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A FAQ on D.C. Voting Rights, Representation, and Statehood

During my 12 years living in the District, I have heard a lot of questions about, and uninformed arguments against, D.C. congressional representation and/or statehood. But I had never been able to find a single list of those questions or criticisms with reasonable answers. I did a bit of research and put together this Q & A. If you like it, please feel free to distribute it however you wish. (You need not put my name on it.) Thank you!

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Ferguson Solidarity protesters march on Chinatown, shut down streets

On the 23ed of August, several hundred protesters marched on Chinatown demanding that Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown, be charged with murder and that all cops be required to wear video cameras at all times. A speaker reported that a WNBA game was going on at the Verizon Center, so marchers went down 7th st to the heaviest crowds and closed intersections in Chinatown. These protests will continue every night at 7PM, meeting at Mt Vernon Square as on Aug 23.

Video of the march

Solidarity march for Ferguson Saturday night Aug 23

There will be a march in solidarity with those resisting police brutality in Ferguson, MO on Saturday, Aug 23. Meet up at 7PM Mt Vernon Square by the Convention Center, march through Chinatown.

Demands of Ferguson protesters

The mainstream media have gone out of their way to avoid posting demands made by Ferguson protesters. Here is one set published elsewhere by journalist Kevin Gosztola for Ferguson community organizers and ignored by the capitalist press.

Fergerson solidarity rally in Columbia Heights

On the 21st of August, DC residents gathered on the open plaza in Columbia Heights on 14th st to demand justice for Michael Brown, murdered by police in Fergerson, MO. At the rally there was talk of starting a serious Copwatch program here in DC to reduce the danger of a similar police shooting here.

Photo by Sam Jeweler

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