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THE DC STATEHOOD GREEN PARTY
http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org

For immediate release:
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Contact:
Scott McLarty, DC Statehood Green Party Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org

Panel and open discussion, hosted by the DC Statehood Green Party, set for Feb. 5 at UDC

WHEN: Thursday, February 5, 7pm to 9 pm
WHERE: University of the District of Columbia (UDC) School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Building 39, Room 201 (near the Van Ness Metro Station on the Red Line)
On the confirmed speaker list: DC Statehood Green Party leader Renee Bowser, WTOP radio host Mark Plotkin, DC Senator Michael Brown, DC Senator Paul Strauss, Councilmembers Harry Thomas and Michael Brown, journalist and long time DC statehood advocate Sam Smith and other DC statehood leaders
Food and refreshments will be provided; musical entertainment will include Rasi Caprice performing his HipHop hit "STATEHOOD"
Reporters are invited to attend
Facebook invitation: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=47945521724


WASHINGTON, DC -- The DC Statehood Green Party is sponsoring a forum, with a panel and open discussion, on the growing demand for statehood for the District of Columbia on Thursday, February 5.

The forum, titled "DC Statehood, Now Is The Time!", begins at 7:00 pm and will take place at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, in Building 39, Room 201..

The forum will feature an array of guest speakers. The following have confirmed:

DC Senator Michael Brown
DC Senator Paul Strauss
DC House Representative Mike Panetta
DC Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. (Ward 5)
DC Councilmember Michael Brown (At-Large)
Renee Bowser, Statehood Green Party Member, former ANC Commissioner
Ann Loikow, DC Statehood -- Yes We Can Coalition (http://dcstatehoodyeswecan.org)
Sam Smith, Progressive Review (http://prorev.com)
Anise Jenkins, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition (http://www.freedc.org)
WTOP radio host Mark Plotkin

John Gloster, former chair of the DC Statehood Party and former candidate for Mayor of Washington, DC, will moderate.

Background:
The DC Statehood Green Party, which holds major party status in Washington, DC, has led the political movement for DC statehood since the party was founded as the DC Statehood Party in 1970.

The party calls the District's lack of self-government and voting representation part of the unfinished business of the civil rights struggle, and has challenged President Obama and Congress to enact DC statehood.

The DC Statehood Green Party has not supported 'DC voting rights' legislation granting the District a single voting seat in the US House, because of the plan's lack of constitutionality and because the DC voting rights will not change the District's status or end Congress's power over District laws, policies, and budgets. Statehood Greens have argued that DC statehood can be achieved without passage of a constitutional amendment.

For further reading:

"Something Rotten in Appleseed"
By Sam Smith, The Progressive Review (DC City Desk, January 29, 2009)
http://prorev.com/2009/01/something-rotten-in-appleseed.htm

"Free DC! The Obama Inauguration and a New Chance for Democracy in Our Nation's Capital"
By Scott McLarty, OpEdNews.com, January 17, 2009
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Free-DC--The-Obama-Inaugu-by-Scott-McLarty-090115-146.html

DC Statehood Green Party press releases

"Statehood Greens to Congress: DC needs STATEHOOD, not the 'Voting Rights' bill" (January 27, 2009)
http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org//press/press.php?annc_id=297§ion_id=2
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=172

"DC Statehood Greens to Democrats: Use your new power in Congress and the White House to grant DC statehood" (November 6, 2008)
http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org//press/press.php?annc_id=293§ion_id=2

"Statehood Greens criticize Del. Norton and her fellow Democrats for omitting DC statehood from the 2008 Democratic platform draft" (August 20, 2008)
http://www.gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=93

"Talking Points, Quotes on DC Voting Rights Bill, DC Statehood, and Democracy" (March 22, 2007)
http://www.gp.org/press/states/dc/dc_2007_03_22.shtml

The DC Statehood Papers:
Writings on DC Statehood & self-government, by Sam Smith http://prorev.com/dcsthdintro.htm

Petition to the United Nations for DC statehood, sponsored by the DC Statehood Green Party and Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org/statehoodnow


MORE INFORMATION

DC Statehood Green Party http://www.dcstatehoodgreen.org

DC Statehood Green Party events: http://dcstatehoodgreen.org/events


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