The DC Statehood Toolkit
How to Use this Toolkit
Plan a study session or discussion group on the issue of DC Statehood.
- Volunteers can be assigned to read one background paper and report on it to the assembled members at a study session.
- You can also use one of the quizzes to help break the ice at the beginning of a study session and one of the power points to close the session with an overview, if you want to. You may find that reporting on the background papers, along with the discussion that they may spark, will take up a 2-hour meeting.
- If, during your discussion, you find that questions come up that are not answered in our materials, please let us know so we can improve our Toolkit.
Plan a community public meeting to discuss DC Statehood.
- Plan a 2-hour block of time to allow for meet and greet time at the beginning.
- Start with quiz as an icebreaker.
- Show one of the slideshows.
- Have time for questions and discussion afterwards.
Members of LWVDC are available to mentor and answer any questions you may have about the contents of the power points as you prepare your presentation.
You can download the background papers and have them available for people to refer to. They fill-in details that are not covered in the power points.
Promote DC Statehood within your Community via Traditional and New Media
- Use the social media suggestions in the Media Guide to help educate and publicize the need for DC Statehood.
- Join our Google Group to stay up to date on Congressional actions that particularly affect DC because it lacks voting representation in Congress.
Contact your Elected Representatives
- Use our materials to inform your legislators of your concerns about our lack of full representation in Congress.
More from the DC Statehood Toolkit:
- DC Statehood: Frequently Asked Questions
- We Are DC
- DC History Quiz
- Civil Rights History Quiz
- Slideshow: Fixing the Hole in Our Democracy.
- Statehood for the People of DC: History, Facts, and Path Toward Statehood.
- The Changing Face of DC Governance over Time.
- How the District of Columbia is Governed in 2016.
- Congressional Intervention in DC Local Affairs.
- How Does the World View Violations of Equal Political Participation for DC Citizens?
- League of Women Voters Efforts to Achieve Full Voting Rights for DC Citizens.
- The Rights of DC Citizens are in Your Hands.
- Map of the Proposed State of New Columbia and the Federal District.
- DC Statehood Toolkit Media Guide