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In order to rectify over two centuries of lack of real democracy in the capital of the world's oldest democracy, we all need to work hard to educate Americans -- in all states -- that statehood for the District of Columbia is the simplest, most comprehensive and most constitutional way to bring the "last colony" into the union and restore the right to self-government that citizens of what is now the District of Columbia fought for and won over 200 years ago.

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to join us and be added to our mailing list to be notified about meetings, rallies, demonstrations and how you can help in this effort, one of the last great civil injustices in this country.

Organizational and Individual Support

Please join the effort to get Congress to vote for statehood and admit the State of New Columbia.

A draft resolution of support for D.C. statehood for use by organizations (local, state and national) and a petition supporting statehood are printed below. Please use them, and modify them as you or your organization finds appropriate, and send copies of approved resolutions to D.C. Statehood - Yes We Can! at 3404 Rodman St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008. We need the support of all District residents and all their friends and family across the country to help right this historic wrong.

Contributions

If you would like to make a contribution to support our effort to make the District of Columbia the 51st state, please send a check payable to D.C. Statehood - Yes We Can! to D.C. Statehood - Yes We Can! at 3404 Rodman St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.

Business Support

If you own or operate a business in the District of Columbia and would like to support the statehood effort, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will deliver our Yes We Can! DC Statehood Now poster that you can place in the window of your business. Place our Yes We Can! DC Statehood Now logo in your advertisements and we will spread the word to our supporters that you deserve their loyal patronage. We will publicize the names of all businesses that support statehood on our website.

Congressional Support

We would like to urge everyone who is a citizen of a state to contact their Senators and Representative and urge them to support statehood for the people of the District of Columbia. We would also appreciate any resolutions in support of statehood that you might be able to get approved by any governmental unit (for example, a county or town council) or any organization to which you belong. Please send copies of any such resolutions to D.C. Statehood - Yes We Can! at 3404 Rodman St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 or email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Thank you so much!

Finally, D.C. residents in particular, whenever you are asked to contribute to a political candidate or cause or volunteer for them, please determine whether the candidate or cause supports statehood for D.C.  If they don't, please take your money and efforts elsewhere.  We need to be asking those we support to support returning democracy to our nation's capital.

All American citizens, including the over 660,000 living in the District of Columbia deserve the right to self-government! We have been a colony of the Untied States and deprived of our democratic rights longer than the thirteen colonies were British colonies! Statehood is simple justice! With your help, we can get the State of New Columbia admitted to the union. YES WE CAN!

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Short form resolution:


RESOLUTION ON STATEHOOD

Whereas, this nation is founded on the belief that all people are endowed with certain inalienable rights and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and

Whereas, the rights of the residents of the District of Columbia are abridged when the U.S. Congress imposes its will on local matters and denies us voting representation on federal issues in both houses of the U.S. Congress;

Whereas, the people of the District of Columbia are the only Americans who still bear all of the responsibilities of citizenship, but who do not enjoy all of the rights of citizenship, including local sovereignty and representation in both houses of Congress, making the District, in effect, a colony under Congressional jurisdiction; and

Whereas, statehood will ensure that residents of the District of Columbia enjoy full sovereign rights in local matters and voting representation in both houses of the U.S. Congress just like every other citizen of the United States of America, and is a matter of simple justice:

Therefore be it resolved that the __(organization name___ urges the Congress to use its powers under Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution and admit the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the Union.

Approved by (organization name) at its meeting on (date).

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Long form resolution:

A Resolution to Create a State for the People of the District of Columbia

Whereas this nation is founded on the belief that all people are endowed with certain inalienable rights and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and

Whereas the United States is the formal union of states formed by their people and to have the full rights of self-government, one must be a citizen of a state; and

Whereas statehood only requires a simple majority vote in each house of Congress and the President's signature and is the only form of self-government that Congress can not amend or take away; and

Whereas the District of Columbia is the only part of the United States that was part of the original thirteen colonies, whose residents fought in the American Revolution and helped form the union, but then lost their right to self-government over 200 years ago; and

Whereas, as a result, the people of the District of Columbia are the only Americans who bear all of the burdens of citizenship, but who do not enjoy all of the citizenship's benefits and remain effectively a colony; and

Whereas, this blight on America’s democracy exists despite the fact that the people of the District of Columbia pay more federal taxes per person than any state and have fought and died in each of America’s wars, and yet have no say in whether we will be so taxed or go to war; and

Whereas no other nation in the entire world denies the right of self-government, including participation in its national legislature, to the residents of its capital and several international human rights organizations have found that the District's lack of voting representation in Congress violates international law; and

Whereas the Constitution only sets a maximum size for the "Seat of the Government of the United States," otherwise known as the District of Columbia, and Congress, with the consent of the Commonwealth of Virginia and local residents, reduced the size of the District of Columbia in 1846, when it returned one-third of the District to Virginia; and

Whereas Congress in the 1973 District of Columbia Self_Government and Government Reorganizaiton Act,  (the "Home Rule Act") has already carved out the federal core of the District, including the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court, Mall and monuments, as the National Capital Service Area and such area can constitutionally be the "Seat of the Government of the United States"; and

Whereas District voters have expressed their desire for statehood, voting in 1980 overwhelmingly to hold a statehood constitutional convention, electing delegates, in 1982 in approving the convention's Constitution for the State of New Columbia, that was transmitted to Congress in 1983 with a petition for statehood, and, since 1990, regularly to elect a Statehood Representative and two Senators to promote Statehood for us; and

Whereas statehood is the simplest and most constitutional way to make the people of the District of Columbia full citizens of the United States of America and is a matter of simple justice:

Now Therefore be it resolved that _____(organization name)_______________________ urges the Congress to use its powers under Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution and admit the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia, minus the National Capital Service Area which shall henceforth be the Seat of the Government of the United States, as the 51st State of the Union.

Approved on _______________, 2009 by _____________________________.  ___________________________                                                                          (date)                                                (Organization)                                                (Signature and title

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Statehood Petition:

A PETITION FOR STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Whereas, this nation is founded on the belief that all people are endowed with certain inalienable rights and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and

Whereas, the rights of the residents of the District of Columbia are abridged when the U.S. Congress imposes its will on local matters and denies us voting representation on federal issues in both houses of the U.S. Congress;

Whereas, the people of the District of Columbia are the only Americans who still bear all of the responsibilities of citizenship, but who do not enjoy all of the rights of citizenship, including local sovereignty and representation in both houses of Congress, making the District, in effect, a colony under Congressional jurisdiction; and

Whereas, statehood will ensure that residents of the District of Columbia enjoy full sovereign rights in local matters and voting representation in both houses of the U.S. Congress just like every other citizen of the United States of America, and is a matter of simple justice:

Therefore the undersigned urge the Congress to use its powers under Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution and admit the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the Union.

Name (printed)                         Signature                        City, State                     Date signed

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