New Columbia Statehood Commission convenes Constitutional Convention, 6/18/16

>> THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION IS CALLED TO ORDER LET ME RUN THROUGH A FEW THINGS AND THEN WE WILL HAVE THE HONOR GUARD COME IN I’M ASSUMING, YES WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO BE OUT OF HERE BY 1:00 FOLKS WHO WANTED TO SPEAK HAVE TO SIGN UP AND AT SOME POINT THAT LIST IS GOING TO CLOSE SO IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP AND YOU REALLY WANT TO SPEAK MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON THE LIST NOW AND I BELIEVE THAT LIST IS OUT IN THE FRONT WE’RE GOING TO BEGIN EVEN THOUGH THE MAYOR IS NOT HERE YET, SHE CALLED AND SAID SHE IS ON HER WAY AND WE SHOULD BEGIN AND THERE WILL BE A COUPLE OF CHANGES WHICH I GUESS I WILL EXPLAIN AT THE — AFTER WE HAVE THE HONOR GUARD AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE SO IF YOU WOULD ALL RISE FOR THE HONOR GUARD [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] >> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL >> CHAIR: PLEASE BE SEATED BEFORE I TURN TO MY COLLEAGUES HERE, I JUST WANT TO MENTION A COUPLE OF THINGS COMMENTS CLOSE TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT TESTIMONY CAN BE SUBMITTED ONLINE UNTIL THEN AND THE ONLINE ADDRESS IS IN THE MATERIALS THAT HAVE BEEN HANDED OUT THE PARLIAMENTARIAN TODAY IS FRED COOK THE SEATS NEXT TO THE MICROPHONES ARE THOSE WHO ARE NEXT TO TESTIFY WHAT WE HAVE IS I’M GOING TO TURN TO MY COLLEAGUES IN A MOMENT AND THEN MR. COOK WILL COME FORWARD TO EXPLAIN THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT AND THEN WE WILL HEAR FROM SEVERAL SPEAKERS INCLUDING KARL RACINE, OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL, WALTER SMITH, KEITH PERRY, LUIS TORRES, KIM KEENAN, AND ALSO COUNCILMEMBER NADEAU AND I DON’T THINK I SAID THAT IN THE ORDER THAT EVERYBODY WILL BE RECOGNIZED I THINK COUNCILMEMBER NADEAU WILL BE AFTER THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THEN WE WILL HAVE OPPORTUNITY FOR RESIDENT TESTIMONY AND DISCUSSION AND THE MICROPHONE WILL BE THERE THOSE WHO ARE SPEAKING, THE NAMES I JUST READ, WILL COME UP

HERE AND BUT THEN THERE IS A MICROPHONE OVER THERE AND I BELIEVE SENATOR STRAUSS IS GOING TO TAKE OVER IN A MINUTE BECAUSE WE’RE TRYING TO SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES HERE, AND SO HE WILL BE CALLING FOLKS FORWARD WITH THAT, LET ME TURN TO MY COLLEAGUES AND ASK IF THEY HAVE ANY OPENING REMARKS SENATOR STRAUSS? >> THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN IT IS AGAIN AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE AS WE CONVENE THIS THIRD AND FINAL SESSION OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION I WANT TO KEEP MY REMARKS BRIEF TODAY BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY ABOUT HEARING FROM YOU, THE DELEGATES, TO THIS CONVENTION, THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO STAYED LATE WITH US LAST NIGHT WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO ARE HERE EARLY WITH US THIS SATURDAY MORNING AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS HISTORIC PROCESS WITH US >> SENATOR BROWN? >> THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HEAR TESTIMONY ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION WE HAVE BEEN AT THIS NOW FOR A LITTLE OVER TWO MONTHS WE’VE HEARD A LOT OF COMMENTS SOME PEOPLE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A PROBLEM WITH THE PROCESS WE HEAR EVERYTHING YOU ARE SAYING, AND I MYSELF HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE GONE ON HERE BUT WE’VE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT THIS IS NOT A PERFECT PROCESS WE CAN’T KILL THE GOOD IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT WE NEED TO GET THIS ON THE BALLOT WE HAVE OVER 300 COMMENTS HERE FROM PEOPLE THERE HAS BEEN MORE ENTHUSIASM ABOUT THIS INITIATIVE THAN ANYTHING I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN SINCE I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE STATEHOOD MOVEMENT AND THAT’S BEEN TEN YEARS NOW SO I ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO STEP UP TO THE MICROPHONE, LET US KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, LET US TAKE YOUR COMMENTS INTO CONSIDERATION AND LET’S MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS, BECAUSE THIS IS OUR TIME WE HAVE GOT A PRESIDENT THAT SAYS I’M FOR IT WE’VE GOT TWO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WHO ONE IS A COSPONSOR OF OUR BILL IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE AND ONE HAS SAID MY CANDIDATE, HILLARY CLINTON, SAID SHE IS GOING TO FIGHT FOR THIS WHEN SHE BECOMES PRESIDENT SO NOW IS OUR TIME AND LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THIS DONE AND WE GET IT ON THE BALLOT THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> ALL RIGHT THANK YOU SO MUCH GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY LAST NIGHT WE HAD A VERY LARGE TURN OUT WE HAD THIS PLACE HALF FULL AND WE’RE HOPING THAT TODAY WE HAVE A SIMILAR TURN OUT I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE ROBERT WHITE, WHO IS AN INCREDIBLE ADVOCATE FOR STATEHOOD AND I JUST WANTED THE — WON THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY THANK YOU SO MUCH [ APPLAUSE ] >> I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE TECHNICIANS WHO ARE PUTTING THIS TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE COMFORT OF THE WONDERFUL SOUND AND WE CAN GO ONLINE AND WATCH THIS HEARING OVER AND OVER THANK YOU FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB AND LASTLY WE ALSO WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE INTERNS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR OFFICE WHO ARE ALSO DOING — MAKING SURE THAT ALL OF THIS GETS IN THE RIGHT PLACE SO THANK YOU SO MUCH AND VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE AS WE COME TO THE END OF THIS I GUESS THE CITIZENRY PARTICIPATORY PROCESS WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF THE COMMENTS AND PUTTING THEM IN A WAY THAT CAN BE ADDRESSED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES TO THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY >> AND THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN UNDER THE RULES OF OUR COMMISSION, AS THE RANKING MEMBER I GENERALLY ONLY PRESIDE IN THE ABSENCE OF EITHER THE MAYOR OR THE CHAIR, BUT I APPRECIATE YOU YIELDING TO ME AND ALLOWING THIS RESPONSIBILITY AND OPPORTUNITY PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMMUNICATION AND MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION LET ME BRING UP OUR PARLIAMENTARIAN MR. FRED COOK WHO WILL ADDRESS THE RULES OF THE DAY MR. COOK, YOU COULD ENTER THE STAGE FROM EITHER STAIR THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE WITH US THIS MORNING, COUNSEL >> GOOD MORNING AND THANK YOU, COMMISSION MEMBERS, FOR AFFORDING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I’M HAPPY TO BE HERE AS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND A PERSON WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE EFFORT FOR STATEHOOD FOR A WHILE I’M HAPPY TO SEE THIS EFFORT ONGOING AND AM OPTIMISTIC THAT THESE EFFORTS WILL BEAR FRUIT AS SOME OF YOU, MOST OF YOU HOPEFULLY KNOW, WE ARE EMBARKED ON A STATEHOOD EFFORT FOLLOWING

WHAT IS FREQUENTLY REFERRED TO AS THE TENNESSEE PLAN THAT IS TO SAY THE PLAN BY WHICH TENNESSEE WAS ADMITTED TO THE UNION IN 1796, AND THAT EFFORT FUNDAMENTALLY REQUIRES THAT THE CITIZENS OF AN AREA THAT WISH TO BECOME A STATE DO FOUR THINGS THEY EVIDENCE THEIR DESIRE TO BECOME A STATE THROUGH SOME SORT OF VOTE BY THE PEOPLE THEY ADOPT A CONSTITUTION THAT IS — THAT HAS A REPRESENTATIVE FORM OF GOVERNMENT THEY HAVE LEGAL BOUNDARIES THAT THEY’VE ESTABLISHED AND WE’VE HAD A PRESENTATION FROM THE OFFICE OF PLANNING THAT HAS A BOUNDS DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW STATE THAT WILL BE FOUNDED AND THE CITIZENS AGAIN VOTE AND THIS WHOLE THING IS DESIGNED TO PRODUCE A VOTE AMONGST THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THAT PACKAGE WILL BE SENT ON TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES FOR ACTION BY THE CONGRESS IT IS IMPORTANT THROUGH THIS PROCESS THAT CITIZENS PARTICIPATE AND PROVIDE INPUT INTO THAT DOCUMENT WHICH WILL BE THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE NEW STATE, AND WE ARE GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT NOW ABOUT WHAT SOME OF THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES THAT WE HAVE BEEN USING TO SHAPE OUR CONSTITUTION AS YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A CONSTITUTION RATIFIED BY THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN 1982 THERE WAS A SECOND RATIFIED BY THE COUNCIL BUT NOT BY THE CITIZENS IN 1987 SINCE 1987, THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MOST NOTABLY THE CREATION BY THE CITIZENS OF THE OFFICE OF AN ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL THERE HAS BEEN THE IMPOSITION OF A CONTROL BOARD WHICH IS NOT DONE BY THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PROPERLY DONE TO THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUT IN ANY EVENT THAT POSITION OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER WAS CREATED IN OUR GOVERNMENT SO A NUMBER OF US WHO WERE ADVISING THE STATEHOOD COMMISSION ADVISED THAT WE NEEDED TO UPDATE OUR CONSTITUTION TO ACCOMMODATE THESE CHANGES THAT HAD HAPPENED SINCE 1987 AT LEAST AND SO WE HAVE TRIED TO DO THAT AND WE’VE BEEN GUIDED BY A NUMBER OF PRINCIPLES IN CREATING OR MODIFYING THE 1987 VERSION OF THE CONSTITUTION WE HAVE TRIED TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES WITH THE BASIC CURRENT GOVERNING STRUCTURE AND WE WANT TO BUILD UPON THE WORK OF STATEHOOD EFFORTS IN THE 1980’S BUT SIMPLIFY AND MODERNIZE THE CONSTITUTION WE WANT TO ESTABLISH THE STRUCTURES NECESSARY FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT WE WANT TO EMPOWER THE LEGISLATURE AND EXECUTIVE TO GOVERNOR IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE WHO ELECT THEM WE WANT TO PRODUCE ORDERLY AND RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE WE WANT TO REFLECT THE VALUES AND DISTRICT RESIDENTS AND WE WANT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE DISTRICT MERITS CONGRESSIONAL ADMISSION AS A STATE BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY THIS PROCESS REQUIRES APPROVAL BY THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE SO WITH THAT WE’VE EMBARKED ON THIS PROCESS AND THIS WEEK HAVE HAD A SERIES OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS AND TODAY AS YOU WERE TOLD EARLIER IS THE LAST OF THOSE THREE AND FOR PURPOSES OF THIS CONVENTION WE HAVE A SERIES OF RULES OF ENGAGEMENT THIS IS NONPARTISAN NOT ABOUT A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN OR A GREEN THING THIS IS A NONPARTISAN CONVENTION AND WE WOULD EXPECT THAT ATTENDEES WOULD RESPECT ALL OF THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY PERSONS OF WHATEVER POLITICAL PERSUASION THEY MIGHT BE THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE NEW COLUMBIA STATEHOOD COMMISSION WILL CHAIR ALL OF THE SESSIONS AS THEY ARE DOING THIS ONE EACH SESSION HAS A TOPIC ASSIGNED AND THIS TOPIC FOR THIS EVENT IS ARTICLE 3 OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE JUDICIAL BRANCH ARTICLE 7, WHICH IS MISCELLANEOUS, AND ARTICLE 8 ARE THE TRANSFERS OF OFFICES FROM THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT THE THIRD RULE FOR THIS CONVENTION IS THAT ALL RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE DEEMED TO BE DELEGATES ALL OF YOU ARE DELEGATES OF THE CONVENTION ALL OF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE INPUT ALL OF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE COMMENT TESTIMONY WILL FOLLOW THE RULES ESTABLISHED IN THE PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE NEW COLUMBIA STATEHOOD COMMISSION WHICH IS TO SAY INDIVIDUAL SPEAKERS WILL HAVE

THREE MINUTES TO TESTIFY AND ORGANIZATIONS WILL HAVE FIVE MINUTES DELEGATES MAY ALSO SUBMIT WRITTEN TESTIMONY UP TO THREE PAGES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FIVE PAGES FOR ORGANIZATIONS AN INDIVIDUAL CAN ONLY TESTIFY ONCE DURING EACH SESSION ALL COMMENTS WILL BE GIVEN EQUAL WEIGHT FOR REVIEW BY THE NEW COLUMBIA STATEHOOD COMMISSION I WOULD LIKE TO REEMPHASIZE THAT THAT ALL COMMENTS, WHETHER THEY ARE MADE HERE TODAY ORALLY, WHETHER COMMENTS ARE SUBMITTED IN WRITING, WHETHER COMMENTS ARE SUBMITTED VIA E-MAIL, WHETHER YOU STOP ONE OF THE COMMISSIONERS IN THE GROCERY STORE AND TELL HIM OR HER WHAT YOU WANT ALL COMMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED, ALL COMMENTS HAVE THE SAME WEIGHT THERE IS NO PRIORITIZATION IN THAT REGARD ONLINE TESTIMONY WILL BE GIVEN EQUAL WEIGHT TO IN-PERSON TESTIMONY THE ULTIMATE DECISION OF ALL AMENDMENTS AND COMMENTS WILL BE THAT OF THE NEW COLUMBIA STATEHOOD COMMISSION BY A MAJORITY VOTE AND FINAL APPROVAL OF THE CONSTITUTION WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE VOTERS ON THE NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION SO THOSE ARE THE RULES BY WHICH WE HOPE TO MOVE THIS PROCESS FORWARD TODAY, AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL AT A POINT IN THE FUTURE PRODUCE A CONSTITUTION THAT YOU AND OTHER CITIZENS CAN VOTE ON AS MR. MENDELSON SAID THE COMMENT PERIOD WILL BE CLOSED AT A DATE THAT IS YET TO BE DETERMINED >> TONIGHT >> OKAY, TONIGHT THE COMMENT PERIOD IT CLOSES THE COMMENT PERIOD >> MIDNIGHT >> MIDNIGHT SO IF YOU HAVE COMMENTS OF WHATEVER TYPE THEY NEED TO BE IN BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT ANYTHING ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS, I THINK I CONFUSED EVERYBODY >> THANK YOU, COUNSELOR WELL DONE [ APPLAUSE ] >> OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS THE FIRST ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LET ME JUST SAY AS MR. KARL RACINE COMES UP, I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE VOTING ON WHETHER TO AMEND OUR CHARTER I WAS PART OF THAT CHARTER COMMITTEE AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE FELT WAS SO IMPORTANT NOT JUST TO HAVE AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY GENERAL BUT A LOT OF US FELT THAT THIS WAS ONE STEP CLOSER TO STATEHOOD AND INDEED IT HAS PROVEN TO BE JUST THAT THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THANK YOU FOR SERVING AS OUR FIRST ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL MR. KARL RACINE [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FIRST AND FOREMOST RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THE COMMISSION AND MR. CHAIRMAN, REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATORS AND OF COURSE MAYOR BOWSER’S TEAM IN PARTICULAR, I WANT TO REALLY GIVE A SHOUT OUT BEFORE I GET STARTED TO THE MAYOR’S SENIOR COUNSEL, BEVERLY PERRY WHO HAS BEEN INFATIGUABLE IN THIS EFFORT [ APPLAUSE ] >> AND LIKE ALL EXCELLENT STAFF AS YOU KNOW THE INTERNS, YOU DO YOUR WORK SOMETIMES WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC ACCLAIM THOUGH OF COURSE YOU WILL GET CRITICIZED FOR IT SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LEADING US THROUGHOUT THIS, MISS PERRY GOOD MORNING, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MY NAME IS KARL RACINE AND I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING AS THE DISTRICT’S FIRST ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO SPEAK TO YOU THIS MORNING VERY BRIEFLY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT BUSINESS OF BUILDING A LEGALLY SOUND CONSTITUTION ON THE ROAD TO STATEHOOD THE CONVENTION AND THE CONSTITUTION WE’RE ENGAGED IN WRITING IS A CRUCIAL STEP ON THE ROAD TOWARDS STATEHOOD BUT AS WE ALL KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN WELL ON OUR WAY TO BUILDING A HEALTHY, ROBUST, DEMOCRATIC STATE GOVERNMENT FOR YEARS NOW LET’S LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE THAT’S WHAT LAWYERS DO FOR MORE THAN 15 YEARS NOW, WE BALANCED OUR BUDGET CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT POSITIVELY DISTINGUISHES US FROM OUR CONGRESSIONAL OVERSEERS IN FACT — [ APPLAUSE ] >> IN FACT, WITH REPEATED ANNUAL SURPLUSES AND FULLY FUNDED PENSION PROGRAMS, OUR FINANCES ARE THE ENVY OF VIRTUALLY EVERY OTHER CITY AND STATE IN THE NATION WE BOLSTERED THE INTEGRITY OF OUR GOVERNMENT, STRENGTHENING OUR ETHICS LAWS AND ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION WE HAVE MORE TO DO ON THAT FRONT AND I KNOW WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WE WILL ENACT LEGISLATION THAT DOES JUST THAT WE HAVE VASTLY IMPROVED OUR

GOVERNMENT SERVICES, ENDING COURT OVERSIGHT IN MULTIPLE CASES OVER MULTIPLE AGENCIES, IMPROVING OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM AND PROVIDING INNOVATIVE NEW SERVICES THAT WE HAVE — THAT WE HAVE IMITATED BY OUR PEER STATES THAT HAVE BEEN IMITATED BY OUR PEER STATES WE HAVE MORE TO DO ON THAT FRONT AND I’M SURE WITH AN ACTIVE CITIZENRY WE WILL ACCOMPLISH SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN THE FUTURE AND WE’VE TAKEN ONE OF THE FINAL STEPS TO BRING US IN LINE WITH 43 OTHER STATES, AND THAT IS ESTABLISHING AN INDEPENDENT OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT IS ABSOLUTELY EVERY DAY DIRECTLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PUBLIC IF IT WEREN’T SO OFFENSIVE, I WOULD FIND IT FASCINATING THAT PEOPLE SO FREQUENTLY TELL THE DISTRICT THAT WE HAVEN’T EARNED THE RIGHT TO STATEHOOD LET’S JUST SAY FOR SAKE OF ARGUMENT THAT WE SHOULD HAVE TO EARN THAT RIGHT TO STATEHOOD DON’T YOU THINK WE MADE AN EXTRAORDINARILY STRONG CASE FOR IT? [ APPLAUSE ] I THINK THAT MORE THAN 10,000 NET NEW RESIDENTS ARE MOVING TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA EVERY YEAR PROVES OUR POINT PEOPLE ARE MOVING HERE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE PART OF AN EXTRAORDINARY, EXCITING, INNOVATIVE, DYNAMIC COMMUNITY THAT IS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA NOW, I MENTIONED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AS AN INDEPENDENT ENTITY AND AS AN IMPORTANT MILE MARKER ON THE ROAD TO STATEHOOD AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY GENERAL CHARGED WITH PROTECTING THE PUBLIC INTEREST PROVIDES THE CHECKS AND BALANCES NECESSARY FOR AN ACCOUNTABLE, ROBUST AND HEALTHY DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THERE HAVE BEEN TENSIONS AS WE HAVE WORKED OUT THIS NEW FORM OF GOVERNMENT BUT EVEN THIS HEALTHY TENSION IS THE MARK OF A ROBUST DEMOCRACY IT MEANS RESIDENTS HAVE MULTIPLE AVENUES TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD AND THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS MUST CONDITION AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PUBLIC BY THE OFFICIALS CHARGED WITH EXECUTING AND INTERPRETING OUR LAWS IS CRUCIAL THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL IS TAKING PART IN THE PROCESS TO PROVIDE THE ASSISTANCE NECESSARY TO ENSURE OUR DRAFT CONSTITUTION IS LEGALLY SOUND AND EMBODIES ALL OF THE BEST PRACTICES AND PRINCIPLES WE KNOW FROM WELL-ORGANIZED STATE GOVERNMENTS THOSE PRINCIPLES, AS MR. COOK ARTICULATED WELL ARE THE SEPARATION OF POWERS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUFFICIENT REPRESENTATION THAT’S THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL’S ROLE IN THIS PROCESS YOUR ROLE NOW IS TO STAND UP AND DEMAND STATEHOOD PEOPLE SAY THE RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT DON’T ACTUALLY CARE THAT MUCH ABOUT STATEHOOD THEY SAY THAT WHEN IT COUNTS WE DON’T REALLY TURN OUT THAT THEY SEE THE SAME ADVOCATES YEAR AFTER YEAR WELL, NOW IS THE TIME TO DISPEL THAT NOTION FREDERICK DOUGLASS ONCE SAID POWER CONCEDES NOTHING WITHOUT A DEMAND THIS IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE TO THE NATION AND TO DEMAND STATEHOOD SO I URGE YOU THIS MORNING TO MAKE THAT DEMAND AND AS YOU DO THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL IS HERE TO ENSURE THAT THAT DEMAND IS WITH THE BROADER PRINCIPLES OF A HEALTHY AND ROBUST DEMOCRACY DEMAND STATEHOOD [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU, MR. RACINE OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE WALTER SMITH, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE APPLESEED COMMISSION I’M SORRY, NO, COUNCILMEMBER BRIANNE NADEAU >> THANK YOU AND GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS TOO POLITE SOMETIMES I CALL THEM, I OFTEN CALL THEM OUR CONGRESSIONAL OVERLORDS SO I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT STATEHOOD A LOT LATELY AND MY FAVORITE PLACE TO DO THAT IS IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AND SO I WAS TALKING TO A GROUP OF SECOND GRADERS THE OTHER DAY AND SECOND GRADERS ARE ACTUALLY THEY ARE AT THAT POINT WHERE THEY ARE STARTING TO LEARN ABOUT CIVICS AND THEY HAVE LOTS OF EXCITING IDEAS THEY WERE GIVING ME LOTS OF IDEAS FOR THE CONSTITUTION SO I’LL BE PASSING THOSE ALONG ALONG THE LINES OF MORE CANDY AND THOSE SORTS OF THINGS YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU ARE TALKING TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN THAT AGE GROUP, YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE

VERY DIRECT, RIGHT? AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I ALWAYS START OFF BY ASKING THE CHILDREN IS, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE IN AMERICA DESERVES THE SAME RIGHTS AND REPRESENTATION AS EVERYONE ELSE? RAISE YOUR HAND AND, OF COURSE, RIGHT, THEY RAISE THEIR HANDS THERE’S ALWAYS ONE OR TWO, RIGHT? FROM MARYLAND USUALLY [LAUGHTER] IN ANY CASE, NOT HATING ON MARYLAND WE NEED THEIR HELP FOR LOTS OF THINGS BUT IT’S VERY BASIC, RIGHT? IT’S A VERY BASIC PRINCIPLE IF YOU LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS YOUR NEIGHBOR IN ANY OTHER STATE, CITY, OR ANY NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE BELIEVE THAT VERY STRONGLY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THE WAY THAT WE WELCOME OUR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY AND HOW WE FOUGHT FOR EQUALITY FOR ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS OVER THE YEARS AND SO IT’S SOMETHING THAT I HAVE BEEN CARRYING AROUND WITH ME AND TALKING WITH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE THEY ALSO GET EXCITED THAT SOMEDAY THEY MIGHT HAVE THEIR OWN STAR ON THAT FLAG OVER THERE IT’S A REALLY POWERFUL THING THIS WEEK I HAVE ALSO BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE AND THINKING ABOUT HOW IF WE COULD HAVE VOTING MEMBERS OF THE SENATE PARTICIPATE IN THIS DIALOGUE AND I MENTION THAT NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO LAST WEEKEND, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE VIOLENCE THAT WE SEE ON OUR STREETS EVERY DAY WE HAD TWO VERY VIOLENT INCIDENTS IN WARD 1 THIS WEEK VERY, VERY UPSETTING, NOT ONLY TO THE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND THEIR FAMILIES, BUT ALSO ALL OF OUR RESIDENTS WHO REALLY WANT TO FEEL EVERY DAY LIKE WE LIVE IN A SAFE COMMUNITY WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD TOUGH LAWS AND TOUGH POLICY, BUT IT IS CONTINUALLY UNDERMINED BY CONGRESS AND BY THE COURTS AND UNTIL WE HAVE STATEHOOD AND UNTIL WE HAVE VOICES IN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE TO VOTE FOR US ON THESE ISSUES, WE ARE NOT GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WE ARE NOT THAT’S WHAT I CARRY WITH ME TODAY AS WE MEET AND I WANT TO TELL YOU I HAVE ALSO BEEN TRAVELING QUITE A BIT LATELY TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE ABOUT STATEHOOD I REALIZED LAST YEAR IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SOME OF OUR STATEHOOD COALITION FRIENDS THAT THERE ARE OTHER PLACES WE CAN HAVE VOICES I HAVE BEEN AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES I HAVE BEEN AT THE YOUNG ELECTED OFFICIALS NETWORK I HAVE BEEN AT THE DEMOCRATIC MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS NETWORK AND EVERYWHERE I GO, I TALK TO THEM ABOUT STATEHOOD AND IT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS IF IT’S A DEMOCRAT, THE PERSON SAYS RIGHT, WE SHOULD GET YOU STATEHOOD, LET’S DO IT AND IF IT’S A REPUBLICAN, IT’S A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED THE OTHER DAY I WAS IN A CONVERSATION WITH ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES FROM MISSISSIPPI AND HE SAID TO ME, WELL, D.C. IS NOT A STATE IN THE CONSTITUTION SAID, WAS MISSISSIPPI? THOUGHT ABOUT THAT FOR A LITTLE WHILE I MIGHT HAVE GOT HIM IN THE END YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW FUN IT IS WITH THE DEMOCRATS AT THESE MEETINGS TO WATCH ME CHASE AROUND THE REPUBLICANS WITH MY ARGUMENTS BY THE END, THE DEMOCRATS CAN MAKE THE ARGUMENTS WITH ME BECAUSE THEY ARE LISTENING AND UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH YOU DON’T NEED TO HEAR ME LIST OUT ALL THE REASONS WE DESERVE FULL REPRESENTATION YOU KNOW, ONE THAT MOVES ME THE MOST IS THAT OUR PEOPLE GO AND FIGHT AND SERVE IN THE MILITARY MY FIANCÉ IS A VETERAN AND I THINK ABOUT THAT A LOT AND THE SERVICE HE DID IN AFGHANISTAN AND HE WILL SOON BE A D.C RESIDENT AS WELL THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT I REALLY AM OUT THERE TALKING ABOUT AND I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I’M EXCITED TO BE HERE TODAY TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU I’M EXCITED THERE WAS SUCH A ROBUST DISCUSSION LAST NIGHT TODAY’S EFFORTS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT IN MOVING US FORWARD AND I PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO BE FIGHTING FOR STATEHOOD EVERYWHERE I GO IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME, ALSO, TO MENTION HOW EXCITED I AM THAT WE HAVE A PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE A PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE WHO HAS BEEN SO STRONG ON THIS, AND THAT WE MAY JUST HAVE A WOMAN PRESIDENT WHO’S GOING TO HELP US MOVE THIS FORWARD [APPLAUSE] SO I THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME A FEW MINUTES COMMISSION, I APPRECIATE IT AND I THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING AND LOOK FORWARD TO A GREAT DISCUSSION TODAY THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COUNCILMEMBER NADEAU AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AT THE STATE LEGISLATURES, YOUNG ELECTED OFFICIALS IT’S CRITICAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO MAKE OUTREACH THERE WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY — YOU TALKED ABOUT THE FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BY THE FIRST WOMAN GOVERNOR SOON TO BE [LAUGHTER] OF THE NEW STATE [APPLAUSE] OUR COMMISSION CHAIR, MAYOR BOWSER >> MAYOR: THANK YOU THANK YOU, SENATOR

