You gotta love when the Washington Post gives us free promotion. Let the media to do your bidding! I am quite happy with this story, and I hope it helps bring some people out to Freedom Plaza tomorrow! + MORE
|| 6/30/2005 || 3:25 pm || Comments Off || ||
OSCE Rally Friday!
|| 6/28/2005 || 7:52 am || Comments Off || ||
Come out if you can make it:
On Friday, July 1, 2005, rally for DC voting rights as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly holds their annual session in Washington, DC.
A series of events are planned and designed to encourage the more than 300 international diplomats to pass a resolution supporting full congressional voting rights for DC.
1. From 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM, we need volunteers to rally outside of the host hotel, the JW Marriott on 14th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, to greet the parliamentarians as they arrive for the beginning of their weekend long meeting.
2. At 12:00 noon on the western side of Freedom Plaza, Mayor Williams and Team DC Democracy will unveil an artistic installation created to visually represent DC’s denial of democracy.
3. Immediately following the unveiling of the installation, there will be a rally outside of the JW Marriott on 14th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, to greet Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert as they arrive to address the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Don’t forget to wear blue!
for more info visit: www.osceindc.com
|| 6/15/2005 || 11:51 am || Comments Off || ||
Today a certain someone got a call from an irate parliamentarian because I spoofed the www.oscepa.org website. My rationale for the spoof was to draw media attention to the website, but instead of saying that I can do what I damn well please, I opted to “work well with other’s” and spent the entire night reworking the website. check www.osceindc.com
DC City Council Passes OSCE Resolution
|| 6/7/2005 || 5:04 pm || Comments Off || ||
The Parliamentarians of the OSCE are coming to DC for the first time next month, and we are going make sure they pass a resolution condeming the U.S. government for it’s denial of voting rights to the 572,000 Washington, DC residents. This 4th of July might be more fun than last year!
IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To declare, on an emergency basis, the sense of the Council on welcoming the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly to the District of Columbia and calling on them to adopt a resolution at their assembly in support of full voting rights for citizens of the District of Columbia.
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the â€œSense of the Council in Support of Full and Equal Voting Rights for Citizens of the District of Columbia Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Emergency Resolution of 2005â€.
Sec. 2. The Council finds that:
(1) The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is made up of 55 states, including the United States, from Europe, Central Asia, and North America, and forms the largest regional security organization in the world.
(2) OSCE institutions include negotiating, decision-making, and operational bodies, which deal with a wide range of issues including human rights issues.
(3) The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will hold its first Annual Session meeting in the United States July 1 through 5, in Washington, D.C.
(4) Approximately 572,000 residents of the District of Columbia, in violation of established international human rights standards, are denied full voting rights in their national legislature.
(5) Ensuring equal voting rights for citizens of member states is a fundamental OSCE commitment.
Sec. 3. It is the sense of the Council that:
(1) The Council of the District of Columbia welcomes the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to Washington, D.C., and to the United States.
(2) The Council calls on the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to adopt a resolution at its Annual Session observing that the approximately 572,000 residents of Washington, D.C., continue to be denied equal and full voting rights in the United State House of Representatives and the United States Senate, and insisting that the government of the United States adopt such legislation as may be necessary to grant the residents of its capital city equal and full voting rights in their own national legislature.
Sec. 4. The Secretary of the Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit copies of this resolution upon its adoption to the President of the United States, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Delegate to the United States Congress, the chairpersons of the committees of the United States Congress with oversight and budgetary jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the presiding officer of the OSCE and to the presiding officer of the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly.
Sec. 5. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon the first date of publication in the District of Columbia Registar.
Now I really need to work on the website www.osceindc.com
DC Colonists video clip
|| 5/11/2005 || 6:38 pm || Comments Off || ||
I finally got this clip on-line from the DC Fox Five 10pm newscast on April 3rd, 2005. The same clip was rebroadcast on the morning of the 4th. If you look closely you can see me dressed as a colonist. We are going to have another outing at RFK stadium next month. I can’t wait!
The D.C. Colonist makes his baseball debut!
|| 4/3/2005 || 5:28 pm || Comments Off || ||
Photo summary of the April 3rd, 2005 exhibition game at RFK stadium
On April 3rd, 2005 over 20 DC Statehood Activists convened in section 438 at RFK stadium to highlight the resident’s of Washington, DC second-class status.
On April 3rd, 2005 over 20 DC Statehood Activists convened in section 438 at RFK stadium to highlight the resident’s of Washington, DC second-class status.
