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For much of Washington D.C.’s history, “Taxation Without Representation” has been the unofficial motto and rallying cry of its residents. The slogan refers to the fact that the more than 700,000 D.C. residents pay federal taxes and serve in the military, all while being denied the full rights that the 50 states enjoy. Statehood would grant DC residents full representation in Congress and would also prevent Congress from interfering in local laws.

NYU DC welcomed Ty Hobson-Powell, Founder & Director of Policy at Concerned Citizens DC, who discussed the importance of DC statehood as part of the broader movement to advance racial equity and democracy.

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Ty Hobson-Powell

Ty Hobson-Powell

Ty Hobson-Powell (25) is a native Washingtonian and lifelong community advocate. After graduating from high school at 13, he went on to become the youngest student to ever matriculate at Howard University in its history. After gaining his Bachelor's degree at age 15 from the University of Baltimore and his Master’s degree at 17 from Liberty University, Ty began his career in public service with DC’s Dept. of Employment Services availing supports to some of the District’s most disadvantaged residents through his work with MBSYEP, OYP & MBYLI. He also worked for Hillary for America in the 2016 presidential election as a field organizer in Erie, Pennsylvania. Currently, Ty serves as Co-Founder and Director of Policy for Concerned Citizens DC, Civic Engagement Coordinator for University Of DC, and is a lead organizer with the 51 For 51 D.C. statehood and JustDemocracy campaigns.