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How Statehood Could Increase Equity for the People of DC

April 12, 2021 @ 1:30 pm 2:30 pm

Join the Urban Institute and the Urban–Greater DC initiative for a virtual discussion of what statehood would mean for Washington, DC, residents.

As Congress prepares to vote on legislation that considers statehood for DC, examining how the District’s status has affected residents and preserved inequities is critical. The disparities Washingtonians face have been highlighted during federal relief discussions and by the increased presence of federal troops over the last year.

But statehood is an issue that goes beyond congressional representation. Without full self-governance, DC residents have been denied the ability to make legislative decisions that affect the health, safety, and economic well-being of their communities. For the more than 700,000 Washingtonians, many of whom are people of color, DC statehood is an opportunity to receive the same rights as other Americans.   

This conversation will focus on the history of inequality in the city and the fight for statehood, as well as the economic and equity implications of statehood for DC residents.

  • Chris Myers Asch, Visiting Instructor, Colby College 
  • Johnny Barnes, former Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area 
  • Bo Shuff, Executive Director, DC Vote
  • Erica Williams, Executive Director, DC Fiscal Policy Institute 
  • Peter A. Tatian, Senior Fellow and Research Director for Urban–Greater DC, Urban Institute (moderator)