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Norton Requests a Lincoln Bicentennial Date in February for House Passage of the D.C. Voting Rights Act
Friday, December 5, 2008
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting an early vote on the D.C. Voting Rights Act. Although Norton’s office was in touch with the offices of the leaders of both the House and the Senate immediately following the Nov. 4th elections, she used her letter to pass on the suggestion of Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, that a date close to February 12th, the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the centennial of the NAACP’s founding, would be especially appropriate.
DC Vote Asks Council to Approve ‘Taxation Without Representation’ Street
Street Name Would Spread Message About DC Voting Rights
Monday, November 24, 2008
Washington, DC - Today, DC Vote urged the DC City Council to approve a bill introduced to rename a portion of South Capitol Street, SE, as "Taxation Without Representation Street." The Council will consider Bill 17-909 to designate the portion of South Capitol Street, SE, between N Street, SE, and Potomac Avenue, SE as "Taxation Without Representation Street, SE."
DC Vote Named 'Among the Best' in Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington 2008-2009 Edition
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Washington, DC - DC Vote is pleased to announce that we were chosen as one of the best small nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington in its 2008-2009 "Guide to Giving." The Catalogue chose DC Vote, along with 67 other small nonprofits, from approximately 235 candidates.
DC Vote Hosts Veterans Day Rally Tomorrow
DC Area Veterans, Military Families and Del. Norton Join to Demand Equal Representation
Monday, November 10, 2008
Washington, DC - Veterans, veterans' families, and other supporters of DC voting rights will gather on Capitol Hill for DC Vote's Veterans Day Rally. Since World War I, more than 192,000 DC residents have served America and more than 1,600 men and women have given their lives to protect our country while being denied democracy at home.
DC Vote Victory Looks Promising with New President, Congress
Statement from DC Vote Executive Director
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Washington, DC - Last night's election could have significant implications for the DC voting rights movement. The following statement from Ilir Zherka, DC Vote Executive Director, about Tuesday's election results may be quoted in part or in full:
House Vote on Guns Takes Shameful Step toward Thwarting DC Democracy
Move Opposed by nearly 70 Percent of Americans
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Washington, DC - The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to strip Washingtonians of their power to enact local gun laws.
Poll on DC Gun Bill Shows Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Congressional Interference
Monday, September 15, 2008
Washington, DC - DC Vote commissioned a national poll conducted by KRC Research on Congress' impending vote to override the gun laws in the District of Columbia.
DC Vote Honored for Civil Rights Leadership
Ronald H. Brown Foundation Presents Award in Denver
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Denver, CO - DC Vote was presented with the Ronald H. Brown Foundation Award for civil rights leadership on Monday, August 25, in Denver, Colorado.
DC Vote Video to be Shown at Pepsi Center at Democratic National Convention
Music Video to Precede Speech on Voting Rights By Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Monday, August 25, 2008
Washington, DC - DC Vote's music video will be prominently featured at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, August 26. The video will precede a speech on DC voting rights by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Norton, Vice Chair of Platform Committee, to Speak at Denver Convention
Congresswoman to Focus on DC Voting Rights During DNC Speech
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Washington, DC - Democrat National Committee Chair Howard Dean said today that Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will speak at the Democratic National Convention, upon recommendation of the party’s nominee, Senator Barack Obama. Norton will speak on Wednesday evening at the Denver convention on D.C. voting rights.
DC Vote Responds to Latest Gun Bill Update
Speaker Pelosi Says She Opposes Bill But Will Allow a Vote
Friday, August 1, 2008
Washington, DC - In an article today in The Hill, 'Pelosi opposes gun bill but may allow vote', House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she will allow a vote on a bill that would dictate DC's gun laws. The bill imposes gun legislation on the District and would override any legislation written by the locally-elected DC government. According to the article, supporters have a commitment for a vote by mid-September.
