There is an election in DC April 23 to fill an at-large DC Council position. The seven candidates for this office have been invited to present their views to on major issues of concern to our community. Based on our current discussion with the candidates we are likely to have six of the seven attending. The candidates with their party affiliations are:
Anita Bonds, Democrat, Michael A. Brown, Democrat, Matthew Frumin, Democrat, Patrick Mara, Republican, Perry Redd, DC Statehood Green, Elissa Silverman, Democrat, Paul Zukerberg, Democrat
Current DC law requires anyone [other than a judge] who officiates at a wedding to have religious credentials. Will these candidates support a change allowing equal rights for our secular community?
Oregon and Washington states have death with dignity laws. Forcing someone to go through a long painful end of life because some people deem this pleasing to God is an outrage that should end everywhere. Almost every poll has shown a death with dignity policy to be very popular. It is opposed by many religious leaders. Will these candidates have the courage to advance sanity on this issue?
Free or low cost municipal Wi-Fi has been implemented in a good number of areas in our country. Google is installing a free system for an area of Chelsea, New York. It demonstrates the astonishingly low cost structure that is possible with modern technology. The for-profit telecommunications companies in DC will do everything that they can to suppress this as an option. What will these DC candidates say in response to this opportunity to serve people in DC?
The more religious groups in our country have provided the scientific gullibility required for the acceptance of propaganda from global warming deniers. Our secular community strongly supports the scientific consensus and the increasingly obvious need for society to respond. More importantly, with the right governmental policies people will be able to lower their personal costs for electricity. Once solar energy become less expensive than normal grid energy the solution will occur from normal market forces. Will this forum be the first in our region where politicians support a dramatic move toward this low cost solar energy?
This is a political coming out party for secular people in our region. Your organizer has spoken with the Secular Coalition for America. They do not have a “state-level” organization to represent the secular community in DC. This is a chance for us to show that the secular community can have influence in DC.
Be prepared for media coverage of this event including video recording. Attendance will convey acceptance of such recording.