DC Vote wants voting representation in Congress and full equality for the residents of the District of Columbia. It is an admirable and valiant goal, but one that has been going on for nearly 200 years. Achieving this mission will require not only concerted involvement from elected officials and citizens, but a very specific political climate as well.
Not to sound cliché or anything, but these past two months at DC Vote have truly been the best two months of my life. From getting to know my fellow interns who made me smile every single day, to making connections with my wonderful supervisors and supporters of DC equality. I couldn’t have asked for a better internship. It was a remarkable experience to work with a grassroots advocacy and learn the ins and outs of the organization.
Rep. Andy Harris has been attracting attention with some wild comments. After successfully attaching language to a spending bill that would overturn DC’s marijuana decriminalization law, Harris proudly stepped forward to defend the blatantly undemocratic maneuver. We now know that he doesn’t “usually” interfere with DC’s local laws (gee, thanks!) and that he believes DC officials should focus more on subpar schools (how’d he manage to change it to that subject?).
I hope Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) takes the advice of his colleague Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) and runs for DC Council in the fall. That way, if Rep. Harris is successful in his campaign at least he would be accountable to DC voters.
Right now, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House majority, Harris is operating as if he is the lone elected official from the District.
Today, the House subcommittee in charge of DC’s annual budget passed a spending bill that forces District residents to adhere to a local abortion policy we don’t support.
It’s a familiar storyline, but impossible to ignore. A group of legislators we did not elect, who serve in a body where we have no vote, are forcing Americans in DC to submit to their view of the world. And, like all dictators, they seem to answer to no one.
DC Vote’s inaugural 3 Star Ball is only one week away and one of our most treasured local companies will be a big part of the festivities.
by Amanda Palmer
In 8th grade I had to memorize all of the articles of the Constitution. I did not have to recite it word for word, but I had to know the basics of each article.
The assignment taught me two things: 1) I hate rote memorization and 2) I would never be a political science major.
Over the past 10 years, the number of young District of Columbia residents has increased to make up almost a third of the population. I, like many young professionals, moved to the District after graduating from college because I read that DC had one of the stronger job markets. What I didn’t realize when I moved here was that I would have to give up my voting representation in federal elections. The District’s young professionals may be passionate about politics, but the 200 year old injustice we live under is mostly ignored.
That’s why DC Vote is reaching out to young professionals to join the cause.
Today, the DC Council filed a lawsuit against the Mayor and CFO to ensure that our local budget law is followed. We commend Chairman Phil Mendelson for taking this forceful step to protect our budget autonomy law.
In case you didn’t know, today is DC Emancipation Day. On its face, the little-known District of Columbia holiday is meant to commemorate President Lincoln’s freeing of the slaves living in the District of Columbia as a prelude to the Emancipation Proclamation. But District of Columbia voting rights and statehood supporters have since taken the holiday as an opportunity to remind Americans in the fifty states that DC residents will never truly be free until we’re granted the same basic democratic rights as they enjoy.