The DC Council Scorecard is a project of the Jews United for Justice Campaign Fund.
The DC Council regularly makes policy decisions that move the District forward—or hold us back—on issues of social, racial, and economic justice. At the heart of these issues are the questions: will we be a city where anyone can live a good and dignified life? Will we be a city where longtime Black and brown residents who struggle for that good life, get to benefit from growing prosperity? Or are we a city for the privileged and wealthy, where poor and working-class Black and brown people get only crumbs?
The JUFJ Campaign Fund works in coalition with trusted partners that are made up of and led by the people who are most impacted by the issues we work on. We work with those partners to build the collective power needed to undo systemic racism and inequity and to make real, immediate, and concrete improvements in people’s lives. This scorecard is informed by these partnerships and is designed as a tool to help hold elected leaders accountable.
In the day-to-day work of government it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. We hope this resource provides a comprehensive look at councilmembers’ leadership, and a picture of how every vote adds up to that big picture. We hope these facts tell a story about what issues councilmembers have made a priority to advance, what issues they have let languish, who is leading the way, and whose votes are holding us back as a city.
Please contact Yael Shafritz, the JUFJ Campaign Fund’s DC Director, for more information about the scorecard methodology or a more in-depth JUFJ Campaign Fund analysis of each scored vote.
We are grateful to the many JUFJ Campaign Fund members who have contributed to this project over the years, and especially to Dan Klingessrow and Eric Shansby for the design and coding of this website.
To see the earlier versions of the DC Council Scorecard, visit 2020.dcccouncil.org.