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The Woman's National Democratic Club Endorses D.C. Statehood E-mail

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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

WHEREAS:
District of Columbia residents have no vote in either the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives; and

WHEREAS:
The District of Columbia has over 600,000 residents, more than the state of Wyoming, whose citizens have full voting rights and representation in the U.S. Congress; and 

WHEREAS:
The United States is the world’s only democracy that denies the vote to residents of its federal district (Australia, Brazil and India, for example, extend full voting rights to their federal district citizens.), and by doing so violates the Copenhagen Document of June 1990 that states: The participating States declare that the will of the people, freely and fairly expressed through periodic and genuine elections, is the basis of the authority and legitimacy of all government. The participating States will accordingly respect the right of their citizens to take part in the governing of their country, either directly or through representatives freely chosen by them through fair electoral processes. The United States supported the document more than a decade ago at the Copenhagen meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), but fails to abide by it; and 

WHEREAS:
Law abiding people should not be taxed without representation, and District residents pay the highest Federal taxes per capita in the country; and 

WHEREAS:
The District of Columbia has sent more than 192,406 men and women to fight in armed combat since World War I, and over 1,686 of these men and women died defending America and fighting for freedom and democracy on foreign soil for citizens of the world. Not one of these D.C. veterans is allowed a vote in Congress; and 

WHEREAS:
In 1978, a D.C. Voting Rights constitutional amendment was approved by Congress. If approved by three quarters of the states within seven years (or in this case by 1985) the amendment would have granted D.C. residents full representation in Congress. The amendment failed when it was ratified by only 16 of the required 38 states; and 

WHEREAS:
The need for statehood was recently demonstrated by former Sen. John Ensign’s (R-NV) amendment to the D.C. House Voting Rights Act of 2009, giving the District one vote in the U.S. House. The Ensign amendment compromised the District’s gun safety laws, prompting Democratic withdrawal of the bill from the House Floor, sacrificing the District’s right to vote for the principle of self determination. The amendment also denied the District of Columbia the ability to regulate most aspects of gun possession and transfers in the City. In addition, it created inconsistencies between congressional legislation and D.C. laws. In no other jurisdiction in the U.S. would citizens be subjected to such external interference in local affairs;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
That the Woman’s National Democratic Club hereby joins the District’s elected leadership and most advocacy groups in support of making the District of Columbia the 51st State of New Columbia; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
That the Woman’s National Democratic Club pledges to work closely with D.C. Vote, the D.C. Government, and other coalition groups to achieve three possible steps in 2011 toward the goal of statehood: (1) develop a unified message (2) launch hearings to address the cost of state functions (3) create a timetable and budget blueprint for statehood. 

Adopted June 15, 2011

 

 
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