DC Area Veterans, Military Families and Del. Norton Join to Demand Equal Representation

DC Area Veterans, Military Families and Del. Norton Join to Demand Equal Representation

Nov. 11, 2008

What: Veterans, veterans’ families, and other supporters of DC voting rights will gather on Capitol Hill for DC Vote’s Veterans Day Rally. Since World War I, more than 192,000 DC residents have served America and more than 1,600 men and women have given their lives to protect our country while being denied democracy at home.

Why: “It is unconscionable for Congress to send the sons and daughters of our nation’s capital to fight and die for democracy abroad while they are denied democracy at home,” explained Ilir Zherka, DC Vote Executive Director. “As we honor our nation’s veterans tomorrow, we must also call on the incoming administration and Congress to end the second-class citizenship endured by all DC residents, including those who have served our nation.”

When: Tuesday, November 11, 12:00 noon – 1:30 PM

Where: Upper Senate Park at Constitution & Delaware Avenues, NE Nearest Metro: Union Station, Red Line

Who: Veterans from the DC Area, family of veterans, and other supporters of DC Voting Rights; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DDC); Ilir Zherka, DC Vote Executive Director The rally is co-sponsored by: AFL-CIO, Alliance of Justice, American Jewish Committee, Anacostia Coordinating Council, Common Cause, Friends of the Earth, Greater Washington Urban League, Public Citizen, Unite HERE Local 25, USAction, Women’s National Democratic Club, ROOTS and the National Capitol Region of Veterans and Military Families for Progress