I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR BEING HERE TODAY AND THE ENTIRE COMMISSION AND ALL THE DELEGATES WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW EXCITING THE DISCUSSION HAS BEEN WE HAVE GOTTEN GREAT COMMENTS, GREAT FEEDBACK BUT MORE THAN THAT, I THINK THAT WE IN THE CITY ARE FEELING THE MOMENTUM GROW CERTAINLY AS I TRAVEL AROUND THE CITY AND INDEED AROUND THE NATION, I ALSO HEAR PEOPLE ASKING US ABOUT IT WE SAW THE “WASHINGTON POST” PUT UP A VIDEO DESCRIBING THE SITUATION THAT WE FACE IN WASHINGTON, D.C AND IT WAS A VIDEO THAT GOT THE MOST HITS OF ANYTHING THAT THEY HAVE DONE WE HAVE SEEN NATIONAL COVERAGE OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE YESTERDAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON THE “MEET THE PRESS” DAILY SHOW WHEN CHUCK TODD WAS HERE, HE SAID I WAS SURPRISED BY THE FEEDBACK I THINK WHAT IS CRITICAL RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS IS THAT WE HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY AND PERHAPS NOT UNIQUE, BUT A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO GATHER ALL OF OUR THOUGHTS TOGETHER AND GET A NEW VOTE ON STATEHOOD, UPDATE OUR CONSTITUTION AND PRESENT A TOTAL PACKAGE TO A NEW PRESIDENT AND A NEW CONGRESS I WAS VERY ENCOURAGED BY THE CONVERSATION WE HAD LAST NIGHT BECAUSE WE HAD A FUTURE CONGRESSMAN FROM MARYLAND WHO KNOWS THE ISSUE INSIDE AND OUT, BACK AND FORTH IT’S ONE THING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT IT AS WASHINGTONIANS BUT IT IS HARD TO BE A PROPHET IN YOUR OWN LAND, AS THEY SAY AND TO HAVE THE FUTURE CONGRESSMAN FROM MARYLAND BEING AN ADVOCATE, KNOWING THE ISSUES AND BEING WILLING TO COME AND TALK ABOUT THEM WITH US RIGHT NOW WAS SO IMPORTANT AND HE TOO THOUGHT WE WERE AT A CRITICAL POINT AND THE MOMENTUM IS BUILDING AND THAT IT WOULD MAKE PERFECT SENSE TO HAVE THIS PACKAGE READY ON JANUARY 22nd WHEN WE HAVE — WHAT SHOULD I SAY? A NEW PRESIDENT IN TOWN I WAS GOING TO SAY SOMETHING ELSE, BUT I WON’T AND I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT SO I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND THE MANY, MANY HOURS THAT PEOPLE HAVE PUT IN TO GET US HERE A VERY DIVERSE SMART GROUP OF PEOPLE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO ASSIST THE COMMISSION AND WE’RE VERY THANKFUL FOR THEIR EFFORTS BUT I’M READY TO GET ON WITH THE THIRD DAY OF THE CONVENTION THANKS FOR KICKING THINGS OFF >> THANK YOU I’D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR COUNCILMEMBER FROM WARD 2 [APPLAUSE] JACK EVANS THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE >> GOOD MORNING >> NO ONE RECOGNIZES ME OUT OF MY BLUE SUIT AND WHITE SHIRT BUT IT’S SATURDAY MORNING IT’S ERRAND DAY, RIGHT? [LAUGHTER] SO I’M DOING ERRANDS BUT I DON’T WANT TO MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BY AND GREET ALL OF YOU AND, FIRST OF ALL, THANK OUR MAYOR WHO HAS REALLY, REALLY LED THE CHARGE ON STATEHOOD THIS TIME AROUND AND IS DOING A FABULOUS JOB, WHO HAS COME UP WITH A NOVEL APPROACH SO LET’S GIVE MAYOR BOWSER ANOTHER ROUND OF APPLAUSE THANK YOU, MAYOR BOWSER, FOR REALLY LEADING THIS AND THE REST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, OUR CHAIRMAN, OUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE SPENT AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TIME ON THIS, THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING AND MY GOOD FRIEND BEVERLY PERRY WHERE ARE YOU? GOT TO BE HERE SOMEWHERE HERE WE GO BACK 25 YEARS TOGETHER AND I KNOW YOU HAVE PUT IN A YEOMAN’S EFFORT ON THIS I CAN BRING PERSPECTIVE TO THIS I HAVE BEEN ON THE COUNCIL NOW 25 YEARS AND ACTUALLY BACK IN THE ’80s WHEN WE WERE DOING THIS ONCE BEFORE, WAS A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE AND AN ANC COMMISSIONER SO I WAS MUCH INVOLVED IN THE EFFORTS BACK THEN AND SINCE THEN IN TRYING TO FIND A TIME WHEN WE COULD MAKE STATEHOOD HAPPEN I WANT TO SAY THIS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — AND AS I NOW CHAIR THE BOARD OF METRO AND TRAVEL AROUND THE REGION AND MEET WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE, WE ARE A STATE WE ACT AS A STATE IN EVERY ASPECT THAT MARYLAND, VIRGINIA AND EVERYBODY ELSE DOES [APPLAUSE] YEAH IT’S TRUE, IT’S TRUE WE ARE A STATE WE LOOK LIKE A DUCK WE QUACK LIKE A DUCK THEY JUST WON’T CALL US A DUCK THEY CALL US A TURKEY BUT WE’RE A DUCK, NOT A TURKEY I’M REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT THAT WE ISSUE DRIVER’S LICENSE WE DO EVERYTHING STATES DO WE DO AND WE PAY OUR OWN WAY AND MAYBE THERE IS A DIFFERENCE THIS TIME THAN THERE WAS BACK IN

THE ’80s OR IN THE EARLY ’90s I REMEMBER HAVING DISCUSSIONS WITH MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE DIFFERENCE IS WE WERE STRUGGLING BACK THEN OUR FINANCES WEREN’T IN ORDER OUR GOVERNMENT WASN’T IN ORDER IN MANY WAYS AND SO WHAT THEY WOULD SAY IS GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER AND COME BACK WHEN YOUR HOUSE IS IN ORDER WELL, I’LL TELL YOU, FOLKS OUR HOUSE HAS NEVER BEEN IN BETTER ORDER THAN IT IS TODAY [APPLAUSE] IT’S NEVER BEEN IN BETTER ORDER, NEVER OUR FINANCES ARE THE STRONGEST OF ANY CITY, COUNTY, STATE IN AMERICA WE HAVE BALANCED OUR BUDGET 19 STRAIGHT YEARS WE HAVE $1.87 BILLION IN OUR RESERVE FUNDS REALLY, WE HAVE NEVER BEEN FINANCIALLY STRONGER AS A CITY THAN WE ARE TODAY DEVELOPMENT, AS YOU SEE ACROSS THE CITY, IS THE ENVY OF EVERYONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY THE CITY GOVERNMENT IS WORKING WELL OUR SERVICES ARE BEING DELIVERED AND SO FOR ANYBODY TO SAY TO US GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER AND COME BACK, WE DID THAT WE GOT OUR HOUSE IN ORDER AND NOW WE ARE COMING BACK AND WE DESERVE TO BE MADE A STATE IMMEDIATELY IN JANUARY OF THIS COMING YEAR WE REALLY DESERVE IT DESERVING SOMETHING IS NOT ALWAYS SYNONYMOUS WITH GETTING SOMETHING, RIGHT? SO WE HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN AND THIS IS WHERE IT GOES BACK TO WHAT THE MAYOR HAS PUT OUT THERE THIS PLAN OF HAVING A CONVENTION, HAVING A CONSTITUTION AND BE READY ON DAY ONE AND WE ARE GOING TO ELECT HILLARY CLINTON THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IT’S NO DOUBT IN MY MIND WE’RE GOING TO DO THAT [APPLAUSE] AND I AM A DELEGATE FOR HER I KNOW HER WELL WHEN THE MAYOR AND MYSELF AND OUR CONGRESSWOMAN AND ANITA BONDS MET WITH HER ON 7th STREET A WEEK AGO, RIGHT, IT CAME UP THE COFFEE SHOP HAD A SIGN RIGHT UP THERE AND REALLY, SHE REINFORCED AGAIN HER SUPPORT FOR MAKING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA A STATE AND SO WHEN WE CAPTURE THE SENATE AND WE HAVE A PRESIDENT, THE FIRST THING SHE OUGHT TO DO IS PUT THIS OUT THERE THE FIRST THING SHE OUGHT TO DO IS PUT IT OUT THERE AND GET IT DONE [APPLAUSE] AND IF THEY DON’T KNOW WHY IT’S IN THEIR BEST INTEREST OF THE DEMOCRATS, IT’S BECAUSE WE’LL GET TWO MORE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS THAT’S WHY IT WILL MATTER AND WE WILL GET AT LEAST ONE, IF NOT TWO DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT’S WHY IT MATTERS AND FOR US, WE CAN GET OUT FROM UNDER THESE RIDICULOUS CONGRESSIONAL PEOPLE WHO TELL US WHAT TO DO, RIGHT? [APPLAUSE] REALLY, I’LL TELL YOU WHEN I WENT UP THERE — DIVERGING A LITTLE BIT TO TALK ABOUT METRO AND I HAD TO DEAL WITH THOSE TWO IDIOTS, BEING HONEST WITH YOU, AND THEN THE THIRD GUY TRIED TO COMPARE OUR SUBWAY SYSTEM, THE SECOND LARGEST SUBWAY SYSTEM IN AMERICA TO THE MONORAIL AT DISNEYLAND I MEAN WHERE DO THEY GET THESE PEOPLE? WHERE DO THEY GET THESE PEOPLE? YOU’VE GOT TO WONDER! SO IN ANY EVENT, THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE GET THIS DONE AND EVERYONE HAS BEEN SAYING IT AND I’M JUST GOING TO REPEAT IT THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IS NOW, SO LET’S PULL TOGETHER PULL TOGETHER, GET THIS DONE GET A CONSTITUTION DONE OUR FINANCES ARE IN ORDER I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO PAY FOR THIS THING I CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO PAY FOR IT AND THERE IS NO HURDLE THEN THAT WE CANNOT OVERCOME TO BECOME THE 51st STATE THERE’S NO HURDLE AND LASTLY I WANT TO RECOGNIZE MY GOOD FRIEND MARK PLOTKIN MARK HAS BEEN WITH ME ON THIS JOURNEY SINCE THE EARLY 1980s REALLY AND HE’S BEEN THERE EVEN BEFORE I HAVE AND IF THERE’S ANYONE WHO HAS A FOUNTAIN OF KNOWLEDGE AND IS MORE PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS ISSUE, I DON’T KNOW WHO IT IS, MARK SO THANK YOU HE CALLED ME AT 9:00 THIS MORNING AND SAID YOU’VE GOT TO GET HERE, SO HERE I AM [LAUGHTER] AND I THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT BUT AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN, OKAY? [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH OUR NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE WALTER SMITH, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF APPLESEED SO THEY CAN MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE STAPLING, KEITH ANDREW PERRY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THEN WE’LL HEAR FROM LUIS TORRES MR. SMITH >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE >> GOOD MORNING >> SO AS SENATOR STRAUSS SAID A MINUTE AGO, THIS IS ABOUT HEARING FROM YOU ALL THIS MORNING SO I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE ANOTHER LONG SPEECH WHAT I WANT TO DO IS JUST BUILD FOR A MOMENT ON WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY HEARD AND I WANT TO START WITH WHAT KARL RACINE SAID HE QUOTED ONLY PART OF SENATOR BROWN’S FAVORITE QUOTE FROM FREDERICK DOUGLASS WHAT FREDERICK DOUGLASS SAID POWER CONCEDES NOTHING WITHOUT A DEMAND, IT NEVER DID AND IT NEVER WILL AND THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE TODAY WHAT YOU ALL ARE PART OF TODAY

IS A PROCESS — AND THANK YOU, BEVERLY PERRY, FOR PUTTING THIS PROCESS TOLD [APPLAUSE] WHAT YOU ARE PART OF IS CRAFTING OUR DEMAND AND THANKS TO THE MAYOR AND OTHERS WE HAVE THOUGHT THROUGH WHAT THIS DEMAND NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE WE ARE DOING IT THE WAY ANOTHER STATE DID WE ARE SHOWING WE HAVE DONE ALL OF OUR HOMEWORK WE HAVE GOT THE CONSTITUTION WE HAVE GOT THE PEOPLE BEHIND US WE HAVE GOT THE BOUNDARIES WE HAVE GOT A REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS I DON’T MEAN WITH THE BIG “R.” AND WE’RE READY TO ENDORSE ALL OF THOSE THINGS AND THIS IS ALL TO THE GOOD HERE’S THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE A DEMAND WITHOUT A PLAN TO BACK IT UP, TO MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS, IS NOT GOING TO DELIVER AND THE PLAN SO FAR, THE TENNESSEE PLAN I BELIEVE IS THE RIGHT PLAN AT THE RIGHT MOMENT FOR THE REASONS OTHERS HAVE SAID BUT HERE’S MY POINT TO YOU TODAY NOW IS THE TIME TO BE FORMULATING THE PLAN FOR THE NEXT STEP AS THE MAYOR SAID LAST NIGHT, WE HAVE GOT TO BROADEN THE CONVERSATION BEYOND THIS ROOM, BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IF WE ARE ONLY TALKING TO OURSELVES, WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET THIS DEMAND ANSWERED AFFIRMATIVELY IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES AND I BELIEVE — [APPLAUSE] I BELIEVE AND I HOPE THIS IS WHERE OUR ELECTED LEADERS COME TO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO INVEST NOT JUST TIME, BUT MONEY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN A WELL-ORCHESTRATED, WELL-PLANNED EFFORT COUNTRYWIDE TO BUILD THE SUPPORT THAT WE NEED IS GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND IT’S GOING TO COST US MONEY BUT I BELIEVE IF WE INVEST THAT MONEY, THE PAYOFF WILL BE WORTH IT AND ALL OF US CAN BE PART OF THIS UNDERTAKING, BUT WE NEED PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW TO CONDUCT A PROFESSIONALLY RUN CAMPAIGN YOU KNOW, THERE WAS TALK LAST NIGHT CHUCK TODD SAID WE DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH MILLENNIALS IN THE ROOM WHAT MAKES THIS THE MOMENT FOR THE OPPORTUNITY IS THE COMMUNICATION TOOLS THAT ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO US WE HAVE GOT TO USE THEM YOU KNOW, THE BEST EXAMPLE THAT I KNOW OF RECENTLY WHERE SOMEONE ACHIEVED THE IMPOSSIBLE WAS TO CHANGE THIS COUNTRY’S VIEWPOINT AND THE COURT’S VIEWPOINT AND THE CONGRESS’ VIEWPOINT ON GAY MARRIAGE PEOPLE SAID THAT COULD NOT BE DONE A WELL-ORCHESTRATED NATIONAL CAMPAIGN CHANGED THE OUTLOOK ON THAT ISSUE AND IT’S EVEN HARDER FOR US TO DO THIS BECAUSE AS MANY, MANY SPEAKERS HAVE SAID, THIS COUNTRY STILL DOES NOT KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE CAPITAL OF THEIR GREAT COUNTRY DON’T HAVE DEMOCRACY WE HAVE GOT TO CONDUCT A CAMPAIGN TO BRING THAT TO THEIR ATTENTION AND WHEN WE DO THAT, I AM CONFIDENT WE WILL GET THE SUPPORT THAT WE NEED, EVEN IF WE HAVE TO PRESSURE IT YOU KNOW, BRIANNE SAID SHE DIDN’T WANT TO BE AS POLITE AS KARL HAS BEEN I LAST NIGHT HEARD BARNEY FRANK SAID POLITENESS AND PATIENCE ARE OVERRATED [APPLAUSE] IT IS TIME TO BACK THIS DEMAND WITH A BLACK TO DELIVER ON IT OR AS JUSTICE BRANDEIS ONCE SAID, MOST THINGS WORTH DOING WERE THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE BEFORE THEY WERE DONE THIS CAN BE DONE AND IF WE ALL WORK TOGETHER, IT WILL BE DONE, I PROMISE YOU [APPLAUSE] >> MR. KEITH ANDREW PERRY, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION [APPLAUSE] >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE >> GOOD MORNING >> TO THE COMMISSION AND FELLOW CITIZENS, I AM, OF COURSE, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION BUT I AM SPEAKING IN MY PERSONAL CAPACITY KARL REFERENCED THE LAW AS HE, OF COURSE, HAS EVERY RIGHT TO DO AS OUR FIRST ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL AND IN THE LAW OF PERSONAL TESTIMONY IS ALWAYS GIVEN GREAT WEIGHT SO I WILL BE GIVING PERSONAL TESTIMONY TODAY I FEEL LIKE I’M IN A FAMILY REUNION I SEE SO MANY OLD FRIENDS ON TUESDAY WE WERE THE LAST TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

AND AFTER A FASHION, THAT WAS QUITE FITTING BECAUSE SO IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN FOR US IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WE HAVE BEEN LAST VOTING FOR PRESIDENT MY FATHER WAS 51 YEARS OLD BEFORE HE WAS ENTITLED TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MY MOTHER WHOSE NAME IN THE FRENCH LANGUAGE WAS ATWAL, MEANING STAR, WAS 41 SHE WAS APTLY NAMED SHE WAS GORGEOUS WITH A GENIUS I.K. AND A SERVANT’S HEART SHE WAS A GRADUATE OF CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL, MINOR TEACHERS COLLEGE AND NYU SHE WAS AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT D.C. TEACHERS COLLEGE SHE PROUDLY TAUGHT 5th AND 6th GRADES IN THE D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS AND SHE RETIRED ON DISABILITY IN 1980 AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE HEAD START PROGRAM HER NAME WAS ATWAL SHE WAS A STAR, BUT SHE NEVER HAD HER FULL RIGHTS AS A CITIZEN AS A FOURTH GENERATION WASHINGTONIAN WITH UNCLES WHO CAME BACK FROM WORLD WAR II WITH MEDALS AND LIKE SO MANY OF TODAY’S WARRIORS, DIFFICULTY COPING WITH CIVILIAN LIFE, WITH AUNTS AND OTHER RELATIVES WHO TOOK ON THE WAR AT HOME WITH GRACE AND OPTIMISM EVEN AS THEY FACED SEGREGATION IN THE SCHOOLS AND BIGOTRY IN THE BUSY DEPARTMENT STORES THAT ONCE ANCHORED F STREET, THEY ARE PROUD WASHINGTONIANS AND STOOD FOR A PRINCIPLE THAT SUSTAINED THEM DEMOCRACY.SO IN THE SPIRIT OF MY ANCESTORS AND PERSONAL HEROES LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JULIAN BOND, MALCOLM X, ADAM POWELL, AND THURGOOD MARSHALL, SPOTWOOD ROBINSON, MARION BARRY AND MUHAMMAD ALI, THIS INJUSTICE, THIS DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF 800,000 PEOPLE WILL NOT STAND [APPLAUSE] WE ARE TOO COMFORTABLE IN D.C WE ARE TOO COMFORTABLE BECAUSE THE INJUSTICE THAT WE FACE HAS NOT BEEN PLACED IN ITS PROPER FRAMEWORK THIS COUNTRY HAS GONE TO WAR MANY TIMES MANY TIMES OVER THIS PRINCIPLE WHEN IRAQ WENT INTO KUWAIT AND ATTEMPTED TO COLONIZE THAT COUNTRY, DISENFRANCHISING AND MARGINALIZING ITS RESIDENTS WHEN PRECISELY THE SAME THING HAS BEEN DONE TO THE CAPITAL OF THIS COUNTRY, TO US, THAT’S A HYPOCRISY OH, THEY SAY, WELL, IT’S IN THE CONSTITUTION THEY SAY THAT WE ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY NOT A STATE WELL, SLAVERY WAS IN THE CONSTITUTION SO WAS THE 3/5 COMPROMISE SO WAS THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF WOMEN AS MARTIN LUTHER KING TAUGHT US WITH RIGHTEOUS ELOQUENCE, LEGALLY SANCTIONED INJUSTICE IS NO LESS AN INJUSTICE [APPLAUSE] YES, WE ARE TOO COMFORTABLE HERE IN D.C., TOO COMFORTABLE EVEN AS WE SIT HERE ENSCONCED IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE CONSTRUCTION CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, EVEN IN THIS CITY, EVEN AFTER MY 52 AND A HALF YEARS OF RESIDENCY IN A CITY THAT I QUITE OFTEN FRANKLY NO LONGER RECOGNIZE, THE TIME HAS COME TO RISE UP AGAINST THIS ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL SUBLIMINATION AGAINST THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS AND STAND STAND FOR JUSTICE AND STAND FOR THE EQUAL RIGHTS IN OUR CONSTITUTION STAND FOR D.C. STATEHOOD NOW YOU KNOW, CIVIL RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY IS ON A CONTINUUM AND AS WE FIGHT IN 2016 AGAINST THE HATE SPEECH OF DONALD TRUMP, THE GEORGE WALLACE OF 1964 COMES TO MIND [APPLAUSE] BUT WE OVERCAME IT IN 1964 AND WE WILL DEFEAT IT NOW WE MUST REMAIN VIGILANT MY FRIENDS HATE SPEECH TAKES MANY FORMS THOSE WHO MAINTAIN THAT D.C SHOULD SUFFER STATE SPONSORED DISFRANCHISEMENT ARE PLAYING A CYNICAL GAME TO ENCULTURATE US TO INJUSTICE AS ONE WHO STUDIED CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY UNDER HERBERT O REED, PROPERLY VIEWED THAT’S NOT CONSTITUTIONAL CONSTRUCTION IT’S HATE SPEECH SO I IMPLORE ALL OF US TO STAND UP BE ENRAGED BY IT AND ACT EVEN AS WE FIGHT TERROR IN THIS COUNTRY AND ALL AROUND THE WORLD, WE MUST STAND UP HERE IN OUR CITY AND FIGHT FOR OUR OWN JUSTICE [APPLAUSE] AS I CLOSE, HOW CAN WE BEST RESPOND TO THE HYPOCRITES IN ISIS AND THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA? HOW CAN WE BEST STAND UP TO THAT HYPOCRISY THAN TO ELIMINATE

