Tag: DC

End the Disenfranchisement of D.C. Felons

End the Disenfranchisement of D.C. Felons

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07/02/2019

Early this June, at-large Councilmember Robert C. White Jr. introduced the Restore the Vote Amendment Act of 2019. This bill would make D.C. the first jurisdiction in the country to restore voting rights to felons who are incarcerated, reversing the felony disenfranchisement instituted in D.C. in 1955 as part of the D.C. Election Act.  This…

Don’t Deny D.C. Statehood

Don’t Deny D.C. Statehood

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02/01/2019

The 35-day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, threw D.C. residents into the national spotlight, but also brought an unintended consequence for statehood advocates. Washington City Paper argued that local and national news coverage of the shutdown inaccurately portrayed D.C. as solely a government town, populated entirely by transient federal employees, promoting an incomplete…

Branching Out: D.C.’s Troubled Democracy

Branching Out: D.C.’s Troubled Democracy

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11/02/2018

“Democracy Dies in Darkness.” A phrase familiar to most of us, this solemn threat hangs over the Washington Post website like the Watergate. It is a noble slogan. Pleasantly alliterative, like Shakespeare or Bob Dylan, and just as endearingly self-important. Adopted after the Trump ascendancy, it signals the intention of that paper, along with the…

As HIV rates fall, inequalities persist

As HIV rates fall, inequalities persist

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09/14/2018

Residents of Joseph’s House, a home for homeless individuals with HIV and others with serious illnesses, gathered downstairs for a birthday celebration. Between bites of carrot cake and dancing to Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday,” Robert Ramsey, a resident of the house, described how he came to terms with his diagnosis. An elderly African-American man who…

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