Earlier this year I and a few others wrote letters to President Obama. We wrote old school letters because we wanted to take a step back and address the President as a person, as a father, as a man of compassion, and as a man who had faced injustices in his life and who worked to overcome them for himself and others. Despite the goodness and decency we believe there is in the President he has been woefully deficient when it comes to the District. Again this year I plan on writing him a letter to ask him and to implore him to use the time he has left in the White House to speak up and speak out on our behalf. The time has come for our President to speak up for 632,000 citizens who live across the street from him and fulfill all obligations of citizenship yet are denied its most basic rights.
In just over a month, the President will give his State of the Union address and I believe now is the time for District citizens to start writing letters, sending emails, making phone calls, and using social media to implore the President to speak out in support of DC statehood. We’ve done some good work for statehood since our group was formed over two years ago, but just one paragraph in his State of the Union about DC statehood would have a far greater impact nationwide on statehood than any of our efforts thus far to educate millions of Americans about our plight.
One paragraph in the State of the Union on statehood could add more congressional support for the statehood bills in Congress than all of our meetings combined. One paragraph in the State of the Union about DC statehood would lay the groundwork for making statehood a reality. One paragraph in the State of the Union could finally help inspire our own citizenry and leadership to finally invest serious resources into this effort. And yes, one paragraph in the State of the Union would help millions believe in the possible that is DC statehood.
Our challenge therefore is to lift up our voices on a very personal level for the next month to let the President know that we want him to come out in support of DC statehood in his State of the Union address. Please send the President a personal message imploring him to include support for DC statehood in his State of the Union. Yes, this might seem hokie and might not work but it’s better to try and fail than to not try at all and if we’re not imploring the President to speak up for statehood, why should he?
Please send a message to the White House and share it with us so we can post it on this blog (I’ll post my letter soon). Every message is important because it’s your message and collectively they are our messages as a city and a people to the President.
Here’s how to contact the White House:
Comments: (202) 456-1111
Letter: The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20050