Changing Our Ward Together

Ward 5 Residents Form Advisory Council

12 Jan 2012 11:22 AM | Anonymous

Ward 5 Residents Form Advisory Council

 to Promote Ward 5 Interests and

Call for a Moratorium on Marijuana Cultivation and Dispensaries in Ward 5

Washington, DC - On December 30, 2011, a group of concerned Ward 5 residents came together and formed the "Ward 5 Advisory Council" to ensure that Ward 5 would not be marginalized, overlooked or under-represented in the event Councilmember Thomas was unable to complete his term in office.  The unfortunate events of the past week made it imperative that this coalition of organizations and individuals move forward to form a collaboration.  The Ward 5 Advisory Council took shape to help bridge the potential void in leadership created by the resignation of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas.  .


Ward 5 has enormous experience and intellectual capital and we can govern ourselves in a logical, reasonable and cohesive fashion.  We convened this group to protect the integrity of our Ward and to minimize conflict.  Working together as a cohesive unit, the Ward 5 Advisory Council can fill the void in leadership and work collaboratively to ensure an orderly process in our Ward.


The founding residents envision a fully inclusive organization that will establish committees to monitor legislation, the budget process, and general constituent concerns during the period prior to the election of a Ward 5 Councilmember.  The Ward 5 Advisory Council consists of a broad base of Ward 5 residents and organizational representatives and current leaders:  community activists, ANC Commissioners, Civic Association Presidents, Ward political organizations, business and community development associations, the Ward 5 Council on Education, the faith community and public safety organizations.  Its task would not be to usurp the role of any group or entity, but on the contrary, it would provide a mechanism for all of us to receive information at the same time and to work together to seek resolution.

The Ward 5 Advisory Council will also provide policy input to the Councilmembers-at-Large, Ward Councilmembers and the Mayor, so that the interests of Ward 5 residents will be well served.


As proposed, the Ward 5 Advisory Council will meet twice a month to review and make consensus recommendations on other pressing issues, such as the “medical Marijuana” the upcoming DC budget, legislative initiatives in the pipeline, and critical bills that will have a direct impact on Ward 5.   Over the four months prior to the election, our goal will be to prevent Ward 5 from becoming to a dumping ground for projects and initiatives adverse to our health and well-being.  


The formal leaders of community organizations, ANC Commissioners and other persons interested in serving on the Ward 5 Advisory Council are asked to sign up and participate.  For more information, please contact: or call the Ward 5 Advisory Council Telephone # at: 202-681-5497.


                                                                                Hazel Thomas, co-convener 

Premier Community Development Corporation, Washington, DC


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