City Paper is not for tourists
Snow in New Hampshire may have stopped a delegation of high-profile District pols. But it hasn’t stopped artist/ex-hunger striker Adrian Parsons. Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown, Councilmembers David Catania, Michael Brown, Mary Cheh, Yvette Alexander, Vincent Orange, and Marion Barry and a slew of activists were slated to fly up to the Granite State to testify tomorrow in favor of a resolution in favor of voting rights for the nation’s capital. But New Hampshire’s legislature has cancelled all business ahead of a looming snowstorm, stopping the Washingtonians before they even got on a plane.
Unfortunately—or possibly fortunately—Parsons, who was going up to lobby as an ordinary citizen activist, left earlier than his more famous allies. Parsons and four fellow veterans of Occupy D.C. left by car a couple days ago, stopping at Occupy encampments along the way. Washington City Paper contributor Kriston Capps reached out to him to find out if he’d stopped, too. No way, says Parsons, who last year waged a 25-day hunger strike on behalf of D.C. voting rights. He reported that he was on Interstate 93 and nearly there. “We’re an hour away,” Parsons tells Capps by text message. “Scrambling to meet the author of the DC voting rights resolution.”
Weather won’t stop the Occupiers: “We’ll be there even if the rest of D.C. can’t make it,” Parsons says
Will a private, snow-day visit from an emaciated D.C.-based artist who once circumcised himself during a group exhibit help the cause? We’ll update when we hear more.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery