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We’ve got the support-
|| 7/3/2005 || 11:11 am || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

The amendment has made its way out of committee into section A of the Washington Post:

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The first DC Democracy Naval Battle
|| 7/2/2005 || 9:59 pm || Comments Off on The first DC Democracy Naval Battle || ||

I participated in the first naval battle for DC Democracy, and I believe we won! No bullets, bombs, or carnage, just a couple of boats, a few signs, and a whole lot of dedication.

Through the OSCE‘s draft itinerary, we knew that the Parliamentarians were going to be taking a cruise to Mount Vernon, and a few weeks ago I brought up the idea of setting up some sort of “DC Democracy Regatta.” Shadow Senator Paul Strauss volunteered to use his powerboat for the festivities he retitled “DC Democracy Castaways.”

After finding out that we had another boater come on-line on Thursday evening, I sent out an E-mail to the Team DC Democracy listserv requesting RSVPs for the cruise. In the end we had room for about 18 sailors on the two boats.

Around 1:30pm, I showed up at the Washington Marina and helped setup the ships. We placed the banners from yesterday’s rally on to the bow of the the ship- on the port side we placed the English version and on the starboard side we place the spanish translation of “Equal Voting Rights for DC.”

After having to kick off a few sailors (to make sure that if the Coast Guard decided to board our ships we had enough life jackets to be legal), we set off from the marina and picked up Tim Cooper, who had just finished briefing the Parliamentarians.

Senator Strauss CB radioed the “Spirit of the Potomac” telling the captain our intentions of following the ship and then contacted the Coast Guard to tell them as well. And at around 3:45pm we were sailing right next to the ship full of the OSCE Parliamentarians.

The parliamentarians on board were waving, throwing us the thumbs up sign, miming they were signing our resolution in the air…. We charmed the entire boatload! It was absolutely amazing.

I’m unaware of anyone taking the issue of equal voting rights for DC resident to the water, moreso to 317 parliamentarians from 55 countries captive on a boat! A first I am proud to have been a part of such a noble lobbying effort!

We followed them all the way to Mount Vernon, and when we turned back, all the Parliamentarians waved us goodbye! This was my first time on the Potomac, and I must say this is one of my favorite events I’ve ever taken part in, so I doubt I can replicate this experience. There was a camera man with the Examiner on board and I can’t wait to see what pictures he chooses to use and what they decided to write about!

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Out of Committee
|| || 7:16 pm || Comments Off on Out of Committee || ||

We have a second AP report concerning our amendment!

Foreign Legislators Back D.C. Voting Rights
Saturday July 02, 2005 5:23pm

Washington (AP) – D.C. voting rights advocates have won some international support.

A group of foreign legislators meeting in Washington has approved a measure urging Congress to pass legislation granting D.C. residents full congressional representation.

Today’s vote means the measure likely will be in Tuesday’s final international declaration by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – a pro-democracy group.

The measure doesn’t have the force of law, but will be included in the document distributed to the 55 member nations of OSCE, including the U.S..

The vote comes one day after more than 100 supporters of D.C. voting rights held at rally at Freedom Plaza to educate the foreign officials, who are meeting nearby.

The measure was introduced by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.

Again, not very informative, so I hope some news outlets pick up this news bit.



Liberté, égalité, fraternité – OSCE
|| || 10:13 am || Comments Off on Liberté, égalité, fraternité – OSCE || ||

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Video footage from the OSCE Demonstration at Freedom Plaza.

My account of the day:

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Sway with me
|| 7/1/2005 || 2:42 pm || Comments Off on Sway with me || ||

We got an AP report out- excellent :)

D.C. Voting Rights Advocates Hope To Sway International Group
Friday July 01, 2005 2:40pm

Washington (AP) – Supporters of D.C. voting rights are hoping to gain some key international support.

More than 100 people rallied at Freedom Plaza to educate members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which promotes democracy around the world.

The group is holding meetings at a nearby hotel.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is among those who spoke at the rally. Norton, who can vote in committee but not on the House floor, says D.C. residents are tired of being “outsiders” in their own country.

Norton plans to meet with the international group.

Four voting machines have been set up on Freedom Plaza, surrounded by a chain link fence and yellow signs that read “D.C. Residents Keep Out! By Order of Congress.”

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.

Not very interesting or very informative, but I am glad it was written. Too bad few outlets picked up this news bit.

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pre-press
|| 6/30/2005 || 3:25 pm || Comments Off on pre-press || ||

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!

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OSCE Rally Friday!
|| 6/28/2005 || 7:52 am || Comments Off on OSCE Rally Friday! || ||

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



www.osceindc.com
|| 6/15/2005 || 11:51 am || Comments Off on www.osceindc.com || ||

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

also…

I found a great article by one of my DC democracy colleagues, Bill Mosley for the DC based, independent newspaper, the Common Denominator:

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DC City Council Passes OSCE Resolution
|| 6/7/2005 || 5:04 pm || Comments Off on DC City Council Passes OSCE Resolution || ||

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!

A RESOLUTION
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IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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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 “Sense 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 2005”.

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 on DC Colonists video clip || ||

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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!





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