Welcome to the DC Statehood Coalition
where you can learn more about what it will take to create the 51st State.
The people of Washington, DC deserve the same rights as Americans living in the 50 states. We want full voting representation in the US Congress and an end to Congressional interference in our local government.
We can do this by creating the 51st state from the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia, preserving a smaller federal district as the nation's capital.
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NEWS FROM THE 51st STATE
Keep up with DC Statehood Bill News!
Senator Tom Carper officially introduced the Senate version of the DC Statehood Bill, S. 631, on Friday, March 1, 2019 which has already set a new record with 32 cosponsors! DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the House DC Statehood bill, HR 51, on Thursday, January 3. This bill, already with 204 cosponsors, bested -- in less than 1 month -- the 181 cosponsors we gained in the previous Congress. Congresswoman Norton discussed the new bill, along with Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson, in the House Oversight and Reform Committee Room (2154 Rayburn) on Friday, January 4.
Known officially as the State of Washington, DC Admission Act, the legislation from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (HR 51 in the House) has been reintroduced in the new Congress with a record 204 cosponsors. A companion bill from Sen. Tom Carper (DE) -- S. 631 -- with 32 cosponsors was introduced on February 28, 2019. For the full list of past and present Congressional cosponsors, see here.
DC activists are working on a wide variety of projects designed to expand education about the workings of local Washington, DC, on defending and expanding DC Home Rule and on fully enfranchising the people of Washington, DC through statehood.
#DCStatehood Hearing in the US House!
We don't have many details yet, but we expect the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7), to hold a hearing in July on HR 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act. If you can possibly can, think about taking a day off (likely a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in late July) to join hundreds of other Washingtonians on Capitol Hill. We'll let you know as soon as we have any more information. Stay tuned!
#DCStatehood Goes National
The last few weeks have been big, even since our HUGE lobby day at the end of February. First, we had the passage of HR 1, the Democratic Party's resolution on voting rights, elections and democracy reform. Included in HR 1 was language supporting statehood for the people of Washington, DC, quoting from the findings included in HR 51 and S. 631, which summarize the argument for statehood. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer also stood firm in his support for DC Statehood in an interview for The Atlantic.
In addition, New Yorker staff writer Osita Nwanevu wrote a piece presenting a terrific historical overview of the more than 200 years of local DC campaigns for voting rights, Congressional representation, home rule and, finally, DC statehood. If you're looking to educate some friends and/or family about the history of our movement, this would be a great place to start. See more here. (And for Twitter fans, check out Nwanevu's great DC history timeline tweet thread.)
DC Statehood 2019 Lobby Day #1 -- WOW!!!
Activists turned out in record numbers on February 27, with well over 200 local Washingtonians visiting Congressional staff in almost 100 offices. Following a meeting with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia announced his cosponsorship, as well as Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27). DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton addressed volunteers in the Rayburn House Building, thanking everyone for their help, as well as announcing the official introduction of the companion bill in the Senate, S. 631, sponsored once again by longtime #DCStatehood champion Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time Wednesday morning, afternoon (or all day)! Stay tuned as we announce many more new cosponsors in the days to come!
Happy New Year and New DC Statehood Bill!
DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced the new DC Statehood bill, HR 51, on Thursday, January 3 in the 116th Congress. The newest version of the bill, with 203 cosponsors already, is moving forward quickly. Stay tuned as we continue to update the cosponsors list daily! Congresswoman Norton presented her bill on Friday, January 4 in the House Oversight and Reform Committee in 2154 Rayburn. For further remarks from Congresswoman Norton and Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (MD-7) on HR 51, see here.
Friday, May 24 5:30-8 pm
Legend's Spring Ball Film Festival and Teach-in
The Carnegie Institution, 16th and P Sts, NW
Film festival promoting DC Statehood organized by civil rights attorney and statehood activist Johnny Barnes, Esq. and moderated by DC Shadow Representative Franklin Garcia. Teach-in moderated by Dr. Michael Fauntroy, Professor of Political Science, Howard University.
TBA-day, July TBA -- STAY TUNED!
Hearing on HR 51, Washington DC Admission Act
US House Committee on Oversight and Reform
This will be the first hearing on #DCStatehood in the US House in more than 25 years. We want DC residents to come out and pack the House! We expect the hearing to be held on a weekday (likely a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) in late July.
Check out our newest #DCStatehood video!
Our newest video, Justice for DC, is on YouTube and features interviews and recollections from a variety of Washingtonians who explain the difference between being a resident of a state and a resident of the District of Columbia, and why they want Statehood.
Check out our 51st State video!
Inspired by Last Week Tonight Host and Former Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver, who devoted an episode to the absurdity of the political status of the residents of the District of Columbia. See the full Last Week Tonight clip here (and note that some of this late night HBO language may not be suitable for young kids). We turned Mr. Oliver's new and improved "50 States Song" into a proper 51st State Song. To see the revised lyrics, please click here.
Statehood marchers at the Capitol Hill Parade, July 4, 2015.
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