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August 22, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Launches Social Media March for D.C. Democracy on Occasion of King Memorial Dedication 

Mayor Calls for Virtual Protest Against District’s Lack of Full Democracy

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WHAT/WHO: Mayor Vincent C. Gray is calling on DC residents and their allies across the United States to join in a social-media “march” in support of full democracy for the District. The virtual march will coincide with DC Residents Day at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
             8:28 a.m.

WHERE: Facebook and Twitter

BACKGROUND (text of a letter Mayor Gray is e-mailing to District residents this morning):

On August 28, 1963, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his immortal “I Have a Dream” speech. That day he talked about cashing in on a “promissory note” of democracy, written by our nation’s Founding Fathers, “to which every American was to fall heir.” And on that same day he declared to the world, “now is the time to make real the promise of democracy.”

Sadly, 48 years later, the District of Columbia is home to 600,000 Americans who still don’t have a voting representative in our own Congress. We are Americans who pay hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal taxes -- just like others who do enjoy voting rights; Americans who serve on federal juries -- just like others who enjoy voting rights; and Americans who send their sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters to fight America’s wars in far-away places -- wars authorized and funded by a Congress in which we have no vote. Nearly half a century after Dr. King’s famous speech, the United States of America is the only democratic nation in the world to deny representation to the residents of its capital city. His dream is unfulfilled for us.

As Mayor of the District of Columbia, I am asking local and national leaders, District residents and all others who support Dr. King’s dream to post the following message on their Facebook and Twitter pages at 8:28 a.m., Tuesday August 23rd:

Dr. King said "now is the time to make real the promise of democracy." I demand full democracy for DC residents!

If you care about justice, freedom and democracy, please take a stand with District residents by posting the demand for full democracy and join me Saturday, August 27th at Freedom Plaza for the DC Full Democracy Freedom Rally and March.