Thursday, March 24, 2016
TIME: 11:30 am – Bar opens; 12:15 pm – Lunch served;
1-2 pm –Presentation and Q & A
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Luncheon
Noted political historian and WNDC member Nelson Rimensnyder will present a talk and call to action on DC voting rights. He will explore the origins of the District of Columbia through the debates of the Constitutional Convention, early related Congressional action, and some reasons why the enfranchisement of residents was not sufficiently addressed. He will also review proposals and attempted action over the last 200 years to mitigate the unique status of District residents, the only citizens of the United States who are taxed without their consent and governed by a Congress to which they elect no voting members. He will conclude with a brief overview of a way in which a bipartisan movement might emerge to bring sustained national attention to this issue. Until that happens, the national media, political parties, Congress, institutions, the business community and influential citizens will not seriously address the plight of DC citizens.