FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
After the House Oversight Committee advanced H.R. 51 today, the bill that would ensure statehood for the District of Columbia, Stand Up America Founder and President Sean Eldridge released the following statement:
“Today, the more than 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia moved one step closer to having equal representation in our government and power over the laws that govern them. We applaud Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton and the advocates, activists, and organizers who have continued to move H.R. 51 through Congress.
“Congress has an obligation to end the centuries-long effort to stop the Black and Brown residents of the District from fully participating in our democracy. Americans deserve a democracy that’s representative of and responsive to all of its people—and that means making Washington, Douglass Commonwealth the 51st state.
“Now it’s time for the full House to pass H.R. 51 and for the Senate to step up and not let the filibuster stand in the way of representation for the residents of the District of Columbia.”
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.
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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.