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The DC Voter
League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia
Vol. 77, No. 7, July/August 2001

Making Our Voices Heard — Making Our Votes Count

733 15th Street, N.W., Suite 432, Washington, DC 20005
202/347-3020,  fax: 202/347-2522
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President’s Corner
Member News
Education Committee Seeks Member Input
International Relations Committee
LWVDC Board Meeting Highlights
Election Reform
Voter Services
Text of LWVUS Council 2001 Resolution on DC Voting Rights: Motion by District of Columbia Delegate, Pat Hallman
Report on LWVUS Council 2001 (June 9-11, Washington, DC)
June 20, 2001, DC Council Hearing on “Options for Restoring Voting Rights in the District of Columbia”
Testimony of E. Patricia Hallman, President, League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia
Affordable Housing Committee Report
Health Care Update
Brown Bag Dialogue on Local Media Treatment of DC, May 21, 2001
Report on DC Voting Rights in Congress
Action Alert on DC Congressional Representation
News from the Units
August 8 Health Fair for DC Healthy Families Sign-Up
Opportunity Knocks!

LWVDC Summary of Remarks by Dr. Moísés Naím at Symposium on Trade, Assessing the Impact of Liberalized Trade on Developing Countries, June 11, 2001


The LWVUS Council in June offered me a opportunity to meet many of my counterparts and exchange ideas. The D.C. League was granted permission to draft and present a Resolution on, D.C. Representation at the Plenary Session to the full body, which overwhelmingly accepted by all the delegates and Board members, with a standing ovation. We have been promised support for the issue as needed. We were asked by State Representatives what they could do to assist us. We suggested communicating with their elected representatives prior to the pending hearings in November or January for HR 1193 (Norton) and SB 603 (Lieberman). In addition, LWVUS Council Representatives voted to drop the Drug Policy Study due to lack of funding. Also, we completed an Election Administration Survey on voter access, vote counting, the workforce and education for LWVUS.

Our testimony before Councilman Mendelson's Roundtable Hearing on Voter Representation on June 20th was relevant. The purpose of the hearing by Councilman Mendelson was to determine which groups in the District are involved in the D.C. Voting Representation issues.

We attended a WMATA hearing on potential bus service improvements for better connection to the region. We learned about pending changes to the system and concerns of other citizens. We also interviewed Michelle Pourchiau, Deputy Directory of the District Division of Transportation, on how policies, planning methods and financial decision are made for an LWV/NCA Transportation Survey.

Thanks to Barbara Yeomans and Naomi Glass for quick development of the Resolution for the D.C. Vote at the LWVUS Council. — E. Patricia Hallman, President

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Save the Date!
September 20th for our Fall Luncheon

Gallaudet University, Kellogg Conference Center

Featured Speaker
Elinor Bacon, Chief Executive
National Capital Revitalization Corp.
Watch for flyer and registration form in the
September DC VOTER.

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New Members: Welcome to new members: Denise R. Barnes, Joan R. Brown, Carolyn Curtis, Barbara Hogg, Sharon Kissel, Lei Martin, Jeff Pearlman & Laura Fitzrandolph, Bettye W. Topps, Joan R. Wilson, Contributions: We thank the following members who sent in additional contributions to carry on the League's work: Marion K. Bell, H, Russell Cort, Morelia Hanson, Clara Kirkman, Carolyn Kuh, Lois I. Laster, Barbara Luchs, Mary Rankin, Linda Softli, Louise Steele, and Walter O. Jacobson, in memory of his late wife Eileen D. Jacobson who was a very active member in the 1960s through early 1980s, especially in the area of the environment.

In Memoriam: We have just heard that Wayland McClelland passed away in April. 

Life members: None this month. 

Editor's note: Life member status is given to members who have maintained their membership in the LWV for 50 years. If you have been a LWV member since 1951 or before and your mailing label does not indicate Life Member, please call the League office (347-3020).

