Reginald Black

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” With those words, Charles Dickens opened his immortal novel, “A Tale of Two Cities.”

A troupe of costumed advocates, toting a giant replica of the book, brought their own version of the story to the halls of the Wilson Building on a recent day. Accompanied by a group of working poor and homeless residents, they asked city leaders to remember the city’s struggling citizens when drawing up a budget for the coming fiscal year.

“Self-sufficiency has become an unattainable myth for the majority of low-income residents,” said Janelle Treibitz, campaign organizer for the DC Fair Budget Coalition and an organizer of the event.
Added Fair Budget Coalition Executive Director Ericka Taylor: “The mayor has a chance to reverse the alarming growth of inequality.”

A spokesperson from the office of D.C.Mayor Vincent Gray assured members of the troupe their message was being heard.

“When the budget is released on April 3, you will find some items in there that you will be happy about,” the spokesman said.