FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2021
It’s Time to End the Disenfranchisement of Washington, D.C., Residents
WASHINGTON — As the House of Representative voted 216-208 to end the disenfranchisement of 700,000 residents of the District of Columbia, the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization urges the Senate to also recognize that without statehood, communities that disproportionately suffer the impact of gun violence are unable to act on lifesaving policy solutions. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has been a longstanding and vocal advocate for enfranchising District of Columbia residents, and urges the Senate to end the injustice of denying congressional representation to DC citizens, a plurality of whom are African-American.
Josh Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, issued the following statement:
“Today’s House vote to affirm the fundamental right to representation is long overdue. The 700,000 people living in Washington, D.C., a city where a plurality of residents are African-American and where many communities are disproportionately impacted by the tragedy of gun violence, have been unable to create and implement their own life-saving gun violence prevention policies because right-wing politicians in Congress from other states have meddled in local public safety efforts.
“D.C. residents pay taxes and serve in the military like Americans from every other state. Now is the time for the U.S. Senate to give the 700,000 citizens in the nation’s capital full and equal representation in Congress. We applaud Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s long and hard fight to build the momentum for D.C. statehood, and we call on senators from both parties to give D.C. residents the representation they deserve as the 51st state in the United States of America.”
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.