On this page, you’ll find resources to help you give input to the D.C. Council, engage with the D.C. government, and have your voice heard.
Click here for some key ways to take action right now.
Why Does the D.C. Budget Matter?
The D.C. Budget is a statement of D.C. values. What goes into the budget for next year determines what programs and services are funded, what policies and reforms are implemented, and how the District plans to tackle systemic inequities to uphold the civil rights and civil liberties of all District residents.
Each year, after the Mayor releases her proposed budget for the District, the D.C. Council holds budget hearings that provide an opportunity for District residents to speak directly to decision-makers about the programs and resources that are important to them before Councilmembers approve a final budget.
Meaningful public engagement through the budget hearing process can help elected official be more transparent, accountable, and responsive to constituents, particularly during the budget season.
It has never been more critical for District residents to weigh in on the District’s budget. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget hearing process looks a little different, but the resources on this page will give you everything you need to speak out and be heard!
- Mayor Bowser’s FY2021 Proposed Budget
- Webinar: Budget Engagement 101 in Washington, D.C. with Fair Budget Coalition and ACLU-DC
- Tips and Template for Oral/Recorded D.C. Council Testimony
- Seven Steps to Telling Your Story: Use your story to craft a succinct and powerful story for testifying before the D.C. Council
- D.C. Councilmember Directory