As many of you know, the demolition of Building 9 right next to the DC General family shelter was put on hold this month after the Bowser Administration found significant amounts of lead in the soil right outside Building 9.
Despite 1100 individuals, 47 organizations and 8 DC Council members (including the Chair of the Committee on Human Services, Brianne Nadeau, who sent a separate letter) asking Mayor Bowser to delay the demolition until all the families have moved out, Mayor Bowser plans to start up the external demolition of Building 9 again any day now. 99 families live in the shelter still, including about 200 children.
Join us Friday at noon at the Mayor’s office (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
to demand justice for the DC residents who reside on the DC General campus.
To date, Mayor Bowser has not given any reason why the demolition has to happen now, before the families have moved out. The demolition is not in any way linked to her ability to move families out and close the shelter. We cannot imagine a reason compelling enough to risk the health and lives of hundreds of low-income, primarily black, DC residents. Yet the Mayor plans to proceed with demolition without providing a single reason for doing it now.
We cannot let that happen. Join us Friday (8/31) to tell the Mayor that the health and lives of DC General families are worth more than whatever pressure is propelling the Mayor forward.