Over 353 Washington Interfaith Network leaders packed Holy Comforter Saint Cyprian Catholic Church in SouthWest DC with both candidates for DC Council Chair, the most contested race in this year’s primary. Leaders demanded action on affordable housing, living wage jobs, transit, and legal defense for immigrants.
WIN secured public commitments from both candidates to make a significant investment in key affordable housing programs, meaning at least $300 million per year over the next four years; and to invest $2.5 million per year (or whatever it takes) towards legal defense for immigrants. This action helped to move the dial on key politics in DC.
WIN leaders also launched a full-throated objection to DC DOT’s proposed contract for the continued privatization of the DC Circulator bus. The current chairperson, Phil Mendelson committed to vote no on any contract that does not have WIN’ protections for workers in it, protections won in a hard fought 2016 campaign.