Help Washington, D.C. residents gain state-level rights and representation

First, take a moment to breathe, to center your mind, to acknowledge the progress that has been made in support of progressive causes. While there has been much bleak news in the past several months, we have come together as a community to speak out and to make our voices heard. We have supported those who are vulnerable, those in need, and those who are being deprived of human rights and social justice. It’s a hard battle, but we can only do this with the strength of our entire community.

You are a vital part of our Seattle Indivisible community. Your work is critical. Whether you make a call or submit a comment only every few days once a week, or once a month, your advocacy and active engagement is what moves us forward. The House is still investigating nefarious and illegal actions by President Trump. House Democrats and Democrats in the Senate are still working to protect affordable medical care, to preserve the environment against fossil fuel drilling, and to defend the human rights of immigrants and asylum-seekers who come to our borders fleeing for their lives. Even when it seems bleak, know that we are making a difference. Thank you!

Today’s action is a small step for helping our own citizens to gain full state-level representation. For today’s action, we are asking you to help the more than 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia to gain elected representation at the same level as citizens in the rest of the United States.

ACTION: Call or message your House Representatives and tell them you support H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act.

The District of Columbia was carved out of parts of two states: Maryland and Virginia. The district was created in what was then the central part of the United States so that the capital city of our country could be in the middle of the country, not in New York or in Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, in becoming a separate district and not a state, the District of Columbia deprived its residents of state-level representation. D.C. residents have no senators and no representatives in Congress, and their local laws can be overruled by Congress. They are governed directly by Congress without the right to engage in representational debate and voting in the Congressional institution that governs them.

An effort to win statehood for the District of Columbia has been underway for many years. This year the House introduced legislation to admit Washington D.C. into the United States. H.R. 51 would add D.C. to the union of states that makes up our country, and it provides for elections to Congress and other necessary logistics to admit Washington, D.C., like any other state.

D.C. has a larger population than either Vermont or Wyoming, but they are without the rights of a state to govern themselves. In 2016, 86% of Washington, D.C. residents voted in favor of statehood rather than the current direct oversight by Congress.

Both our District 7 and District 9 U.S. Representatives are co-sponsors for this bill.In addition, H.R.51 has an enormous list of other co-sponsors from all across the nation. This is the year to bring D.C. and its residents into full statehood!

Feel free to thank your House Representative for their leadership, and then ask them to help get H.R. 51 passed.

SCRIPT:

“Hello, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I am [CALLING/WRITING] to express my strong support for H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. It’s time to grant full voting representation in Congress to the residents of our capital city. Thank you for your leadership as a co-sponsor, and please help get this legislation passed. Thank you.”

Background:

“Statehood of DC” - https://statehood.dc.gov/

“H.R.51 - Washington, D.C. Admission Act” - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/51

“Support statehood for Washington, D.C.” (5calls.org) - https://5calls.org/issue/washington-dc-statehood-hr-51

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