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Youth Voices for DC Statehood
Calling all DC Youth between the ages of 11-18:

  • Use your creativity and talent to advocate for and educate others on DC Statehood.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three middle school and high school finalists in each category.
  • All participants will receive a certificate and honorable mention.



Awards Ceremony - September 2024 (Exact Date/Location TBA)

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Statehood for the District of Columbia

Why it Matters

Since 1801, the residents of the District of Columbia have had no representation in Congress.  Nor have they been able to govern themselves without interference from Congress.  District residents are required to fulfill all the obligations of U.S. citizenship—paying taxes, voting, and serving on juries and in the military ... but are denied a voice in our national government and sovereignty over state and local affairs. The people of Washington, D.C. deserve the same rights that the people in the 50 states enjoy.And in November 2016, DC citizens voted overwhelming in favor of petitioning Congress for statehood - the first step in the statehood process.

It’s time to explain to contacts all over the country about what happens to DC because we are not a state. Get more comfortable talking about it to friends, family, the person sitting next to you on the plane....

DC Statehood Factsheet: 10 Things to Know About Statehood

DC Statehood 101 Powerpoint - Click the button to download the powerpoint file.  

For more info, contact Anne Anderson,


DC Statehood Toolkit and Resources

The Toolkit is designed to provide educational resources for local leagues across the country to educate and engage local citizens and elected officials of the lack of full democracy in our nation's capital and encourage support of DC Statehood.  Click on the button to learn more about the toolkit and other resources for DC Statehood.


In July 2021, quilters nationwide were invited to celebrate the opportunity for Washington, DC to become the 51st state. The small quilts created celebrate the natural, historic, visual, and ethnic richness of the future Washington, Douglass Commonwealth, and speak to the challenge that DC residents continue to face to achieve full representation and the full rights of US citizenship. Generations of American quilters have used the needle arts to be their voice to speak to their passions and positions, and so too Quilts4DC Statehood makers have been inspired to express their ideas through fabric.  Click on the button to learn more.

Envisioning Statehood Series