FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, March 22, 2021
After the House Oversight Committee held a congressional hearing today on statehood for the District of Columbia, Stand Up America Founder and President Sean Eldridge released the following statement
“Make no mistake: Racism and political opportunism underpin Republicans’ continued blockade of D.C. statehood. As today’s hearing showed, Congress must end this centuries-long effort to exclude people of color from fully participating in our democracy.
“The more than 700,000 residents in Washington—a majority of them Black and Brown—deserve equal representation in our government and autonomy over the laws that govern them. Passing H.R. 51 is a critical step in ensuring our government is more representative, responsive, and just.”
Stand Up America proudly supports the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which admits the District as the 51st state, having driven thousands of constituent calls to Congress in support of H.R. 51. The new state—named the Washington, Douglass Commonwealth—would consist of all of D.C.’s territory except for specified federal buildings and monuments, like the Capitol building.
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About Stand Up America
Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to stand up to corruption and voter suppression and build a more representative democracy, Stand Up America has driven over 1.4 million calls to lawmakers, registered tens of thousands of voters, mobilized thousands of protestors, and contacted tens of millions of voters.