The Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), announced that there will be a hearing on September 15th for S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act, which would grant statehood to the people of the District of Columbia. This will be the first time in over twenty years that there will be a hearing before Congress for this piece of legislation. This is an important opportunity to show the Senate & the country what we want and what we deserve, statehood. We need to seize the opportunity this hearing presents to elevate this issue both in the Senate and around the country and over the next week so let’s get to it.
Below are a few things each and every one of us could do to help push the cause forward:
- Email Senate Staff: Draft and send an email asking that their bosses cosponsor S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act. You can also ask friends and family around the District or in one of the 50 states to do the same. Here’s a list of targeted Senators with staff contacts to email: senate_targetlist_2014
- Op-Eds: Draft and submit an Op-Ed to a paper around the country asking citizens of each state and their representatives in Congress to support the statehood legislation. Here’s a write-up on why Op-Eds are so important (http://wp.me/p1xdSF-x6) and a link for how and where to submit Op-Eds and Letters to the Editors for papers around the country (http://www.ccmc.org/node/16179)
- The Hearing: We need you at the hearing which is scheduled for September 15th at 3pm in the Senate Dirksen Building Room 342. We need District citizens to turn out for this hearing to both fill the hearing room and the halls of the Dirksen building. We might not all be able to testify and speak with our voices but we can speak with our bodies. Please show up wearing red (DC flag red!!!) and bring a picture of your family if they can’t join as we are all in this together. Let’s show the US Senate that the people of the District want and deserve statehood.
- Submit Testimony: While the witness list at the hearing is closed there is an opportunity for all of us to submit our own testimony for the record as to why we believe the Senate should pass S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act. Please email us at unitedforstatehood at gmail.com for exact instructions on how to submit testimony by Sept. 30th, 2014. We would also like to share your testimony on our Statehood Supporters page.
Statehood is our democratic destiny and we must seize the opportunities this hearing provides us. Let’s be active, let’s be engaged, and let’s help make our country more democratic.