Green Party Forum on DC Statehood Feb 5: “Now Is The Time!”

WASHINGTON, DC — The DC Statehood Green Party is sponsoring a forum, with a panel and open discussion, on the growing demand for statehood for the District of Columbia on Thursday, February 5.

The forum, titled “DC Statehood, Now Is The Time!”, begins at 7:00 pm and will take place at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, in Building 39, Room 201..

The forum will feature an array of guest speakers. The following have confirmed:

• DC Senator Michael Brown
• DC Senator Paul Strauss
• DC Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. (Ward 5)
• DC Councilmember Michael Brown (At-Large)
• Ann Loikow, DC Statehood — Yes We Can Coalition (http://dcstatehoodyeswecan.org)
• Sam Smith, Progressive Review (http://prorev.com)
• Anise Jenkins, Stand Up! for Democracy in DC Coalition (http://www.freedc.org)
• WTOP radio host Mark Plotkin

Background: The DC Statehood Green Party, which holds major party status in Washington, DC, has led the political movement for DC statehood since the party was founded as the DC Statehood Party in 1970.

The party calls the District’s lack of self-government and voting representation part of the unfinished business of the civil rights struggle, and has challenged President Obama and Congress to enact DC statehood.

The DC Statehood Green Party has not supported ‘DC voting rights’ legislation granting the District a single voting seat in the US House, because of the plan’s lack of constitutionality and because the DC voting rights will not change the District’s status or end Congress’s power over District laws, policies, and budgets. Statehood Greens have argued that DC statehood can be achieved without passage of a constitutional amendment.

Ronald Hardy


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