Saving the children and keeping the public schools open was a key element of the passionate speeches that city leaders gave on the East Lawn of the United States Capitol today. Friendship Public Charter School will be the scene of a continued discussion for District residents tomorrow.
Less than 24 hours after Mayor Vincent Gray sounded the alarm regarding the crisis facing the city, DC residents came out to voice their support of the city leader and to express their anger over the government shutdown.
As promised the event today was both an informative point by point account of the dire circumstances facing District residents as the United States of America federal government shutdown reached day nine with no end in sight.
Gray will deliver a speech at Friendship Public Charter School – Chamberlain Campus to residents to clearly outline the unique and negative effects that the continuing federal shutdown is having on the delivery of key services in the District. Gray will also call on District residents to do what they can to urge Congress and the President to act to free the District to spend its own funds.
Gray said that as District residents suffer an unprecedented ninth day without congressional approval for spending its own funds, inaction by Congress and the President threatens basic municipal services and is already causing significant problems for the network of organizations that provide critical health care and other social services to some of the District’s most vulnerable residents.
Today Gray was joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to issue a call for an end to the District’s budgetary oppression. The speech on October 10, 2013, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“I am asking all of you to come out to fill the auditorium to let Congress know that we want to end this budgetary oppression now,” Gray said. Friendship Collegiate Academy Public Charter School is a public high school that was established in 2000 and serves students in grades 9 through 12. The Chamberlain campus is located at 1345 Potomac Avenue, SE. For more information on the school go to www.friendship schools.org.