Voting-Rights Funding Again Goes to D.C. Vote
Earlier this month, as LL reported, the city gave a $150,000 grant to D.C. Vote to promote voting rights and statehood, only to take it back when it was discovered that several grant-seekers were excluded from the judging due to a technical error.
The re-do is complete, and surprise: The Office of the Secretary announced today that D.C. Vote again won funding—but not the whole $150,000. The International Federation of Black Prides was awarded $10,000, with D.C. Vote getting the remainder.
At least three other applicants ended up with bupkes, and the unsurprising decision to give high-profile D.C. Vote the majority of funding is leading to some grumbling in a tight-knit advocacy community.
"They covered themselves with a fig leaf," said one activist, referring to the morsel that the city offered the IFBP.
Shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown sought funding for his effort to integrate D.C. voting rights into schools' social-studies lesson plans. "Of course we're disappointed, because I thought we had a good project," he says. Of the city funding, he says, "I would like to see it get spread around a little more."
What is the International Federation of Black Prides? According to a Web site, the group is a "coalition of Black Pride organizers formed to promote a multinational network of LGBT/SGL (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Same Gender Loving) Prides and community-based organizations." No one answered their phone this afternoon to explain what they'll be doing with their cash.