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The Indivisible Project’s Statement on the Passage of HR 51, DC Statehood

06/26/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2020
Contact:
 Kenny Palmer | press@indivisible.org

Washington, DC — Today, Leah Greenberg, Co-Executive Director Indivisible, issued the following statement following the passage of HR 51, a bill for DC Statehood, in the House of Representatives:

“The problems facing our democracy are systemic and deeply ingrained in our systems, but today's vote for D.C. statehood is a monumental first step toward justice, equality, and fairness for the 700,000 people who live in the District. Today we saw firsthand just how terrified and hostile Republicans get when it comes to granting political power to D.C., specifically to the Black people and people of color who live here. We know that the road ahead for statehood won't be easy, but Indivisibles across the country are ready to fight for what's right.

“When Indivisible helped take back the House in the Blue Wave of 2018, we backed transformational candidates who wanted to challenge the ideas of what is politically feasible in this country. Today's vote is a direct result of that. At its core, D.C. statehood is a racial justice issue — if admitted, D.C. would be the only plurality-Black state in the country. Republicans know this. That's why they've worked so hard to stop DC from getting statehood. Mitch McConnell's blatant obstructionism has turned the Senate into a legislative graveyard, but we refuse to let DC statehood meet the same fate. The district's 700,000 residents have waited long enough.”

 

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