Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,
It's not too late to register to join us and the Hill Rag for the forums we are sponsoring with the At-Large candidates for DC City Council. There are a total of 23 candidates, so you have a lot of choices, and we're here to help you distinguish among them. The first forum is TONIGHT, Monday, October 12, starting at 8:00 p.m., and the second is this Wednesday, October 14, also starting at 8:00 p.m. More information and registration is at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/336969/.
We also have information on voting in DC, continuing volunteer opportunities to elect Democrats both inside and outside DC, good AND bad news about the US Census, and our final Woman of Ward 6 - DC's own long-time public servant and tireless statehood advocate, Eleanor Holmes Norton.
President, Ward 6 Democrats
Ward 6 Community Forums - DC Council At-Large Race: Monday, October 12 AND Wednesday, October 14
We're excited to announce that the Ward 6 Democrats and the Hill Rag are sponsoring TWO nights of forums with the candidates for DC City Council At-Large. There are a total of 23 candidates, so you have a lot of choices, and we're here to help you distinguish among them. Remember, you get to vote for TWO at-large candidates.
Dates: Monday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 14
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. (both nights)
You can submit your questions for the candidates at [email protected].
Make A Plan to #VoteSafe This Fall
First of all, YES, YOU CAN STILL VOTE IN PERSON. But many of us would prefer not to because of the pandemic, and the DC Board of Elections has gone above and beyond to provide options.
Here's a run-down of the situation:
- The Board of Elections is automatically mailing absentee ballots to every registered voter.
- Those ballots have started arriving.
- If you're going to vote by mail, you can send your ballot back through the USPS, no stamp required.
- You can also fill out your mail ballot and put it in one of the BOE's secure drop boxes. All the drop box locations are on the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Mail-Ballot-Drop-Sites.
- The last official day to register to vote is October 13 (THAT'S TOMORROW). Get registration information at the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Register-to-Vote.
- After October 13, you can still register, but you will have to register and vote in person.
- If your absentee ballot does not arrive il the mail by October 21, you should plan to vote in person.
- Early voting opens October 27. All the early voting locations are on the BOE website: https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org.
- A list of all the election day precincts is also available on the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Election-Day-Vote-Centers.
- Due to the pandemic, any voter in DC can vote at any in-person voting location.
- If you decide to use your mailed ballot to vote, whether you send it back via the USPS or put it in a secure drop box, the BOE has a ballot tracker you can register with to be updated about the status of your ballot: https://votedc.ballottrax.net/voter/.
Our CM Charles Allen has also summarized this information on his website at: http://www.charlesallenward6.com/how_to_vote.
Editor's note: I put my own ballot in the Northeast Library secure drop box and registered fro the ballot tracker app on Monday, October 5. I got the notification that my ballot had been received by the BoE on Saturday, October 10.
Help #FlipTheSenateBlue This Fall AND Support DC Statehood
Our Ward 6 Dems community of 20+ volunteers has written more than 2,000 postcards in support of the campaigns of Rep. Abigail Spanerger and Rep. Elaine Luria in Virginia as well as Senate challenger Theresa Greenfield in Iowa.
But there's more work to do to flip the US Senate blue this November. We have the opportunity to send a strong DC Statehood signal by actively supporting the Democratic candidates who have voiced their public support for making us the 51st state.
One way you can help is to donate to any/all of the following Senate candidates through dedicated "51st State" links.
Jaime Harrison (SC): leans R, currently tied
Theresa Greenfield (IA): toss-up race, currently tied
Steve Bullock (MT): toss-up race
Jon Ossoff (GA): toss-up race
Gary Peters (MI): toss-up race
John Hickenlooper (CO): leans D, but R incumbent gaining
All of the above + Joe Biden (donations split equally)
Let's make sure their Statehood support matters!
Help Elect Democrats Inside DC
We need your help to turn out votes in the District, too. Council member Robert White, the only Democratic At-Large candidate this year, has reached out to the Ward 6 Dems for support.
CM White also needs volunteers to phone bank, share campaign literature with neighbors, or host your own virtual meet & greet. Email Matt LaFortune at [email protected] if you're able to support CM White's campaign in any of those ways.
US Census: Good News, Bad News
The good news on the US Census is that, thanks to the tireless efforts of activists and advocates, the Trump administration has been thwarted in their attempt to end data collection early. That means you have until Saturday, October 31 to complete your 2020 census.
The bad news is that DC is still lagging badly in our response rate. We’re 13th from the BOTTOM of the list of 52 US states (or future states) for Census response rates. BILLIONS of dollars in DC’s federal food, health, and housing aid all depend on an accurate and complete count.
If you haven't completed the Census, you can do so right now online at: https://my2020census.gov/. It only takes about 10 minutes.
If you have already responded, remind your friends and neighbors to do the same by posting the link to any neighborhood listservs or groups you belong to: https://my2020census.gov/.
October Women of Ward 6: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
October’s Woman of Ward 6 is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who is now in her 15th term as the congresswoman for the District of Columbia. She has been a tireless advocate for Statehood for DC residents, as well as working to preserve and create jobs for DC residents.
“After 219 years of Congress denying DC residents congressional voting rights and full local self-government,” she recently said, “we are on the cusp of another historic first for DC statehood in a year of historic firsts for DC statehood. Americans living in all 50 states recognize that this is a fight for fairness and equal representation.”
Congresswoman Norton is a third-generation Washingtonian. While a student at Dunbar High School, she was elected junior class president and was a member of the National Honor Society. She earned her B.A. from Antioch College, her M.A. from Yale, and her L.L.B. from Yale Law School.
While she was in college and graduate school, she was active in the civil rights movement and was an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. By the time she graduated from Antioch, she had already been arrested for organizing and participating in sit-ins in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Ohio. While she was in law school, she traveled to Mississippi for the Mississippi Freedom Summer and worked with such civil rights stalwarts as Medgar Evers.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Eleanor Holmes Norton to serve as the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She released the EEOC’s first set of regulations outlining what constituted sexual harassment and declaring that sexual harassment was indeed a form of sexual discrimination that violated federal civil rights laws.
She taught law full-time before being elected and remains a tenured professor of law at Georgetown University, where she teacher an upper-class seminar every year.
Congresswoman Norton was first elected as a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990. She took office on January 3, 1991, and has been reelected every two years since. Delegates to Congress are entitled to sit in the US House of Representatives and vote in committee and to offer amendments in the Committee of the Whole, but are not allowed to take part in legislative floor votes.
She currently serves on two committees in the House: the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on which she serves as the chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Eleanor Holmes Norton has brought significant economic development to DC throughout her time in Congress, creating and preserving jobs. The most significant includes her work to bring the U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters compound, which is now under construction, to DC. It is the largest federal construction project in the country. Her work resulted in the relocation of 6,000 jobs to the Washington Navy Yard, and it is due to her efforts that DC hosts the new headquarters for the U.S .Department of Transportation and for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. She was also instrumental in adding the Metro station at New York Avenue.
Congresswoman Norton came to Congress as a national figure who had been a civil rights and feminist leader, tenured professor of law, and board member at three Fortune 500 companies. She has been recognized as one of the 100 most important women in America and one of the most powerful women in Washington.
The Women of Ward 6 Initiative is a non-partisan recognition of Ward 6’s women. In partnership with the National Woman’s Party, Capitol Hill Restoration Society and the Hill Rag, the Ward 6 Dems initiative culminates this year, with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This is the final entry in the series. We hope you've enjoyed learning more about the history and contributions of women who've lived and worked in Ward 6. You can see the full series on our website at https://www.ward6dems.org/women_of_ward6_honorees.