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.
DC Vote and the DC Budget Freedom Committee take their series of Budget Freedom Happy Hours to CAUSE (1926 9th Street, NW) The Philanthropub on U Street,Thursday, April 11 from 5:00 – 8:00PM. DC United Coach Ben Olsen will host the event to show his support for the budget autonomy referendum.
After a week off, Let’s Choose DC this week asked the candidates for their positions on DC’s zoning update proposals—removing parking minimums, allowing accessory dwellings, and corner stores. We also have the results of your votes on their responses on school truancy.
Only 2.5% of voters gave Michael Brown positive marks for his response on ethics this week on Let’s Choose DC (a partnership of PoPville, Greater Greater Washington, and DCist). Elissa Silverman took the top spot in your judgment, with Matthew Frumin second.
DC might criminally charge parents whose kids miss school. Is that the right approach? What else should DC do about truancy? This week, Let’s Choose DC asked the at-large candidates this question:
Last year DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson said that DC schools are suffering from a “truancy crisis.” The DC Council is now debating a bill that would increase penalties on parents for kids who chronically miss school. Should parents be held to account for when their kids miss school? How can DC ensure that students attend school consistently?
We’ve heard a lot of ideas for rules that will clean up DC’s political culture, from the backers of Initiative 70, from multiple DC councilmembers, and from citizen groups like DC for Democracy. What do our at-large candidates think?
This week, Let’s Choose DC, a partnership of PoPville, Greater Greater Washington and DCist, asked the candidates running in the April 23 special election to take a stand on 6 proposals from last year:
Ban or limit outside employment
Eliminate or constrain constituent service funds
Ban corporate contributions to campaigns
Ban “bundling” from multiple entities controlled by the same person
Ban contributions by contractors and/or lobbyists who do business with DC
Forbid free or discounted legal services, travel gifts, sports tickets for councilmembers
Last week on Let’s Choose DC (a partnership of PoPville, Greater Greater Washington and DCist), we had responses from the candidates on how they would spend DC’s $417 million surplus. But before you rated the candidates on their responses, we asked you for your own views.