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 160 cosponsors from 38 states as of May 15! A companion bill from Sen. Tom Carper (DE) -- S. 1278 -- now has 27 cosponsors as of July 11 (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.
DC 51st State Fest Brings Out Locals for Fun and Justice
On Sunday, June 24, residents from around the city (and nearby suburbs) came out for a day of fun and music in Lamont Park in Mount Pleasant. Families and friends and supporters got to take in hours of local music (local artists All The Best Kids, Rasi Caprice, JG Riff, TotuDaDon and Whiteshow), facepainting and games for kids, good food, and trivia games and easy #DCStatehood activities for supporters, including postcards stamped and ready to go to family and friends who are constituents of key members of Congress. Thanks to all who came, as well as our partners, Students for DC Statehood, League of Women Voters DC, DC Vote, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) and Neighbors United for DC Statehood. We've got to do this again!
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, adding a significant number of cosponsors in both the House and Senate in the months since.
#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.
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")
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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