Unitarian Universalist Association Letter to Congress
Supporting the DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights
Act (H.R. 5388)
July 20, 2006
On behalf of the more than 1,000 congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association, urge you to support the DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act (H.R. 5388). The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations has supported “Representation in Congress and Self-Government for the District of Columbia” since our highest policy-making body approved a resolution of that title in 1970.
The DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act is a creative, effective solution to one of the most overlooked but none-the-less shameful flaws in our system of governance—that the residents of our nation’s capitol have no voting representation in Congress. Indeed, it is particularly appalling that thousands of Congressional employees—people who are serving their country as public servants—must choose between having voting representation in Congress or living in the District of Columbia. Nor is it ethical to disenfranchise the hundreds of thousands of DC residents who, in addition to deserving representation simply as US citizens, are particularly deserving because it is their lives and work that make it possible for Congress to function here.
Two of the fundamental principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations are respect for the worth and dignity of every person and the use of the democratic process. By denying one of the most basic elements of democratic governance, Congress devalues the worth and dignity of all DC residents. The lack of DC voting representation in Congress is unfair, unethical, and wrong.
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is pleased to endorse the Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act (H.R. 5388. Again, we urge you to support this important legislation.
Robert C. Keithan, Director