Tell Congress to Let DC Vote!

22 03 2007

Today could be a historic day in the history of our nation’s capital as the US House of Representatives prepares to vote on H.R. 1433, a bill to give the citizens of the District of Columbia the right to be fully represented in the House of Representatives.  For the over 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia, “taxation without representation” isn’t just in the history books, it’s alive and well. District citizens are denied voting representation in the United States Congress, but are still under the same obligations to pay Federal taxes as any citizen of the other 50 states. 

The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would give the residents of the District of Columbia voting representation in the House, something they’ve never had.  The legislation has bi-partisan support, but members of Congress need to hear from real people who support this bill. That’s where you come in. Please take a minute and help end the disenfranchisement of over a half-million of your fellow American citizens by visiting http://www.freeandequaldc.com/ and signing the petition, or by calling your Representative and/or Senator’s DC Office.  (To find out who your Representative is, and their contact information, please visit http://www.house.gov/ and enter your zip code in the upper left hand corner.)

The citizens of the District of Columbia have been denied a vote in Congress for over 200 years.  This is the best chance that DC residents have ever had of gaining the right that every other American enjoys.  Please send a message to Congress that 600,000 American citizens should have a vote on issues like the war in Iraq, healthcare, social security, education and any other issue that faces Congress.  Please tell your Representative that you support DC voting rights today.

Your support is particularly needed today, one day after President Bush  threatened to veto the DC Voting rights bill.  Bush has questioned the constitutionality of allowing 600,000 Americans to have a vote in Congress.  If I remember my Civics 101 class correctly, it is the responsibility of the Supreme Court to determine if a law is constitutional, not the President.  But the Court can not rule on a law that has not been passed.  Let’s give the Supreme Court a chance to fulfill its constitutional obligation to interpret the laws by passing this bill on Friday. 

Thank you for your help and support.

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So Far, Off to a Bad Start…

22 02 2007

It’s now mid February.  It’s been a whole 7 weeks into DC Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s first 4 year term and we are already off to a bad start with a School takeover plan that was virtually D.O.A. and completely botched the response to the first major winter storm of 2007.

The rough stuff for Fenty started when his Inauguration was delayed as a result of Former President Gerald Ford’s State Funeral in the first week of January.  The Big kickoff event for this “constituent Mayor” was to be the Inaugural Ball held at the Downtown DC Convention Center, free to anyone who could make the hike to the Reeves Center at the corner of 14th and U Streets, NW to pick up tickets in person.  I was able to gather a reasonable size group to come with me to the Inaugural Ball and was excited as anyone else to celebrate the start of a new and prosperous time for our great city.  I never realized what a challenge simply getting INTO the party would be. 

Our group spent roughly 30 minutes being crushed by a crowd of a few hundred people attempting to enter the main hall of the convention center because of the failure of multiple metal detectors at the entrance points.  After 30 minutes of stagnation, the entry personnel opted to simply let people walk right in, straight through the beeping metal detectors, without having to stop or even so much as have their bag or ID checked.  I understand that the logistics of moving a large group of people through a building can be daunting, but I have less sympathy when I think that this whole debacle was orchestrated by the person, or team of people, that we have just recently ordained to handle the operations and logistics of our bustling metropolis

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