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Since the Committee has ended a two-year study of charter schools, we are looking for a new focus. At our last meeting a number of topics were suggested. We request that you tell us of your interests in the following topics:

  1. School Libraries
  2. Home Schooling
  3. Special Education
  4. Physical Structures/ Capital Improvement Budget
  5. Adult Education
  6. Other _____________________

Please call the League Office at 347-3020 and let us know of your choice.

We will meet on August 1 at 1 pm in the LWVDC office to review the input from the League members. Beginning in September, the Education Committee will meet the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm at the LWVDC office, 733 15th St., NW, Suite 432. Please consider attending the meetings. — Gladys Weaver (554-3055) and Constance Tate (882-0387), Co-chairs.

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The Committee held two meetings (May 26 and July 7) to discuss a working paper on trade prepared by Committee member Janet Burmester. The paper, Toward a Liberal Trade Policy, considers in depth some of the issues emerging from LWV efforts to update its position on trade.

In her key opening paragraph, Janet argues that "the political and economic interests of this country and of its citizens, both as workers and especially as consumers, are best served by a liberal trade policy which stimulates economic development at home and abroad by fostering efficient use of scarce global resources." A liberal trade policy, she explains, means "reciprocal reduction of all types of trade barriers and trade dislocating practices..."

The Committee forwarded the paper, following certain textual changes, with general IR Committee endorsement to the LWVUS Trade Update Task Force, of which Janet is a member. It is "our contribution to the Task Force's understanding of the unusually complex issues surrounding the trade question". To get a copy of the paper, call me. See also the summary elsewhere in this DC Voter of a presentation on trade made by Foreign Policy Editor, Dr Moises Naim, at the June meeting of the Council of the LWVUS. And don't forget to mail back to LWVUS your completed survey on trade, labor and human rights, printed on page 7 of the June/July National Voter.

The Committee is also trying to keep abreast of developments at the UN as we prepare to update the League's UN position. Co-Chairs Anne Porowski and Sheila Keeny, joined by past IR Chair Mary Weiler, attended a State Department briefing session for NonGovernmental Organizations (NGOs) concerning the UN Conference on The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons taking place in July in NY. We look forward to attending another such briefing on the UN Conference on Racism to take place in Durban, South Africa, beginning August 31. If interested in more information on either conference, call me. — Sheila Keeny, Co-Chair (966-1692)

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Correction to last issue: Left off the list of Board Members was NCA Liaison Suzanne Campagna.

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This summary of the June Board meeting is prepared for the July/August DC VOTER to encourage communication with the Board by all League members. Your comments are invited; please send them to Frances Gemmill, e-mail, telephone 362-6784.

President Hallman called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Following administrative actions (confirmation of agenda, review of minutes, and Treasurer's Report) Elaine Melmed discussed the necessity and plans for increasing and re-vitalizing membership. The plan was developed by a committee who include Melmed (Chair), Liz Martin, Naomi Glass, Reggie Yancey, Sheila Willet and Mary Rodgers. Liz Martin will telephone members to welcome them and also to learn about them, so they can be featured in' the D.C. VOTER. Mary Rodgers will contact members who don't renew their membership to learn why. Melmed suggested a motto for Board members: "Me plus 3" to encourage Board members to recruit new members.

Naomi Glass suggested we re-introduce the League especially our new President to the D.C. Council and acquaint the Council with our current focus on health, housing and education.

The fall luncheon will be September 20th at Gallaudet. Melmed will make arrangements.

Glass and Yeomanp reported on the annual Convention of the National Capital Area League, at which a resolution was adopted urging Congress to "leave D.C. alone", that is, to allow the Mayor and Council to solve D.C.'s problems. Barbara Yeomans said the May 26 Trade meeting provided a useful interchange on global trade.

