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First, Walter Smith took the case for D.C. voting rights to court. And after a three-judge federal panel denied District residents a vote in Congress in March, Smith, a former D.C. deputy corporation counsel, decided to take the case to the streets—of Union City, Tenn., Vicksburg, Miss., and other small towns. Wearing a bike helmet adorned with a replica of D.C.’s new “Taxation Without Representation” license plate, Smith is in the midst of pedaling 25 days from Minnesota to Louisiana, educating America about the District’s political disenfranchisement. “I’ve decided to visit the heartland to tell folks who wouldn’t otherwise know,” says Smith, who will also work pro bono in preparing the District’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I’m getting stronger every day….And the best part of biking so much is that you can eat whatever you want. Like grits.” —Dash Robinson