SUPPORT STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Without statehood, residents of the Distric

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SUPPORT STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Without statehood, residents of the District of Columbia are denied fundamental rights. They are politically disenfranchised. Every law duly passed by District legislators is subject to the whims and political winds of Congress. Every cent raised exclusively in the District can be allocated as Congress sees fit. District citizens must fulfill all the obligations of citizenship, including paying taxes and military service, yet have no decisive Congressional vote. Yet the District of Columbia has nearly as many or more people than six states, each of which has two Senators. District residents may more in federal taxes than eight states, and more per capita than 40 of the 50 states. Of the 115 nations in the world with elected national legislatures, the U.S. stands alone in denying representation to the residents of its capital. Under the New Columbia Admission Act (H.R. 51 and S. 898) key federal buildings, agencies and monuments (primarily the White House, Capital and buildings adjacent to the Mall) will remain the federal seat of government as the District of Columbia. The remaining territory will be admitted into the Union as the state of New Columbia. Write or call your Members of Congress. Urge them to support the New Columbia Admission Act to give residents the full rights enjoyed by other citizens - the right to self determination, full and equal voting representation in Congress and local budgetary, legislative and judicial autonomy. ============================================================= ACLU Free Reading Room | A publications and information resource of the gopher://aclu.org:6601 | American Civil Liberties Union National Office ftp://aclu.org | mailto:infoaclu@aclu.org | "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty"

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