Over the last several months the Neighbors for Statehood group has been speaking to civic and citizen associations around Ward 5 and around the city to recruit more people to join the statehood movement. While most people cannot take off work to attend meetings on the Hill having local civic or citizen association adopt pro-statehood resolutions is one way that those of us who attend meeting can say, yes, this is an issue that our neighbors care about. Last year ANC 3F adopted a pro-statehood resolution and below is an updated and amended version of that resolution. To date from our recent Ward 5 outreach efforts the Bates Street Civic Association, the Bloomingdale Civic Association, and most recently the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association have adopted pro-statehood resolutions.
The resolution is nothing more than a statement of facts with a line at the end demanding statehood which is nothing controversial but having civic groups adopt it helps us make the case on the Hill that this is in fact what the people of the District want and desire. Now, because of these resolutions, when we attend meetings on the Hill we can speak on behalf of not just ourselves, our families, and our group members but we also say that we’re speaking up on behalf of those groups who have adopted pro-statehood resolutions.
We need more civic groups adopting these resolutions so please consider attending your next civic or citizen association meeting and asking them to adopt the following resolution (DCStatehoodResolution) that others have already approved:
D.C. STATEHOOD RESOLUTION
Whereas, the District of Columbia is the only political and geographical entity within the United States of America whose citizens bear the responsibilities of citizenship, including taxation and Selective Service registration, without sharing in the full rights and privileges of citizenship; and
Whereas, over 192,000 citizens of the District have fought in our armed forces in service to our nation in every war and foreign conflict; and
Whereas, in Fiscal Year 2012, District residents and businesses paid $20.7 billion in federal taxes; more than the taxes collected from 19 states and the highest federal taxes per capita; and
Whereas, the District balanced its budget every year since Fiscal Year 1997; and
Whereas, the Congress has recklessly fomented repeated fiscal crises, and a federal government shutdown would force the government of the District to close despite having a balanced budget; and
Whereas, the Congress and the President have restricted the District from spending local tax dollars as our Council and Mayor have directed; and
Whereas, the District government receives less federal funds as a percentage of its budget than Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, and North Dakota; and is on par with Alabama, Montana, Vermont, and West Virginia; and eight states receive as much or more aid than the District; and
Whereas, the continuous intrusions of the United States Congress into the local municipal affairs of the District are affronts to a republican and federal form of government that occur nowhere else in the country; and
Whereas, the Congress has final approval on all District laws, unlike any other jurisdiction in the country; and
Whereas, District residents are subject to all of the laws of the United States, as well as treaties made with foreign governments, without ever having consented through Congressional representation to such laws; and
Whereas, the District has a population of more than 632,000 people, which is a larger population than Wyoming and Vermont; and
Whereas, the District has a larger population than most states when they joined the United States, which needed only 60,000 people under the Enabling Act of 1802; and
Whereas, the Congress has bartered our freedoms and constrained our liberty through numerous appropriations bills, riders, and like instruments; and
Whereas, the Congress can repeal the Home Rule Act of 1973 and our limited self-governance, but cannot redefine or repeal Statehood; and
Whereas, in the only public referendum on the issue, the majority of District residents voted overwhelmingly in 1980 in favor of Statehood; and
Whereas, Statehood is the only way to guarantee the citizens of the District our irrevocable and inalienable right to full citizenship;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the XXX Citizens/Civic Association demands Statehood for the residential and commercial portions of the District of Columbia, in order that our second-class citizen status be permanently abolished.
Approved at a regularly scheduled meeting on ___________, 2013.
President, XXX Citizens/Civic Association