A couple of weeks ago we were asked to write a piece on Statehood for the residential and commercial portions of the District by Covenant Baptist Church in Ward 8 in our fair city/state. It seemed like a daunting task as there are so many issues, facts, and history that goes into the Statehood movement. However with a plethora of ideas coupled with some crafty editing I believe we created a pretty good piece on Statehood. Please give it a read and send us your thoughts:
Statehood: The Only Option for Equality
By Josh Burch
In 1955, Rosa Parks sat down on a bus and, by doing so, catapulted a movement to become full, equal citizens of the United States and access the rights and privileges enjoyed by the rest of the nation. DC Statehood is our modern day Montgomery movement to the front of the bus of American democracy. Rosa Parks did not accept a move to the middle of the bus and nor should we. The citizens of the District of Columbia must stay focused on the pursuit of Statehood and settle for nothing less.
Statehood is the only path which guarantees full, permanent inclusion in America’s democracy. Other legislative options (including autonomy or limited voting rights) are partial fixes, would be subject to constitutional challenges, and could be revoked by a simple act of a fickle Congress. Statehood for the residential and commercial portions of the present day District is constitutional and would be permanent. Statehood would prevent Congress from manipulating our budget, overturning our laws, or imposing policies on us without our consent. Statehood would grant us full autonomy over local affairs and full Congressional representation in both the US House and Senate.
Rosa Parks was willing to sit down 50 years ago for the rights of others; the time has now come for us to stand up to demand the same rights and to ask others to join us so that we can become full and equal citizens in the Union as the 51st State.
And that’s how we at Neighbors United for Statehood see it…if you want to challenge yourself to making the case for Statehood in 250 words or less, we would gladly post it here for you.