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February 24, 2002

Draw the Line

Dear Practiced Line-Drawers:

In defending his decision to promote holding the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight in DC, Mayor Anthony Williams plaintively said, “It's hard to know where to draw the line. Where do you draw the line?” In excusing his practice of directing the vast majority of the city's neighborhood economic development funds to Community Development Corporations that are effective only in their corruption, Mayor Williams said, “Sometimes when you are the mayor, you deal with who is there.” In the spirit of helpfulness, I have devised a simple, eight-question, multiple choice quiz to help the clueless Mayor learn where to draw the line and with whom he should deal. Here it is. If themail contributors have other questions to add, please send them to themail.

1) You want to dedicate a new ice skating rink in DC, and you have a choice of famous skaters to appear at the dedication. Whom do you choose? a) Michelle Kwan b) Tonya Harding
2) In the midst of an election campaign before you take office, a firm that does business with the city offers you a “job” that pays tens of thousands of dollars, just for having lunch. Do you take it? a) yes b) no
3) You have spent millions of dollars of taxpayer money on a new baseball stadium, and still can't get a baseball team. You decide to start a new league of your own. Whom do you get as league commissioner? a) Stan Musial b) Pete Rose c) Hank Aaron d) Darryl Strawberry (hint: this question has two right answers, to make it easier for you to guess)
4) Is it legal and right for you to use taxpayer funds and city employees to promote your position in an election? a) yes b) no
5) Your new baseball league fails, and you decide to bring a new sport to town to fill the stadium. Which sport do you choose? a) cock fights b) dog fights c) bull fights d) bear baiting e) gladiator fights f) all of the above g) none of the above
6) You want to raise money for your political activities, but you want to keep the donations secret and allow your donors to get tax deductions for their donations to you. Is it legal and right for your office to funnel some money through real nonprofit organizations and to invent nonprofits to accept other donations? a) yes b) no.
7) Should the District of Columbia license Mike Tyson to box here? a) yes b) no
8) Should you continue your practice of scorning honest citizens associations and preventing neighborhood economic development, of wasting taxpayers' money, and squandering city owned land projects to corrupt Community Development Corporations? a) yes b) no

Mr. Mayor, this is an open book test. If, through hard experience (harder on the citizens than on you, Mr. Mayor), you have learned the answers, congratulations. If you still don't know where to draw the line, find someone in your administration who does, and in the future depend on his judgment rather than your own. Please.

Gary Imhoff 


The Whistleblower’s Story
Madeleine Fletcher, 

The report on the mayor's fundraising practices is not the only one that the Inspector General has refused to release: the IG office says it has yet to close the investigation of illegal retaliation it started 18 months ago, when I lost my job at the DC Department of Health following my discovery of 200 tons of expired, rat and insect-infested food at the DC Public Schools food warehouse. Did the IG's investigation uncover anything embarassing for the DC Department of Health? Does the IG's failure to release the report have anything to do with the fact that Government Accountability Project is suing the DC Department of Health on my behalf?

At the time, four City Councilmembers protested the termination of my employment, but to no avail. Each time a whistleblower is silenced or retaliated against with impunity, it makes it all the more difficult for other employees who uncover public health hazards, mismanagement, and waste of public funds to come forward. All DC residents stand to lose when DC government fails to protect its whistleblowers.


Getting with the Mayor’s Program
David Stephens, 

You guys whine too much. Why don't we just quit fighting the Mayor's thoughtful initiatives to bring economic development and luster to our communities and embrace them as our own? My proposal: let's have the Logan and Shaw Communities host the Tyson-Lewis match right here in our neighborhood, at the Garrison Elementary Playground, right behind Metropolitan Baptist Church. What an attractive marketing package we could put together:

First of all, the school is public property, so we can give it to the fight-promoters free of charge; no pesky rental fees to draw down the prize money. There's history on our side: remember all those years that Metro Baptist used the playground as a parking lot, with no fee? Second, speaking of parking, there's plenty of it, as long as we don't host it on Sunday, Wednesday, or Saturday nights, when Metro Baptist “takes back the street.” Perhaps we can get Reverend Hicks to put out those nice “Reserved Parking” stanchions up and down the block as the Church does on a regular basis, so VIPs like the Mayor get a close-in spot. Plenty of ticket-free, double-parking also available on 11th Street and Vermont Avenue. Third, the ABC Board has ensured that there are plentiful Class B liquor stores in the neighborhood, available to sell single beers to all fight-goers and thereby boost city tax coffers. And when the fight's over, spectators can amble up to U Street and 14th Street nightclubs (oops, the ABC Board tells me they are restaurants) and whoop it up until all hours. It will be safe there, because, as you know, the police are always there late at night anyway, just to make sure that those tax-producing patrons can make their way through the 3:00 a.m. rush hour. Finally, with all those vacant properties owned by Development Corporations in and around the fight site, there won't be any trouble finding available short-term housing for the influx of visitors for the “Big Fight.”

