The citizens of the nation's capital have a status which is anomalous in a democratic society. They have no local government, no elected officials responsible to them, no ballot by which to express their will in their own local affairs.
We are persuaded that the problems of the District of Columbia should be solved within that democratic process which is the cornerstone of American life.
We urge the Congress of the United States to free the District of Columbia from its current anomalous status and grant it a workable form of home rule.
We urge our constituent congregations, through their social action committees, to communicate to their representatives in the Congress the conviction that home rule for the District of Columbia is a national moral issue.