The Committee of the Whole of the DC Council has released the latest version of the Constitution.
The good news is that they have heard our demand for a constitutional convention.
The bad news is that
1) the constitutional convention only gets to recommend changes to the Legislative Assembly (our new legislature), it does not have authority to make changes itself.
2) the constitution doesn’t make it absolutely clear that the delegates are elected by the people.
3) The Legislative Assembly gets to decide the scope of what the constitutional convention can do.
4) the constitutional convention is called TWO years after admission into the Union.
We think the Council should change the constitution as follows:
1) allow the constitutional convention to amend the constitution
2) make it absolutely clear that the delegates are elected by the people
3) remove the provision that allows the Legislative Assembly to constrain the scope of the constitutional convention
4) call the constitutional convention ONE year after admission
Chairman Phil Mendelson is the most important target. Email and call the Chairman, and copy Evan Cash, Director of the Committee of the Whole.
Chairman Mendelson firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 724-8032, and Evan Cash email@example.com.
Also email and call the At-Large Councilmembers and your ward Councilmember, as well as any other Councilmembers you know.
At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 724-8064
At-Large Councilmember David Grosso email@example.com (202) 724-8105
At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman firstname.lastname@example.org (202)-724-7772
At-Large Councilmember Robert White email@example.com (202) 724-8174
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 724-8181
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans email@example.com (202) 724-8058
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 724-8062
Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd email@example.com (202) 724-8052
Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 724-8028
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen email@example.com (202)-724-8072
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 724-8068
Ward 8 Councilmember LaRuby May LMay@DCCOUNCIL.US (202)724-8045