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D.C.'s Youth Speak out on Statehood and Voting Rights E-mail

On May 13, 2009, the D.C. Council's Special Committee on Statehood and Self-Determination, chaired by Council Member Michael A. Brown, held a public hearing on the history of the District of Columbia and that history's impact on voting rights and statehood for D.C. The hearing concluded with a panel of five D.C. high school students who eloquently expressed their desire to be full citizens of the United States.  The students were Ms. Lisa Femia, a junior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Pricilla Lyle, a senior at Hyde Public Charter School, Hayley Miles McLean and Miya Brown, both seniors at the School Without Walls, and Jameelah Morris, a senior at Benjamin Banneker High School.  

 

 

 

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DC's Political Status Examined: Struggle for Equality in the District of Columbia E-mail

Mark David Richards discusses the political status of American citizens who live in Washington, District of Columbia, compared to Americans who live in the fifty states. This has been a hometown favorite for two centuries.  DC’s indeterminate political status and lack of political equality is and has been “the elephant in the room” that is admired, abhorred, and sometimes ignored altogether.  Equal rights are a DC dream, some would say a delusion, others impossibility, but the historical record shows that it has been a very long-term goal.

 

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