The struggle surrounding D.C. Statehood has been both an issue of local and national importance for over thirty years. An active, and vocal, movement has sprung up around this issue, and political groups around the area continue to voice their concern regarding the District of Columbia's lack of representation in Congress. This tyranny is unacceptable, they say, while we are still subjected to all U.S. Federal taxes, yet continue to be denied full voting representation. The primary grievance surrounding this issue has been voiced both locally and nationally in the slogan, "Taxation without Representation."
Protecting the local democracy is essential to this cause. Proponents for D.C. Statehood are quick to note that the District has a larger population than Wyoming, yet Wyoming has the same number of senators as the State of California. Many believe that the close to 600,000 inhabitants of D.C. should have the same voice in how they are governed as the citizens of any State in the Union.
New Columbia, as the new state would be called, battles with this ongoing struggle for the right to representation. Debates from all angles of the political spectrum continue. And until Congress approves either a legislation or constitutional amendment, the fight will go on
"We are very excited to present DC Brau with the Raising the Bar award for Corporate Responsibility. In addition to brewing delicious beer, Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock are dedicated, longtime supporters of full equality for DC. Not only do they spotlight the cause on their website, but their beer cans also feature factoids about the history of DC politics. In addition to the cans, DC Brau's slogan is "Fermentation without Representation," a play on the "Taxation without Representation" slogan which adorns DC license plates. Both the cans and stickers have been amazing conversation starters about DC voting rights both in bars and on the street."
–DC Vote, www.DCVote.org
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