At the Mayor’s budget engagement forums last week, DC Working Families joined our allies at the DC Fair Elections and DC Fair Budget Coalitions to call for a budget focused on racial and economic justice and equity. Over the course of the three forums, dozens of activists turned out to talk about the need for a Fair Budget and Fair Elections.
Our budget is a moral document. While D.C. struggles with an affordable housing crisis, development that doesn’t serve the best interests of D.C. residents, multiple education scandals, and an underfunded metro system, our budgets need to reflect the urgent needs of the people who live here.
That’s why DC Working Families supports Fair Budget Coalition’s priorities on economic justice, housing security, food access, healthcare, community safety, and fair taxes. It’s also why we’ve helped lead the fight for the passage of the Fair Elections Act, which will promote racial and economic equity in our elections by amplifying the voices of small donors, who are more likely to be people of color and women and reflect the diversity of the District. Full funding for D.C. Fair Elections would cost less than .05% of the budget.
You can sign DC Fair Elections Coalition’s petition calling on the Mayor and D.C. Council to fund Fair Elections here, and sign DC Fair Budget Coalition’s petition calling for a budget that says “No” to subsidizing Amazon and “Yes” to a Fair Budget for D.C. residents here.
The Mayor is expected to submit her budget to the D.C. Council in late March, and the Council is expected to pass the budget by the end of May. It is essential that D.C. residents make themselves heard on these crucial issues in the coming weeks and months.
DC Working Families Campaigns Manager Zach Weinstein at the Mayor’s budget forum on Thursday, February 22nd, calling for increased funding for affordable housing, full funding for Fair Elections and the NEAR Act, and increased taxation of D.C.’s wealthiest residents.