(Washington, DC) – On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) and the Commission on African Affairs (COAA), hosted their Town Hall titled “Know Your Rights” at the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Board Hearing Room in the Franklin D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs. This event was held as part of MOAA’s Community Outreach program. This MOAA and COAA initiative grew from a prior engagement to assess community needs and provide critical resources to address gaps in information and resources.
The town hall was organized in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. Speakers and panelists engaged audience members in dialogue on topics such as consumer protection, housing, public safety, language access, and the importance of creating trust between constituents and government agencies. Among the speakers were representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department, Mónica Palacio, director at the Office of Human rights, Delores Anderson, Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Office of Tenants Advocate, Sylvia Garrick, Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist at the Office of the People’s Counsel and Phillip Ziperman, Director at the Office of the Attorney General (Office of Consumer Protection). Over 65 community members attended the town hall discussion.
By providing information and resources to immigrant communities, this program reflects Mayor Bowser’s commitment to improve the lives of all District residents and set more communities on ‘Pathways to the Middle Class’ as they continue to contribute to the diversity and economic vibrancy of the city.