Others present for the conversation suggested that the District might be able to learn some lessons from the fight to expand marriage rights to same-sex couples. Both Bauer and Davis agreed that gay rights had a broader reach than D.C. voting rights, which would affect only the District’s 630,000 residents.
Still, Davis believes there are compelling arguments that could help put a face on the movement and attract more media attention.
District residents fight and die in every war, D.C. citizens are drafted, and people here “pay income taxes like everybody else,” he pointed out.
“The facts are clear,” he said. Now, the fight “needs to be hit from multiple areas.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.