In what may be his final weekly republican address Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) made a plea for support of his DC Opportunity Scholarship Program which the House of Represenatives voted to re-authorize last week.

New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie went on record against D.C. statehood Monday. He stated that democratic equality for DC residents is not an issue he thinks about much, but if he thought about it more he’d oppose it.

Governor Christie’s reasons for opposing statehood were filled with misconceptions about the District of Columbia. 

As Congress struggles to reach a compromise to prevent a government shut-down in December and the Republican party scrambles to find a worthy conservative to be the next Speaker of the House, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee found time to address… the District of Columbia’s public schools.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of representing DC Vote at a series of meetings and events of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon led the launch of the much anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aspire to eradicate poverty and create a just and equitable world.

Image courtesy of Farhad Ahmed JarralIt has been only a week since I flew from Pakistan and landed at Dulles Inte

During the 1990s, the District of Columbia was the epicenter of the U.S.  HIV/AIDS epidemic. By the middle of the decade, public health experts and District officials were pushing bold action to reverse the explosion of new HIV/AIDS infections in D.C. 

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.

Bond fought tirelessly his entire career for the eradication of injustice and inequality for African Americans and for all people living under discrimination.

By Betzaida Nolasco, 2015 Karel Fellow

DC Vote recently took on a new strategy to build support for equality across the nation. Executive Director Kimberly Perry traveled to Wisconsin and Illinois this summer where she met with the numerous state-level advocacy organizations, universities, foundations, labor and civic organizers. 

Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. Included in this legislation is the District of Columbia’s locally-raised tax dollars. This spending bill is also the vehicle certain members of Congress use to introduce “riders” that would impose their fringe ideals on District residents.