WAMU 88.5 : News

Rally For D.C. Statehood Announced For Saturday

Play associated audio
Advocates for D.C. statehood will be meeting Saturday at the D.C. War Memorial.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28567825@N03/3049595674/
Advocates for D.C. statehood will be meeting Saturday at the D.C. War Memorial.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says this weekend's rally to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington should serve as a rallying cry for D.C. statehood.

Gray unveiled plans for a rally at the D.C. War Memorial on Saturday morning ahead of the main speeches later that day at the Lincoln Memorial. The War Memorial, which is located on the National Mall, is a tribute to the D.C. residents who fought and died during World War I.

Gray says it's a fitting reminder of the sacrifices that city residents continue to make while being denied autonomy in Congress. "We send our relatives, sons and daughters , our grandchildren out to fight wars in faraway places and yet they come and continue to be denied full democracy here in the District of Columbia," Gray says.

He also compares the conditions that led to the March on Washington to the conditions experienced by District residents, who do not have voting representation in Congress and lack the same autonomy granted to the states.

"Two-hundred and fifty thousands people showed up here because they were sick and tired of the disenfranchisement that existed in this country, they were sick and tired of turning their television on and seeing people being hosed down and seeing dogs being sicced on people. Well we don't have dogs sicced on us or being hosed down but we might as well be, given the indignity to which we are subjected in our city," he says.

Gray wouldn't provide an estimate for how many people he expects to show up, but he says 100 organizations have signed to help on Saturday. On Thursday organizers will be meeting at Freedom Plaza to make signs for Saturday's march.

NPR

To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.
NPR

Frozen Food Fears: 4 Things To Know About The Listeria Recall

The FDA issued a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables this week. Here's what you need to know about the nasty bug that's causing all the problems.
NPR

Trump In Triumph: The Man Who Wasn't Welcome In The Game Takes Home The Prize

Trump's megawatt personality immediately became a magnet for viewers on TV, as did his browbeating battles with rivals and news moderators. Even without debates, Trump was everywhere seen on screen.
NPR

After A Long Day At The Computer Do You Have A Medical Problem?

You're not alone if you feel a sting in your eyes and have blurry vision and neck pain after sitting in front of your computer for hours. But is there a name for your ailment?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.