We are outraged by the violent extremist attacks on the U.S. Capitol today that aimed to subvert our sacred democratic processes and principles.
Our first concern is for the health and safety of our community and our fellow Washingtonians, especially when so many are already suffering the consequences of a failed response to COVID-19. Many in Penn Branch have dedicated their lives to public service, and we stand in solidarity with those brave civil servants and elected officials working now to ensure our democratic procedures continue and the will of the American people is upheld.
Though these abhorrent events happened just blocks away from our community, they could not be farther from the values we stand for in Penn Branch. We cherish democracy, justice, peace, and unity. We abide by the U.S. Constitution, the law, and the agreements we have adopted as a community. We believe in truthfulness and public debate informed by verifiable facts. We respect each other and resolve disagreements peacefully through dialogue.
Today’s violence is the predictable outcome of years of anti-democratic escalation by national leaders and some of their supporters. The attacks, the unacceptable incitement that preceded them, and the woefully inadequate response were fueled in-part by longstanding injustices in the United States.
Systemic racism undermines democracy and must be fully dismantled if our country is to live up to its founding ideals and thrive. Civil society organizations, including ours, have an important role to play in perfecting our union. We pledge to work with all of you to find the best ways to carry-out this responsibility.
We call on all community associations in the District of Columbia and nationwide to speak-out in defense of our democracy and join our community in taking action to address these existential challenges.
This week we are sad to report the loss of two long-time Penn Branch residents:
•On December 30th, Mr. Charles G. Dorse, Sr. of Highwood Drive passed away¬.
Mr. Dorsey and his wife Joe have been residents of Penn Branch for over 40 years. In addition to being actively involved in the community, Mr. Dorsey was known for knocking on neighbors’ doors every New Year’s morning with a hug and Happy New Year greeting. This year, his son, Charles Jr., knocked on doors and said he knows his father would want the tradition to continue.
• Robert “Bobby Chandler” Jr. passed away on January 5th after a long illness. Bobby grew up in Penn Branch and returned to our neighborhood two years ago.
Our new executive board members were officially sworn in by ANC 7B representative D.L. Humphrey during the final Penn Branch Community Association (PBCA) meeting of 2020. This is our largest incoming cohort, comprised of new and past board members, under the rules of our newly-adopted association bylaws.
Our incoming executive board members are (from top left): Stan Benton, President, Kyle Murphy, 1st Vice President; Dr. Cicily Hampton, 2nd Vice President; Mohammed Williams, Treasurer; Paul Grant, Communications Director; Marie Fritz, Recording Secretary; and Natiya Curtis, Parliamentarian.
We gained excellent input from you beginning with our March meeting, during the virtual question and answer sessions we held on August 29 and September 12, in our September General Body Meeting, and in the e-mail exchanges and telephone conversations we had throughout that time. We worked to incorporate as much of your ideas and feedback as possible, which is reflected in the attached updated Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws (and at https://pennbranchdc.org/pbcca-bylaws/).
We also discussed and gathered your input on updating the association’s name. We conducted a Survey on the issue that showed a large majority (more than 3/4 of respondents) of you wished to update our name to the Penn Branch Community Association. As such, that is reflected in the updated documents.
After incorporating your final inputs, we submitted the updated drafts to our pro bono outside counsel at Latham & Watkins for a final legal review. They reviewed the documents, affirmed our changes, and certified that they are legally sound under all applicable Federal and city statutes. The Board has reviewed the final updated Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and voted unanimously to bring them to the membership for approval.
The Board unanimously recommends that we vote to adopt the updated documents.
3) Paper ballot in-person, with home ballot delivery/pick-up by special request for seniors and others without computer access or who are physically unable to make it to the in-person voting sessions (request by calling 202-455-6035 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
As a reminder, only current members will be able to vote. To make doubly sure everyone has the chance to participate, we are extending the deadline to renew your membership and be able to vote to this Sunday, October 11, 2020. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so at https://pennbranchdc.org/membership/ or in-person during the Thursday or Sunday voting sessions.
We will announce the results of the vote during our upcoming General Body Meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7 pm.