A lot of my grassroots activism stems from leading or participating in direct action zaps and activities. We've talked quite a bit on Bilerico about the different styles of activism - whether it's protesting or working from within - but it's not very often that you see something like this!
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and several members of the D.C. Council were arrested Monday at a protest on Capitol Hill, as city officials turned up the volume on their complaints about a federal spending deal that imposes controversial riders on the District.
The spending measure -- agreed to Friday night by President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) -- reimposes a Republican-backed ban on the District spending its own money to provide abortions to low-income women.
Congress has the ability to micromanage the District's affairs and I always see signs and posters about "Taxation Without Representation" here. While we have a representative to Congress, she's classified as a "delegate" and isn't allowed to formally vote. In this case, no federal funds are involved, but Congress is refusing to allow the District to choose how to spend its own money.
There's a clip after the jump showing Gray getting arrested and the response from Delegate Norton. She's obviously spitting mad and swears on camera! Now this is leadership I can believe in!