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The fight for D.C. rights

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On D.C.’s Emancipation Day holiday, protests continued over the federal budget deal that bars D.C. from spending its own money on abortions.

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If it's my money I want to be able to make the decision about how my money is spent - Mayor Vincent Gray

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It wasn’t as dramatic as Monday’s protests, when Mayor Vincent Gray was arrested for blocking Constitution Avenue. On Monday, Gray played the role of the cheerleader.

“If it's my money I want to be able to make the decision about how my money is spent,” he said.

Friday’s protest, directed by the group D.C. vote, attracted people who were willing to get arrested. Three of them were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

About 50 protesters converged on the Hart Building from different directions wearing headbands over their mouths. Then three of the protesters sat in the middle of the street to block traffic – among them D.C.’s Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown.

"It's time for us to be full-fledged Americans,” Brown said.

Also wearing a George Washington mask was frequent anti-war protester Adam Eidinger.

“We're fed up with being treated as if we have no say in how our tax dollars are spent,” he said. “I'll sit all day if i have to I'm going to jail today."

U.S. Capitol Police showed up in force and began making arrests. Gray was not with the protesters Friday. Also missing were the six councilmembers arrested Monday.

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