Whereas, this nation is founded on the belief that all people are endowed with certain inalienable rights and that to secure these rights, governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; and
Whereas, the rights of the residents of the District of Columbia are abridged when the U.S. Congress imposes its will on local matters and denies them voting representation on federal issues in both houses of the U.S. Congress;
Whereas, the people of the District of Columbia are the only Americans who still bear all of the responsibilities of citizenship, but who do not enjoy all of the rights of citizenship, including authority over state and local matters and representation in both houses of Congress, making the District, in effect, a colony under Congressional jurisdiction; and
Whereas, statehood will ensure that residents of the District of Columbia enjoy full rights in state and local matters and voting representation in both houses of the U.S. Congress just like every other citizen of the United States of America, and is a matter of simple justice:
Therefore be it resolved that the Northern Virginia Ethical Society urges Congress to support granting the people of Washington, D.C. the full rights of American citizenship by making the residential and commercial areas of the District of Columbia the 51st State of New Columbia, while preserving a smaller federal district as the nation’s capital.