We have much to be thankful for and to share that bounty with others. It is a time to reflect on what we have done and what we still need to do. The Ward 6 Democrats wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 7, was a great night for Democrats, both in Virginia and nation-wide. That’s at least in part due to YOU, and the volunteer efforts Democrats across DC contributed. There’s lots more work to be done, though, with a key special election coming up in Alabama in less than a month and the 2018 elections just around the corner.
Doug Jones for Senate
The already-competitive race for Jeff Sessions’s old Senate seat in Alabama is now red-hot.
Democrat Doug Jones, the former ACLU attorney who, in 2001, prosecuted and successfully brought to justice two of the Klansmen responsible the 1963 bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church which killed four little girls, has recently pulled slightly ahead in the polls.
Roy Moore, his Republican opponent, is manifestly unqualified and a despicable person. He’s a judge who’s been removed from office twice for blatant Constitutional violations, and he’s recently been revealed to be a pedophile.
This is an amazing opportunity to flip a seat in deep-red Alabama blue, and further narrow Republicans’ razor-thin majority in the Senate. Doug Jones can win this election, but he needs our help. Find out more about Doug, donate to his campaign, or sign up to volunteer (or all three!) at https://dougjonesforsenate.com.
Swing VA-10 Left
Swing Left is an organization that matches Democratic volunteers with their nearest swing Congressional district so we can help flip it blue in 2018. Here in DC, our nearest swing district is VA-10, currently (but hopefully not for much longer!) represented by Republican Barbara Comstock. She’s only in her second term, but she’s well-funded. She is beatable, but it’s going to take concerted effort.
You can learn about what Swing Left is working on in VA-10 and sign up to help at https://swingleft.org/district/VA-10. You can also go directly to the VA-10 events calendar at https://swingleft.org/district/VA-10/calendar and sign up to participate in a house party or canvass event – or even host one yourself! The calendar page includes detailed instructions for how to do both of those things.
Ward 6 Democrats Events
I’ll Have a Blue Christmas/Solstice/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah…
Want to party with your fellow Democrats this holiday season? We want to party with you, too! The Ward 6 Democrats will be hosting our annual holiday party. We’re still nailing down details, so look for a separate email invitation shortly.
You can also join Ward 6 Council member Charles Allen Wednesday, December 6, from 6-8 pm at the Capital Yacht Club (800 Wharf St SW) for the Ward 6 Brickie Awards & Holiday Party. The event is free, and you can find out more, register, or nominate someone for a Brickie Award at http://www.charlesallenward6.com/2017_brickies.
Speaking of Council member Allen, Ward 6 Democrats President Chuck Burger is co-sponsoring a fundraiser for his 2018 re-election campaign on November 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Residences at Eastern Market (777 C Street SE). RSVP requested. Contact Chuck for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-258-5316
Feature Article: Sustainable DC
Launched under former mayor (and current Ward 7 Council member) Vincent Gray, the vision for Sustainable DC is that within 20 years, DC will be the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States.
Phase one, which took place in 2011-2012, consisted of 125 public meetings, working groups, and online solicitation of ideas from residents all across DC, and resulted in an overall sustainability plan that includes specific goals related to jobs, health, built environment, climate, energy, food, nature, transportation, waste, water, and the green economy.
One of the big “wins” that resulted from Phase One occurred this summer, when DC was named the world’s first LEED Platinum city (https://wamu.org/story/17/08/31/d-c-named-worlds-first-leed-platinum-city/). The US Green Building Council rating recognizes our status as a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, innovating around clean energy, and other environmental metrics.
You also may have seen information from the Department of Public Works (DPW) about recent changes to recycling in DC, as part of the related Zero Waste initiative. Short version: we recycle just about everything. You can find out more about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle at https://zerowaste.dc.gov.
Sustainability DC is now in Phase Two, updating the vision and plan to reflect the many changes that have occurred in our city in the past five years. Working groups are operating right now to craft a community-driven draft plan that will be finalized and released next summer.
To learn more, visit http://www.sustainabledc.org or follow @SustainDC (https://twitter.com/SustainDC) on Twitter. To participate in a working group, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y9idm_75gbHwgWoZ8P221IIpKM8GYOt2xZ3BprT6pVs/viewform?edit_requested=true. To provide comments on any/all of the areas the sustainability plan covers, visit https://sites.google.com/view/sdc-survey/home.
Ward 6 Survival Guide
Speaking of reduce, reuse, and recycle, it’s fall leaf collection time! DPW collects and composts our leaves and holiday trees, and then provides free compost back to DC residents to use in our yards. You can find out more about how that all works and what the schedule is for pickup on your block at
Get the Ward 6 Survival Sheet for Living in DC here: http://www.ward6dems.org/resources.
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