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COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ‘THE JOHN A. WILSON BUILDING 350 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20004, David Grosso cores Mario Councilmember At-Large eal Human Services Chairperson, Committee on Education eerie December 12, 2018 The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton 2136 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Congresswoman Norton, I write today voicing my unequivocal opposition to any effort to advance legislation that would allow Construction of a new stadium for the Washington Professional Football Team here in the District of Columbia. The current effort is the latest ploy by the team and congressional Republicans to avoid public scrutiny, chogsing instead to slip a provision into the FY39 appropriations bill being debated before Congress. This process lacks transparency and there has been no engagement with District of Columbia residents or tribal leaders to afford them an opportunity to voice their concerns. Since joining the Council, have opposed the Washington Professional Football Team due to their continued use of an offensive mascot and racist team name. Throughout my tenure I've offered resolutions urging the renaming of the team, and I've joined my colleagues in Maryland and Virginia introducing legislation prohibiting public incentives or financing for the construction or maintenance of facilities for or associated with the football team. The prospect that the District of Columbia would once again welcome a team whose name promotes prejudice and reinforces harmful ethnic stereotyping runs counter to the ideals of equality, diversity and inclusion for all that we have long embodied. Asa vote on the appropriations bill could be imminent, there is an urgent need to do whatever is. necessary to ensure that this backdoor attempt fails. | stand with the National Congress of American Indians, Advancement Project, NAACP, National Urban League, Race Forward and other organizations working actively to oppose this effort and | urge you to do all you can to thwart this closed door process. In great admiration, David Grosso (I-At-Large) Council of the District of Columbia Chairperson, Committee on Education