2017 DC Flag Day Photo Contest

Neighbors United for DC Statehood will once again be hosting its photo contest celebrating the DC flag and our pride in the District while also raising awareness about our desire to have our star added to the US flag as the 51st state in the union. From now until June 10, residents from around the District are encouraged to take photos with the DC flag to highlight civic pride in who we are and where we live.

On Flag Day, June 14th, the photos will be posted on our website, just as in 2013, 2014, and 2015. We will ask that you share your photo and our post with all of the photos with others via email, Twitter, Facebook, and other outlets with family, friends, and members of Congress around the country to highlight that we are Americans just like them, with the exception of being denied equal political rights.

This isn’t just a fun way to highlight civic pride and to demonstrate our thirst to be equal partners in American democracy; this is a doggone contest to see who can take the best photos and be recognized with a snazzy certificate of recognition for your efforts! Make your photos fun, serious, wacky, or whatever else strikes your fancy, but make them compelling. We are and should be proud of our beloved city-state and need to show the nation who we are. When they know that 680,000 of their neighbors are disenfranchised, they will be compelled to join our struggle for equality via statehood.

Please join this effort by taking a photo with the DC flag at your home, school, place of employment, special place in your neighborhood, or think outside the box and send us something we’d never expect. Creativity is encouraged over conformity!

Photo contest award categories

Awards will be given for the following categories (remember, all photos need to incorporate the DC flag!):

  • Best Ward- Given to the Councilmember with the highest volume of individual photo tweets with their Ward’s hashtag (#Ward1, #Ward7, etc.)
  • Best Group- Given to the community group with the best group photo with DC Flag
  • Best Elected Official- Given to the elected official with the dopest and most compelling photo
  • Best Agency- Given to the DC Government Agency (Feds, you can try too but my guess is y’all are out) with the best photo
  • Best Business- Given to the business with the best photo promoting the DC Flag and its business
  • Artistic Expression- Given to the person/group with the most artistic photo
  • Best Pet- Given to the pet (owner) with the most cute, quirky, or compelling photo of a non-human living thing
  • Best Friend in a State- Given to the person/group from one of the 50 states with the best photo imploring their Representative/Senators to support DC Statehood. We’d love to have folks in CA, CT, NM, ME, OR, RI, MN, IL, and VA as part of this effort!
  • Best Hands Off DC- Given to the person/group with the best photo symbolizing the effort to keep Congress’ Hands Off DC
  • Best Statehood Shot- Given to the person/group with the best photo symbolic of the fight for statehood

How to submit photos

Submit as many photos as you’d like. Just make sure they incorporate the DC flag!

You can submit photos in two ways:

  1. Email (before June 10th): Send photos to unitedforstatehood@gmail.com by 11:59pm on June 10, and let us know which category/ies you’re competing for. Additionally, please share 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.
  2. Social media (on Flag Day – June 14th): Post your photo(s) on Twitter and Facebook with the #DCFlagDay and #DCStatehood hashtags as well as the link to our photo contest webpage.

Judging and winners

Neighbors United for DC Statehood will judge submissions and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 14th. All winners will receive a unique certificate printed on the finest paper a copy store can provide and that we can afford. In addition to having multiple category winners,  there will be one Grand Prize Winner who will receive the esteemed DC 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.

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Gentle Nudge for D.C. Statehood

In the lead up to offering the D.C. statehood bill in the Senate Senator Carper continues to gain cosponsors (15 so far) but needs our help to get more cosponsors and faster.  As such we need to give a few offices a gentle nudge as a reminder to support D.C. statehood by signing on as a cosponsor to Senator Carper’s bill. We have two groups of Senators who we need to firmly & politely nudge: 1) former cosponsors of the statehood bill who have yet to indicate that they will cosponsor again and 2) Senators who seem like natural allies in this cause given their past words, work, and votes but who have never formally cosponsored statehood legislation for DC.

We need you to send email now to the two groups below!

Group One: Former Cosponsors
We know that the below Senators support statehood so we just need to remind staff (passive aggressively) of the issue and their boss’ past support for it. Please send emails that say roughly: “Please extend my thanks to the Senator for standing up for equality for the people of DC by being a steadfast supporter of D.C. statehood. I sincerely hope the Senator will once again cosponsor the D.C. statehood bill to be offered by Senator Carper.”

Here’s who to email in each office:

Group Two: Potential First Time Cosponsors
We have no guarantee these Senators will cosponsor the bill and some have been resistant to it in the past but we need to send these staff a quick appeal to get their bosses to cosponsor the D.C. statehood bill this Congress. Here’s a script.

Here’s who to email in each office:

Email these offices as soon as possible and get family and friends in these states to do so as well. Once we have the bill offered in the Senate we can start to expand our list of targets but first we need to get our old friends to sign back on and we need to recruit some new friends as well!

We can do this. We can ensure that the Senate statehood bill is offered with the largest number of cosponsors ever but we must keep the pressure on these Senate offices if it’s going to happen.

Thank you, thank you, & thank you!

Josh

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Working Recess

We’re kicking off our Working Recess campaign where we’re focusing on one state each day of the Senate’s recess in an effort to build cosponsors on the soon to be introduced D.C. statehood bill in the Senate. The House bill, H.R. 1291, has 120 cosponsors and growing but we need around 25 Senators on the Senate bill before it’s introduced so by focusing our energy on one or two Senators and one state a day for the Senate’s recess we can make it happen.

 

Here’s how we’ll do it. Each day we’ll focus on a state and we’ll email/call each Senator’s office to encourage them to cosponsor the D.C. statehood bill. Because we will focus on one state a day you should also reach out to family and friends in those states and ask that they contact their Senators on our behalf seeking their support for D.C. statehood.

Here’s a script for emails and calls!

 

Tuesday, April 11 – California
Senator: Feinstein, Diane (CA)
Phone: 202.224.3821
Staff Lead: John Watts (john_watts@feinstein.senate.gov)

Senator: Harris, Kamala (CA)
Phone: 202.224.3553
Staff Lead: Sergio Gonzales (sergio_gonzales@harris.senate.gov)

 

Known California congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: In the House Reps. Bass, Brunley, Chu, DeSauliner, Eshoo, Huffman, Lee, Lieu, Lofgren, Lowenthal, McNerney, Napolitano, Peters, Sanchez, Speier, Takano, Vargas, and Waters are all cosponsors the House statehood bill, HR 1291.

Wednesday, April 12 – Connecticut

Senator: Blumenthal, Richard (CT)

Phone: 202.224.2823

Staff Lead: Sandeep Prasanna (sandeep_prasanna@judiciary-dem.senate.gov)

 

Senator: Murphy, Chris (CT)

Phone: 202.224.4041

Staff Lead: Michael Bednarczyk (michael_bednarczyk@murphy.senate.gov)

 

Known Connecticut congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: Senator Murphy recently publicly stated his support for statehood yet has yet to add his name as a cosponsor to the bill. In the House Reps. DeLauro, Courtney, and Larson are cosponsors of the House bill, HR 1291.

 

Thursday, April 13 – Hawaii

 

Senator: Hirono, Mazie (HI)

Phone: 202.224.6361

Staff Lead: Shelby Boxenbaum (shelby_boxenbaum@hirono.senate.gov)

 

Known Hawaii congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: Senator Schatz is a supporter of statehood in the Senate and Rep. Hanabusa is cosponsor of the House statehood bill, HR 1291.

 

Friday, April 14 – Illinois

 

Senator: Duckworth, Tammy (IL)

Phone: 202.224.2854

Staff Lead: Eric Goode (eric_goode@duckworth.senate.gov)

 

Known Illinois congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: Senator Durbin has been a long time supporter of statehood and Reps. Davis, Guiterrez, Kelly, Lipinski, Rush, Schakowsky, and Quigley are all cosponsors of the House statehood bill, HR 1291.

 

Monday, April 17 – Minnesota

 

Senator: Klobuchar, Amy (MN)

Phone: 202.224.3244

Staff Lead: Ben Driscoll (ben_driscoll@klobuchar.senate.gov)

 

Known Minnesota congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: Senator Franken is a supporter of D.C. statehood and Reps. Ellison, McCollum, Walz, and Nolan are all cosponsors of the House statehood bill, HR 1291.