After each strike out the activists would hold up the letters that spelled out “STRIKE 4 DC STATEHOOD”
When the Nationals were at bat and the pitcher would walk a player, the activists would hold up “BUSH PLAY BALL WITH DC”
The exhibition was also the first time that Nats fans saw their unofficial mascot, the DC Colonist
DC Fox 5 also mentioned the activists antics on the evening and morning news, footage will be uploaded shortly.
Near the end of the game the activists made their way down to the lower level of RFK stadium, behind 3rd base, and proceeded to hold the signs up for all the spectators to see.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, with the go-ahead runner on base, the DC Colonist held up the large DC sign and ran up & down the stairwells hyping the crowd up. Yet even with the crowd ecstatically cheering, the Nationals were unable to score in the final inning.
The first baseball game played in RFK stadium in almost 30 years, and I show up dressed as a Colonist! I rented the costume from Backstage and eventually ended up purchasing it. I’m thinking of spending some saturday in the near future greeting people on the National Mall and telling them how DC residents are colonists. I think this might be an effective way to promote DC’s voting rights because 75% on the Mall are tourists. I think they’ll be more apt to go back to their hometown and put pressure on their elected officials. I’d love to see DC Vote pay someone to do this!
Nonetheless, I wonder how baseball will do at RFK stadium…
DCist Covers the Colonist
|| 3/30/2005 || 12:36 am || Comments Off || ||
posted today on DCist
D.C. Ã¼ber-activist Adam Eidinger didn’t win his campaign for shadow U.S. representative last fall, so now he’s campaigning for another public position: mascot for the Washington Nationals. A group of activists is calling for Adam to become the team mascot as “The Colonist” because “colonialists like you once brought about a revolution.” (Above, he waits in line for tickets for opening day.)
The Colonist and his friends also plan to flash signs reading “Strike for D.C. Statehood” after every strike during the first Nationals home game, from their seats in Section 438, Rows 3 and 4. They make it clear they’re not protesting baseball, but rather want “baseball fans from all over the country to understand that DC residents are effectively second class citizens due to our lack of Statehood.” The group has set up a website for their effort, but there’s not much information up yet: strike4statehood.com.
Meanwhile, last week the AP reported that although the team had chosen and named an official mascot, “It may be the most closely guarded secret in the Nation’s Capital.” The official mascot will be revealed on April 17 at the Kids Opening Day game.
Posted by Rob Goodspeed
DC Colonists – Flyer & Press Release
|| 3/28/2005 || 9:40 pm || Comments Off || ||
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2005
CONTACT: Zoe Mitchell 202-253-2990
Adam Eidinger 202-744-2671
DC Democracy Supporters Plan Action at First DC Baseball Game in 30 Years
DC Colonists to Hold “Strike 4 DC Statehoodâ€š” Placards at Nationalsâ€š April 3 Exhibition Game
Activists Want The Colonistâ€š to be Nationals Mascot
WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty DC Democracy supporters calling themselves the DC Colonists, will be out in force during the first baseball game at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in over 30 years. During the Sunday, April 3, exhibition game, twenty baseball fans/activists plan to flash placards that spell “Strike 4 DC Statehoodâ€š” after every strikeout.
“We are not doing this to protest the Nationals. We are very excited about baseball coming back to DC,” John Capozzi said, “Baseball is an American pastime. Democracy is an American principle. By attending this game with our signs, we are showcasing our support for both.”
WHO: DC Colonists – twenty DC Democracy supporters
WHAT:Strike 4 DC Statehoodâ€š Sign at Nationalsâ€š April 3 Exhibition Game
WHERE: RFK Stadium
WHEN: Sunday, April 3, beginning at 12:05pm, Section 438 Rows 3 and 4
“We would love to have our mascot, The Colonist, become the official mascot of the Nationals,” said Adam Eidinger, who purchased the 20 tickets on March 12 wearing a full 18th Century costume, “We want baseball fans from all over the country to understand that DC residents are effectively second class citizens due to our lack of Statehood.”
Unlike citizens of states, DC residents pay federal taxes, yet lack full representation in the U.S. Congress. Additionally, DCâ€šs local budget must be approved by Congress before it is implemented. Any Congressional delays prevent the District from spending new funds on such urgent needs as health care, schools, and public safety. Finally, Members of Congress can attach “riders,” restrictions that negate the wishes of DCâ€šs voters. Current riders include a ban on needle exchange programs to prevent HIV/AIDS and a prohibition on implementing the initiative to allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. If DC were a state, we would have full representation in Congress and local control over our budget.
The DC Colonists plan to attend many Nationals games at RFK and in cities across the nation throughout the spring and summer.
DC Colonists is a project of members of the DC Democratic Party, DC Statehood Green Party and Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition.
For more info visit: www.Strike4Statehood.com
This should be fun….
