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.