Posted by Elissa Silverman on October 17, 2017 at 4:07 PM
I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened in the 5th inning of Game 5 of the Nationals vs. Cubs. To those who don’t follow baseball and the Nationals, I’ll move quickly to other matters. To those who cheer for our hometown team, I wish I could pass a bill to make sure the Nationals win a Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Maybe for next year.
The night of Game 1, I had the opportunity to visit Ward 8’s Excel Academy for a screening of Zero Weeks, a moving documentary about the need for paid family leave in the US. One of the film’s subjects, Kesha Scrivner, is a Ward 8 resident who is currently battling cancer. Her daughter is a student at Excel (pictured in photo). You can read more about Kesha’s story and ways to support her here. Echoing Kesha, people can’t heal if they can’t rest. And they can’t rest if they can’t pay their bills. More thoughts on why we shouldn’t get distracted with last-ditch efforts to delay providing paid family leave to District residents and workers are in my full statement from last week’s hearing online here. You can also watch testimony from the 10-plus-hour hearing here and catch the Twitter conversation here.
One other small note on the Attorney General’s decision not to appeal the Wrenn gun case to the U.S. Supreme Court: I agreed with AG Racine. It was too big a risk. But the Council can come back to this issue, using the Appeals Court decision as a roadmap. Along with my colleagues, I’ll do everything in my power to keep guns off the street. However, even the most restrictive guns laws have limited impact when most guns on DC streets are illegal but purchased legally in other states with much more lax gun laws.Read more