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Steve Donkin, Candidate for the Statehood-Green Nomination for 
Mayor in the September 10, 2002 Primary Election
September 2002

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for Mayor

—Straight talk!
—People before profits!
—No more sell-outs!

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The D.C. Statehood Green Party

Steve Donkin for Mayor — The Issues:

Education – Full funding to public schools, UDC, libraries, and recreation centers.

Health Care – Restore D.C. General Hospital; guarantee quality public health care for all D.C. residents regardless of income or employment status.

Social Services – Make real our public obligation to care for the less fortunate, including services for the homeless, the mentally disabled, the chemically addicted, prison inmates and former inmates, nursing home residents, people with HIV/AIDS, and children in foster care; restore basic constituent services in all wards.

Economic Development – Tax relief for low- and middle income working people; repeal the Tax Parity Act; public funding for human needs, not stadiums and Olympics.

Civil Rights – Zero tolerance for harassment and civil rights violations; civilian oversight of police conduct; the right to vote in local elections for all residents regardless of U.S. citizenship status.

Reparations – Enact a local reparations bill to address injustices perpetrated by the vestiges of slavery.

Environment – Stop the asthma epidemic in D.C. kids by enforcing compliance with clean air laws; research and community outreach to identify areas most in need of mitigation; expand public transit, bicycle lanes, recycling and composting; preserve D.C.'s biodiversity and green space


Labor — Pass a living wage law for D.C. and protect workers' right to organize.

Housing — Expand affordable housing, including subsidization programs, tenant and emergency assistance, rent control, and home ownership incentives.

Democracy — Full legislative, budgetary and judicial autonomy; strong local campaign finance laws; implement the progressive representation systems that most other democracies in the world have, such as proportional representation and instant runoff voting.

Statehood — D.C. must and will get Statehood, but only if we are forceful and unyielding in our demand for equal rights!

Join the campaign! Call (202) 986-9438, or e-mail

The Donkin for Mayor campaign is a campaign born in struggle. It is the age-old struggle of the people against tyranny and oppression, the struggle for liberty and self-determination, and it is a struggle that we desperately need now. We follow proudly in the tradition of Julius Hobson, Josephine Butler, and other heroes of the D.C. Statehood and grassroots justice movement Let us join together in making our demands loud and clear, and backed up by organized force. — Steve Donkin, D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate for Mayor

Donkin for Mayor, 1708 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001-2431

Paid for by Donkin for Mayor (Philip Barlow, treasurer)

Steve Donkin is a seven-year resident of Washington, D.C. and a homeowner in the Shaw neighborhood.

Steve was active in both the D.C. Statehood Party and D.C. Green Party prior to the merger of the two parties in 1999. He served for a year on the steering committee of the D.C. Statehood Green Party. Steve has worked with numerous local coalitions on issues such as affordable housing, public education, public health, and labor rights.

Steve was a founding member of the Stand Up! for Democracy in D.C. Coalition; he remains an active member in the coalition. Steve was a ward coordinator and one of the leading signature gatherers in the campaign to put Initiative 59 on the ballot to allow access of the terminally ill to medical marijuana.

In 2000 and 2001, Steve was put on trial-twice-by the U.S. government as one of the D.C. Democracy Seven, who stood up in the House of Representatives to cast D.C. residents' vote against the undemocratic meddling of Congress in our local budget appropriation process. The defendants were finally found "not guilty" by a jury of fellow D.C. residents.

Steve holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Georgia Tech, where he was a founding member of the student environmental organization, and has worked for the past seven years in science consulting and project management on issues of human and environmental health. He is currently obtaining certification to teach science in D.C. public schools.

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