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.