Kathy Schmidt reported for DC VOTE that identical bills have been introduced by Del. Norton and Sen. Lieberman (HR1193 - and S603), both for representation in Congress for D.C. residents, and both exempting us from federal income taxes if we are not represented in Congress. The national League is considering lobbying support, and a fall visit is planned to ask members of Congress how they plan to vote on the issue.. Also planned for this summer is a lobbying campaign on the Mall, introducing ourselves to as many as possible of the millions of visitors who are expected.

Jeanette Miller reported that 45 people attended the May Units. Natalie Howard said plans for the local study of health are still in the formative stage.

The next Board meeting will be at 1730 M St., N.W. (LWVUS office) at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2001. Note: Visitors are always welcome at League Board meetings. — Frances Gemmill (362-6784)

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The last of three LWVUS seminars on election reform featured five panelists at the National Press Club May 25, 2001. A synopsis of the panelist input follows: Norman Ornstein and Curtis Gans are dedicated to the idea of elections as a "community" function. Polli Brunelli is part of the U.S. Department of Defense that has responsibility in elections not only for the military but all overseas voters. Phillip Muller is committed to utilizing technologies in the election process. Susan Frederick heads a task force of state legislators on election reform. All agreed that easier participation laws and practices have not improved voter turnout. There is no definite improvement for allowing no fault mail-in voting. Increased hours of and more polling places and prohibition against media networks' announcing results may be help to increase voter turnout. There was no agreement about electronic voting - i.e., Internet voting: the five acknowledged that it would be cheaper, but the possibility of a virus and/or hackers was too serious for some of the panel.

Many states are currently considering or have passed various election reform measures. Although they are not waiting for federal financial support, longterm changes will only come with it. — Kathy Schmidt, (237-5550)

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Members of the Voter Services Committee continue to attend the new citienship swearing-in ceremony on the 2"d Tuesday of each month to welcome and distribute voter registration forms to the new citizens. The ceremony takes place at the U.S. District Courthouse (comer of Constitution Avenue & 3rd Street, NW). Contact Elinor or Guy to join in this activity. — Elinor Hart (387-2966) Guy Coriden (232-6759) Co-chairs.

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Motion by District of Columbia Delegate, Pat Hallman

To quote Supreme Court Justice Black, whereas "No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live, other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined."

And whereas the LWVUS has long supported the enfranchisement of American citizens resident in the nation's capital in their national -- and effectively state -- legislature, the Congress of the United States.

Now therefore, I move the Council 2001 of the LWVUS agrees to call upon the President of the United States to reconsider his opposition to the goal of full voting representation in Congress for the citizens of the District of Columbia. [Adopted unanimously.]

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REPORT ON LWVUS COUNCIL 2001 (June 9-11, Washington, D.C.)

Carolyn Jefferson-Jerkins opened the Council by indicating that the theme is "The Time Is Now" to reaffirm the power of unified leadership, reaffirm the best that is the League, and have a clear focus to market our message. At the opening plenary session, Pat Hallman welcomed the delegates and other League attendees to Washington, D.C. and Council 2001.

Council is a meeting of League leaders from all State and Regional Leagues between the biennial conventions of the national League. A principal purpose is to adopt the budget for the second year of the biennium, and to consider methods of work on program.

The Budget was approved though we were informed that we are in a tight cash position, and need to turn it around, and hope future projects will produce funds. The discussion revealed that we have drawn up to 8% of our reserves. LWVUS is proposing the following: a reduction of DNet operations, unless new funds are found; delay increase of the lobby staff; consolidation of administrative staff; the board to meet via telecomputing; increasing annual dues to $50.

Though the District of Columbia was not on the agenda, we were allowed to develop a Resolution during the break, which Pat presented to Council. The Council overwhelmingly supported the resolution expressing LWV concern to President Bush and urging him to reconsider his opposition to full voting representation in Congress for District citizens. The Council gave LWVDC a standing ovation after passing the Resolution (see above).

Many of the representatives indicated their concerns about the dwindling membership of their Leagues and units, shared their experiences, and gave suggestion on how they increased visibility and membership, such as recruiting staff, supporters and parents of the Head Start program, and having a social with a book-signing as an attraction inviting all members in the community and potential new members.

