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Green Party LogoDC Council candidate Perry Redd pledges jobs for DC's Returning Citizens


For immediate release:
Friday, April 12, 2013

Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party media coordinator, 202-904-7614,
Barbara Patterson, Perry Redd Campaign, 202-241-3294,

Stop No. 4 on the "Roc 4 Redd" outreach tour, featuring "Mayor of DC Hip-Hop" Head-Roc ( Saturday, April 13: Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Malcolm X Avenue, 1 to 3 pm

Perry Redd endorsed by DC Educators for Perry for his strong support for DC education and opposition to closing 15 public schools (

WASHINGTON, DC -- Calling himself a "Returning Citizen for Returning Citizens," At-Large City Council candidate Perry Redd ( pledged to introduce legislation that leads to employment and assistance for formerly convicted residents who return home to Washington, DC.

"I am dedicated to providing equitable treatment for all Americans, including those who have duly paid the price for their crimes. We need more than lip service about fair employment opportunities for Returning Citizens -- we need job training and placement," said Mr. Redd.

"We have men and women willing to be trained in more than construction jobs. I commit to implementation of my RECAP program, which will offer real job opportunities and jobs and further career goals. I will introduce legislation that creates accredited training for tech, administrative, and management-level positions for in-demand occupations. And I will make living-wage Green jobs a top priority," he added.

Perry Redd, a DC native, is competing in the April 23 special election to fill the At-Large seat vacated by Phil Mendelson, who was elected Council Chair in 2012. Mr. Redd is a member of the DC Statehood Green Party and is running with the party's endorsement.

Mr. Redd explained his position further: "Our city's unemployment rate hovers around 8%. It's around 4% within the Federal Triangle, around 13% outside, and above 28% for Black residents east of the river. I'm all about equality, but can you imagine a 13% unemployment rate for the White population of this city? It would be deemed a crisis. It's clear that there's an inequality that no one else will talk about."

"I will demand aggressive enforcement of DC's First Source Act, with penalties. I will introduce a Living Wage ordinance for the city -- at least $14.50 per hour. I will prioritize emergency funding and implementation of an ex-offender hiring program -- RECAP -- and implementation of a placement component for the training programs we spend taxpayer money on, particularly with Department of Employment Services. Our apprenticeship efforts would more heavily include organized labor as well. Living outside of DC and working here has no consequence except for the people that live here; therefore I will create incentives to strongly encourage DC employees to reside here." (More information:


Perry Redd's personal journey has included battles with substance abuse and eventually, two years of incarceration from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, Mr. Redd became involved with workers battling racial and gender-based discrimination, poverty wages, wrongful termination, lack of training, lack of placement, lack of promotion, lack of benefits, and unethical treatment in Knoxville, Tennessee. He co-founded and directed the Sincere Seven, a workers’ rights advocacy group, and organized campaigns against several corporate entities that systemically discriminated against low-wage workers.

As a result of these activities, Mr. Redd was targeted by police and indicted on gun and drug trafficking charges in 2004 and incarcerated again. He filed an appeal, acting as his own attorney, and in 2007 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned his conviction, effectively rewriting the law that wrongly convicted tens of thousands of urban Blacks. (More information:

The Green Party has called for the dismantling of the prison-industrial complex, an end to racial sentencing disparities, and cancellation of the War on Drugs, which have resulted in the U.S. suffering the world's highest incarceration rate. Privatization of prisons has created a profit motive for locking up more and more Americans, especially young Black, Brown, and poor men on nonviolent drug-related charges. (See

On April 4, Mr. Redd received an enthusiastic endorsement by DC Educators for Perry because of his support for public education in DC ( alone among the candidates, he strongly opposes plans to shut down 15 public schools and supports Empower DC's lawsuit against this action. Mr. Redd has drawn a connection between the dismantling of public education and powerful business interests, especially advocates for school privatization and public-property grabs associated with the Federal City Council, DC's elite and secretive business lobby (

The DC Statehood Green Party has major party status and ballot access in Washington, DC. In 2012 and other recent elections, Statehood Green candidates have collectively received more votes than Republican candidates, leading many to call Statehood Greens "DC's Second Party" in terms of election results. The party is affiliated with the Green Party of the United States and accepts no corporate contributions.

See also:

"DC Council candidate Perry Redd takes demand to save public schools to the front door of the Washington Post on April 4"
DC Statehood Green Party news advisory, April 2, 2013

"At-Large DC Council candidate Perry Redd launches 'Roc 4 Redd' outreach tour at Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue NE"
DC Statehood Green Party news advisory, March 26, 2013

Perry Redd Campaign web site:
• Video: "Perry Redd for DC City Council -- 4-Point Platform"
• Video: "What Sets Redd Apart"
• Video: Interview on DC statehood
• Facebook:
• Twitter feed: @redd4council

Head-Roc videos:
• "Keep DC Walmart Free" by Head-Roc
• Giant Rally at Teamsters Headquarters
• "UFCW Local 400 Anthem" by Head-Roc


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