It's DNC Week!

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

It's (virtual) Democratic National Convention Week!

Just as the national party organization has been working hard to put on a convention that's safe but also still fun and energizing for all of us as we look towards November 3, all the Ward Democratic organizations and the DC Democratic State Committee have been working hard to create some fun virtual or physically distanced events here in DC this week for you to enjoy. Of particular note, the Ward 6 Dems are co-hosting a virtual watch party with the DC DSC tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 18, featuring special guest Harry Jaffe, and the DC DSC is hosting a drive-in watch party at Park Up DC at RFK Stadium on Thursday, August 20. Details and registration information below. Get fired up to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this November! 

Meanwhile, our Ward 6 Dems fundraiser for local nonprofit Martha's Table is ongoing. We've set the ambitious goal of raising $2500 to help them continue and further that work. If you're able, please give generously.

Best

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

Get Out The Vote Event: TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 18

Our next GOTV virtual Zoom meeting will be TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 18, starting at 7:00 p.m. Our GOTV team (Andria Thomas and Matt LaFortune) has selected the two Senate races we'll be supporting: Theresa Greenfield, who is challenging Senator Joni Ernst in Iowa, and Jaime Harrison, who is challenging Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Per the Cook Political Report, the Greenfield race is now officially a toss up and winning it will be critical to the Democrats taking the Senate this fall. The Harrison race is a bit more of a long-shot, but we're hopeful we can help move that seat into the Dem column, too. As with all of our chosen candidates, Ms. Greenfield and Mr. Harrison publicly support DC Statehood. No Donation Without Representation! 

Tomorrow night, we'll be focusing on the Greenfield Senate race, and we'll focus on the Harrison Senate race in September. Details and RSVP for the Greenfield virtual event are at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/293212/.

We're also still working to support the re-election campaigns of Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), both of whom were elected with our help in 2018. Both first-term representatives, who also publicly support DC Statehood, are in tough re-election fights, so we have the opportunity to have a major impact on them retaining their seats so the Democrats can protect - or even possibly expand - their House majority this fall. These are some of the postcards we've already completed for them.

GOTV postcards to Virginia voters

Need addresses? Email Matt LaFortune at [email protected] We still have addresses for Spanberger to be claimed, and we have a new batch for Greenfield ready to distribute. 

Need postcards?

Already completed some postcards? Hang onto them for now - Matt will be in touch about collecting them to mail on the dates the campaigns request.

Need a little help keeping your postcard writing energy up? Network NoVA, a local Virginia grass roots activist organization, is hosting weekly postcard power lunches, Fridays at noon. They feature music, messaging ideas, weekly special guests, and prizes. Register to join them here.

 

DNC Virtual Watch Party with Special Guest Harry Jaffe: TOMORROW Tuesday, August 18

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 18, starting at 8:30 p.m., the DC Democratic State Committee and the Ward 6 Dems will be co-hosting a virtual watch party for the second night of the Democratic National Convention. We'll be joined by Harry Jaffe, local journalist and award-winning author of Dream City, who will provide expert commentary tied to local DC issues like the statehood movement. 

Details and RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/295797/

The DC DSC is hosting events EACH of the four nights, including a drive-in watch party for the final night of the convention, Thursday, August 20, at Park Up DC at RFK Stadium. Details and RSVP for the Park Up event is at https://www.universe.com/events/dc-democratic-party-democratic-national-convention-watch-party-park-up-tickets-YD2TQM. Tickets are free, but you do need use the access code to "unlock" the tickets: [email protected] - the party will be in Lot 8A.

 

Back to School Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic - TODAY, Monday, August 17 at 11:00 a.m. 

We apologize for the short notice, but we just got information that local public policy nonprofit The Brookings Institute is holding a FREE webinar on issues related to the ongoing pandemic and schools TODAY, Monday, August 17, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Register at: https://www.brookings.edu/events/back-to-school-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic-balancing-students-right-to-education-against-public-health/

Session description:

As the spread of the coronavirus persists throughout the U.S., educators, parents, and students have received inconsistent and sometimes conflicting information about plans for continuing education for the upcoming school year. Pressure from the federal government to reopen schools for in-person learning amid the continuing pandemic has sparked conflict as it potentially threatens the physical health of students, teachers and staff, in addition to undermining public health efforts. Do students' rights to public education require in-person instruction? How does remote instruction compare against live instruction and what are the expected impacts on student equity? How long can public health mandates trump students' (and parents') needs? How are school districts approaching reopening for the fall and beyond, and how are they attempting to balance these conflicting priorities?

