07 Aug 2015



There is one place that gets shafted... (from Last Week Tonight, via screenshot)

There is one place that gets shafted… (from Last Week Tonight, via screenshot)

Since our initial post about a singalong for DC Statehood inspired by John Oliver and Last Week Tonight, more than a few people have been interested in either joining or knowing more about this effort. First off, here is what a few folks have been saying around the interwebs: Links from the Washington PostHillNowDCistWashington City PaperQuartzKidfriendlyDC and Washingtonian.

We’ve also had a few questions about location: after all “U.S. Capitol Grounds” is as vague as you can get while still invoking a general geographical location, which would make it perfect for a romantic comedy meet-cute, except for all the commercial filming permits, etc., but I digress. Since we will be recording the singalong, and since security around the U.S. Capitol Grounds is very tight, we reached out to Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, (who was very supportive of this effort) to make sure we are welcomed on Sunday. Unfortunately, we have not heard back from her office. Lucky for us, we did hear from Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown, one of two shadow Senators for the District of Columbia, who will be there to welcome us.


Now, here is what you need to know:

What: DC kids sing Last Week Tonight’s Washington D.C. Statehood song (#SingFreeorDie) (#All8Wards!)
Where: East Front Capitol, 1 East Capitol Street NE. We’ll be waving a DC Flag.
When: This Sunday, August 9, 10 a.m. (if your children are singing, show up by 9:30-9:45 so we can practice with choir leader Mike Showalter and uke player Stephen Leroy)
Why: Because statehood belongs to the next generation, and kids are cute.

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