Black voters are being silenced in the nation’s capital


We’re placing HUGE full-page ads in DC papers this Saturday to demand that the D.C. city council drop their plan to erase tens of thousands of Black votes. Will you chip $4 in to cover the cost?

Earlier this year, thousands of Black voters across the District voted overwhelmingly to pass Initiative 77, a ballot measure which would gradually raise the tipped minimum wage, which is currently just $3.89/hr, to the regular minimum wage of $15/hr PLUS tips for tipped workers in D.C.. Initiative 77 passed in the District with 56% of the vote, with the highest support coming from DC’s Blackest and lowest income neighborhoods.1 But the mayor and a majority of the D.C. city council are working at the behest of the wealthy restaurant industry to shut down Initiative 77 before it’s implemented, effectively throwing out tens of thousands of Black votes.2

That’s why Color of Change is placing full-page ads in DC papers demanding the mayor and the council respect the will of Black voters – and letting them know that DC’s Black workers deserve more than poverty wages. But we need to raise $10,000 to make sure the ads run in the key local papers–can you chip in $4?

We know that in the District of Columbia, 66% of restaurant workers are people of color, with 53% of them being women. Due to the racism in the restaurant industry, Black women are significantly more likely to be excluded from the highest paying restaurants3 and waitresses in cities with lower tipped wages are twice as likely to experience sexual harassment on the job.4 These findings correlate to comments we’ve received directly from D.C. tipped workers who describe the sexual and racial harassment they’re subjected to in order to ensure they’ll get a good tip and don’t leave their shift feeling like they worked for free.

This is why Color Of Change is placing full page ads in the Washington City Paper and East of the River this Saturday demanding that the D.C. city council respect the will of the voters and let Initiative 77 stand. 

This full page ad could run in papers across the District on Saturday. Help us raise the $10,000 we need to place it!



Tipped workers have already told us that earning a fair wage would provide them and their families with more stability and help them deal with rising housing costs in a rapidly gentrifying city. Currently in D.C., a worker earning $13.25/hr would need to work 91 hours to be able to afford a one bedroom apartment at the market rate.5 In a city whose residents are already disenfranchised in Congress, it’s unconscionable that the mayor and city council would ignore the will of the voters and throw out the results of a fair and democratic election. Tipped workers deserve better. The residents of D.C. deserve better.

Will you chip in $4 to help us reach $10,000 to place this powerful ad?

 Until justice is real,

–Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Jade, Evan, Johnny, Future, Corina, Chad, Mary, Saréya, Angela, Eesha, Samantha and the rest of the Color Of Change team


  1. “D.C. Just Voted To End The Tipped Minimum Wage, But The Battle Isn’t Over”, HuffPost, 6 June 2018
  2. “Majority of D.C. Council moves to overturn tipped-wage ballot measure”, Washington Post, 10 July 2018
  3. “The Stark Racial Divide In Pay For Restaurant Workers”, NPR, 22 October 2015
  4. “Why Sexual Harassment Rates Are So High In the Restaurant Industry”, CityLab, 21 November 2017
  5. “Out of Reach 2018: District of Columbia”, National Low Income Housing Coalition

Republicans … say one thing in front of cameras and continue to vote another on the floor of Congress


yep, just another rant …

The 113th Congress is long gone,but it should be noted they were “in session”  or “at work” fewer days than constituents … the people they seem to keep saying depend on the government “tit” for “entitlements” then proceed to vote against them and their lives … some Republicans call “them” their constituents lazy, though some of those constituents continue to vote against their best interests? I still cannot understand this.  The nonsense continued with the 114th and 115th Congress and now here we are with the 116th Congress.  We the people, are being governed by a guy with no political experience; seemingly no sense of real loyalty to what most of us call #AmericanValues, doesn’t seem to be a true republican or a person who leans left, he has said a lot, done little though the executive orders he once hated when President Obama was in office are coming at #WeThePeople hard and a whole lot of policies will be doing some damage in the near future … btw, can somebody tell this to trump voters. The trifecta he holds, aka our 3 branches of government, is capable of and has decided slashing, burning, cutting our lives to shreds,stalled CHIP and holding DACA/Dreamers politically hostage, once calling them #incrediblekids now saying on every platform possible that they are no illegal criminals murderers, they hold secret meetings making deals lest we understand or accept that all of this talk is not only cheap … The truth is being manipulated and what most of us know as the truth has officially become known as  “alternative facts”  … sigh

It should make Americans all wonder if $175K for members of Congress is just too much for public servants that work less than 120 days as members of congress,led by Republicans. Thing is they seem to think the rest of us need 2 maybe 3 jobs, deserve less social services among some other stupid things like less immigrant families though reports are that the trump administration has requested foreign workers for maralago numerous times a year ..smdh

Yes, breathe in slowly and slowly release your breath … be still, then repeat the process when needed as insanity in the News, and Politics begins to try and make viewers accept the trump era in “alternative facts” land put on loop mode.  The idea that Americans should just trust someone in the highest office or a member of Congress on face value is a joke but when you catch their work that looks like “performance art” seeming not only like they believe what they are saying but assume that no one is paying attention to their behavior on the floor of Congress because they certainly act like we all have amnesia every time they get a chance to be on cable TV.

So, again … Congress, led by republicans continue to say one thing while in front of the camera are planning take downs in secret rooms tossing their title of Public Servant down the nearest sewer which makes you wonder how we will ever pass VRA, immigration reform and other bills For Americans when a good faith effort is kept off the floor of Congress because of political competition and poison pill amendments added.  There was a time when we would tell the Republican Party they need to be more inclusive because trust, respect and future votes are not seasonal or easily earned nor should they be. Now, the current republican party has many leaving stating this party is no longer worthy … due to white nationalism or something even worse.

The fact is, in this era of trump we have seen a whole lot of  divisive behavior which makes a left leaning voter wonder, can Republicans continue on this path, continue to  get away with so much and not pay for it in 2018 or the 2020 elections?  Okay, stop and take a deep breath as we watch this current government try to take our country to the extreme right and as  you listen to Republicans, they act; remember (act) like they plan to be in bipartisan mode but they have shown themselves to be less than trustworthy less than bipartisan and their votes … Please check any and all republican members voting records! This is proof of how they actually feel about constituents that cannot be denied or overlooked.

Republicans have been waiting for a trifecta that allows them to vote and pass bills without hearings or much debate. So, It is important that folks call your member of Congress because the next generation is counting on us because climate change is real,Women deserve reproductive rights, the voting rights act should be permanent, immigration reform and a real jobs act is the American path toward Stability not Austerity though Republicans seem to keep pushing or that 2007 financial collapse just didn’t impact them enough

I want America to wake up, push back, and demand all members of Congress do the People’s business


Republicans see themselves as stewards of the purse strings in the House of Representatives, but it does not give them the right to toss #WeThePeople under the bus, who as taxpayers give them not only a salary but government healthcare?

Midterm2018 will decide what kind of life we all want our next generation to navigate through … please take the time to understand what and who is causing America to decline at this time  … The House holds the American #PurseStrings which is why Americans have been held hostage