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This Thursday, the House of Representatives will hold its first hearing in 26 years on D.C. statehood. It’s a big deal in that it jumpstarts the legislative process to take unprecedented action: Pass a statehood bill in one chamber of Congress.  

At the hearing, the House Oversight Committee will hear from six guests, four of whom are in favor of statehood: Mayor MurielBowser, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt, D.C. resident and veteran Kerwin Miller, Congressional Research Service’s Legislative Attorney Kenneth Thomas, and Cato Institute Legal Affairs Vice President Roger Pilon.

But the hearing is just the half of it. Statehood advocates want to get everyone amped up about the cause, so statehood-focused events are taking place all week: 

  • On Monday, a statehood parade down Pennsylvania Avenue NW kicks off outside the Wilson Building at 11:30 a.m. 

  • On Tuesday, a statehood mural will be unveiled on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. 

  • On Wednesday, the 51 for 51 coalition will hold a presser in front of the Capitol.

  • On Thursday, a march and rally supporting statehood and commemorating lives lost to gun violence will take place on the National Mall at 7 p.m.

Advocates hope to maintain enthusiasm, as victories around D.C. enfranchisement are episodic. Read more about this history and whether the 116th Congress could actually pass legislation here. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • D.C. educators have made more home visits than any other school district in the country. But is it working? [Post]

  • A Northeast apartment fire displaced 10 residents. [WTOP

  • A driver has been charged in the July car crash that killed two people on a bench. [DCist]

  • A self-described Nazi plans to return to Bloomingdale after being released from custody for a federal gun charge. [DCist]

  • ICYMI: Judge says GW Hospital violated labor law while negotiating with its union. [WCP

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Bureaucratic failures led to a rowhouse fire that killed a 9-year-old and a 40-year-old. [Post]

  • Spotted: Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd at an anti-77 workers alliance launch party. [Twitter]

  • Back from Burning Man, Adam Eidinger, leader of the Jack Evans recall effort, scolds signature gatherers for not gathering signatures. [Twitter]

  • ICYMI: Mayor Muriel Bowser refunded $20,000 in contributions to her inaugural committee. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Komi is bringing its vegetarian Happy Gyro pop-up back in October. [Washingtonian]

  • A new alliance of restaurant workers unites those who fought against Initiative 77. [DCist]

  • Bolster your wine vocabulary. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Season openers at Studio and Folger focus on historic institutions. [WCP]

  • The Fillmore Silver Spring hosts an unforgettable wedding. [Washingtonian]

  • Skunk sisters at the National Zoo celebrate five years in D.C. [Post]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Pressure? What pressure? The top-seeded Mystics are embracing their role as title favorites before the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs begin tomorrow. [WCP]

  • The Washington football team’s defense looked dreadful in the 31-21 loss to the Cowboys at FedExField. [NBC Sports Network]

  • Nationals manager Dave Martinez left yesterday’s win over the Braves early and was taken to the hospital “for precautionary reasons” because of an unspecified illness. [Washington Times]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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