THOSE THAT WE SEE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY? TO BORROW FROM FREDERICK DOUGLASS ONCE AGAIN, WE MUST BRING AMERICAN CITIZENS INTO THE FULL LIGHT OF DEMOCRATIC DAY AND THAT MEANS D.C. STATEHOOD NOW WHO ARE WE TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES IN THIS FIGHT? WE NEED ALL OF OUR TALENT, ALL OF OUR BRAIN POWER, ALL OF OUR WILL, ALL OF OUR LOVE FOR OUR GREAT CITY-STATE SO I IMPLORE YOU TO STAND STAND STAND [APPLAUSE] AND ONE DAY THE 51st STAR, OUR OWN ATWAL WILL BE OUR OWN THANK YOU [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] >> IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME LUIS TORRES, DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND LEGISLATION, LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS BETTER KNOWN AT LULAC [APPLAUSE] >> WELL, GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE MY NAME IS LUIS TORRES AND I’M HERE REPRESENTING THE LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS OR LULAC FOR SHORT WE ARE THE NATION’S OLDEST AND LARGEST LATINO CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION AND WE WERE FOUNDED IN 1929 OUR MISSION IS TO ADVANCE THE ECONOMIC CONDITION, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, POLITICAL INFLUENCE, HOUSING AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE LATINO COMMUNITY WE HAVE 135,000 MEMBERS AND THIS FIGHT TO US IS A PART OF OUR LONG JOURNEY, WE THINK FOR OUR MEMBERS, TO GET FULL AND COMPLETE EQUALITY AND WE ARE 100% BEHIND THE EFFORT TO ACHIEVE STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND WE UNDERSTAND THE BATTLE BECAUSE WE ARE FIGHTING A PARALLEL BATTLE IN PUERTO RICO WHERE WE HAVE MILLIONS OF CITIZENS THERE TOO WHO UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS TO BE WITHOUT A VOICE IN CONGRESS NOW, THE INTERESTING THING FOR US TO SEE IS THAT THEY TELL OUR FOLKS IN PUERTO RICO YOU NEED TO GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER, YOU HAVEN’T EARNED YOUR RIGHT TO BE A STATE AND YES, PUERTO RICO IS GOING THROUGH SOME PROBLEMS BUT YOU TURN AROUND AND YOU HEAR THESE SAME PEOPLE MAKE THOSE SAME ARGUMENTS TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND YET THE SITUATION HERE IS MUCH DIFFERENT AND THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE WITH THAT IS THAT PEOPLE AREN’T GOING TO GIVE US A SEAT AT THE TABLE WE HAVE TO BRING OUR OWN SEAT IF WE DON’T HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND IT’S NOT JUST ENOUGH THAT WE SIT THERE WE WANT TO BE THERE BEFORE THEY SERVE LUNCH [LAUGHTER] [APPLAUSE] AND SO WE ARE HERE WITH YOU WE ARE ACTUALLY BRING ABOUT 20,000 OF OUR MEMBERS IN JULY FOR OUR NATIONAL CONVENTION IN D.C., WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE MAYOR WHO WILL BE ATTENDING AND OUR MEMBERS ARE HERE THEY ARE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY YOU ARE NOT ALONE WE WILL SUPPORT THIS FIGHT TO THE VERY END THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> IS KIM KEENAN HERE? KIM THERE YOU ARE AND SHE’LL BE FOLLOWED BY MR. MARK PLOTKIN >> GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING >> IT IS REALLY A GREAT HONOR TO BE HERE AND TO GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THIS STATEHOOD ISSUE THAT’S SO IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US I WANT TO THANK THE GOVERNOR — I MEAN THE MAYOR [LAUGHTER] OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND, OF COURSE, OUR SENIOR COUNSEL BEVERLY PERRY I KNOW MY TITLE IS CEO OF MULTICULTURAL MEDIA, TELECOM AND INTERNET COUNSEL BUT I KNOW I WAS INVITED HERE TODAY BECAUSE I AM A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE WASHINGTON BAR, THE NATIONAL BAR [APPLAUSE] AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BAR SO THAT THERE ARE JOKES, YOU KNOW I’VE NEVER MET A BAR ASSOCIATION THAT I DIDN’T WANT TO BE PRESIDENT OF [LAUGHTER] BUT THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BAR ASSOCIATION COMPRISES 103,000 LAWYERS, ALMOST HALF OF WHICH LIVE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA I’M HERE BECAUSE OF THE TRADITION OF WHAT LAWYERS MEAN TO A PROCESS WHEN THERE’S A BATTLE, WHEN YOU’RE FIGHTING AND THERE’S ADVOCACY FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED TO HAVE THEIR VOICES AMPLIFIED I’M HERE BECAUSE OF THE TRADITION OF A LAWYER NAMED

CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON WHO BELIEVED — [APPLAUSE] THAT A LAWYER IS EITHER A SOCIAL ENGINEER OR A PARASITE ON SOCIETY [LAUGHTER] AND SO THERE ARE SO MANY LAWYERS IN THIS AUDIENCE I KNOW YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN SO IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO STAND HERE TODAY AND RAISE MY VOICE FOR STATEHOOD I CAME HERE AS A TEENAGER FROM BUFFALO, NEW YORK AND I HAD NEVER — YAY! I HAD NEVER SEEN A BLACK BUS DRIVER WHERE I COME FROM THE THOUGHT OF A BLACK MAYOR, LET ALONE A BLACK FEMALE MAYOR WAS NOT EVEN SOMETHING MAYBE THAT MY 17-YEAR-OLD MIND COULD HAVE IMAGINED BUT YET I CAME HERE TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHERE THE THEN MAYOR, MARION BARRY CREATED MY FIRST JOB AS A COLLEGE STUDENT [APPLAUSE] I WORKED FOR SYEP, Y.E.S. AND EVERY VERSION OF THE SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT THERE WAS AND IT BEGAN A GREAT LOVE AFFAIR WITH THIS GREAT CITY AND WHAT IT MEANS TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA I HAVE DONE THINGS IN SOUTHEAST AND NORTHWEST AND SOUTHWEST AND NORTHWEST AND I CAN’T IMAGINE LIVING ANYWHERE EVER AGAIN BUT YET I TOOK A JOB AS GENERAL COUNSEL AND SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE AND THERE I WAS, TRAVELING THE COUNTRY DAY IN, DAY OUT, FIGHTING FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE FIGHTING AGAINST A COURT SYSTEM THAT HAD CREATED A WORLD WHERE VOTING RIGHTS WOULD BE TAKEN FROM PEOPLE IN A TIME WHEN THERE WAS NO PROBLEM WITH VOTING RIGHTS THERE WAS NO VOTER FRAUD THERE WERE NO PEOPLE GOING TO THE POLLS AND SAYING THAT THEY WERE ANNIE MAE JOHNSON OR RUBY JONES, MY GRANDMOTHER’S NAME PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T HAVE I.D.’S AND THEY WERE ABLE TO VOTE FOR A LIFETIME BUT YET AFTER ALL THOSE TRIPS TO INDIANA AND MISSISSIPPI AND TO ALABAMA, I’D COME BACK TO WASHINGTON AND WE DIDN’T HAVE REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS AND SO I HAVE DEDICATED A LOT OF MY FREE TIME TO WORKING ON VOTING RIGHTS BECAUSE VOTING RIGHTS ARE THE QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICAN RIGHT WHEN WE GO AROUND THE WORLD AND WE TELL PEOPLE ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL OUR DEMOCRACY IS, WE TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT TO VOTE SO WHAT HYPOCRITES WE APPEAR TO BE WHEN CITIZENS LIKE THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE LEFT TO THE EXPERIMENTATION OF PEOPLE IN CONGRESS WHO WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO TAKE THOSE IDEAS BACK TO THEIR JURISDICTIONS WHERE THEY LIVE [APPLAUSE] HOW DARE THEY AND HOW DARE WE LET THEM — HOW DARE WE HAVE A JUDICIARY THAT HAS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT WHY MUST WE BE LEFT TO THE WHIMS OF ANOTHER OFFICE, A POLITICIZED OFFICE WHEN WE HAVE THE ABILITY? WE HAVE SOME OF THE GREATEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA IN WHATEVER JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARY YOU CAN DRAW AND WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE ABILITY TO SERVE IN THE JUDICIARY AND MAKE A TREMENDOUS DIFFERENCE I’M HERE TODAY BECAUSE WE ALL NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER, REGARDLESS OF WHAT WE DO OR WHERE WE LIVE OR WHAT WE WORK AND WE MUST NOT BE DAUNTED BY PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT WE HAVEN’T EARNED IT OR WE DON’T DESERVE IT WE ARE AMERICANS OF COURSE, WE DESERVE IT THE CONSTITUTION SAYS WE DESERVE IT AND I HATE THESE PEOPLE WHO KEEP TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT SAID, YOU KNOW, SO MANY HUNDRED YEARS AGO BECAUSE IF IT SAID WHAT IT SAID AND WE BELIEVED THAT, THEN I COULDN’T EVEN STAND ON THIS STAGE AND WE COULD NOT SIT HERE TODAY [APPLAUSE] WE COULD NOT SIT HERE TODAY AS AN AUDIENCE OF PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT ALL OF WHAT AMERICA IS THAT IS WHAT I AM SO PROUD OF AS I LIVE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT WE REPRESENT ALL OF WHAT AMERICA IS, EVERY COLOR, EVERY ETHNICITY, EVERY RICH CULTURAL EXPERIENCE THAT IS WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL AND SO I WANT TO ADD TO THIS THEME OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS AND I KNOW EVERYBODY SAID — KARL, YOU BEAT ME TO IT POWER CAN SEIZE NOTHING WITHOUT DEMAND AND I KNOW YOU JUMPED TO IT AND SAID THE PART ABOUT IT NEVER DID AND IT NEVER WILL BUT WE MISSED THE FIRST PART [LAUGHTER] WE MISSED THE FIRST PART I LOVE THE WHOLE QUOTE THOSE WHO PROFESS TO FAVOR FREEDOM AND YET REPLICATE AGITATION ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT CROPS WITHOUT PLOWING THE GROUND, THEY WANT RAIN WITHOUT THUNDER AND LIGHTNING AND THEY WANT AN OCEAN WITHOUT THE ROAR OF ITS MANY WATERS THE STRUGGLE MAY BE A MORAL ONE OR IT MAY BE A PHYSICAL ONE OR IT MAY BE BOTH

BUT IT IS A STRUGGLE AND SO I SAY TO YOU WE DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY TO LISTEN TO NAYSAYERS AND PEOPLE WHO WOULD TURN US AROUND WE DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY TO TURN BACK BECAUSE WE ARE RIGHT AND NOT ONLY WILL HISTORY PROVE US TO BE RIGHT, BUT EVERYTHING THAT WE BELIEVE IN AS AMERICANS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE WITH JUSTICE AND FREEDOM FOR ALL EVERYTHING THAT WE HOLD NEAR AND DEAR SAYS THAT WE MUST MAKE THIS RIGHT THERE ARE NO TRIUMPHS WITHOUT A TRIAL NO TESTIMONY WITHOUT A TEST AND THERE CANNOT BE DIAMONDS WITHOUT FIRE SO IF WE WANT THAT STAR, WE MUST NOT REST WE MUST NOT TURN BACK AND WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP UNTIL STATEHOOD IS OURS [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU THANK YOU MR. PLOTKIN AFTER WE HEAR FROM MR. PLOTKIN, WE WILL BEGIN WITH THE TESTIMONY FROM OUR DELEGATES >> THIS IS MY FOURTH APPEARANCE OBVIOUSLY, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE SUBJECT SHE’S TELLING ME THREE MINUTES I’M NOT GOING TO STAY TO THREE MINUTES I AM GOING TO THANK BEVERLY PERRY FOR ASKING ME TO SPEAK I KNOW THAT WASN’T MAYBE A POPULAR DECISION [LAUGHTER] AND I’M GOING TO THANK THE MAYOR SHE’S GOING TO BE SURPRISED FOR HAVING THIS BECAUSE IT HAS RAISED THE VISIBILITY OF THE ISSUE I SEE I DON’T HAVE ANY TITLES I’M JUST MARK PLOTKIN AND I KNOW WASHINGTON, D.C NEEDS TITLES TO GIVE YOU SOME STANDING I’M PRESENTLY A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BBC ON AMERICAN POLITICS I WRITE A COLUMN FOR “THE HILL” EVERY FRIDAY I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD READ IT THEHILL.COM AND I’M A COLUMNIST FOR “THE GEORGETOWNER.” I’M NOT HERE WITH ANY PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION BECAUSE, FIRST OF ALL, I’M A CITIZEN OF AMERICA AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, A CITIZEN OF THIS CITY I WAS A TEACHER IN FAR SOUTHEAST AT MOTEN IN THE EARLY ’70s AND FAR NORTHEAST AT RIVER TERRACE I’M JUST NOT A TALKING HEAD OR SOME LOUD MOUTH ON THE RADIO I WAS AN ELECTED MEMBER, PHIL MENDELSON TWICE OF THE DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE I WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION SO I JUST DON’T MOUTH OFF ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE THAT I’M COMMITTED TO THIS CITY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO THE FUTURE OF THIS CITY AND I WANT TO BE THE SKUNK AT THE DINNER PARTY NO GREAT AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT HAS BEEN WITHOUT PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AND SO PLEASE INDULGE ME BECAUSE I DON’T WANT THIS TO BE REPEATED THERE’S BEEN AN ABSENCE OF PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP IN 1992, BILL CLINTON TESTIFIED — EXCUSE ME THE HISTORY LESSON, BUT I WANT YOU TO BE ARMED WITH FACTS IN 1992 BILL CLINTON TESTIFIED AS A CANDIDATE SO DID PAUL SONGAS AND SO DID TOM HARKIN AND MODESTLY DOUG WILDER BEFORE THE HOUSE DISTRICT COMMITTEE AND THEN WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT, WE DID HAVE A STATEHOOD VOTE LET ME REMIND YOU IT WAS 23 YEARS AGO AND THE LOBBYIST FOR THE WHITE HOUSE LEFT BEFORE THE VOTE TOOK PLACE AND I SAID TO HIM, WHERE ARE YOU GOING? THEY HAVEN’T EVEN VOTED THAT SHOWS THE RHETORICAL COMMITMENT TO STATEHOOD BUT AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE SAID, NOT THE ACTUAL ACTION COMMITMENT TO IT WE GOT 153 VOTES THE REQUIRED NUMBER, TALKING WITH FRED COOKE IS 218 DELEGATE NORTON FOR 23 YEARS HAS KEPT ON TALKING ABOUT WE’VE GOT 2/3 OF THE VOTE AND PEOPLE START CHEERING WE LOST WE DIDN’T WIN WE LOST LET’S STOP DEFINING DEFEAT AS VICTORY LET’S STOP TAKING CREDIT FOR LOSING [APPLAUSE] THIS ISN’T HORSESHOES ALMOST DOESN’T COUNT THEN WE HAD AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT ELECTED IN 2008, BARACK OBAMA BARACK OBAMA, I ASKED HIM THE FIRST QUESTION WHEN HE WAS THE

RUNNING IT WAS AT A RECREATION CENTER IN SOUTHEAST AND I SAID, WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO D.C. STATEHOOD? AND HE SAID ELECT MORE DEMOCRATS I SAID THAT’S NOT MY QUESTION MY QUESTION IS YOUR PERSONAL COMMITMENT AND FOR SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS, THIS PRESIDENT HAS IGNORED US HAS TAKEN US FOR GRANTED EVEN THOUGH WE VOTED 93% AND 91% HE NEVER LOST ONE PRECINCT IN FOUR ELECTIONS THIS HAS NOT BEEN PRESIDENTIAL ————————————————————————————————- LEADERSHIP WHEN ASKED, HE SAYS YEAH, I’M FOR IT MICHAEL BROWN SAYS HE’S FOR IT HE’S FOR IT, SENATOR BROWN, IN THE MOST CASUAL, HARMLESS WAY HE HAS NOT LED US HE’S GOT SIX MONTHS I BELIEVE IN REDEMPTION HE STILL HAS TIME TO TELL US HE’S FOR US, TO SPEAK TO US IN D.C. FOR D.C [APPLAUSE] HE TAKES OUR VOTES HE DOESN’T MENTION US IN SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS IT TAKES HIM FOUR YEARS TO PUT ON THE LICENSE PLATE AND WHEN HE’S ASKED, SENATOR BROWN, HE SAYS YEAH, I LIVE HERE SO I GUESS I’M FOR IT THAT’S NOT WHAT I HAVE HEARD HERE FROM THESE SPEECHES WHY DO I BRING UP PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP? I WAS 17 OR 18 YEARS OLD 17 YEARS OLD AND I CAME TO GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY AND I SAW LYNDON JOHNSON WHO HAS PLENTY OF PROBLEMS BUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL OF ’64 PASSED I’LL NEVER FORGET HIM ADDRESSING A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS AND SAYING WE SHALL OVERCOME YOU DON’T PASS LEGISLATION UNLESS, UNLESS THERE’S PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP SO I’M SUPPOSED TO BE A POLITICAL ANALYST LET ME TAKE A DRINK OF WATER [LAUGHTER] WE’RE NEARING COMPLETION, BEVERLY I KNOW THREE, THREE I’M FILIBUSTERING THE REASON I MOVED UP ON THIS HISTORIC JOURNEY IS, MAYOR, I DON’T WANT YOU TO GO TO SEE ONE SENATOR EVER AGAIN, LIKE YOU DID WITH SENATOR CARPER WHO SUPPOSEDLY IS A FRIEND YOU KNOW, MIKE MANSFIELD THE FORMER MAJORITY LEADER SAID THANK GOD FOR MY ENEMIES SAVE ME FROM MY FRIENDS TOM CARPER INTRODUCED THE BILL IT GOES TO HIS COMMITTEE YOU ARE NOT TO GO TO SEE ANY SENATOR YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE A NUISANCE OF YOURSELF KARL RACINE AND EVERY OTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL AND THE FIRST WORD OUT OF YOUR MOUTH HAS TO BE STATEHOOD NOBODY COULD SAY, WELL, SHE NEVER BROUGHT IT UP SHE NEVER TALKED ABOUT IT OR HE NEVER TALKED ABOUT IT IF OUR DELEGATE WON’T GO TO SEE THESE PEOPLE, WHICH SHE DIDN’T IN 2014 — SHE TOLD ME TO GO SEE THEM THEN OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE TO FILL THE VOID I’M WORRIED ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON IN CLOSING, I’M WORRIED ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON BECAUSE I DON’T WANT HER TO DO WHAT BILL CLINTON AND BARACK OBAMA HAVE DONE TO US TALK A GOOD GAME BUT NOT DO ANYTHING [APPLAUSE] AND MADAM MAYOR, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, YOU KNOW IT’S TROUBLE WHEN YOU SAY WITH ALL DUE RESPECT [LAUGHTER] YOU WERE THERE IN ANACOSTIA YOU WERE AT THE TAXICAB COMMISSION YOU SAW NEERA TANDEN SHE IS THE DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE OF HILLARY CLINTON’S PRESIDENTIAL CAN CAMPAIGN ON THE PLATFORM COMMITTEE SHE GOES TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND SHE FAILS TO MENTION THE WORD STATEHOOD I HOUNDED HER OUT THE DOOR AND I SAID, IS IT GOING TO BE IN THE PLATFORM? AND YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN TROUBLE IN WASHINGTON WHEN THEY START WALKING FAST TO GET AWAY SHE NEVER COMMITTED WE ARE NOT TO ALLOW HILLARY CLINTON TO TALK A GOOD GAME AND NOT PUT IT IN THE PLATFORM AT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU FOR STANDING IN CLEVELAND, OHIO AND IF IT ISN’T, THE D.C DELEGATE SHELLY TOMPKIN AND JACK EVANS, YOU NEED TO WALK OUT YOU NEED TO DO A MISSISSIPPI 64 YOU NEED TO CAUSE TROUBLE IN THE DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THEY SAID ATTENTION MUST BE PAID ATTENTION MUST BE PAID AND I ECHO JACK EVANS’ REMARKS THE YEAR IS 2017 YOU’VE GOT ONE YEAR YOU CAN’T DO IT IN 2018 THAT’S AN ELECTION YEAR POLITICIANS ARE COWARDS THEY DON’T WANT TO VOTE FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN AN ELECTION YEAR YOU’VE GOT TO DO IT IN 2017 AND I WILL IN CLOSING-CLOSING, TAKE A PAGE OF BARACK OBAMA HE GOT HEALTH INSURANCE DONE WITHOUT ONE — I HOPE THERE WERE REPUBLICAN VOTES BUT WITHOUT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE IN THE HOUSE

WITHOUT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTE IN THE SENATE AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THE NEXT YEAR HE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT 2017 IS THE YEAR AND I CLOSE WITH THIS LINE NO SENATOR — YOU RUN INTO THEM — SHOULD BE SAFE AT THE SAFEWAY YOU GO UP TO THEM AND YOU TELL THEM — [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] YOU MAKE A NUISANCE YOU BECOME A PEST TO THEM NO HOUSE MEMBER SHOULD BE SAFE IN A HARDWARE STORE YOU GO UP TO THEM YOU BLOCK THEIR AISLE YOU DON’T LET THEM CHECK OUT WITH MAKING A NUISANCE OF YOURSELF THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK THE FOURTH TIME >> THANK YOU, MR. PLOTKIN [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WE NOW COME TO THE PORTION OF OUR DELEGATE TESTIMONY OUR FIRST DELEGATE, MR. RODERICK WOODSON [APPLAUSE] AND I SAY THIS BECAUSE WE ARE AT THE POINT IN THE PROGRAM WHERE WE WILL BEGIN ENFORCING THE TIME LIMITS THE FACT THAT FOLLOWS MR. PLOTKIN’S REMARKS IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL BUT I WOULD ASK THAT YOU DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE TIME KEEPERS FROM THIS POINT FORWARD THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, MR. WOODSON >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE I FIND IT INTERESTING THAT I’VE BEEN ASKED TO TESTIFY TO THE COMMISSION, BUT I’M ASKED TO FACE THE CAMERA >> MAYOR: FACE THE CAMERA >> FACE THE CAMERA, BUT THE COMMISSION IS HERE >> WE SEE YOU >> PARDON ME LIFT THE MIC >> MAYOR: YES >> OKAY WORD TO THE WISE MY NAME IS RODERICK WOODSON I CAME TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO BE A YOUNG LAW STUDENT IN 1969 I HAVE LIVED THROUGH EVERY ADMINISTRATION SINCE HOME RULE BEGAN AND WATCHED THE EMERGENCE OF HOME RULE IN THE ’70s I LISTENED TO AND OBSERVED AND PARTICIPATED IN THE STATEHOOD ENGAGEMENT DURING THE ’80s AND THE EARLY ’90s BUT I CAME AWAY FROM THAT WITH A SENSE OF CYNICISM ABOUT THE ISSUE, THAT WE WERE — AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER NOTED, WE HAD BEEN CAPTURED — I HAD BEEN CAPTURED BY A SENSE OF NOT RESISTANCE BUT A RESOLUTION TO BEING A SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN A PHILADELPHIAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, A FAMILY INVOLVED IN CIVIC PARTICIPANTS AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE THAT WE DID NOT HAVE ANY PARTICIPATION ON CAPITOL HILL BUT TODAY I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND WHAT I HAVE HEARD TODAY BY THE LEADERSHIP OF MAYOR BOWSER AND THE COMMISSION TO REALLY PUSH THIS MATTER FORWARD SO I JOIN OTHERS IN SAYING NOW IS THE TIME MARK IS RIGHT, 2017 IS THE YEAR TO THE SUBSTANTIVE ISSUE OF THE DAY ABOUT THE JUDICIARY AND THE SEVERAL DIFFERENT ARTICLES, I HAVE JUST SEVERAL COMMENTS ONE, THAT IT MAY BE WORTHWHILE FOR US TO HAVE AN INTERMEDIATE COURT OF APPEALS TO HELP OUR JUDICIARY BE MORE EFFECTIVE WE JUST DON’T HAVE ENOUGH CAPACITY TO ENGAGE JUDICIAL DECISION MAKING SECONDLY, OUR CONSTITUTION OUGHT TO BE SPECIFIC ABOUT THE DISTRICT HAVING THE POLICE POWER NOT A GUESS, BUT THE POLICE POWER IS THE FOUNDATION FOR REGULATORY AND GOVERNMENTAL ACTION THAT THE POWER OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BE MORE SPECIFIC OUR CONSTITUTION, AS DRAFTED, DOESN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT IT LASTLY, I JUST WANT TO JUST CLOSE BY SAYING THAT THE SINE QUA NON OF CITIZENSHIP ANYWHERE IS THE RIGHT TO VOTE WE SHOULD NOT SHIRK FROM THAT >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH OUR NEXT DELEGATE SPEAKER MAY HAVE A NEW TITLE SOON BUT, ROBERT WHITE, IF YOU WOULD COME UP AND SPEAK FOLLOWING MR. WHITE WILL BE LORI MASTERS, JACK DIJAN >> AM I FACING THIS WAY? >> MAYOR: YEAH >> GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING >> AS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR AN AT-LARGE SEAT ON THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, I CONGRATULATE THE MAYOR, MAYOR BOWSER, OUR SHADOW DELEGATION AND THE STATEHOOD COMMISSION FOR THE RENEWED PUSH TO ACHIEVE EQUAL RIGHTS FOR THE NEARLY