In a symposium on "Assessing the Impact of Liberalized Trade on Developing Countries," there were three panelists: Dr. Herman Daly, Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs, Ms. Rajyashri Waghray, recently Director, Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and Dr. Moises Naim, Editor of Foreign Policy magazine. We were address by Dr. Naim, former Minister of Industry and Trade for Venezuela. A summary of his remarks is included as an insert in this issue of the DC Voter.

Also distributed at Council was a one-page flyer reflecting LWVDC views on "LWVUS Process to Update the Trade Position." Among other comments, the flyer stated: "...the concurrence kit to be available in the fall (2001) should include an in-dept analysis, while addressing pros and cons that should form the basis of member agreement."

The next convention will be held in Miami, Florida in 2002. — Barbara Yeomans (363-8940), 3rd Vice-President, National Program

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Council Member Phil Mendelson conducted this Public Roundtable in his capacity as chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Voting Rights and Redistricting. Over 30 witnesses appeared. The hearing went without a break for four hours (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) so that all could be heard before the Council Chamber had to be available for another hearing.

Congresswoman Norton reviewed the history of efforts, ranging from the push in the 1970's for a constitutional amendment for full, voting representation in both houses, through Congressional consideration of statehood in 1993 (denied), to the current situation, in the aftermath of fiscal crisis, in which D.C. does not have control of full state-level functions (e.g., courts). While we may be able to get back those functions, Norton is concerned about what we do while waiting for improvement in our fiscal base. Concluding her statements, Norton announced the "Freedom Summer" Drive as a start to the new push for voting rights for D.C.

The options identified by other speakers ranged widely: resubmit the earlier constitutional amendment addressing D.C.; having two voting Senators and voting House representation accorded by population; pursue a constitutional amendment formula aimed at that goal but based on different legal theory, i.e., the right to vote of all citizens, including D.C. residents; statehood; a simple - act of Congress; outright retrocession, and hybrid retrocession. The last concept would retain the unique character of the capitol city while relying on legislation to provide voting rights, i.e., reunite with Maryland for the purpose as a "Home Rule" jurisdiction, which under the Maryland constitution confers great local autonomy.

LWVDC President, Pat Hallman, presented our testimony (see below). — Barbara Yeomans (363-8940), 3`d Vice-President, National Program

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"Mr. Mendelson and Members of the Council Present: The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia has supported full voting representation in Congress since our inception over 80 years ago. The National League of Women Voters representing Leagues across the nation endorses our goal for full voting representation in both the House and the Senate. We trust that legal experts will address the history of Supreme Court decisions that bear favorably on this matter. We note that while not deciding in favor of the Alexander v. Daly lawsuit and effectively referring us for remedy to the political arena, the Supreme Court, did say that it was "not blind to the inequity of the situation plaintiffs seek to change."

Supreme Court Justice Black in a 1964 decision said "No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined."

"The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights" declares that voting for ones' legislative representatives - those who make our laws, pass our taxes, and declare our wars - is fundamental. Washington, D.C. is the only national capital in the democratic world in which citizens are disenfranchised from their vote for national legislature.

The lack of full voting Congressional representation for D.C. citizens constitutes a special irony. Not only is Congress our national legislature, it also serves in may ways as our state legislature. Moreover, we are effectively treated like felons, the only other group of American citizens of voting age who cannot vote for Senators and House Members.

In terms of a remedy that might be sought, the D.C. League was very active in the earlier push for a constitutional amendment. An act of Congress would be a straightforward remedy. Our positions have recognized statehood as an option, but also note that serious concerns, such as economic and fiscal resources, would need to be resolved. Since D.C. no longer has control of all state-like functions, notably the courts, additional considerations are posed.

Accompanying this statement are two items that we, ask to be included in the hearing record, namely, a Fact Sheet and a set of Twenty Questions 8 Answers. Although dated April 1999, apart from a couple of areas which are time-dependent, this material is otherwise, unfortunately, "chronically current." We look forward to the day when it will be obsolete. Thank you."

