|DC Still Long Way to Go to Become a "Human Rights City" FightBack.org issues Report Card on D.C.'s Human Rights Status|
|Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:59|
FightBack.org issues Report Card on D.C.'s Human Rights Status
In 2008, the D.C. Council declared the District of Columbia the first Human Rights City in the United States. On a chilly morning last month, on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building, several local activists issued a 36-page report card that concluded, "the District has a long way to go toward achieving the promise of its declaration."
"For somebody who came here from a country where human rights violations are things that we see on a daily basis, I was really shocked to see that D.C. residents were being pushed out of their houses because of financial issues," said report contributor Jean-Louis Peta Ilkambana, of the American Friends Service Committee. "I always see people in front of my own office seeking shelter. I said, "What is this? Am I back home or I'm in Washington, D.C.?" asked Ilkambana, who's originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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