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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IRS Tax Litigation Consultant, Daniel J. Pilla

Has your tax return been selected for an audit? Is the IRS knocking on your door? Learn how to beat your problems with the IRS with our guest, tax professional Daniel J. Pilla! Dan is a tax litigation consultant and for three decades, he has been the nation’s leader in taxpayers rights defense and IRS abuse prevention and cure. Regarded as one of the country’s premiere experts in IRS procedures, he has helped countless thousands of citizens solve personal and business tax problems they thought might never be solved. Dan Pilla has seen every type of tax problem and believes “there is no such thing as a hopeless tax problem.”

 

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CODEPINK and Global Exchange

 

Meet Medea Benjamin, author and American political activist and co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. We’ll also discuss this past March 8th’s International Women’s Day event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The theme was #BeBoldForChange. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909 in New York and organized by the Socialist Party of America.

 

 

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