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DC Vote is hosting a national call-in day to help the DC Voting Rights Act overcome a filibuster.

Just call 1-866-346-3008 and you will be patched through to your Senators.

DC Vote is working with Common Cause, People for the American Way, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, DC for Democracy and dozens of other groups to generate a wave of calls.

This is critical. 57 Senators have committed to supporting cloture. Seven more at least are persuadable. Yesterday, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton urged Reid to bring the DC Voting Rights Act to the floor before the August recess

The DC Voting Rights Act will provide a voting member of Congress to 600,000 residents of DC for the first time ever. Let's seize this opportunity for a progressive victory!

Originally posted to dcdanny on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 08:04 AM PDT.

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  •  danny? (0+ / 0-)

    you're on the DC panel for DCVote with Mike and Kesh, right?

    •  yep! (0+ / 0-)

      Here's hoping the bill will be passed by then, so we can focus on how to stop Bush from vetoing....

      •  no (0+ / 0-)

        here's hoping it passes AND we can get to work on Statehood.  Dude, our police shouldn't have to work through federal prosecutors to process arrests.  We shouldn't have to foot the bill for security all the time.  NPS/Cap Hill Police/ NSA and the like shouldn't be able to close streets without coordinating these closures through MPD.  

        And it's been ages since I saw you.  Hope you can make the entire conference.

        •  agreed (1+ / 0-)
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          Bendygirl

          There's a chance the DC Voting Rights Act will pass the Senate bu Aug 3rd but it wont get to Bush's desk by then. So that's what I meant by focusing on the veto threat at yKos.

          But once the whole bill is signed into law, then it's full speed ahead towards full democracy in DC, Senators included!

  •  Unconscionable (2+ / 0-)
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    Bendygirl, dcdanny

    that more than half a million US citizens living, working and paying Federal taxes in the Distrcit of Columbia have no representation in Congress.

  •  Tip Jar and Yearly Kos plug (0+ / 0-)

    PS  You can learn more and share ideas at this panel led by DC  Shadow Representative Mike Pannetta.

    •  DC has a shadow rep? (0+ / 0-)

      I can understand shadow Senators, but a shadow Rep makes no sense given the fact that DC has a delegate.

      (-7.25,-5.95) "We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home." -Edward R. Murrow

      by adamschloss on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 08:25:48 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, and it's me! (0+ / 0-)

        I can understand shadow Senators, but a shadow Rep makes no sense given the fact that DC has a delegate.

        Sometimes I think the same thing, but these offices exist to remind everyone that we don't have a real Congressional delegation with real votes. A Delegate in the House is NOT the same as having a Representative in the House...so that's why we have the Shadow Rep. and Senators.

        I do what I can to lobby for the cause, with no salary or budget from the city. Eleanor Holmes Norton is the Congresswoman for the District and our voice, if not vote, in Congress.

        Mike Panetta
        U.S. "Shadow" Representative (D-DC)
        http://www.FreeAndEqualDC.com

        by MikePanetta on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 09:02:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I Demand a Vote (1+ / 0-)
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    dcdanny

    As a DC citizen, it is crazy that I don't have any representation in Congress.  The argument opponents are using that the bill is not Constitutional is ridiculous - if that were the case, I shouldn't have to pay taxes or serve jury duty.  It is important that people from states with actual representation in Congress contact their Senators and let them know how important this bill is -- we have a major world class city right here in the US without full democracy.  DC Vote and its partners  have done a phenomenal job bringing the issue this far - but we need help from around the country!  It's time for DC to finally get the right to vote!

  •  Make The Call (0+ / 0-)

    It's easy, free, and makes a difference!

    Hope too see everyone in Chicago next week.

    Mike Panetta
    U.S. "Shadow" Representative (D-DC)
    http://www.FreeAndEqualDC.com

    by MikePanetta on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 08:58:52 AM PDT

  •  It's Time (0+ / 0-)

    It's long past time that we give these thousands of Americans the right to vote and be represented in Congress.  We've used the lack of democratic representation as a reason for war, yet those that live down the street from the Capitol have no vote in Congress.  

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