FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2015
DC Vote Mourns the Loss of Julian Bond
The DC Voting rights community is mourning the loss of civil and human rights icon, Julian Bond. He died on Saturday at the age of 75.
“There are 50 states in total and we’ll sing their names with glee, but there’s one place that gets shafted and it’s Washington, D.C.!,” the kids of Capitol Hill sang Sunday morning.
A group of cute kids gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday morning to advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia, singing comedian John Oliver's D.C. statehood song.
On last Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight," Oliver dedicated a segment to explaining the fight for statehood in Washington, D.C. At the end, Oliver led kids in a rendition of the famous "50 States Song" -- with new lyrics.
John Oliver has a new version of the "50 States Song," sung by adorable schoolchildren who want to know -- quite explicitly -- why Washington, D.C., is getting the shaft.
On HBO's "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday, Oliver took a look at the long and strange history of our capital city's rights and representation at the federal level. Or, more accurately, lack thereof.
In just 17 minutes, Oliver deftly explains the history of D.C.'s lack of voting rights, why it's completely messed up, and how simple of a fix it would be. Additionally, he makes fun of several members of Congress who just loooooooove to butt in to D.C. affairs (not that it's hard to make fun of Jason Chaffetz and John Mica). Anyway, fuck yeah, John Oliver.
Residents of Washington, D.C. have long complained about the city's second-class status — not only do they not have representation in Congress, but members of Congress from across the country periodically try to substitute themselves for the city's local legislators. (It's happened with drug laws, abortion and guns.)
The only problem is that not many people across the U.S. know of the city's status, nor do national figures often make a cause of it.
John Oliver, the most serious man in fake news these days, went big — 17 minutes big! — on D.C. statehood during his show Sunday night.
Highlighting what he described as the hypocrisy inherent in the District’s lack of budget autonomy and absence of voting rights in Congress, Oliver made the case that perhaps the D.C. mayor’s relationship with Congress isn’t all that different from a high school president’s relationship with a school administration.
John Oliver already took on the rights of United States territories earlier this year, but his latest look at an underrepresented area brought him to the country’s capital on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
It sucks to live in Washington, D.C.—or so says John Oliver, the surprisingly nimble political satirist and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Yes, if you thought Sen. Marco Rubio making The Hill’s ultra-silly list of the “50 Most Beautiful People” on Capitol Hill was bad, well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for D.C. residents.
“There is one U.S. territory that suffers a lack of representation in D.C., and that is D.C. itself,” Oliver announced on Last Week.
There was a time when things couldn’t get more adorable than John Oliver singing about broken prison systems with a bunch of Muppet-like puppets.
That time has now passed, because on Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver brought in the really big guns to help get his point across about limited voting rights in Washington, D.C.: a group of cherubic singing children.