Welcome to New Columbia Vision
where you can learn about and support making New Columbia the 51st State.
NEWS FROM THE 51st STATE
The people of DC want and need to become a state so that we will at last have the rights that Americans in the 50 states enjoy.
Final Countdown to the Statehood Referendum
#DCStatehood is on the ballot now! The 4-part referendum question asks DC voters to approve statehood, revised borders for the new state, a pledge to ensure a representative form of government, and a revised constitution. You can see the sample ballot here.
With the DC Council's passage on October 18 of an amended Constitution of the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth (or Washington, DC? -- we'll get back to the name issue later), voters can now read the constitution that is up for approval at the polls this year. The new draft constitution now includes the following elements which have been debated since this summer's hearings:
- Enlarged 21-seat state legislature (see pp. 9-13)
- Independent agencies: Auditor (p. 14), Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer (pp. 18-20) and Board of Education (p. 21)
- Independent state courts (pp. 21-23)
- Budget, Financial Management & Borrowing (pp. 25-33)
- Construction of Constitution, Amendments and Constitutional Convention ("no later than the second anniversary of the date of admission") (p. 36)
Early voting runs through Friday, November 4 at the Board of Elections Offices at One Judiciary Square from 8:30 am - 7 pm. Early voting will be available in each of the 8 wards at the following locations starting Friday, November 28 through Friday, November 4. Early voting centers are open 8:30 am - 7 pm. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Polls will be open 7:00 am - 8:00 pm on November 8. Our statehood referendum will be found on the back of the ballot, marked as "Advisory Referendum B ("Advisory Referendum on the State of New Columbia Resolution Act of 2016"). Again, you can see the sample ballot here.
Busy September and October
We have a lot of statehood related events going on these days. First, we had the DC Host Committee Welcoming Reception for the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday, Sept 21 at the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW) at 6 pm. Statehood activists were also out in force at the weekend's (Sept 23-25) concerts on the National Mall, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Fall Conference, and the Breaking Through Power conference the last week in September, as well as the fall neighborhood festival season. On October 18, an amended Constitution of the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth was passed by the DC Council.
New Columbia Statehood Referendum set for November
The DC Council approved the DC Statehood ballot initiative (to be voted on by DC voters on November 8) at its final legislative meeting on July 12. The ballot language asks voters to approve 4 items: "(1) agree that the District should be admitted to the union as the State of New Columbia; (2) approve a Constitution of the State of New Columbia to be approved by the Council; (3) approve the State of New Columbia's boundaries, as adopted by the New Columbia Statehood Commission on June 13, 2016; and (4) agree that the State of New Columbia shall guarantee an elected representative form of government." The Council will hold hearings on the bill on September 27 and October 6, and will be considering amendments to the New Columbia constitution.
Check out our 51st State Song!
First, take a look at the video at the top right. Here you will see our new 51st State Song, inspired by Last Week Tonight Host and Former Daily Show Correspondent John Oliver, who devoted an episode to the absurdity of the political status of the residents of the District of Columbia. See the full Last Week Tonight clip here (and note that some of this late night HBO language may not be suitable for young kids). We decided to turn Mr. Oliver's new and improved "50 States Song" into a proper 51st State Song. To see the revised lyrics, please click here. The New Columbia Admission Act, now in Congress, would allow for the creation of a 51st state without the long, drawn out campaign required for a Constitutional amendment (something DC's tried before).
DC Statehood Bills in the House and Senate in 2016
Reintroduced at the start of the 114th Congress, the New Columbia Admission Act (Senate: S. 1688; House: HR 317) has now topped 133 cosponsors in the House and 20 in the Senate with Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz's cosponsorship just this week (9/6). We should be able to easily break 150 House cosponsors by the end of 2016. In the Senate, our cosponsors include Tim Kaine of Virginia, recently announced as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. How about your members of Congress? To check the full list of Senate and House cosponsors see here.
DC Statehood in the 2016 Presidential Race
We are also happy to announce that a number of presidential candidates, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, have gone on record this year to support statehood for the people of DC. To see more on the candidates and their party platforms, check out our blog.
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