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June 4th Primary Election: What Voters in DC Need to Know

The June 4, 2024 primary in Washington, DC will be held to select the Democratic and Republican nominees for various local and federal offices, including the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the members of the D.C. Council.

Click HERE for list of Early Vote Centers for each Ward.

Key Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Apr 15, 2024
  • Early Voting: May 20, 2024May 31, 2024
  • Election Day: June 4, 2024

Who Can Vote?

To be eligible to vote in the June 4, 2024 primary in Washington, DC, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of the District of Columbia
  • At least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • Qualified non-citizen DC residents may vote in local elections (UPDATE)

How to Register to Vote

You can register to vote in Washington, DC online, by mail, or in person.

To register online:

  1. Go to the DC Board of Elections website: dcboe.org.
  2. Click on the “Register to Vote” link.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

To register by mail:

  1. Download and print the voter registration form.
  2. Fill out the form and mail it to the DC Board of Elections.

To register in person:

  1. Visit a DC Public Library branch or other designated location.
  2. Ask for a voter registration form.
  3. Fill out the form and return it to the election official.

How to Vote

You can vote in the June 4, 2024 primary in Washington, DC by mail, early in person, or on Election Day.

*Early Vote Centers are closed May 27, 2024 for Memorial Day. 

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in America

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in America since the 1730s, when Irish immigrants began arriving in large numbers. The holiday was initially a religious observance, but it gradually evolved into a more secular celebration of Irish culture and heritage.

In the early days, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated mainly by Irish immigrants and their descendants. However, as the Irish population grew and assimilated into American society, the holiday became more widely celebrated. By the end of the 19th century, St. Patrick’s Day was being celebrated in cities and towns across the United States.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in America. It is a day for people of all backgrounds to come together and celebrate Irish culture and heritage. The holiday is typically celebrated with parades, parties, and other festivities.

Here are some of the highlights of St. Patrick’s Day in America:

  • The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. It is held on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and attracts over 2 million people each year.
  • The Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is also one of the largest in the world. It is held on South Boston and attracts over 1 million people each year.
  • The Chicago River Dyeing is a unique St. Patrick’s Day tradition in Chicago. On the morning of March 17, the Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate the holiday.
  • The White House St. Patrick’s Day Reception is an annual event hosted by the President of the United States. The reception is attended by Irish-American leaders and other guests.

Click HERE for St. Patrick’s Day events in Washington, DC. Also, HERE are 9 ways the Washingtonian offers as options to celebrate this year’s Irish heritage event.

ePa Live: An East Coast Cannabis Pioneer & BK’s Favorite Haitian Son

ePa Live Guests:

  • Jamila “Jay Mills” Hogan
  • Atibon Nazaire

Jay Mills is the founder of Ebony Green Society, she is a cannabis content creator, author, performing artist, community organizer and educator. She is the host of Pass The Jay Podcast. Jay is a cannabis industry pioneer. She is the first Black woman to manage a cultivation center on the east coast. She is the founder of The Green Life Learning Center, an international cannabis education company specializing in professional employee training standards for cannabis businesses. After some time in the herbal and holistic wellness industry and working at a DC medical dispensary she decided to focus on expanding her work, by creating opportunities for others and educating the community about the growing cannabis industry and all its uses. A powerful and deeply loved green leaf may just be the path to building generational wealth for Black folks, and Jay Mills wants to show you the way there.

To learn more about Jay Mills, her upcoming events and programs see info below:

Ebony Green | info@onlyebonygreen.com | 202.670.6867 | 712 H St. NE, Suite 1403 Washington, DC 20002 | IG @therealjaymills 

Jay Mills answers ePa Live: Question Of The Day

Jay Mills is a cannabis industry pioneer as the first Black woman to manage a cultivation center on the east coast.

Atibon Nazaire

Actor, Atibon Nazire 

Atibon is an award-winning actor and performer who lives in Brooklyn. His body of work includes films like FBI (2018), Fade to Black: The Trigger Effect (2013) Gabriel (2014), and Mountains. His passion for his Haitian culture and heritage led to the creation of Vodounchild and Brooklyn Loves Haiti merchandize you can purchase on Etsy. His new film, Mountain, is about a Haitian demolition worker who is faced with the realities of redevelopment as he is tasked with dismantling his rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

Atibon Nazaire Answers ePa Live: Question Of The Day

Atibon Nazaire on his career as an actor and his new film, Mountain.

https://youtu.be/xLcgQxSXvNs

Op-Ed: Whither Charlotte Scott’s Tribute To Emancipation

Editor’s Note: The views expressed are solely those of the writer, John Parker; Former MPP and Toronto City Councilor.

