DC Statehood

I support:

  • Aggressive tactics for achieving statehood for DC including disallowing the federal government from using city amenities
  • Formation of a committee to prepare for statehood within the next five years
  • Formation of a constituent assembly to draft a constitution for the new State
  • My platform has the aspiration for DC statehood at its very heart.

 

I’m not interested in more tokenistic, non-binding referenda; DC residents have already expressed their overwhelming support for statehood in the 2016 referendum that passed with over 80% in favor.

Given the betrayal of District residents’ wishes again and again, I would advocate for more aggressive tactics to pressure the federal government into granting statehood. This could include refusal to cooperate with any federal government decision that affects local DC matters or even disallowing the federal government from using city amenities. The federal government has trampled over the rightful desire of DC residents for full representation and self-governance for too long and it’s time to fight back – by any means necessary!

Upon the achievement of statehood, I would recommend the convening of a constituent assembly to draft a constitution for the new state. This body would be directly elected by DC voters and would ideally include a broad cross-section of the community. The DC Statehood Green Party would campaign for progressive clauses such as protections for nature and a recall measure for all elected city officials.