April 2007

Are you anxious to see a Democrat in the White House?

It’s a long road to November, 2008, but our goal is to play a part in the critical presidential primary campaign that will most likely be decided by next February, less than a year from now.

We are planning to hold an endorsement vote for the Democratic primary by October, at the latest. That is only 5 months away.

At our May Meetup next Wednesday, May 2, we will kick off our primary campaign by discussing our endorsement process. In particular, we’ll talk about our endorsement criteria, which establish the particular issues and aspects of a candidate that matter for our organization’s endorsement.

Come to our May Meetup and give your input into our endorsement process. This is your chance to make yourself heard, so RSVP to the Meetup now.

At the Meetup, we’ll review our endorsement process and focus on our endorsement criteria. This will become the basis of our candidate questionnaire, which will be sent to all the Democratic candidates, and will be the main source of information for our endorsement guide. Come to the Meetup and make sure you get your voice heard on how we endorse a candidate for the Democratic Primary.

RSVP to the Meetup now.

And don’t forget to save the date for our “Picnic in the Park,” our fundraiser in Rock Creek Park on Saturday, May 19th! We’ll send you more details in the coming weeks.

Hope to see you all next Wednesday!

Monday, April 16, on DC Emancipation Day, despite dangerous wind gusts and rain, thousands of us marched to the Capitol to demand our rightful vote in the People’s House. Even the mainstream media had to acknowledge it was the largest demonstration for DC Voting Rights in three decades.

Then Thursday, as if on cue, the House passed HR 1905, granting the District a real vote. With the firm support of the Democratic leadership, It was more or less a party-line vote, 241 to 177, with just 22 principled Republicans breaking ranks to vote Aye. Once again, the Democratic Party proved itself to be the party of civil rights and real democracy.

And to do it, we needed all of you! The more than 100 of you who volunteered to march have proven yourselves voting rights advocates. And those of you who worked so hard to recruit those 100+ people have proven yourselves leaders in this campaign.

We have forged closer bonds with the DFA community, which supported us selflessly in this campaign. We are indebted to Jim Dean, Tom Hughes, Charles Chamberlain, and Sheri Divers at DFA, and to our DFA allies around the country: from San Francisco to New York City; Birmingham, AL, to Columbia, MO; Salt Lake City, UT, to Louisville, KY; Pittsburg, PA, to Bettendorf, IA; Bloomington, IN, to Overland Park, KS. Our DFA brothers and sisters called and emailed their Representatives to urge them to support the DC Voting Rights Act — and the great majority of them did.

So now is the time to celebrate, give thanks, and to express ourselves. So won’t you write a letter to the editor of the Washington Post and other area newspapers and tell them how you feel? Send a copy of your letter to dcfordemocracy@gmail.com, so that we can share!

We look forward to seeing you at the May Meetup on Wednesday, May 2. We have much to celebrate and plan!

The Washington Post says the Voting Rights March was the largest demonstration for DC Voting Rights in decades. And we were part of it!

Even though the high winds and rain reduced attendance and upended the program schedule, the excellent news coverage achieved our goal: putting the spotlight on the District’s predicament and increasing pressure on Congress to pass the DC Voting Rights Bill.

DC for Democracy in front of the Capitol
(See more photos on our Flickr group.)

DC4D had a particularly boisterious contingent, although smaller than we had expected. With Joanne Kim, Joan Kennan, Kevin Delany, and others forging ahead with our banner (which turned into a high-powered sail), and Denise Rathman energetically leading our chants, we made quite a noise striding down Pennsylvania Avenue.

And we were joined by our loyal Maryland allies, led by Gina Angiola and State Senator Jamie Raskin, who were cheered by our fellow District residents for their selfless commitment to DC Voting Rights.

Our sincere apologies to anyone who came to march with us, but could not find us because of the program changes.

The most important result of our efforts on the Voting Rights March is that we have proven ourselves to be serious and committed members of the DCVote coalition. The hard work we did to prepare for the march will stand us well in our ongoing campaign for voting rights. We have recruited new members and re-engaged longstanding ones. We are now in a much stronger position to engage in the intensive grassroots lobbying campaign that is required to pass HR 1433.

We’ll be talking with you soon about our forthcoming plans for moving forward on DC Voting Rights. We would love to hear about your ideas on that front, so please email us at votingrights@dcfordemocracy.org.

Come march under the DC for Democracy banner on a historic day!

Have you ever complained about our lack of voting representation? Now is your chance to do something about it — something that will be remembered for a long time! RSVP now.

We expect this to be the biggest, most joyful march for DC Voting Rights in history. How can you miss out on this, when it’s right in your neighborhood and takes just a few hours of your time?

Gather at Freedom Plaza at 2:30PM on Monday, April 16, and march with our elected leaders and thousands upon thousands of DC residents down Pennsylvania Avenue. Then at 4PM, rally in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool to hear speeches and music. We’ll make a wonderful noise that Congress will hear, just as they are getting back from Easter recess.

Last night at our April Meetup, DC4D members agreed to mobilize 100 people to attend the Voting Rights March.

Will you be one of those 100?

The Voting Rights March — it’s not just another event. It’s the grandest action for DC Voting Rights in 30 years.

Don’t sit on the sidelines as history marches by — RSVP now.

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