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OSCE Cites D.C.'s Lack of Voting Representation in Congress E-mail

International lawyer Timothy Cooper, a long time D.C. statehood supporter, wrote that:

"The OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) has issued its preliminary 2016 U.S. Elections Report. A final, more comprehensive one will be published after January. The OSCE, Europe's largest human rights organization, has to date published six reports on U.S. elections. In each report the organization has noted that the U.S. Government's continuing policy of denying District of Columbia residents full voting representation in Congress violates the election standards of the organization. The United States is a founding member of the OSCE. As such, the U.S is politically obligated to fulfill all of its OSCE commitments.

In the 2016 preliminary report, the OSCE notes, 
'Some 4 million residents of US overseas territories and 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia do not have voting representation in Congress. In addition, residents of US overseas territories do not have the right to vote in presidential elections. More than 6 million convicts, including those who have served their sentences as well as many still facing trial, are widely disenfranchised, although several states have recently taken steps to restore their voting rights. These restrictions contravene the principle of universal and equal suffrage, as provided in OSCE commitments.'"

The full initial report can be read at: http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/usa/280331?download=true.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton Protests D.C. Budget Priorities E-mail
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has protected the District of Columbia’s budget autonomy referendum and Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act from being overturned in the fiscal year 2017 continuing resolution (CR), released December 6, 2016, which funds the federal government until April 28, 2017. She also got a $ 19.995 million federal payment in the CR to cover Presidential inauguration expenses.
Why We Need A Real Constitutional Convention E-mail
For a discussion of why the people of the District of Columbia need a real constitutional convention, read more.
Colby King on Effect of Trump Presidency on D.C. E-mail
In his November 18, 2016 column (published in the November 19, 2016 edition of the newspaper), Washington Post columnist Colbert King describes what the effect of a Trump presidency and a Republican Congress will be on the District of Columbia's judiciary and government.
Mayor Bowser on Approval of the Statehood Referendum E-mail
As the vote came in on the statehood referendum, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MayorMurielBowser/ November 8, 2016 Overwhelming approval - OVERWHELMING APPROVAL - of DC Statehood. Here's the full statement from Mayor Bowser: "With massive turnout, District residents overwhelmingly voted to continue on our bold, new path to DC Statehood. Today, nearly 80% of District voters cast a ballot for full democracy and citizenship. We pause tonight to celebrate this remarkable milestone in the District's decades-long fight for fundamental fairness, and - with renewed energy and resolve - we will continue the march to convince the next President, Congress and the country that statehood for the District's 672,000 residents is a moral imperative. I am grateful to our residents, to those who participated in the process by voting, and to the hundreds who volunteered their time to draft a state constitution that reflects our shared values. There will be many twists and turns ahead - just like there have been good days and not so good days in DC's history - but we take this monumental step forward together, we can be sure that DC's best days are ahead of us."
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