DC at www.culturaltourismdc.org. [Ed. note: This article was updated from the original post.]
Also, check out the story Heritage Trail Coming to Anacostia by John Muller in East of the River News online at http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/heritage-trail-coming-anacostia.
On a related note, Jane Freundel Levey of Cultural Tourism DC, our partner on the upcoming Anacostia Heritage Trail launch, will be giving a presentation on A History of Congress Heights on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center, 3500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC 20032.