At this weeks DC Council’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced a bill to fund outreach and advocacy for the District’s Statehood effort.
The “District of Columbia Statehood Advocacy Act of 2017” would allocate almost $1 million to the New Columbia Statehood Fund to further the goals of statehood and voting rights for the people of the District of Columbia. Funding will be used to implement programs, convene an annual conference or symposium, procure lobbying services, launch a media campaign, and create an online petition campaign. The bill also provides compensation for members of the Statehood Delegation’s staff.
“This legislation would provide the resources needed for a public relations and advocacy campaign that brings the District’s case for Statehood to the American people,” said Councilmember Todd. “Our citizens deserve to enjoy the full democratic equality afforded to all Americans, and I am confident that if people across the country hear our message, they will be receptive to it, and demand action from their Congressional representatives.