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DC Statehood & Home Rule

“Power concedes nothing without a demand.  It never has and it never will.”   Frederick Douglass

DC Statehood is not a partisan issue, it is a civil rights issue that requires nonpartisan and independent action.  As an Independent Barbara will tirelessly advocate and build coalitions across the partisan divide and among all Americans to achieve full voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia.  

As DC’s chief advocate for voting rights, Barbara will leverage the symbolism and history of Congress’s first vote on DC Statehood into a movement by raising the consciousness of all Americans to demand the rights of full citizenship for residents of the District of Columbia.  

A core value of citizenship is full autonomous Home Rule.  Barbara will fight to promote, protect and preserve the integrity of Home Rule.  Barbara will strategically partner with the Mayor of the District of Columbia to combat federal interference in local matters and to increase federal investment in affordable housing, child care and early childhood education, and local infrastructure systems. 


Barbara Washington Franklin for Congress
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