The D.C. Colonist in the Washington Post
|| 3/13/2005 || 4:54 pm || Comments Off || ||
I just pasted the content of the article that I cared to read…
The Colonist in the Post
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From this morning’s Washington Post:
Another capital pastime — politics — was also on display. Adam Eidinger, a frequent D.C. Statehood Green candidate who protested taxpayer financing for the Nationals’ future ballpark in the city, wore an 18th-century-style frock coat, ruffled shirt, knee breeches and white stockings, modeling what he said should be the team’s new mascot, a colonist — a nod to D.C. residents’ status as taxpaying U.S. citizens without a vote in Congress.
Eidinger, a publicist and protest organizer, said he planned to buy 20 tickets for supporters to attend games with flip cards carrying his “Strike-4-Statehood” slogan, hoping to snare television time.
Once I have the approval from a few others, I’ll post the picture / flyer I made using a picture of Adam dressed up as a colonist! I think its great- we beat Major League Baseball and selected a mascot first!
Congress Passes District’s Budget
|| 10/7/2004 || 10:46 pm || Comments Off || ||
From the Washington Post:
â€œNorton said the change gives a bill to permanently free the District’s local budget from the requirement of a congressional vote a “very good chance of passage” next year.â€
Putting this quote in perspective.
The Bill in reference, H.R. 2472, has not moved in Congress since September 9th, 2003 when it was sent to the Subcommittee on the Legislative and Budget Process. Introduced only 3 months prior on June 6th with the bipartisan support of Tom Davis and Eleanor Holmes Norton, the “Budget Autonomy Act of 2003″ basically says:
District of Columbia Budget Autonomy Act of 2003 – Amends the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to provide that the District of Columbia budget passed by the Council of the District of Columbia shall be enacted without referral to the President or approval by the Congress, unless it is the budget for a fiscal year which is a control year. Prohibits the Mayor of the District during a control year from transmitting the budget, or amendments or supplements thereto, to the President until the completion of the budget procedures contained in this Act and the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995.
After reading the actual bill a few times, I feel as if I need the other legislation it references to really grasp the context of the legislation. I want to better understand what a “control year” is and how it affects the budget.
However, at the end of the bill, I prefer Section 7, lines 19 through 21– I really like:
The amendments made by this Act shall apply to budgets of the District of Columbia for fiscal years beginning on or after October 1, 2004.
Simply because on October 1st, 2004, myself and a group of DC residents lobbied 25 congressional offices for this exact bill and a week later Congress passes DC’s budget. In all honesty I don’t think its because of our efforts, but I’d like to think that Congress didn’t want what happened last year to repeat.
Regardless, I look forward to helping Eleanor Holmes Norton next year lobby for this same bill.
Oh yeah, I turn 24 this weekend. More on that later.
Even though we were not able to meet with Hastert on B.A.D. Day, Adam was able to get a few words in at a book signing:
In the October 28th printing of the Washington Post, this photograph is mentioned in the article “Few Fireworks Evident In Council, Citywide Races”
|| 10/5/2004 || 10:32 am || Comments Off || ||
So its official. Before it was unofficial, but now its official. I have officially become a second-class citizen of the United States of America. By registering to vote in Washington, DC I became a de facto resident of the last colony in the continental United States. I gave up the ability to vote in the swing state of Missouri to be able to vote for my friend Adam Eidinger. (Why work hours and hours on a campaign when I am not going to be able to vote for the person I feel is the most qualified for the job?)
On Friday I realized that I was lobbying for DC and not for Missouri, and I had a subtle epiphany that my convictions were here in DC, and not in my home state of Missouri. I thought to myself, “why pretend any longer to be a Missourian when I’ve graduated to become a Washingtonian.” Although my second-class citizenship status sucks, I realized that instead of losing my two senators and representative (all staunch republicans anyways), I gained 535 congress men & women including my old ones. Pretty good deal if you think about it in a skewed perspective of living in tyranny.
Until congress removes it’s DC oversight, I get the pleasure of being a nonvoting constituent of every state of the union. Granted my delegate might not be able to vote in congress, but at least I feel empowered enough to do something about it. Friday, B.A.D. Day, sealed the deal for me, and I’m happy about being a DC resident and I’m comfortable becoming a second-class citizen. However, I will be even more happy when DC gets the equality it deserves, and I plan on working toward that. Its good to have a goal, albeit one that is going to take some legwork.
