Next Saturday, we commemorate Emancipation Day - the 154th anniversary of achieving freedom for more than 3,000 men, women and children who were enslaved in the District of Columbia. Every April 16th we renew our commitment to equality for all people and continue our fight for Washington, DC statehood. Washington, DC recently won an important victory on the path for full statehood when the Superior Court sided with me and the DC Council by upholding our Budget Autonomy law.
Because of Budget Autonomy, your elected leaders will be able to spend your hard earned tax dollars on the things that matter most to District residents, without interference from Congress. That is a big step forward. I hope you’ll join me as we celebrate by marching in this year’s Emancipation Day Parade.
We’ll start to gather on Saturday April, 16th at noon at One Judiciary Square.
To learn more, you can visit emancipation.dc.gov.