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Rule of law integral to integrity

“Commitment to the rule of law provides a basic assurance that people can know what to expect whether what they do is popular or unpopular at the time.” —Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

 

MIGA was founded on firm principle, after reviewing the facts.

 
 

Make Integrity Great Again started after the 2016 election of Donald Trump and frequent reports of his business, personal and ethical dealings came to light. Six bankruptcies, hundreds of lawsuits, allegations of sexual assault, racist business practices, the list goes on. There is a question of character.

The first effort to focus on the importance of good integrity in our leaders has been to highlight the challenge of the president holding the liquor license for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Under District of Columbia law, only persons of “good character” qualify for the privilege of owning establishments that sell alcoholic beverages in Washington, D.C. There is no exception for hotels owned by the president.

If the “true and actual owner of the establishment” licensed to sell alcoholic beverages is not “of good character,” the licensee is in violation of the law, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board may order the hotel to show cause why its license should not be revoked.

Donald Trump, the true and actual owner of the Trump International Hotel, is not a person of good character. The Trump International Hotel nonetheless currently holds a Class C/H license issued by the Board.

A group of civic and religious leaders saw the facts for what they are and decided to do something about it. On June 20, 2018, these prominent members of the community filed a formal legal complaint with the Board, which sets forth considerable evidence of Trump’s character failure.

Make Integrity Great Again focuses on the importance of good integrity in our leadership.

It's time we take a stand and hope that you will join us. Contact Make Integrity Great Again today.

 

In a Washington Post op-ed, Colbert I. King writes about the complaint and its significance:

When I first wrote about the complaint against Trump on July 6, a few readers dismissed the issue as trivial, a nuisance — a case of a mosquito biting an elephant’s hide. I disagree. This case matters, if the rule of law is to have any meaning.

 Government officials need to have the highest integrity for our democratic republic to function at its best.

Government officials need to have the highest integrity for our democratic republic to function at its best.

 

ORIGINAL D.C. COMPLAINT: A QUESTION OF CHARACTER

An effort to highlight value of integrity

Good character is a statutory requirement for the granting of liquor licenses in the District of Columbia. Through his behavior both before and during his presidency, Donald J. Trump has demonstrated that he lacks good character. Good character involves an evaluation of an individual’s moral and ethical qualities, including such virtues as honesty, integrity, how a person treats others, particularly those less fortunate and less powerful, and evidence of criminal conduct. Two former judges and five members of the clergy filed a complaint June 20, 2018, with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board of Washington, D.C., citing statutory liquor license requirements that owners must be of "good character." It is undisputed that President Donald J. Trump owns the Trump International Hotel in Washington and its tony Benjamin Bar and Lounge.

 
 

Mission of D.C. Liquor License Complaint

This is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) to educate and inform the public. It led the work regarding the effort to request that the District of Columbia Alcoholic Beverages Control Board (the Board) move to revoke the alcohol license for the Trump International Hotel because of its owner’s lack of good character. The website is designed primarily to provide the public at large with accurate information the importance of holding our government leaders to good integrity.

 
 

THE COMPLAINANTS

Prominent, active members of civic and religious life in our nation's capital believe that the liquor licensee is in violation of municipal code that requires that the true and correct owner of an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages in the District of Columbia to be of “good character.”

 
 
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Joan Goldfrank, Magistrate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (Ret.)

The Honorable Joan Goldfrank spent much of her legal career on matters concerning the fitness and ethics of lawyers. She served both as the Executive Attorney of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility, the body responsible for the discipline of D.C. attorneys for alleged violation of ethical standards, and as Senior Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, the body responsible for training and advising Department of Justice attorneys on ethical behavior. She is currently a member of the District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, the independent agency established by Congress to review complaints of misconduct by judges of the District of Columbia Courts and to review requests for reappointment of Active and Senior judges of the District of Columbia courts. She is a resident of the District of Columbia.

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Henry H. Kennedy, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia

The Honorable Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. began serving on the federal bench in 1997, after having served since 1979 as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as a federal prosecutor in D.C. for three years, before which he was an attorney in private practice. He is a resident of the District of Columbia and the State of Florida.

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Rev. Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie, Chief Administrative Officer, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Washington, D.C.

A Baptist preacher, Rev. Dr. Boddie served as Pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Robersonville, N.C., senior pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, becoming only the sixth pastor in its illustrious 150-year history, and as Associate Minister of the First Church of Newport News. Prior to his pastoral ministry, Rev. Dr. Boddie served for 11 years as University Chaplain and Pastor of the Memorial Church at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. In 2007, Chaplain Boddie was elected to a one-year term as president of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, becoming the first African-American from a historically Black university to serve this capacity in the organization’s then 60-year history.

