Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Cry in the Wind...

There's a cry in the wind.  If we paused for just a moment, we'd hear it.  It's calling you and it's calling me to stop being complacent.  With each appalling incident where an innocent life is lost, it gets louder and louder.

There's a rustle in the wind.  If we took our eyes off of our devices for just a moment, we'd see it.  It's the step we can take, the thing we can do, the difference we can make.  It doesn't ask for much.  But it does ask.  With each appalling incident where an innocent life is lost, it gets more and more urgent.

 So here's my first, baby step...

It angers me to live in the United States in the 21st century without a vote in Congress.  I love being a native of Washington, DC.  I love the culture and the pulse of the city.  I love the diversity and the food.  I even love the rhythm that politics creates.  But I hate paying taxes with fewer rights than those who live in one of the fifty states.

There's a cry in the wind.  And it's calling for my voice and the voice of over 600,000 citizens of the nation's capital to join in.  But we have no voice because we are not a state.  We are governed by people that we did not elect.

"District citizens pay full federal taxes and serve in the military and die for our country but have no say in whether we go to war, what those taxes are, who serves on our federal courts or in the President's cabinet, or whether the United States should enter into various treaties and international obligations. We can't even spend our own local tax money freely. Congress is implicitly our 'state legislature' and does whatever it wants here, even things it would not dare to impose on their constituents back in their home states."  Excerpt from DC Statehood Yes We Can

There is a move for DC statehood.  And every citizen of the US can play a part.  Read "Why We Need DC Statehood" and "The Case for DC Statehood".  Then, write or call your representative and urge them to support statehood for the District of Columbia.  Sign the petition and ask everyone you know to do the same. 

To learn more about DC Statehood and what you can do to help, click here.

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