800,000 RESIDENTS WHO CALL THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOME I FULLY SUPPORT OUR ONGOING EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE STATEHOOD FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND THIS APPROACH TO ACHIEVING IT LIKE EVERY OTHER JURISDICTION IN THE 50 STATES OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY, D.C. RESIDENTS FIGHT IN WARS, PAY FEDERAL TAXES, AND REJOICE IN THE TRIUMPHS AND GRIEVE IN THE TRAGEDIES OF OUR NATION UNLIKE RESIDENTS OF THOSE STATES, WE HAVE NO SAY IN CHARTING OUR COUNTRY’S PATH BECAUSE WE LACK THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES DUE TO EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN, MOST ESPECIALLY VOTING REPRESENTATION IN OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE ARE A COLONY WHILE WE FIGHT FOR PIECES OF EQUALITY LIKE LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET AUTONOMY, THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT ANYTHING SHORT OF FULL STATEHOOD WILL REFLECT THE JUSTICE AND FREEDOMS THAT WE CLAIM AS A COUNTRY AS WE WORK TO DRAFT THE STATE CONSTITUTION THAT THE RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT WILL VOTE TO APPROVE AND THAT WE WILL TRANSMIT TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IN A PETITION FOR STATEHOOD, I URGE MY FELLOW RESIDENTS AND THE COMMISSION TO ADOPT A CONSTITUTION IN ITS MOST BASIC FORM IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE OUR CHANCES OF PASSAGE IN DETAILING TOO MANY SPECIFIC RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES, WE RUN A HIGH RISK OF LOSING SUPPORT OF RESIDENTS WHO MAY DISAGREE STRONGLY WITH A SINGLE PROVISION OR A HIGHLY PARTISAN CONGRESS ADDITIONALLY, I STRONGLY URGE TWO SPECIFIC INCLUSIONS FIRST WE MUST INCLUDE A PROCESS FOR AMENDING OUR CONSTITUTION SIMILAR TO THE MAJORITY OF STATE CONSTITUTIONS THIS WILL BE A NECESSARY ELEMENT IN AN EVER-EVOLVING JURISDICTION SECOND, WE MUST INCREASE THE SIZE OF OUR LEGISLATIVE BODY FROM ITS CURRENT SIZE OF 13 TWO STATES IN OUR COUNTRY, VERMONT AND WYOMING ARE REPRESENTED BY BICAMERAL STATE LEGISLATURES OF 180 AND 190 MEMBERS RESPECTIVELY WHILE I PROPOSE NO SPECIFIC SIZE, I NOTE A LEGISLATIVE BODY OF 13 ELECTED MEMBERS DOES NOT MAXIMIZE GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY OR ADEQUATELY ALLOW FOR THE DEEP DELIBERATION REQUIRED OF OUR LEGISLATURE OUR LEGISLATIVE BODY SHOULD BE LARGE ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR SUBCOMMITTEES THAT CAN DELIBERATE THE MINUTE DETAILS OF LEGISLATION AND PERFORM MORE EFFECTIVE OVERSIGHT OF OUR AGENCIES AND POLICIES I THANK OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND RESIDENTS WHO HAVE ENGAGED IN THIS PROCESS AND PLEAD WITH RESIDENTS FROM ACROSS OUR CITY TO JOIN IN AND TO ENGAGE MORE FULLY IN THE BATTLES FOR LOCAL AUTONOMY FOR OUR HOME, THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE COMMISSION TO ACHIEVE OUR RIGHTS AS AMERICAN CITIZENS THROUGH FULL STATEHOOD THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH LORI MASTERS >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE LORI MASTERS I’M A PARTNER AT THE LAW FIRM PERKINS HERE IN THE DISTRICT AND I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL IN THE FIRST ELECTION IN 2014 FOR OUR ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL SO I WANTED TO ADDRESS A FEW POINTS SPECIFICALLY ON THE CONSTITUTION THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU TO THE MAYOR AND TO THE COMMISSION FOR ALL OF THE TERRIFIC WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE ON THE CONSTITUTION I THINK THAT IT’S BEEN A TERRIFIC EFFORT IN BUILDING ON WHAT WAS DONE IN 1982 AND 1987 AND THAT WE SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT AND MOVE FORWARD TODAY THIS YEAR TO PUT THIS ON THE BALLOT AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE EFFORT FOR STATEHOOD SPECIFICALLY, I AGREE WITH ROBERT WHITE THAT WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE LEGISLATURE I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT, AS MR. WHITE SAID, THAT WE HAVE A LARGER LEGISLATURE SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE MAXIMUM ABILITY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE CITIZENS OF THE DISTRICT AND ALSO, IT WILL GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DISTRICT FOR PEOPLE TO GET THE EXPERIENCE THAT WE NEED HERE AND THE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO RUN FOR ELECTED OFFICE SECONDLY, ON ARTICLE 1, SECTION 6, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE GIVE THOUGHT TO THE DISTRICT BEING A LEADER ON THE ISSUE OF THE DRAWING OF LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS OTHER JURISDICTIONS HAVE NONPARTISAN COMMISSIONS THAT DRAW DISTRICTS AND TAKE POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS OUT OF THE DRAWING OF LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE LOOK AT THAT WITH REGARD TO ARTICLE 3, THE ISSUE THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY OSTENSIBLY, WE ARE NOT LIMITED TO THAT, I THINK, BUT SPECIFICALLY ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ADDRESSING TODAY IS ARTICLE 3, THE JUDICIARY AS MR. WOODSON SAID, I THINK THAT WE SHOULD CONSIDER INTERMEDIATE APPELLATE COURTS HERE IN THE DISTRICT IF YOU TALK TO ANY OF THE JUDGES ON THE D.C. COURT OF APPEALS, THEY WILL TELL YOU THEY HAVE A HUGE CASELOAD, THEY ARE

OVERWORKED WE NEED MORE OF A JUDICIAL CAPACITY HERE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES THAT COME UP THROUGH OUR COURTS I’D ALSO LIKE TO SAY THAT IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MY VIEW THE STRUCTURE THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE FOR APPOINTING JUDGES THROUGH THE JUDICIAL NOMINATION COMMISSION WE HAVE A VERY HIGH QUALITY JUDICIARY HERE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND I WOULD NOT WANT US TO LOSE THAT AND THEN AS TO SIGN OFF, IN MY LAST 30 SECONDS, I’D JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT, REITERATE WHAT WALTER SMITH SAID WE NEED A COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN WE NEED IN THE ERA OF CITIZENS UNITED, YOU MAY NOT LIKE CITIZENS UNITED, BUT LET’S TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT’S OUT THERE WE NEED THAT TO BE PART OF OUR COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY WE WILL NOT GET WHAT WE NEED IF PEOPLE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT WE DON’T HAVE STATEHOOD AND DON’T SUPPORT US IN OUR FIGHT FOR STATEHOOD THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> IS JACK NIJAN HERE? DAN LEWIS JACK NIJAN? NO YEAH? NO, HE IS NOT SHERONA MORGAN TIA SMART, CHERYL LEW, PHIL THOMAS >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE MY NAME IS TIA SMART AND I’M ACTUALLY FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA I THINK, FIRST OF ALL, WE SHOULD GIVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR OUR STATE COMMISSIONERS BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY PASSIONATE ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ALL OF THEM THEY ARE ALL PASSIONATE MEMBERS AND HAVE DONE SO SO PASSIONATELY AND FIGHTING FOR THE STATEHOOD FOR YOU ALL FOR YEARS AND MANY WITHOUT COMPENSATION AND IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT TO GET THIS WORK MOVING FORWARD SO AGAIN I AM FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA SO THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME IT’S KIND OF EYE OPENING ON KNOWING THAT THERE’S NO REPRESENTATION HERE AND THAT YOUR OWN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS DONE THIS INJUSTICE TO YOU ALL SO I THINK FOR THE FIRST PART FOR THE COMMISSION IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THE RESIDENTS NEED TO GET MORE IN-DEPTH KNOWLEDGE AND THERE ARE GRASSROOTS EFFORTS TO DO SO HOWEVER, I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THERE ARE ADVOCACY GROUPS MY SUGGESTION IS MAYBE PUT THE LEADERS OF THE ADVOCACY GROUPS LIKE THE COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND PUT THEIR EMAILS ON THE WEBSITE SO COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN ACTUALLY HAVE ACCESS AND I GUESS LIKE REACH OUT TO THOSE MEMBERS THAT WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED INTO THESE ADVOCACY GROUPS AND THEN I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN TAKING A LOT OF TIME FOR THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH I THINK THAT’S A REALLY BIG ISSUE FOR THE DISTRICT RESIDENTS AND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO COMPARE TO VERMONT AND WYOMING, YOU GUYS SURPASS THEIR POPULATIONS SO EVEN IN VERMONT THEY HAVE ABOUT — I THINK IT’S ABOUT 150 MEMBERS IN MY OWN STATE WE ONLY HAVE 120 SO MAYBE KIND OF THINK ABOUT HOW YOU WANT TO REPRESENT THEM BECAUSE IN VERMONT THEY HAVE ONE REPRESENTATIVE FOR EVERY 4,059 RESIDENTS MAYBE INSTEAD OF HAVING THE ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSIONS KIND OF MAKE THEM INTO REPRESENTATIVES OF YOUR HOUSE OF DELEGATES TO HAVE A MORE BICAMERAL AND MORE REPRESENTATION IN YOUR NEW STATE AND THEN ALSO, A STRONGER BILL OF RIGHTS THAT WOULD BE VERY EFFICIENT I THINK FROM THE 1982, JUST KIND OF TAKE SOME OF THOSE PORTIONS OF THAT INTO THE NEW BILL OF RIGHTS TO KIND OF MAKE IT MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT D.C RESIDENTS ARE THIS IS A NEW STATE AND YOU WILL BE MAKING A PRECEDENCE FOR THE FUTURE ALSO WHEN IT COMES TO INFORMING THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, FROM AN OUTSIDER LOOKING IN, I THINK THIS INJUSTICE ISN’T JUST A D.C PROBLEM IT’S AN AMERICAN PROBLEM HOW ARE WE LETTING OUR FELLOW AMERICANS GO UNDER THIS INJUSTICE? AND I THINK IT WOULD BE EASIER TO REMIND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THAT THEY SHOULD BE ANGRY WITH THEIR OWN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS BECAUSE WHY ARE THEY SO CONCERNED WITH LOCAL D.C AFFAIRS WHEN THEY SHOULD BE REPRESENTING THEIR OWN CONSTITUENTS THAT ELECT THEM SO THAT’S THE MESSAGE [APPLAUSE] SO THAT’S THE MESSAGE THAT YOU SHOULD BE SENDING TO OTHER AMERICANS AND THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY THANK YOU >> THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM CHERYL LEW IS PHIL THOMAS HERE? JEAN HARRIS BILL SLATTERY >> THANK YOU I WANT TO FIRST THANK THE COMMISSION FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY MY NAME IS CHERYL LEW AND I AM THE FOUNDER OF GEORGETOWN STUDENTS FOR D.C STATEHOOD FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE HERE LAST NIGHT, YOU HEARD CHUCK TODD TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MILLENNIALS GETTING INVOLVED IN THIS MOVEMENT WELL, I’M HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU THAT THEY ABSOLUTELY ARE WHILE WE HAVE AN AFFINITY FOR BOXED WINE AND BINGING NETFLIX,

WE DEEPLY PASSIONATE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR NATION AND WE BELIEVE IN FIGHTING FOR WHAT WE KNOW TO BE RIGHT YOU HEARD TESTIMONY FROM SEVERAL GEORGETOWN STUDENTS YESTERDAY AND WE ALSO HAVE STUDENT STATEHOOD GROUPS AT A.U. G.W., HOWARD AND RAPIDLY EXPANDING IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL SEEING MORE STUDENTS AT YESTERDAY’S CONVENTION BUT UNFORTUNATELY CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS NOT REALLY WHAT MY PEERS ARE INTERESTED IN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT [LAUGHTER] I ALSO AM HERE TODAY TO LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET CHAIRMAN MENDELSON, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, STUDENT MEMBERS OF THE D.C. COMMUNITY, I AM A CARD-CARRYING REPUBLICAN [APPLAUSE] [LAUGHTER] I SORT OF EXPECTED THE CEILING TO CAVE IN OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, IT HAS BEEN VERY INTERESTING DIPPING MY FEET INTO D.C. POLITICS LET’S JUST SAY I’M A LITTLE BIT OUTNUMBERED THAT BEING SAID, I HOPE THAT YOU WILL BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT I BELIEVE IN IS NOT RACIST, NOT MISOGYNISTIC OR HATEFUL THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BELIEVES IN FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY IN ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF RACE, PARTY AFFILIATION OR YES, GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION THAT BEING SAID, AS A PROUD REPUBLICAN AND MILLENNIAL, I BELIEVE THAT IT IS TIME FOR US TO REMOVE THOSE 535 LEGISLATORS WHO SHOULD BE CONCENTRATING ON GOVERNING THEIR OWN DISTRICTS AND ADD TWO VOTING SENATORS AND A VOTING REPRESENTATIVE NOW, I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AND IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ILLINOIS POLITICS, YOU ARE WELL AWARE THAT WE DON’T HAVE THE BEST TRACK RECORD WITH GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS AND BY SAYING THAT, I MEAN THAT FOUR OF OUR GOVERNORS SINCE 1960 HAVE GONE TO PRISON AND A RECENT CONGRESSMAN HAS HAD TO RESIGN AFTER MISUSING CAMPAIGN FINANCES TO AMONG OTHER THINGS DECORATE HIS OFFICE IN THE STYLE OF “DOWNTON ABBEY.” REGARDLESS, THE POINT IS THAT I AS A NATIVE ILLINOISAN HAVE REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS AND IT’S TIME FOR WASHINGTONIANS TO HAVE THE RIGHTS THEY SO RIGHTLY DESERVE AS AMERICAN CITIZENS LET’S JUST HOPE THAT IF THE FUTURE CONGRESSMEN OF NEW COLUMBIA ARE CONVICTED OF ANYTHING, IT WILL BE FOR SOMETHING FAR MORE EXCITING THAN POOR CHOICE OF OFFICE DECORATION REGARDLESS, I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THIS FIGHT FOR STATEHOOD AS A STUDENT, AS A MILLENNIAL, AS A REPUBLICAN AND MOST IMPORTANTLY AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> CHAIR: MS. HARRIS >> GOOD MORNING I FIRST WANT TO THANK MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER AND THE COMMISSION FOR THE HARD WORK THEY HAVE ALREADY DONE ON MOVING US CLOSER TO STATEHOOD MY NAME IS JEAN HARRIS I’M A THIRD-GENERATION WASHINGTONIAN, EDUCATED FROM ELEMENTARY, KINDERGARTEN THROUGH COLLEGE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND HAVE LIVED HERE MY ENTIRE LIFE I’M A RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE AND I’M ALSO CURRENTLY THE STATE PRESIDENT FOR THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT MAY NOT KNOW WHAT THAT IS, THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE IS THE LARGEST GRASSROOTS NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO BUILDING BETTER LIVES FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE I PERSONALLY, AS STATE PRESIDENT — AND WILL FOLLOW JACK EVANS WHO WILL SAY I’M NOT A STATE BUT NAMI CONSIDERS ME THE STATE PRESIDENT BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT OTHER TITLE TO GIVE ME IF I PUT WASHINGTON IN AND DON’T DO D.C. QUICKLY, YOU KNOW WHAT COMES UP WASHINGTON STATE SO I’M KICKED OUT OF THE SYSTEM BUT WHAT I WANTED TO SAY IS RIGHT NOW A BILL WAS JUST PASSED, NAMI NATIONAL ADVOCATES HEAVILY FOR MORE FUNDS, MORE SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS I’M EXCLUDED FROM THAT PROCESS, NOT BY NAMI BUT BY THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA NOT HAVING STATEHOOD TO ALLOW ME TO REACH MY CONGRESSMEN OR SENATOR TO SAY PASS THIS BILL SO I AM AFFECTED NOT ONLY LOCALLY, I AM AFFECTED NATIONALLY BECAUSE NAMI IS A LARGE ORGANIZATION 50 STATES WITH OVER 1 MILLION MEMBERS WHO HAVE VOTING RIGHTS

IN THEIR STATES, WHO PUSH FOR LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT VETERANS CHILDREN AND ALL WHO ARE SUFFERING AND SO I HAVE NO MAJOR COMMENTS TO MAKE ON THE CONSTITUTION I’M GOING TO LEAVE THAT TO THE LAWYERS WHO SEEM TO BE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB ON THAT AND SINCE I JUST GOT A COPY AND HAVE NOT THOROUGHLY READ IT BUT I WILL ENCOURAGE US TO BROADEN THE BASE OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION TO INCLUDE AND ENCOURAGE ALL D.C. RESIDENTS, THOSE NEW TO D.C., YOUNG AND OLD, AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LIFETIME LIKE MYSELF AND MY MOTHER WHO PASSED AT 104 FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR DECADES, IT MAY SEEM LIKE A SLOW PROCESS BUT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD AND I ENCOURAGE US TO USE AND UTILIZE NEW EYES, NEW VISION AND NEW SPIRIT TO HELP US GET THIS LION OVER THE MOUNTAIN AND GET US VOTING RIGHTS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA I THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [APPLAUSE] IS JIM SLATTERY HERE? THANK YOU, MR. SLATTERY HE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY BRIAN LOVE AND DALE BROWN >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE THANK YOU TO THE COMMISSION MEMBERS MY NAME IS JIM SLATTERY I AM A WARD 4 RESIDENT, THIRD GENERATION WASHINGTONIAN I’M DESCENDENT FROM GRANDPARENTS WHO CALLED SWAUM-POODLE AND NOW-NOMA I KIND OF PREFER SWAUM-POODLE AND NEAR NORTHEAST I LIVE, AS I SAID, IN WARD 4 WITH MY HUSBAND OF SEVEN YEARS AND I’M HERE ON BEHALF OF THE MAYOR’S COMMISSION TO THE OFFICE ON LGBTQ AFFAIRS TO READ A STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF OUR CHAIRPERSON DAVID PEREZ WHO COULD NOT BE WITH US BASICALLY WE WEREN’T ASKED TO LOOK AT THE CONSTITUTION, BUT AS ACTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMISSION, WE DID TAKE A LOOK AND WHAT STRUCK US WAS WHO WAS LEFT OUT OF THE CONSTITUTION AND BY THAT, I’LL JUST GO AHEAD AND READ THIS LANGUAGE AS CURRENTLY DRAFTED THROUGHOUT THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION DOES NOT REFLECT TODAY’S REALITY THAT ALL GENDER IDENTITIES MUST BE SPECIFIED AND RESPECTED WE BELIEVE THAT LANGUAGE MATTERS AND THAT BY SAYING MEN OR WOMEN OR HIS OR HERS VERSUS PEOPLE OR THEY OR THEIRS, THE COMMISSION WHILE NOT INTENDING TO DO SO ARE REINFORCING GENDER BINARIES AND THUS MAKING PEOPLE WHO DO NOT FALL INTO ONE OF THOSE CATEGORIES FRANKLY FEEL INVISIBLE IT IS THE COMMITTEE’S DESIRE TO ENSURE ALL PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ESPECIALLY THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY NOT ONLY FEEL INCLUDED BUT ARE INCLUDED AND AS SUCH, WE ASK THAT EACH INSTANCE IN THE DRAFT BE AMENDED TO REFLECT THIS REQUEST WE FEEL AS WELL THIS ACTION WILL ONLY ADD TO THE COMMON CONCEPTION AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT THE DISTRICT IS A NATIONWIDE LEADER ON ALL MATTERS LGBTQ THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S REQUEST WE WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THE RENEWED CALL FOR STATEHOOD AND HOME THAT IT WILL BE AN HISTORIC WIN ON SEVERAL FRONTS THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU DALE BROWN OR I’M SORRY BRIAN LOVE ALL RIGHT BEFORE YOU BEGIN, WE DO HAVE THESE RESERVE SEATS FOR OUR ON-DECK SPEAKERS AS I CALL SOME OTHER NAMES UP, SHELLY TOMPKIN, YOU WILL BE NEXT DALE WILLS GO AHEAD >> THANK YOU, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION AND FELLOW DELEGATES TO THIS CONVENTION I HAVE LIVED HERE IN THE DISTRICT FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW AND WAS A SUPPORTER OF D.C STATEHOOD WELL BEFORE THAT THE PROVIDED DRAFT CONSTITUTION IS AN ACCEPTABLE START BUT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF AREAS WHERE WE CAN DO BETTER FIRST I DO NOT LIKE THE NAME NEW COLUMBIA IT SEEMS CLUNKY IT IS DERIVED FROM CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WHO HAS A POOR LEGACY AND THE LOGICAL POSTAL ABBREVIATION NC HAS ALREADY BEEN TAKEN I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL GOOD NAMES FOR OUR FUTURE STATE, ANY OF WHICH WOULD BE GOOD CHOICES POTOMAC, ANACOSTIA, DOUGLASS AND, AS SUGGESTED LAST NIGHT, THE DOUGLASS COMMONWEALTH ALL OF THESE NAMES ARE CONNECTED TO OUR HISTORY, ARE DISTINCTIVE AND DO NOT CONFLICT WITH EXISTING POSTAL ABBREVIATIONS LIKE OTHERS WHO HAVE SPOKEN BEFORE ME, I THINK THAT ALL ELECTIONS IN THE NEW STATE SHOULD BE NONPARTISAN THAT WILL ALLOW FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO RUN FOR OFFICE AND WILL REDUCE THE CHANCE FOR PARTISAN GRIDLOCK AND WILL ALLOW

ALL CITIZENS TO HAVE EQUAL SAY IN OUR ELECTIONS REGARDLESS OF THEIR NATIONAL POLITICAL AFFILIATION ALONG WITH THIS, I WOULD SUGGEST WE GET RID OF PRIMARIES ENTIRELY AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE GENERAL ELECTION TO DO THIS, I WOULD PROPOSE THAT ALL ELECTIONS USE INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING OR SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTE THIS WILL PREVENT THE SITUATION THAT REGULARLY OCCURRED IN THE PAST WHERE TWO CANDIDATES WITH BROAD BASE OF OVERLAPPING SUPPORT SPLIT THE VOTE IN AN ELECTION RESULTING WITH A CANDIDATE WITH LESS OVERALL SUPPORT BEING DECLARED THE WINNER FOR GOVERNOR, SPEAKER, ATTORNEY GENERAL AND OTHER OFFICES I PROPOSE INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING THERE ARE PLENTY OF RESOURCES ONLINE DESCRIBING THE PROCESS IN DETAIL BUT WILL LEAD TO THE WINNER WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS FOR THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, I RECOMMEND FIVE DELEGATES USING SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTE GREETING A SIGNIFICANTLY LARGER BODY SPECIFICS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE BUT THIS SYSTEM WILL RESULT IN A HOUSE FAR MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DIVERSE VIEWPOINTS OF DISTRICT THAN OTHER CURRENT SYSTEM COMBINED INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING AND SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTING WILL LEAD TO A MORE DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS WHILE THE CONSTITUTION MENTIONS THAT ELECTED OFFICIALS WILL ALL HAVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS, IT DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE YEAR THEY WILL BE ELECTED I THINK ALL DELEGATES SHOULD BE ELECTED IN ONE CYCLE AND THE GOVERNOR, SPEAKER, ATTORNEY GENERAL AND OTHER NONDELEGATE POSITIONS BE ELECTED TWO YEARS LATER THIS WILL ALLOW SITTING DELEGATES TO RUN FOR SPEAKER OR GOVERNOR WITHOUT LOSING THEIR SEAT WHICH IS A PRIVILEGE ENJOYED TODAY BY ONLY HALF THE D.C. COUNCIL BY ELECTING ALL DELEGATES AT THE SAME TIME, THIS OPPORTUNITY IS EQUALIZED ALLOWING ANY QUALIFIED CANDIDATE TO RUN FOR THESE POSITIONS THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER CHANGES I WOULD MAKE, BUT I WILL SAVE THOSE FOR FURTHER TESTIMONY IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER OUR GOAL MUST BE STATEHOOD WHETHER WE PUSH FORWARD WITH THIS PROCESS OR CONCENTRATE ON BUILDING AWARENESS AND ELECTING DELEGATES TO CRAFT A CONSTITUTION IN 2017, WE CAN’T LOSE SIGHT OF THAT GOAL WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE DESERVE A VOTE IN CONGRESS THANK YOU >> THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] DALE BROWN >> GOOD MORNING MY NAME IS DALE BROWN I’M IN THE PALISADES AREA I HAVE LIVED THERE A LONG TIME I LOVE D.C WE REALLY NEED STATEHOOD I WANTED TO JUST TALK STRATEGY FOR A MINUTE, GOING A LITTLE BIT TO THE NEXT STEP, THE STEP AT THE END WHEN CONGRESS NEEDS TO PASS THIS AND ENCOURAGE ALL OF US TO START NOW TO BUILD AN ARMY OF ALLIES WE HEARD FROM SOMEONE FROM FLORIDA WHO I BELIEVE IS A SIMPLE EXAMPLE OF THE MANY PEOPLE WHO EVENTUALLY WILL HELP US BUT WE NEED TO GET IN CONTACT WITH THEM WE NEED TO TALK TO OUR RELATIVES WE NEED TO TALK TO OUR FRIENDS MANY OF US COME HERE WITH GOOD SOLID NATIONAL NETWORKS AND WE NEED TO TELL THEM OUR PAIN WE NEED TO SHARE OUR PAIN WE NEED TO SHARE THE GAIN TO THEM IF STATEHOOD PASSES SO I JUST CAN’T RECOMMEND ENOUGH TALKING TO THE PEOPLE YOU KNOW TELLING THEM ABOUT THIS FIGHT STARTING NOW SO THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES, WE NOT ONLY HAVE ADVOCATES WHO ARE GOING TO SIGN A PETITION, WRITE CONGRESS, MAKE A PHONE CALL, BUT START THINKING ABOUT THEIR STATE SITUATION MAYBE THEY KNOW SOMEBODY WHO ACTUALLY GIVES MONEY TO THIS CONGRESS PERSON’S CAMPAIGN MAYBE THEY ACTUALLY HAVE A FRIEND WHO THEY CAN TALK TO WHO WILL TALK TO THE CONGRESSMAN THE PROBLEM IS BUILDING THESE RELATIONSHIPS NEEDS TO START NOW BECAUSE, FRANKLY, ASKING THEM TO SUPPORT YOU POLITICALLY OR US POLITICALLY ACTUALLY, IT’S NOT AN EASY THING FOR EVERYBODY TO DO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE DONE IT FOR A LONG TIME OFTEN FORGET THAT SO THAT’S MY REQUEST TO ALL OF US HERE PLEASE START NOW TO BUILD THE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE IN OTHER STATES WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS, WHO ARE YOUR RELATIVES AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE DO NOT HAVE STATEHOOD, WE DO NOT HAVE OUR RIGHTS AND WE WANT IT NOW THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE SHELLY TOMPKIN, SHIRLEY WELLS, AND ANN HOFFMAN >> I’M SHELLY TOMPKIN, NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN, AS MY GOOD FRIEND MARK PLOTKIN MENTIONED I’VE BEEN HE AS A DELEGATE TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION AND NOW I KNOW MY GOOD FRIEND MARK WILL BE WATCHING ME AS IF I DIDN’T KNOW THAT BEFORE I’M CONTINUING MY TESTIMONY FROM LAST NIGHT AND I WILL TRY TO BE BRIEF I EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF RIGHT-SIZING THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF GOVERNMENT AND WHEN I SAY RIGHT-SIZING I BELIEVE IT NEEDS TO BE LARGER THAN 13 MEMBERS BUT NEEDS TO BE RIGHT-SIZED SO I HAVE TWO OPTIONS JUST TO SUGGEST TO THE COMMISSION THAT I THINK HAVE ALREADY BEEN SUGGESTED BUT I WANTED TO ADD MY VOICE TO THOSE OPTIONS FIRST OPTION WOULD CREATE A BICAMERAL LEGISLATURE BY

