Ward One Democrats
Resolution on D.C. Statehood
Whereas this nation is founded on the belief that all people are endowed with certain inalienable rights and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed;
Whereas the rights of the residents of the District of Columbia are denied when the U.S. Congress imposes its will on local matters and abrogates our voting representation on federal issues in both houses of the U.S. Congress;
Whereas the people of the District of Columbia are the only Americans who still bear all of the responsibilities of citizenship, but who do not enjoy all of the rights of citizenship, including local sovereignty and representation in both houses of Congress, making the District, in effect, a colony under Congressional jurisdiction;
Whereas statehood will ensure that residents of the District of Columbia enjoy full sovereign rights in state and local matters, voting representation in both houses of the U.S. Congress, and an unrestricted vote for President, just like every other citizen of the United States of America, and is a matter of simple justice;
Therefore be it resolved that the Ward One Democratic Committee urges the District of Columbia Democratic State Committee to demand the Democratic National Committee to endorse statehood for the District of Columbia and put D.C. statehood back into the National Democratic Party platform;
Be it further resolved that the Ward One Democratic Committee demands Congress to use its powers under Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution and admit the District of Columbia as the 51st State of the Union.
Approved by the Ward One Democratic Committee on May 21, 2011.