You see, DC Government has put everything in place for us, if we just think creatively and use the resources available.


Mike Tyson
Dennis Dinkel, 

I'd say that the mayor's pandering to Mike Tyson and the title fight promoters makes him appear to be a cheap 14th Street whore — parading up and down the city streets in lurid makeup and fishnet hose, selling his wares to the highest bidder — but that would give the world's oldest profession a bad name. At least prostitutes try to make an honest living, which is more than can be said for the shameless pandering of the mayor and the Boxing Commission. This is about as low as this city's representatives can go. Bring back Marion Barry. He's beginning to look like a model of moral rectitude.

What in the world causes people like Anthony Williams to sell themselves, their integrity, and their soul for money? And what kind of message does this send to young people? “It's all right to do anything you wish to do, as long as you pay the District of Columbia enough money to condone your disgusting actions”?


Mayor Williams Vs. DC Residents Re Tyson
Lyla Winter, 

Anything for “mo' money.” If Tyson is allowed to fight here, maybe he could be billed as “The Biting Rapist” — that would undoubtedly be a tremendous draw, for all those thousands of tourists and their millions of dollars, that Mayor Williams is counting on. Since the Marion Barry fiasco, the nation's capitol has no longer been the poster city for bad judgment — but it will be again, if Tyson is given the go-ahead by the Boxing Commission and Mayor Williams.


The Land Grab at DC General Gets Worse
E.A. Purcell, 

St. Coletta's of Greater Washington, a private school for children and adults with mental retardation, autism and/or multiple disabilities, has sufficiently mastered the art of congressional intrigue to land a $1 million earmark in the 2002 DC appropriations bill for “expansion” of its DC operations. Critics of such earmarks, i.e. “pork,” frequently note that it avoids public scrutiny and circumvents the competitive bidding for government contracts. Now, it appears St. Coletta's is also about to benefit from a multimillion dollar land giveaway that's also taken place without competitive bidding or public scrutiny.

We don't object to St. Coletta's presence in our community on eastern Capitol Hill and would welcome St. Coletta's clients, but there's something troubling about the secret deal the school has cut with District officials. According to documents distributed by the Office of Planning at a February 20 public meeting on DC General, St. Coletta's has been given 4-plus acres at the most desirable location on the site, right next to the Stadium Armory Metro stop. At previous public meeting about the DC General land, Office of Planning representatives emphatically stated that no private entity had any claim on the DC General property. Planning representatives also stated that private developers approached them and were all turned away, told that only later in the process could developers come forward with proposals.

All these behind-the-scene deals raise questions: Why is one private party allowed to claim the best space at a site on public land, but other private parties are turned away? Is this lawful? What are the financial ramifications of this back room deal? Who's paying for what? The land involved here obviously has great potential value. Using the amount Girls and Boys Town paid for a 1.6 acres across from the nearby Potomac Avenue Metro, the lot St. Coletta's is being given would be worth about $23 million. What would DC taxpayers get for this $23 million giveaway? We estimate that the fair rental value of the 4-plus acres is approximately $500,000 per year, based on recovering $23 million over a 50-year land lease. But these figures, unfortunately, are our estimates; the consultants hired for $100,000 by the Office of Planning have refused to address the issue of what the land at DC General is worth. Nor have we seen any statement regarding the financial fitness of St. Coletta's to build, manage and pay a reasonable rent at the facility they want. But another aspect of the deal is likely: DC taxpayers will be footing the bill for students attending St. Coletta's. So how much will St. Coletta's charge for its services?

It is a further irony that the St. Coletta's deal essentially voids the $100,000 planning process. On Feb. 20, the pricey consultants insisted on drawing imaginary streets, etc., across the land that has been earmarked for St. Coletta's. When asked about this contradiction, they appeared slightly flummoxed. So what's going on? St. Coletta's, we are told, has drawings of it new facility on the 4-plus acres. Why hasn't the public been shown these drawings? The public has furthermore been invited to join in three days of an intense planning “charette” for the DC General site. But who's going to show up? Right now, the whole process looks more like a charade.


