WATCH NOW: 51 for 51 Advocates Make the Case for Statehood as a Way to Help Pass Common Sense Gun Violence Prevention Laws

Friday, February 21, 2020

WATCH NOW: 51 for 51 Advocates Make the Case for Statehood as a Way to Help Pass Common Sense Gun Violence Prevention Laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, 51 for 51 released a video featuring gun violence prevention advocates Zion Kelly, Ryane Nickens, and Greg Jackson telling their stories about how gun violence affects their communities, families and lives, and how making D.C. a state would give residents of Washington a vote in Congress when it comes to common sense gun legislation.

“We’re literally losing hundreds of lives a year walking distance from the Capitol, but we have no voice for solutions to address this crisis,” said 51 for 51 advocate Greg Jackson. While D.C. does have strong gun safety laws, the surrounding states do not. Statehood would empower leaders from the District in the Senate to be able to address gun violence in our community. Let’s make D.C. the 51st state with 51 votes in the Senate.”

Seventeen current and former presidential candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Tom Steyer, have supported the only real, politically viable path to D.C. statehood: bypassing the filibuster and passing statehood legislation with just 51 votes in the Senate.

This week, in the run up to the South Carolina primary, 51 for 51 has been working to earn the endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Bernie Sanders. The campaign has released videos on representation and our democracy, as well as from local leaders like Gilda Cobb-Hunter, published an op-ed in the Post and Courier by Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott, and is holding a press conference with veterans of color from around the country in Charleston calling on Biden, Klobuchar, and Sanders to support a real, viable path to D.C. statehood with 51 votes in the Senate.

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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 says American citizens living in the District deserve a voice in Congress and control over their own local laws.
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