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Joan Shipps
Joan is a writer, editor, D.C. statehood activist, and mom. She is the founder and editor in chief or More Microphones, a web-based media platform amplifying grassroots, citizen voices within the D.C. statehood movement.

Joan has spent more than a decade researching and writing about economic and development issues in non-profit, governmental, and journalistic settings. She was previously a fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Joan holds a master's in International Economic Relations from American University's School of International Service, and a bachelor's in International Languages and Cultures from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She has also studied political theory at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). Joan lives in D.C.'s Woodridge neighborhood with her husband, Nolan Treadway, their daughter, and their two dogs.

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Entries by Joan Shipps

Yes on 71: A Moral Case for Legalizing Marijuana

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:27 AM

On November 4, voters in Washington, D.C. will go to the polls to choose our next mayor, several councilmembers, a slew of local officials, and our path forward on one of the more pressing human rights issues of our day: the legalization of marijuana. Known as "Initiative 71," the ballot...

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Let's Settle This Once and for All: D.C. Statehood Is Constitutional. Period.

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:38 PM

On April 16th, D.C.-based voting rights activists plan to meet with Congressional offices to encourage support for D.C. statehood. Statehood advocates are calling on Congress to cosponsor, hold hearings on, and vote for the New Columbia Admission Act -- legislation that would grant full citizenship rights to the...

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Congressional Support for D.C. Statehood Divided on Race, Gender Lines

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Wednesday is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. -- the anniversary of when slaves were freed in our nation's capital, some 152 years ago. D.C. statehood activists are commemorating Emancipation Day by going to the Hill and asking Congress to support D.C. statehood legislation. If enacted, the D.C. statehood...

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The Rent Is Too Darn High: An Obscure D.C. Primary Race with Big Consequences

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 10:16 PM

In D.C.'s Democratic primary on April 1, voters will have the opportunity to choose candidates for mayor, the D.C. Council, and the D.C. Democratic State Committee. That last one is an admittedly an obscure office. But it shouldn't be. Because the state committee has the capacity to matter - if...

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The D.C. Race You're Not Thinking About Could End Taxation Without Representation in Washington, D.C.

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:47 PM

Elections in D.C. are unlike any others in the United States. The citizens of D.C. pay local and federal taxes -- like other Americans -- but when we go to the polls, we vote for two Senators and a Representative who can't vote in Congress and who are barred from...

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What Budget Autonomy? D.C.'s Reproductive Health, Voting Rights Under Threat in FY15

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 3:31 PM

On Tuesday, the White House released its budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year. The President's proposal would grant limited forms of "budget autonomy" and local legislative control to the 646,000 citizens of Washington, D.C. -- a population greater than in either the states of Vermont or Wyoming -- whose...

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D.C. Statehood Bill Tests Rand Paul's Commitment to Local Rule

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 2:15 PM

This week at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shared a stage with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to pay tribute to a rare, bipartisan cause: a federal expansion of voting rights for returning citizens.

Sen. Paul, himself guilty of the federal crime...

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Opposed to HR 7? Support DC Statehood

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 10:53 AM

On Monday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) published an open letter to Congressional Republicans about HR 7 -- legislation that aims to restrict abortion access for women around the country. In decrying her House colleagues' support for the bill, misleadingly entitled the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, Sen....

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