Yesterday was a big day for Ward 1!
Ben’s Chilli Bowl through a much deserved party marking it’s 60th anniversary. It felt like the all the community came out to celebrate with them, closing parts of U street off to traffic allowing for local musicians to entertain the crowds.
Yesterday, As I met with members of the Ward 1 community at Suntrust Plaza, there was an atmosphere thick with anxiety and concern for what today's events would hold. Today the District will play host to a group of White Supremacists, whose hate speech and attitudes directly clash with the values of love and acceptance we hold dear in Ward 1, and across the District.
Wow! What a night!
First, I would like to express my gratitude to the DC Grassroots Planning Coalition for hosting this event, to all of the wonderful Candidates who attended, and most importantly to you, the concerned voters who attended, supported and asked the hard questions of all of the Candidates.
As a gay man and a candidate for DC Council to represent Ward 1, I have found it to be my responsibility to explain the uproar over Uproar as it involves a community I align myself with, and a popular and thriving Ward 1 business. This issue is not only political but also personal. It pains me to see divisiveness within a community I love about an establishment that I have always considered safe and welcoming.
Last night I had the honor of attending a slam poetry open mic night hosted by Rayceen Pendarvis, the DC Center and Busboys and Poets on 14th Street. The event was entitled "Taking the Stage: Taking a Stand" dedicated and performed by survivors of sexual and physical abuse. CIS women, Trans Women, Women of Color, Trans Women of Color, Women with Disabilities, Allies, CIS gendered men, and the full spectrum of the LGBTQ community came together in a time of solidarity to stand up to the plate and say "Me too; but never again".