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The Affordable Housing Committee has been busy this summer working to strengthen the five pieces of legislation that the Council will vote on this fall.

Janet Brown prepared A "Check List" for the Council members and constituents for consideration when addressing these complex issues. The Goals are to:

  • Produce housing, especially rental, for lowand moderate-income families, that is, only for households earning less than the DC median income for a family of four, or $46,800;

  • Save as much as possible of the existing supply of low income housing;

  • Increase the proportion of benefits going to the most in need among us.

The single most important provision before the Council is the Mayor's Bill 14-167, Title V, committing a dedicated source of funding to the Housing Production Trust Fund. We will be working throughout the fall to insure that there is a dedicated source of revenue for full funding of this provision.

Committee members have visited Council staff to discuss specifics of the legislation. To date, these include Council members Evans, Graham and Fenty and conversation with Thomas Redmond, chief of staff, Department of Housing and Community Development, and two staffers in the Department.

Council members are currently negotiating changes in the legislation. Now is the time to call and write to Council members to support important provisions of these bills. Copies of the "Check List," can be obtained from the Washington Regional Network by calling 202 667-5445 or, by emailing to as well as the LWVDC office (347-3020). Committee member Janet Brown can also be contacted for the "Check List" by calling 202-3320789, or, sending an email to — Liz Martin (537-3043) and Janet Brown (332-0789) Co-Chairs.

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The D.C. League's Health Care Committee enjoyed a stimulating and enlightening hour with D.C. City Council member Sandra Allen on July 19th in the Council boardroom at 441 4th St. N.W. In her second term on the Council, Mrs. Allen is Chairperson of the Committee on Human Services.

We were all impressed by the array of topics and resulting committees Human Services embodies. The committee covers areas of juvenile justice, teen-age pregnancy prevention, and the office of the D.C. Medical examiner, as well as health-related aspects of cosmetology, food handling, drug and pharmacy regulations, disease prevention and control, and many more. Just about all boards and commissions having to do with health resources for this city are a part of Ms. Allen's portfolio.

Our committee's major concern was Ms. Allen's assessment of the city's plans for the restructuring of healthcare under the Mayor's plan for privatizing the delivery of services for the poor and uninsured. The committee had many questions about the development and delivery of services and programs. Questions included: School Health nurses - now under the supervision of Children's Hospital; Mental Health -now an autonomous agency with licensing and contracting authority; Unity Clinics vs. doctors' offices; as clinics, accommodating the uninsured.

Ms. Allen considers the expansion of grievance appeal procedures among her major contributions as committee chair. Currently, her major concentration is legislation promoting independent living facilities for needy young people. Leaguers were also concerned about procedures for monitoring the progress and financing of the D.C. Healthcare Alliance (consisting of Greater Southeast Hospital, G.W. University Hospital, Children's Hospital, and Unity Clinics). To this end, Mayor Williams has appointed a Commission, including citizens, healthcare professionals, and elected persons, and Ms. Allen serves on this Commission. Meetings of the Commission will be open to the public. The League will monitor the Commission as well as other phases of city healthcare throughout the year. — Natalie Howard, Chair (882-8762)

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Guest panelists were: Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher of The Washington Informer, Marc Fisher, Columnist, The Washington Post, and Jerry Phillips, Public Affairs Director, Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

In Ms. Barnes view, there is a kind of news hole in D.C. The media do not seem to know what is genuine D.C. news any more. Coverage can be predicted: crime, public school problems, traffic, the status of people in and out of government, events in the city administration, and so forth. But what truly comprises D.C. seems to be a mystery, or of no concern. News services, not locally owned, seem to control what is fed to D.C. media. Electronic media is cutting back on news feeds and staff. So much of the increase in local coverage simply relates to entertainment. Growth of neighborhood newspapers, plus the few columnists who focus on D.C., constitute about all who are left covering true D.C. news. With major news providers placing more emphasis on regional news of the whole metropolitan area, Ms. Barnes indicated that she feels like a stranger in her own town. Many at the meeting share her sentiment. We are delighted that she has joined the D.C. League.

