|Norton, Gray, and National Organizations to Take Stand Against Riders at Press Conference, Wednesday|
Norton, Mayor Gray, and National Organizations Representatives to Take United Stand Against D.C. Appropriations Riders at Press Conference, Wednesday
June 7, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) expressed her gratitude for the national groups that will come forward today to explain how they plan to use their national networks and members to protect D.C.'s home rule at a press conference with Mayor Vincent Gray, DC Vote Public Affairs Director Eugene Kinlow, Human Rights Campaign Vice President of Programs David Smith, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence President Paul Helmke, NARAL Pro-Choice America Policy Director Donna Crane, and AIDS United Political Affairs Director William McColl. The national organizations leaders will speak for themselves and for similar organizations at the Save D.C. Home-Rule press conference on Wednesday, June 8, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room HC-5 of the U.S. Capitol. The speakers will discuss their intentions to use their nationwide networks to contact members of the House and Senate to protect the District's local laws from harmful congressional interference.
"I am grateful that even before the appropriations process begins, several national organizations and Mayor Gray are taking a public preemptive action against D.C. riders on the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills," said Norton. "Republicans have not been coy about their anti-home-rule intensions and they have not been shy about using every opportunity this year to try to erase the city's right to govern itself and to spend its local funds as residents' desire. But D.C. was not shy in responding, either. The rallies and arrests of the mayor, Council members, ANC commissioners, and residents leave no doubt that the city will not sit idly by and be robbed of home rule."
WHO: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, DC Vote, the Human Rights Campaign, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, AIDS United, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the American Civil Liberties Union, National Urban League, People for the American Way, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood of the Metropolitan Washington, National Abortion Federation, Freedom to Marry, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and African American Ministers in Action
WHAT: Press Conference on D.C. Appropriations Riders
WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: HC-5, U.S. Capitol
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