Photo of homeless voters and advocates marching to early voting
Reginald Black

Grassroots homeless advocates were joined by supporters from the Washington Interfaith Network and Miriam’s Kitchen at an April 13th “get out the vote” rally.

The aim of the event, held outside the CCNV shelter, was to encourage homeless voters to take part in the  April 23 Special election for an at-large seat on the D.C. City Council. The election will fill a seat vacated when council member Phil Mendelson advanced to city council chair.

There was food and music and a crowd of about 80 to 100 people. Many sported shirts with the slogan “I’m a Voter”  to send the message that individuals who are experiencing homelessness should and do vote. The message rang out loud and clear when Alberta Williams. a resident of N Street Village noted “We need to turn out for ourselves!”

“We’re going down there and we’re going to stick together we are going to show them we mean business!” shouted Williams to the applause of crowd.