DC ANC 8E05 Commissioner
Duties: Serves as a member of
the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Commissioners represent the
views of residents of their
Single Member District (SMD). After deliberation and votes, the ANC
Commission advises the Mayor, Council and executive agencies in local
matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, permits,
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Duane A. Moody
What is the most important issue facing your Single Member District and how do you intend to address it?
How will you engage with residents to be an effective Commissioner, especially reaching those who are unfamiliar with the role and value of ANCs?
Is there a question you wish we had asked? If so, what is the question and how would you answer it?
As a concerned but informed citizen, I qualify to be a liason for my community, political leaders and government agencies. I'm presently a professor of voice, so I have years of honing on patience when working through problem solving for solutions. If elected as your commissioner I will work to make our ward truly equitable. Not only to the continued gentrification of our neighborhoods welcoming in new neighbors, but also to the citizens who have been fighting tooth and nail from a survivor’s standpoint just to try and make things work and seem as if they are OK.
Being that my SMD has changed, the demographic consists mainly of the few Black American homeowners we have, city-wide. From the few meetings that I've attended, one of the most important issues facing our community is the ususa cry for why there is so much crime in our neighborhoods. Of course when a community has been practically pillaged since our lineages inception in America, even with the few homeowners we have, the issue of crime remains top of the list. For at least 40+ years, the main concern is crime, but yet, no one has been brave enough to discuss and educate the 'why' in regard to so much crime, decade after decade. We need to address the 'why' in order to understand why crime still remains at the top of the list. And in doing that, education is needed to help citizens understand how policy, particularly system oppressive policy has practically pillaged our Black American communities to constantly stay in survival/charity mode.
In person meetings. ZOOM meetings. Going to neighborhood community meetings to make sure that my presence is known. I plan on having either monthly or quarterly meetings to keep citizens abreast to the ever changing infrastructure projects, commerce and environmental efforts.
Why is the lineage wealth gap still so wide in a city that is still predominantly Black American, albeit changing due to gentrification?
The lineage wealth gap, or what some may refer to as the racial wealth gap is still at a staggering rate, not due to the people not wanting to be a part of normal society, but because our elected officials and government officials constantly throw piecemeal policies in our communities, while offering more formidable programs west of the river beyond the Nationals Stadium. The only way to fix this outright plunder is through the same institution that created it, and that is government, and not through piecemeal policy. By that, I mean programs that are introduced to Small Black Business Owners that only offer amounts of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000, respectively that our councilmember has worked on for 3 years. That is chump change for a community that has deliberately been under the wrath of racist government policy that has yet to be repaired.
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