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Take Action Today for Digital Equity in DC

Author: Yvette Scorse
Published: May 27, 2020

In 2021, DC government is on track to continue to reduce funding for foundational adult digital skills training and cut its only digital inclusion program – ConnectDC. Instead of closing the digital skills gap in DC, the proposed FY21 government budget will widen the digital divide. But it’s not too late.

Sign, share, and tell your DC councilmembers that digital skills training is ESSENTIAL for adults to function in the modern world and re-enter the post-COVID-19 workforce.

How to Participate

1. DC residents, sign the petition (1 minute)

Not a DC resident, please share on social media with friends who are!

2. Share on social media (2 minutes)

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3. Share your thoughts directly with DC Council Committees (1-2 hours).

Make a 1-page testimony or 3-minute recorded testimony and share with the DC Council Committees for their budget hearings. Byte Back is encouraging DC residents to share WHY YOU THINK COMPUTER SKILLS ARE ESSENTIAL and why the DC government should support this training.

1. Committee on Education – DC Public Librarychaired by Councilmember David Grosso

Submit testimony by June 2 at 9 a.m. by email to su.licnuoccd@egnartsa or call (202)430-5720 to leave a 3 minute voicemail. Some testimony suggestions:

  • Introduce yourself briefly
  • Share why this is important to you and your affiliation with Byte Back (supporter, student, alumni, etc.
  • Share your thoughts on why the DC Public Library should continue to be the go-to source for computer foundations classes in the District
  • Computer literacy is as essential skill for DC adults.

2. Committee on Government OperationsOCTO (Office of the Chief Technology Officer), chaired by Councilmember Brandon Todd

Submit testimony by June 6 at 5 p.m. by email to  su.licnuoccd@snoitarepotnemnrevog or call (202) 430-6322 to leave a 3 minute voicemail. Some testimony suggestions:

  • Introduce yourself briefly
  • Share why this is important to you and your affiliation with Byte Back (supporter, student, alumni, etc.)
  • Keep the Connect.DC program. It has been the place in the DC government to provide the essential digital equity functions of connecting residents to technology, devices, and skills. Connect.DC is more essential than ever in DC.
  • Foundational digital skills training should be included in the OCTO FY21 budget to provide essential skills for DC adults – for life, citizenship, and to obtain the careers of the future.

3. Committee on Labor and Workforce Development – DOES (Department of Employment Services) and WIC (Workforce Investment Council), chaired by Councilmember Elissa Silverman

Submit testimony by June 8 at 5 p.m. by email to su.licnuoccd@robal and/or call (202) 455-0153 to leave a 3 minute voicemail testimony. Some testimony suggestions:

  • Introduce yourself briefly
  • Share why this is important to you and your affiliation with Byte Back (supporter, student, alumni, etc.)
  • Digital literacy training should be included in the FY21 budget to provide fundamental career skills for DC adults. This key training has been effective in past years and connects 100s of adults a year with computer skills like filling out a job application online, attaching a resume to an email, and using essential software.

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