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Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Six observations on the ‘D.C. 41’

A week ago today, 41 people, including Mayor Vince Gray and six members of the D.C. Council, got themselves arrested at a protest on Capitol Hill for D.C. voting rights and autonomy. (On Friday, three more people were arrested, and another protest organized by Ward 6 ANC commissioners was set for this evening at 6 p.m.) Since then, plenty of ink has been spilled on the value -- or lack thereof -- of the protest, the wisdom of the tactics and what exactly comes next.

Some cheered the protest, others thought it was counterproductive. Some saw it as a cynical ploy by Gray to distract attention from his political problems, others disagreed. After six years of not-so-disinterested observation of the movement for D.C. voting rights, I’ve jotted down a few thoughts on the arrest of the “D.C. 41” and the larger fight for voting rights, self-determination and statehood.

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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