WATCH: 51 for 51 Advocate Ty Hobson-Powell Explains the Need For Real Representation For D.C. in New Video
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, 51 for 51 released a new video featuring 51 for 51 advocate Ty Hobson-Powell explaining the importance of D.C. statehood for him and for the more than 700,000 D.C. residents who lack a vote in Congress.
“I’ve attended marches, I’ve knocked on doors, I’ve visited town hall meetings, and I am not the only one. It seems like every other day, someone is saying ‘call your representative, call your senator.’ That’s a great idea in theory, but I can’t do any of that because I don’t have senators, or a representative who can vote,” said 51 for 51 advocate Ty Hobson-Powell.
The video comes in the wake of an historic vote by the House Oversight Committee to advance H.R. 51, the Washington D.C. Admissions Act.
So far, 17 current and former presidential candidates have endorsed the only real, viable path to D.C. statehood: bypassing the filibuster and passing statehood legislation with 51 votes. 51 for 51 will be ramping up its activities leading up to the South Carolina primary, with more videos, events, and activities aimed at securing the endorsements of the only major candidates who have yet to come out in support of 51 for 51: former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Amy Klobuchar.
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51 for 51 is a coalition comprised of D.C.-based and national groups committed to equal representation rights for D.C.’s over 700,000 residents. The coalition of 20 progressive groups supports the only real, viable path to D.C. statehood, and that’s with 51 votes in the Senate.