Mayor’s Budget, Candidate Concerns at the top of the hour. Black Coalition Against Covid at the 29-minute mark. Audio here. Video below.

Mayor’s Budget, Candidate Concerns

Candidates for DC Council At-Large discuss the mayor’s recently released FY21 budget and how it reflects, or doesn’t, their visions of the city in this Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

Mayor Bowser introduced the proposed FY21 budget on May 18.

In this segment, we hear from Marcus Goodwin, whose roots are in Wards 1 and 8, and Markus Batchelor, “Kid from Congress Heights.” Visit their websites for more on their backgrounds and candidacies.

Among topics discussed: the “Cancel Rent” movement, Universal Basic Income; gentrification, education, housing, violence interruption, support for local businesses, response to Covid-19, and what to do (or not) with the city’s reserves.

Markus Batchelor, with a “K,” kid from Congress Heights

Marcus Goodwin — with a “C,” GoodWIN

Black Coalition Against Covid

Dr. Reed Tuckson, a medical doctor with a multigenerational history in DC and connections to many health endeavors here, discusses the Black Coalition Against Covid: how it began, what it aims to accomplish, and the challenges today. Topics include networking with local leaders, neighborhood-based approaches, contact tracing, the SLAM COVID-19 poets against pandemic event, comparisons with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and more.

Dr. Tuckson, a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown Medicine, was DC’s commissioner of public health in the late 1980s. He has worked with a number of different populations on a variety of health issues and is active in various medical and civic boards in town and beyond, including: the American Telemedicine Association, Howard University, and the National Institutes of Health. He is a driving force behind the Black Coalition Against Covid.

Dr. Reed Tuckson

Additional References

See also “Police in Pandemic,” exchange with MPD referenced in this segment, as well as this neighborhood-by-neighborhood map.

Here is the INTERACTIVE VERSION of this image.
This one is from May 15; daily updates are available.

Published by vspatz

Virginia hosts Community Under Covid at We Act Radio, podcasts at, blogs on miscellaneous Jewish topics at "A Song Every Day, and manages the Education Town Hall and #WeLuvBooks sites. More at

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