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.
PLEASE SIGN OUR STATEHOOD PETITION HERE
NEWS FROM THE 51st STATE
Keep up with DC Statehood Bill News!
Known officially as the State of Washington, DC Admission Act, the legislation from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton -- HR 1291 -- now has a record 159 cosponsors from 38 states as of May 15! A companion bill from Sen. Tom Carper (DE) -- S. 1278 -- now has 24 cosponsors as of May 17 (also a new record)! For the full list of cosponsors for the 115th Congress (and previous Congresses), 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.
FY 2019 Budget Fight Goes Into High Gear
DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton gathered with a coalition of supporters this week to discuss her plans to fight off budget riders in Congress, noting that "During the first session, we saw more attacks on the District’s local laws than in recent memory." Norton reviewed 5 riders which have been defeated in the current Congress and the previous Congress, but which are expected to come up again in the months to come during Appropriations Committee discussions as Members revisit the same issues with a "goal...to get financial contributions from corporations, satisfy special interest groups or raise their profiles back home." Norton closed her remarks by reminding supporters, “if Congress is inclined to focus on the District, we urge Members to pass our bill to make the District of Columbia the 51st state.”
DC Emancipation Day 2018 Lobby Day a Big Success
This week's Lobby Day on April 16, the 156th Anniversary of DC Emancipation Day, was a great success, with volunteer teams of DC residents and other supporters visiting approximately 50 offices in both the House and Senate. As of today, we have added 7 more new cosponsors in the House already!
#DCStatehood at the DNC Winter Meeting
DC Statehood activists were on hand for 3 days of meetings with state party leaders and delegates to the Democratic National Committee on March 8-10 at the Wardman Park Marriott. Outfitted in red t-shirts, diamond buttons, Free DC caps and other regalia, these activists collected signatures for our #DCStatehood legislation pending in Congress. Activists will be sending these letters to senators and representatives who have not yet cosponsored the legislation to remind them that their own state party leaders support #DCStatehood (also passed as part of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform (p. 26)).
Thanks especially to Elinor Hart, Kesh Ladduwahetty, Jesse Lovell, Audrey Alvarado, Barbara Helmick, Carol Rodgers, Anne Cauman, Anise Jenkins, Evanna Powell and DC National Committeewoman Mary Eva Candon for helping collect these signatures.
Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!
February 14 is the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass, American fugitive slave, abolitionist, suffragist, educator, activist, writer-publisher, ambassador and civil rights hero. Douglass, born a slave on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818 (he later settled on the date of February 14, as no written records existed), made his way to Rochester, NY and worked to organize African Americans fighting for the Union, ensuring that African Americans gained their full rights of citizenship, including voting rights and equal rights of civic participation ("the right to vote and be voted for") with the passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Douglass served as an advisor to President Lincoln and a number of successors, and moved to Washington, DC permanantly in 1872, where he designed and built his home, Cedar Hill, which remains as a national monument today.
Welcome to Another Year of Colonial Budgets
As we begin the debate in Congress for FY 2019 (and will there really be a federal budget? should we even ask?), things are already looking very familiar for the people of Washington, DC. President Trump released his FY19 budget proposal, maintaining bans on the use of local DC revenues in DC for laws which exist in various other states, such as the Death With Dignity Act, publicly funded abortion, and the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, as well as maintaining the ban on the use of local monies to implement a tax and revenue system for legalized cannabis, which was passed by referendum in 2014 (following CO, WA, OR, AK and followed since by CA, NV, ME and MA).
One new item in President Trump's proposed budget: Abolishment of the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Program, which is one of the few perks that has been enjoyed by college students and parents in Washington, DC since 1999. DCTAG provides a tuition discount for universities in the Washington, DC metro area and at public universities and HBCUs across the country. DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has said she believes she will be able to maintain DCTAG funding.
Washington, DC Eighth Fastest-Growing "State" in 2017
A year-end report from the US Census showed that the District of Columbia was America's 8th fastest-growing "state" in percentage terms this year, with a July estimate of 693,972 residents, which represents an increase of nearly 100,000 residents since 2010. (An earlier report showed that Washington, DC had the 15th largest numeric population increase among cities from 2015 to 2016.) You can see more about the population of Washington, DC here (see "DC Population: Absolute, Relative and Growth")
Sunday, June 24
51st State Festival
Lamont Park, Mount Pleasant, 11 am - 5 pm
Music, statehood and children's activities for an afternoon of fun and learning about our #DCStatehood campaign.
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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