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Save Our City
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January 19, 2004




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Save Our City

Updated News Advisory (New Location) 
January 19, 2004   
CONTACT: Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671
Barbara Lett Simmons 202-829-7957

Announcing: Save Our City
A Campaign to Recall Mayor Williams

Mayor Criticized for Ignoring Citizen Concerns about Public Safety, Health Care, Education, Housing/Homelessness and DC Democracy

WASHINGTON, DC-The politically diverse coalition, Save Our City (SOC), will file a petition to recall DC Mayor Anthony "Tony" Williams on January 20 at the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. Additionally, SOC organizers will be holding a press conference at Judiciary Square at 8-9 am on January 20.

WHO: Save Our City organizers and supporters

Speakers include:

  • Barbara Lett Simmons, National Democratic Committeewoman for the District of Columbia
  • Cardell Shelton, Co-Chair of the Ward 8 Republican Party
  • Adam Eidinger, Steering Committee Member of the DC Statehood Green Party
  • Jerome Brock, DCPS Teacher
  • Vanessa Dixon, Healthcare Now Coalition

WHAT: Announce the campaign to recall DC Mayor Anthony "Tony" Williams

WHERE: First Floor Council Chambers (New Location) Judiciary Square [441 4th Street, NW] 

WHEN: January 20, 2004 from 8-10 am

The impetus for the recall effort is Williams's inaction on five issue areas that DC residents care about:

  • Public Safety: DC has the highest murder rate among large cities and high rates of other violent crime. Williams has not addressed the Metropolitan Police Department's disrespect of civil liberties and misplaced police priorities.
  • Health Care: Williams supported the closure of DC General Hospital. Since DC General closed, emergency rooms at DC's private hospitals have been overwhelmed and the "replacement" hospital, Greater Southeast, was responsible for unnecessary deaths, lost its accreditation, and was mired in financial scandal.
  • Education: Fully fund schools! Williams's support for the voucher scheme in Congress flies in the face of home rule.
  • Housing/Homelessness: Williams is concentrating on bringing high-income residents into plush luxury condominiums, while middle and low income residents are being forced out of DC due to high rent and skyrocketing property assessments.
  • Democracy in the District: Williams has failed to live up to his 2002 campaign promise to raise $1 million to advance the statehood cause. By supporting the federal government's campaigns to privatize healthcare and education in DC, Williams has renounced home rule.

The DC Recall Process

Unlike California's recent successful gubernatorial recall, DC's recall process is structured differently. Gatherers must get ten percent of registered voters to the sign petition in 180 days. More than 600 people have already agreed to gather 51 signatures each. The recall question would be on the ballot for the November 2, 2004 election. If the recall is successful, then the mayor would instantly lose his job and the Chair of the DC City Council, Linda Cropp, would immediately become mayor, temporarily. A non-partisan election for mayor would be held 90 days later.

Save Our City is comprised of members of the DC Democratic Party, the DC Republican Party and the DC Statehood Green Party, in addition to hundreds of individuals from all eight wards, concerned with Williams's misguided policies. For more information, please visit the SOC website at http://recallmayorwilliams.com.

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