2017 DC Flag Day Winners

We had over 150 submissions for #DCFlagDay in 2017 all of which were great photos demonstrating the rich and proud tapestry of the people, places, talents, and passion that make up the District of Columbia. Each one of these photos came from a place of love and pride in the District of Columbia and for that we thank and honor all who participated. You all are great so here’s is our #DCFlagDay post and our Facebook page with all of the photos for you to enjoy. Our panel of three judges had the hard and unenviable task of picking the best of the best and here they are:

Best Ward: Ward 6 – The people of Ward 6, led by impressive cheer-leading by Councilmember Charles Allen had the most Tweets celebrating DC Flag Day thus they are the best ward!

Best Group Shot: School Within A School

Best Business: 405 Yoga

Best Agency: District Department of Energy & Environment

Best Friend in a State: Utah (great way to say peace out to Jason Whatshisname)!

Best Sports Team (not actually a category but this D.C. United tweet is badass):

Best Pet: @Joblowocky

Best Artistic Expression: Tarah Demant

Best Elected Official: Robert White

Best #HandsOffDC: Americans for Self Rule

Best Statehood: We The 51st State

People’s Choice Award (aka Grand Prize) as it goes to the Tweet with the most Likes and Retweets which was clearly Councilmember Robert White.

 

Congrats and thanks to all! This was a helluva lot of fun and let’s do it bigger and better next year!

Neighbors United for DC Statehood

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DC Flag Day – 2017

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This is who we are. We are the people of the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital, and the last vestige of Taxation Without Representation on American soil. We are 681,000 strong and growing (more people than Vermont and Wyoming). We pay over $26 billion in federal taxes per year, more than 20 states. We are the unfulfilled promise of America yet we are very much Americans. We dream big, we work, we laugh, we love, we struggle, we strive, we seek and most definitely we persist.

We are more than just our political status. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends, teachers, business owners, fire fighters, waiters & waitresses, librarians, engineers, construction workers, nurses and doctors, taxi drivers and bike messengers, and all sort of other titles and relationships that bind us to each other and our family and friends in the 50 states. We are people. We are Americans. We seek what most of you already have: fairness and equality through statehood.

Last November 86% of us voted in favor of statehood on a referendum. We believe and know that statehood is the only way to gain permanent, full, and equal representation in Congress and to rid our selves of congressional meddling. We want what the rest of the country already has, nothing more and nothing less. We deserve equality, we deserve statehood.

As we raise our flag today we celebrate our past, present, and future as Americans who fulfill all obligations of citizenship yet are denied its most fundamental rights. We are proud of who we are and confident in what we seek. We want you and need you to join us in our pursuit of fair and equal treatment in the American union as the 51st state.

Here’s how you can help: https://the51st.org/contact-congress/

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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 14, 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 20132014, 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. Use the #DCFlagDay for all twitter posts!

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!

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. along with the #DCFlagDay hashtag)
  • 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. Please use the #HandsOffDC & #DCFlagDay hashtags for these posts.
  • 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 14): Send photos to unitedforstatehood@gmail.com by 11:59pm on June 13, and let us know which category/ies you’re competing for so we can post them for you on Twitter and share them on our webpage. 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 with the #DCFlagDay and #DCStatehood hashtags as well as the link to our DC Flag Day Page with photos from around DC.

Judging and winners

Neighbors United for DC Statehood will judge submissions and the winners will be announced on Friday, June 16th. 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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