Matt LaFortune

  • Salon: The Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network - TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 19

    Join the Ward 6 Democrats tomorrow night for a salon conversation with Maurice Cook, Executive Director of the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network.

    Serve Your City focuses on advocating to address systemic racism and inequity in DC. They won the 2020 Civic Pride "Brickie" from Councilmember Charles Allen's office; and they have distributed more than $30,000 worth of food to more than 2,000 families; provided students with laptops, backpacks and internet service; and much more. 

    Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (note the early start time)

    Location: Zoom, link provided on registration 

    RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/368845/ 

    Mr. Cook will share information about the background of the group, what they mean by "solidarity not charity" and "we keep us safe," and will talk about the particular challenges and needs in our community and what the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network is doing to address them. There will be time for Q&A with Mr. Cook, and we'll provide information about specific things you can to do help.

    Can't make the discussion, but want to support their work? You can contribute directly, purchase specific items to support our unhoused neighbors via their Amazon Wish List, or sign up to be a virtual tutor.


  • published YDW6: The ABCs of ANCs - Thursday, January 28 in News 2021-01-19 10:33:11 -0500

    YDW6: The ABCs of ANCs - Thursday, January 28

    Are you a young professional in Ward 6 who wants to learn about what Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) are and how they work?

    Join the Young Dems of Ward 6 for a salon conversation with ANC6A04 Commissioner Amber Gove, who is the chair of ANC6A. Commissioner Gove will cover the basics of what ANCs do and how they work, her experience as a Commissioner, and how young professionals like you can get involved (or maybe even run). Learn more about Commissioner Gove at The Hill Is Home.

    Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

    Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Location: Zoom, link provided on registration

    RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/370999/

    Space is limited to 15 participants and exclusively to Young Dems of Ward 6 (age 36 and under), so RSVP right away to secure your spot!


  • published "DC Statehood Is More Urgent Than Ever" in News 2021-01-19 10:32:42 -0500

    "DC Statehood Is More Urgent Than Ever"

    The horrific attack on the Capitol of January 6 has brought new focus to the need for DC Statehood, not only within our local area, but across the nation. Our fellow Americans were able to see the impact of our lack of equal representation and self-determination on their own TV screens as they watched right-wing insurrectionists seize control of the US Capitol building, with DC local government and law enforcement limited in their ability to protect DC residents. 

    NOW is the time to get involved to support the DC Statehood movement:

    • Want to show your support publicly? Request your yard sign by contacting Andria.
    • Do you have connections in Arizona, Maine, or West Virginia? Help advocate to get Senators Joe Manchin (WV), Angus King (ME), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), and Mark Kelly (AZ) on the record supporting DC Statehood by contacting Emily.
    • Do you have connections in DC's business or nonprofit communities? Help advocate to get local businesses and nonprofits to publicly support of DC Statehood by contacting Emily.
    • Do you have connections with state-level elected officials, particularly in New Jersey or Virginia? Help advocate to get them on the record supporting DC Statehood by contacting Noah
    • Join the 51st State Virtual Inauguration Celebration, Friday, January 22 - details and RSVP here.
    • Mark your calendar for the next DC Democratic State Committee Statehood Committee meeting, Wednesday, February 10 - details and RSVP here.

  • Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network Salon on Jan. 19

    Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

    Today is the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and, with it, the annual MLK Day of Service. The pandemic makes in-person volunteering much more difficult, so I urge you to register to join us tomorrow night for a salon conversation with Maurice Cook, founder of the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network. Through "solidarity, not charity" they are serving our neighbors here in Ward 6 every day, and you'll learn about safe, physically-distanced ways you can help. Details and RSVP below.

    Ever wondered what the deal is with DC's ANCs, our unique form of hyper-local government? The Young Dems of Ward 6 (YDW6) have invited ANC6A04 Commissioner Amber Gove, who is the chair of ANC6A, to their next meeting, Thursday, January 28, to explain The ABCs of ANCs. Details and RSVP below.

    Coronavirus vaccines are now available for our seniors. If that's you, you can now sign up for an appointment to get vaccinated. More information about how to do that is available via the dedicated DC coronavirus site or via the dedicated Capitol Hill Village coronavirus site. Get vaccinated as soon as you can, to protect both yourself and our community.

