The Washington Post

Missing the message

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Hundreds of people gathered at Freedom Plaza on Aug. 28 to demand congressio­nal voting rights and D.C. statehood. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), the Rev. William J. Barber II and others spoke passionate­ly about D.C.’S exclusion from statehood, with Barber calling on members of the Congressio­nal Black Caucus and the Congressio­nal Progressiv­e Caucus to hold up all other pending legislatio­n until passage of the D.C. statehood act.

More than 700,000 D.C. residents lack voting representa­tion in Congress. As Barber said at Freedom Plaza, this is the longest-running example of voter suppressio­n in the history of the United States. Based on The Post’s written coverage of the

Aug. 28 events, which barely mentioned the rally for D.C. statehood and D.C. voting rights, one can conclude only that the paper didn’t find the issues newsworthy [“Thousands rally for voting rights,” Metro, Aug. 29].

A recurring theme in the speeches at the Lincoln Memorial was the disenfranc­hisement of formerly incarcerat­ed Americans. No mention of that in The Post’s coverage, either. Though the comments and impression­s of rally attendees were nice details in the article, the coverage lacked basic informatio­n about the important issues these attendees came to Washington to amplify.

Siobhan Roth, Washington

 ?? AMANDA ANDRADE-RHOADES FOR THE WASHINGTON POST ?? D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) speaks at the Make Good Trouble Rally in D.C. on Aug. 28.
AMANDA ANDRADE-RHOADES FOR THE WASHINGTON POST D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) speaks at the Make Good Trouble Rally in D.C. on Aug. 28.

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