Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia is a time for celebrations and reflection, but also to draw attention to D.C.’s lack of voting rights in Congress.
As public schools and local government offices closed Thursday to celebrate the 153rd anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves in D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., noted Congress was still open.
Residents raised a "DC Liberty Pole" on the National Mall Wednesday to demand political equality for the District.
D.C. residents and supporters gathered at 3rd Street on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol for a six day protest.
The 42-foot "DC Liberty Pole" placed on the National Mall is to call on Congress to pass legislation that provides D.C. residents with the same rights as residents in the other 50 states.
Supports will hold a nonstop vigil on the National Mall until April 20.
While April 15 might just be a filing deadline for most Americans, for D.C. residents, it’s a day when the words that adorn their license plates hit home.
“The slogan ‘taxation without representation’ is something you would hope had perished with the end of the Revolutionary War, but it still applies today to the 650,000 Americans who call the District of Columbia home,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said in a statement Wednesday. “We feel our status as lesser citizens especially on April 15.”
At the very deliberate time of 4:20 a.m. Wednesday, dozens of D.C. marijuana activists arrived at the Mall. They put on some music, constructed a 42-foot “liberty pole,” and chained themselves to it.
“Chained to this pole, I feel more free than I have in my memory,” said protester David Keniston. “We are living democracy right now.”
Led by the DC Cannabis Campaign, the organization that spearheaded efforts to legalize marijuana in the city, the nearly week-long vigil in which city activists decry congressional meddling into local D.C. affairs began Wednesday.
Congress has some more time to deal with two District of Columbia bills that have caused some backlash from lawmakers, but the clock is ticking.
The two bills in question are the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act, which the D.C. government approved in January. Some Republican lawmakers say the bills violate religious freedom and introduced disapproval resolutions in the House and Senate aimed at blocking the bills.
Reports find that Washingtonian's top priorities are affordable housing and quality of social services.
WASHINGTON—Talking Transition DC released two reports today, April 10th, 2015, that capture the opinions of nearly 9,000 DC residents and offer policy recommendations for Mayor Bowser on issues such as housing affordability, the quality of social services, and equal access to quality employment and education.
With members of Congress back home or traveling overseas during the congressional recess, District of Columbia activists headed to Capitol Hill to encourage staffers to respect District autonomy. What happened? The answer ranges from what one person described as a “deposition” to what another said was a “productive dialogue.”
Judicial Watch, a national watchdog group, has inserted itself into the District of Columbia court case surrounding the Budget Autonomy Act, arguing the mayor and the District Council are wrong to support the act and are playing “corrupt political games.”
The standoff between District of Columbia officials over the Budget Autonomy Act continued this week, with parties solidifying their positions in court filings and exposing a rift between the mayor and the attorney general.
Across all eight wards, most D.C. residents seem to agree: our city's housing is unaffordable, access to healthcare is decent, and Internet access is pretty good.
But opinions about police-community relations, public safety, and job availability resulted in a stark divide—with Wards 7 and 8 responding far more negatively than other parts of the city, according to a newly released survey by the Talking Transition DC initiative.