Police Cars and Intersections
Shaun Snyder, Chevy Chase, 

MPD needs to come up with a better policy when it comes to officers racing to emergencies and using their sirens. I understand the officers may not want to alert the criminal of their imminent arrival, but they can't continue risking the safety of others in the process. And if they hit another car or a person then they can't get to the crime scene at all. Officers probably think their lights provide sufficient warning to motorists, but they don't. At the very least, the siren must be used when approaching an intersection and going through it -- and I don't mean a few toots.

If anyone knows of any policy regarding this issue I'd love to hear it. I've also wondered if there could be a sensor on the police car that would turn all lights red at the intersection the squad car is approaching. It is the 21st century after all.


Refinancing in DC
Jon Desenberg, NW, 

Has anyone else experienced the following? A call to a bank or mortgage company seems to be going well, then suddenly the evil question comes up, “What state do you live in?” Suddenly, an excellent credit record, a huge down payment and anything else no longer matters. “I'm sorry, we don't do business in DC.”

Forget that incredibly low home equity loan or refinancing rate. Even with the DC Council changing laws to help prevent this, i have a feeling we are never going to get some of the deals everyone else gets. This costs us all thousands and probably millions of dollars. What can we do?


Business Tax on DC Rental Income?
Rich Mintz, 

A friend of mine, who owns a condo in DC that is currently rented out (he's away in graduate school), says that he has been getting communications from the DC Department of Revenue stating that he is required to register and pay some sort of non-franchise business tax on the rental income. (He owns the condo as an individual, and reports the rental income on his Federal and state tax returns and pays income tax on the net profit, which is nominal.)

Especially since he is paying DC income tax on the income already, this seems unlikely, but it's not inconceivable. Since I am in the same situation, I'd like to get it clarified. I do remember filing some sort of paper when I first converted the unit to a rental, probably with a nominal fee involved, but no one ever mentioned any sort of business registration or tax. Before I tackle the DOR, can anyone comment?


Aliens in the District of Columbia
Mark David Richards, Dupont East, 

DC’s quest to be treated equal to citizens who live in states has been an intergenerational project. Starting just after its formation, DC has requested a republican form of government, described as a Territorial government, which it pointed out early and often was guaranteed by the Constitution to every State and granted to Territories. This was one of its demands, along with the right to sue and to have federal representation, which fell into the larger category of “equal to citizens who live in States.” At the time, the courts of Virginia had “adopted the broad principle, that the citizens of the District of Columbia must be regarded as aliens in relation to every other state of our Union.” These issues were outlined in a report prepared by the Citizens of Washington on the 24th October 1822. These manuscripts are protected in the National Archives. In a report prepared by a Committee of Twelve appointed “pursuant to a resolution of a meeting of the Inhabitants of the City of Washington,” the Committee said it was not “expressing a desire to withdraw from the paternal rule of the Congress.” However, it wrote, “The committee confess that they can discover but two modes in which the desired relief can be afforded, either by the establishment of a territorial government, suited to their present condition and population, and restoring them, in every part of the nation to the equal rights enjoyed by the citizens of the other portions of the United States, or by a retrocession to the states of Virginia and Maryland, of the respective parts of the District which were originally ceded by those states to form it.” Washington City residents were not interested in retrocession, however.

Three years later on December 28, 1825 a Committee of Thirteen (perhaps the same one with an added member, I am not certain) appointed “to take such measures as might appear to them best calculated to promote the objects of a Memorial presented to the Congress of the United States on behalf of the people of the District of Columbia, praying for an amelioration of their civil and political condition,” sent a ten-page beautifully scripted Memorial to Congress. Congress at that time paid for DC’s judicial functions, but DC residents calculated that the revenues lost from federal exemptions would be the sum needed to pay for a whole Territorial government, and they felt they should be treated at least as well as Territories. Their efforts during the last two sessions of Congress, they wrote, had “proved abortive; though a committee of the House of Representatives reported a bill in favor of the measure.” They explained that Congress had its attention “diverted” from everything except “those annual laws which were indispensable to sustain the government in all its departments” thanks to “ardent contests springing from the presidential election.” And so the difficulty of getting Congressional attention on fundamental DC issues was established long ago.

