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To: U.S. Congress and President Obama
Support statehood for the 646,000 citizens of Washington, DC
The residents of the District of Columbia deserve respect, equality, and the full rights of citizenship that have been denied to us for over two centuries. Please stand up for statehood for the 646,000 citizens of Washington, DC and support H.R.292/S.132, the New Columbia Admission Act.
Why is this important?
We need your help and your voice to speak up in support of statehood for the residential and commercial portions of the District of Columbia. The Constitution sets an upper limit on the size of the federal district, but no lower limit, and statehood is certainly a constitutionally valid option to ensure representation for DC. There is presently a statehood bill in both the House (H.R.292) and the Senate (S.132) entitled “New Columbia Admission Act.”
The citizens of the District of Columbia deserve nothing less than to stand on equal footing with our fellow Americans. We are your neighbors, your brothers and sisters, your fathers and mothers, your long-lost cousins, and the people who help you with directions when you are lost on the Metro while visiting Washington, DC with your family or for work.
You may never know us by name, but just like you, we live in single-family homes, row houses, and apartments. We work in the private sector, the public sector, and for non-profits trying to do good for our community and our country. We enjoy life and we overcome life’s challenges. We believe in the promise of the United States, that we all are created equal, the rule of law, and in a government of, for, and by the people. The only difference is that you can shape that government by voting, while we cannot.
Presently, we have a Delegate to the House of Representatives, Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has no authority to vote on legislation. We have no representation whatsoever in the Senate. As a state we would have full representation in the House and in the Senate equal to the representation that the 582,000 citizens of Wyoming and 626,000 citizens of Vermont have. What we want in terms of national representation is not special treatment, it is equal treatment.
We ask you to show your support for DC statehood by contacting your members of the House and Senate today to tell them that the citizens of the District of Columbia deserve statehood because:
The District of Columbia is the only political and geographical entity within the United States of America whose citizens bear the responsibilities of citizenship, including taxation and Selective Service registration, without sharing in the full rights and privileges of citizenship.
In fiscal year 2012, District residents and businesses paid $20.7 billion in federal taxes; this is more than the taxes collected from 19 states and the highest federal taxes per capita.
The District government receives less federal funds as a percentage of its budget than Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, and North Dakota, and is on par with Alabama, Montana, Vermont, and West Virginia.
The Congress has final approval on all District laws, unlike any other jurisdiction in the country.
District residents are subject to all of the laws of the United States, as well as treaties made with foreign governments, without ever having consented through Congressional representation to such laws.
Congress can repeal the Home Rule Act of 1973 and our limited self-governance, but cannot redefine or repeal statehood.
In the only public referendum on the issue in 1980, over 60% of District citizens voted in favor of statehood.
Statehood is the only way to grant and guarantee the citizens of the District irrevocable and inalienable rights to full citizenship.
The 646,449 citizens of the District of Columbia deserve respect, we deserve equality, and we deserve statehood.
Please join us by signing this petition to your Congressional representatives and President Obama and by sharing it with your family, friends, and neighbors both in your community and across the country. Thank you for your support!
Recent op-eds across the country in favor of DC Statehood: