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Congratulations Senator Alex Padilla!

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January 20, 2021

The Honorable Alex Padilla
United States Senate
B03 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Padilla,

Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) congratulates you on your appointment as the first Latino United States Senator to represent the state of California. Your appointment is truly historic as you have replaced Kamala Harris, the first Black and South Asian woman elected to serve as Vice President of the United States of America.

Stand Up! (Free DC) is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia, which would give our 712,000 residents equal citizenship rights. Tax-paying DC residents have no voting representation in either the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives, no final say over our budget made up of locally raised tax dollars, no control over our judicial and penal system, Congress has final jurisdiction over our legislative process and our mayor cannot even call up our National Guard to protect the U.S. Capitol Building when help is gravely needed.

As you are a progressive Democrat, like your predecessor, we ask for your support by co-sponsoring the soon-to-be introduced companion legislation to H.R.51, the Washington, DC Admission Act, sponsored by our non-voting Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. H.R.51 was approved on the House floor for the first time in history in the 116th Congress and we look forward to its passage – with your support – in the 117th.

Again, congratulations on your appointment. We look forward to working with you and obtaining your support for DC statehood.


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Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) is the first community-based organization to advocate and educate for civil rights and full citizenship –
which can be achieved through DC statehood – for 712,000 residents of the District of Columbia since its founding in 1997.

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