BONFIRE OF THE 1040s PROTEST
For more information contact: James Jones, Communications Director
202.462.6000 x12 office / 202.557.4864 mobile / email@example.com
April 10, 2002
On Monday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. on Farragut Square, Mayor Anthony Williams, D.C. City Council Chairwoman Linda Cropp and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) will join leading civil rights organizations and hundreds of District residents to protest Taxes Paid - Representation Denied. Protesters at the rally will be tossing copies of their tax returns into a fire demonstrating how burned up they are about being denied equal rights with other Americans and being excluded from full participation in our democracy.
"Taxation without representation is tyranny" was the rallying cry of our founding fathers and is still our cry today. The 572,000 tax-paying Americans living in the District of Columbia are denied full voting representation in the U.S. Congress." said Daniel Solomon, Chairman of the Board of DC Vote. "We will no longer allow our tax dollars to go up in smoke. We demand equal representation." Community leaders, renowned activists and students from local grade schools and universities are supporting D.C. residents in denouncing the treatment of hard-working taxpayers who deserve equal rights for equal responsibilities.
"This protest is an opportunity for everyone who believes in democracy to get involved. Residents are angry and ready to send the rest of America a wake up call that action is needed now," said Judy Hubbard Saul, resident of the District of Columbia and longtime DC Vote volunteer.
DC Vote, Committee for the Capital City, DC Democracy Fund, DC RABBLE, Stand Up! For Democracy in DC Coalition and the Statehood Solidarity Committee have united in strong support of this event as an important educational tool. Farragut Square is at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and K Street, NW at 17th Street, NW. Participants should take Metro to the Farragut North stop on the Red Line or the Farragut West stop on the Orange and Blue Lines. No street parking is available.
DC Vote is a non-partisan, non-profit organization designed to educate the American people and the U.S. Congress about the denial of equal rights and the lack of full voting representation in Congress for the residents of the District of Columbia.