According to organizers, the thousands of people who filled several blocks on Pennsylvania Avenue made up the largest voting rights demonstration in decades. The march began at Freedom Plaza, where recently elected Mayor Adrian Fenty urged the crowd to continue supporting the DC Voting Rights Act (H.R. 1433), which would give the District of Columbia its first voting member in congress. During his remarks, Mayor Fenty stated that the DC Voting Rights Act -- introduced by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) in early March) -- ensures every American equal representation in Congress.
At the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Delegate Norton echoed Mayor Fenty's remarks by insisting that taxation without representation is a violation of the civil liberties of every DC citizen. Holmes added that the time for complicity has passed, and that DC residents must now demand what is a fundamental right of every tax-paying American.
House Democrats are expected to approve H.R. 1433 in the coming week.
Media Resources: FMF; H.R. 1433; Washington Post 4/17/07
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .