We sent the following message to our Washington D.C. supporters last week:
As you know, our campaign to expand end-of-life options here in the District of Columbia has been moving forward at full steam. We now expect a committee vote on the Death with Dignity Act, which would authorize medical aid in dying in the nation’s capital, later this month!
Before the vote, we need volunteers like you to urge your councilmembers to support this important bill. So we’re holding a lobby day where you can tell your councilmember why medical aid in dying is important to you and ask them to support the Death with Dignity Act.
WHAT: Compassion & Choices Washington DC Lobby Day
WHEN: Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Room 104, The Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC
We’ll meet in the morning for a volunteer breakfast, and then hold a press conference featuring Dan Diaz, husband of the late Brittany Maynard. After Brittany was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she and Dan moved from California to Oregon to access the state’s medical aid-in-dying law. Dan has since become a national advocate for expanding end-of-life options.
In the afternoon, we’ll break into small groups for meetings with the councilmembers, and supporters like you can ask for their vote.
Feel free to prepare your personal stories in advance of your visit. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for lawmakers to hear personal stories about why this issue means so much to all of us.
I hope to see you there,
DC Legislative and Field Manager