Where Do We Go From Here?

Neighbors United for DC Statehood

Voters in the District overwhelmingly passed a referendum in support of statehood with over 227,000 votes in favor of statehood (86% of those who voted on Referendum B). A complete statehood package was rushed through by District leaders with the hopes of a Democratic wave election. What we got out of it was a complete statehood package and a national election that brought about no short-term prospects for statehood. In reality, a Democratic wave election was always electoral fantasyland given how gerrymandered House districts are. Additionally, in the Senate statehood prospects would have been slim given the number of Democratic Senators up for reelection in 2018 from rural/conservative states.

What we have before us now with a new president and new Congress is the short-term dream of statehood officially dead but the long-term prospects alive and well. Our biggest hurdles aren’t Democrats or Republicans, they are ignorance and apathy. With…

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