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Demand Your Senator Pass S. 51, the Washington, D.C. Statehood Bill, NOW

American democracy is built on the promise that all people should have a say in our federal government through elected representatives who can then create and execute laws on behalf of the people. However, that is not the case for the 712,000 people who live in the District of Columbia, who lack equal voting rights compared to their neighbors across the country. In fact, D.C. residents lack a voting representative in the House and have no representation in the Senate at all. Making D.C. the 51st state would go a long way towards making the legislative branch more representative of the country as a whole.

In addition to being a critical democracy reform, D.C. statehood is also a racial justice issue. Historically, racist politicians have prevented D.C. from becoming a state to prevent D.C.’s Black residents from building political power, from the days of the Emancipation Proclamation to the present. D.C. has long been a majority-Black city, and the current population is still made up by a majority of Black people and people of color. If D.C. is granted statehood, it will be the only state in the nation to have a plurality of Black residents.

To make it to the Senate floor, the bill must go through a few procedural steps. Call your Senators and demand that they support:

  1. A committee hearing on D.C. statehood as soon as possible; 
  2. A committee markup on the the D.C. statehood bill as soon as possible; and
  3. Eliminating the filibuster so that we can pass the D.C. statehood bill on the Senate floor.

We must take all these steps as soon as possible. Call your Senators and ask them to support these demands. We cannot let anything get in the way of D.C. statehood. 

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Call your Senator and Demand They Pass D.C. Statehood NOW

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [CITY/STATE]. I’m calling Sen. [SENATOR NAME] to urge them to pass the D.C. statehood bill now. D.C. residents deserve control over their own city and budget, and to have two Senators and a voting-member in the House to represent them in Congress. Will [SENATOR NAME] commit to doing everything in their power to ensure Democrats hold a hearing on the bill, then hold a committee markup, and finally, eliminate the filibuster and vote YES on the bill’s passage? Every step must be taken to ensure D.C. statehood passes this Congress. 

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