By Melissa Silverman On February 28, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly hosted a community meeting with the District’s top public safety leaders, who fielded a wide range of questions on topics from gun violence to opioid abuse and property crime. The forum was opened by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and attended by Metropolitan Police Department […]
Charles Allen Announces 2021 Brickie Award Winners
By Southwester Staff On December 2, Councilmember Charles Allen announced the winners of the 15th annual Ward 6 Brickie Awards in a live streamed ceremony. The awards, which take the shape of a brick, are awarded to Ward 6 residents in categories such as civic pride, public service and more. The five winners for 2021 […]
Pediatric Dental Van Comes to Southwest
“It’s been in the works and driven by the Nationals and MLB,” says Councilmember Charles Allen. “What’s that?” you ask? It’s the new pediatric dental van that you will soon see driving around the neighborhood. The Washington Nationals, the Nationals’ Dream Foundation, and Major League Baseball partnered together to fund the vehicle, which was then […]
Op-ed: DC Is Making Major Strides in Empowering Voters in Our Elections. And We’ll All Win.
DC, like nearly every governing body in the United States from city council to federal, has a problem: Only a fraction of constituents are engaged in their government. There are plenty of reasons why this is, but I believe one of the main culprits is too many people have lost trust that their voice matters. […]
The Brickies Honor Ward 6 Community
On Dec. 6, 2017, Councilmember Charles Allen hosted the 11th Annual Ward 6 Brickie Awards and community celebration. The awards are an annual celebration of the people, places, and organizations that make the Ward 6 community great, and were the biggest yet. Begun 10 years ago by then–Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells as the Livable Walkable […]
District Residents Can Now Purchase a DC Flag Flown Over the (State) Capitol Building!
Last week, I was able to hang a new DC flag on my front porch. Don’t worry, as a councilmember, I had one already. But now, I was proudly hanging a DC flag that had flown on the John A. Wilson Building’s flagpole earlier this year. I was proud to help shepherd through legislation to […]
DC Council Passes Law Permanently Setting DC Primary Election Date on Third Tuesday in June
Today the DC Council passed Councilmember Charles Allen’s Primary Date Alteration Amendment Act of 2017, which moves the date of all future DC primary elections to the third Tuesday in June, starting with next year’s elections scheduled now for June 19, 2018. As is common with legislation needing to take effect quickly, the bill was […]