DC Statehood As Easy as 1, 2, 3

A few weeks back we hosted the DC Statehood Snow Day Triathlon and participants complained that the rigor of the triathlon was just too darn hard. So this snow day we’re toning it down a bit with a few things that a can be done over the course of the day through brief emails or tweets. Yep, you can lend your voice to the cause with as little or as much as 140 characters and if you think it won’t work just see what happened when we asked Senator Cory Booker about DC statehood.

Below are three easy steps to contribute toward pushing for statehood but first some background information: Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced the statehood bill (S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act) early in 2013 and has committed to holding a hearing on the bill but has not set a schedule for it. Presently, the bill only has 10 cosponsors and we need to build support throughout the Senate to help build pressure for a hearing and to help build a coalition to push the bill toward passage. This won’t happen if we don’t speak up for ourselves so here are a few easy ways to lend your voice to this cause. So here’s what to do:

1.       Old Friends: There are currently eight US Senators (Brown, Cantwell, Leahy, Rockefeller, Wyden, Markey, Menendez, & Schumer) who have supported DC statehood on the record previously back in 1993 but are not presently cosponsors of S. 132 (DC statehood bill). Either thru emailing their staff or sending a tweet to their official accounts ask them to cosponsor S. 132 & show their support for DC statehood. We need to show support for DC statehood and we need to start building momentum for the bill and one way to do that is by increasing the number of cosponsors on the bill. Here’s their contact information: StatehoodOldFriends

2.       First Step, A Hearing: Senator Carper committed to hold a hearing on the statehood bill last year and we should make sure to remind him, politely, that we look forward to having that hearing…and soon! Use Twitter or Email to remind Senator Carper that we expect & we look forward to the hearing this year.

3.       Reach One, Teach One: The statehood cause seems to be more popular, albeit not popular enough, among Democrats. It’s highly unlikely that statehood will become a reality without Republican support so pick one of the following Republican Senators (whom I’ve deemed our best hope for bipartisanship) and send their staff an email encouraging them to support the statehood bill. Here’s who & how to contact them: GrandOldPartiers

And as a bonus, at 1:30pm you can join Senator Angus King (I-ME) for an Q & A on his Facebook page and be sure to ask him if he thinks the 646,000 tax paying citizens in the District deserve to be treated equally as the 51st state.

It’s only one day and only a few moments of work to complete the above tasks but if we all do it, if all 646,000 of us called or email Senator Leahy’s office about DC statehood surely he’d feel compelled to once again cosponsor the statehood bill. We all must own this movement and we all must contribute in order to make statehood a reality for your family & mine.

Stay warm, stay safe, and stay active,

Josh Burch

Brookland, DC

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