We deserve statehood just like last year and each year over the two centuries since our country’s founding. Flag Day is a reminder of the symbol that unites all Americans, our flag, and the 50 stars and 13 bars tell a story of our past and present but we in the District are looking to the future. On Flag Day, we the citizens of the District of Columbia are making a statement that the time to add our star to the American Flag is long past due. For those of us who live in the nation’s capital, the American Flag is a reminder that the promise of America is still incomplete. A country founded by a rebellion against a system of taxation without representation still subject’s the citizens of its capital to such a system. So on Flag Day 2014 we are celebrating our own flag, the DC Flag, because it is ours, because it doesn’t leave us out.
We deserve statehood because while we might live in the capital of America we are tired of being the unkept promise of America and simply want to be treated equally and fairly with our friends and neighbors in the 50 states. Our tax dollars are spent, our daughters and sons are sent off to war, Supreme Court Justices are given lifetime appointments, and even our own local budget can be manipulated by Congress all without our advice and consent. And while many remedies have been proposed to right the unjust system imposed on us it’s the American flag that symbolizes what we want and what we deserve: statehood and the 51st star that comes with it.
Statehood is the only way to make us equal partners in this wonderfully complex experiment that is America’s republican form of democracy. Statehood is the only path to full and equal congressional representation and full control over our local budget and local affairs. Statehood is the only irrevocable path forward that makes us full and complete members of the United States of America.
There is presently a statehood bill in both the House (HR 292) and the Senate (S 132) and it’s long past time for Congress to act to end over 200 years of un-American treatment of its citizens. To our friends across the District we need continue to organize and advocate for full equality as the 51st state in the union. And to our family, friends, and neighbors across the country we implore you to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support statehood for the people of the District of Columbia. We are not asking for special treatment, we’re asking for equal treatment and what could be more American than that? Help us become the 51st state and thus become the 51st star on the American flag.
Neighbors United for DC Statehood