The Rights of DC Citizens are in Your Hands
The 670,000+ people who live in the District of Columbia have no vote in either the House or the Senate. Your Senators and Congressman, along with the other members of Congress, have the power to remedy this hole in our democracy. But, many, many people in this country do not know that DC has no vote in Congress and do not understand the implications of this fact.
Time and again, when DC citizens have visited Congressional offices we have been told that the issue of our unfair situation does not seem to come up from their constituents, so there is no reason for them to act on the problem. Yet, when people around the country do understand how our rights are restricted and interfered with by Congress, they say things like, “How un-American!”
Leagues all around the country can continue the struggle for fairness and equality, for full protection of voters, by helping to educate their communities about the ways that DC is treated and how this problem can be solved through statehood for the commercial and residential parts of DC. Here are some things you can do:
- Include this issue in your program for the coming year. There are plenty of resources on the LWVUS website and the LWVDC website and members of LWVDC stand ready to answer any questions, provide speakers and statements, etc. to help you with this important educational endeavor.
- Display the map that shows how the federal district will be preserved as our nation’s capital, with the iconic monumental core under federal government control. The commercial and residential parts, where some 670,000 people work, play and worship in their communities will become the new state.
- Post on Facebook and Twitter to draw attention to the problem and help people understand what it is like to live in a community that is subject to the will of Congress with no vote in that body.
- Appoint a liaison to your sister League, LWVDC, to get updates on this issue, because this struggle has been carried on since the establishment of the District in 1801 and is likely to need continuing attention in the coming times. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you want to stay updated and to whom we should send updates.