mayor’s newsletter — standing with Paris

November 19, 2015 | Volume 1, Issue 41

Dear Washingtonians,

Like all Americans, I was devastated by last Friday’s atrocious attacks in Paris. Washington stands with our sister city, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their community.

When Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo visited our city in February, she came to see me at the John A. Wilson Building. We talked about the importance of promoting tolerance and inclusion in diverse cities like ours. And this June, we met again and shared a stage with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and mayors from around the world, where we discussed how residents from diverse backgrounds can live and thrive together in communities across the globe. We stood together then, and we stand together now.

If you would like to send a message to those affected by the attacks, you can sign the French Embassy’s condolence book.

As always, here at home we are focused on the safety and security of our city. I want to stress that there is no credible threat to the District at this time.

My team and I are working closely with our regional and federal partners to adjust the District’s security response, as needed. I have spoken directly with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and have worked with Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier to remain in constant communication with our regional safety partners. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, we have deployed additional law enforcement resources across the city — some of which are visible, while others are not.

I want to remind everyone: if you see something, say something. Please call 911 immediately if you notice any suspicious or criminal activity.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to pray for Paris.


Muriel Bowser

With Mayor Hidalgo in February (left) and at the French Embassy in DC, earlier this week (right)


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