NOTING: That the District of Columbia is governed by a Mayor-Commissioner and
a City Council, all appointed by the President of the United States and the only
elected branch of city government is the school committee; the powers of the
Mayor-Commissioner and City Council are extremely limited, being far less than
those customarily exercised by similar bodies in municipalities elsewhere in the
FURTHER NOTING: That Congress continues to act as a super-city council for
the District, a function for which it is not well suited, which serves only to
divert its attention from broader national and international problems, and which
has resulted in a government unresponsive to the needs and desires of the
AFFIRMING: That the District remains unrepresented in Congress itself, that
the citizens of the District—virtually alone among the peoples under the
American flag—are denied a voice in choosing the members of the legislative
bodies who rule over them, in determining the national and local policies which
affect their lives, and in deciding how the federal and local taxes they pay are
levied and spent;
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1970 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist
Association urges the Congress of the United States to propose, and the States
to ratify, an Amendment to the Constitution of the United State to provide for
full voting representation in Congress for the citizens of the District of
Columbia. The General Assembly further reaffirms its 1962 resolution urging the
Congress to reinstitute democratic self-government in the District of Columbia.
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