Let My People Vote 2006
Leaders of the United Methodist Church to Discuss Congressional Representation for DC
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February 14, 2006
Washington, DC – On Sunday, February 19, 2006, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, the Foundry Democracy Project will host “Let My People Vote 2006: How Faith Communities Can Take Action to Pass the DC FAIR Act” at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW, on the corner of 16th and P Streets, NW.
This event is being held to engage communities of faith in a discussion of how they can take urgent action to pressure Congress to pass the DC FAIR Act, which would create a voting representative in Congress for Washington, DC. The DC FAIR Act was introduced by Representative Tom Davis (R-VA) and would establish DC as a congressional district for the purposes of representation in the House. The bill would also provide for the temporary apportionment of an additional representative in the next eligible state, Utah.
"Let My People Vote is being held to speak truth to power that the disenfranchisement in Congress of the people of Washington, DC, is morally wrong," said Seth Chase, an organizer of the event. "People of faith have historically led social justice movements, such as the abolitionist and civil rights movements. The faithful across America should continue their historical mission and lead the movement to grant all Americans representation in Congress."
Speaking at Let My People Vote 2006 will be James Winkler, general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, the public witness and advocacy agency of the United Methodist Church.
Let My People Vote 2006 is a follow-up event to Let My People Vote held in June 2004, which brought together clergy and religious social justice activists from different faith traditions to discuss why people of faith should be concerned about congressional disenfranchisement. Let My People Vote 2006 is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required, and Foundry United Methodist Church is handicapped accessible.
Foundry United Methodist Church has been serving downtown Washington and the wider world since 1814. Foundry is a reconciling community, affirming the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be in ministry with all people of all races, sexual orientations, ages, or physical conditions. Foundry Democracy Project, a mission of Foundry United Methodist Church, is dedicated to educating the public about the moral injustice of congressional disenfranchisement of the people of Washington, DC.