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Message Gets Rolling; D.C. Government Enlists Residents' Vehicles In Campaign for Congressional Representation
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Campaigns; Municipal government; Demonstrations & protests; License plates; Voting rights
Author: Sewell, Chan
Date: Nov 5, 2000
Start Page: C.01
Section: METRO

Josefina Harvin was at the head of the line at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles at 6:20 a.m. yesterday even though her old tags had not yet expired. Harvin wanted to be the first with a license plate with the defiant slogan "Taxation Without Representation."

Harvin, 62, a Mount Pleasant resident, led hundreds of residents who joined the District's political establishment outside the department's C Street NW headquarters yesterday when the new license plates went on sale. They are intended as a poignant reminder of the city's lack of voting representation in Congress. City leaders hope it will turn out to be the start of a national movement for change.

DC Vote, a two-year-old nonprofit organization formed to press one of two D.C. voting-rights suits that the Supreme Court turned down Oct. 16, has sought to build awareness while not advocating for any of three proposed solutions: statehood, statutory enfranchisement or the return of most of the District to Maryland, as Arlington County and Alexandria were returned to Virginia in 1846.

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