Building a livable, walkable city means creating a mix of neighborhood amenities, like the spectacular Barracks Row, within minutes of your home.

Since joining the D.C. Council, Tommy has won support throughout Washington for his fundamental goal: creating a livable and walkable city for all. He brings the skill to forge the kind of collaboration that translates great ideas into real improvements. Whether bringing Ward 6 residents back to their neighborhood schools or creating the next generation of public transportation, Tommy works with the leadership and communities in every corner of Ward 6 — from the Southwest Waterfront to the H Street Corridor, from Shaw to Capitol Hill — to guide development that focuses on neighborhood needs.

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September 16, 2014 Media Advisory: Council and Mayor to Hold Joint Media Briefing on Emergency Firearm Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doxie McCoy (EOM) 202.727.9691;
Brian Moore (Chairman Mendelson) 202.724.7758;

Kouri Marshall (Councilmember Wells) 202.727.8272;

WHO/WHAT: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Councilmember Tommy Wells will hold a joint press conference to announce legislation that will address the recent Palmer v. District of Columbia ruling on the District's gun laws.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  John A. Wilson Building | Ground Floor Atrium | 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

BACKGROUND: The proposal will be considered at the Council's September 23, 2014 Legislative Meeting. The emergency legislation is the result of a cooperative effort between the Council and the Executive in the wake of the Palmer decision.


September 15, 2014 Join Eastern Senior High School Students as They Create a Culture of Wellness Eastern Senior High School students and volunteers, in partnership with the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens program, have cultivated an impressive garden and will host a Harvest Day on September 17 to highlight their efforts to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers for their school and community.

The teaching gardens program was created by the American Heart Association as part of an established garden program at Eastern Senior High School and funded by a $25,000 grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region's largest health insurer. The goal of the program is to help lower childhood obesity rates by teaching children good eating habits that they also can share with their families.  The garden program at Eastern, known as Mighty Greens, teaches students the principles of entrepreneurship and urban agriculture, sells seedlings to local school gardens and organizations, and operates a seasonal CSA.

About one-third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a recently published report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity in youths ages 10-17 in the District of Columbia is at an alarming 21.4% which ranks DC as the third most obese state in the nation for that age range. (

The teaching gardens event will feature student-led tours and demonstrations that showcase the garden to families.  Other students will work with a chef to prepare and demonstrate how to cook a healthy meal. District Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Yvette Alexander are expected to attend in support of the program.

Representatives of the American Heart Association and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield also are expected to speak to students and participate in planting and other activities.

WHO:  Eastern Senior High School, Washington DC

WHAT:  American Heart Association and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Harvest Day

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 17, 4:30pm - 5:45pm

WHERE:  Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003 

CONTACT: CareFirst: Sarah Wolf, 443-289-0509,

American Heart Association: Roxana Hoveyda, 216-374-5048,

Eastern Senior High School: Cassandra Bell/Rickita Perry, 202-698-4500, /


September 10, 2014 Councilmember Tommy Wells announces public oversight hearing on MPD's stop and contact policies and procedures

Councilmember Tommy Wells, who chairs the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, will convene a public oversight hearing on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 beginning at 6:00pm at Howard University, School of Business Auditorium, located 2400 Sixth St. NW, 2nd floor, Washington, DC 20059. The hearing will reconvene Thursday, October 16 at 11:30am in the Council Chamber, Room 500, of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. 

The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) policies and procedures regarding stopping and detaining individuals. Topics will include stop and frisk, jump outs, traffic stops, and use of SWAT-like teams. At the evening hearing, the Committee will receive public testimony on residents' experiences being stopped and detained. The hearing will reconvene the following week to discuss MPD's stop and contact policies and procedures on stop and frisk, jump outs, traffic stops, and use of SWAT-like teams; residents' legal rights regarding such stops; and the MPD pilot of on-body cameras for officers.   

"Before the Council broke for recess, I committed to an oversight hearing to review MPD practices, specifically the methods law enforcement uses to stop and detain people in DC," Wells said. "All residents should be able to expect and trust that law enforcement will protect and treat us all equally, safely, and fairly. Recent incidents across the country and the disproportionate arrests and incarceration rates for minorities--especially for black men in DC and elsewhere--demonstrate that we are far from that ideal and that no community is immune from the need to examine these issues."

The Committee invites the public to testify. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to testify should contact Nicole Goines at 724-7808 or, and furnish their name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 for the evening hearing and by Tuesday, October 14, 2014 for the reconvened hearing. Witnesses should bring 15 copies of their testimony. Testimony may be limited to 3 minutes for individuals and 5 minutes for those representing organizations or groups. If you are unable to testify at the public hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 27, 2014 to Ms. Goines, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, Room 109, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20004, or via email at


September 9, 2014 Capitol Riverfront Community to Remember Washington Navy Yard Tragedy WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2014)--Near Southeast Community Partners (NSC Partners) will host an event at Canal Park for the Capitol Riverfront community and nearby neighbors to mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic Washington Navy Yard mass shooting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The remembrance will include prayers, readings, meditation, and music to honor the victims, the survivors, and the heroic civilian and military first responders that acted to save lives.

VIPs and guest speakers at the event will include Vice Admiral William Hilarides, Commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and federal and District of Columbia government officials. The United States Navy Ceremonial Guard will support the commemoration with a color guard.


What: Remembrance of Washington Navy Yard Tragedy

Who: Vice Admiral William A. Earner Jr., USN (Ret.), Master of Ceremonies

Vice Admiral William Hilarides, USN

United States Representative Steny Hoyer (MD-5)

DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray

DC Councilmember Tommy Wells

DC Fire and EMS Department Interim Chief Eugene A. Jones

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where: Canal Park, Canal and L Streets SE


The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.


Members of the news media should RSVP to Susan Eads Role at or 202-905-8016. The event's host, NSC Partners, is a community association focused on the vibrant riverfront community near the Anacostia River and the Washington Navy Yard. The objectives of NSC Partners are to partner with other organizations to restore the Anacostia River and improve the environment, provide learning opportunities for those who live, work, play, and govern Near Southeast/The Yards, and facilitate opportunities for diverse neighbors to connect and engage.