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VIDEO: Mario Van Peebles joins push for D.C. statehood

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Actor Mario Van Peebles is speaking in support of statehood for D.C.  In a newly-released public service announcement, Van Peebles joined D.C. Senator Paul Strauss in asking Americans to contact their senators in support of making D.C. the 51st state.

Strauss has been working hard to try and get Hollywood's elite involved in the in the push.  Last month, he hosted a dinner-- attended by stars including Kate Walsh, Tim Daly and Van Peebles-- to discuss statehood for the District.  

Van Peebles is the first celebrity to speak out publicly in favor of D.C. statehood since Strauss hosted the dinner in February.
"Growing up, I thought taxation without representation was terrible," he says in the video, adding, "Every American citizen deserves equal rights."


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