Here are a few suggestions for how each and every one of us can participate in the statehood movement:
- Host a meet and greet at your house. Invite friends and family over for a discussion on statehood – Neighbors United for DC Statehood would be happy to attend and facilitate. It’s a great way to learn about the cause and ask questions in a comfortable and informal setting. Email us to schedule: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Invite someone familiar with D.C. history and the statehood cause to your place of worship, school, or civic group to discuss D.C. democratic history and the push for statehood. Have the group pass a resolution in support of D.C. Statehood. Here is a sample: DCStatehoodResolution Every single ANC & Civic/Citizen Association should pass these resolutions!
- Write, call, or visit members of Congress and ask that they support the statehood bill. To start with email these priority Senators: Potential Senate Cosponsors
- Ask your friends and relatives in the 50 states to lobby THEIR members of Congress to support statehood.
- Write an Op-Ed to a newspaper where you have friends or family around the country to help raise awareness about the statehood cause.
There are lots of other ways to be engaged in the statehood cause and we encourage you to find something you want to do for the cause and do it well. We all play a role in making statehood a reality so let’s get to work!
People across the District embraced the D.C. Flag Day photo contest with great vigor and for that we are heartened, inspired, and grateful. We received an overwhelming number of submissions from across the District that showed people’s pride in the District and allegiance to the cause that would make us full and equal citizens: statehood. Photos submissions were evaluated by a team of untrained professionals who have big hearts, sound minds, and a commitment to the statehood cause. The unlicensed, unregistered, and barely qualified accounting firm of Burch & Associates tallied the scores of the judges to verify the below DC Flag Day 2015 Award Winners:
Best Citizen Statehood Shot: @SMC_DC
Best Council Statehood Shot: Anita Bonds
Best Citizen Group Shot: Capital Rowing Club
Best Council Group Shot: Laruby May’s
Best Council Shot for Artistic Expression: David Grosso who took photos of fantastic DC Flag artwork all over the city.
Best Citizen Shot for Artistic Expression: Lyndsey Medsker
Best Ward (most photo submissions): Ward 6
Grand Champion: Anita Bonds & Staff
There were so many fantastic shots that judging was extremely hard and there are a few photos that we had to post below in our newly created “Honorable Mention for Kick-Ass Photo” Section.
This was a lot of fun this year and it was great to see such positive energy and civic pride. Our challenge remains however to turn this civic pride and energy into a sustained and powerful movement for statehood. Our goal is to one day celebrate Flag Day by hoisting a 51 star U.S. flag that includes the District of Columbia as a full in equal member as one of the United States of America.
Email us if you want to join the statehood movement, there’s something for everyone to do! email@example.com
Neighbors United for DC Statehood
On Flag Day Americans around the country celebrate the American flag while we in the District are celebrating our flag, the District flag. The American flag has 50 stars for the 50 states in the union but nothing for the District of Columbia or its citizens. The American flag like American democracy leaves us out despite the fact that we fulfill all obligations of citizenship. Thus we raise our own flag, the District flag, high and proud because it’s ours. We hold it up with our families, tattoo it on our bodies, wear it on clothes, use it as business logos and many other ways to help us show that the flag in a unifying symbol for those of us who live in and love the District of Columbia. The District flag gives us a sense place, pride, and wholeness that the American flag does not and will not until it adds a 51st star for those of us who live in the shadows of the Capitol and thus the shadows of democracy.
District citizens are seeking statehood which mirrors what our founders sought: a fair voice and a fair vote in the governing of the people, place, and country that we love. The push for statehood is about seeking equal treatment with our family members, friends, and neighbors in the 50 states.
And so on Flag Day as with every day our message to our brothers and sisters across the country is simple:
We are just like you.
We live. We work. We struggle. We laugh. We love!
We believe in fairness. We believe in equality. We believe in our country.
We believe in statehood.
We Deserve Statehood.
