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It's Fenty's Party, But Not All Fun and Games

Protesters may take the fun out of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's fundraising birthday bash, set for tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Labor groups and advocates for the homeless are planning to crash the event with candles and pickets. The protesters are getting a jump on things, with their pickets set to start at 5:30 p.m.

Here is the protesters' rallying news release:

Join the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice and the Committee to Save Franklin Shelter at a candlelight vigil to tell Mayor Fenty to STOP his attacks on DC workers!

Saturday, December 6, 2008
3031Gates Rd NW
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Mayor Fenty is a budget-shattering, union-busting, promise-breaking political boss whose poor performance and bad management are costing DC taxpayers millions of dollars without real accountability or significant improvements.

Fenty campaigned on inclusion, but he routinely excludes the city council, community groups and unions from important policy decisions affecting the City.

Fenty broke his promise to the homeless by closing shelters and leaving people on the streets with out a relocation plan.
· Fenty broke his promise to tenants by not supporting the Rent Administrator Grace Wiggins.
· Fenty is trying to gut seniority rights for DC teachers.
· Fenty was ordered to reinstate workers he wrongfully fired yet he refuses to do so.
· Fenty stooped to reveal his petty, vindictive governing tactics when he unilaterally abolished city jobs held by some union leaders, a retaliatory move to intimidate unions who have pushed for reform through partnership.

Please contact 202-974-8222 for further information

By Marcia Davis  |  December 6, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Great idea,,,,and hopefully more of this kind of action to come.

Posted by: winston61 | December 6, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I agree, we do need more of this action. I am yearning for the days of bowing down to the teacher's union so then our children will have teachers with little accountability. That way these children will have the following choices:

A. Work for the DC government. If we elect a Mayor Barry protege we can then have a bloated government so then everyone can have a job.

B. Be unqualified for a job. This way we can open more homeless shelters.

C. Not be able to buy a house, therefore making the Rend Administration stronger and not pushing an idea of respect for our city through the idea of ownership.

Posted by: reformED | December 6, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'll be attending the fundraiser and donating money to the reelect Fenty campaign.


A long time DCPS parent who has seen the ugly side of ironclad teacher seniority

Posted by: trace1 | December 6, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

So much for Taxation Without Representation. Now its just Washington DC (insert social service/ human right here) Without Representation.

Posted by: knsummers | December 7, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

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