The Committee wrote, “Though it may be said that none of the States tax, (or ask from Congress an equivalent for the exemption of any of the property within it, bought by, and improved by, the United States for public purposes, it may be observed that almost all this property has been bought, and is now occupied and used for military objects, and for the military defense [sic] of the Nation, and that each property in comparison with the extent of the smallest State, form but an atom on its surface; and that the defense [sic] and protection afforded by these establishments within it, give to such State a full equivalent for their exemption from taxation. But this cannot be said with regard to the district [sic] of Columbia. . . . [T]he value of the property held by the United States in that small District, in comparison with the value of all the land, buildings, and other property within it, cannot be less than one fourth of the whole, and it is known that the fourth contributes not one cent to any local object.” The Memorialists said that General Washington had secured the land from local proprietors for the national seat of government without having to bill the national treasury. They also noted that the federal government had given the newly acquired territories “one thirty-sixth part of the soil in perpetuity for the maintenance of education.” They wrote, “It is to be observed that Congress already expends annually twenty seven thousand dollars to maintain the present judiciary system in it. Can they then hesitate to add to this sum annually thirteen thousand more to give the District a government as free as that of Arkansaw [sic]? If that be too free — then one as free as that of Michigan, or of Florida? . . . Mr. Madison has said — 'that a municipal Legislature derived from their own suffrages will, of course, be allowed them.' This committee will conclude with observing that the Constitution guarantees to every State 'a republican form of government —' does not this imply that Congress ought to give to every territory as far as may be practicable a similar form of Government?” And so the Memorials, and petitions, went. In 2002, though DC has gained the right to sue and the right to a limited Home Rule government, DC citizens are some ways still aliens indeed. And Congress is still too busy to listen. (Kudos to Ida Brudnick of the Center for Legislative Archives of the National Archives for her kind and intelligent assistance in identifying original documents for me. She is an excellent example of the way good government functions.)


Three Cheers for Mayor Williams
Len Sullivan, 

Unlike Ms. Brizill (2/17), I applaud Mayor Williams for nominating three new members for the Taxicab Commission who share his preference for a universally accepted metered taxi fare system instead of DC's weird and antiquated zoned fare system. In this case, “stacking the deck” is little more than the exercise of limited mayoral prerogatives to stimulate a long-overdue shift in this largely dysfunctional commission. Who better to consult than the hotel and tourism industry? He would get the same answer from any professional group interested in the global stature and economic growth of its national capital city. DC surely doesn't need the additional national embarrassment of being out of step with the practices of virtually all the major cities of the civilized world. Why not focus on DC's more serious root problems and quit belittling the mayor for trying to rid Washington, DC, of its Hidden Agenda Hack Companies?


The Role of DC Council Members
Alan Schwartz, 

The recent exchanges about constituent service assume that everyone agrees that it is the role of each Council Member to provide assistance to constituents — in sorting through the bureaucracy and getting deserved city services to make the DC government more responsive. I personally subscribe to this view. I am not sure Kathy Patterson does, however.

When I have complained to her (and I have repeatedly) about her failure to stick up for my block or my ward (3), I have gotten either silence or an explanation that she spends her time dealing with the big issues affecting the city as a whole. So helping get my street repaved is not her job. Helping to get my street plowed is not her job. Helping to get alley lights fixed is not her job. Keeping the Chevy Chase neighborhood intact as a community and not split between two different wards is not her job either. Some of us who resisted splitting Chevy Chase between Ward 3 and Ward 4 are rethinking their position. Maybe we would have all been better off in Ward 4.

Now that Kathy Patterson has, through redistricting, given herself a less diverse and richer demographic base, the related topic is term limits. But I will save that for another day.


Councilmember’s Responsiveness to Constituents
Renee Schwager, 

Well, since Wards 1 and 4 have chimed in, let me give you my assessment of and gratitude to Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans' staff. I've know Jack and his staff since his first term of office, and I'm very pleased to say that my experiences with Jack's staff continue to be easy, efficient, effective, and pleasant.

Just recently, Jack's office celebrated (with certain sadness) the departure of June Hirsch, his constituent services coordinator, who recently moved back home to NYC. What a loss for us in Ward 2, but I know Jack's replacement (whose name I've forgotten . . . sorry) will provide the same effective and pleasant service that June did. I mention June's departure as a way to not just thank her for her solid work for the constituents of Ward 2 but to mention the depth of the service that Jack's staff offer and the warmth that the office provides Ward 2 constituents. Of course, Jack also is very quick to respond to E-mails and phone calls, and for that I'm grateful; but I am more grateful that because of his staff I don't have to speak to Jack each time there is a problem. And I always am pleased with the quality service each staff member I've dealt with has provided.

