Ward 6 Member of the Council of the District of ColumbiaDuties: Represents citizens from Ward 6The Council’s central role is to make laws for D.C. It is also the chief policy-making body for the city. In addition, Councilmembers' responsibilities include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other entities of District government and responding to constituents’ concerns. (source: https://dccouncil.us)Term: 4 yearsAnnual Salary: $140,000 (approximately)
B.S. Biology, concentration in Poverty Studies; M.S.P.H public health policy
For more than a decade, Charles has worked in Ward 6 neighborhoods, helping improve our public schools, working with small businesses, and building our community. His years of public service to Ward 6 mean he knows and understands neighborhood issues in every part of the Ward like no one else. https://charlesallen2022.com/meet-charles-allen/
Public Safety: I’m committed to fully funding public safety. For too long, DC has depended on an 'either/or' response in which we could fund either policing or prevention. The solution isn’t an 'either/or' approach; it’s 'both/and'. We need to invest in both coordinated and strategic law enforcement to respond when harm is committed, and also directly in proven public health-based programs in communities experiencing gun violence. This means pairing accountability for harm with support, like targeted violence intervention, conflict resolution programs in our schools, working with crime survivors to prevent retaliation and break cycles
of violence, and offering people a better path before harm takes place.
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YES! One of our biggest hurdles to plan for full statehood is taking back our criminal justice system - the loss of which has severely harmed our residents. Planning for full statehood means planning to take back our Courts, rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes, re-establishing local control of parole and supervision, and planning for the successful re-entry of DC residents returning home to family and community following incarceration.
It will take bold leadership. I led a transformational Council effort that will help thousands of unhoused neighbors move into stable homes, make major investments in childcare, invest in proven public safety strategies, and create a first-in-the-nation monthly basic income for our lowest-income working families and neighbors. Housing for our most vulnerable will require the District to recognize the links not just to dramatically increasing the supply of affordable homes, but also people's ability to pay rent and other costs required to thrive in DC.
When harm is committed, there must be accountability for that violence to the person and community. The trauma from violence, especially gun violence, impacts many more in the community than just the two individuals involved in the conflict. I believe we must fund and promote data-driven and proven crime reduction strategies and ensure our police department is focused and ready to hold bad actors accountable. We also must invest in both reaching young people at risk of making poor decisions and ensuring our neighbors are successful when they return from having served their time — all of which makes us a safer and more just city.
On the Council, I have championed violence prevention and interruption programs. I have invested millions of dollars in funding every year into the Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement and the Office of the Attorney General’s Cure the Streets program. I’ve doubled ONSE’s Leadership Academies, which serve students in District middle and high schools. I also created a Restorative Justice Program at ONSE to coordinate and streamline restorative justice programs for emerging adults. Outside of ONSE, I created the District’s Gun Violence Prevention Director position to develop a city-wide gun violence prevention strategy. In the OAG, I expanded restorative justice diversion programs - in addition to traditional public safety programs.