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It’s easy for the majority of Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity and political affiliation to ignore the fact that in the nation’s capital hundreds of thousands of people are denied full citizenship.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 21:02

Obama Silent on DC Statehood

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In his recent State of the Union (SOTU) address delivered to both chambers of the United States Congress before an international audience, President Obama didn’t mention his support of District statehood and that disappointed statehood activists and District residents.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) as well as other city leaders, District statehood activists, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus have developed a wait-and-see attitude toward the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Friday, 13 January 2017 20:38

Obama Fails to Speak On DC Statehood

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Not everyone in the District was pleased with President Obama’s last State of the Union address.  

Johnny Barnes, one of the District’s most well-known civil rights attorneys, was celebrated for his work defending those who have had legal problems with the city government.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 20:25

DC Statehood Backers Push On

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The push to make the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia a state won’t stop District leaders and statehood activists are saying. 

When the D.C. Council is sworn in for its 22nd Council period on Jan. 2, 2017, there will be a dearth of women of color on it even though Black females constitute the largest population bloc in the city.

As this issue of The Common Denominator goes to press, Congress has yet to take final action on the District of Columbia’s annual appropriation. 

I am writing my maiden column for The Common Denominator a little over an hour after being released from jail.

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