Tracking news and developments regarding the campaign to secure statehood for the city of Washington, D.C.
First Rally For D.C. Statehood Held On National Mall. “The rally, organized by Black Voters Matter and more than 50 civil rights, voter rights and racial justice groups, capped off a nine-city, eight-day Freedom Ride for Voting Rights that began in New Orleans. During the five-hour gathering Saturday, activists and elected officials from around the country argued that D.C. statehood wasn’t a partisan issue, but one of civil rights, and that the U.S. Senate needs to act now. “The fact that residents of D.C. don’t have congressional representation is an issue of racial justice,” said Akosua Ali, president of the NAACP’s D.C. chapter. “This is a call to action. Hold Joe Manchin accountable.”” [Washington Post]