Stand With The People in D.C.

If you want to do something for D.C. Statehood here’s something quick & easy:

  1. Use use this text
  2. Call or email the below Senate staffers asking their boss to cosponsor S. 631.
  3. Ask friends & family in their states to contact them as well.
Name State Phone Staff Lead Email
Sinema, Krysten AZ 202.224.4521 Joe Russell joe_russell@sinema.senate.gov 
King, Angus ME 202.224.5344 Sanjay Kane sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov
Peters, Gary MI 202.224.6221 Zephranie Buetow zephranie_buetow@peters.senate.gov 
Stabenow, Debbie MI 202.224.4822 Maxine Terry maxine_terry@stabenow.senate.gov 
Rosen, Jackie NV 202.224.6244 Olga Zoraqi olga_zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov 
Reed, Jack RI 202.224.4642 James Ahn james_ahn@reed.senate.gov 
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI 202.224.2921 Joe Gaeta joe_gaeta@whitehouse.senate.gov 
Cantwell, Maria WA 202.224.3441 Lara Muldoon lara_muldoon@cantwell.senate.gov 
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Fairness

The Senate screwed the District of Columbia. 

Republicans in the SenaIMG_0432te intentionally labeled the District as a territory for Covid-19 relief funding which meant the District was shortchanged by $750,000,000. Yes, $750 MILLION!!! Unlike residents of the territories we, 700,000+ the people in DC, pay federal income taxes and contribute more in federal taxes than 22 states. Our treatment in relief funding is unfair, unjust, and purposefully vindictive. 

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) & Tom Carper (D-DE) are leading the effort to gain fair funding for D.C. in subsequent relief bills but they need our help. Three key Senators on the Committee that has “oversight” over the District have yet to sign on to the letter Senators Van Hollen and Carper wrote requesting fair funding nor have they signed on to the D.C. statehood bill (S. 631).

Please take 10 minutes today to contact these Senate offices (and family and friends in their states) and ask them to take a stand for FAIRNESS FOR THE PEOPLE IN DC. Your message can be short and sweet: 

“Please support fairness for the 700,000 people in DC by calling on Senate leadership to ensure fair funding for the District of Columbia and support fair voting rights by cosponsoring the D.C. statehood bill.”

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

(202) 224-6221

Staff Lead: Zephranie_Buetow@peters.senate.gov 

Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV)

(202) 224-6244

Staff Lead: Olga_Zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

(202) 224-4521

Staff Lead: Joe_Russell@sinema.senate.gov

FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY: Next Tuesday (May 5th) at 6pm, DC Vote is hosting a “Fighting for Equality Virtual Town Hall” which will include Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Senator Van Hollen, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Virginia Case (League of Women Voters), Vanita Gupta (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), and more… Please join the Virtual Townhall by RSVPing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/519673162249686/

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Unity & Thanks

On Friday, April 10th, between 5-7pm let’s take the traditional Happy Hour time and turn it into a virtual two hours of giving thanks and showing unity across the District. These are perilous times making it even more important to unite and give thanks.

First and foremost, we hope you are staying safe and healthy by social distancing, teleworking, home schooling, and washing your hands! Please continue to stay home but also stay informed and updated by going to www.coronavirus.dc.gov 

Second, this is both a tough time from a public health perspective but also financially for many of our neighbors. There are great groups around D.C. providing food and other essential services to our neighbors in need such as Capital Area Foodbank, D.C. Central Kitchen, Bread for the City, CentroNia, Greater D.C. Daiperbank, World Central Kitchen and more so if you have the means to donate to them please do so before Friday at 7pm as they are on the front lines helping those most in need.

Third, let’s co-opt the Friday Happy Hour and turn it into a social distancing virtual D.C. Unity & Thanks Hour between 5-7pm. Take a moment on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #UnitedforDC to thank those on the front lines in DC working to help all of us in the fight against coronavirus. Share a photo of you, your family, or something else that shows your pride as a D.C. resident (or ally) and give thanks to those working tirelessly to keep us safe, healthy, feed, etc. 

 

Raise your D.C. Flag, or a glass, or a D.C. beer to say cheers to your friends, neighbors, and fellow denizens of D.C. who work hard to keep us safe and healthy! Use social media to show unity and pride in where we live and to give a word of thanks to those on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus whether it be the great workers at our hospitals, our first responders, teachers who are providing great virtual learning opportunities, grocery store employees, or some other person or group who deserve your thanks and ours. 

Let’s take time this Friday evening to show we are all doing our part by staying home, donating to good organizations, and raising a glass or a D.C. flag to say thanks to those who deserve it and to show that we are all in this together, as Neighbors United for D.C. (and for Statehood).

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Equality for the People in D.C.

