DC Vote Files Petition Asking White House to Use DC’s Taxation Without Representation License Plate
For more information contact: James Jones, Communications Director
202.462.6000 x12 office / 202.557.4864 mobile / firstname.lastname@example.org
December 20, 2012
On Wednesday, December 19th, DC Vote filed a petition on the White House website asking that the Taxation Without Representation license plate be placed on the presidential limousine prior to Inauguration Day. The presidential limousines currently display DC plates that do not carry the Taxation Without Representation message.
The District adopted Taxation Without Representation as our official license plate motto in 2000 to give the country a visible demonstration of the political reality in the nation’s capital. District residents pay federal taxes and serve and die in wars, but have no vote in Congress.
If 25,000 people sign the petition on the White House on-line petition site within 30 days, the administration will provide a response.
“This is an opportunity for the people of DC and for supporters of our fight for full democracy everywhere to elevate our struggle to a new level,” said James Jones, DC Vote Communications Director.
“We are very grateful for President Obama’s support for our struggle for equal rights,” said Jones. “He has stated publicly that we should have the same voting rights as every other American. Displaying the Taxation Without Representation plate is simply an expression of the truth about DC’s political status.”
DC Vote urges everyone who supports full democracy for the people of the District to sign the petition. It is critical that supporters of DC voting rights share the petition link with friends, family and on social media networks. We strongly encourage DC residents to post a link to the petition on neighborhood listserves.
“Despite the strong feelings about this issue among District residents, reaching 25,000 signers without strong support from democracy advocates around the country will be a challenge,” Jones said. “It is important that DC residents and supporters of our rights use the petition as a way to reach out and educate as many people as possible about our status.”