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Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
October 14, 2020 at 8:54 PM

Let's Vote!

NationBuilder Dear Friend, Election Month is here, and we are 20 days from Election Day! Let’s vote! If you are registered to vote in DC, you should have received your ballot at the address listed with the Board of Elections. If you have not received your ballot, first ch…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
October 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Voting, DCPS Reopening, and the Budget

NationBuilder Dear Friend, We are on Day 209 of the COVID-19 public health emergency in DC. I want to quickly cover ground on three big topics of interest: voting, DCPS re-opening, and DC’s budget. First, many of you have received General Election ballots in the mail. Tod…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
August 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM

End of Summer for DCPS and DC Council

NationBuilder Dear Friend, I’m not sure if it’s “Back to School” or, more aptly, “Back to School, But Still at Home,” but for those who might not be aware, our DCPS students start school this Monday. As Mayor Bowser and DCPS Chancellor Louis Ferebee announced a few weeks …
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
August 13, 2020 at 4:51 PM

Two Important Topics: Unemployment Assistance and Voting!

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, I want to talk about two very important items right up front: Unemployment Assistance and Voting. UNEMPLOYMENT My Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will be holding a hearing on DC’s unemployment assistance programs on Septemb…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
July 30, 2020 at 10:03 PM

Good Trouble

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, On Tuesday, I engaged in some “good trouble,” as John Lewis might have called it. While some of you waited in line to honor the civil rights warrior and American hero at the U.S. Capitol, my DC Council colleagues and I made final (for n…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
July 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Pivotal Moments

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, Bonne Fête Nationale! Francophile or not, we are facing our own pivotal point in history both with coronavirus and our economy, as well as with the fight for a more equitable city and country.  First, I’m starting a little schoolmarmish…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
July 1, 2020 at 6:55 PM

DC Paid Family Leave Begins Today!

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, DC Paid Family Leave fully launches today! That’s right, DC workers will no longer have to choose between caring for a loved one or themselves and bringing home a paycheck. Longtime readers of this newsletter are very familiar with the …
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
June 19, 2020 at 3:47 PM

Celebrating Juneteenth, Preparing for Phase 2 Reopening

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, Today is Juneteenth, the commemoration of the day (June 19, 1865) Black slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. For many, it is a day to celebrate freedom, the African-American community, and Black culture. This year, given the galvan…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
June 6, 2020 at 3:49 PM

Important Information on Protests and Voting Rights

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, It’s Saturday, and I usually don’t bug you on the weekend, but there are three urgent items that I feel are so important that I wanted to communicate with you today: the protests condemning police brutality around the country, and, spec…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
June 2, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Important Information About Curfew and Absentee Ballots

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, Last night was chilling. It was downright frightening to hear and see the almost totalitarian words and actions of Trump, and then experience its impact, by sitting in our homes listening to the whirring of combat helicopters and watchi…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
May 28, 2020 at 8:06 PM

Phase 1 of #ReOpenDC Begins This Friday

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, Yesterday, Mayor Bowser announced that she issued a mayoral order to begin Phase 1 of #ReOpenDC tomorrow, May 29.  What does this mean? Some nonessential businesses such as barbers and hair salons can serve customers by appointment only…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
May 23, 2020 at 3:11 PM

Vote DC! Ballot Requests End May 26!

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, There are only a few more days left to request your absentee ballot if you plan to vote by mail! The deadline to request your absentee ballot is Tuesday, May 26 at 5pm. Luckily, it couldn't be easier to request your absentee ballot and …
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
May 21, 2020 at 4:35 PM

Vote! Testify on DC’s Budget! Read the ReOpen DC Recommendations!

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, I want to highlight at the very top three very important events that have a major impact on the future of our city: Election Day, Budget Season, and the release of Mayor Bowser’s Re-Open Recommendations! First, Election Day! Are you a r…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
May 14, 2020 at 8:05 PM

Next Week Will Be a Big One

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, This is hard. It’s hard to keep this Groundhog Day pace, and it’s so hard to keep up with all the news around COVID-19. And it just got harder, as Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan of Maryland, and Governor Northam of Virginia all made diffe…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
May 5, 2020 at 7:51 PM

Why This Budget Will Be Different and Important COVID-19 Updates!

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, Usually at this time of year, my colleagues and I are in the thick of budget season, figuring out how to leverage your taxpayer dollars to meet our goals of creating a prosperous, equitable city.  This year is different. And because of …
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
April 23, 2020 at 9:42 PM

Legislative Updates, New COVID-19 Resources, and Virtual Town Hall Opportunities

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, Groundhog Day, that 1993 Bill Murray classic, used to be one of my favorite movies. Now I feel I am living it, and the consequences are much higher than determining if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and Murray’s beleaguered weatherma…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
April 7, 2020 at 7:30 PM

NEW INFO! Updated Guide to Federal & Local COVID-19 Help

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, I know many of you, like me, are experiencing some struggles going into Week 4 of #StayHomeDC. I am having to make significant adjustments to my daily routine, and I know that those taking care of children or sharing confined spaces wit…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
March 25, 2020 at 8:09 PM

STAY HOME, DC! New COVID-19 Guidance for DC Workers & Businesses

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, STAY HOME, DC! I know many of you have gotten that message loud and clear, and you are staying home. You are following the proper six-feet social distancing practices, washing hands thoroughly, and leaving your home only for outdoor wal…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
March 17, 2020 at 9:37 PM

COVID-19 Help for D.C. Workers and Businesses

Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend, This morning, the D.C. Council took emergency action to put immediate measures into place to assist District residents, workers, and businesses with the coronavirus public health emergency. Decisions that we have taken and will be takin…
Councilmember Elissa Silverman · [email protected]
March 13, 2020 at 8:45 PM


Councilmember Elissa Silverman Dear Friend,  This morning, Mayor Bowser announced more proactive measures for D.C. government to help our community contain the spread of COVID-19, the novel strain of coronavirus. These are hard decisions, and I agree with the mayor’s actions. The…