Six Months After the Insurrection, D.C. Residents Still Without Voting Representation and Self-Governance
Washington, D.C. — Today is the six month anniversary of the Capitol insurrection. Following the deadly attack on our democracy and home, calls to make D.C. a state were reinvigorated when it became clear that the District’s lack of statehood left Mayor Bowser without the power needed to call on the National Guard. This imperative to make D.C. a state will come to the forefront again as the January 6 House select committee looks into the attack on the Capitol.
Jamal Holtz, Lead Organizer of 51 for 51, issued the following statement:
“Six months ago today, the nation woke up to the reality that D.C. residents have always known — we’re not fully protected without statehood. The insurrection further proved that Washingtonians deserve representation in democracy and Mayor Bowser needs the powers of a governor to protect our residents. We cannot wait any longer for D.C. statehood — the lives of 700,000 Washingtonians are at stake.”
After the insurrection, Holtz published a piece in the Washington Post detailing the impact of the attempted coup on D.C. residents.
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About 51 for 51:
51 for 51 is a coalition of D.C.-based and national groups committed to equal representation for the over 700,000 D.C. residents who remain locked out of our democracy. The coalition of 20 progressive groups believe American citizens living in the District deserve a voice in Congress and control over their own local laws. Already, President Biden, Vice President Harris, and Senators Warren, Markey, Gillibrand and Hickenlooper have endorsed 51 for 51’s proposed path to statehood.