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Trump’s first 100 days

All Presidents have been judged on their first 100 days in office but Donald Trump’s approval rating is the lowest of any president ever polled at this early point in his term. Before Trump, Clinton, in fact, had the lowest 100-day approval rating of any modern president, according to Gallup.

Let’s talk about what did and did not get accomplished on his promise to ‘Make America Great Again’!

 

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John J. Forster, Activities Coordinator for ‘Committee for the Capital City’

John Forster has been an advocate for D.C. Statehood for a long time. But what about the idea of achieving Statehood by joining an existing state? John is the Activities Coordinator for the group ‘Committee for the Capital City’ wants to reincorporate the District of Columbia back into Maryland (from whence it came) and become its own county call Douglass County Maryland.

With this new unique jurisdiction in Maryland, the District would honor one of its most famous residents: the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass. And it would retain its unique identity while gaining both full voting rights and full home rule by reuniting with Maryland.

Is this the best path to D.C. statehood? Join us and find out!

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Emancipation Day in Washington DC

Emancipation Day is the only official holiday in the District of Columbia to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862. It is in commemoration of Lincoln buying all 3,400 slaves in the District in 1862. It is the only compensated emancipation in US history. He did this as a prelude to the Emancipation Proclamation which came 9 months later.

A wide range of events are arranged in Washington DC to mark Emancipation Day. These are spread throughout the month of April and include exhibitions, public discussions, presentations of historic documents, the laying of wreaths, concerts and poetry readings. The events aim to educate a broad spectrum of people about the history of the municipality of the District of Columbia in general and slavery in particular. Attention is also paid to the African origin of many slaves and racial issues in modern American society.

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Kathleen Gomez, CEO/Founder of ‘Candidates Platform’

One of the most daunting obstacles for candidates to overcome is getting their message communicated to the voters. Many people can easily access information about events thousands of miles away but have little if no information on who is running for state and local elected offices in their community.  Kathleen Gomez’s ‘Candidates Platform’ gives a place for the common person who wants to get involved to connect their campaign with the voter. It offers a simple easy to use interface where a candidate can interact with their constituents, link all other social media, post videos and schedules and hear back from the voter. They would also provide technical support for any questions or problems the candidate may encounter. 

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Community Activist Andria Thomas

This week our guest is Andria Thomas, a mom from DC who organized a community action group in Capitol Hill while on maternity leave called “Resist and Rise”  – the key objective is defending DC’s local laws from Congressional encroachment. The group, which is already over 100, plans to tell members “hands off DC”. Andria lives in Capitol Hill with her husband Aaron and their daughter Maggie (4 years) and Mina (4 months)!

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