This button was used in the mid-1970s to advocate for the creation of Advisory Neighborhood Councils (now Advisory Neighborhood Commissions) following the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973. This new form of government subdivided Washington, D.C.’s eight wards into smaller units, some as small as a few city blocks. The Council for each unit was composed of elected representatives who lived locally, knew their neighbors and understood their needs. Perceived as a radical experiment in urban self-government, the system was modelled on a mode of community organizing already in operation in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.
Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.