In the Daily Render News…
The last 3 renderings have been a new variation in the old template. I’m calling it the “Cube series of the Lenz Project.” Instead of using an embedded 2D satellite image I am now using a satellite image as a texture over a 3D cube that has been rotated. The spherical glass lenz remains the same, but the torus has now been reduced in size and the texture has been randomized which allows for more of the “satellite cube” to be seen better. I also made the renderings using only one satellite image for the entire rendering. This means the background, torus, and the cube are all variations of the same satellite image. The backgrounds are a pyramid on its side facing the viewer. I did this to create a sense of depth (not quite achieved!). Nonetheless, I am happy with how these are turning out. I think the next step is to manually construct a cube using 6 pyramids (check this animation to see what I mean), and have each pyramid be one satellite image. Yet since the viewer can only see 3 sides of the cube at once it should be easy to put together, and will look pretty awesome. Oh the fun of passively making satellite art. I really can’t wait to get some of these printed out as posters!
a Great B.A.D. Day
|| 10/2/2004 || 6:06 pm || Comments Off || ||
B.A.D. Day was a success. 25 congressional office visits. One overarching goal: Budget Autonomy for the District.
The whole experience was great. I learned my way around the Canon, Longworth, and Rayburn office buildings quickly. Yet, I found them to be rather dull on in the inside. There needed some art! I’d like to see paintings & murals from around the various congressional districts in the hallways of these massive buildings. Maybe I can introduce a Capitol Hill beautification bill :-)
Some of the offices had USGS maps of their districts, and man some districts are very gerrymandered! I couldn’t believe it that there were districts shaped as horseshoes! I believe the districts should be done strictly by Census data, not by wealth or political affiliation.
The actual office visits were a mixed bag. They broke down party lines for the most part, with the Democrats basically saying that they’d do whatever Norton wanted and Republicans either being completely indifferent or in the case of Dan Burton’s office, being somewhat open to the notion of Statehood.
We went to Hastert’s office later in the day. The site where seven of my friends were arrested last year for redressing their grievances to congress. There was a cop posted nearby and the door was locked. I did snap a picture of the staff member refusing to let us in. We ended up signing the guestbook. The next step is to get people in his district aware of the plight of DC residents and/or confront him before enters his office.
After all the visits, it seemed that Norton had not been promoting the bill as much as she should have. I plan on making some more visits in the next congressional session advocating this bill. Its not statehood, but its a start.
All in all, Friday was one of the most memorable days in my five years here in DC. I even got tons of souvenirs- little congressional business cards! The best one was from Shadow Senator Paul Strauss office, above the bald eagle there is a star with 51 inside. I ended up running out of the business cards I had brought with me on Friday! Something I’ll definitely bring more of next time.
B.A.D. Day Schedule
|| 10/1/2004 || 4:53 am || Comments Off || ||
After the rally at the Capitol South Metro, we are going to go to meet with the legislative assistants & congresmembers in these congressional offices:
Edward L. Schrock (R-VA) â€“ LA Kate Michael â€“ meeting at #322 Canon
Phone: 202.225.4215 / Fax: 202.225.4218 / kate.Michael@mail.house.gov
Jim Cooper (D-TN) â€“ LA Brian Newkirk – meeting at #1536 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.4311 / Fax:202.226.1035 / email@example.com
Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA) – LA Clint Carte meeting at #1007 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.6676 / Fax: 226-1012 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) â€“ LA Jolanda Williams at #1632 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.4741 Fax:202.225.3178 / email@example.com
John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) â€“ LA Aaron Tallent at #2267 Rayburn
Phone: 202.225.5435 / Fax:202.225.6440 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – LA Rodney Vacigalupo at #509 Canon
Phone: 202.225.2811 / Fax: 202.225.3004 / email@example.com
Mike Turner (R-OH) â€“ LA Mike Wiehe at #1740 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.6465 / Fax: 202.225.6754 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Deal (R-GA) â€“ LA Ansley Davis at #2437 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.5211 / Fax: 202.225.8272 / email@example.com
Tom Lantos (D-CA) â€“ LA Jason Rosenstock at #2413 Rayburn
Phone: 202.225.3531 / No Fax Listed / firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Burton (R-IN) â€“ LA Bryan Falls at #B371C Rayburn
Phone: 202.225.2276 / Fax: 202.225.0016 / email@example.com
Ron Lewis (R-KY) â€“LA Josh Nacey at #2418 Rayburn
Phone:202-225-3501 / Fax: 202-226-2019 / firstname.lastname@example.org
