DC Vote Celebrates Anniversary of Voting Rights Act of 1965
Demands Action in Congress on DC Voting Rights Legislation
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August 5, 2005
On its 40 year anniversary, DC Vote celebrates the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Few pieces of legislation in the history of America have created such sweeping change in our country.
Despite the great changes, the Voting Rights Act, even if reauthorized, leaves significant work to be done. There is still a part of the country that is denied voting rights in the highest levels of government. The 570,000 residents of Washington, DC, America's capital, are denied a vote in Congress. They have no voting Representatives and no Senators.
This denial of democracy has existed far too long. DC Vote demands Congress to take action on existing DC voting rights legislation: (DC FAIR Act - H.R. 2043 - sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and the No Taxation Without Representation Act - H.R. 398 and S. 195 - sponsored by Senator Joe Lieberman and DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Democracy is an American birthright, including those who live in Washington, DC. It's time to bring American democracy to America's capital.