Here you’ll find some media tools and suggestions that you can use, but please feel free to extend our reach with your creativity!
Media outreach is an important tool in spreading the word about Statehood and DC Voting Rights, and Fixing the Hole in Our Democracy. Traditional media outreach approaches include letters to the editor, meetings with editorial boards and guest op-eds. Social media engagement is another way to reach the public through channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
Make sure to join the LWV-DC-Full-Rights-Alert Google Group where individuals and Leagues can share information, ideas, and more on DC Statehood and Voting Rights. Interested members can sign up for our Google Group on
Traditional Media Outreach
Traditional media outreach approaches include letters to the editor, meetings with editorial boards and guest op-eds. This language can be used as a template for an op-ed, blog or letter to the editor:
League of Women Voters Supports Statehood for D.C Citizens OR LWV (your League) Supports Efforts to Fix the Hole in our Democracy
For over 200 years, the residents of the District of Columbia have been denied a voice in our national government and sovereignty over state and local affairs. The people of Washington, D.C. deserve the same rights that the people in all 50 states enjoy. District residents are required to fulfill all the obligations of U.S. citizenship—paying taxes, voting, and serving on juries and in the military. But they don’t have the same equal representation in Washington.
This is why the League of Women Voters of (your League) calls on our members of Congress to support statehood legislation for the District of Columbia. Statehood legislation, which requires a simple majority vote and cannot be repealed, is the way that every state, except for the original 13, became part of the United States. The residents of the District of Columbia have voted in support of statehood, approved a state constitution, a representative form of government and proposed boundaries. The next step is Congressional passage of statehood legislation.
The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia and the League of Women Voters of the United States have put together information on our websites about the continuing fight for full rights for the District. The League of Women Voters is working to assure statehood for the District of Columbia. We urge you to join us in this effort.
For League chapters hosting a Toolkit training, you can download this flyer and edit it in word.
Social Media Outreach
- Share the toolkit. You can link to the quizzes, video, papers, and visuals found in this toolkit in your Facebook posts. It's a great way to engage people with a fun activity.
- Add photos. Great photos and graphics gather more engagement on Facebook Most of our toolkit pages stored on this site have images that automatically feed into a Facebook post. Or, it they don't show up - you can use the Graphics found in this Media Guide (below) with the link to a page.
- We would love to help increase your engagement and reach! Tag us @LWVDistrictofColumbia when posting information about DC Statehood, your upcoming DC Statehood events, and photos after so we can like and share your posts!
- Tweet out support for DC Statehood both on your League accounts and on your personal accounts. We would love to read support from across the country!
- Mention the LWVDC Twitter account @LWVDC in your tweets so they can be retweeted. By showing your support and linking to us, we can like and share your posts in our city to show how our work with the Toolkit and our traveling presentation are making a difference.
- Tweets with images regularly perform better than simple text. See our graphics below for images sized to work on Twitter.
- Retweet posts on DC statehood from your individual members or other Leagues for greater visibility. You can find those posts by looking up existing hashtags like:
- Fix the hole in democracy: Support #DCStatehood! #51stState
- We are DC, we are America: statehood for DC citizens! #DCStatehood
- DC – the 51st State! #DCstatehood
- I stand for #DCstatehood! #51stState
- If your chapter hosts us for a presentation or if you hold your own event, you can use the graphics below to promote the event on Instagram.
- And don't forget to post photos of your event discussing DC Statehood on Instagram! Link to us @LWVDC so we can like and comment on your post.
DC Statehood Toolkit graphic
This image is great for promoting our toolkit on your website. Right click to save the image.
DC Statehood Photo for Instagram and facebook posts.
The square format is perfect of Instagram and Facebook. Right click to save the image.
DC Statehood photo for a Facebook Event.
Facebook Events have different size requirements than a general Facebook post. If you are hosting us for a presentation or holding one of your own, this image should work well for your Event Page. Right click to save the image.
DC Statehood photo for twitter.
Perfect size for Twitter posts - the entire image will be shown in your post. Right click to save the image.
On Your Website
Use your organization's website to share links to quizzes and papers within the toolkit. Feature the two quizzes or post links to the articles each month.
Join the DC Full Rights Alert Google Group
Our dedicated DC Full Rights Alert Google Group is where individuals and league chapters from across the country can share information, ideas, and more on DC Statehood and Voting Rights. Fill out this form and we will add you to the group.