3rd Annual DC Flag Day Today, Rally Tonight 6pm in Dupont Circle

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

From a press release:

Flag Day takes place on June 14th, when the American flag is celebrated everywhere across the United States while District of Columbia residents are reminded that they have neither representation in Congress nor representation on the American flag. On Friday, June 14th, District residents will take over Dupont Circle to celebrate the three stars and two bars of the DC flag with a Rally for DC’s iconic symbol.

WHAT: DC Flag Day Rally
WHEN: Friday, June 14, 2013, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Dupont Circle

The iconic DC flag symbol consists of the bold ‘two bars and three stars’ modeled after none other than George Washington’s family crest. Washington fought against taxation without representation. Ironically, two centuries later, citizens in Washington, DC have yet to win that battle. Co-founder Allyson Behnke explained that “DC has a small community of locals who do amazing things. Lots of locals or those who connect to DC in this special way often get a DC Flag tattoo. Yes, it means different things to different people, but it also connects all those who love DC. Back in 2011 we called it DC Flag Tattoo Day so we could see all the people who had DC Flag Tattoos.” DC Flag Day will feature the unveiling of a DC Voting Rights Banner that residents are crowdfunding. The 16-foot banner will later be hung across a street in DC if the fundraising goals are met by midnight on DC Flag Day.

19 Comment

  • How about we all celebrate the fact that we are Americans and keep the day a-political instead of having a rally that is obviously related to partisan politics.

    • If we’re so American, how come we don’t have voting representation in Congress? And what’s “partisan” about a desire for basic human rights?

      • Emmaleigh504


      • According to the United States Constitution, name a more American thing, DC does not get voting rights because it is not a State, it is a District. Personally, I think DC residents have more representation in the government considering most people work in the government or think tanks that advise the government, etc. Personally I think I have more impact on government policy living in DC than I do as some person who casts a vote for some dude every two, four, or six years or writing worthless letters to my Congressman or Senator.

        And if you do not understand what is partisan about DC voting rights then you are not really aware of the actual issue or what it would mean politically.

        • The Constitution, patchwork of compromises and slaveholders rights that it was as written, is hardly the final word in what is “American.” That you are technically correct regarding the Constitution in now way detracts from the fact that denying tax-paying, war-dying United States citizens the right to representation is profoundly un-American. As is denying citizens the right to representations because you’re afraid that they might elect Democrats (and possibly black people!) to Congress.

          Maybe DC schoolkids should be spared the whole “taxation without representation is tyranny” chapter of America’s founding myth.

          • Lol, I love how you said “might” elect democrats. Haha. And Im cool with them electing black people if they are like Allen West. If you want to talk about a real American look to him.
            Its too bad that your whole argument is irrelevent considering the Constitution is the law of the land. It doesnt matter if you think it is unAmerican or illegal or whatever. Hell, I dont like all the things in the Constitution either, but I abide by it because that is the law. Should we disregard all things in the Constitution because there were compromises or it was written by slave owners? I think you want to disregard the Constitution on issues where you dont disagree with it, but cite it when it is convienent and beneficial to you.
            If you dont like the law, move to Virginia. Another foundation of the Constitution is Federalism and states rights. I guess we should get rid of that one too since it was based on the decisions of slave owners.

          • Oh that was me btw, I forgot to fill out the info at the top

          • I just want to thank you for confirming every negative stereotype I could have invoked (or maybe did). You’re a treasure, don’t ever change.

          • 1: I dont plan to
            2: since when is respecting the rule of law and not using inflamitory language a negative stereotype?

        • As of 2011, 21.4% of working DC residents were employed by the federal government (source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/152606/hawaii-alaska-lead-gov-jobs.aspx). Let’s, for the sake of argument, say that ALL those people actually have any influence over the government in their workplace. Let’s also double that number to account for every non-government employee who may also have influence. That’s still less than 45% of working DC residents. It represents an even smaller percentage of DC residents of voting age.

          Of course there are people who live here who have influence in the federal government, likely more so than many other jurisdictions. Realistically, though, it’s hardly “most” District residents, and those with influence shouldn’t be the reason those without are denied representation in Congress.

          When enough Americans decide that something in the Constitution needs to be adjusted, there’s a mechanism to do so. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we get it wrong. That process of re-evaluating our system and amending the Constitution when appropriate is just as American as the original document.

          Giving voting rights to a group of people is obviously going to benefit whatever political ideology is more widely held within that group. That doesn’t make equal representation in Congress automatically a “partisan” issue, just one with political implications. Wouldn’t it be very American and non-partisan to support equal representation for all citizens even if you don’t agree politically with those who would be gaining a vote?

      • Well said!

    • Flag Day has got to be one of the most under-the-radar American holidays. I doubt most people are even aware of it, let alone actively celebrating.

    • Well, you’re in luck because we have one of those coming up very soon on July 4.

    • how about you celebrate it how you want and others do what they want.

  • A nation’s flag is supposed to be symbol of national unity. For us here in DC, those 50 Stars are a reminder that we don’t enjoy the equal rights that “Old Glory” is supposed to proudly represent. I’ve pledged allegiance to the Stars and Stripes plenty of times, but today I intend to mark this flag day honoring the Red and White which represents my home, in lieu of the Red, White, and Blue that poignantly reminds DC residents, our rights are not the same as those of everyone else where the American flag flies. I hope you will all join me at Dupont Circle tonight.

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