TRANSFORMING THE CURRENT COUNCIL INTO A STATE SENATE AND WOULD ADD A LOWER HOUSE OF DELEGATES COMPRISED OF FOUR DELEGATES PER EACH WARD EACH WOULD BE ELECTED FROM DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHIC SECTORS IN THE WARDS THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES WOULD THEREFORE HAVE 32 MEMBERS WITH A POPULATION PER LEGISLATIVE RATIO OF 20,000 TO 1 IT IS NOT WHAT YOU WOULD FIND IN MOST STATES BUT IT IS CERTAINLY AN IMPROVEMENT OVER 80,000 TO 1 IT IS ALSO POLITICALLY I THINK AND STRUCTURALLY AN ATTRACTIVE PLAN IN THAT IT WOULDN’T UP-END THE INTERNAL WORKINGS AND STRUCTURE OF THE CURRENT COUNCIL ESSENTIALLY THE CURRENT COUNCIL WOULD BE LEFT AND WOULD BECOME THE STATE SENATE AND BUT IT WOULD ALLOW THE ELECTION OF NEW REPRESENTATIVES IN A LOWER HOUSE THAT WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE MORE DIRECT REPRESENTATION TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS NOW, IF YOU DON’T LIKE THAT, THERE ARE SOME WHO SAY, WELL, YOU HAVE BICAMERAL LEGISLATURE MAKES POLICY MAKING SLOWER OKAY SO WE COULD HAVE A UNICAMERAL PROCESS BUT INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE CURRENT COUNCIL THREE-FOLD ADDING TWO COUNCILMEMBERS PER WARD OR AT THAT TIME IT WOULD BE DISTRICT TWO ADDITIONAL AT-LARGE MEMBERS WHICH WOULD BRING THE LEGISLATURE TO 30 MEMBERS, AND IN THIS CASE THE 24 DELEGATES REPRESENTING INDIVIDUAL WARDS WOULD EACH HAVE A POPULATION FOR LEGISLATOR RATIO OF ABOUT 28,000 TO 1 AND I’VE SEEN THIS RATIO RECOMMENDED QUITE NOW, TO FINISH UP I’VE GOT 30 SECONDS, I WANT TO SAY THAT I’VE SEEN, I’VE BEEN FOR A NUMBER OF THESE MEETINGS AND I THINK THE ISSUE THAT I HAVE HEARD DISCUSSED THE MOST FREQUENTLY FROM THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IS THIS ISSUE OF REPRESENTATION IN THE LEGISLATURE SOL I APPEAL TO THE COMMISSION TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND TO TRY TO EDIT AND TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO THIS EFFECT THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH NOAH WELLS? >> HELLO I AM NOAH WELLS AND I AM THE CURRENT 2016-2017 PRESIDENT OF AU STUDENTS FOR D.C. STATEHOOD [ APPLAUSE ] >> I ALSO HOPE TO BE THE LAST IF ALL GOES WELL I’M FROM PENNSYLVANIA BUT I’M ALSO A REGISTERED VOTER IN THE DISTRICT FOR THIS ELECTION CYCLE SO I’M HAPPY ABOUT THAT WHEN I FIRST READ THROUGH THIS DRAFT I THOUGHT OKAY WE’VE GIVEN OURSELVES LEGISLATIVE AUTONOMY AND BUDGET AUTONOMY BUT THE THING THAT LACKED FOR ME WAS OUR HISTORY OF THE LACK OF VOTER REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS WASN’T EXPLICITLY MENTIONED IN THE CONSTITUTION WE NEED VOTER PROTECTIONS WE NEED VOTER QUALIFICATIONS EXPLICITLY MENTIONED IN OUR CONSTITUTION FOR BEING A STATE CREATED ON THESE THREE PRINCIPLES I WOULD ARGUE THAT VOTING RIGHTS IS THE MOST PROMINENT YET WE DO NOT MENTION IT AT ALL A LOT I RECOGNIZE THAT WE NEED BIPARTISAN NONCONTROVERSIAL CONSTITUTION TO BE PRESENTED TO CONGRESS TO BECOME A STATE AND I ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT WE CAN AMEND THE CONSTITUTION IN THE FUTURE ONCE WE WIN STATEHOOD BUT WHAT IS THE POINT IF WE DO NOT EXPLICITLY MENTION OUR NEED FOR FREE AND INCLUSIVE SUFFRAGE IN OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENT? IT IS MY OPINION IN THESE POLITICS CONGRESSMEN ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR OR AGAINST THE SPECIFICS OF THE CONSTITUTION THEY WILL VOTE FOR OR AGAINST THE IDEA OF STATEHOOD DON’T LET VOTING RIGHTS OF THE RESIDENTS OF NEW COLUMBIA BE ESTABLISHED THROUGH AMENDMENTS IN OUR STATE CONSTITUTION MUCH LIKE OUR NATIONAL CONSTITUTION I KNOW THAT WE ALLOWED TO OPERATING UNDER THE SAME VOTING LAWS AND REGISTRATION AS IN THE DISTRICT IN ARTICLE 8 AND I LIKE D.C.’S VOTER PROTECTIONS AS IT HAS ALLOWED ME TO BE A VOTER OF THE DISTRICT HOWEVER, THE LAST CONSTITUTION D.C. RATIFIED THERE WAS AN ENTIRE ARTICLE FOR VOTING RIGHTS AND IN THIS CONSTITUTION IT IS MENTIONED THE LAST SECTION OF THE LAST ARTICLE AS WELL AS A SECTION IN ARTICLE 8 TO CONCLUDE, I FORESEE NEW COLUMBIA AS THE STATE WITH THE MOST FREE AND INCLUSIVE ELECTIONS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER STATES I BELIEVE THERE MUST BE AN ARTICLE ON VOTING YET AGAIN AND I HOPE YOU DO, TOO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU LET ME SAY ON BEHALF OF THE COMMISSIONERS THAT THERE ARE TWO AU ALUM UP HERE FOR D.C STATEHOOD AND WE APPRECIATE YOU >> THREE >> FOUR ALL RIGHT

>> I WENT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TRUCK DRIVING >> SHIRLEY HOFFMAN JESSE LEVEL I’M SORRY, PLEASE COME DOWN, MISS HOFFMAN I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE A MINUTE AGO >> GOOD MORNING TO GOVERNOR BOWSER >> YOU HAVE TO SPEAK INTO THE MICROPHONE >> OH, GOOD MORNING TO GOVERNOR BOWSER, CHAIRMAN — MAYOR BOWSER CHAIRMAN MENDELSON, SENATOR STRAUSS, SENATOR BROWN AND REPRESENTATIVE GARCIA I AM SHIRLEY HOFFMAN, A WARD 5 RESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SINCE 1962 I AM ALSO A GRADUATE OF THE D.C NEIGHBORHOOD COLLEGE, ET CETERA, AND AN ADVOCATE FOR ALL D.C 1 THROUGH 8 WARDS I AM FORMERLY FROM VIRGINIA IN 1963 I WAS HIRED BY MR. BENJAMIN BRADLEY OF NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE AND I WORKED THERE FOR 37 YEARS WHAT A HISTORICAL MOMENT FORESEEING CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUAL RIGHTS AND NOW STATEHOOD RIGHTS MY FATHER PAID POLL TAXES IN VIRGINIA IN ORDER TO VOTE YOU CAN HEAR THE ACCENT, VIRGINIA, RIGHT THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS IT WAS OF THE SEGREGATED ERA HE WAS THEN TOLD THE PEOPLE LIVING IN D.C., HIS RELATIVES ALL CAME TOMORROW DRIVING IN NICE CARS WITH THE TAGS AND ET CETERA ON IT AND OF COURSE HE DID A LOT OF WALKING AND DEPART — GARDENING BUT HE SHARED WHAT HE HAD EVEN AT THAT TIME HE FOUND OUT THAT EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE CAME TO D.C. AND THEY WENT TO OTHER STATES BUT D.C. HAD NO REPRESENTATION THEY PAID SO MUCH TAXES THEY DID EVERYTHING AND IN THAT ORDER BUT NO REPRESENTATION EVEN WHEN HOME RULE CAME IN PEOPLE CAME HOME PRAISING AND BRAGGING ABOUT THE FACT WE’VE GOT HOME RULE, YOU KNOW, WE WERE WONDERING ABOUT HOME RULE BUT TODAY WE STILL ARE WHERE WE WERE 60 YEARS AGO WHEN MY FATHER TALKED TO ME AND THAT WAS OF THE ERA OF SEGREGATION WHICH I GREW UP IN I’M PROUD TO BE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C I’M PROUD TO KNOW OUR MAYOR AND FAMILY AND ALL WHO HAVE MADE D.C. WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT SHOULD BE AND WILL COME TO BE WITH STATEHOOD COMING INTO THE PROCESS NO MORE TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION WE NEED STATEHOOD AND WE WILL ALL GO TO THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] >> [INAUDIBLE] LOWE >> HI, THANK YOU TO THE COMMISSION THIS IS MY SECOND TIME TESTIFYING DURING THE ACTUAL CONVENTION ALTHOUGH I’VE BEEN HERE A FEW TIMES I AM AN 18-YEAR RESIDENT MYSELF OF THE DISTRICT ORIGINALLY FROM ONE OF THE TWO STATES WITH LESS POPULATION ORIGINALLY FROM VERMONT WHERE I DO REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HAVE SOME FAIRLY PROGRESSIVE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, BUT I’M ALSO THE SECRETARY OF THE D.C. STATEHOOD COALITION AND I AM EXCITED TO SEE US MOVE FORWARD, BUT I THINK I DO WANT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE SPECIFICS AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS AS MUCH OF AN INTERNALLY DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AS WE CAN SO LOOKING TODAY AT A LOT OF THE SPECIFICS IN ARTICLE 7, ARTICLE 7 SECTION 3 I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS PROCESS I DO THINK WE NEED AN AMENDMENTS PROCESS THAT CAN START WITH THE PUBLIC THE CURRENT ARTICLE NOW WOULD REALLY ONLY ALLOW AMENDMENTS TO START IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND THEN BE RATIFIED I DO THINK WE NEED A PROCESS FOR THIS TO START WITH THE PUBLIC AS WELL AND I THINK MOVING FORWARD CERTAINLY IN FUTURE YEARS WE SHOULD REQUIRE A SUPER MAJORITY IN ORDER TO AVOID POSSIBLY INITIATING A CYCLE OF JUST REPEATED CHANGES OVER AND OVER AND OVER TO THE CONSTITUTION I JUST THINK IN GENERAL SUPER MAJORITIES ARE A GOOD IDEA AS MUCH AS I MIGHT WANT TO SEE CHANGES IN THE SHORT TERM I DON’T WANT TO SEE CONSTANTLY RELITIGATING EVERYTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION BUT I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY I BELIEVE THAT DEMOCRACY MAY BE

RATHER THAN THE LAW DEMOCRACY ADVISES THAT WE HOLD A PROPER CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WHICH WOULD INCLUDE ELECTED CITIZEN DELEGATES WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE DRAFTING OF THIS DOCUMENT I BELIEVE ARTICLE 7 SHOULD ADDRESS THE PROCESS OF CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS FOR THE FUTURE BUT EVEN AS WE CONSIDER THE PARTICULAR LANGUAGE IN THIS DRAFT CONSTITUTION WE SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER HOW WE ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD IN THE MEANTIME BEFORE D.C. ACHIEVES STATEHOOD, BEFORE WE BECOME FULL CITIZENS, COMPLETE CITIZENS IN THE WORDS OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS WE SHOULD CONTINUE THIS EFFORT WE BEGAN THIS YEAR ALL OF THE TIME AND THESE MEETINGS, ALL OF THE ADVISORY MINDS WHO HAVE BEEN GOING TO WORK ON THIS I THINK WE SHOULD CONTINUE THE PROCESS PAST THIS YEAR I THINK WE SHOULD WORK TO IMPROVE WHAT MANY ARE NOW CALLING AN INTERIM DRAFT WHILE WE CAN VOTE ON AN INTERIM DRAFT IN NOVEMBER, I REALLY DO FEEL WE NEED TO SEE SOME REASSURANCE THAT THIS PROCESS WON’T END THERE THANKS >> MAYOR: THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] >> ANN HOFFMAN SHE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY BETSY CAVENDISH >> MY NAME IS ANN HOFFMAN AND I’VE LIVED IN D.C. FOR 24 HOURS I’M CURRENTLY A RESIDENT OF WARD 1 WHEN I MOVED TO D.C. FROM NEW JERSEY IN 1991, I DID NOT REALIZE I WAS GIVING UP MY UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP THAT REALIZATION CAME SOME YEARS LATER WHEN THE INTERNET BECAME A BIG THING AND I BEGAN GETTING NOTICES ABOUT CAUSES I BELIEVED IN THE E-MAILS ADVISED ME TO CALL MY SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO SUPPORT MY POSITION OR TO CALL MY REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK HIM IT USUALLY SAID HIM THEN TO VOTE FOR A PARTICULAR BILL I SUDDENLY REALIZED THAT I HAD NO SENATORS AND MY REPRESENTATIVE HAD NO VOTE I VOLUNTEERED IN VARIOUS WAYS TO CHANGE OUR SECOND CLASS CITIZENSHIP SINCE THE LATE 1990’S I’M VERY PLEASED THAT THE MAYOR AND THE STATEHOOD COMMISSION ARE TAKING STEPS NOW TO SECURE STATEHOOD WHICH I REALIZE IS THE ONLY PERMANENT IRREVOCABLE ADEQUATE WAY TO MAKE RESIDENTS OF D.C. WHOLE LIKE THE REAL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES I’M HAPPY THAT WE WILL BE VOTING IN NOVEMBER TO BECOME A STATE I WISH WE WERE NOT VOTING THEN ON THIS CONSTITUTION I THINK THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRATICALLY DEVELOPING THE CONSTITUTION OF OUR NEW STATE TAKES MORE TIME AND MORE DIRECT INVOLVEMENT OF THE RESIDENTS OF D.C. THAN WILL BE ALLOWED UNDER THE CURRENT TIMETABLE ASSUMING THAT TRAIN HAS ALREADY LEFT THE STATION, HOWEVER, I DO HAVE SUGGESTIONS FOR CHANGES IN THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION HERE ARE JUST A FEW IF WE ARE TO INCLUDE A BILL OF RIGHTS IN THE CONSTITUTION, I THINK IT SHOULD BE A PROPER BILL OF RIGHTS FOR US IN THE 21ST CENTURY NOT A REPEAT OF THE 1789 DOCUMENT I THINK IT SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN CLEAR MODERN LANGUAGE GOING BEYOND JUST GENDER NEUTRAL PRONOUNS SUBSTANTIVELY I BELIEVE A PROPER BILL OF RIGHTS D.C. DID NOT INCLUDE THE SECOND AMENDMENT WHICH HAS IN RECENT YEARS BEEN MISS CONSTRUED BY THE U.S SUPREME COURT TO GRANT INDIVIDUALS THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS I BELIEVE IN APPROPRIATE CONSTITUTION FOR D.C. SHOULD INCLUDE AN EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT BARRING DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEX OR GENDER ALTHOUGH THERE IS AN EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE IN THE DRAFT D.C. BILL OF RIGHTS, THAT CLAUSE HAS NOT BEEN HELD TO BAR ALL SEX DISCRIMINATION TO THE EXTENT IT BARS RACE DISCRIMINATION I BELIEVE A NEW D.C CONSTITUTION SHOULD BAN DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GLBTQ PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IT IS AN INHERENTLY A RIGHT TO COUNSEL NOT JUST IN CRIMINAL CASES BUT IN CIVIL CASES WHICH CAN RESULT IN LOSS OF STATUS AND MONEY AND I BELIEVE STRONGLY OUR BILL OF RIGHTS SHOULD INCLUDE THE RIGHT TO VOTE THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] >> LET ME ASK IF YOU HAVE PREPARED WRITTEN COMMENTS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THEM WITH THE COMMISSION AND WE WILL MAKE THEM A PART OF THE RECORD >> GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS AND NEIGHBORS THANK YOU FOR HOLDING THIS OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC PROCESS FOR HEARING FROM D.C. RESIDENTS ABOUT OUR HOPE FOR A NEW STATE

GOVERNMENT I’M BETSY CAVENDISH A PROUD WARD 4 RESIDENT I’VE LIVED IN WASHINGTON ON AND OFF SINCE 1981 WHEN I CAME HERE FOR AN INTERNSHIP AND CONTINUOUSLY SINCE 1997 FOR ALL OR PART OF ABOUT 30 YEARS I’D LIKE TO TESTIFY THIS MORNING IN MY INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AS A DISTRICT RESIDENT ON A COUPLE OF ISSUES AND MAY SUBMIT LONGER TESTIMONY ON OTHERS FIRST, I LIKE THE NAME DOUGLASS COMMONWEALTH AS I LIKE THE IDEA OF KEEPING A D.C. POSTAL CODE AND THE D.C. NICKNAME MORE IMPORTANTLY I’VE BEEN PERSUADED BY OTHER SPEAKERS THAT HONORING FREDERICK DOUGLASS WOULD BE FITTING FOR OUR ASPIRATIONS AS A STATE, FULLY INCLUDED IN THE UNITED STATES DEMOCRACY AS OTHERS HAVE NOTED HE WAS AN ABOLITIONIST AND A FIGHTER FOLLOW WOMEN’S RIGHTS HE FOUGHT FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE ENSLAVED AND WOMEN WHO WERE DISENFRANCHISED MAKE HIM A PERSON TO HONOR AS WE STRIVE TO HAVE VOTES IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DO YOU KNOW WHO OUR NEIGHBORING STATES WERE NAMED FOR? VIRGINIA WAS NAMED FOR THE VIRGIN QUEEN ELIZABETH THE FIRST WHO LIVED FROM 1533 TO 1603 AND MARYLAND WAS NAMED FOR KING CHARLES THE I’S WIFE HENRYETTA MARIA WE NEED TO PLEDGE FOR A REPUBLICAN FORM OF GOVERNMENT WHICH MEANS WE WON’T HAVE A HEREDITARY MONARCHY SO LET’S NAME OUR STATE FOR SOMEONE WHO WAS A PART OF OUR DEMOCRACY AND WHO WAS AN AMERICAN AND WHO DID LIVE IN D.C [ APPLAUSE ] >> BUT NO MATTER WHICH NAME IS CHOSEN, I STAND UP FOR STATEHOOD AND HOPE ALL OF YOU WILL JOIN IN SUPPORTING STATEHOOD EVEN IF YOU DON’T GET EVERY ISSUE YOU WANT IN OUR NEW CONSTITUTION SECOND, MANY HAVE FOCUSED ON THE SMALL SIZE OF THE LEGISLATURE PROPOSED IN THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE CONSTITUTION I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU ALL WILL ULTIMATELY DECIDE ON THIS QUESTION BUT YOU HAVEN’T HEARD ANY VIEWS IN DEFENSE OF A SMALLER NUMBER OF LEGISLATORS SO I WILL SET FORTH ONE DEFENSE FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT CRITICS OF THE SMALL LEGISLATURE CONTEND THAT OUR DEMOCRACY IS STUNTED BECAUSE OUR COUNCIL AND THE PROPOSED HOUSE OF DELEGATES ONLY NUMBERS 13 PEOPLE THIS I THINK IS A THIN VIEW OF DEMOCRACY MEASURED ONLY BY THE RATIO OF REPRESENTATIVES TO POPULATION OTHER THAN AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WHERE WE LACK SENATORS AND A VOTING REPRESENTATIVE, WE DON’T SUFFER FOR WANT OF DEMOCRACY HERE WE HAVE A ROBUST DEMOCRACY WITH PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN THEIR GOVERNMENT AND MYRIAD WAYS DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY IN OUR ROBUST DEMOCRACY THE PEOPLE ARE HEARD AND THE GOVERNMENT RESPONDS THE COUNCIL TAKES TESTIMONY AND HOLDS HEARINGS ON EVERY BILL SOMETIMES STAYING LONG INTO THE NIGHT TO HEAR ALL WHO WISH TO SPEAK OUR CITY HALL AT THE WILSON BUILDING IS ACCESSIBLE WITHIN AN HOUR TO EVERY RESIDENT AND IS VISITED OFTEN BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MEET WITH THEIR COUNCILMEMBERS OR TO TESTIFY THE PROXIMITY OF THE LEGISLATURE MAKES COMPARISONS TO THE LEGISLATURE PEOPLE RATIOS IN OTHER STATES THAT ARE MUCH VASTER IN SIZE NOT PERSUASIVE WE ALSO HAVE 40 ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSIONS WITH 296 SLOTS FOR COMMISSIONERS WHO MEET, HEAR FROM THEIR NOTICE BORES, PASS RESOLUTIONS AND WEIGH IN ON MATTERS OF ZONING, ALCOHOL AND BEVERAGE LICENSING, PLANNING, SANITATION, RECREATION FACILITIES AND MORE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS AND THROUGHOUT THEIR CITY WE HAVE 178 BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS WE’RE THOUSANDS OF FELLOW RESIDENTS PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT, HELPING TO REGULATE INDUSTRIES, SET STANDARDS, HEAR FROM REGULATED PARTIES, REVIEW EVIDENCE, IMPOSE SANCTIONS, MAKE POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS, ADVISE AGENCIES AND MORE ACCESS TO OUR GOVERNMENT COMES IN MANY OTHER FORMS AS WELL ANYONE CAN CALL 311 TO GET A POTHOLE FIXED OR BULK TRASH PICKED UP GOVERNMENT QUICKLY RESPONDS TO INDIVIDUALS AND ON THESE AND MANY OTHER ISSUES OF LOCAL AND PERSONAL CONCERN 311 ESSENTIALLY PROVIDES MUCH OF THE CONSTITUENT SERVICES THAT LEGISLATIVE OFFICES ALSO PROVIDE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TAKE COMMENTS ON PROPOSED RULES BUT OFTEN SPEAK WITH INTERESTED PARTIES AND HOST ROUNDTABLES BEFORE ISSUING REGS THAT IS CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT AND RULEMAKING GOES WELL BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED BY ADMINISTRATIVE LAW THE MAYOR, TOO, AND FUTURE GOVERNMENT INVITES CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FORMULATION OF THE BUDGET, HOLDS OFFICE HOURS WHERE SHE HEARS CITIZEN CONCERNS AND WALKS THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS LISTENING TO PEOPLE AND THEIR ISSUES THIRD AND RELATEDLY UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE MAKES DEMOCRACY MORE RESPONSIVE AT THE SAME TIME OUR POLITICAL CULTURE GUARDS THE MOST VULNERABLE AND MINORITY RIGHTS >> I AM GOING TO HAVE TO ASK YOU TO SUM UP, PLEASE >> WE PROTECT RIGHTS ROBUSTLY HERE AND I THINK WHATEVER YOU DECIDE I HOPE EVERYBODY SUPPORTS THE CONSTITUTION AND SUPPORTS STATEHOOD THANKS

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [ APPLAUSE ] [NAMES CALLED] >> WELCOME BACK >> I WILL BE A LITTLE MORE SERIOUS TODAY MY NAME IS CLIFF SMITH I HAVE LIVED IN D.C. FOR OVER 47 YEARS I FIRST CAME HERE IN 1951, LIVING NEAR PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AND ALABAMA AVENUE AS THE YEARS HAVE GONE ON, I HAVE GOTTEN INCREASINGLY FRUSTRATED THAT I DO NOT HAVE REAL POWER AS A VOTER TO VOTE FOR SOMEBODY TO WRITE TO SOMEBODY WHO HAS REAL POWER IN THIS SENATE OR IN THE HOUSE AND IT IS NOT A MATTER OF WE PAY TAXES, JOIN THE MILITARY, ET CETERA, BUT WE ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS AND IT IS BECAUSE WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS THAT WE SHOULD HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY AND IN THIS CITY WITH EVERYBODY ELSE IN AMERICA THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 225 YEARS AND 1791 REGARDLESS OF EVERYBODY ELSE GETTING RIGHTS WHETHER THE CIVIL WAR AND THE 15TH AMENDMENT WITH THE SUFFRAGE AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT ALL OF THIS WAS IRRELEVANT TO D.C WE DID NOT GET THOSE RIGHTS NEITHER MEN NOR WOMEN, BLACK NOR WHITE OR ANYBODY TO THIS DAY I WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA THERE IN 1960 WAS MY FIRST DEMONSTRATION PICKETING WOOLWORTH’S IN SUPPORT OF THE STUDENTS IN GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA I SUPPORTED THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT WHICH WAS THE ONLY PURPOSE OF OUR MEN’S GROUP I’M A LIFE MEMBER OF THE NAACP AND I WAS A STATE DEPARTMENT FOR TEN YEARS I WAYS PICKED OUT FOR BEING AGAINST THE WAR IN VIETNAM PROBABLY THE ONLY AMERICAN DIPLOMAT IN THE WORLD WHO SUBSCRIBES TO THE BLACK PANTHER NEWSPAPER THAT’S HOW IT GOES RECENTLY IN THE LAST TWO YEARS I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN GOING TO EIGHT OR TEN DEMONSTRATIONS OF BLACK LIVES MATTER I’M INVOLVED WITH THE PACIFICA RADIO AND I’M VERY INVOLVED WITH PALESTINIANS AFFAIRS BECAUSE MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS HALF PALESTINIANS AND MY DAUGHTER USED TO LIVE IN JERUSALEM SO WE ARE INVOLVED IN THAT I HAVE A VERY IMPORTANT POINT ABOUT THE CITY COUNCIL BECOMING THE LEGISLATURE WE HAVE FIVE AT-LARGE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL IF YOU LOOK BACK AT HISTORY BACK WHEN HOME RULE CAME ABOUT THE VERY PURPOSE OF AT-LARGE FIVE DELEGATES WAS PUSHED BY WHITE CONGRESS PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTH TO HOPEFULLY GIVE A WHITE MAJORITY TO THE CITY COUNCIL OF D.C. AND MAJORITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN CITY THE LOGIC WAS AT THAT TIME 40 YEARS AGO, 45 YEARS AGO WAS THAT BUT WHITES VOTE IN A HIGHER PERCENTAGE THAN AFRICAN-AMERICANS DO IF YOU HAVE AT-LARGE SEATS YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE WHITE REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR LOGIC WAS YOU HAVE FIVE AT-LARGE PLUS WARD 4 ALWAYS WHITE PLUS ONE OTHER WARD AND YOU GET A MAJORITY OF THE CITY COUNCIL THIS IS THEIR LOGIC AT LARGE SEATS WERE USED ALL THROUGH THE SOUTH FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE BY WHITE RACISTS IN ORDER TO PREVENT AFRICAN-AMERICANS FROM HAVING THEIR SECTION OF TOWN, THEIR SECTION OF THE STATE REPRESENTED DEMOCRATICALLY AND I DO NOT THINK THERE IS ANY LEGISLATURE IN AMERICA, ANY STATE LEGISLATURE THAT HAS AT-LARGE SEATS AND I DO NOT THINK THAT WE SHOULD HAVE OVER ONE-THIRD OF OUR FUTURE LEGISLATURE TO BE AT-LARGE SEATS THANK YOU >> THANK YOU, MR. SMITH [ APPLAUSE ] >> JENNIFER GOODWIN? >> THANK YOU >> GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY MY NAME IS JENNIFER GOODWIN I’M A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN I LIVE IN WARD 8 I JUST WANTED TO SAY I’M VERY PROUD TO BE HERE AND ALSO VERY PROUD THAT EVERYONE HERE IN D.C IS FINALLY GETTING THE STATEHOOD ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER ALSO FOR YEARS THAT D.C. HAS BEEN PAYING NOT ONLY STATE TAXES BUT FEDERAL TAXES WHICH DON’T MAKE ANY SENSE AND I FEEL THAT D.C. IS READY TO BE THE NEXT STATE AND I DO AGREE WITH MARK ON ALL OF HIS STATEMENTS THAT’S WHY I STAND UP AND CLAP LIKE THIS I JUST WANT TO SAY I WANT FOR THE PANEL TO HONOR OUR CONSTITUTION EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO REWRITE AND REWRITE AND REWRITE JUST TO HONOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND TO FIGHT FOR STATEHOOD AND TO LET OUR CONGRESS KNOW THAT WE ARE READY TO BE THE NEXT 51ST

