By Kimberly Perry | March 21, 2016
Almost three years ago, we stood together and celebrated the passage of Referendum 8, a ballot initiative that amended the DC Home Rule Charter to give the District of Columbia local budget control. With the law on our side, we freed ourselves from congressional control over our local tax dollars.
Late last week, the DC Superior Court upheld the force of the election and declared DC's local budget autonomy act the law of the land, ruling:
Congress has chosen to delegate its authority and responsibility over the District's affairs to a distinct local government. This Court is unable to interfere with that lawful delegation of authority and exercise of that delegated authority by the Council, the Mayor, and the citizens of the District of Columbia.
This victory is long overdue, and we are grateful to those who stood behind the will of the people along the way. Thank you to DC Appleseed, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Council Chair Phil Mendelson, the DC Council and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton as well as the numerous legal teams who crafted and defended this law. Our victory would not be possible without their involvement or yours.
Some members of Congress may still choose to stand in our way - refusing to surrender even a portion of the control they maintain over the District. But we are prepared to defend our laws. I hope you will stand with us as we continue our campaign for full democratic equality for DC residents.