John L. Mica (R-FL) â€“ LA Brian Waldip at #2445 Rayburn
Phone: 202-225-4035 / Fax: 202-226-0821 / email@example.com
Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) â€“LA Anna Cielinski at #2331 Rayburn
Phone: 202-225-7944 / Fax: 202-225-4709 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny Davis (D-IL) â€“ LA Spoke with LA Caleb Gilchrist #1222 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.5006 / Fax: 202.225.5641 / email@example.com
Betty McCollum (D-MN) â€“ LA Chad Lord #1029 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.6631 / Fax: 202.225.1968 / firstname.lastname@example.org
John Carter (R-TX) â€“ LA Sivey Paup at #408 Canon
Phone: 202.225.3864 / Fax: 202.225.5886 / email@example.com
Todd R. Platts (R-PA) â€“ LA Nate Sloan at #1032 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.5836 / Fax: 202.226.1000 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas M. Davis, III (R-VA) â€“ LA Chris Lopez at #2348 Rayburn
Phone: 202.225.1492 / Fax: 202.225.3071 / email@example.com
Christopher Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD) â€“ LA Ken Cummings at #1419 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.5341 / Fax: 202.225.0375 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) at 2136 Rayburn
Phone: 202.225.8050 / Fax: 202.225.3002
Diane Watson (D-CA) – LA GregoryAdams Phone: 202-225-7084 Canon 125
Christopher Shays (R-CT) Ask for Legislative Assistant #1126 Longworth
Phone: 202.225.5541 / Fax: 202.225.9629
Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) â€œRanking memberâ€ â€“ LA Becky Claster at #2204 Rayburn
Phone: 202.225.3976 / Fax: 202.225.4099 / email@example.com
3:15pm Dennis Hastert (R-IL) â€“ Anthony Reed No Appointment 235 Cannon
Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) No Appointment 1730 Longworth
4:30pm Wrap – UP
If you are interested in coming to an appointment, or have any questions about the lobbying, please call Adam (202-744-2671) or Zoe (202-253-2990).
Today will be all about Democracy In Action!
B.A.D. Day is tomorrow
|| 9/30/2004 || 10:36 pm || Comments Off || ||
Press release from Zoe:
DC Democracy Activists to Return to Capitol Hill on Anniversary of Arrests in Speaker Hastertâ€™s Office
WASHINGTON, DCâ€”On October 1, the beginning of the fiscal year, the Budget Autonomy for the District Coalition, including the seven activists who were arrested last year in House Speaker J. Dennis Hastertâ€™s (R-Ill.) office, will hold an 8:30 am rally for DC Budget Autonomy and Statehood at the Capitol South Metro Stop. At 11 am, they will visit dozens of Senators and Representatives to advocate for full democracy for DC.
â€œWe are continuing DC’s long history of demanding that Congress stops controlling DCâ€™s budget and adding undemocratic riders to the DC Appropriations Bill. We are going to demand change,â€ Anise Jenkins, a founding member of the Budget Autonomy for the District Coalition (BAD Day) and the president of the Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition, stated.
WHO: BAD Day: DC Statehood Green Party and Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition
Speakers and performers include:
U.S. â€œShadowâ€ Senator Florence Pendleton (D-DC)
U.S. â€œShadowâ€ Representative Ray Browne (D-DC)
Head-Roc and Eurok, DC hip hop artists
Bill Mosley, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition
Adam Eidinger, Co-Chair of the DC Statehood Green Party
WHAT: Rally for Budget Autonomy and DC Statehood
WHERE: Capitol South Metro Stop (First St. between C & D Sts. SE)
WHEN: 8:30-10:00 am
History of DCâ€™s Lack of Budget Autonomy: Because of a Constitutional anachronism, Congress continues to execute colonial oversight over the Districtâ€™s budget until it is reviewed and passed as part of the federal appropriations process â€“ even though more than 75 percent of the Districtâ€™s budget is raised from local tax funds, about the same as most states. Because Congress does not finish the federal governmentâ€™s work on time, much less the Districtâ€™s, enactment of our budget is usually delayed well into the fiscal year. These unacceptable delays prevent the District from spending new funds on such urgent needs as health care, schools, and public safety.
Moreover, as our budget moves through the appropriations process, members can attach â€œridersâ€ â€“ restrictions that negate the wishes of DCâ€™s voters. Current riders include a ban on needle exchange programs to prevent HIV/AIDS and a prohibition on implementing the initiative to allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Finally, Congress forbids the District from using its own money to lobby for congressional voting rights and/or Statehood.
For updated information, please call the Stand Up! For Democracy in DC Coalition Events Hotline at 202-232-2500 x1.
For the last month I’ve been calling Capitol Hill scheduling the appointments with the various congrssmembers on the House Committe on Government Reform. Its been a truly interesting experience. I can’t wait for tomorrow! This will be my first time lobbying and I am excited! We’ve got over 20 meetings tomorrow with staffers and I hope there is a big turnout. We’ll see :-)