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Act Out!'s Eleanor Goldfield Interviews Ann Loikow on D.C. Statehood E-mail

Act Out!'s Eleanor Goldfield Interviewed Ann Loikow of D.C. Statehood - Yes We Can! on why we need D.C. Statehood. The interview can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcGEUhUX21k&feature=youtu.be and is most of the 28:28 minute segment:

"Published on Oct 26, 2016 (on the web)

This week, the climate fight in the devil's den clashes with free speech and in a new category – new old news, we dive into a more than 200 year old fight for voting rights in the last continental colony in the US. And yes, even if that's not where you live, it matters. – From tweets to marching in the streets, this is Act Out!"

Emancipation Day 2016 Events E-mail

Read more for a list of Emancipation Day events sponsored by the DC Statehood Coalitioin, the D.C. Government and the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum.

From DC for Democracy on statehood events this weekend:

This weekend, Democracy Awakens!

Democracy Awakening is a national convergence in Washington, D.C. of more than 200 organizations (including DC for Democracy) from April 15 - April 18, to press Congress to pass reforms essential to ensuring a nation where everyone can cast a vote that counts and the power of people’s voices is not measured by the size of their wallet. This historic mobilization will unite the fight to protect and expand our right to vote with the urgent necessity of getting big money out of our elections.
Saturday, April 16, Noon - 6pm:  Workshops, Teach-ins & Art at the intersections between voting rights, money and politics and the struggles for a healthy living planet, criminal justice reform, a fair economy, workers rights, empowered young people and more.  This will take place at All-Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard St, NW), and will include:
  • Separate & Unequal: DC’s Renewed Struggle for Voting Rights & Equality, a workshop at 2pm, Eaton Room.  The workshop will explain the history of second-class citizenship of D.C. residents, and the emergence of the statehood movement in the 1990s. Explore the recent circumstances that led to a renewed commitment to statehood, the nuts and bolts of creating the state of New Columbia, how we achieved significant momentum in the U.S. Congress since 2010, and the prospect for further advances in 2016.  Presenters will include: Johnny Barnes (Living With the Law); Franklin Garcia (D.C. Shadow Representative); Anisa Jenkins (Stand Up! For Democracy in DC); Kim Perry (DC Vote) and moderator Eugene Puryear (DC Statehood Green Party).
  • Small Donor Democracy: Bringing a National Movement to District Elections --3pm, Eaton Room.  The workshop will focus on small donor empowerment solutions generally, and the DC Fair Elections Coalition in particular.  Presenters include Delvone Michael (DC Working Families); Ericka Taylor (DC Fair Budget Coalition); Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3); and moderator Emma Boorboor (U.S. PIRG).
  • DC State Breakout -- 5pm, Tupper Room.  Don’t miss your chance to connect with others and take a stronger more unified movement group and plan home to your state or city. Facilitators will outline 1-2 winnable efforts for voting rights and money in politics reforms in each state, together we’ll come up with a game plan for how to work together after the mobilization and win.
Sunday, April 17, 1-4pm there will be a Mass Rally and March for democracy at the U.S. Capitol.

Monday, April 18, 10:30am - 4:30pm: Congress of Conscience Lobby Day & March around the Capitol. Some volunteers will engage in advocacy/lobbying while others will engage in non-violent direct action.  Statehood groups are planning to participate in advocacy only. If you are interested in joining the statehood groups, please contact me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (with "statehood" in the subject line).

Find out more about Democracy Awakening here.



D.C. Government's Emancipation Day activities:

For more informaition on these events go to: http://emancipation.dc.gov

04/16/2016 - 10:00am

African American Civil War Memorial Wreath Laying

04/16/2016 - 1:00pm -3pm

Emancipation Day Parade

04/16/2016 - noon lineup1:30pm

Truck Touch and Festival

04/16/2016 - 2:00pm

The Role of Frederick Douglass in Emancipation

04/16/2016 - 2:00pm

African-American Women During Slavery and Freedom

04/16/2016 - 2:45pm

Emancipation Day Concert

04/16/2016 - 9:00pm

Emancipation Day Fireworks 2016


04/17/2016 - 1:30pm

Emancipation Day Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

04/17/2016 - 3:00pm

A History of Racial Passing in American Life

04/17/2016 - 6:00pm

African-American Music from the Civil War Era


04/24/2016 - 2:00pm

The History and Role of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church


American Civil War Memorial and Museum Emancipation Day Events: afroamcivilwar.org

Join us for the following events on April 16th, in celebration of DC Emancipation. This event is free, RSVP on http://www.aacwmdcemancipation.eventbrite.com
African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation, 1925 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001; 202-667-6771

3:00 PM

Voting Rights Legacy of the USCT

Lecture by Hari Jones

3:30 PM

DC Emancipation Day Presentation

DC Attorney General Carl Racine

3:45 PM

Processional from Museum to Memorial

4:00 PM

Drill Presentation: School of the Soldier & Wreath Laying Ceremony

Andrew Green, USCT

4:15 PM

Reading of Names of the first 3,100 freed

Audience Participation

Frederick Douglass and D.C. E-mail
John Muller wrote in DCist that though Frederick Douglass's statute may now be moved to the U.S.Capitol, his  legacy in support of D.C. suffrage and self-government should not be forgotten. As Frederick Douglass  wrote in 1892, "The District of Columbia is the one spot where there is no government for the people, of the people, and by the people. Its citizens submit to rulers whom they have had no choice in selecting. They obey laws which they had no voice in making. They have a [sic] plenty of taxation, but no representation. In the great questions of politics in the country they can march with neither army, but are relegated to the position of neuters."
Democratic Party's Platforms and D.C. E-mail

Over the past 172 years, the Democratic Party's platform has addressed the political status of the District of Columbia in a number of ways. From 1988 to 2000, the Democratic party unequivocably endorsed statehood for the District of Columbia.

Prior to that time, it supported the 1978 constitutional amendment to give D.C. full representation in both the House and the Senate in Congress, an unlimited vote for President (not restricted to the number of electoral votes of the least populous state as in the 23rd amendment to the Constitution), and a vote on constitutional amendments (even though we did not have a state legislature). That amendment died in 1985 when not enough states ratified it wihtin the seven years allowed in the act.

The Democratic Party has also supported full home rule for D.C. and voting representation in Congress (both Houses) and more recently (2004-2012), D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has changed the platform plank from an endorsement of statehood to one only endorsing a vote in the House (through legislation and not a constitutional amendment) and partial temporary legislative fixes such as budget autonomy.

Below are excerpts from all the Democratic Party platforms between 1840 and 2008 that mention the District of Columbia.

Reopening of D.C.'s WWI Memorial E-mail

On November 10, 2011, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, and Council Chairman Kwame Brown joined Bob Vogel, Superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks for the U.S. Park Service in reopening the District of Columbia World War I Memorial on the Mall. The District of Columbia, like all the states, funded and buit its own memorial to its soldiers who fought in the "Great War."  The memorial was built on the Mall and the National Park Service was charged with its maintenance.  After falling into great disrepair, the Congress authorized the cleaning, realnscaping and repair of the memorial.  For information on the efforts by some to make it the "national" World War I memorial and deprive the residents of D.C. of their memorial to their soldiers, see the November 10, 2011 article by Tom Howell of The Washington Times entitled "D.C. fights for World War I memorial."

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