DC Vote Petitions White House to Place DC's 'Taxation Without Representation' License Plates on Presidential Limo Before Inaugural Parade

Jan 03, 2013, 09:50 ET from DC Vote

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DC Vote has filed a petition on the White House website asking that the Taxation Without Representation license plate be placed on the presidential limousine prior to Inauguration Day.

The presidential limousines currently display DC plates that do not carry the standard motto for the District: Taxation Without Representation. District residents pay federal taxes and serve and die in wars, but have no vote in Congress. The District adopted Taxation Without Representation as its official license plate motto in 2000 to give the country a visible demonstration of the political reality in the nation's capital.

"With the help of thousands of Americans who believe in equal rights, we expect to see the Taxation Without Representation plates rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue during the inaugural parade," said DC Vote Communications Director James Jones.

The petition provides an opportunity for the people of DC and for supporters of DC's fight for full democracy everywhere to elevate our struggle to a new level. DC Vote is grateful for President Obama's support for the District's struggle for equal rights. He has stated publicly that DC citizens should have the same voting rights as all other Americans. Displaying the Taxation Without Representation plate is simply an expression of the truth about DC's political status.

The early response to the petition -- derived entirely through the use of email and social media -- has been outstanding. So far, nearly 3,000 people from across the country have signed it on the White House on-line petition site. If 25,000 people sign by January 18th, the administration will provide a response.

"Today marks a major nationwide push to reach our goal prior to the inauguration," Jones said. "The support we have received from Americans across the nation sends a strong message to the White House, but we need to maintain the momentum."

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