 

Tuesday, April 18 – New Hampshire

 

Senator: Hassan, Maggie (NH)
Phone: 202.224.3324
Staff Lead: Jude McCartin (jude_mccartin@hassan.senate.gov)
Senator: Shaheen, Jean (NH)
Phone: 202.224.2841
Staff Lead: Kelly Misselwitz (kelly_misselwitz@shaheen.senate.gov)
Known New Hampshire congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: None presently.

 

Wednesday, April 19 – New Mexico

 

Senator: Heinrich, Martin (NM)
Phone: 202.224.5521
Staff Lead: Dominic Saavedra (dominic_saavedra@heinrich.senate.gov)

Senator: Udall, Tom (NM)
Phone: 202.224.6621
Staff Lead: Leticia Delgado (leticia_delgado@tomudall.senate.gov)

Known New Mexico congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is a cosponsor of the House statehood bill, HR 1291.

 

Thursday, April 20 – Oregon

 

Senator: Merkley, Jeff (OR)
Phone: 202.224.3753
Staff Lead: Jeremiah Baumann (jeremiah_baumann@merkley.senate.gov)
Senator: Wyden, Ron (OR)
Phone: 202.224.5244
Staff Lead: Thomas Brunet (thomas_brunet@wyden.senate.gov)

Known Oregon congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: In 1993, then Rep. Wyden voted for D.C. statehood on the House floor but has been mute on the issue since then. Presently, Reps. DeFazio, Blumenauer, and Bonamici are all cosponsors of the House statehood bill, HR 1291.

 

Friday, April 21 – Virginia

 

Senator: Warner, Mark (VA)
Phone: 202.224.2023
Staff Lead: Lauren Marshall (lauren_marshall@warner.senate.gov)

Known Virginia congressional supporters of D.C. statehood: Senator Kaine is a statehood supporter and VA Reps. Scott, Connolly, Beyer, and McEachin all cosponsors of the House statehood bill, HR 1291.

 

Let’s do it!
Josh

 

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Email/Call Now!!!

The Senate will be in recess from April 10-21, 2017, which is the perfect time to email or call staff about the D.C. statehood bill. Over the last few weeks Senate staff have been consumed with a Supreme Court nominee but during this recess we need to remind Senate staff that we need their bosses to support D.C. statehood here’s how.

Email or call the below offices using this script encouraging them to cosponsor the statehood bill to be offered by Senator Carper. We need to contact these staff NOW while they have a bit of time on their hands. Here’s who we need to contact:

Name State Phone Staff Lead Email
Feinstein, Diane CA 202.224.3821 John Watts john_watts@feinstein.senate.gov 
Harris, Kamala CA 202.224.3553 Sergio Gonzales sergio_gonzales@harris.senate.gov 
Bennet, Michael CO 202.224.5852 Nicole Chan nicole_chan@bennet.senate.gov 
Blumenthal, Richard CT 202.224.2823 Sandeep Prasanna sandeep_prasanna@judiciary-dem.senate.gov 
Murphy, Chris CT 202.224.4041 Michael Bednarczyk michael_bednarczyk@murphy.senate.gov
Hirono, Mazie HI 202.224.6361 Shelby Boxenbaum shelby_boxenbaum@hirono.senate.gov
Duckworth, Tammy IL 202.224.2854 Eric Goode eric_goode@duckworth.senate.gov 
King, Angus ME 202.224.5344 Sanjay Kane sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov
Peters, Gary MI 202.224.6221 Mike Berman mike_berman@peters.senate.gov 
Stabenow, Debbie MI 202.224.4822 Kristen Lee kristen_lee@stabenow.senate.gov
Klobuchar, Amy MN 202.224.3244 Ben Driscoll ben_driscoll@klobuchar.senate.gov
Hassan, Maggie NH 202.224.3324 Jude McCartin jude_mccartin@hassan.senate.gov
Shaheen, Jean NH 202.224.2841 Kelly Misselwitz kelly_misselwitz@shaheen.senate.gov
Heinrich, Martin NM 202.224.5521 Dominic Saavedra dominic_saavedra@heinrich.senate.gov
Udall, Tom NM 202.224.6621 Leticia Delgado leticia_delgado@tomudall.senate.gov 
Cortez Masto, Catherine NV 202.224.3542 Scott Fairchild scott_fairchild@cortezmasto.senate.gov
Merkley, Jeff OR 202.224.3753 Jeremiah Baumann jeremiah_baumann@merkley.senate.gov
Wyden, Ron OR 202.224.5244 Thomas Brunet thomas_brunet@wyden.senate.gov 
Casey, Robert PA 202.224.6324 Benjamin Schwartz benjamin_schwartz@casey.senate.gov
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI 202.224.2921 Lara Quint lara_quint@judiciary-dem.senate.gov
Warner, Mark VA 202.224.2023 Lauren Marshall lauren_marshall@warner.senate.gov
Cantwell, Maria WA 202.224.3441 Pete Modaff pete_modaff@cantwell.senate.gov

