A More Inclusive Democracy

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There will be a hearing on September 19, on D.C. Statehood bill (HR 51) before the House Oversight Committee. HR 51 has a historic high of 219 cosponsors (and growing) and we expect the bill to pass out of Committee & get a successful floor vote. The statehood bill in the U.S. Senate, S. 631, has a tougher plight. There are now an impressive 33 cosponsors on the bill but we need to make sure to continue to grow that list. 

The below 9 Senators are NOT presently cosponsoring the D.C. statehood bill! They need to hear both from their constituents & the people of D.C. 

If you have family or friends in the below states please ask them to email & call their Senators on our behalf and you should do so as well. It takes 10 minutes to either call or email below Senators. Here’s a script for calls and emails, and for tweets you can write “.@SenatorX should stand up for democracy and equality for the 700,000+ Americans living in D.C. by cosponsoring the #DCStatehood bill.”

Name State Phone Staff Lead Email
Sinema, Krysten AZ 202.224.4521 Joe Russell joe_russell@sinema.senate.gov
King, Angus ME 202.224.5344 Sanjay Kane sanjay_kane@king.senate.gov
Peters, Gary MI 202.224.6221 Jackson Voss jackson_voss@hsgac.senate.gov
Stabenow, Debbie MI 202.224.4822 Maxine Terry maxine_terry@stabenow.senate.gov
Rosen, Jackie NV 202.224.6244 Olga Zoraqi olga_zoraqi@rosen.senate.gov
Wyden, Ron OR 202.224.5244 Isaiah Akin isaiah_akin@wyden.senate.gov
Reed, Jack RI 202.224.4642 Renuka Nagaraj renuka_nagaraj@reed.senate.gov
Whitehouse, Sheldon RI 202.224.2921 Alex Aronson alex_aronson@judiciary-dem.senate.gov
Cantwell, Maria WA 202.224.3441 Rosemary Gutierrez rosemary_gutierrez@cantwell.senate.gov

 

D.C. statehood is one issue that will help make our union more just, equitable, and democratic. 

Thank you,

 

Josh

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C’mon Sens. Peters & Stabenow!!!

michiganMichigan is a great state with great people, unfortunately Michigan’s two Senators in the U.S. Senate have decided to take no position on the D.C. statehood bill, S. 631. That is unacceptable. There are 700,000+ Americans living in D.C. who fulfill all obligations of citizenship yet are denied full and equal congressional representation & autonomy over our local affairs.

In the House, the statehood bill, H.R. 51, has 216 cosponsors, an all-time record including 6 Representatives from Michigan (Reps. Dingell, Lawrence, Kildee, Tlaib, Levin, & Stevens). In the Senate the statehood bill has a record 33 cosponsors. Senator Gary Peters is the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC). HSGAC is the committee that the statehood bill would have to go through to receive consideration in the Senate. Without his support the bill will go nowhere next Congress should he chair that committee. Senator Carper, the bill’s lead sponsor, is on HSGAC as are bill cosponsors Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Senator Peters & Senator Stabenow should stand up for and with the people of D.C. by cosponsoring S. 631, the Washington, DC Admission Act.

Give them at call, email, or tweet at them telling them to cosponsor the #DCStatehood bill now:

Senator Peters – 202.224.6221 – Staff lead: Jackson_voss@hsgac.senate.gov

@SenGaryPeters

Senator Stabenow – 202.224.4822 – Staff lead: Maxine_terry@stabenow.senate.gov

@SenStabenow

We should also add that Representative Elissa Slotkin has yet to cosponsor the House statehood bill, HR 51, so we should contact her too:

Representative Slotkin – 202.225.4872 – Staff lead: Danielle.Most@mail.house.gov @RepSlotkin

Now is always the right time to take a stand publicly in support of 700,000+ Americans who simply want to be treated fairly & equally in our democracy.

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DC Flag Day Winners – 2019!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in #DCFlagDay 2019! You all are fantastic, prideful, and inspiring people! We will achieve D.C. statehood, together!

Best Ward- Ward 6

 

Best Group- 51 for 51 Campaign submitted by Sam Bonar 

 

Best Spirit- BB!!!

 

Best Dressed- Office of the Secretary (Red & White!!!)

 

Best Elected Official- Tie between CM Nadeau & CM Grosso Teams

 

Best Agency- Executive Office of the Mayor

 

Cutest- Flag Baby!!!

 

Artistic Expression- Casey Trees

 

Best Pet- Maisey!!!

