Washington, D.C. is the only national capital in the democratic world whose citizens do not have equal voting and representation rights. The ongoing denial of full voting rights to the 712,000 residents of D.C., the majority of whom are Black and Brown, is an egregious example of ongoing voter suppression happening in our country today. The hard truth is that the denial of statehood to D.C. residents is rooted in racism. After the Civil War, just as Black voters started to exercise their political power in D.C., Congress replaced D.C.'s local government with federally appointed commissioners, blocking the heavily Black region from having full voting rights or control over its own local government. People who live in Washington, D.C. are just like people who live in any other state in America. We are veterans, nurses, grocery store clerks, teachers, family members, neighbors, and volunteers. Granting D.C. statehood is needed, constitutional, and the only way to enfranchise more than 712,000 Americans who have been wrongly denied their full voting rights for more than 200 years.

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