Mayor Bowser Presents: Becoming Douglass Commonwealth, from D.C. Disenfranchisement to Full Democracy
April 16th – 4:00 PM EST on DC Channel 16
For a first time in history, D.C. statehood bills will likely come up for votes in both houses during the 117th Congress. If past debates about D.C. statehood are any guide, the debates about these bills will be contentious and will focus largely on questions of history. Why should D.C. become a state? Can we admit new states into the Union? Or, is statehood for D.C. even constitutional?
These questions and more are explored in this hour-long special featuring city officials, congressional leaders, former mayors, historians, business leaders and statehood advocates. Covering more than two centuries of political machinations, legislative proposals, and local movements for self-determination, this insightful program chronicles the long and complicated journey towards Washington, District of Columbia becoming our 51st state, Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.