DC Vote Garners Coalition Support to Oppose Souder's Gun Bill
DC GOP Joins NAACP and Others Calling for End to Congress' Interference
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Washington, DC - Nineteen local and national organizations have joined DC Vote in signing onto a letter urging members of the House of Representatives to oppose H. Res. 1331, a discharge petition that would allow Congress to impose gun laws on citizens of the District of Columbia. Coalition members, including the DC Republican Committee, NAACP and DC Appleseed have requested that members of Congress 'respect local democracy for Americans living in our nation's capital.'
House Members Attempt to Re-Introduce Gun Bill
DC Vote Says Resolution Infringes on the District's Right to Self-Governance
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Washington, DC - Representatives Mark Souder (R-IN) and Mike Ross (D-AR) have moved to introduce a bill to repeal DC's gun control laws, even after the Supreme Court has already ruled that the existing laws are unconstitutional in the historic District of Columbia v. Heller case.
Norton Seeks to Drive Back Unprecedented Attack on D.C. and the Democratic Majority
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she will ask members of both parties to decline to be a part of “a demeaning and disrespectful” effort to discharge from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, H.R. 1399. “This bill, unworthy of any member of Congress, usurps and seeks to interrupt the District’s statutory home rule right to rewrite its own gun laws as directed by the Supreme Court in Heller v. District of Columbia,” Norton said.
DC Council Approves Bill to Increase Visibility of Taxation Without Representation
Signs on Wilson Building and near Nationals Park to Display Amount DC Residents Pay in Federal Taxes
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Washington, DC - The DC City Council voted yesterday to approve Bill 17-28, the "Taxation Without Representation Federal Tax Pay-Out Message Board Installation Act of 2007." (PDF 13 kb)
Norton Says DC Voting Rights Bill Has New Republican Commitments
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) joined DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray, members of the DC Council, and the executive director of DC Vote this morning at a press conference at the Wilson Building, to give an update on her bill, S. 1257, "The District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007," and to offer her continuing support to local officials, and grassroots and civil rights organizations as the Council announced plans to move forward with a DC Council bill allowing for electronic message boards ticking off the taxes DC residents pay without representation. The boards will be located at the Wilson Building and near the new baseball stadium to promote DC voting rights.
DC Vote and DC Elected Officials Host Joint Press Conference
Chairman Gray, Del. Norton, DC Vote and DC City Council to Provide Updates on DC Voting Rights Movement
Monday, July 14, 2008
Washington, DC - DC Vote and local, elected officials will provide updates on the latest developments in DC voting rights and the fight to pass the DC House Voting Rights Act (S. 1257). DC Vote will unveil a new, national ad that highlights the lack of democracy for DC's fallen soldiers and veterans. The Council will also discuss a proposal for a message board that calculates the amount of tax dollars DC residents pay while being denied democracy. Del. Norton has also been invited to provide an update on the bill's status in the Senate.
Children to Lead 6th Annual White House Rally and Tea Party
DC Vote's Youngest Supporters to Rally for Voting Rights
Monday, June 30, 2008
Washington, DC - A group of DC area children will hold a Tea Party in front of the White House on Thursday, July 3 from 8:45-10:15am, to rally for full democratic rights for DC.
Local Students to Lobby Congress for DC Voting Rights
Ninth-Graders to Cap Off Intensive DC Voting Rights Course with Visits to Del. Holmes Norton and Key Senators
Monday, June 16, 2008
Washington, DC - Capping off a two-week intensive course on DC voting rights, twenty students from the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School will meet with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and members of the U.S. Senate who are filibustering the DC Voting Rights Act (S. 1257).
DC Vote and Urban League to Build Support for DC Voting Rights During Trip to Mississippi
Group Aims to Engage Voters in Target States
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Washington, DC - DC Vote staff and a representative from the Greater Washington Urban League will visit Jackson, Mississippi, next week to meet with constituents and garner support for the DC Voting Rights Act.
Missoula Protesters Bring DC Voting Rights Issue to the Forefront
Activists Address Sen. Max Baucus Directly and Urge Meeting with DC Vote
Friday, May 9, 2008
Missoula, MT - In protest of the Senate filibuster of the DC Voting Rights Act (S. 1257), eleven Missoula residents and
supporters staged a protest rally on Saturday, May 3, at a meeting of the Missoula Democratic Central Committee where Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) was the featured speaker.