BY JOHN PARKER

Upon hearing that President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated, a woman who had been freed by Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation proposed that a memorial statue be erected in his memory. She established a fund for the purpose and made the first contribution: five dollars.

The project was picked up by the quaintly named Western Sanitary Commission, a philanthropic agency that had been established in St. Louis during the Civil War. Its original purpose was to provide hospital services for sick and wounded soldiers, but over time it also came to provide shelter for the homeless and dispossessed and schools for their children. It largely served those who had been freed or who otherwise had escaped from slavery.

As the country’s centennial year approached a design was chosen and a statue was commissioned. It features Abraham Lincoln standing with the Emancipation Proclamation in his right hand. In front of Lincoln is the figure of a man in a crouched position, looking up, rising, and breaking free from chains of bondage. The model for the casting was Archer Alexander, a man who had escaped from slavery but who was on the verge of being returned to his previous condition when the Emancipation Proclamation secured his freedom in 1863.

The statue was dedicated at a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 1867. President Ulysses S. Grant and members of the Supreme Court were present on the occasion. Frederick Douglass – himself a former slave – delivered the keynote address.

Douglass had been free since 1838. He is known to history as one of the foremost American abolitionists but in truth he was outspoken and courageous in support of a broad spectrum of social reforms, including the rights of women (in 1848 he wrote “In respect to political rights, we hold woman to be justly entitled to all we claim for man.” In 1866 he was one of the founders of the American Equal Rights Association in support of universal suffrage.) Most of all, he is known mostly for being one of the greatest pubic orators of all time.

Running short on patience with regard to his most cherished priority, Douglass had been one of Lincoln’s fiercest critics early in the Civil War. But he came to be one of Lincoln’s most sincere admirers by the end of the war and thereafter. His remarks at the dedication ceremony in 1867 traced the development of his own sentiments:

To protect, defend, and perpetuate slavery in the States where it existed Abraham Lincoln was not less ready than any other President to draw the sword of the nation…. 

In the fullness of time, we saw Abraham Lincoln … penning the immortal paper, which, though special in its language, was general in its principles and effect, making slavery forever impossible in the United States. 

Though we waited long, we saw all this and more.

A plaque on the monument gives it the name Freedom’s Memorial in grateful memory of Abraham Lincoln and reads:

This monument was erected by the Western Sanitary Commission of Saint Louis Mo: With funds contributed solely by emancipated citizens of the United States declared free by his proclamation January 1 A.D. 1863. The first contribution of five dollars was made by Charlotte Scott, a freedwoman of Virginia, being her first earnings in freedom and consecrated by her suggestion and request on the day she heard of President Lincoln’s death to build a monument to his memory. 

Eleanor Holmes Norton, currently DC’s nonvoting member of the US House of Representatives, has decided that the statue should come down. She intends to introduce legislation to that effect in the House. According to her, “the designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. It shows. Blacks too fought to end enslavement. That’s why I’m introducing a bill to move this statue to a museum.”

The proposal to remove the statue has the enthusiastic support of a strong contingent of protesters who gathered at the site earlier this week and vowed to return later and get right to work to topple it.

It is demonstrably true that the designers of the statue didn’t take into account the views of African Americans such as Eleanor Holmes Norton as of June 2020 – or those that animate the group that gathered at the memorial this week –, but it also seems clear that her remarks in June 2020 don’t take into account the views of African Americans at the time that the statue was conceived, executed, and dedicated.

It may be difficult for Eleanor Holmes Norton and the protesters to accept, but it is just possible that Charlotte Scott, Archer Alexander, Frederick Douglass, and the emancipated citizens of the United States who paid for the monument had more insight into the views of African Americans alive in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War than they do. And a review of the record would confirm that, contrary to Homes Norton’s apparent understanding, Douglass made particular reference to the role of African American (he called them “dark and dusty”) soldiers in the Union Army in his remarks. It should come as no surprise that he would have done exactly that, the enlistment of African American soldiers in the Lincoln’s army having been one of the causes that he had vigorously recommended to the President at virtually every opportunity when they met and spoke during the war.

If the point of erecting memorials is to lock into place a record of a person or an event that is deserving of enduring memory, the message that Charlotte Scott hoped to deliver to posterity has been overshadowed in the minds of some by the context of more recent events and concerns.

It is a bad time to be a statue these days. If this one comes down, the event will itself be a symbol of the irony of our current day, in which the sentiment that is causing memorials to defenders of slavery to fall will have also also led – almost a century and a half after its dedication – to the destruction of a memorial to the single most important agent in the ending of that slavery, erected by those who, in his time, understood and appreciated his accomplishment and wanted future generations to know it.