With a statewide moratorium on utility shutoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic set to end shortly, utility companies in Maryland can legally send cutoff notices to delinquent customers starting Oct. 1.

Last Friday’s show wrapped up the historic Black History Month, as Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes showcased a multitude of guests speaking about a variety of local community efforts, advocacy, and legislation.

Following a brief news recap, Rolark Barnes opened the floor to Beth Goldberg of Safeway and Austin Hicks with the D.C. Capital Area Food Bank speaking on the Kick Hunger campaign, and efforts to relieve food disparities and hunger across the District of Columbia.

Currently, Safeway is partnering with multiple organizations in helping local food banks provide food to those families across the District who are suffering and starving at greater rates now exacerbated by the COVID-19 health pandemic.

“We had raised over $460,000 last year which was wonderful,” said Goldberg. “Over the last three years we’ve raised I believe, over $1.1 million through the Kick Hunger campaign, and this year we are certainly hoping to raise even more to support the Capital Area Food Bank here in D.C.”

The Washington Informer will be one of several groups partnering with Safeway in the campaign, along with the Washington Football Team, ABC 7 News, El Tiempo Newspapers, and five local Entercom radio stations.

The campaign aims to develop mutual aid partnerships, while providing grants to local organizations and agencies working to provide food to demographics in need.

Next, Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau, and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy sat in to address proposed legislation to provide descendants of U.S. slavery with reparations and the proposed bill calling to abolish the death penalty in the state of Virginia.

“We are more likely to be assigned to the greater end if that penalty is utilized. If you look at that data along those lines, we are disproportionately more likely to be executed,” said Shelter. “If we look at who is on death row right now, both in the very states across the country and the federal government, you’ll see that African Americans and Federally, Native Americans are disproportionately represented because of how our federal government works.”

The last WIN-TV episode of the month concluded with guests Dr. Stephanie Myers, author of “The Invisible Queen,” the story of Charlotte Sophia, a smart, mixed-race German girl who was recruited to marry George III, King of England, Absalom Jordan, talking about the Black United Front and Commissioner ANC of Ward 8, Salim Adolfo.

Adolfo detailed his multiple initiatives to aid large community service projects, and mobilize greater safety measures throughout the East of The River, Ward 8 community.

WIN-TV closed with another Bridge news segment hosted by The Media Prince, followed by, “Sounds of the DMV,” this week showcasing Washington, D.C., rapper Arckitech.

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