DEFENDANTS ANISE JENKINS
more photos below
Jenkins, a member of the Stand Up for
Democracy in D.C.
Szulgit, a member of the D.C. Statehood Green Party, were to be tried on the
charge of "Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct on United States Capitol
Grounds" stemming from their July 29, 1999, arrest for verbally protesting
Congress's rule over D.C., and specifically the passage in the U.S. House
of Representatives of the Barr Amendment, one of several anti-democratic
riders added to the D.C. budget for FY 2000.
Speakers who addressed the rally included
UP/D.C., Reverend Walter Fauntroy, D.C.'s first delegate to
Congress, Mary Jane DeFrank of the American Civil Liberties Union,
attorney George LaRoche of the 20 D.C. Citizens democracy lawsuit,
Ms. Loree Murray of the Stand Up for Democracy in D.C.
in D.C. Coalition, Timothy Cooper of Democracy First, D.C.'s Statehood
Delegation to Congress, representatives of the D.C. Statehood Green Party
and the Umoja Party, and other citizens and activists.
If convicted by a jury, Jenkins and Szulgit
face a penalty
of $500 and/or
six months in jail. They will be represented in the trial by activist
attorneys, Mark Goldstone and Kenneth Page.
The Barr Amendment, the second amendment
Congressman Bob Barr
(R-GA) in as many years, prohibits the implementation of Initiative 59, the
D.C. medical marijuana referendum sponsored by local AIDS activists and
patients rights advocates. Initiative 59 appeared on the 1998 ballot and
passed overwhelmingly with 69% of the vote, winning a majority in all 8 of
the District's wards. ACT UP/D.C.'s Steve Michael, the original sponsor of
the Initiative, died May 25th, 1998, at the age of 42, due to AIDS-related
complications. After Michael's death, his partner Wayne Turner took over
the sponsorship of Initiative 59.
The U.S. Congress, which does not allow
representation within its body, has complete and total control over the
budget and other legislative affairs of D.C. Rally attendees will call for
full voting rights for D.C. citizens and an end to Congress's continued
attacks on D.C. democracy.
After the rally, the crowd entered the
courthouse to observe
(From the original media advisory. For more info contact: Steve Donkin
(202) 986-9438; Michèle Colburn (202) 364-5080
See March 30, 2001 photos of celebration of the acquittal of the Democracy 7