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Bet this wouldn't happen in a red state, but this was nice to read.  

What we know is that of the 2,894 residents who cast ballots during early voting this year, scores were homeless. They were organized by Shelter, Housing and Respectful Change and the Washington Interfaith Network, which held a rally April 13 at a downtown homeless shelter, after which about 80 homeless residents voted.

“The central message was, ‘I am a voter,’” said the Rev. Mike Angell, an assistant rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church and a strategy team member for WIN. “So often we hear about the homeless as a problem, or as clients or guests of nonprofits. But the message is, our neighbors who live on the streets and in the shelters are residents of our city and should have a role in how the city spends its funds.”

There is a special election on Tuesday in the District of Columbia for an open At Large Council seat.  However, also on the ballot is something that is of great interest to  homeless citizens.    

Finally, also on the ballot is a referendum that, if passed, would tell Congress to let D.C. decide how to spend its $6 billion a year in local funding.

There's a catch, of course: The U.S. Constitution says that Congress has total legislative control over the District's spending. Congress doesn't have to listen to the vote in the referendum, but organizers of the "Free D.C.'s Budget" movement hope that the vote will send a strong message that the District's citizens want budgetary independence.  

 I am glad to see these organizations seeking to organize citizens whose voices are often ignored by our society.  I am hoping that these voters send a loud and clear message to the Republican Congress about the priorities of the residents of the District of Columbia.

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  •  Love this. (5+ / 0-)

    I worked at the board of elections here during the last election, and it always felt good when we got a 2100 Lakeside (men's shelter) and they were valid and voted a regular ballot. Also I processed provisions after the election and got a precinct with a rehab facility. We had a bunch of provisionals from there and virtually every one was good. Each time I verified one, I mentally pumped my fist.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 09:17:39 PM PDT

  •  Stories like this (0+ / 0-)

    help burst the DC corporate bubble , the pomp and circumstance makes me want to puke at this point , I can barley listen to an Obama speech any more

    •  It probably is easy to hate DC based on an endless (0+ / 0-)

      stream of narrowly-focused, negative stories on corporate influence peddling, inept or intransigent legislators, or duplicitous political practices in general (which are pretty much ubiquitous anyway, though practiced on varying scales depending upon the size of the area, nationally). It's probably akin to despising New York because of Wall Street excesses, or Greater Los Angeles because of Hollywood self-indulgence. All big (and great) American cities are not very well served by such a focus, which hardly tells even a miniscule part of the actual story (ies) that go on daily and have gone on historically in such cities or their surrounding areas. I've only lived and worked in DC-area since 1991 and am amazed regularly by its history (living and enshrined), arts communities, literary scene, higher education institutions (which includes two Historically Black Colleges/Universities within the city-proper), and its overall diversity. Every day, I ride the Metro or bus to work, and like my counterparts in other cities across the country, we see a living community and not just a single-subject news item spun in such a way as to implicate an entire metropolitan area. Residents of any town or city hearing their places of residence so frequently trashed could provide thousands of stories to counter the stereotypes such stories generate.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 05:37:05 AM PDT

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  •  Was there a debate? An exit poll? n/t (0+ / 0-)

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