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COMMANDER IN CHIEF TAKES THE LEAD IN THE FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Thursday, December 21, 2000
The drive for full enfranchisement for the citizens of the District of Columbia went into high gear today with the announcement by President Bill Clinton that he has asked that the revolutionary new license plate bearing the proclamation "Taxation Without Representation" on his presidential limousine. With this bold move, the President joins Mayor Anthony A. Williams, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, members of the D.C. Council, and thousands of District drivers are committed to getting the "Taxation Without Representation" message to the nation and the world.
WELCOME LETTER TO 107TH CONGRESS CALLS FOR AN END TO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Today DC Vote sent a letter of welcome to members of the 107th Congress that called on them to put an end to the egregiously unfair system of "Taxation Without Representation," under which the citizens of the nation's capital have suffered for 200 years. The letter to congressional members old and new highlighted the discrepancy between the rights enjoyed by their constituents and those living in the nation's capital, and called on them to support full voting representation for D.C.
EVERY VOTE COUNTS, UNLESS YOU LIVE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL
Friday, November 17, 2000
America's commitment to the democratic principles that assure that every voice is heard, every vote is counted -- which is being played out in the spellbinding saga of Florida's vote recount -- is a bittersweet irony for those living in the nation's capital, who for 200 years have had no voice in Congress.
Taxation Without Representation
Amy Whitcomb Slemmer interviewed by washingtonpost.com
Monday, November 6, 2000
Amy Whitcomb Slemmer is well known for her concern about the lack of congressional representation for the citizens of the District of Columbia. She is executive director of DC Vote, a group dedicated to educating the public about the need for D.C. voting rights. That campaign has resulted in the District adopting new license plates that read "Taxation Without Representation."
D.C. CITIZENS DRIVE TOWARD DEMOCRACY WITH NEW 'TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION' LICENSE PLATES
Saturday, November 4, 2000
Mayor Anthony Williams proclaimed today "Driving Toward Democracy Day" as an excited crowd, from all parts of the city, descended on the Department of Motor Vehicles to show their enthusiast support for the new "Taxation Without Representation" license plate, which decries 200-years of injustice in the nation's capital. The mayor was joined at the podium by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, members of the D.C. Council, and representatives of DC Vote. They then kicked-off the license plate campaign by ceremoniously removing the old plates from their cars and replacing them with the new ones.
MAYOR PLEDGES TO RAISE ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR DC VOTE
Wednesday, November 1, 2000
In a surprise announcement last evening, Mayor Anthony Williams pledged to raise one million dollars for the campaign to achieve full representation in Congress for the citizens of the District of Columbia. The mayor's promise was part of his opening remarks at a welcome reception for DC Vote's new executive director, Amy Whitcomb Slemmer.
DC VOTE JOINS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF 'D.C. DEMOCRACY SEVEN'
Monday, October 16, 2000
Today DC Vote joined citizens and local officials, including Council member Carol Schwartz and a representative from the office of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Ca.), in front of the D.C. Superior Court to support seven people whose trial began today on charges of disrupting Congress. The "D.C. Democracy 7" were arrested on July 26th in the U.S. House of Representatives Visitors' Gallery after they spoke out in opposition to the bill's social riders, which would prohibit or severely restrict a number of popular and effective health programs for D.C. residents.
SUPREME COURT DECISION NOT TO HEAR VOTING RIGHTS CASE FANS FIRES OF REBELLION IN NATION'S CAPITAL
Friday, September 29, 2000
Today the highest court in the land declined to hear arguments by District of Columbia plaintiffs in the Alexander v. Mineta voting rights case, adding fuel to the fires of a rebellion growing in the nation's capital. Alexander v. Mineta sought to redress the 200-year-long disenfranchisement of the people of the District by arguing that District citizens have a constitutional right to representation in Congress. The people of Washington, D.C., who suffer the second highest tax burden in the nation, have no representation in the U.S. Senate and are represented only by a nonvoting Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.
LAWYER BIKES CROSS-COUNTRY TO PROMOTE 'TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION' CAMPAIGN
Thursday, September 14, 2000
Walter A. Smith, who has spent almost three years sitting behind a desk as an attorney on a D.C. voting rights case, is now astride his bicycle as he continues to make the case that the citizens of the District of Columbia should have fully empowered congressional representatives.
HIGH-TECH KICKOFF OF JULY 4TH FOCUSES ON VOTING RIGHTS IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL
Wednesday, June 28, 2000
Ushering in the July 4th weekend with a new online campaign to focus on democracy in the nation's capital, DC Vote and SpeakOut.com launched a partnership today that brings powerful online tools to all who want to make their voice heard on the issue of congressional representation for the District of Columbia.
AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR EQUAL REPRESENTATION FOR DC AT 72%
Wednesday, April 12, 2000
The national polling data released here at a today's press conference by Mark David Richards, of Bisconti Research, gives strength to the citizens of Washington, D.C., who seek representation in Congress equal to that of their fellow citizens. The research shows that a stunning 72 percent of Americans, across the demographic and political spectrum, support equal voting rights in Congress for their fellow citizens who live in the nation's capital. Today's survey research reveals a gap between how Americans feel their fellow citizens should be treated and the way that Congress has chosen to treat them.
STATEMENT BY JOSEPH STERNLIEB, DC VOTE PRESIDENT, ON RULING IN ALEXANDER V DALEY
Tuesday, March 21, 2000
The citizens of our nation's capital have been travelers on the road to justice for 199 years. We were hoping that the Alexander v. Daley lawsuit would shorten our journey to equal rights. Yesterday's three-judge ruling that District citizens do not have a legal right to vote in Congress did not speed our journey. This disappoints us, but it does not surprise us.
DC VOTE APPLAUDS BRADLEY STATEMENT ON D.C. VOTING RIGHTS
Friday, February 11, 2000
The Coalition for D.C. Representation In Congress (DC Vote) applauds presidential candidate Bill Bradley for his statement released this week fully endorsing voting representation in Congress for D.C. residents. "Senator Bradley is the first major party candidate to highlight the D.C. representation issue in this presidential campaign," stated Joseph Sternlieb, president of the Coalition. "We applaud his leadership, and we call on all those running for president to support representation in Congress for D.C. voters and to speak out on the issue in their campaigns." said Sternlieb.