If we all email & call we will have a record number of cosponsors on the D.C. statehood bill when Senator Carper offers it in the coming weeks.

Thank you,

Josh

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Blizzard of Calls & Emails for Statehood

Sure, the blizzard that was supposed to hit D.C. didn’t really pan out but that doesn’t mean we can’t create a blizzard of our own. As some folks are home today or at least for a couple of hours this morning so let’s send a blizzard of emails or make a blizzard of calls to Senate offices on behalf of D.C. statehood. Senator Carper has yet to introduce the statehood bill in the Senate so we should make sure we do our utmost to ensure we maximize the cosponsors on the bill when it’s introduced. Here’s a script and here is list of Senators who have not announced support for D.C. Statehood during their time in office. We need to call/email them:

Name State Phone Staff Lead Email
Bennet, Michael CO 202.224.5852 Nicole Chan nicole_chan@bennet.senate.gov
Blumenthal, Richard CT 202.224.2823 Sandeep Prassana sandeep_prasana@judiciary-dem.senate.gov
Cantwell, Maria WA 202.224.3441 Pete Modaff pete_modaff@cantwell.senate.gov
Casey, Robert PA 202.224.6324 Benjamin Schwartz benjamin_schwartz@casey.senate.gov
Cortez Masto, Catherine NV 202.224.3542 Scott Fairchild scott_fairchild@cortezmasto.senate.gov
Duckworth, Tammy IL 202.224.2854 Eric Goode eric_goode@duckworth.senate.gov
Harris, Kamala CA 202.224.3553 Clint Odom clint_odom@harris.senate.gov
Hassan, Maggie NH 202.224.3324 Jude McCartin jude_mccartin@hassan.senate.gov
Heinrich, Martin NM 202.224.5521 Dominic Saavedra dominic_saavedra@heinrich.senate.gov
Hirono, Mazie HI 202.224.6361 Shelby Boxenbaum shelby_boxenbaum@hirono.senate.gov
King, Angus ME 202.224.5344 Sanjay Kane sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov
Klobuchar, Amy MN 202.224.3244 Ben Driscoll ben_driscoll@klobuchar.senate.gov
Merkley, Jeff OR 202.224.3753 Jeremiah Baumann jeremiah_baumann@merkley.senate.gov
Murphy, Chris CT 202.224.4041 Michael Bednarczyk michael_bednarczyk@murphy.senate.gov
Peters, Gary MI 202.224.6221 Mike Berman mike_berman@peters.senate.gov
Shaheen, Jean NH 202.224.2841 Kelly Misselwitz kelly_misselwitz@shaheen.senate.gov
Stabenow, Debbie MI 202.224.4822 Kristen Lee kristen_lee@stabenow.senate.gov
Udall, Tom NM 202.224.6621 Matt Nelson matt_nelson@tomudall.senate.gov
Van Hollen, Chris MD 202.224.4654 Sarah Schenning sarah_schenning@vanhollen.senate.go
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI 202.224.2921 Lara Quint lara_quint@judiciary-dem.senate.gov
Warner, Mark VA 202.224.2023 Lauren Marshall lauren_marshall@warner.senate.gov
Wyden, Ron OR 202.224.5244 Sarah Bittleman sarah_bittleman@wyden.senate.gov

If we raise our voices together we can get the above Senators to cosponsor the statehood bill and continue to build our base of supporters for D.C. statehood in the U.S. Senate.

Email & call now and encourage your friends and family in the following states to do the same!

Josh

Brookland, DC

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