Neighbors United for DC Statehood
To help the statehood cause please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbors United for D.C. Statehood will be hosting a photo contest to celebrate our pride in the District through celebrating our flag while also raising awareness about our desire to have our star added to the U.S. flag as the 51st state in the union. From June 8-13th residents from around the District will be encouraged to take photos with the flag to highlight civic pride and express desire control over our own affairs and equal representation in Congress through statehood.
On Flag Day, June 14th, the photos taken will be posted on a webpage similar to years past and then through email, Twitter, Facebook, and other venues will be shared with friends and neighbors around the country to highlight civic pride and raise awareness about the struggle for statehood.
This year members of the D.C. Council will be encouraging constituents to take DC Flag photos. Councilmembers and community members who take the best photos will be recognized with a snazzy certificate of recognition. Photos should be personal and District-centric as these photos are intended to convey our story, a personal story, about our yearning for equal status to the larger American audience.
Please join this effort and take a photo with the D.C. flag at your home, at a school, at a special place in your neighborhood, or think outside the box and send us something we’d never expect. Creativity is encouraged over conformity!
Awards will be given for the following categories:
- Best Ward- Given to the CM with the highest volume of individual tweets with their Wards hashtag (#Ward1, #Ward7, etc.)
- Best Group Shot- Given to the CM and/or community group who submits the best group photo
- Artistic Expression- Given to the CM and/or community group who submits the best artistic photo
- Best Statehood Shot- Given to the CM and/or community group/member who submits the best shot symbolic of the fight for statehood.
How to submit photos
- Email photos to email@example.com and let us know what Ward you are in or which CM encouraged you to participate. And any details about the group/people that took the photos (names, etc). The more information the better. By emailing us you give us permission to post the photo publicly.
- Twitter: Post the photo on Twitter with the #DCFlagDay and #DCStatehood hashtags so we can find them. If posting to support a specific CM post their twitter account in the tweet too (ie. @kenyanmcduffie)
Judging and winners
Neighbors United for DC Statehood will judge submissions and the winners will be announced on Monday, June 15th. All winners will receive a plaque and the CM who gets the most constituents to tag them in emails/tweets will receive the esteemed D.C. Flag Day trophy.
This contest should be a fun and interactive way to highlight civic pride and let the country know what we want and deserve: statehood.
Senator Carper will soon offer the New Columbia Admission Act (D.C. Statehood Bill) in the U.S. Senate but before then he needs our help. No really, he does. While it’s his name on the bill we need to own this legislation. It’s our bill, our status, our future, and our equality at stake. We need to do the heavy lifting to build support for it. When the 113th Congress adjourned there were 21 cosponsors on the bill but this Congress we should be able to get that number and more if only we all act together to pressure Senators to put their name on the bill. In the House there are 120 cosponsors on the statehood bill, HR 317, which is a record number for the bill. In the Senate, we should be able to get 20-30 cosponsors this session but it will take a lot of work and like anything else in life if we want it done right we have to do it ourselves. Step one is to get old or likely cosponsors to add their name to the bill before it is introduced. Please use this spreadsheet (Key Potential Senate Cosponsors) and reach out to Senate staff and ask that their boss add her/his name to the statehood bill.
Here’s a sample email to send: Dear X, Senator Carper will soon reintroduce the New Columbia Admission Act (aka D.C. Statehood bill). At its core this bill is about treating the people of the District fairly and equally with citizens in the 50 states. We in the District fulfill all obligations of citizenship yet are denied full and equal representation in Congress and are denied the final say over our local affairs. I hope that the Senator will join with Senator Carper and others in adding her/his name to the New Columbia Admission Act and take a stand with and for the equal treatment of Americans who live in the District of Columbia.
We know a few former cosponsors are signing back on but there are others who still need to once again stand with us publicly. I hope you can send a brief email to the list linked above because if we all lend our voice to this cause we will have an impact. We have 658,000 people that should be engaged in this struggle. Statehood won’t happen overnight nor will it happen this Congress but if we do nothing we’ll get nothing. Building cosponsors is a powerful way to show this bill has support in Congress and across the country and over time as we build our list of supporters we will reach a tipping point where we will force Congress to act.
If you can’t reach out to every office listed reach out to a few. Together we can make history. Together we can create a state.