Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DC VOTE RALLY: Mayor Gray Arrested w/ Members of DC Council

I AM A PROUD WASHINGTONIAN as I write this blog entry. Yesterday at a DC Vote rally on Capitol Hill in front of Senate office buildings, Mayor Gray, DC Council chairman Kwame Brown, Councilmembers, Bowser, Alexander, Michael Brown, Tommy Wells, and Sekou Biddle along with 34 other people were arrested by capitol police for civil disobedience. This all spurred from the last minute deal passed between Congress and the White House on an agreement that would end funding for Planned Parenthood and push back on DC the school voucher program, which is currently set to be phased out. The entire issue however just shows that DC needs representation in the congress and budget autonomy. I applaud the mayor and councilmembers that stood up for 600,000 residents that live in DC.

It is a step towards a chain reaction of protests I hope. I encourage all civic minded people whether you live in DC or not to call your Senator and Congressperson and tell them give DC a vote. I also encourage as the mayor has local groups in DC to pick up on the issue and the energy. A movement has begun. It must be noted that former DC mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly led a similar protest in 1994 and was arrested. However we have a chance once again to make an impact and end this Un-American blot on our country by denying Americans a simple right to have representation.

I also must note I was saddened to see the lack of African American faces at the protest yesterday, especially young people (under 30). I hope that many young people saw the actions yesterday as a sign that there is a problem, and you can be a part of the solution.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Washington, D.C. Taxation Without Representation

Folks I know you have been following the budget news lately. Congress and the President struck a deal in the 11th hour to put in a continuing resolution (CR) until Thursday where a final vote on the budget bill will commence. However, in that trade deal, the District of Columbia was screwed over, again. The riders or things attached to a bill that has nothing to do with bill, all were targeted by republicans at DC.

 Planned Parenthood has been proposed to be cut. That program, as many don't know, is more than just abortion for low income women. The program provides education, condoms, and other important programs for low income residents.
The DC voucher program has been proposed to be restarted (republicans threw it on DC during the Bush administration) President Obama put a stop to it but Speaker Boehner has heavily pushed for this program. It is also a rider that has been attached to a budget bill.

 It is ludicrous that Congress can impose or take away anything from DC, 600,000 residents, while we have absolutely no say or vote. The District of Columbia is treated like a colony, full of taxed slaves. DC residents have and are serving in wars, pay STATE and FEDERAL taxes, yet have no vote in he big white dome building we call the capitol. Even worse, president Obama has not kept his word in defending DC and promoting statehood when he was candidate and senator.

DC is the ONLY city in the WORLD where the capital city residents have no say or vote in its national legislature. DC residents have been disenfranchised for too long. Residents and fellow citizens alike, it is time to make a stand and let congress know that the disregard of over 600,000 Americans is un-American. I implore you to call your Congressperson Senator and The White House and say you want DC to have a vote in Congress, or you support DC statehood.