Marcus Goodwin to speak at The Palm Collective protest
WASHINGTON – On August 1st, Marcus Goodwin will join the Palm Collective protest to call for Congress to give Washington, DC its fair share of federal emergency relief funding and to promote police reforms here in DC. The protest will be held from 5-6 PM at Freedom Plaza where hundreds are expected to attend, Marcus will speak at approximately 5:45.
“In March, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans sabotaged the CARES Act to prevent Washington, DC from fully accessing federal emergency funding,” said Goodwin. “The next stimulus bill passed by the House of Representatives allocates DC the money we were denied in the CARES Act, plus the same amount every other state is getting. It is up to us to ensure Mitch McConnell doesn't get away with shortchanging us this time around.”
Earlier this year, every state received at least $1.25 billion — but DC only received $500 million. As a result, DC now faces a revenue shortfall and is drawing on reserve funds to get by -- despite paying more federal taxes than 22 states.
“I’m tired of being disenfranchised and treated like a second-class citizen,” said Goodwin. “In DC, we serve our country, pay our taxes, and pledge allegiance to our flag. Mitch McConnell does not seem to believe that we deserve equal treatment. I hope this protest will help bring attention to this important issue.”
The Palm Collective is a newly formed group consisting of local young grassroots organizers, influencers, and social justice advocates. Hundreds of protesters are expected to attend.