Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Basket Half Empty

In light of the budget woes the city is facing, a collection of about 40 affordable housing advocates gathered at the John A. Wilson Building this morning to walk the halls distributing half empty baskets of food to D.C. Council members.


The idea, said Martina Gillis, advocacy coordinator for the Fair Budget Coalition, is to get the city's political leadership to understand that low-income resients are "being squeezed by fuel costs, food costs, the cost of living in D.C." The group wants more city funds for housing, rental assistance and food bank programs. The baskets contained raw eggs, cheese, potatoes and sandwiches.


The group arrived at city hall around 9:30 a.m. and started walking the halls around 10:15, but they didn't run into too many council members. So they were forced to give the baskets to council aides, including (in the pictures below) Calvin Woodland, deputy chief of staff for Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and Jeremy Faust, legislative aide to Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3).



The group was determined to get members to listen, but Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), rushing off to a meeting, gave them a blunt assessment of their chances: "To be honest, I don't think any of this stuff is on the table in light of the $35 million" revenue gap announced yesterday.

"I could tell you what you want to hear," Evans said, "but that wouldn't be an honest answer."

By David A Nakamura  |  May 7, 2008; 11:18 AM ET
Categories:  Affordable Housing , Browse By Writer  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Camp Obama, Camp Clinton
Next: The Numbers Are In

No comments have been posted to this entry.

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company