Marc Fisher's column appears regularly in The Washington Post's Metro Section. He reviewed how the city's role in the region has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. While D.C. residents constitute about 15% of the readership as a whole, they are the biggest single group. The Post devotes more to D.C. (25-30 reporters) than to any other jurisdiction. The Post views Washington as its home, and, as the hub of the region, it is important that D.C. be successful economically and socially. Columns in the Metro Section on cross-jurisdictional matters, such as gentrification and affordable housing have taken on more importance. The size of the Metro Section staff is three times what it was 15 years ago; thus there is intense competition among reporters covering the various jurisdictions."

Jerry Phillips' responsibilities in public affairs relate to eight radio stations (WASH, WBIG, WIHT, WTNT, WMZQ, WTEM, WWDC, and WWRC) of Clear Channel (which is centered in Rockville). He indicated that prior to deregulation of communications, broadcasters had to provide certain kinds of programs, such as public service announcements and local news. Now they do not have to do local news at all. Only one hour per week, after 6 P.M., of public affairs reporting is required. Clear Channel has larger local news coverage, through its Metro Talk, which has tackled affordable housing and transportation for example. Production costs for that show are $300 per minute. Mr. Phillips has special concern about the time available for D.C. elections. Coverage is needed but there is not enough air-time generally. Advertisers who support commercial broadcasting do target marketing. The burgeoning radio audience is between 18 and 40 years old. There are more stations focused on music and sports. Further, the FCC is leaning toward the interests of individual entrepreneurs and thus the business side of broadcasting. Any effort by LWVDC to get its voting message out would have to account for these developments, (e.g., aim at DC 101 Soft Rock or Hot 99). Mr. Phillips has so many competing demands that about all he could entertain from us is 10second spot, with message all caps and doublespaced. This is simply reality. As to commercial TV news, the opportunities also are limited., even Derrick McGinty is going more national. There are, however, news shows on Howard, UDC and DC Government television channels. Ms. Barnes hosts a biweekly show on Channel 16.

In the Q&A session we discussed further how to gain attention. Washington area radio broadcasters hold periodic "ascertainment" community meetings to keep abreast of priority interests, e.g., housing, public safety, and health. The Washington Informer will have focus groups meetings in the fall, e.g., on voter turnout. Ms. Barnes indicated that her paper wants to get back to advocacy, e.g., lowering infant mortality. This led to a discussion of the reestablishment of the D.C. Commission for Women (D.C. Leaguer Joy Simonson was on the original commission). In public radio, WETA no longer has Metro Week, and nothing now really local. WAMU is mostly national but there is an hour per week on D.C. politics, also weekly coverage of the metro area.

Two specific areas of recommendation emerged. In terms of understanding how public service coverage is produced, LWVDC can visit stations to see the public file required by the FCC to see if stations are living up to their licenses. We also might support specific programming efforts to ward off cuts. In terms of getting out our message, we should not ignore the Internet, e.g., chat, List-serves, community networks, and live on-line web sites such as maintained by The Post. LWVDC should have its own web site (which we have but which needs revamping). Further, LWVDC could explore holding election forums. There is free Access TV (Channel 25) and the D.C. Government's Channel 16. If the League were not successful in getting on Channel 16, surely the DC Board of Election and Ethics should be entitled. LWVDC solicits the advice of members with experience related to broadcasting and regulation as we pursue options.

