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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