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.
Busy September, October (and November)
We have a lot of statehood related events coming up over the next couple of months. First, we have the DC Host Committee Welcoming Reception for the opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on Wednesday, Oct 21 at the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW) at 6 pm. Statehood activists will also be out in force at this weekend's (Sept 23-25) concerts on the National Mall. And we have the next neighborhood festival, the Rhode Island Avenue Festival on Saturday, Oct 1 (you can volunteer for a shift at the Neighbors United for DC Statehood booth here). For the full (nearly full) rundown of events for late September and early October, see the list to the right.
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.
PLEASE SIGN OUR STATEHOOD PETITION HERE
Friday, Sept 23-Sunday, Sept 25: Concert on the National Mall for the Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday)
Tuesday, Sept 27: DC Council Hearing on B21-826, Constitution of the State of New Columbia Approval Amendment Act, Wilson Building, Room 500, 11 am (sign up to testify by 9/23)
Wednesday, Sept 28: Breaking Through Power Conference, DC Statehood Panels, Constitution Hall, 1776 D St, NW 1-5 pm
Thursday, Oct 6: DC Council Hearing on B21-826, Constitution of the State of New Columbia Approval Amendment Act, Wilson Building, Room 500, 6:30 pm (sign up to testify by 10/2)
Saturday, Oct 15: League of Women Voters DC Fall Luncheon: Voting for Statehood, Ottoman Taverna, 425 I ("Eye") St, NW, 11-3
Check out our 51st State video!
Statehood marchers at the Capitol Hill Parade, July 4, 2015.
Check out our statehood video!
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