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Sam Jordan - "Congress Needs a Better Excuse" E-mail

D.C. statehood activist reviews the unsuccessful efforts of President Lyndon B. Johnson to get home rule for the District. As he notes, "District residents might well reflect on this history. If we don’t make the case for enfranchisement and complete autonomy with a solid local and national campaign, we must not depend upon Congress to do it for us." For full article, read more.


Testimony of Historians at D.C. Council Hearing May 13, 2009 E-mail

Council Member Michael A. Brown, Chair of the Special Committee on Statehood and Self-Determination, invited several noted historians to testify about the history of the District of Columbia and the impact of that history on D.C.'s struggle for voting rights and statehood.  

Professor Kenneth R. Bowling is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the History Department at The George Washington University. He spoke about the early history of the new national capital (1779-1801). His testimony follows.

C.R. Gibbs, a historian, author, Smithsonian Institution Scholar and Founder of the African History and Culture Lecture Series, spoke about the District's history during the early Mayoral Period (1802-1871), the period of the Territorial government (1871-1874), and the period of Presidentially appointed three member commission government (1874-1961).  His testimony follows.

Samuel Jordan, is a D.C. human rights lawyer and former chairperson of the D.C. Statehood Party and member of D.C. Statehood - Yew We Can!.  His testimony follows.


D.C.'s Youth Speak out on Statehood and Voting Rights E-mail

On May 13, 2009, the D.C. Council's Special Committee on Statehood and Self-Determination, chaired by Council Member Michael A. Brown, held a public hearing on the history of the District of Columbia and that history's impact on voting rights and statehood for D.C. The hearing concluded with a panel of five D.C. high school students who eloquently expressed their desire to be full citizens of the United States.  The students were Ms. Lisa Femia, a junior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Pricilla Lyle, a senior at Hyde Public Charter School, Hayley Miles McLean and Miya Brown, both seniors at the School Without Walls, and Jameelah Morris, a senior at Benjamin Banneker High School.  




DC's Political Status Examined: Struggle for Equality in the District of Columbia E-mail

Mark David Richards discusses the political status of American citizens who live in Washington, District of Columbia, compared to Americans who live in the fifty states. This has been a hometown favorite for two centuries.  DC’s indeterminate political status and lack of political equality is and has been “the elephant in the room” that is admired, abhorred, and sometimes ignored altogether.  Equal rights are a DC dream, some would say a delusion, others impossibility, but the historical record shows that it has been a very long-term goal.


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