On Flag Day Americans around the country celebrate the American flag while we in the District are celebrating our flag, the District flag. The American flag has 50 stars for the 50 states in the union but nothing for the District of Columbia or its citizens. The American flag like American democracy leaves us out despite the fact that we fulfill all obligations of citizenship. Thus we raise our own flag, the District flag, high and proud because it’s ours. We hold it up with our families, tattoo it on our bodies, wear it on clothes, use it as business logos and many other ways to help us show that the flag in a unifying symbol for those of us who live in and love the District of Columbia. The District flag gives us a sense place, pride, and wholeness that the American flag does not and will not until it adds a 51st star for those of us who live in the shadows of the Capitol and thus the shadows of democracy.
District citizens are seeking statehood which mirrors what our founders sought: a fair voice and a fair vote in the governing of the people, place, and country that we love. The push for statehood is about seeking equal treatment with our family members, friends, and neighbors in the 50 states.
And so on Flag Day as with every day our message to our brothers and sisters across the country is simple:
We are just like you.
We live. We work. We struggle. We laugh. We love!
We believe in fairness. We believe in equality. We believe in our country.
We believe in statehood.
We Deserve Statehood.
Neighbors United for DC Statehood
To help the statehood cause please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org