SenateStates_110719Statehood for the 700,000 people in D.C. means we would finally have equal congressional representation and autonomy over our own local affairs. We would be treated equally with our families, friends, and neighbors in the 50 states, nothing more and nothing less. The House version of the statehood bill, HR 51, has a historic high of 223 cosponsors (and growing) and we expect the bill to pass out of Committee & get a successful floor vote. The statehood bill in the U.S. Senate, S. 631, has a tougher plight. There are now an impressive 35 cosponsors on the bill but we need to make sure to continue to grow that list.

The below 9 Senators are NOT presently cosponsoring the D.C. statehood bill! They need to hear both from their constituents & the people of D.C.

If you have family or friends in the below states please ask them to email & call their Senators on our behalf and you should do so as well. It takes 10 minutes to either call or email below Senators. Here’s a script for calls and emails, and for tweets you can write “.@SenatorX should stand up for democracy and equality for the 700,000+ Americans living in D.C. by cosponsoring the #DCStatehood bill.”

Name State Phone Staff Lead Email
Sinema, Krysten AZ 202.224.4521 Joe Russell joe_russell@sinema.senate.gov
King, Angus ME 202.224.5344 Sanjay Kane sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov
Peters, Gary MI 202.224.6221 Zephranie Buetow zephranie_buetow@peters.senate.gov
Stabenow, Debbie MI 202.224.4822 Maxine Terry maxine_terry@stabenow.senate.gov
Rosen, Jackie NV 202.224.6244 Olga Zoraqi olga_zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov
Reed, Jack RI 202.224.4642 Renuka Nagaraj renuka_nagaraj@reed.senate.gov
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI 202.224.2921 Joe Gaeta joe_gaeta@whitehouse.senate.gov
Cantwell, Maria WA 202.224.3441 Lara Muldoon lara_muldoon@cantwell.senate.gov
Tester, Jon MT 202.224.2644 Stuart Varvel stuart_varvel@tester.senate.gov
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The 36th State for the 51st State!

Nevada-StateSealNevada became a state on October 31, 1864, so happy anniversary to the people of Nevada! Most people probably do not celebrate their states’ statehood admission anniversary but for the people of Washington, DC, it’s a day we long for. In the District of Columbia there are over 700,000 Americans who live in the shadows of the U.S. Capitol who cannot call our Senators because we have none. Bills before the House and US Senate though would change that. The Washington, DC Admission Act would make the residential and commercial portions of Washington, DC the 51st state while keeping a small uninhabited federal district consisting of the Capitol, Supreme Court, White House, National Mall, and several federal buildings as the federal capital.

When Nevada became a state it was by far the least populated state in the union. With 700,000 residents the District of Columbia has more people than 2 states, Vermont & Wyoming, and if population trends continue we could pass the populations of Alaska and North Dakota in the next couple of decades. Additionally, the people of D.C. unlike residents of the territories pay federal income taxes. In fact, the people of D.C. pay more cumulatively in federal taxes than over 20 states so taxation without representation is sadly alive and thriving in the neighborhoods outside of the U.S. Capitol building, a system antithetical to the founding of our nation.

Senator Jacky Rosen sits on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee in the U.S. Senate which has oversight functions over the District of Columbia yet she remains curiously silent on whether the people of D.C. deserve equal treatment in the union. Presently, Senator Cortez Masto, is a cosponsor of the statehood bill and House Reps. Titus, Horsford, and Lee are all cosponsors of HR 51, the House statehood bill. Former Senate Majority Leader and Senator Harry Reid, was also a statehood bill cosponsor and Nevada’s Attorney General Aaron Ford has also endorsed D.C. statehood. With such overwhelming support from Nevada’s elected officials, why does Senator Rosen remains mute on this issue? 

Statehood would grant 700,000+ Americans equal congressional representation & autonomy over our own local affairs. The D.C. statehood cause is morally just and constitutionally sound. There’s overwhelming support for the cause among her Nevadan colleagues and given her role on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee we need on Senator Jacky Rosen to stand with and up for 700,000 Americans denied representation in Congress.  

In a time when voting rights are under attack across this country it is important for elected officials to take stands in support of both protecting and ensuring voting rights for all Americans. Through statehood the people of D.C. are seeking fair and equal treatment in our democracy and we hope that Senator Rosen will join us and her Nevadan colleagues in supporting this cause.

Please share this with family & friends in Nevada and ask that they call, tweet at, or email Senator Rosen asking that she “stand with and up for the 700,000 people in D.C. by cosponsoring S. 631, the #DCStatehood bill.” D.C. folks to contact her office too!

Staff Lead: Olga Zoraqi – olga_zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov

Phone: 202.224.6244

Twitter: @SenJackyRosen

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