 On August 17,  the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings will host a webinar examining the implications of reopening schools for both in-person and online instruction. As local government officials and school districts prepare for the upcoming school year, speakers will discuss federal and state-level responses of support in education amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewers may submit questions for speakers by emailing [email protected] or on Twitter - be sure to tag @BrookingsEdu and use the hashtag #COVIDReopening.

Panelists:

  • Moderator: Michael Hansen, Senior Fellow, Herman and George R. Brown Chair and Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, The Brookings Institution
  • Robin Lake, Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education
  • Kimberly J. Robinson, Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Aaron C. Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Get Ready To Vote, DC

The DC Board of Elections is going to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every registered voter in DC this fall. In preparation for that, they recently sent a mailer to check addresses that many citizens found a bit confusing.

  • If you received your BoE mailer and the information on it was correct, you do not need to do anything. 
  • If you received your BoE mailer and there was incorrect information - the person it was addressed to no longer lives there, you'd prefer your ballot be sent somewhere else - DO NOT detach the two pieces. Write the corrected information where indicated, fold the card so that information you wrote is on the inside and the BOE return address is on the outside, tab-tape the cards together at the bottom, and drop it in any mailbox.
  • If you did NOT receive your BoE mailer, immediately visit https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status to check your registration status and, as necessary, update it per the directions on that webpage: download, complete, and mail back the Voter Registration Application

What else can you do?

While we will all be getting mail ballots - and we should all plan to return them as early as possible to reduce the load on the US Postal Service - DC is going to have polling places open, and the Board of Elections will need poll workers. Many of our most dedicated and experienced poll workers are our senior neighbors, and it's not safe for them to work the polls during the pandemic. If you're in a lower-risk demographic category, please consider volunteering to help on November 3. Information and application are available at: https://www.dcboe.org/Poll-Workers/Apply-to-be-an-Election-Day-Worker.

Don't delay! Your vote is your voice - make sure YOUR voice is heard.

#GetCountedDC

It take about 5-10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Donald Trump is trying to dramatically shorten the time frame for the door-to-door visits by Census enumerators, so it's particularly important that we all complete our questionnaires online ASAP at https://my2020census.gov

Why does the Census matter?

  1. The federal government distributes over $6 billion annually to the District to support vital programs based on census data.
  2. Census data is used to update Ward and ANC boundaries to reflect population growth and movement across the District.
  3. District agencies rely on accurate census data for budgeting, planning, and policy decision-making across the city.
  4. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
  5. Businesses use census data to decide where to build offices and stores, creating jobs in our community.

An undercount would have serious consequences for our city, denying us federal funds to which we are entitled that support everything from programs for children to infrastructure improvements. 

Celebrate Women

This is the week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It became an official part of the Constitution on August 18, 1920, when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify it.

The 19th*, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on the intersection of gender, politics and policy, launched on August 9. The name says it all. The asterisk shows the work left to be done. Only 23.7 percent of Congress is female; only 7.4 percent of state legislators are women of color. The Poynter Institute school of journalism recently published a story about The 19th*, or you can check out their website at: https://19thnews.org

USA Today recognized “Women of the Century” in their Friday, August 14, issue. The project recognizes the accomplishments of American women to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Women imagined and created; they protested and fought; and ultimately, they transformed our country. USA Today picked a national list of 100 influential women and recognized more than 500 additional women state-by-state, including the District of Columbia and inhabited U.S. territories. DC’s list of influential women includes Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Sonia Sotomayor. Read about Women of the Century at: https://www.usatoday.com/womenofthecentury/

The Ward 6 Dems' "Women of Ward 6" feature returns in September, when we'll be focusing on beloved local singer and songwriter Roberta Flack.