Excerpts from

1972 DC Statehood Party platform

  Copyright 1999 The Progressive Review








In 1972, the DC Statehood Party


Neighborhood authorities and neighborhood housing banks


Public ownership of all center city land & of key commecial strips


Community ownership and development of Fort Lincoln


Urban rehabilitation over urban renewal


Elected neighborhood legislative councils and neighborhood executives with power over selection of neighborhood police officials, selection of neighborhood school superintendent, school site selection and proposed roads.


Extended voting over several days


Proportional representation


A property tax that includes not only real estate but other property such as stocks and bonds


The taxation of income-producing property of non-profit organizations and churches


Encouragement of light, smokeless industry


Low rent facilities in new commercial centers for small businesses


Enclosed and open stalls for artisans, craftsmen and other small operators.


The end of the forced displacement of small business.


The contruction of public markets


The conversion of banks and public utilities to cooperatives.


A national guaranteed income


Ownership of liquor stores by neighborhood cooperatives


Conversion of the correctional system from a punitive to a rehablitative one


Legalization of gambling, prostitution, marijuana use and drug addiction.


A massive expansion of drug treatment programs


Community hiring and firing of district police commanders


Division of police into a uniformed crime-fighting force and a neighorhood constabulary


The recruitment of lawyers into the police department at the level of captain and above


No more parking lots downtown


Creation of jitney service


Public ownership and fare subsidy of the transit system


Opposition to ownership by suburban-dominated Metro


Serious consideration of monorails, personal transit systems, and streetcars


Community control of the schools


The immediate withdrawal of all forces form Indochina


Strongest measures to end pollution in all its forms


Free health care for all citizens


Free abortions on demand


Opposition to discrimination against blacks, women, homosexuals, chicanos, Asians and other ethnic minorities, men in the case of laws relating to alimony, the mentally or physically handicapped, and ex-felons in the denial of right to participate politically


Equal wages for equal work


Maternity and paternity leave with pay


Media monopolies


Cooperative control of cable television


Youth representation on legislative and other governing councils


Creation of an equal service commission to ensure equal distribution of public services throughout the city


Ward balance in capital improvements and government personnel


Varied curriculum, services and teaching methods in the schools


An environmental commission or court with the power to halt or alter projects and prctices detrimental to the environment