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The District of Columbia Government is grateful for the support of foundations, corporations, and individuals who are committed to improving the lives of the residents of the Nation's Capital.

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A BOLD PATH TO STATEHOOD

Donate to Support the Statehood Initiative.

We are at an exciting and historic juncture in the fight for statehood for the people of Washington, DC. We have a plan to finally achieve the statehood, but we need your help to execute that plan!

Our residents fight for democracy around the world by joining the armed services but lack democracy at home because we have no votes in the House and Senate and are subject to the whims of Congress, which changes our laws. We pay more federal taxes per person than any state and more total federal taxes than 22 states. Two states, Vermont and Wyoming, have smaller populations than the District of Columbia, yet both have full representation in Congress and control over their own local affairs. In fact, the United States is the only nation in the world with a representative, democratic constitution that denies voting representation in the national legislature to citizens of the capital.

At the Emancipation Day Full Democracy Champions Breakfast on April 15, 2016, Mayor Bowser presented A Bold Path to Statehood. As part of the Mayor s Bold Path, the New Columbia Statehood Commission established working groups to advance statehood. This November, Washington, DC residents will be able to cast a vote to show their support to become a state, approve the Constitution, commit to a republican, representative form of government, and agree to the boundaries, which carve out a federal seat of government that includes Capitol Hill, the mall, and the White House. After the vote, the next step is to petition the new President and Congress to pass an Admissions Act.

The New Columbia Statehood Commission, with the working groups, is educating and engaging citizens across the District of Columbia and the entire country to help them understand and support the case for statehood.

To support Mayor Bowser s Bold Path to Statehood and advance the work of the New Columbia Statehood Commission, please donate today to fund this historic initiative and make DC the 51st State.

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DPR URBAN GARDEN EDUCATION PROGRAM 2016

The Department of Park and Recreation (DPR) is excited to expand the Urban Garden Programs into 2016

In 2014, DPR created the Urban Garden Programs to increase access, knowledge and ability around expanding urban agriculture in DC. Some of the Urban Garden Programs consisted of creating over 100 free garden classes, creating a critter proof and efficient community compost network, and creating a garden tool share. 1000s of DC residents have participated in these programs for the last two years. DPR is hoping to continue and expand these programs in 2016.

Currently 1000s of DC residents are experiencing various forms of food insecurity. 12.2% of all households in DC report difficulties in affordability and access to fruits and vegetables. This inability for DC households to get access to healthy and affordable food has helped contributed to the increase of many preventable health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, adult and childhood obesity. A significant way to increase the District access to healthy and affordable food is to support DC Urban Garden Movement. The DPR Urban Garden Programs are designed to expand and increase the success for the urban gardening movement.

If fully funded DPR will offer over 100 free classes throughout DC during the 2016 fiscal year from an urban garden certification course, a garden carpentry course, a master urban composter course and a summer class series of 50 plus classes about every aspect of urban gardening from growing in containers to mushroom growing. DPR will also maintain and expand its new garden tool share and Community Compost Network. DPR has set up 30 critter proof, responsible, and efficient community compost systems around the district manage by trained community cooperatives with the capacity for reaching 3000 participants and processing 30 tons of material a month. This is comparable with a small scale compost facility but with no carbon footprint and needing no operational budget! If funded DPR can continue to grow and expand this network. More information on Community Compost Network.

Please support this initiative to help increase access, knowledge and ability for DC communities to grow their own healthy foods. Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 to cover the cost of the teaching contracts, new compost bins, and new garden tools.

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ODR 2016 ANNUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS EXPOSITION

The District of Columbia Office of Disability Rights (ODR) will be sponsoring the 2016 Mayor s Annual Disability Awareness Exposition on October 2016.

With over 71,000 people with disabilities living in the District, it is hard to ignore the needs of these individuals, whether it is as simple as an accessible parking spot, or as complicated as navigating government assistance ( Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, 2013 Disability Compendium). This Annual Disability Awareness Exposition boasts a partnership of over 60 community organizations and agencies working together to inform more than 500 residents and guests with disabilities of important services and opportunities that enhance an inclusive community.

People with disabilities make up a significant part of our community. Thankfully, there are excellent services in the District. However, as anyone with a disability is aware, those services can be scattered, and difficult to locate. Too often, people are confused and overwhelmed when trying to find assistance in a specific area. ODR believes that people should not struggle to locate the best resource, especially when it relates to their protected rights in the District. This is why ODR and the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities host this highly-anticipated solution to the challenges associated with finding the appropriate service.

If fully funded ODR will offer the most comprehensive list of service providers so that guests can quickly get the help they need. The need for our event is growing and we need your help to expand the event. Exhibitors range from social inclusion, cutting-edge technology, and innovative accessible transportation to employment skill-building services and organizations with open positions. The exposition serves as an opportunity to unveil exciting District programs, such as Transport DC, and connect community members with providers of valuable technology.

This fall will mark the ninth year of this informative and celebrated event. Please support this initiative to help increase access, knowledge and ability for people with disabilities in our community. Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 to cover additional costs of the Expo 2016: equipment and refreshments.

Check out the Disability Sensitivity Training Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8/.

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