So the tribute I make is to the staff in the Ward 2 Councilmember's office because that is a tribute to Jack Evans and his ability to find and value staff that provide effective services while still being kind and pleasant.


Time to Privatize
Ed T. Barron, 

The District is spending more than thirty percent of the school education budget on Special Education. This rip off has been promoted by legal leaches and others who want to bleed the school system dry for their own benefit. No one in the school system or the District is in control of the situation, and the non-special education students and the taxpayers get ripped off. Mayor Williams has talked about privatizing some of the District's Services. He has taken that step with regard to health care for the uninsured District residents and that appears to be quite successful.

It is timely to put Special Education in the hands of a private organized and well managed organization that can take some of the unused District facilitates and to convert them into places where special education students, those truly in need of special programs, can be educated. Let's stop spending $250K for a student to attend a school in Vermont and spend far less while spending that money right here in the District, and collecting some taxes, too.


For Teachers Unions
Michael Piacsek, 

I have to protest yet again for Mr. Barron's baseless assertions about teacher's unions being at the root of all problems in education. Without statistical, anecdotal, or any other evidence at all, he proclaims with certainty that all problems in education are the result of “unreasonable” regulations put in place by unions. It's as offensive as it is absurd. I ask Mr. Barron to provide any evidence to support his claim. On the contrary, there is a mountain of evidence to suggest that most individuals that would otherwise make excellent teachers stay away because of at least three factors: low pay, low prestige, and terrible working conditions (long hours, overcrowded classes, old/missing/broken equipment, etc.). It is a testament to the men and women who choose to teach under these circumstances that they persevere and succeed as well as they do.

Do we need more and better qualified teachers? Absolutely. But as long as college graduates can expect to earn (under worse working conditions) a fraction of what they could make in other fields such as the technology sector or financial services, we'll never have as many qualified teachers as we need. And one thing on which you can count is that teachers unions will lead the fight for higher pay and better working conditions. The solution? There isn't an easy one, but reducing the city bureaucracy (over which teachers unions have no control), and improving budget oversight (I refer readers to the recent Post article highlighting how unscrupulous individuals have abused the special education system to make millions) are a good start. Bashing unions is not a solution, it's a cop out.


Auto Registration
Mark Eckenwiler, 

Paul Pellerin recently wrote to comment on the seeming absurdity of the fees listed in his reregistration notice ($55/1 year, or $135/2 years). I believe he is overlooking the fact that inspections (fee: $25) are required only every two years, and that the inspection fee is included in the 2-year registration cost.


BJ Series License Plates
Shaun Snyder, Chevy Chase, 

I finally saw my first BJ-xxxx series license plate. As I suspected they have the District government's web site as the motto rather than Taxation Without Representation, similar to the BB-xxxx series tags. I've never understood why someone would object to the Taxation motto. It's hardly a political message, it's a fact!


License Plate Answer
John Whiteside, 

A mystery solved. Coming home today I was at a red light behind a car with a BJ plate. It was a plate. not a Taxation Without Representation plate. So the BJ series must be the continuation of the BB series, for those who prefer no representation.

[In a letter in last Thursday's District Weekly section of the Post, Paul Curry wrote that a clerk at the DMV told him that only “taxation without representation” license plates were available, and that there was no other choice. The Post's editor's note says that the official policy of the DMV is not to inform residents that there is another choice, to tell residents who ask for a different plate motto that “taxation without representation” is the “official” plate, and to admit to and supply the plate with the web site motto only if the driver absolutely refuses the “taxation without representation” plate. Bullying and dishonesty by the government when issuing license plates is enough to encourage me to insist on the alternative. — Gary Imhoff]


Pigeon Problem
John Wheeler, 

Reading the complaint about people feeding pigeons reminded me of an interesting experience last year. One day I noticed a lot of feathers near my bird feeder. I assumed that the neighbor's cat had caught a bird, but then I noticed that they were pigeon feathers and a cat was not likely to get a pigeon, and if it did, it surely would not be able to eat the whole thing. Over the course of several weeks, there was evidence of more pigeon kills. Then one day I was in my front yard and heard a big commotion in my neighbor's yard. A peregrine falcon had just caught a pigeon. The next day, the falcon caught and devoured a squirrel from my yard. So the solution to the pigeon problem is to encourage the nesting of peregrine falcons.


