Press Diaspora Last Thursday, the D.C. Statehood Party and the D.C. Green Party became the first local political parties to merge, in an “unprecedented” move in District politics, according to a press release. Members from both parties staged a celebratory press conference at One Judiciary Square—complete with a speech from former D.C. Councilmember and Statehood stalwart Hilda H.M. Mason. The problem? No press showed up. Maybe that’s because local media just couldn’t find them: An attendant at the One Judiciary lobby desk hadn’t heard of the scheduled event and directed a reporter to several conference rooms in the building, every one empty. “Oh,” bemoans D.C. Green Party co-founder Jenefer Ellingston, who says about a dozen members from the two parties gathered out in front of the building for the event. “We were there from 9:30 on, and we were looking for press,” she says. “There was a young man who looked like he was waiting for something….I asked him if he was press. He said he was a lawyer.”

Reporting by Jason Cherkis, Laura Lang, and Elissa Silverman.

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