DC residents rally for statehood

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Emancipation Day rally in Washington, D.C.

Dozens of Washington, D.C. residents rallied on Friday from Freedom Plaza to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol to call for D.C. statehood.

“We’re the unfinished business of the American Revolution. The American Revolution was about ending taxation without representation, yet here in the District we live under that system. And the only way to make us free and equal American citizens is to make us the 51st state in the union,” said rally organizer, Josh Burch with Neighbors United for DC statehood.

Those gathered were protesting the fact D.C. residents pay federal taxes, but have no voting members of Congress, and that Constitution gives Congress legislative authority over the District.

“We’ve become a more democratic nation over the course of our history, not less. And I think one of the last pieces to make us a full and equal democracy is to include the people of the District of Columbia,” said Burch.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted her support of the issue:



But Burch and others admit the likelihood of getting statehood support in Congress during an election year, but they’re not giving up.

“Somewhere, deep down, we must still hope that eventually things will change,” said D.C. resident Marione Ingram.