Washington, Douglass Commonwealth

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THE ENTIRE ACA THUS MUST FALL”

  • The House voted in support of Washington, D.C. statehood today, marking an historic milestone and bringing the nation’s capital the closest it has ever been to becoming a state. If passed, the District would become “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth,” incorporating both the city’s current name and that of the revolutionary Maryland-born abolitionist. Despite the fact that the District has a larger population than Wyoming and Vermont, residents have long been denied equal representation at the highest levels of government — and it’s far from over. Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues have pledged to oppose the bill when it reaches the Senate.
  • Sadly, opposition to D.C.’s full representation at the Federal level isn’t surprising. For decades, members of Congress have made counterfactual, racist accusations that D.C. can’t govern itself. By denying statehood to the District, the federal government has systematically disenfranchised over 700,000 people, the majority of whom are people of color. You can read CAP’s full statement on today’s historic vote here and learn more about the fight for statehood here.
  • The United States again outpaced our own record high increase in daily new confirmed coronavirus cases today. Experts say the pandemic is getting worse than it’s ever been here in the U.S., including back in April when we thought it had reached its worst point. Mike Pence, however, is following in Trump’s footsteps by ignoring the facts. When asked by reporters about the alarming case spikes in several states, all Pence had to offer today was thoughts and prayers. Sounds familiar.
  • This week marks the 7th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Shelby County v. Holder ruling, which gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and upended decades of progress in the fight against voter suppression. In the time since, state and local authorities have reverted to discriminatory practices that restrict the voting rights of Black, Latinx, Native, and Asian American people and have put up unnecessary roadblocks to the ballot.
  • This anniversary is a critical reminder that voter suppression is still very, very real in America. It’s up to us to push back against it to ensure all Americans have access to the ballot. Stay tuned next week to find out how you can help make voting safe and accessible ahead of November’s election.

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