 
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Rev. Jennifer Butler, founding Executive Director of Faith in Public Life

In addition to founding Washington, D.C.-based Faith in Public Life, Rev. Butler is the former chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rev. Butler spent ten years working in the field of international human rights representing the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the United Nations and is an ordained minister. While mobilizing religious communities to address the AIDS pandemic and advocate for women’s rights she grew passionate about the need to counter religious extremism with a strong religious argument for human rights. Out of that experience she wrote Born Again: The Christian Right Globalized, which was published by University of Michigan Press. She is a resident of the District of Columbia.

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Rev. William Lamar IV, Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Prior to serving as senior pastor at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Lamar  was managing director of Leadership Education at the Duke University Divinity School. Rev. Lamar has served congregations in Hyattsville, Maryland; Monticello, Florida; Orlando, Florida; and Jacksonville, Florida. Through his association with Duke, Lamar convened and resourced executive pastors of large churches, denominational finance executives, young denominational leaders, Methodist bishops, and the constituency of Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program. He is a resident of the District of Columbia.

 
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Rabbi Jack Moline, Executive Director and President of Interfaith Alliance, Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Moline has served as executive director of Interfaith Alliance since 2015. He served as rabbi of Agudas Achim Congregation, in Alexandria, Virginia, from 1987 through 2014, and as Director of Public Policy for the Rabbinical Assembly from 2009 to 2012. In 2008, he was named by Newsweek magazine as one of the top pulpit rabbis in America (No. 3 in a list of 25), and in 2010 and 2011 as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in America.

Rabbi Aaron Potek, community rabbi in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Potek has worked with millennials since receiving his ordination in 2013, first as the campus rabbi for Northwestern University's Hillel and now as a community rabbi in DC, where he currently resides. He has interned at Beth Israel Congregation in New Orleans, LA, and at Hunter College and Harvard University Hillels. Rabbi Potek has also served as an educator for a variety of organizations, including the Nesiya Institute in Israel, Impact and Genesis in Boston, and Moriah College in Sydney. 

 

Groups working to hold the President accountable

The following are some of the organizations working to hold the President accountable:

Sunlight Foundation: The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.  Sunlight Foundation

Stand Up Republic: Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn founded Stand Up Republic to grow a community of Americans to defend democratic ideals, norms and institutions. These are not partisan issues. They are fundamentally American and require the action and support of all to protect.  Stand Up Republic

Democracy 21:  Democracy 21 provides the public and media with the latest information and analysis on money and politics and campaign finance reform efforts. Democracy 21

Campaign for Accountability: Campaign for Accountability is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan watchdog organization that uses research, litigation and aggressive communications to expose misconduct and malfeasance in public life. Campaign for Accountability 

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: CREW uses aggressive legal action, in-depth research, and bold communications to reduce the influence of money in politics and help foster a government that is ethical and accountable.   Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Protect Democracy:  Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit with an urgent mission: to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. Protect Democracy

 

Seeking answers

Support the effort to revoke Donald Trump's DC Hotel Liquor License by writing the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. CLICK HERE to e-mail ABRA Board directly. Sample letter below.

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contact@makeintegritygreatagain.org

Lots of reasons to get involved.

• Engaging in civic leadership is a right and a privilege – supporting this complaint is a perfect example of how individuals can make a difference.

• The Board can hear from as many of us as is possible – and to understand that District residents take “good character” requirements seriously.

• The Board will be responsive to citizens who live and work here and who value the qualifications of those granted liquor licenses.

• The Complaint demonstrates the many ways in which Trump is not deserving of a liquor license and revoking his license is a logical and principled outcome and one which would reflect well on the Board's integrity.

We all have the opportunity to express how essential it should be that our government leaders have good moral character and integrity.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
2000 14th Street, NW, S400
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-442-4423
Visit abra.dc.gov

ABRA BOARD MEMBERS:

Donovan Anderson, Chairperson
Nick Alberti
Donald Isaac Sr.
Rema Wahabzadah
Bobby Cato, Jr.
James Short Jr.
Mike Silverstein   
CLICK HERE to e-mail ABRA Board directly

Contact ABRA director Fred Moosally: CLICK HERE to e-mail.

Click on the sample letter below and let your voice be heard!

  CLICK HERE  for a sample letter to submit to ABRA Board members.

CLICK HERE for a sample letter to submit to ABRA Board members.

If you have direct first-hand information of evidence relating to a lack of integrity in government leaders, please send us an email in confidence. 

contact@makeintegritygreatagain.org