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!
BREAKING NEWS!!! DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton officially introduced the DC Statehood bill, HR 51, on Thursday, January 3 in the 116th Congress. This newest version of the bill, already with 178 cosponsors -- 155 original cosponsors -- sets a new record for cointroducers. 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 155 original cosponsors. A companion bill from Sen. Tom Carper (DE) -- S. 1278 -- gained 30 cosponsors from 2017-18 (a new Senate record). For the full list of cosponsors in this 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.
2 Events Coming Right Up!
On Monday, January 21, we mark the 13th Annual MLK Holiday DC Peace Walk and Parade. While the route is a little different this year, the basic schedule is the same, with the Peace Walk kicking off at 8:30 am by Anacostia Metro, and the Parade kicking off at 11:30 by the intersection of MLK, Jr. Ave and Good Hope Road. Our partners at Stand Up for Democracy in DC/Free DC will be on site for the Peace Walk, and other Coalition members and supporters will be joining them later for the Parade. We ask everyone who can come on Monday to arrive no later than 11 am. See more on the MLK Holiday DC 2019 here.
On Wednesday, February 13, #DCStatehood supporters will be converging on Capitol Hill for our first citizens lobby day of 2019. If you can take some time from work that day, we will have morning (8-12) and afternoon (12-5) shifts for everyone to join as we focus on educating new members of the House and Senate about Statehood for the people of DC. We will be making appointments in multiple offices ahead of time. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!
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 already 178 cosponsors, is moving forward very quickly. Stay tuned as we update the cosponsors list in the days ahead! 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.
We closed out the 115th Congress with a total of 181 House cosponsors for HR 1291, and 30 Senate cosponsors for S. 1278. 2018's total represents a new record, beating our House total in the previous Congress (134) by 46. Our total in the Senate, 30, also beat our previous record (21) at the end of 2016. We already have >150 returning House members cosponsoring at the opening of the new Congress, so stay tuned for frequent updates!
DC Population Update: December 2018
The US Census Bureau released its most recent population estimates on December 19 (results from July 1, 2018 for states and territories). Washington, DC came in at 702,455, officially surpassing 700,000 residents for the first time since 1975. If we were to include the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico among the state rankings, that would make DC the 49th largest state, ahead of Vermont and Wyoming. In terms of population growth, DC's increase of 100,689 since the 2010 Census represents an increase greater than 18 other states over the same period. (Shout out to DC activist Ann Loikow for noting these new figures.)
November DC Statehood Rap Video Festival
DC Statehood activists gathered on November 17 at the African-American Civil War Museum for the inaugural DC Statehood Rap Video Contest and Concert, organized by Stand Up for Democracy in DC/Free DC. The fest, featuring well known local rappers such as Royal Height, Frankie Barzz and Megan Dunn, also provided an open mic for new/aspiring artists and creative local activists. A great event for both original compositions and DC adaptations of existing rap songs!
DC Delegate Prepares for New Role, Vote on DC Statehood
On November 15, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC's Non-Voting Delegate to the US House, sent an open letter to her colleagues welcoming them to Congress, giving some background on the city of Washington, and encouraging each of them to join onto her new DC Statehood bill as original cosponsors when it is introduced on January 3, 2019 (the bill number has not yet been decided, but we hope HR 51). Congresswoman Norton also noted that she will be chairing the subcommittee which oversees local DC Affairs and other issues. In another press release, Norton said that she will get to work on removing riders relating to abortion services and marijuana taxation and regulation in the new Congress.
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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