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Call to Support DC Statehood

April 19, 2021 

Next week, HR51, the Washington DC Admission Act,will once more come to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. Passing HR51 in the U.S. House is the first step to ensuring that DC residents are no longer disenfranchised and can finally claim their most basic right in our democracy. 

 
DC boasts a population of over 700,000 residents, more than that of Wyoming and Vermont, yet they still are without voting members in Congress. This lack of representation denies thousands of Americans a voice in their government. DC residents are uniquely denied the right of true self-government, as their budget, locally passed laws, and citizen-backed initiatives are undermined by the federal government.

Since the 1980s, Congress has continuously used DC as a pawn in their political games, by banning the use of District funds to promote clean needle exchange, blocking the reproductive health choices of women in the District, and weakening DC’s gun violence prevention laws. Most recently, the District of Columbia did not have adequate power to protect and defend its residents during the horrific January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, when it lacked the ability to mobilize the National Guard. Even more than this, DC statehood is a civil rights issue. If DC is granted statehood, it will be just the second state with a majority-minority populace. A necessary step to dismantle systemic racism would be to grant DC statehood.

Residents in DC deserve full representation in Congress. Contact your Representative today and ask them to vote YES on HR51.

The League of Women Voters has always fought to expand access to the ballot box and protect the voting rights of all Americans. Full statehood and representation for DC are a prime part of that mission.  DC deserves to become the country’s 51st state, and Congress must pass HR51.

 

Yours in the fight,

Virginia Kase
CEO

 

 

The Thurston County LWV organizes and hosts events and activities to educate and inform voters regarding local, state and national subjects and issues.

LWV – Thurston County Presents:

The League provides information regarding issues through meetings and debates, and publications like They Represent You (TRY) brochure (PDF).

Thurston County LWV also works to register voters at events and multiple locations year-round. The League updates and directs voters to VOTE 411, the voter information on-line resource which provides candidate and issue information prior to each election. The League also conducts candidate interviews at TCM seen as the “Go-to” for elections information.


LWV – Thurston County Celebrates the LWV Centennial

During our 2019-2020 program year, we took every opportunity to join thousands of other in celebrating the League of Women Voters centennial.  CLICK HERE to read about the many things we did.

The LWVTC will be holding their annual Program Planning meeting on January 23, 2021 for the 2021-2023 years. Check back later to see what issues and events will be priorities.


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