Voices Of Wards 7 And 8: Here Are Residents' Plans For Inauguration Day We asked residents in wards 7 and 8 about their plans for this year's inauguration. Here's what they had to say.
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Voices Of Wards 7 And 8: Here Are Residents' Plans For Inauguration Day

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January 20 marks the beginning of the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration. Inauguration, often a day of celebration, was already going to be pared back because of the pandemic. Now, even more restrictions are in effect after threats of armed protests and violence from the Trump supporters who violently invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6, resulting in five deaths. President Donald Trump incited the mob with false claims of a stolen election.

The city is now under a public emergency order. Approximately 20,000 National Guard troops will be stationed in the city. Streets and Metro stations will be closed. While the city normally welcomes thousands of guests to fill restaurants and spend money at local businesses, this year the mayor asked visitors to stay away.

But what about locals? We asked residents in wards 7 and 8 about their plans for this year's inauguration. Here's what they had to say.

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Aaron Gadson, Ward 7, River Terrace

I'm excited for the new regime to come in. For me I'll be working the latter part of the day, but that morning I'm going to get up and reflect on the new sheriffs in town and the new energy they're going to bring, not so much the toxicity and drama that comes along with that.

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I'm super excited about Kamala Harris becoming the Vice President. I'm raising a daughter, she's 15. To go through the COVID pandemic, the distance learning and things of that nature, often we don't understand how those things affect our kids. Having that light at the end of the tunnel, we now have a Black Woman from an African American college. My daughter has a chance to reach and see those goals. For me as a Black man to have a queen in that office, in that position, she's going to kill it like Obama. She's going to bring some different flavor and perspective. Sometimes politics can be a little stale, dry. Now you have someone in office with a different perspective on how to change things.

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Dionna Maria Lewis, Ward 7, Fort Dupont

I think it's unfortunate and disheartening that we're relegated to being virtual and celebrating [the inauguration] virtually, safely of course because we have to social distance due to COVID-19. With all that in mind, I'll be attending some virtual events between the Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the D.C. Democratic Party. There are a few events happening and I'll be tuned in.

I was super pumped up when Kamala Harris ran for the Democratic primary. I was really expecting great things from her and for her. It's amazing to see it all transpire and become a reality. I have a small daughter; she'll be 3 next month. The fact that we have a first woman Vice President and Black Vice President in her lifetime is just tremendous. I'm excited for her to attend as well. That's one thing that's good about the virtual celebrations, people who may not otherwise be able to attend like small children because of the crowd issues can now see it live.

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Ellen Armstead, Ward 8, Bellevue

My plans for the inauguration are to stay inside, stay safe and watch the craziness unravel on the news. I don't know what's going to happen or if the Trump people are going to come back. I don't want to be out with my kids now. We used to go out to the celebrations before Trump was in office.

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Gabe Irish, Ward 7

Given the events form the last week, I'll probably sit around and hope that everything is as normal as it can be. I'll probably spend some time with the family and watch it on the news.

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Hal Irish, Ward 8, Anacostia

I'll be in Ward 8 because it's safer over here comparatively to what's going on over there (downtown). I'm obviously excited for the administration but hoping to see actual real change from our new administration.

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Omar Kashif, Ward 7

My plans are what they always were. I'll be in the house chilling per usual. I can't say that I'm as excited about this inauguration like how I was during Obama's first term. Once you have that, everything else is you know, alright.

This story is from DCist, the local news website of WAMU.

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