We are the citizens of the District of Columbia and we want to say clearly that we deserve statehood. We are your fellow Americans, your neighbors, your brothers and sisters, your fathers and mothers, your long-lost cousins, and the people who help you with directions when you’re lost on the subway while visiting Washington, DC with your family. You may never know us by name, but we are just like you. We live in single family homes, row houses, and apartments. We work in the private sector, the public sector, and for non-profits trying to do good for our community and our country. We enjoy life and we overcome life’s challenges. We believe in the promise of America; we believe that we all are created equal; we believe in rule of law; and we believe in a government of, for, and by the people.
In 2016, DC voters overwhelmingly approved (86% in support) a referendum on statehood which fulfilled the four constitutional requirements of statehood: 1) adopting a state constitution; 2) agreeing to defined borders; 3) approving a name; and 4) agreeing to a representative/republican form of democracy. The statehood bill in Congress has record support which continues to grow.
In addition to the people of D.C. supporting statehood and a growing list of members of Congress supporting it here are several of the organizations who also have endorsed the cause and/or the statehood legislation itself:
Human Rights Campaign
National Action Network
People for the American Way
League of Women Voters
Democracy for America
American Federation of Government Employees
United Food & Commercial Workers
Catholics for Choice
The Democratic Coalition
National Active Retired Federal Employees
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Follow this thread on Twitter from Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton as the organizations supporting D.C. statehood continues to grow.