The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Washington, D.C.:
The Nation’s Hunger Capital

Jan 15, 2024

Washington, D.C.’s mayor Muriel Bowser cut pandemic-related food benefits in March. Some people lost over $100 per month. This cut affected nearly 145,000 residents—around one in five people in the city. For many, this is how they can afford to eat.

The city financial officer declared the city has the money for the increased benefits. Legal Aid DC and a law firm threatened to sue. Many people, including seniors and young parents, got busy calling city officials relentlessly, demanding the funding. Then, the mayor relented. With the funding restored, people will get, on average, around $8 per day for food. But only through September will this whole fight have to happen again!

What a crime for people to be hungry in the capital of the richest country in the world.