Nathan Harrington has a problem in his Congress Heights neighborhood: There are too many vacant houses holding down property values and attracting crime, he says, and the city isn’t doing enough to fix the problem.

So on Thursday, the 31-year-old teacher decided to seek action in the halls of power. But the halls he chose were not in D.C.’s city hall, the John A. Wilson Building, or in the Southwest offices of city property regulators, but in the Longworth House Office Building.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | DC Vote - Press Release | Matt Ackland


Earlier this week, President Barack Obama said he supports statehood for the District of Columbia. ButFlorida Congressman John Mica believes otherwise.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. councilmember and mayoral candidate is hoping to have a word with the Republican congressman who wants to block the nation’s capital from liberalizing its marijuana laws.

Councilmember David Catania says he’ll be at Rep. Andy Harris’ office on Friday morning to request a meeting.

Ask Congress to Refrain From Adding Social Policy Riders on DC Appropriations Bill

Today, DC Vote along with 41 other local and national organizations, delivered letters to all members of Congress urging them to oppose all efforts to undermine the District’s local autonomy though the fiscal year 2015 appropriations process.

DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry issued the following statement regarding the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruling that the city must conduct an election for Attorney General in 2014.

“DC Vote is pleased that the Court affirmed that the voters of the District have the ability to expand democracy at the local level,” said DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry. “We commend Paul Zukerberg and DC Appleseed for standing up to protect the will of the people,” Perry said. 

Today, DC Vote sent a letter to the fifty US Senators who signed a letter to the NFL about the Washington football team name, urging them to support legislation to advance DC autonomy, including a bill to grant DC statehood.

The Senators’ May 22 letter to the NFL includes this passage:

Today's ruling by Judge Sullivan to stop DC's new budget autonomy law is unfortunate and disappointing.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | DC Vote - Press Release | James Jones

DC Vote is proud to have joined the suit filed in DC Superior Court by the DC Council today in support of DC budget autonomy and the will of the people. DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry issued the following statement regarding the filing of the suit.

Friday, April 11, 2014 | DC Vote - Press Release | James Jones

It is deeply disappointing that the District’s Attorney General and Mayor are working to undermine the will of the people – and the budget law – rather than fighting for self-determination and defending our right to budget freedom that was won through the ballot box.