Statehood for Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. has a population of approximately 700,000 people, giving the capital city a higher headcount than both Vermont and Wyoming. But unlike the residents of Vermont and Wyoming, who each have two Senators and one Representative in Congress, residents of D.C. have no voice at the federal level.

What’s more, D.C. is a plurality-Black city, meaning there’s a higher percentage (about 45%) of Black residents than any other race, making statehood a major civil rights issue. With a Democratic Trifecta in Congress and the White House, we must move swiftly to give D.C.’s residents the representation they have long deserved!

Call or email your Senators and demand their support for statehood for Washington D.C. – remind them it’s a major civil rights issue. If your Senators have already co-sponsored (S. 51), thank them!

Republicans aren’t even denying the political games behind their opposition. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is on the record stating he doesn’t want D.C. or Puerto Rico to ever reach statehood simply because he doesn’t want more Democrats in Congress. No care or consideration for the citizens in those areas who have zero representation to vote on their behalf and fight for their rights.

It’s classic GOP voter suppression to silence voters of color.

Statehood for D.C. would give Congressional voice to hundreds of thousands of BIPOCs who deserve it every bit as much as any other American. The time to enfranchise the people of D.C. is NOW.

Black votes matter. Call or email your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor and support statehood for Washington, D.C. If your Senators have already co-sponsored (S. 51), thank them…and urge them to let nothing get in the way of passing it!


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