STATE WE ARE READY THANK YOU VERY MUCH [ APPLAUSE ] >> KEITH IVEY FOLLOWED BY CHARLES GAITHER AND PAULA EDWARDS >> HI MY NAME IS KEITH IVEY I HAVE LIVED IN D.C. FOR 24 YEARS, AND I AM ACTIVE IN D.C FOR DEMOCRACY AND THROUGH IT THE D.C. STATEHOOD COALITION I WANT TO THANK THE COMMISSION FOR BRINGING MUCH NEEDED NEW ATTENTION TO STATEHOOD, REVISING ENTHUSIASM ABOUT THE ISSUE AND REVISITING THE CONSTITUTION WHICH IT IS DEFINITELY TIME AFTER A THIRD OF A CENTURY TO DO THAT HAVING SAID THAT, I HAVE SOME OTHER POINTS TO MAKE THAT I FEAR MAKE ME ANOTHER SKUNK AT THE PARTY THE MESSAGE WE KEEP HEARING IS THAT WE NEED TO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THE CONTENT OR THE PROCESS BUT JUST GET SOMETHING, ANYTHING ON THE BALLOT AND VOTE FOR IT NO MATTER WHAT IT IS AND MAYBE WE CAN FIX IT LATER DESPITE THE FACT THAT CURRENTLY ANYTHING WITH AT LEAST AS IT IS NOW THE AMENDMENT PROCESS WOULD BE UP TO THE 13-MEMBER LEGISLATURE, BUT THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS IS THAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT CREATING GREATER DEMOCRACY NOT TRADING CONGRESSIONAL OVERLORDS FOR A DIFFERENT UN-DEMOCRATIC PROCESS I DON’T KNOW WHY IF STATEHOOD IS A PRIORITY THIS PROCESS WASN’T BEGUN LAST YEAR TO PROVIDE SOME TIME FOR AN ACTUAL CONSIDERATION OF A CONSTITUTION BUT IN ANY CASE THIS PLAN WAS PUT TOGETHER AT THE LAST MINUTE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITHOUT INPUT FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE AND IN SOME CASES FOR DECADES AND THE PROCESS FOR CREATING THIS CONSTITUTION FALLS FAR SHORT OF WHAT THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT DESERVE AND ESSENTIALLY A HOME RULE CHARTER WITH A FEW TWEAKS AND THE HOME RULE CHARTER IS AN ACT OF CONGRESS AND IT ADDS INSULT TO INJURY TO REFER TO THIS EVENT AS A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND TO CALL US TO SAY THAT ALL RESIDENTS ARE DELEGATES WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS PROVIDING INPUT WHICH IS ESSENTIAL AND IT IS GREAT THAT IT IS HAPPENING BUT WE’RE NOT WRITING A CONSTITUTION HERE AND NONE OF US AS DELEGATES HAVE A VOTE AT ANY POINT DURING THE WRITING PROCESS I CAN TESTIFY BEFORE THE D.C COUNCIL OR E-MAIL MY COUNCILMEMBER BUT THAT DOESN’T MAKE ME A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL IN A VERY SHORT TIME WE WILL BE PRESENTED WITH THE FINAL CONSTITUTION THAT EMERGES FROM THIS RUSHED PROCESS IN NOVEMBER THERE WILL BE NO OPTION BUT TO VOTE YES OR NO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE A NO VOTE WILL BE INTERPRETED AS OPPOSING STATEHOOD I FULLY SUPPORT HAVING THE PEOPLE OF D.C. EXPRESS THEIR SUPPORT FOR STATEHOOD IN A REFERENDUM IN NOVEMBER THAT’S A GREAT IDEA BUT I HAVE GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT CONFUSING AND UNDERMINING THE VOTE BY COMBINING IT WITH THE RATIFICATION OF THE PARTICULAR CONSTITUTION PRODUCED BY THIS PROCESS I ASKED THE COMMISSION AND THE D.C. COUNCIL TO SLOW DOWN NOT ON PUSHING FOR STATEHOOD BUT ON THE CONSTITUTION PART AND GET THE CONSTITUTION RIGHT WE MUST HAVE A REAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO RAISE A LEGITIMATE CONSTITUTION >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. GAITHER? >> GOOD MORNING, AND THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND PRIVILEGE I WAS TAUGHT IN THIS VERY BUILDING 30 YEARS AGO, AND MISS GARCIA’S U.S. GOVERNMENT CLASS THAT VOTING IS A RESPONSIBILITY AND IT IS A RIGHT, AND IT IS ONE OF THE PILLARS OF OUR GOVERNMENT I’M A MEMBER OF THE D.C DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN AND INVESTED LIKE ALL OF THE OTHER RESIDENTS IN THIS AUDITORIUM I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MAYOR FOR HER CONTINUED LEADERSHIP AND REQUEST THAT ALL CITIZENS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HER BY PLACING THIS MATTER ON THE BALLOT IN NOVEMBER SO THAT IT WILL BE ON THE PRESIDENT’S DESK IN JANUARY FOR HER TO SIGN IT THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] [NAMES CALLED] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK I’M A NATE ITCH WASHINGTONIAN BORN IN THE OLD COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN I SEE THERE ARE OTHERS HERE I HAVE ENUMERATED MY DIFFERENCES WITH THE PROCESS AND WITH THE CONSTITUTION IN MY WRITTEN TESTIMONY THEY ARE VERY NUMEROUS BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO SUPPORT THIS PROCESS

FOUR DAYS AGO THERE WAS A DECISION IN A CASE CALLED PUERTO RICO VERSUS FRANKLIN, CALIFORNIA FREE TRUST I GOT THAT RIGHT FRANKLIN, CALIFORNIA TAX-FREE TRUST IF THAT DOESN’T ALERT US TO THE DANGERS OF OUR NEBULOUS STATUS AS A QUASI STATE NOTHING ELSE WILL HEDGE FUND MANAGERS WERE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PUERTO RICO’S EXEMPTION FROM THE SAME RIGHTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO EVERY OTHER STATE IN THIS COUNTRY TO DECLARE BANKRUPTCY, AND TO FORCE PUERTO RICO INTO A STATE WHERE THEY CAN NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE BANKRUPTCY THAT ANY OTHER STATE COULD DECLARE AND SO THEY FAILED AFTER ARGUING THE CASE UNFORTUNATELY D.C. IS THE ONLY JURISDICTION IN THIS COUNTRY THAT PAYS BOTH FEDERAL AND LOCAL TAXES AND THAT DOES NOT HAVE ULTIMATE CONTROL OF OTHERWISE LOCAL TAXES AND HAS NO INPUT INTO THE DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF ITS FEDERAL TAXES THIS INCLUDES PUERTO RICO, GUAM, VIRGIN ISLANDS WE’RE ONE OF THE ONLY JURISDICTIONS IN THE WORLD THAT IS IN THIS SITUATION THE ONLY OTHERS I KNOW OF ARE OCCUPIED BY MILITARY FORCES I GO TO INTERNATIONAL TAX CONFERENCES, I GO TO THESE ARE PEOPLE BY PEOPLE WHO ARE LEGISLATORS THEY ARE TAX EXPERTS THEY ARE AMAZED WHEN I TELL THEM OF OUR STATUS THEY ARE UNAWARE OF IT AND IF NOTHING ELSE COMES OUT OF THIS PROCESS WE HAVE TO MAKE EVERYONE AWARE OF THE UNIQUE POSITION WE ARE IN IT IS VERY UNIQUE AND IT IS DANGEROUS AND IT CAN’T CONTINUE TO GO ON THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] >> MISS FUKES? >> GOOD MORNING I’M A LONG-TERM D.C. RESIDENT AND I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, THIS IS NOT A STATEHOOD CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION I ECHO THE MAN WHO JUST SPOKE BEFORE ME THIS WAS A WELL KEPT SECRET THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN BROADCAST ALL OVER THE CITY, TO THE SCHOOLS, ELEMENTARY, SECOND GRADE SOMEONE MENTIONED, MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A HEARING IN EACH WARD NOTICE GIVEN TO OTHER CITIES STATES AND COUNTRIES BECAUSE THIS IS SO-CALLED THE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, OKAY, RIGHT? THIS SCHOOL IS VERY FAR FROM WARD 8 BESIDES THE WOMAN WHO JUST SPOKE, WHO ELSE IS FROM WARD 8? ANYBODY ELSE? 1, 2, 3, OKAY IF IN THIS AGE OF GOVERNMENT SECRETS THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AGE IN AMERICA AND WASHINGTON, D.C.’S STATEHOOD CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION COULD HAVE STARTED IT AS YOU CAN SEE, I AM HERE TO PROTEST WHAT IS HAPPENING AND I HOPE THERE IS A NO VOTE TO GRANT D.C. STATEHOOD IN NOVEMBER UNTIL IT IS DONE RIGHT I HOPE THAT OTHER CITIZENS WILL SAY THE SAME THING THANK YOU >> MISS HUGHES? >> HELLO MY NAME IS LAURA FUKES AND I FINISHED MY 9TH YEAR TEACHING IN D.C. PUBLIC SCHOOLS [ APPLAUSE ] >> I AM 100% BEHIND THE NEED FOR STATEHOOD BUT I’M UNWILLING TO ENSHRINE THE HOME RULE ACT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE IT ADVANCED PLACEMENT GOVERNMENT WE TALK A LOT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CHECKS AND BALANCES WHEN ANALYZING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION THERE ARE BASIC PRINCIPLES AT PLAY BUT ONE OF THE MAIN ONES IS THE NEED TO HOLD OUR EXECUTIVE BRANCH ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CITIZENS IN THE CURRENT DRAFT ARTICLE 2, SECTION 7 PART B CLAUSE 2 STATES THAT THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES MAY ESTABLISH WHICH EDUCATION POLICIES CAN GO TO THE SCHOOL BOARD IF THAT CONTINUES, SAYING PROVIDED SUCH POLICIES WILL NOT INCLUDE POLICIES THAT WERE NOT APPROVED IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE THIS IS AN UNDUE LIMIT ON OUR CITY COUNCIL AND IT ENSHRINES, MAYORAL CONTROL AS AN EMPLOYEE UNDER THREE SEPARATE MAYORS UNDER MAYORAL CONTROL OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, I HAVE LEARNED FIRST HAND THE PROBLEMS THAT ARISE WHEN THE SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES COMPLETELY BREAKS DOWN AND IS NONEXISTENT I’M NOT GOING INTO THEM NOW BUT TO COMBINE THESE PROBLEMS WE CAN LEARN FROM NATIONAL GOVERNMENT NUMBER ONE, APPOINTMENTS OF HEADS OF MAJOR AGENCIES SHOULD BE APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL AFTER EXTENSIVE HEARINGS NUMBER TWO, ALL ACTS MUST ORIGINATE FROM THE HOUSE OF

DELEGATE MEMBERS NUMBER THREE, THE ELECTION SHOULD BE SEPARATE FROM THE GOVERNOR TO ENCOURAGE MORE COMPETITION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR COOPERATION NUMBER FIVE, WE NEED TO HOLD THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH ACCOUNTABLE IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME THAT WE FIGHT FOR A VOICE IN CONGRESS TO DENY IT HERE AT HOME WE NEED A CONTROLLED EXECUTIVE BRANCH STATEHOOD IS FUNDAMENTAL BUT CONSTITUTIONS ARE IMPORTANT THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH JOHN [INAUDIBLE] >> GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS JOHN HEALY I’M A 28-YEAR RESIDENT OF WARD 3 AND I’M HERE TODAY REPRESENTING D.C. 2020 WHICH IS A GRASSROOTS CITY-WIDE COALITION OF DISRUPTORS WHO HAVE A CLEAR VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF D.C WE WILL BE SUBMITTING MORE EXTENSIVE COMMENTS ONLINE HOWEVER, VERBALLY WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THREE FLAGS REGARDING THE DRAFT CONSTITUTION THE FIRST INVOLVES THE ATTORNEY GENERAL D.C. VOTERS HAVE PREVIOUSLY SPOKEN WE WANT A STAND ALONE ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL WITH CLEAR AUTHORITY AND POWERS CURRENTLY THE DRAFT TAKES US BACKWARDS IT PUTS THE AG BACK UNDER THE OVERSIGHT OF THE GOVERNOR AND IT DOES NOT DELINEATE ANY OF THE AG’S AUTHORITY, DUTIES AND AUTONOMY YOU NEED TO FIX THIS PORTION OF THE DRAFT TO MOVE IT OUT FROM THE CONTROL OF THE GOVERNOR AND TO DELINEATE THEIR DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES THE SECOND INVOLVES ETHICS AND INTEGRITY OF THE LEGISLATURE CURRENTLY THE DRAFT ALLOWS LEGISLATORS TO HAVE OUTSIDE JOBS AND ONLY REQUIRES THE GOVERNOR AND THE SPEAKER TO EXCLUSIVELY WORK FOR THE VOTERS THIS BAN OF OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED TO COVER ALL LEGISLATORS THE NEED IS HIGHLIGHTED BY A CURRENT COUNCILMEMBER WHO IS A PAID LOBBYIST OF HIS FELLOW MEMBERS CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE THE THIRD FLAG INVOLVES ANC’S AFTER EVIDENCED BY ALL OF ANC’S WHO TESTIFIED AT ANITA BONDS’ RECENT HEARINGS ON THE GREAT WEIGHT PROVISIONS ANC’S GAVE TESTIMONY THAT THEY AREN’T GIVEN GREAT WEIGHT AND OFTEN FEEL TOTALLY IGNORED BY D.C GOVERNMENT AGENCIES PLUS ALL OF THE ONGOING PRESS COVERAGE OF THE IN-FIGHTING, MANIPULATION AND PERSONAL AGENDAS WITHIN THE ANC’S AND THE FAILURE FOR THEM TO FULFILL THEIR SEEK RED OATHS THAT REQUIRES THEM TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR D.C. INSTEAD OF THEIR PERSONAL AGENDAS ANC’S SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM THE DRAFT RATHER THAN PERPETUATING THIS FAILED CONCEPT AND INSTEAD REPLACE THEM WITH AN ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO THE D.C. HOUSE WHILE KEEPING THE CURRENT COUNCIL AS THE D.C. SENATE THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [NAMES CALLED] >> MY NAME IS DALE DUSETT, I AM 58 YEARS IN WASHINGTON, D.C I CAME HERE ALSO TO WORK FOR JOHN KENNEDY, AND I AM PART OF A CREW HE CALLED THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE, AND I STAYED TO KEEP WORKING IN D.C. ON OUR CULTURAL REVOLUTION SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE, WE HAVE THIS WORD NEW COLUMBIA I DON’T LIKE IT WE’RE NOT NEW LET ME TELL YOU, THIS HAS BEEN CALLED COLUMBIA, WE’RE NAMED AFTER CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, AND WE WERE COLUMBIA TERRITORY BEFORE WE WERE COLUMBIA DISTRICT COLUMBIA IS THE TERM THAT OVERSEES FOR THE 17, 1800’S THAT REPRESENTED THE UNITED STATES AND SO I THINK THAT THE STATE OF COLUMBIA WOULD BE ADEQUATE IT IS SHORT WE’RE NOT NEW WE’VE BEEN THE SAME THING SINCE THE BEGINNING WE’RE JUST BETTER AT IT MY PROPOSAL IS THAT WE SHOULD BE STATE OF COLUMBIA

THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [NAMES CALLED] >> GOOD MORNING, THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY WE’VE HEARD SEVERAL PEOPLE MENTION THE FACT THAT WE’RE GOING TO NEED WIDESPREAD SUPPORT ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN ORDER TO GET STATEHOOD PASSED I WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE IN THE WIDESPREAD COUNTRY BACK IN 1972 WHEN I FIRST LEARNED OF THE STATEHOOD MOVEMENT WHEN I MET JULIUS HOBSON AT THE PEOPLE’S PARTY CONVENTION IN ST. LOUIS, A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIZE PARTY BY THE WAY HE WAS RUNNING WITH DR. BENJAMIN SPOCK ON THE PEOPLE’S TICKET BERNIE SANDERS WAS ALSO ACTIVE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AND BERNIE SANDERS REMAINS COMMITTED TO STATEHOOD, AND I WANT TO ADDRESS COMMENTS TO THE SUPER DELEGATES WHO ARE HERE AND ALSO THE ELECTED DELEGATES, SUPPORT BERNIE’S MOVE TO PUT PROGRESSIVE ISSUES ON THE PLATFORM INCLUDING STATEHOOD BERNIE WILL BE WITH YOU ON THAT THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT HE WILL COME OUT FOR HILLARY AND PUT HIS MAJORITY OF THE UNDER 45 VOTERS THAT HE HAS ACTIVATED AND AMAZINGLY TO BRING THEM INTO THE POLITICAL PROCESS HE IS NOT AGAINST HILLARY WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN SO SUPPORT HIS PROGRESSIVE MOVES TO GET THE CAMPAIGN PLATFORM GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION I WAS INVOLVED IN STATE PARTY REFORM BACK IN MISSOURI TO GET A PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN PLACE WHICH IS NOW IN PARTY OPERATIONS IT WASN’T BACK IN 1972, ’68, ’72 IT WASN’T LIKE THAT I ALSO HAVE AL COMMENT ON AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE NAMELY IN SECTION 6 OR ARTICLE 6, SECTION 2 REQUIRING 5% OF EACH OF AT LEAST FIVE OF THE WARDS TO GET AN INITIATIVE ON THE BALLOT SEEMS A BIT CUMBERSOME AND OVERLY RESTRICTIVE 5% OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS OUGHT TO BE ALL THAT IS NECESSARY I RAISE THIS ISSUE BECAUSE I AM INTERESTED IN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES I WAS A SENIOR SCIENTIST AT EPA HEADQUARTERS FOR 27 YEARS AND INVOLVED IN A LOT OF THIS KIND OF STUFF I’M CURRENTLY INVOLVED WORKING WITH LULAC OTHER AMONG OTHERS TO GET FLUORIDE OUT OF THE DISTRICT WE HAD A BIG PROBLEM WITH LEAD IN THE DRINKING WATER HERE THAT CAME TO LIGHT IN 2007 IT IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE CHEMICAL WE PUT IN THE WATER TO PUT FLUORIDE IN THE WATER WHEN THAT STUFF IS PUT IN THE DRINKING WATER ESPECIALLY IN CONNECTION WITH CORAMINE IT LEECHES LEAD LIKE GANG BUSTERS OUT OF PLUMBING FIXTURES A RECENT ARTICLE IN THE POST BY BRADY DENNIS MENTIONING THAT LIKE ONE IN SEVEN CITIES AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE PROBLEMS WITH LEAD IN THE DRINKING WATER BECAUSE MOST PLACES THAT PUT FLUORIDE IN THEIR DRINKING WATER USE THIS ACID AND IT IS CAUSING INCREASING LEAD LEVELS IN KIDS AND I ALSO WANT TO PUT IN A PITCH FOR THE BICAMERAL LEGISLATURE WITH SAY FOUR REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH WARD TO BE IN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES AND IN THE SENATE THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MISS SHORE? [NAMES CALLED] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY PARTICULARLY TO THE MAYOR, THE STATE COMMISSIONERS, OUR SHADOW DELEGATES AND THE CITY COUNCIL I AM DEBBIE SHORE AND I’M A RESIDENT OF WARD 3 AND AN ACTIVIST IN THE CITY FOR THE PAST 45 YEARS I HAVE HEARD OTHERS YESTERDAY AND TODAY SPEAK SO ELOQUENTLY ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR US TO HAVE STATEHOOD I AM VERY IMPRESSED BY THE NUMBER — THE RANGE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTIFIED MILLENNIALS, RECENT VOTERS, PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR GENERATIONS SO I DON’T NEED TO UNDERSCORE ALL OF THE GREAT REASONS WHY WE NEED TO HAVE STATEHOOD BUT I DO WANT TO BRING ONE THING INTO THAT I HAVEN’T HEARD WHICH IS I AM THE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SASHA BRUCE YOUTH WORK AND WE WORK

WITH RUN AWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN THIS CITY THAT ARE REALLY HAVING A HARD TIME AND WHAT WE DO WITH THEM IS TO TRY TO HELP THEM TO SEE THAT THEY HAVE SOME AGENCY IN THEIR LIVES AND WHEN WE HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WE HAVE A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE HAD RECENT CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE IN THEIR LIVES AND THEY CAN LOOK AT THE CAPITOL BUILDING, THE DOME AND THEY FEEL AS FAR AWAY FROM THAT REALITY AS IF THEY LIVED IN ALASKA OR SOMEWHERE ELSE WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE NEED STATEHOOD FOR ALL OF US WHO HAVE A SENSE OF AGENCY IN OUR OWN LIVES AND PARTICULARLY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T FEEL THAT SO I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO ENTHUSIASTICALLY EMBRACE, SHOW THE WORLD AND THE CONGRESS THAT THE CITY IS READY AND WANTS STATEHOOD AND TO THAT END I AM COMMITTED TO WORK TO EDUCATE OTHERS, TO GET THE REFERENDUM ON THE BALLOT AND TO HAVE AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF VOTERS TO ASK FOR STATEHOOD THAT’S THE FIRST STEP, AND I SAY THIS AS A CITIZEN BUT ALSO I AM THE CHAIR OF THE WARD 3 DEMOCRATS AND A MEMBER OF THE D.C. STATE COMMITTEE SO I DON’T SPEAK FOR ANY OF THOSE GROUPS HERE BUT I HAVE ARRANGED A SPECIAL MEETING OF OUR WARD 3 DELEGATES IN ABOUT TEN DAYS TO ASSURE THAT OUR NEIGHBORS AND DELEGATES AND EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THE CONSTITUTION, THE REFERENDUM AND WHAT IS AT STAKE SO WE CAN INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AMBASSADORS FOR THAT EFFORT WE NEED AS MANY OF THEM AS POSSIBLE ON THE CONSTITUTION ITSELF, MY MAIN POINT OF SUBSTANCE IS THAT I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT THE NUMBER OF LEGISLATORS MUST BE INCREASED I REALLY APPRECIATED WHAT WAS SAID BY OTHERS WHO HAVE LOOKED INTO THIS CAREFULLY THE IDEA OF A BICAMERAL LEGISLATURE WOULD BE WONDERFUL CERTAINLY IF WE HAVE A UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE WE SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE I LIKE THAT CONSTRUCT THIS WOULD MEAN AS I CALCULATED IT THAT WE WOULD EACH BOARD REPRESENTATIVE WOULD REPRESENT 22,000 PEOPLE WHICH IS A LOT OF PEOPLE ALREADY SO IN ADDITION TO THE FAIRNESS FACTOR OF INCREASING THE NUMBER OF LEGISLATORS, THE REALITY FOR OUR CITY IS THAT THERE HAVE BEEN LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTED REPRESENTATION AND WE SHOULD TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE THE CHANCE OF BUILDING LEADERSHIP >> THANK YOU >> I WANT TO SAY ALSO THAT THE WARD 3 DEMOCRATS TOOK A SURVEY ABOUT A YEAR AGO ABOUT WHAT WAS IMPORTANT IN THE CITY EDUCATION, ETHICS, HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS, ENVIRONMENT AND STATEHOOD WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT KIND OF MESSAGE MOVES FORWARD NOT JUST WITHIN OUR CITY BUT THAT WE DO AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE SUGGESTED HERE THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT THE WORLD KNOWS THAT, TOO THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [NAMES CALLED] >> GOOD EVENING I SINCERELY THANK MAYOR BOWSER AND THE NEW COLUMBIA STATEHOOD COMMISSION FOR ALLOWING RESIDENTS TO TESTIFY ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE MY NAME IS SHERONA D. MORGAN AND I AM A FIFTH GENERATION WASHINGTONIAN AND A STRONG AND CONTINUED SUPPORTER OF D.C STATEHOOD HAVING WITNESSED THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE DISTRICT NOT HAVING NATIONAL REPRESENTATION TO FIGHT FOR OUR PROGRAMS, POLICIES AND BUDGETS THAT IMPACT OUR RESIDENTS AND CITY IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE DISTRICT GETS THE STATEHOOD IT DESERVES NOW YES, THE DISTRICT HAS MADE PROGRESS SINCE HOME RULE IN 1973 BUT WE ARE NOT DONE FIGHTING WE DESERVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE A GOVERNOR AND TRUE CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION CONGRESSWOMAN NORTON HAS AND CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR THE DISTRICT BUT WE NEED TO HAVE A TARGETED EFFORT IN THE SENATE AND THROUGH A GOVERNOR TO ENSURE WE ARE HEARD AND TRULY REPRESENTED ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL WE NEED CHANGE AND I AM CONFIDENT SIMILAR TO YOU THAT THE TIME IS NOW AND OUR CITY IS HUNGRY FOR IT OUR CITY AND COUNTRY IS IN TURMOIL FROM LAST WEEK’S TRAGEDIES IN ORLANDO TO OUR DAILY VIOLENT CRIMES IT IS CLEAR PROPER NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE LEGISLATION IS PARTIALLY THE CAUSE OF THIS HORROR AND WOULD HELP TO CURTAIL MORE CRIME THAN DEATH FROM GUNS [ APPLAUSE ] >> THERE IS TOO MUCH AT STAKE ON THE NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL AND

