The denial of statehood to D.C. is one of the most egregious forms of voter suppression happening in our country today. Without statehood, D.C. residents do not have any voting representation in Congress, even though Congress exerts undue power over the region. D.C. residents, a majority of whom are Black and brown, are also denied the right to pass our own laws without congressional approval. Congress has repeatedly vetoed many important D.C. laws, causing harm to local public health and community safety.
If D.C. became a state, it would have a majority of Black and brown residents. Denying all residents a full and equal voice at the ballot marks a shameful rejection of true democracy.
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People who live in D.C. cannot achieve statehood on our own.
We need your help.