DC Voting Rights a Top Ten Issue for Young Voters
Friday, May 2, 2008
Washington, DC - DC voting rights is now a top ten issue on Campus Progress Action’s “I’m Voting For” Web site. The “I’m Voting For” project allows young people to upload video testimonials of themselves speaking about the issues that matter to them most in the upcoming elections. The project goal is to help media and elected officials understand and focus on issues that are important to the younger generation.
Missoula Residents to Stage Protest Outside Event Featuring Sen. Baucus
Supporters to Call for DC Voting Rights Support
Friday, May 2, 2008
Missoula, MT - Montana residents staging a peaceful protest outside an event where Sen. Max Baucus is speaking. The protesters will be wearing "Taxation Without Representation" t-shirts and carrying handmade signs calling for Sen. Baucus to end his filibuster of the DC Voting Rights Act.
DC Republican Committee Joins DC Vote Coalition
Lends Support to the Fight for DC Voting Rights
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Washington, DC - The District of Columbia Republican Committee has joined DC Vote's coaltion of more than 75 partner organizations fighting for DC voting rights.
DC Vote Celebrates Tax Day With Protest Activities
Volunteers to Spread Message of Taxation Without Representation
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Washington, DC - Volunteers, wearing "taxation without representation" t-shirts and carrying "Demand the Vote" signs, will visit Metro stations and a post office to hand out "DC quarters" and postcards to pedestrians.
DC Voting Rights Act Could Benefit Montana
Research Findings Show Bill Could Help, Not Hurt, Montana's Influence in Congress
Monday, April 7, 2008
Washington, DC - Advocacy organizations, DC Vote and DC Appleseed, have presented Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) with a memo from Latham & Watkins LLP that addresses the Senator's concerns about the DC Voting Rights Act (S. 1257).
Greater Washington Urban League Recognizes DC Vote for Leadership
Ilir Zherka to Receive Whitney M. Young Jr. Award
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Washington, DC - Ilir Zherka, DC Vote Executive Director, has been chosen as one of two recipients of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Leadership Award from the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL).
Voting Rights March Cancelled
Pope's Visit to DC to Include April 16 Procession
Monday, March 24, 2008
Washington, DC - With Pope Benedict XVI visiting Washington, DC, on April 16, 2008, plans for a Voting Rights March on that day have been cancelled.
DC Vote Launches Campaign in Oregon
Staff Head West to Engage Constituents Through Education and Outreach
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Washington, DC - DC Vote will make the next stop on our national public awareness campaign with a trip to Oregon. Staff will continue to travel to several states where Senate members are blocking an up or down vote on the DC Voting Rights Act.
Residents Call for 'Taxation Without Representation' on DC Quarter Design
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Washington, DC – With the fate of the District of Columbia’s commemorative quarter now in the hands of the U.S. Mint, speculation on its design is running high. After a public comment period, the District government submitted three design narratives yesterday, all containing the phrase 'Taxation Without Representation' or 'No Taxation Without Representation.'
Voting Rights Activists Take Message to Montana
DC Vote to Visit Missoula, Butte, and Pablo to Educate Constituents about the DC Voting Rights Act
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Washington, DC - DC Vote is beginning a public awareness campaign to spread the message of DC's disenfranchisement to the states, starting with a trip to western Montana.
DC Delegation Heads to New Hampshire in Support of Local Bill
Mayor, Council and DC Vote Staff to Testify on NH House Bill Supporting DC Voting Rights
Monday, January 7, 2008
Concord, NH - "Rep. Rosenwald's bill supporting democracy for all Americans echoes the sentiments of many who have learned about DC's lack of voting representation," said Ilir Zherka, Executive Director of DC Vote. "New Hampshire is just one of many states DC Vote will visit to educate Americans about the disenfranchisement of the more than half a million District residents who pay taxes, serve on juries and fight in wars yet are denied a vote in Congress. Throughout 2008 we will travel to several other states where Senate members are blocking an up or down vote on the DC Voting Rights Act to educate their constituency about this critical issue."