Demand Democracy In DC Contest
||Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - Monday, January 24, 2011
Frustrated about DC's lack of full representation in Congress and control over local issues?
Want to do something about it?
DC Vote wants to offer the Mayor and DC Council smart, aggressive and implementable ideas for pressuring Congress to respect DC's Home Rule and provide full democracy for DC residents.
What is your protest idea for the DC Government? Enter the Demand Democracy In DC Contest and your plan could be put into action in 2011!
The winning proposal will receive a cash award of $1,500. There will be a second place award of $750 and a third place award of $500.
Examples include re-naming DC's streets with pro-democracy messages, overhauling the Home Rule Charter and holding a historic, DC Government-led march on the Capitol on April 16, 2011, DC Emancipation Day.
What else? Share your other ideas with us!
On a cover page, please list:
- Contact Information
- Place of work
- Other organizational affiliations
In no more than two pages, please submit your idea for protest and advocacy. Criteria for the idea include:
Applicants should also provide their resume or biography and demonstrate their knowledge of how the government of Washington, DC, works.
- Is this a creative, bold, non-violent idea that dramatizes the denial of democracy in DC?
- How would this idea be implemented? What specific actions would the Mayor, the DC Council other DC government agencies need to take?
Be as specific as possible.
- Does the idea reinforce DC's moral authority to oversee its own legislative, fiscal and governmental affairs?
- Is the protest directly tied to DC's disenfranchisment? (i.e., blocking streets would not apply, because it is not directly related to
DC's lack of voting representation in Congress or Congressional oversight of DC's budget and laws)
- If implemented, will it spark national attention? How?
- Does it build on a past action or other messaging by DC leadership?
- What are the budgetary needs/implications for the DC government of implementing the protest idea?
- What other questions need to be investigated and/or answered in order to implement this idea?
Please submit the materials above by December 3, 2010 to Abigail Levine
at email@example.com. Finalists will be asked to submit a full proposal.
DC Vote will present the winning strategies to the DC Government and lead the DC Voting Rights Coalition in supporting their implementation.
Questions? Please email Abigail Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org.