For Immediate Release

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Drew Courtney or Josh Glasstetter
Phone: 202-467-4999
Email: media@pfaw.org

DC Statehood Is a Racial Equity Issue

WASHINGTON - Following today's historic vote in the House of Representatives to make the District of Columbia a state, PFAW President Ben Jealous released the following statement:

“We applaud the House action today because D.C. statehood is a racial equity issue for everyone -- not just the people who live there.  At the global level, denying full citizenship to D.C.'s largely black and brown population sends an appalling message to the world.  At the national level, it perpetuates entrenched power in Congress that too often stymies real progress on racial equity. And at the local level, it creates deeply racially unjust outcomes for its residents, including shortchanging the district in recent relief for coronavirus.  It's long past time to make D.C. statehood a reality, and it should be a priority for all of us who care about equality and opportunity." 

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