 

Best Friend in Another State (country)- Jennifer Swift-Morgan

 

Best Message- CM Charles Allen (www.showup4dc.com)

 

Best Statehood Shot- Congresswoman Norton… 

 

and Senator Carper!

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DC Flag Day Is Back!!!

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Neighbors United for DC Statehood will once again be hosting its photo contest on Flag Day, June 14, celebrating the DC flag and our pride in the District while also raising awareness about our desire to have our star added to the US flag as the 51st state in the union. Check out great photos from  2013201420152017, and 2018! From now until June 14, residents from around the District are encouraged to take photos with the DC flag to highlight civic pride in who we are and where we live.

On Flag Day, June 14th, share your photos on Twitter using the #DCFlagDay & #DCStatehood hashtags or email (unitedforstatehood@gmail.com) your photos to us before June 14th and we’ll share them @51stDC and on our Facebook page.

This isn’t just a fun way to highlight civic pride and to demonstrate our thirst to be equal partners in American democracy; this is a doggone contest to see who can take the best photos and be recognized with a snazzy certificate of recognition for your efforts! Make your photos fun, serious, wacky, or whatever else strikes your fancy, but make them compelling. We are and should be proud of our beloved city-state and need to show the nation who we are. When they know that 700,000+ of their neighbors are disenfranchised, they will be compelled to join our struggle for equality via statehood.

All are welcome to join in and creativity is encouraged over conformity!

Awards will be given for the following categories (remember, all photos need to incorporate the DC flag!):

  • Best Ward- Given to the Councilmember with the highest volume of individual photo tweets with their Ward’s hashtag (#Ward1, #Ward7, etc. along with the #DCFlagDay hashtag)
  • Best Group- Given to the community group with the best group photo with DC Flag
  • Best Elected Official- Given to the elected official (Mayor, Attorney General, Councilmembers, ANCs, School Board, Members of Congress too!) with the dopest and most compelling photo
  • Best Agency- Given to the DC Government Agency (Feds, you can try too but my guess is y’all are out) with the best photo
  • Best Business- Given to the business with the best photo promoting the DC Flag and its business
  • Artistic Expression- Given to the person/group with the most artistic photo
  • Best Pet- Given to the pet (owner) with the most cute, quirky, or compelling photo of a non-human living thing
  • Best Friend in a State- Given to the person/group from one of the 50 states with the best photo thanking Representative/Senators for supporting DC Statehood or asking those who don’t to join the cause! We’d love to have folks in ME, RI, MI, AZ, NH, and NV as part of this effort!
  • Best Statehood Shot- Given to the person/group with the best photo symbolic of the fight for statehood

How to submit photos

Submit as many photos as you’d like. Just make sure they incorporate the DC flag!

You can submit photos in two ways:

  1. Email (before June 14): Send photos to unitedforstatehood@gmail.com by 11:59pm on June 13, and let us know which category/ies you’re competing for so we can post them for you on Twitter and share them on our webpage. Additionally, please share details about the group/people that took the photos (names, etc). The more information the better. By emailing us, you give us permission to post the photo publicly.
  2. Social media (on Flag Day – June 14th): Post your photo(s) on Twitter with the #DCFlagDay and #DCStatehood hashtags as well as the link to our DC Flag Day Page with photos from around DC.

Judging and winners

Neighbors United for DC Statehood will judge submissions and the winners will be announced before . All winners will receive a unique certificate printed on the finest paper a copy store can provide and that we can afford. In addition to having multiple category winners,  there will be one Grand Prize Winner who will receive the esteemed DC Flag Day trophy.

This contest should be a fun and interactive way to highlight civic pride and let the country know what we want and deserve: Statehood.

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Stand Up for Equality

Neighbors United for DC Statehood

US Senate Cosponsors of DC Statehood Bill 032619The D.C. Statehood bill in the U.S. Senate, S. 631, continues to set records for cosponsors, now at 32, but we need to make sure that list continues to grow. We expect former cosponsor,  Senator Feinstein, to cosponsor again soon and we need to redouble our efforts to get new cosponsors on the bill! 

The below 9 Senators have NEVER cosponsored the D.C. statehood bill! This Congress we set a goal to get to 40 cosponsors to show the growing support for this cause. We can & we will get to 40 cosponsors with your help & hard work!

If you have family or friends in the below states please ask them to email & call their Senators on our behalf and you should do so as well. It takes 10 minutes to either call or email below Senators. Here’s a script for calls and emails and for tweets…

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