When we saw the rendering of Concept C that Mayor Bowser announced on December 15th we were shocked and realized the tremendously negative impact this would have on the District and the Conn Ave corridor. Since residents were limited to two minutes before their mics were cut off at the ANC meetings and the media was not interested in covering our story, we decided to create our own organization, Save Connecticut Ave.
We are fighting for the right of residents to participate in our local government. We use open source reporting, meaning that we read and research public documents, parse them, report on them and cite all of our sources so our readers can evaluate the information and make up their own minds. We support dissent and debate and value having a civil society and respect all of our neighbors, especially those who disagree with us.
We are volunteers who live in Wards 3 and 4 and are directly impacted by the District's plan to redesign Conn Ave. We have jobs or are retired and are not professional activists, unlike those who seek to silence us. We are reluctant community organizers and reporters who believe that sunshine is the best disinfectant and this bike plan needs a lot of sunshine.
Save Connecticut Ave is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization that has not yet accepted any donations except for in-kind donations from our volunteers who have paid for our operating expenses, donated their unpaid time and organized a GoFundMe to purchase signs. We are attacked by organizations that receive millions of dollars from DDOT and individual anonymous donors.
The reason that we don't share our names on our website is that the other side harasses and seeks to destroy people who disagree with them. We have jobs and families and are simply seeking to have a say in our community. The opposition has also waged a criminal campaign of intimidation against our supporters by stealing our signs and materials.