Mayor Bowser’s proposed budget makes cuts to important social service programs and public health resources while adding $18.5 million to the DC police department, which already has a budget of over half a billion dollars. The budget is now in the hands of the D.C. Council and they need to hear from you!

You can take action by providing written, voicemail or video testimony to the Committee on the Judiciary by close of business on Tuesday, June 16.

Ask the Council to divest from D.C. police and reallocate funds to public health priorities like community-based violence interruption and trauma services, school-based mental health counselors, reentry services, and housing.

  • Email written testimony to Indicate that your email is testimony in the subject line.
  • Leave voicemail testimony at 202-350-1362. Follow the instructions on the recording.
  • To provide video testimony, upload a 3-minute or less long video to the Committee's Dropbox folder using a mobile or desktop device by following the instructions here.

    (The deadline to request to provide live testimony via Zoom during the June 15 hearing was close of business June 11.)

All testimony received will be made part of the official record and uploaded on the Council’s and Council Budget Office’s website. The hearing record will close June 16, 2020.