THE DISTRICT’S VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD SO PLEASE CONTINUE THE CHARGE REMEMBER THAT TIME IS NOW NOT LATER, BUT NOW [ APPLAUSE ] >> I LOOK FORWARD TO VOTING FOR STATEHOOD SOON >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [ APPLAUSE ] >> AGAIN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR WRITTEN COMMENTS WITH US AS WELL [NAMES CALLED] >> GOOD AFTERNOON, I’M JOHNNY SCOTT RICE I’M A FOURTH GENERATION WASHINGTONIAN IN THE HOUSE THAT I GREW UP IN IN NORTHEAST, THAT WE STILL OWN, THERE ARE SEVEN GENERATIONS THAT HAVE COME OUT OF THAT HOUSE I AM ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT TRAVELLED AROUND THE COUNTRY WITH SENATOR BROWN, WITH GENE KENDALL, MAYOR GRAY AND OTHERS I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED THE DISSATISFACTION OF GIVING US STATEHOOD PERSONALLY THE WAY I DID IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE THEY TALKED TO US AS IF WE WERE NOT HUMAN BEINGS THEY TALKED TO US AS IF PEOPLE DIDN’T ACTUALLY LIVE IN THE CITY ONE MAN SAID TO ME, ARE YOU SURE YOU LIVE IN D.C.? I SAID, YES HE SAID I DID NOT KNOW THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIVED IN D.C AND I SAID WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS WHEN PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE GENERATIONAL? WELL, I HAPPEN TO BE ONE OF THOSE GENERATIONAL PEOPLE I HAPPEN TO BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT WENT OUT IN THE STATES AND LITERALLY BEGGED FOR THEM TO SUPPORT STATEHOOD I THINK WE SHOULD DO MORE WE SHOULD SEND MORE PEOPLE OUT EVEN THOUGH YOUR FEELINGS WILL GET HURT, YOU WILL BE TALKED TO LIKE YOU WEREN’T WORTH A DAMN, THAT YOUR TAXES DON’T MEAN ANYTHING AND THAT YOU DON’T HAVE A RESIDENCE I BELIEVE THAT IF WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND WE SEND PEOPLE OUT WITH STRONG VOICES BECAUSE WHEN I SPOKE TO THAT COUNCIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE MY IGNORANT BUTT DID NOT REALIZE THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE PACKING GUNS LIVE FREE AND DIE, THAT’S WHAT THEY MEAN LIVE FREE AND DIE WHEN I’M TALKING THIS MAN PUT HIS JACKET BACK TO LET ME SEE THE BUTT OF HIS GUN MY IGNORANT BUTT THOUGHT IT WAS HIS PALM PILOT I DON’T KNOW WHAT A GUN LOOKS LIKE, OKAY? THE LADY SITTING NEXT TO ME WHEN I SAT DOWN SHE SAID, BABY, YOU SPOKE WELL BUT LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING SHE OPENED HER PURSE THERE WAS A GUN IN HER PURSE I LOOKED AT HER AND SAID WHY DO YOU NEED A GUN? SHE SAID THIS IS TO LIVE FREE AND DIE I SAID WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? SHE SAID WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SHOOT YOU YOU WENT IN THE BUILDING THEIR GOVERNMENT OFFICE, THEIR COUNCIL OFFICE, THERE ARE NO SECURITY GUARDS THERE IS A SIGN THAT TELLS YOU WHERE TO GO FOR YOUR HEARING THE MAID IS COMING THROUGH THE BUILDING CLEANING THE BUILDING STACKED WITH A GUN AND TRASH BAGS THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, OKAY? Y’ALL THINK NEW HAMPSHIRE LIKE US, NO, THEY DON’T Y’ALL THINK THESE STATES WANT US TO HAVE STATEHOOD, NO, THEY DON’T BUT WE WANT IT AND WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR IT WE HAVE A MAYOR WHO IS WILLING TO FIGHT WE HAVE A CITY COUNCIL THAT IS WILLING TO FIGHT [ APPLAUSE ] >> WE HAVE TO BE THE CITIZENS THAT IS WILLING TO FIGHT I HEAR ALL OF YOU PEOPLE TALK BEING HOW MANY YEARS YOU’VE BEEN HERE GUESS WHAT? I’M 75 YEARS, FOUR GENERATIONS [ APPLAUSE ] >> SO UNDERSTAND IT IS A SERIOUS ISSUE IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, AND IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF NOW I DON’T HAVE A WRITTEN STATEMENT BECAUSE I WAS OUT OF TOWN I GOT A CALL WHILE I WAS OUT OF TOWN YESTERDAY TO COME AND SPEAK HERE TODAY I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE OUT OF TOWN TODAY I CANCELLED MY SISTER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE HERE WITH YOU ALL THIS MORNING SO UNDERSTAND I AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT AND I’M GOING TO ASK THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, PHIL WAS THERE, HE KNOWS I’M TELLING THE TRUTH BRIAN WAS THERE WE GOT ON THE SHUTTLE TO GO BACK TO THE AIRPORT WE WERE ALL DOWN WE WERE SO DOWN BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN SO DISRESPECTED I WILL NEVER STEP FOOT IN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AGAIN AS LONG AS I LIVE THEY HAVE NOTHING THAT I WANT TO COME TO SEE NOTHING >> THANK YOU >> YOU TALK ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS, BERNIE SANDERS AIN’T DONE NOTHING FOR US HE COULDN’T COME TO THAT HEARING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND HE LIVES THERE HE KNEW WE WERE COMING >> OKAY >> SO I WILL TELL YOU WE NEED TO GET IT DONE WE NEED TO GET BEHIND OUR MEMBERS WE NEED TO GET BEHIND ELEANOR HOLMES AND Y’ALL PEOPLE THAT

WANT TO LIVE HERE AND CLAIM D.C AS YOUR HOME FIGHT HARDER >> THANK YOU, MISS RICE THANK YOU, MISS RICE [ APPLAUSE ] >> EXCUSE ME, SENATOR, CAN I ADD THAT I WAS THERE WITH JOHNNY AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN PROUDER OF A CONSTITUENT THAN I WAS OF HER SHE STOOD UP TO THOSE PEOPLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND I WILL NEVER FORGET IT AND I’LL TELL YOU WHAT, THEY WILL NEVER FORGET IT, EITHER THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH WE WILL HEAR FROM ANICE JENKINS [NAMES CALLED] >> HELLO, EVERYBODY THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THANK YOU FOR CARING THANK YOU FOR NOT DOING YOUR ERRANDS AND THANK YOU FOR NOT — FOR GETTING THAT BABY-SITTER SO YOU CAN BE HERE AND FOR GETTING PEOPLE TO WATCH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, WHOEVER YOU ARE, THANK YOU WE ARE THE TROOPS FOR THIS NIGHT WE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO GO AROUND THE COUNTRY WE’RE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO EDUCATE OUR OWN COMMUNITY ABOUT WHY WE NEED D.C STATEHOOD I’M ANICE JENKINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STAND UP FOR DEMOCRACY IN D.C OTHERWISE KNOWN AS FREE D.C [ APPLAUSE ] >> WE ARE A CONTINUATION OF THE FREE D.C. MOVEMENT THAT CAME OUT OF MISSISSIPPI WITH DR. JAMES FOREMAN AND MARION BARRY WE WERE TOLD BY ONE OF OUR ELDERS IN OUR ORGANIZATION WHO WILL HELPED TO FOUND IT THAT YOU ARE NOT STARTING THIS MOVEMENT YOU ARE A CONTINUATION OF A MOVEMENT THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 200 YEARS IT IS UP TO US TO KEEP THE FIGHT GOING ROYAL HEIGHT, HAROLD HUNTER, CHUCK HICKS, SHERRY FLAT, SUSAN WOODARD AND GRANDCHILDREN SANDRA MORGAN, TABU TAYLOR, IVANA, JOYCE ROBINSON PAUL, MALCOLM WISEMAN, KAREN, I’M GOING TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THERE KAREN, THESE ARE ALL PEOPLE I AM GOING TO AND OB SITTING RIGHT THERE IN THAT RED AMBASSADOR SHIRT THESE ARE ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE AMBASSADORS FOLLOW D.C STATEHOOD I WANT TO GET BACK TO SOMETHING THAT I STARTED SOME TIME AGO AS FAR AS THE CRITICISM AND I WANT TO SAY THAT THE COMMISSION HAS IMPROVED THE WORD DID NOT GET OUT IN TIME THE PEOPLE THAT I NAMED KNEW BECAUSE THEY ARE PART OF AN ORGANIZATION BUT THE WORD DID NOT GET OUT IN TIME TO THE COMMUNITY IF WE ARE A CONVENTION ALL OF THE SEATS SHOULD BE FILLED WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS GET THE WORD OUT WE WANT TO TELL OUR NEIGHBORS AND WE WANT TO GET TO THE SCHOOLS AND GET TO THE CHURCHES AND GET TO THE UNIONS YOU MADE A GREAT EFFORT BY MAKING THE POSTERS AND THE FLYERS I WANT TO COMPLIMENT YOU ON THAT HOWEVER, AT THIS POINT I STILL SUGGEST BECAUSE PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW A CONSTITUTION I DON’T BELIEVE IN PEOPLE VOTING AND APPROVING FOR SOMETHING THAT THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS I AM GOING TO SUGGEST AGAIN THAT YOU TAKE THE CONSTITUTION OFF OF THE REFERENDUM I WANT PEOPLE TO APPROVE STATEHOOD WE DON’T EVER, EVER WANT TO VOTE AGAINST OUR FREEDOM AND OUR LIBERATION BUT I WOULD REALLY SUGGEST AND I’M GOING TO STOP IS THAT THAT BE REMOVED UNTIL PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EDUCATED ABOUT THE CONTENTS AND THAT THEY CAN SAY SIGNIFICANTLY AND IN REALITY, THAT THEY SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION AS IT IS PRESENTED TO THEM THANK YOU AND FREE D.C [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU, MISS JENKINS >> STATEHOOD NOW NEXT [NAMES CALLED] >> THANK YOU I WANT TO THANK AGAIN THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PUT THIS TOGETHER, ALL OF THEIR STAFF AND ALL OF YOU FOR BEING HERE AND TAKING PART EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NOT ELECTED DELEGATES, AND IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER WHAT YOU ARE SAYING I’M AFRAID BECAUSE WE WILL BE VOTED ON BY A COUNCIL WHICH ALREADY HAS THREE LAME DUCK MEMBERS WHICH IS ONE REASON WHY THE CONSTITUTION AS CURRENTLY PRESENTED SHOULD NOT BE VOTED ON IN NOVEMBER WE SHOULD ABSOLUTELY VOTE FOR STATEHOOD BUT WE SHOULD HAVE THE NEW COUNCIL BEING VOTED ONCE WE HAVE VOTED FOR HOW THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD APPEAR I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MYSELF ALSO I’M G. LEE AKIN LIKE ROBERT WHITE I WAS ELECTED IN THE PRIMARY TO BE THE BALLOT

CANDIDATE IN NOVEMBER WITH THE D.C. STATEHOOD GREEN PARTY NOW, THE NATIONAL AFFILIATE GREEN PARTY HAS HAD STATEHOOD ON ITS PLATFORM FOR MANY YEARS AND NOT ONLY SHOULD WE SEND PEOPLE TO THE REPUBLICAN AND THE DEMOCRAT CONVENTIONS WE ALSO OUGHT TO HAVE SOMEBODY GOING TO THANK THE STATEHOOD CONVENTION FOR HAVING US ON THEIR PLATFORM ALL OF THESE YEARS SO THAT’S ALL I’M GOING TO SAY ON THAT I’M VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE IN WILSON HIGH SCHOOL I CAME HERE TO D.C. THE DAY AFTER KENNEDY WAS ELECTED MY CHILDREN WERE BORN HERE MY CHILDREN WENT TO THIS HIGH SCHOOL AND MY SON GRADUATED FROM HERE AND THEN ALMOST IMMEDIATELY ENDED UP FIGHTING IN GULF WAR ONE PLUS TWO TOURS IN AFGHANISTAN, AND WE HAVE HAD 6,000 OF OUR CITIZENS KILLED WORKING FOR THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE AND WE STILL DON’T VOTE WE NEED TO LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE AHEAD OF US, AND I HAD PREPARED ON MY BLOG G. LEE AKIN.BLOGSPOT.COM A COMPLETE CALENDAR OF WHAT IS GOING ON WHICH I TRY TO UPDATE REGULARLY, AND IN THE FUTURE ONCE THIS IS OVER THE COUNCIL WILL BE LOOKING AT WHAT THE MAYOR SUBMITS FOR APPROVAL FOR STATEHOOD AND IT DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT IT BEING A HEARING I REALLY THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A VOICE ON THAT AS WELL AND AS I SAID WITH THREE MEMBERS BEING LAME DUCKS THEY SHOULD NOT BE APPROVING THE CONSTITUTION ONLY THE REFERENDUM TO HAVE US APPROVE STATEHOOD WHICH I HOPE WE WILL DO UNANIMOUSLY SUBSEQUENTLY TO THAT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS WILL SUBMIT — WILL HOLD HEARINGS TO CERTIFY THE REFERENDUM LANGUAGE AND WE SHOULD TRY TO ATTEND THAT HEARING AND I DON’T KNOW WHETHER WE WILL HAVE INPUT FOR THAT BUT WE CERTAINLY SHOULD TRY TO HAVE IT THERE, TOO, AND THEN ASSUMING PUBLICATION ON 8/12 POSSIBLY THERE WILL BE TEN-DAY WINDOWS OPEN FOR OBJECTIONS AND REQUEST FOR HEARING SO THESE ARE ALL CONTINUING STEPS THAT WE SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO AND TAKING PART IN THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND COMING HERE AND SITTING ON THESE HARD SEATS >> THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] MR. LIGHTFOOT? >> THANK YOU, GOOD MORNING I’M GOING TO SPEAK THIS MORNING AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS WELL AS A FORMER CHAIRPERSON OF THE COUNCIL JUDICIARY COMMITTEE I’M GOING TO SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS ARTICLE 3 WHICH RELATES TO THE JUDICIAL BRANCH LET ME FIRST COMMEND THE MAYOR AND CHAIRPERSON MENDELSON AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WITH MAKING THIS EFFORT NOW TO BRING STATEHOOD TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA I THINK THE STRATEGY BEING ADOPTED IS VERY IMPORTANT AND I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT WE DO VOTE IN NOVEMBER SO WE CAN MOVE THIS FORWARD TO CONGRESS, AND FORCE THIS ISSUE BUT NOW LET ME ADDRESS THE SUBSTANCE OF ARTICLE 3 IF I MAY I’M GOING TO SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THE ABSENCE OF THE TEN-YEAR COMMISSION WHICH I CURRENTLY SERVE ON I’M AN APPOINTEE OF THE MAYOR TO THE TENNESSEE TENURE COMMISSION WE HAVE TWO COMMITTEES THAT DEAL WITH THE JUDICIARY ONE IS THE NOMINATING COMMISSION, THE OTHER IS THE TENURE COMMISSION THE TENURE COMMISSION DEALS WITH DISCIPLINING JUDGES AND REAPPOINTING JUDGES WHEN WE DISCIPLINE JUDGES WE IN LARGE PART FOLLOW THE CODE OF JUDICIAL RESPONSIBILITY THAT IS NOT MENTIONED IN HERE AS ONE OF THE CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED WHEN A JUDGE IS TO BE REMOVED OR REAPPOINTED SO I WOULD URGE THE PEOPLE ON THE DAIS AND OTHERS INVOLVED TO PLEASE INCLUDE, NUMBER ONE, THE TENURE COMMISSION AS WELL AS THE NOMINATING COMMISSION THE JOBS ARE VERY MUCH DIFFERENT SECONDLY, I WOULD ASK THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION TO ALSO INCLUDE THAT ONE OF THE MEASUREMENTS BY WHETHER A JUDGE SHOULD BE REAPPOINTED OR DISCIPLINED OR REMOVED FROM THE BENCH IS THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT THAT HAS BEEN DEVELOPED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY USING IN ALL OF THE STATES USED BY ALL OF THE AGENCIES WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ETHICS OF JUDGES THERE ARE COURT CASES WHICH HAVE IN INTERPRETED AND WE’VE GOT PRECEDENT WE CAN FOLLOW THERE ARE RULES AND STANDARDS WHICH ARE VERY CLEAR SO WITH THAT I WILL END BY SAYING AGAIN I COMMEND YOU BY MAKING THIS ACTION NOW I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE VOTE IN NOVEMBER AND I KNOW THIS WILL BE CONTROVERSIAL BUT THE ARGUMENT NOT TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER TO ME IS SIMILAR TO WHAT I HEAR IN CONGRESS WHEN THEY SAY THEY ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S NOMINEE TO THE SUPREME COURT [ APPLAUSE ] >> SO WITH THAT I THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I APPRECIATE IT >> THANK YOU SHEILA REED?

SHE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY JANET BROWN, ELINOR HART AND JOHN PINKUS >> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE I AM SPEAKING TODAY WEARING TWO HATS I AM DIRECTOR OF THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF LGBTQ AFFAIRS AND I’M ALSO A LONG-TIME WARD 4 RESIDENT I STARTED OUT THIS PAST WEEK AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATING PRIDE MONTH WHERE HE REFERENCED AND CALLED US A ROOM FULL OF ANGELIC TROUBLEMAKERS CELEBRATING THE PROGRESS THAT WE MADE AND I ENDED THE WEEK MOURNING WITH MY COMMUNITY OVER THE ORLANDO SHOOTINGS AND THE TRAGEDY AND THE AFTERMATH OF THAT I ATTENDED NO LESS THAN FIVE TO SIX VIGILS AND CANDLELIGHT WORKSHOPS SO WHEN PEOPLE ASK AT THESE WORKSHOPS WHAT CAN WE DO, WHAT CAN WE DO, WE FEEL FOR THE COMMUNITIES THESE ARE ALLIES NOT JUST THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY WHAT CAN WE DO I SAY YOU CAN VOTE FOR STATEHOOD IN D.C YOU CAN KEEP GUNS OUT OF D.C YOU CAN TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FUTURE [ APPLAUSE ] >> YOU CAN MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE HAVE SENATORS AND A CONGRESSWOMAN WITH A VOTE AND I CONNECTED THE DOTS FOR THEM TO SAY WE HAVE NOBODY THAT CAN PROTECT US SO WE MUST TAKE A STAND AND ULTIMATELY LEARN TO PROTECT OURSELVES FROM GUNS THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH JANET BROWN FOLLOWED BY ELEANOR HART AND JOHN PINKUS [INAUDIBLE] >> IF YOU WOULD COME DOWN AND MAKE YOUR WAY SO WE COULD KEEP THINGS MOVING DEBRA PRENDEL WILL BE AFTER THAT >> GOOD MORNING, I GUESS IT IS STILL MORNING MY NAME IS ELINOR HART I LIVE IN WARD 1 AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR STATEHOOD FOR ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS I HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN THE D.C. STATEHOOD COALITION I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MAYOR AND HER TEAM FOR THE STATEHOOD INITIATIVE AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE DRAFTERS OF THE CONSTITUTION I THINK THEY DID A GOOD JOB IN GETTING AND PUTTING TOGETHER A DOCUMENT THAT WILL BE APPROVED BY OUR 13-MEMBER COUNCIL WHICH HAS TO HAPPEN, AND I THINK IT WILL — IT HAS FEWER REASONS FOR THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OBJECT I THINK AS FEW REASONS AS POSSIBLE BEFORE I ADDRESS THE CONSTITUTION EXPLICITLY I DO WANT TO MENTION SOMEONE’S NAME I UNDERSTAND HIS NAME HAS NOT BEEN MENTIONED AT ALL DURING THIS CONVENTION I THINK WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT THE PERSON WHO MADE STATEHOOD A REAL ISSUE IN D.C. AND THAT WAS A MAN NAMED ED GINAN, THE PERSON WHO LED THE STATEHOOD INITIATIVE TO GET IT ON THE BALLOT [ APPLAUSE ] >> AND HE HAS THE POSTED A WONDERFUL OBIT ON HIM SO YOU CAN GOOGLE HIM TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT BUT I THINK WE SHOULD REMEMBER HIM AS WE THINK ABOUT STATEHOOD THE CONSTITUTION HAS ONE VERY SERIOUS FLAW TO ME AND THAT IS AN ABSENCE OF VERY VIGOROUS AMENDMENT PROCESS THIS IS A DOCUMENT AS WE KNOW THAT WAS WRITTEN BY CONGRESS AND AND WE’RE GOING TO TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT AND I’M GOING TO TAKE IT IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE IT AND I THINK WE NEED TO THINK OF THREE WAYS CERTAINLY A CITIZEN INITIATIVE AND I THINK WE CAN ALSO ASK THAT THERE BE A REAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AFTER WE BECOME A STATE TO LOOK AT AMENDING IT AND CHANGING IT SO AGAIN THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT US HERE TODAY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A WONDERFUL VOTE IN NOVEMBER >> THANK YOU, MISS HART [ APPLAUSE ] >> JUST A QUICK NOTE, ON THE POSTER THAT WE ACTUALLY DISTRIBUTED, ED’S PICTURE IS ON IT AND IT WAS ACTUALLY BY GRACIOUSLY DONE BY JULIE WHO WAS ATTENDED ONE OF OUR FORUMS >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH MISS BROWN? [NAMES CALLED] >> I’M JANET BROWN AND I HAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN THE STATEHOOD MOVEMENT FOR ABOUT THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS BUT I HAVE BEEN

CONSCIOUS OF IT EVER SINCE I CAME HERE TO GET MARRIED IN 1957 I FELT AT THE TIME THAT I HAD BEEN ROBBED AS I SAID IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO HERE I FEEL VERY GRATEFUL AND WE ALL SHOULD TO THE MAYOR FOR TAKING THE LEAD ON THIS [ APPLAUSE ] >> WE WOULDN’T BE WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND I AM REALLY PLEASED TO SEE HOW MUCH INTEREST HAS GROWN AND MAYBE IT WAS HERE IN THE CITY SIMMERING ALL OF THE TIME AS IT HAS BEEN FOR ME BUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND THE VARIETY OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE COME OUT HERE TO TESTIFY IS A VERY FINE TESTIMONY TO THE VALIDITY OF THE ISSUE AND TO THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR MAYOR I AM NOT DISTURBED BY THE NUMBER OF PROPOSED CHANGES MANY OF THEM CONTRADICTORY ONE TO ANOTHER I AM NOT CONCERNED REALLY ABOUT THE DETAILS I HAD LOTS OF PROBLEMS WITH THE CONSTITUTION BUT I AM NOT IN A POSITION TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT I DON’T HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OR THE BACKGROUND BUT I THINK IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL AS ELINOR HART HAS SUGGESTED ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION THAT WE HAVE AN AMENDMENT PROCESS THAT NEEDS TO BE VERY CLEAR IN THE CONSTITUTION, AND BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT THE MAYOR HAS BEEN CONFINED TO BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER FOR THE CITY TO GET BUSY ON THESE THINGS WE HAVE AN UNREASONABLY SHORT TIME TO WEIGH THE CONSTITUTION SO I THINK THE AMENDMENT PROCESS IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, AND WE NEED TO HAVE AN EXPLICIT CALL IN THE CONSTITUTION FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND SAY FOUR TO SIX WEEKS THAT WOULD — FOUR TO SIX YEARS WHICH WOULD GIVE US TWO ELECTIONS AND THE EXPERIENCE OF IT AND THEN TO HAVE A CITIZEN ELECTED CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WITH ALL OF THE PROPER INVESTMENT AND RESOURCES FOR THE COMMISSION, THE LAWYERS BECAUSE WE WON’T ALL BE LAWYERS ON THAT COMMITTEE, ON THAT CONVENTION AND THEN TAKE A THOROUGH REVIEW AND GET US THE FINAL PRODUCT THAT WE WANT I PERSONALLY PROBABLY WON’T BE AROUND IN FOUR YEARS, BUT I AM WILLING TO TAKE THE CHANCE THAT WE WILL GET A BETTER CONSTITUTION AND WE WILL BE HAPPIER WITH IT IF WE HAVE A REVIEW IN FOUR YEARS SO LET’S GIVE US THE STATEHOOD VOTE BY ALL MEANS [APPLAUSE] WE WILL ACT IT IN NOVEMBER WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO ARE WORKING ON IT, BUT GIVE US A SPECIFIC AMENDMENT THAT CALLS FOR A STATE CONVENTION FOUR YEARS FROM NOW THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> JUNE PINKAS [INAUDIBLE] >> THANK YOU DAVID PRENDAL FOLLOWED BY MARY LORD >> ACKNOWLEDGING MY SHORTNESS, I REPRESENT SHORT PEOPLE [LAUGHTER] GOOD MORNING I THINK IT’S STILL MORNING THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO HAVE THIS KIND OF CONVENTION AND THIS KIND OF HEARING I HAVE BEEN A HOMEOWNER IN WARD 3 31 YEARS I HAVE A DOCTORATE IN CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING AND MASTER’S DEGREES IN ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SO THAT IS THE PERSPECTIVE THAT I’M GOING TO BRING TO MY COMMUNITIES THE FOCUS OF MUCH OF THE TESTIMONY THIS MORNING HAS BEEN ON THE MANY POLITICAL ADVANTAGES OF STATEHOOD AND NATIONAL REPRESENTATION IN CONGRESS AND I FULLY SHARE THEM AND LIKE MANY OF THE OTHER SPEAKERS, I HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY FRUSTRATED OVER THE YEARS THAT BEING UNABLE TO WRITE OR INFLUENCE ANYONE IN CONGRESS WHO WOULD REPRESENT ME AS A D.C. RESIDENT HOWEVER, I AM CONCERNED AS MANY OTHERS ARE JUST ABOUT THE RUSH TO PASS THE CONSTITUTION AND I DEVOUTLY FEEL THAT THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS IN THIS CASE I’M PARTICULARLY DISMAYED AND DISAPPOINTED BY THE ABSENCE OF CONCERN OVER THE FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS IN THE DRAFTING OF THE CONSTITUTION WE ARE NOT A TYPICAL PLACE TO HAVE A STATE

WE ARE EXTREMELY SMALL GEOGRAPHIC AREA AND SOME OF THE COMPARISON THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO OTHER STATES I DON’T AGREE WITH WE HAVE A VERY LARGE PORTION OF OUR LIMITED TERRITORY WHICH IS COVERED BY TAX-EXEMPT USES, GOVERNMENT MONUMENTS, GOVERNMENT FUNCTIONS, RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND SO FORTH SO THE TRUE TAX BASE OF THE FUTURE STATE WOULD BE EXTREMELY SMALL AND LIMITED AND I THINK WHAT WE NEED TO HAVE — AND I WANT TO CALL FOR THIS A SOLID FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF THE BUDGETARY DEMANDS ON TAXPAYERS OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION ESPECIALLY ANY PROPOSED LOSS OF FEDERAL FUNDING AND ANY ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT COSTS FOR AN EXPANDED SIZE OF GOVERNMENT IN THIS DRAFT AND IN ANY FUTURE ITERATIONS OF FUTURE DRAFTS I PARTICULARLY WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE MANY COMMENTS THAT PEOPLE HAVE MADE ABOUT CALLING FOR AN EXPANDED LEGISLATIVE BRANCH THERE ARE HUGE COSTS INVOLVED AND NOT JUST FOR THE ELECTIONS, BUT FOR THE SALARIES AND THE OFFICE SUPPORT, THE OTHER EXPENSES THAT WOULD GO WITH THOSE FUNCTIONS PEOPLE REALLY NEED A SOLID ANALYSIS OF THAT I SEE YOUR POINT 30 SECONDS, YES THEN ALSO ON THE JUDICIAL BRANCH, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE PROPOSED DRAFT WOULD TAKE AWAY A LOT OF THE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR JUDICIAL FUNCTION THAT IS WOULD REMAIN VERY SUBSTANTIAL IN OUR TERRITORY EVEN AS A STATE SINCE WE ARE NOT A TYPICAL LOCATION, SINCE WE HAVE THE PRESENCE OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO ATTRACT TERRORISTS, CROWDS AND THE THEFT OPPORTUNITIES INHERENT IN LARGE CROWD CONTROL, THE COST TO US OF A JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND CRIME AND INCARCERATION AND SO FORTH SHOULD BE FAIRLY APPORTIONED — THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THIS AND I THINK THAT WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN DRAFTING A CONSTITUTION IS LOOK AT THE PROPOSED INCREASES IN COST TO TAXPAYERS AND THE PROPOSES LOSSES IN REVENUE AND HAVE A SOLID REPRESENTATION ABOUT THAT THAT SHOULD NOT BE UNDISCUSSED >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [APPLAUSE] >> MARY LORD FOLLOWED BY DONALD HAYNES AND OUR LAST SPEAKER >> THANK YOU FIRST I WANT TO THANK MAYOR BOWSER AND THE COUNCIL AND OUR CENTERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN PROBABLY THE BEST CIVICS LESSON I HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME THE SPIRIT OF ’76 IS RIGHT HERE AND ALIVE IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MY NAME IS MARY LORD I CURRENTLY SERVE AS THE AT-LARGE MEMBER ON THE D.C STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AS I LIKE TO SAY, I VOLUNTEERED IN MY CHILDREN’S NURSERY SCHOOL AND THINGS JUST GOT OUT OF HAND AND I, AS A MEMBER OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, AND MY COLLEAGUE FROM WARD 3 RUTH WATTENBERG IS HERE, HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SETTING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS THAT WOULD REQUIRE EVERY GRADUATE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO STUDY D.C HISTORY WHICH IS OUR CIVICS LESSON, TO STUDY AMERICAN HISTORY JUST LIKE MOST OF THE CHILDREN IN ALL THE OTHER STATES DO SO I’M HERE TO ACTUALLY SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS ARTICLE 2, SECTION 7-B-2 WHICH ESTABLISHES THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN THE CONSTITUTION THIS IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT THE LEGISLATURE CANNOT WITH A FLICK OF THE PEN TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS AS CITIZENS TO DETERMINE THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN IN OTHER STATES, THERE HAVE BEEN MOVES AND SUCCESSFUL MOVES TO ABOLISH THEIR STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION BUT THIS COMES WITH A BIG CAVEAT THE POWERS AND AUTHORITIES IN THE CONSTITUTION STRIP THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO SERVING AS MERELY AN ADVISORY BOARD TO THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION WE NO LONGER CAN SET GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS WE NO LONGER CAN ADOPT THE STANDARDS THAT HAVE SUCCEEDED IN RAISING GRADUATION RATES FOUR-YEAR ON-TIME GRADUATION RATES TO THE HIGHEST THEY HAVE EVER BEEN IN THE HISTORY OF THIS CITY THEY STRIP US OF THE ABILITY TO LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR SUCCESS FOR EVERY STUDENT AND IT WOULD SEVERELY UNDERMINE AND POLITICIZE EDUCATION IN A WAY THAT WOULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO CHILDREN SO I TOTALLY SUPPORT THE PROCESS, BUT I THINK AS THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SAID, THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS THE OTHER THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY AS YOUR PREVIOUS SPEAKER MENTIONED IS TO BUILD ON THE STATE LEVEL AUTHORITIES WE ALREADY HAVE I SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION LAST YEAR

AND I’M CURRENTLY THE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT AND BECAUSE WE ARE MEMBERS OF A STATE BOARD, WE HAVE ALL THE POWERS AND AUTHORITIES, YOUR VOICE WAS AT THE TABLE WHEN THE REWRITE OF FEDERAL EDUCATION LAW TOOK PLACE SO I WOULD LIKE TO FIND A WAY TO ESSENTIALLY ESTABLISH MORE STATE-LEVEL BOARDS THAT WE CAN THEN BUILD ON TO GO AND ROVE THE HALLS OF CONGRESS WITH PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY DO HAVE A VOTE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY [APPLAUSE] AND THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE! >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH >> THANK YOU I’M DONALD HAYNES I’M A RESIDENT OF WARD 6 SINCE 1975 I WANT TO ADDRESS THREE SPECIFIC ISSUES JUST BECAUSE I THINK THEY ARE ONES THAT HAVE NOT NECESSARILY BEEN TOUCHED ON OR I HAVE A PERSPECTIVE TO ADD FIRST I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE PROBLEM OF THE LEGISLATURE’S SIZE AND I’M A LATE CONVERT I THINK WE ARE HEARING THE BEGINNING OF A GELLING COMPROMISE I WAS ONE OF THOSE STRONGLY OPPOSED TO KEEPING THE COUNCIL AT 13 AND KEEPING THE LEGISLATURE AS THE COUNCIL AT 13 BUT I THINK THE RATIONALE, I SUGGEST WE GO TO THREE PHASES THE FIRST PHASE IS AN IMMEDIATE TRANSITION PHASE AND THAT WOULD BE UPON THE DATE OF STATEHOOD, WE HAVE BASICALLY A NAME CHANGE AS THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THE COUNCIL HAS THE DELEGATES AND THE CHAIRMAN BECOMES THE SPEAKER, THE MAYOR BECOMES THE GOVERNOR I’D ADD A LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR LIKE MARYLAND SO THE GOVERNOR AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RUN AS A TEAM AND THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR BECAUSE THAT’S HOW THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IS SELECTED IN ADDITION, I WOULD HAVE THE JUDGES DO THE SAME THING AND I WOULD ALSO INITIALLY SAY THAT THE ELECTED SHADOW SENATORS AND DELEGATE, SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE WILL TAKE THEIR SEATS IN CONGRESS AS THE MEMBERS OF THE VOTING ELECTORATE IN D.C HAVE INTENDED AND ALL OF THESE OFFICERS WILL STAY UNTIL ONLY THE FIRST GENERAL ELECTION AFTER WE BECOME STATEHOOD THEN WE WOULD BE UNDER WHATEVER THE CONSTITUTION IS AND THEN ALSO IN THE CONSTITUTION WOULD BE THIS PROVISION FOR AN AUTOMATIC FOUR YEARS I PREFER SIX MAYBE WE CAN COMPROMISE ON FIVE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION I AM STRONGLY OPPOSED TO THE IDEA OF INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS OR SO-CALLED GROUPS OF CITIZENS BEING ABLE TO PROPOSE INITIATIVES TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE END UP LIKE CALIFORNIA, WHERE EXTREMIST GROUPS OR MORE LIKELY CORPORATE-FUNDED GROUPS DO BOGUS — SO WE HAVE PROPOSITION 8 TO ELIMINATE ANTIDISCRIMINATION CAUSES OR PEOPLE AGAINST A BOTTLE TAX OR IN FAVOR OF A BOTTLE TAX ALL USE OUR RESOURCES ON THE AMENDMENT PROCESS ITSELF, I THINK IT’S TOO EASY NOW RIGHT NOW A BEAR MAJORITY OF THE COUNCIL CAN CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION WITH A BEAR VOTE IT OUGHT TO BE 2/3 OF THE COUNCIL AND IT OUGHT TO REQUIRE TWO VOTES, TWO GENERAL ELECTIONS SO THAT THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES A CHECK ON THE TEMPORARY MOOD THAT HAPPENS AND THEN IN ADDITION, THE JUDICIARY OUGHT TO BE MORE LIKE OUR JUDICIARY EVERY JUDGE THAT NOW SERVES D.C. — SOME OF THEM GOOD JUDGES EVERY JUDGE LACKS ONE THING A VOTE FOR A SINGLE D.C. — VOTING PERSON IN CONGRESS SO WE OUGHT TO HAVE THEM — I THINK JUDGES SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY ELECTION CONTINUE THE JUDICIAL NOMINATION PROCESS AND LEAVE IT WITH THE MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, BUT FOR A LIFETIME TENURED JOB THAT’S THE PROTECTION FOR ALL OF US THANK YOU >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH [APPLAUSE] I SAW RUTH WATTENBERG EARLIER RUTH WATTENBERG NO? OKAY YOU WANT TO — >> YEAH THIS IS JUST A HOUSEKEEPING MATTER MY TRUSTY ASSISTANT RACHEL WHO WORKS HER TAIL OFF FOR ME HAS LOST HER WALLET IF ANYBODY FINDS A BLUE WALLET, CAN YOU PLEASE BRING IT TO OUR ATTENTION? THANK YOU >> OKAY THAT CONCLUDES OUR WITNESS LIST OF SPEAKERS WHO HAVE SIGNED UP I’M GOING TO TURN THE GAVEL BACK OVER TO OUR MAYOR >> MAYOR: WELL, I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY WE ARE REACHING THE CLOSE OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION I JOTTED DOWN A COUPLE OF NOTES OF SOME THINGS THAT I HEARD AND

OBSERVED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS, AND INDEED THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND THE ADVISORY REFERENDUM I THINK I WILL START WITH THE FIRST THING — IS THAT THERE IS A LOT THAT WE ALL AGREE ON AND I THINK THAT THE SENTIMENT THAT WE HAVE A UNIQUE TIME RIGHT NOW THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF IS RESONATE ACROSS ALL OF THE DAYS OF OUR DISCUSSION I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT PROCESS AND HOW WE COULD DO BETTER, SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER OR WILL DO BETTER AND I HAVE ALSO BEEN HAVING A LOT OF THOUGHTS OF MY OWN ABOUT WHAT WAS THE PROCESS LIKE BEFORE IN ’82 OR ’87, WHAT WAS THE RESULT CERTAINLY THERE WAS PROBABLY SOME DISCUSSIONS THEN ABOUT HOW THE PROCESS COULD BE DIFFERENT, COULD BE BETTER, WILL BE BETTER EVEN THEN I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT PROCESS BECAUSE I WASN’T AROUND FOR THAT PROCESS BUT I IMAGINE THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF VIGOROUS DEBATE, INCLUDING AROUND THE NAME OF NEW COLUMBIA ONE OF THE LEGAL ADVISORY TEAMS WENT AND RESEARCHED THE ACTUAL DOCUMENTS FROM THAT CONVENTION AND DESCRIBED THE LONG ROBUST PROCESS OF COMING UP WITH THAT NAME THAT WAS AGREED TO BY A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AND VOTED ON BY THE VOTERS SO THAT JUST TELLS US THE PROCESS THAT SOME TALK ABOUT NOW AS IF IT WERE PERFECT — WHICH MAYBE IT WAS, PROBABLY WASN’T THEY CAME UP WITH NEW COLUMBIA TODAY WE DEBATE A NUMBER OF THINGS THAT ARE PART OF THIS PROCESS WE ALSO WANT TO LOOK AT WHAT HAVE BEEN THE RESULTS OF PROCESS AND A LOT OF YEARS OF TALKING ABOUT STATEHOOD WHICH TAKES ME TO MY THIRD POINT YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR ME SAY THIS A LOT, THIS PHRASE THAT URGENCY HAS A SHELF LIFE AND I GET CONCERNED WHEN I THINK BACK OF WHAT MUST HAVE HAPPENED IN ’82 AND ’87, THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF RIGOROUS DEBATE AND THEN THERE WAS NO WIN AND A LOT OF RIGOROUS DEBATE AND TALK, BUT NOT CONCRETE ACTIONS SO I ASK THAT WE ALL FOCUS ON WHAT TYPE OF COMMITMENT ARE WE WILLING TO MAKE FOR A SUSTAINED EFFORT THAT GETS US TO A WIN AND GETS US TO REAL ACTION WHAT IS THAT AMOUNT OF TIME? IS IT SEVEN MONTHS? IS IT SEVEN YEARS? IS IT THREE YEARS? ARE WE GOING TO BE SITTING HERE NEXT YEAR WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF ENERGY? I DON’T KNOW I WANT US TO THINK AS WE MOVE FORWARD — AND THIS IS MY MESSAGE TO THE DELEGATES THIS WILL BE MY MESSAGE TO THE COUNCIL AND MY MESSAGE TO THE VOTERS WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT WE ALL CAN COMMIT TO A HIGH LEVEL SUSTAINED EFFORT, NOT ONLY WITHIN OUR BOUNDARIES, BUT ACROSS OUR NATION? AND SO THAT IS WHAT HAS DRIVEN ALL OF US TO BE SITTING HERE SO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT THE MAYOR’S DONE THIS AND WE’RE HAPPY ABOUT IT, BUT I’M ONLY A VESSEL I AM ACTING ON WHAT YOU TOLD ME TO DO CERTAINLY WHEN I WENT AROUND ALL EIGHT WARDS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PEOPLE ARE FOCUSED, MORE FOCUSED THAN I HAVE SEEN IN ALL OF MY YEARS OF ELECTED LIFE ABOUT THE INDIGNITY OF OUR LACK OF HAVING A VOTE IN THE CONGRESS PEOPLE — AND MARK PLOTKIN SAID IT A COUPLE OF TIMES WILL DO SOMETHING WHEN WE ARE PERSONALLY INSULTED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING I’M PERSONALLY INSULTED BY WHAT IS HAPPENING MY LEVEL OF PERSONAL INSULT STARTED A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN WE WERE LITERALLY TRADED IN A BUDGET DEAL LITERALLY TRADED IN A BUDGET DEAL I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT THEN I UNDERSTOOD IT I KNOW WHAT OUR LEADERS HAVE TO DO WHEN THEY HAVE TO GET THINGS DONE FOR A WHOLE COUNTRY AND THEY ARE FACED SITTING ACROSS THE NEGOTIATION TABLE I UNDERSTOOD IT BUT IT STILL MADE ME MAD A NUMBER OF YOU HAVE GONE TO JAIL FOR D.C. — STATEHOOD, RIGHT? HAVE YOU? WHO HAS? I HAVE GONE TO JAIL FOR D.C. — STATEHOOD AND I HAD NO INTENTION OF GOING TO JAIL FOR D.C. — STATEHOOD WHEN I WOKE UP THAT MORNING [LAUGHTER] NONE WHATSOEVER BUT I WAS INDEED PERSONALLY INSULTED BY WHAT I SAW NOW, AS MAYOR, THE LEVEL OF PERSONAL INSULT IS EVEN MORE DRAMATIC BECAUSE IT IS TRUE, JACK IS RIGHT WE ARE A STATE WE FUNCTION LIKE A STATE THERE IS NO MAYOR IN THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS THE POWER TO EFFECT CITIZENS THAT I HAVE AS MAYOR

NONE [APPLAUSE] WE ARE NOT LIKE ANY OTHER CITY AND SO THE WAY WE ARE DIFFERENT, WE ARE DIFFERENT IN A VERY CRITICAL WAY THIS IS WHY MY FRIEND ANNISE WOULD TELL ME I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU ALL ARE GOING FOR THIS INCREMENTAL VOTING RIGHTS BUSINESS I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU’RE DOING IT BUT SHE’S RIGHT BECAUSE EVEN IF WE GET ONE VOTE OR TWO VOTES IN THE HOUSE, THERE IS NOTHING LIKE HAVING TWO SENATORS IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF OUR ABILITY TO IMPACT THE LAWS THAT AFFECT US AND IMPACT THE BUDGET THAT GOES DOWN TO ALL STATES WE ARE IN A GREAT POSITION TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION RIGHT NOW AND I DO AGREE THAT WE HAVE TO EDUCATE, FIRE UP OUR OWN RESIDENTS AND WE DO HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO THEM — BECAUSE SOMETIMES WHEN LIFE IS GOOD, YOU THINK, WELL, HEY, NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THE STATUS QUO IN WASHINGTON YOU KNOW, THEY PICK UP MY TRASH THE SCHOOLS ARE IMPROVING PEOPLE ARE MOVING HERE YOU KNOW, MY TAXES ARE EVEN GOING DOWN NOT SO BAD IN WASHINGTON WHY DO WE NEED TO SHAKE THINGS UP? BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS AT THE WHIM OF THE CONGRESS WE ARE ALWAYS AT THE WHIM OF THE CONGRESS [APPLAUSE] SO, MR. PLOTKIN SAID A LITTLE BIT EARLIER I SHOULD NEVER TALK TO ANY MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESS WITHOUT TALKING TO ABOUT STATEHOOD TRUST ME, MARK PLOTKIN HAS NO IDEA WHAT I TALK TO THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ABOUT NOW, SOMETIMES I WILL COME OUT AND TELL THEM SOMETIMES I WON’T BECAUSE THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE CRITICAL BUT EACH TIME WE DON’T ONLY GO AND TALK TO THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE THE FACT IS THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SAY OVER US IMAGINE THAT LISTEN TO THAT STATEMENT SOMEBODY FROM UTAH HAS SAY OVER US SOMEBODY FROM NORTH CAROLINA HAS SAY OVER US SOMEBODY FROM WISCONSIN, FLORIDA, TEXAS, YOU NAME IT, HAS A SAY OVER WHAT OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES DO AND SO TIME AFTER TIME THEY WILL SAY TO ME, ONE OF THEM SAID, YOU KNOW, NEVER GONNA HAPPEN I KNOW YOU’RE WORKING ON STATEHOOD, NEVER GONNA HAPPEN TIME AFTER TIME, TIME AFTER TIME SO THESE PEOPLE WILL TELL US THAT THEY ARE OUR FRIENDS AND, YOU KNOW, THEY THINK THAT THEY ARE AND WE HAVE TO REMIND THEM THAT THEY ARE NOT [APPLAUSE] SO I JUST WANT TO ASK EVERYBODY — AND I RESPECT ALL OF WHAT I HEARD AND I HAVE HEARD ALL OF WHAT I HEARD AND I HAVE REALLY — I SHOULDN’T SAY I HEARD IT I REALLY LISTENED TO WHAT I HEARD AND THIS IS THE DISCUSSION THAT WE WILL BE HAVING AMONG COMMISSIONERS SO IF THE ARGUMENT IS LET’S TAKE LONGER, LET’S JUST NOT TAKE LONGER FOR THE SAKE OF TAKING LONGER LET’S THINK ABOUT WHAT WE WOULD ACTUALLY GET OUT OF TAKING LONGER OR CAN WE GET ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE HEARD TAKEN CARE OF IN THE TIME THAT I THINK IT WILL BE MOST IMPACTFUL? I ALSO HEARD A LOT ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THE CONSTITUTION ENSHRINES OR DOESN’T GET RID OF ANY CHECKS AND BALANCES IN OUR JURISDICTION AND I ASSURE YOU THAT I WILL ONLY SUPPORT SOMETHING THAT DOES ENSHRINE THOSE CHECKS AND BALANCES NOT FROM THE CONGRESS, THOUGH AND SO THAT’S WHAT’S DIFFERENCE ABOUT WHAT’S BEFORE US I HAVE HEARD SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT DO THE ELECTED A.G. AND BEING UNDER THE GOVERNOR — THAT’S NOT IN THIS CONSTITUTION THE ELECTED A.G. CONTINUES TO BE ELECTED IN THIS CONSTITUTION THE A.G. IN OUR SYSTEM AND THE WAY WE ARE SET UP IS PART OF THE EXECUTIVE JUST LIKE THE CFO IS A PART OF THE EXECUTIVE JUST LIKE THE I.G. IS PART OF THE EXECUTIVE THAT’S NOT SAYING THEY ARE SUBORDINATE TO THE MAYOR THAT IS SAYING THAT THEY SERVE AN EXECUTIVE FUNCTION NOT A LEGISLATIVE FUNCTION, NOT A JUDICIAL FUNCTION, BUT PART OF AN EXECUTIVE FUNCTION AND THAT CONTINUES TO BE ENSHRINED HERE IT WAS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT TO MANY PEOPLE THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS INCLUDED THAT THERE ARE ALSO SOME PARTS OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT THE CONGRESS, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MORE SAY OVER WHAT HAPPENS THAN WE DO OR TOO MUCH SAY, INCLUDING HOW WE WRITE OUR ZONING LAWS AND SO THOSE ALSO ARE TAKEN CARE OF BY OUR STATE GOVERNMENT AND NOT BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BODY NOW, THE AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION, I THINK THERE HAVE BEEN SOME VERY CONSTRUCTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS DONE HERE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION I ALSO WANT TO EMPHASIZE WHAT I HEARD AROUND COMMUNICATIONS AND

FUNDING AND SUSTAINING THE EFFORT BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN QUITE A LOT WE ESTABLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME A REGIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE THAT IS LED BY BEVERLY PERRY AND I WANT TO GIVE HER A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR HER FEDERAL AND REGIONAL WORK [APPLAUSE] AND SOMEBODY SAID THAT WE SHOULD HAVE STARTED THIS LAST YEAR, BUT WE DID START THIS LAST YEAR WHEN WE CREATED THAT OFFICE, SO THAT WE WOULD HAVE A FOCUS IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE ON OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE CONGRESS, ON OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE FEDERAL AGENCIES AND INDEED OUR EFFORT TO CHART A NEW COURSE FOR STATEHOOD WHICH IS WHAT IS UNDER WAY NOW I ALSO HEARD A LOT ABOUT VOTING AND MAKING SURE THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF ONE PERSON AND HAVING ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX AND ONE PERSON ONE VOTE AND HAVING COMPETITIVE ELECTIONS AND I THINK THAT HAS BEEN RAISED A NUMBER OF TIMES AND FINALLY, I’LL SAY THIS AND WE HEARD JAMIE RASKIN AND I WAS SO PLEASED THAT HE WAS ABLE TO COME AND OFFER HIS PERSPECTIVE AND I HOPE THAT WE ALL PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT JAMIE SAID HE IS AN ALLY HE’S A CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR AND HE WILL BE MORE THAN ANYBODY ABLE TO HELP US ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF STATEHOOD HE EMPHASIZED THE URGENCY OF NOW HE EMPHASIZED HAVING A STREAMLINED CONVERSATION, STREAMLINED CONSTITUTION AND HE EMPHASIZED MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE GAINING ALLIES IN EVERY PLACE THAT WE CAN ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND I THINK THAT WAS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPORTANT I AM REALLY VERY PROUD OF ALL OF YOU FOR STAYING THE COURSE ON STATEHOOD FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE AND I OWE IT, WE OWE IT AND WE ALL OWE IT TO OUR FELLOW CITIZENS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD SOMETIMES WE DECRY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT HERE WHEN WE NEED TO CELEBRATE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AND THEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE ROOM [APPLAUSE] SO WITH THAT, IF THERE’S NO FURTHER DISCUSSION AMONG THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION, I WOULD LIKE TO ADJOURN THE NEW COLUMBIA STATEHOOD COMMISSION AND CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 2016 [POUNDING OF GAVEL] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]