At HumanitiesDC we proudly amplify the voices of our city. We promote the human ties that connect us and the civil discussions that help us better understand one another and the city we call home. As the site of numerous peaceful demonstrations from Coxey’s Army in 1894, to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, to the Women’s March on Washington in 2019, there’s no more appropriate place to exercise one’s first amendment rights to freedom of speech, press, protest, and assembly than Washington, DC. Since 1790, our city has been the place where America’s laws are made and where the work and will of the People are done, yet DC citizens remain disenfranchised. As a federal district subject to federal approval for actions such as National Guard deployment to protect health, safety and wellbeing of its residents during times of violence and unrest our city, there’s no more important time than now for the District to have Statehood and for its citizens to have a voice in Congress.
The attempted coup and siege of the United States Capitol Building on Wednesday, January 6 was a manifestation of five years of racist rhetoric by this country’s President that has largely gone unchecked. These actions left DC residents vulnerable and in danger and without the authority to protect ourselves. Citizens of Washington, DC deserve representation. As the District of Columbia’s State Humanities Council, we call on Congress to make DC Statehood one of the first orders of business in the new Congressional session.