US Senate will hold Statehood Hearing Next Monday – Support the “New Columbia Admission Act” Bill

T-shirt Image courtesy of Neighbors United for DC Statehood.
T-shirt Image courtesy of Neighbors United for DC Statehood.

Our good friend and Statehood activist Josh Burch would like you to know about a hearing that has been scheduled for Monday September 15th. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is taking up the “New Columbia Admission Act” bill.  Please take the time and read Josh’ message and his important request to take action, because Brooklanders and all other DC Residents deserve the same representation rights as the rest of the nation:

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Hi All,

Very exciting news today that there will be a hearing in the US Senate on the statehood bill next Monday, September 15th at 3pm in Senate Dirsken 342 (more below). This is big news and now is the time for us all to be engaged. Below are 3 things we all can do to help push for statehood over the next week so I hope you’ll consider doing one or all of the suggested tasks below. I’d also like to remind you that we’re scheduled to have our monthly meeting this Saturday at 3pm at a private residence in Brookland. If you plan on attending please RSVP to me and I’ll send you the address.
Though we have a draft agenda for given the significance of the hearing I think we’ll spend most of our time on planning for it and next steps. We hope to see you Saturday & Monday!
Many thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication to this cause. We have a long way to go but we’ve made huge strides over the last three years and that’s something we all should be proud of but not necessarily content with. Let’s keep working until we achieve our ultimate goal: statehood for the people of DC.
Josh
Here’s the write-up below of what we all can do over the next week that’s posted at http://wp.me/p1xdSF-xb Please share with others now’s the time to life our voices together!!!

The Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), announced that there will be a hearing on September 15th for S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act, which would grant statehood to the people of the District of Columbia. This will be the first time in over twenty years that there will be a hearing before Congress for this piece of legislation. This is an important opportunity to show the Senate & the country what we want and what we deserve, statehood. We need to seize the opportunity this hearing presents to elevate this issue both in the Senate and around the country and over the next week so let’s get to it.

Below are a few things each and every one of us could do to help push the cause forward:

  1. Email Senate Staff: Draft and send an email asking that their bosses cosponsor S. 132, the New Columbia Admission Act. You can also ask friends and family around the District or in one of the 50 states to do the same. Here’s a list of targeted Senators with staff contacts to email: Senate_TargetList_2014
  2. Op-Eds: Draft and submit an Op-Ed to a paper around the country asking citizens of each state and their representatives in Congress to support the statehood legislation. Here’s a write-up on why Op-Eds are so important (http://wp.me/p1xdSF-x6) and a link for how and where to submit Op-Eds and Letters to the Editors for papers around the country (http://www.ccmc.org/node/16179)
  3. The Hearing: We need you at the hearing which is scheduled for September 15th at 3pm in the Senate Dirksen Building Room 342. We need District citizens to turn out for this hearing to both fill the hearing room and the halls of the Dirksen building. We might not all be able to testify and speak with our voices but we can speak with our bodies. Please show up wearing red (DC flag red!!!) and bring a picture of your family if they can’t join as we are all in this together. Let’s show the US Senate that the people of the District want and deserve statehood.

Statehood is our democratic destiny and we must seize the opportunities this hearing provides us. Let’s be active, let’s be engaged, and let’s help make our country more democratic.

Josh Burch

Brookland, DC

Unitedforstatehood@gmail.com

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