Kids in DC are not happy how Congress treats their city, and on March 31st they will be visiting Senators’ offices to let them know directly. As you know, DC Kids don’t have their own Senators to visit. Therefore, they will be visiting the Senators of allies residing in states lucky enough to have full voting representation in Congress. They’ll bring messages from family and friends, plus art work of their own.
Most of the messages are to tell Senators to keep their #HandsOffDC and support a DC Statehood bill that will be introduced in the Senate by Senator Tom Carper of Delaware. Almost all of the children and parents involved are new to lobbying, thus the event is being called “My 1st Lobby Day”.
The event is being held on a District of Columbia Public School holiday. Parents and kids will meet at 3pm at the Hart Senate Office Building Lobby. At 3:15 the kids and their parents, dressed in red and white to show their DC pride, will be photographed from third floor with the mountain and cloud sculpture in the background. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, and other elected officials have been invited to join for the group picture. The elected officials may also give words of thanks and encouragement to the kids and their parents informally. The event is a collaboration of groups that have over 20 years of working on DC Statehood and voting representation and others just formed in the last few months. The event is co-sponsored by Resist and Rise (a Capitol Hill community action group) and DC Vote. Other partners include: Neighbors United for DC Statehood, Unity on the Hill, the Takoma Parents Action Coalition, Indivisible NW DC, and Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC). Other groups still being confirmed.