It was the most visible affirmation of the sentiment sweeping the nation – “Black Lives Matter” – and a defiant response to President Donald Trump’s controversy-laden photo op in front of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church. And AFSCME members helped make them happen. In response to the protests across the nation sparked by George Floyd’s killing and Trump’s June 1 photo op – for which peaceful protesters close to the White House were dispersed using force and tear gas – Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered 16th Street, leading to the White House, to be painted with a giant street mural reading, “Black Lives Matter.” She also renamed the corner of 16th and H Streets – the site where the protesters were dispersed – “Black Lives Matter Plaza.” The street mural was painted in part by members of the city’s Department of General Services – workers represented by AFSCME District Council 20. "I’m very proud of our city and our members once again leading the national conversation,” said District Council 20 Executive Director Andrew Washington (who also served for the past few months as Acting President of the Metro Washington Council). “Everything we do right now is critical in standing up for economic and social justice.”
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