Young Suffragists Get Early Start; Students Learn by Doing in D.C. Voting Rights Push
Byline: Joseph L. Young, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
- Preamble to the U.S. Constitution
For a group of D.C. public school parents, it's never too early to teach their children a lesson in civic responsibility.
Twenty-five young suffragists, the youngest being 3-year-old Cecilia Pirozzi, held a rally last week in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, in support of D.C. voting rights.
We try to talk to our kids about democracy, how it works here, how it works in other countries, and use the example of the District as one case where when you see a problem, you have to work to solve it, said Cecilia's mother, Elaine Pirozzi. You can't wait around for the rest of the world to solve all of our problems. In a democracy, it's our responsibility as citizens to get active, learn about the problem and figure out ways to solve it.
The June 16 rally wasn't simply an exercise in civic responsibility. The group hosted this seventh annual event to educate tourists about the city's lack of full voting representation in Congress. …