Note: The major television networks were invited to participate, but were unable to do so due to "sweeps week." — Anna Marsh and Barbara Yeomans

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Along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors' affirmative action in response to Mayor Anthony Williams' request for support of full voting rights for the citizens of the District of Columbia, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has organized leafleting on the Mall to support her bill, HR 1193, and a similar bill, S603, introduced by Senator Joe Lieberman, asking that D.C. citizens be exempt from federal income taxes until they attain full voting representation in Congress. Her campaign "Freedom Summer" calls for leafleting on nine Saturdays in July and August, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. To introduce the event Ms Norton held a press conference the end of June. As of July 23, volunteers have passed out information and circulated petitions in support of our full voting rights. Action will continue every Saturday from 2-5 p.m. throughout August. Contact Mrs. Norton's office for information on how to participate, as well as further information on the overall effort (202-225-8050). — Kathy Schmidt, (237-5550), DC VOTE Liaison 

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Sometime in this session of Congress each house should hold hearings on the bills (HR1193 & S603) that will exempt citizens of the District of Columbia from federal income taxes UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY ARE GRANTED THEIR RIGHT TO FULL VOTING REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS. 

In preparation for those hearings DC Vote is providing transportation from its office at 15th and U Sts each Saturday until Labor Day for those who will ask visitors to the Mall to sign petitions in our behalf. In October, November, or December letters to the chairs of those committees which will have jurisdiction - House Judiciary and Senate Finance (members of both committees listed below) - to urge support for our rights equal to those of all other Americans will be in order. If you have questions, call Kathy Schmidt, 237-5550. 

Below is a sample letter you might adopt to your own circumstances to send to members of these two committees. Also, please consider contacting your relatives and friends who live in the States of members of each committee and, ask them to write or call the members to encourage full representation for citizens in the District of Columbia. 

House Judiciary Committee, COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, 2138 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, (202) 225-3951, email: 
Chairman: F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). 
Members in alphabetical order: 
Spencer Bachus, (R-AL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bob Barr (R-GA), Howard L. Berman (D-CA), Rick Boucher (D-VA), Chris Cannon (R-UT), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Conyers, Jr., Ranking member (D-MI), William Delahunt (D-MA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Barney Frank (D-MA), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), George W. Gekas (R-PA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mark Green (R-WI), Melissa A. Hart (R-PA), John N. Hostettler, (R-IN), Asa Hutchinson, (R-AR), Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), William L. Jenkins (R-TN), Ric Keller (R-FL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Marty Meehan (D-MA), Jerold Nadler (D-NY), Joe Scarborough (R-FL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Larmar S. Smith (R-TX), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Mel Watt (D-NC), Anthony David Weiner (D-NY), Robert I. Wexler (D-FL). 

Senate Finance Committee 
Chairman: Max Baucus (D-MT),
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), John Breaux (D-LA), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Thomas Daschle (D-SD), Chuck Grassley, Ranking member (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Phil Gramm, (R-TX), John Kerry (D-MA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Frank Murkowski (R-AK), John Rockefeller (D-WV), Craig Thomas (R-WY), Robert Torricelli (D-NJ). 

Sample Letter 
I have been a citizen of the United States for years. As I am also a resident of the District of Columbia, I have been denied my right to representation in the legislative branch of my country. Although my (husband, son, father) has had to serve in the armed forces and I have served on juries which have upheld the laws of this nation, I have had no voting representative in either the House of Representative nor Senate, which enact those laws. As you know, the United States is the only democratic country in the world that has denied the citizens of its federal capital voting representation in its legislature. Please, right this wrong: give the citizens of the District of Columbia votes for members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Bob Graham (D-FL), James Jeffords (D-VT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Trent Loft (R-MS), Don Nickles (R-OK), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Fred Thompson (R-TN), Kathy Schmidt, Liaison (237-5550) 

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Fifteen Unit Chairs, Co-Chairs, Board members and other interested Leaguers met on June 24 to plan for the future of the Units. Among the ideas floated was changing the name of the Northwest Evening Unit to simply The Evening Unit, hoping thereby to serve members in northwest and other neighborhoods who cannot attend weekday meetings. Upon further reflection, however, a Unit Meeting on Saturday seemed more attractive, given the reluctance of many members to travel to unfamiliar territory at night. The big question remains, however - who would come to a Saturday Unit Meeting? If you think this would enable you to participate more fully in League program - the unique function of the Units - please return the tear-off below. As now planned, the Saturday Unit would replace the Northwest Evening Unit unless the response suggests that both Units could attract a, core membership of at least 8 - 10 members. 

