Here is what you could say, “My name is xxx and I am a member of the Washington DC Branch of the American Association of University of Women and I helped get you elected (if you didn’t vote for him, you don’t have to say that part). Now you can do something for us here in DC…..We need your help. We need 2 more senators on our side to make sure DC Statehood gets passed in Congress. Are you ready to take action to make DC the 51st state?“
“Good Trouble” Candlelight Vigil for Democracy
Located at Black Lives Matter Plaza in DC at 8pm on Saturday, July 17th, the one-year anniversary of the passing of Rep. John Lewis.
On March 7, 1965, when then-25-year-old activist John Lewis led over 600 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama and faced brutal attacks by oncoming state troopers, footage of the violence collectively shocked the nation and galvanized the fight against racial injustice. This fight continues. Now we must galvanize the fight to protect the freedom to vote, to end the injustice of DC’s lack of statehood, to finally end Jim Crow voter suppression efforts.
National and local freedom to vote organizations and activits will honor his legacy with candles and music, hear from faith, youth and political leaders, and demand that Congress pass the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and D.C. Statehood.
Together, we will tell Congress – that the American people are showing up to demand a democracy for the people! Please show your support for DC Statehood and join us Saturday.
Together, we’ll make GOOD TROUBLE.
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DC STATEHOOD BRIEFING
On January 4, 2021, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced H.R.51-Washington DC Admission Act that would grant DC statehood. The bill passed the House. It is now in the Senate’s hands to decide if DC will become a state. The next Senate briefing on this bill is June 22. Join us on June 16th at 7:00pm for a Zoom call with Anne Anderson, Chair, League of Women’s Voters DC (LWVDC) Committee for Full Rights for DC Citizens to discuss what this means for the residents of DC as well as next steps. Please share this link with anyone who wants to learn more about what it means to be the 51st state. Click the link to get the Zoom information. No need to RSVP. Just show up and show your support! Now is the time to join the movement toward equality for DC residents. I personally look forward to seeing all of you on June 16. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Check back often to get updated information.
Click here to view the recorded DC Statehood briefing Zoom call that took place on June 16. The password is #s^W.M!5
Democracy Week Coming Up!
The For the People Act (S. 1) will be debated on the Senate floor next week (June 21-25), and the historic Senate Hearing on S. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at 10 AM. Energy for S. 1 and efforts for S. 51 will complement each other — critical to support both bills!
What to do:
1) Show up for Democracy and DC Statehood! Tuesday, June 22nd from 8:30-9:30 – there will be a rally at 2nd St. NE and East Capitol, halfway between Union Station and Capitol South Metro stops. Homemade signs preferred. Suggested messages: DC Statehood = Racial Justice, Statehood for the people of DC, …of ALL the people, by ALL the people, for ALL the people, etc. Here’s a link to share with everyone you know: Please share this far and wide. We need a BIG BIG BIG turnout. https://www.facebook.com/events/318306496430318
2) Take Photos: While you are there, please take pictures and tweet them with #picture51 and #DCStatehood. Tag @lwvdc on your tweet too. If you are not on Twitter, email your photos to email@example.com. If you are not able to go down to the event, and you are on Twitter, please retweet!
3) Join the Virtual Watch Party: Check www.showup4DC.com for watch party details and for any other updates on the Hearing and the rally for DC Statehood.
4) Black Voters Matter Freedom Ride for Voting Rights: Saturday, June 26th, join the Black Voters Matter Freedom Ride for Voting Rights which will be culminating here in DC after traveling through 9 cities starting on June 18th in Jackson, MS. Check out their website to sign up and get details of the event that will be taking place from 12 noon- 4pm at Freedom Plaza in DC. Check the website to stay up to date with the event details: https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/freedom-ride/
5) Please see the following message from Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Office with the most up to date information regarding the Senate hearing and who will be speaking: