To date, John Oliver is not associated with Stand-Ups for DC! but his explanation of the issue is terrifc.
STAND-UPS FOR DC!
OVER 700,000 U.S. CITIZENS LIVE UNDER A FORM OF DICTATORSHIP
AND IT'S WAY PAST TIME
FOR THIS TO END!
STATEHOOD GUARANTEES THAT THE RIGHT TO FULLY PARTICIPATE IN OUR DEMOCRACY WILL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY WITH THE WHIMS OF A NEW CONGRESS.
EASY WAYS TO HELP
Call YOUR representative
Participate in an event
Spread the word
Post pictures and/or videos of your support
Join stand-up comedians (and others) from DC and elsewhere in drawing media attention to the denial of voting rights for the 700k+ citizens of the nation's capital.
DC residents have been denied the basic right to have representation in Congress for so long, that today there is practically no mention in the media, of this maddening injustice. It is considered old news; nothing about which to get excited.
So it's time to say, "NO MORE"! This fight needs to get highly visible and loud!!
Our goal is to get enough media attention to force politicians to address DC Statehood publicly, in interviews, town halls, and debates. We need this to move from a local problem to a national issue. Those of us who believe in the true spirit of America and the American Way KNOW denying US citizens the right to participate in representative democracy is wrong!
So we're asking the comedy community, entertainers of all types, businesses, politicians and everyone else to join this non-partisan effort to help their fellow Americans escape an injustice that impacts us all.
THE DISTIRICT OF COLUMBIA IS AS LARGE AS _ OTHER STATES
DC CITIZENS PAY MORE TAXES THAN _ OTHER STATES
THERE'S NO GOOD REASON WHY DC CITIZENS SHOULD BE DENIED CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION