In his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, President Obama called on all of us to “do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home . . . includ[ing] our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote.”
As you know, one place where Americans are denied this most fundamental right is the nation’s capital.
But DC Appleseed has been working as hard as ever to secure this right for D.C. residents—and thanks to your support, we’re making progress. We are the legal architect of the local budget autonomy charter amendment referendum, which will go before D.C. voters on April 23. We helped to defend the right of D.C. residents to vote on the referendum when it was challenged before the Board of Elections last month, and we will continue to defend the measure as long as it takes to give District residents control over their own local budget.
As I explained last week in a post on Greater Greater Washington, the charter amendment referendum will entrust D.C. voters with an essential role in giving themselves greater democracy. Giving D.C. residents the opportunity to do their part is one of the many reasons why the referendum is the right approach to at long last make progress on this important issue.
We’ve also been working to urge President Obama do all he can to carry out his pledge to “fight for voting rights, Home Rule and budget autonomy for the District.” I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on Monday outlining four things Obama can do right now to take on that fight. As I explained, one thing he could do is simply announce that he will not sign any congressional resolution rejecting the local budget autonomy charter amendment. By doing so, the President would effectively ensure that local budget autonomy will become law.
We’re answering President Obama’s call to do our part to protect and advance fundamental rights here in the nation’s capital. I hope you will support this work and do your part by supporting us with a donation.