Pigeon Problem Solution
Joan K. Veres, 

There is a church in SE that had pigeons nesting at the entrance to the church which really presented a problem especially on Sunday morning. The pastor came up with a bright idea to keep them away . . . not the church goers, but the pigeons. He had some artificial snakes hoisted up to the roof where the pigeons nested and they disappeared. I use rubber snakes in my garden to keep the birds from my tomato plants. I put one snake on each cage . . . they can be purchased at K-Mart for $1.00 apiece. Good luck!



Fields and Dreams
Budd Lane, 

The DC Sports and Entertainment Commission has proposed building a new baseball stadium in DC Big developers want it downtown. Mayor Anthony Williams says he supports it and has offered $200 million in taxpayer dollars. But, can the city afford it? How would our neighborhoods be affected?

The Ward 2 Democrats and the DC Federation of Citizens Associations will sponsor a panel discussion, “Fields and Dreams: Would a New Downtown Baseball Stadium Be a Welcome Boon or a Major League Boondoggle?” Panelists will include Bobby Goldwater of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, Jim Nathanson of the Committee of 100 for the Federal City, and Dennis Zimmerman of the Congressional Budget Office. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Hall, Sumner School Museum, 17th and M Streets, NW. For more information, contact the Ward 2 Democrats at 789-7864.

############### Fundraiser
John Vocino, 

Here's an idea for something to do on Wednesday night, March 6th: come to our fundraiser at Habana Village, 1834 Columbia Road, NW, 462-6310. Event starts at 9:30 p.m. The event will help support our 18+ teams, the Anacostia Mariners and DC Dukes, which provide DC's young men the opportunity to play ball during the summers, as well as our work with youths in the Columbia Heights, East Capitol Hill and East of the River neighborhoods. There will be a $5 cover. Includes complimentary Cuban buffet (appetizers), drink specials: $3.00 beers, margaritas, and Cuba Libres (that's “Rum & Coke” for us Norte Americanos). Also featuring: live Cuban folk trio (guitar/bongos/harp) on the main level, and a DJ spinning Afro-Cuban tunes for salsa dancing on the 2nd floor (salsa lessons available at an additional cost). is organized to revive the game of baseball for DC's youths, teens, and amateurs. We are also working to create opportunities for women's fast pitch softball for the city's youths. Our goals are to (1) increase opportunities to participate, especially during the summer, (2) improve relationships among and between city agencies as well as the city's neighborhoods and the business community, and (3) improve both the physical and human infrastructures for the game (such as ball fields, coaches and role models). Hope you and all your friends can join us.


Film Screening
Jason Ziedenberg, 

Please join us next Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m., for a free special film screening and discussion of powerful youth justice movements that are taking place around the country to end abuses in youth jails, close dangerous youth prisons, and abolish racial unfairness and over-incarceration in the juvenile justice system. After the film screening, youth and parents will discuss their grassroots campaigns for juvenile justice reform, and the audience will learn how to get involved in local efforts for youth justice.

The screening will be at the True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street, NW, Green Line U St./Cardozo Metro stop. See for more details.



We Want Mike Tyson Fight K.-O.’D
Alpha Estes Brown, 

[Rev. Brown is circulating this petition among ministers and in churches in DC.] We the undersigned persons of faith in Jesus Christ and of nonviolence respectfully request that the proposed fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis be denied licensure in this our Nation's Capital. At this point in his life, Mr. Michael Tyson exemplifies unacceptable self-restraint and violence against women and men. We wish Mr. Tyson success in changing his life for the good inside and outside of the ring but see it a critical priority to oppose this matter for the sake of our children.


Lewis Tyson Fight Means Business for L.S.D.B.E.’S
Wayne “Peterbug” Brown, Special Events Coordinator, 

The Lewis Tyson MCI Fight will mean tens of millions in contracts and business for Local Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, and Global AHJ Group is working to ensure DC based L.S.D.B.E.'s are involved in this lucrative project. We had the honor of providing consulting services to the NBA All Star Jam in 2001. The Fight has the support of a majority of L.S.D.B.E.'s according to an random survey of certified business in the city. Former Boxing Champion Alphonso Hatcher has joined other area boxing trainers and champions in support for Lewis-Tyson in DC

If you know of an DC based L.S.D.B.E. interested in participating in the Lewis-Tyson fight contact Global AHJ Group through E-mail only at And if you support Lewis-Tyson contact the Mayor's Office and inform him of your support.


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