What you can do for DC Statehood...starting TODAY!
- Take Action on the Statehood bills in Congress
- Start the Statehood conversation with friends and family! (especially if they’re also working with candidates for GOTV 2020)
- Plug in with a Statehood action group, to get the very latest!
Encourage “No Donation Without Representation” when you work to Get Out the Vote!
Ask the candidate: Are they publicly supportive of DC Statehood? Have they signed the DC Statehood Pledge?
- If yes: THANK THEM! And remind them that their support for Statehood is one reason you are supporting them today
If no: MAKE THE ASK! Democratic candidates are usually highly supportive, but are not asked or do not view it as a priority.
- Not sure about how to do this? Sample language from DC Vote may help
- Tell your DC friends to check their candidate for DC Statehood support!
- Ask the candidate: Are they publicly supportive of DC Statehood? Have they signed the DC Statehood Pledge?
Not sold yet on DC Statehood?
Here’s the case from the Draft 2020 Democratic Party Platform
Making Washington, D.C. the 51st State
It’s time to stop treating the more than 700,000 people who live in our nation’s capital as second class citizens. The residents of Washington, D.C. pay more per capita in federal income taxes than any state in the country—and more in total federal income tax than 22 states—and yet the District has zero voting representatives in the U.S. Congress. The Congress retains broad power to override budget decisions made by democratically elected officials in Washington, D.C. And as was made shockingly clear to the American people this year, under current law, Washington, D.C. does not have control over its own National Guard units and can be occupied by military forces at the President’s whim. The citizens of Washington, D.C.—a majority of whom are people of color—voted overwhelmingly in favor of statehood in a 2016 referendum and have ratified a state constitution. Democrats unequivocally support statehood for Washington, D.C., so the citizens of the District can at last have full and equal representation in Congress and the rights of self-determination.