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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Urges Participation in DC Full Democracy Freedom Rally and March

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that the DC Full Democracy Freedom Rally and March, organized to call attention to the District’s pursuit for self-determination, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

“It is very fitting that we hold this important rally and march on this date,” said Mayor Gray. “What we are fighting for today -- democracy and equality -- are the same principles that Dr. King spent his life fighting for more than 50 years ago. In fact, Dr. King himself called for Congress to bring full democracy to the residents of the District of Columbia. This rally and march will continue his fight for justice.”

The pre-rally program will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the DC Full Democracy and Freedom Rally and March with District and civil rights leaders. The march will merge with Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network March for Jobs and Justice at the Sylvan Theater, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Marchers will then proceed to the site of the King Memorial at Ohio Drive and West Basin Drive SW.

Sharpton, the civil rights activist and founder of the National Action Network, said, “In light of the continued push for jobs in this country and the rejection of President Obama's jobs bill, it is imperative now more than ever that we march for jobs and justice. From Wall Street to Washington, Americans are tired of the economic despair and joblessness.”

Mayor Gray and organizers of the DC Full Democracy Freedom Rally and March are calling on President Obama and Congress to support the disenfranchised citizens of the District of Columbia and to end taxation without representation.