FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 22, 2021
After the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, Stand Up America Founder and President Sean Eldridge released the following statement:
“All of our citizens should be afforded the same rights, regardless of where they live or the color of their skin. Yet, for centuries, Americans living within the District of Columbia—a majority of whom are Black and Brown—have been denied the rights of representation afforded to their neighbors and have instead been at the mercy of lawmakers from far off states.
“Today, the House of Representatives moved closer to ensuring that those living within the District have autonomy over the laws that govern them and full representation in the halls of Congress. We applaud Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton and the House Democrats who voted for this bill today, and the activists and organizers who made this historic vote possible.
“With the support of the Biden-Harris administration, it’s now time for Senate Democrats to step up and make D.C. the 51st state with 51 votes. We must not let the filibuster stand in the way of representation for more than 700,000 Americans.”
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.