D.C. statehood officially passed in the House. This is a huge moment for the movement.
For decades, critics have said making Washington, D.C. the 51st state is unnecessary, fringe, or a power grab for Democrats. And in spite of its passage in the House, I’m sure plenty of people will still say that.
But this fight has never been about party, power grabs, or politics. This is about the 712,000 residents of Washington, D.C. — our fellow citizens, many of whom are Black and Brown, who have been denied full voting rights and representation in Congress for centuries.
As the fight moves to the Senate, tell your community why D.C. statehood is so important — for Washingtonians and for our entire country. Click here to watch our new video made in partnership with 51 for 51, then share it with your friends and family on social media:
Our friends at 51 for 51 said it best: The movement for D.C. statehood was founded on the belief that we can’t let the status quo block us from building a true democracy.
Because of its status as a district, those who live in D.C. have no senators and their sole House representative can’t vote on legislation. Washingtonians fought for the right to elect their own mayor and city council, but those officials are still subject to congressional whims and senators like Ted Cruz or Josh Hawley, who are all too happy to push their horrible conservative agenda on the district.
This fight has always been about putting people first. We simply can’t have an equitable democracy if hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown Americans are deliberately disenfranchised.
To win Washingtonians their full voting rights, we need to put pressure on the Senate to vote yes on D.C. statehood — and not let the filibuster stand in the way. Watch, then share our video on social media so everyone knows how important this fight is, for D.C. and for our entire nation.