Information and Statement on This Week's Demonstrations in DC
As you may be aware, federal agencies have provided demonstration permits for hate groups that will be visiting the District this week. These permits are for federal property, and District agencies were not involved in granting these permits.
I unequivocally condemn these groups, their messages of hate and their intent to cause violence and destruction in our community. The groups are seeking confrontation, so we are asking residents to avoid engaging with these groups. The areas to avoid include the Ellipse, National Mall, Capitol grounds, & downtown.
I understand how upsetting this is. The bottom line is: we want our residents to stay safe.
Councilmembers were briefed by HSEMA Director Chris Rodriguez, Acting MPD Chief Robert Contee, and Attorney General Karl Racine on the precautions being taken to protect our residents and neighborhoods, including religious institutions. You can find more details about the safety plan here. (https://mayor.dc.gov/release/mayor-bowser-continues-preparation-upcoming-first-amendment-demonstrations)
As Chair of the Committee on Human Services, I’ve also been in touch DHS. They have increased outreach to provide information on access to shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness in these areas. For individuals who decide to stay in the area (& not seek shelter), they are providing PPE and comfort supplies. An important number to save and share is the Shelter Hotline: 202-399-7093, which will be operating 24/7 this week.
I, along with my Council colleagues, will continue to monitor the events taking place. Below is a joint statement from the Council.
MPD has also issued a Traffic Advisory. There will be parking restrictions & potential street closures for you to consider.
Residents and commuters are also encouraged to register for important alerts from the District by signing up for AlertDC at alertdc.dc.gov.