In addition to discussing future plans, the Unit Chairs exchanged information about the "Units Choice" meetings in June, which were attended by 42 members and guests: 

The Southwest Unit accepted the invitation of Councilmember Phil Mendelson to attend the Council hearing on redistricting. The Mendelson plan, which was supported by the small group of attendees, will turn some Southwest Unit members into residents of Ward 6, leaving others in Ward 2. 

The Northwest Day and Chevy Chase Units met together at the home of NWD Unit Chair Jeanette Miller. Alice Miller, Executive Director of the Board of Elections and Ethics, spoke about the District's new voting procedures and equipment that will be ready for use when we next vote. Ms. Miller brought with her, in addition to three members of her staff (one of whom was an excellent pianist!) sample ballots and a new machine which will electronically count the paper ballots, calling attention to mistakes in voting and offering a new ballot if desired. She reminded us that only six percent of DC's registered voters voted in three of the votes taken last year. In the presidential election, 51 percent voted. 

The Upper Sixteenth Street Unit, meeting in the home of Betty Dupree, welcomed Jason Washington, legislative analyst from Councilmember Adrian Fenty's office. Mr. Washington spoke about how, based on the 2000 census, redistricting will affect Ward 4, with population gains from Ward 3 and losses to Ward 5. "A vibrant and informative meeting," according to Unit Chair Paula McKann.

The NW Evening Unit met at the home of Sheila Keeny to hear about the new Department of Mental Health for DC. Our speaker was LWVDC member Norma Melendez, who is active in the DC Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally III (NAMI). Norma asked that League members support the mentally ill through our Health Study, in our Children At Risk Action Program and as individual volunteers. — Sheila Keeny, Unit Director

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If you would consider attending a Unit Meeting held on Saturdays, please send a note to Sheila Keeny, 3600 Albemarle St., NW, DC, 20008. Indicate one of the following: 

  • I would prefer a meeting Saturday morning lunch afternoon
  • I hope the Thursday evening Unit will continue to meet.
  • I customarily attend the Unit.
  • I do not now regularly attend Unit meetings because they do not fit my schedule.
Please add any comments and sign and date your note.

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CALENDAR  — August 2001

Day/Date Time Activity Where
Wed/Aug 1 10 am LWVDC Board Meeting 1730 M St., NW, 10th Floor
Wed/Aug 1 1 pm Education Committee 733 15th St., NW, #432
Wed/Aug 8 10 am – 3 pm DC Healthy Families Sign-up (see below

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DC League members are encouraged to talk about this event in their neighborhoods, churches, and other community activities they may attend to get the word out about this important Sign Up.

Many working families in D.C. are eligible for low-cost or free health care coverage, including doctors' visits, hospital care, checkups, vision care, dental care, and prescriptions. Families earning up to $35,000 a year or more may qualify. There will be an opportunity for families to sign up on Wednesday, August 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Garrison Elementary School, 1200 S Street, NW (2 blocks south of the U Street/Cardozo Metrorail Station).

For more information call Kim Bell, Project Director of DC Covering Kids Initiative at 234-9404 or drop in at the fair to see how DC is supporting children at risk. — Joan Wilson (237-6264) & Joan Domike (966-3865) Children At Risk

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You can help the cause of voting representation in an hour or two through this short Summer Activity Opportunity!

Every Saturday in August, activists for voting rights are greeting tourists on the Mall. The action takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. and will continue until Labor Day. We hope our visitors who have representation in Congress will urge their representatives and senators to support the goal of voting representation for D.C. citizens. The summer is moving fast. Join the action while you can! . Contact Mrs. Norton's office for information on how to participate, as well as further information on the overall effort (202-225-8050).

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