    Speaking of keeping each other safe, I'm sure you've noticed the increased law enforcement and National Guard presence around our neighborhood in preparation for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris's inauguration later this week. As NPR reported, many violent right-wing white supremacists were staying at Airbnbs all over our community prior to their failed insurrection of January 6. They are planning to come back to try to wreak more havoc this week. Due to the efforts of local civic and neighborhood associations, local activist groups, our Councilmembers, and individual Airbnb hosts, Airbnb was successfully pressured into canceling all DC reservations for inauguration week and blocking new reservations for that time period from being made. There is an ongoing effort to pressure Mayor Bowser to use the authority of Mayor's Order 2021-003 to close the hotels as well. You can learn more about that - or add your voice - here

    The horrific attack on the Capitol and the ongoing threats to DC have also brought new attention to the DC Statehood movement and to what exactly our lack of equal representation and self-determination means. Relatedly, there's a lot going on in the DC Statehood movement, and you can learn more about how you can help below.

    I want to close with a quote from Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail that seems particularly appropriate for those of us in Ward 6 in this moment in time and in history: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." 

    Be safe and take care of each other,

    Chuck Burger

    President, Ward 6 Democrats

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  • published DC Statehood Update: 202 for 51 in 2021 in News 2021-01-04 16:34:58 -0500

    DC Statehood Update: 202 for 51 in 2021

    DC statehood hero Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton definitely did NOT take the holidays off. She has been hard at work lining up original co-sponsors of H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act, for the 117th Congress that was just sworn in yesterday, Sunday, January 3. As of the first day of the new Congress, Del. Holmes Norton had already secured a RECORD 202 co-sponsors, a mere 16 members away from being able to pass the bill entirely with co-sponsors. 

    The DC DSC's Statehood Committee reports that most additional statehood actions are, for the moment, waiting on the results of tomorrow's Georgia Senate runoff elections. However, even if Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win both seats, we will still need to work on Senators Sinema (AZ), Kelly (AZ), King (ME), Manchin (WV), and Padilla (just appointed from CA). Membership in the Democratic party is not an automatic statehood vote, so we have to keep up the pressure. Statehood activists will also keep working on Republican Senators Murkowski (AK) and Romney (UT), who seem to be the least hostile to the cause.

    Want more? The next DC DSC Statehood Committee meeting, which is open to all, takes place Wednesday, January 13. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdems/event/367791/

    The DC DSC also has their monthly general body meeting THIS week, Thursday, January 7. Topics will include plans for the Biden/Harris inauguration and hosting a panel on ranked choice voting. RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdems/event/367455/


  • Call for Volunteers: Ward 6 Dems Website Refresh

    It's been a little while since our website has been re-done, and it's looking a little dusty. We need two types of volunteers to help us refresh it, one immediate and one later this spring/early summer.

    • Immediate: we are looking for a few (2-3) people with significant experience in web design, web usability, IA, and/or UX to help us and our designer envision what the refreshed site will look like and how it will function. Familiarity with NationBuilder and/or Mobilize a plus.
    • Summer: we will need a bunch of volunteers (10 or more) to help test our new site when it's ready to roll. No particular skill set required for this volunteer job, just some time. We'll give you one or two simple tasks to accomplish on the new site, and you'll let us know how it went. 

    Can you help? Email Elizabeth Engel at ewengel@yahoo.com.


  • published Mayor to DC: Please Stay Home in News 2021-01-04 16:33:54 -0500

    Mayor to DC: Please Stay Home

    Per the Washington Post, Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking city residents to avoid the downtown area and stay at home this Tuesday, January 5, and Wednesday, January 6. Trump supporters plan to come to DC ostensibly to protest the ceremonial acknowledgement in Congress of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's electoral win. But many of them appear to mostly be spoiling for an actual, physical fight, so our mayor has asked us all to cooperate in not giving them opportunities, even via counter-protesting. "[Bowser] urged residents 'not to engage with demonstrators who come to our city seeking confrontation'..." Full story here


  • published 2021 Virginia State Elections in News 2021-01-04 16:33:27 -0500

    2021 Virginia State Elections

    Yes, Virginia loves elections so much, they have them every year. This year, governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general races are on the ballot, in addition to all the seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and various municipal races. As a reminder, Governor Ralph Northam is prohibited from running again. So far, four Democrats and at least two Republicans have announced for the gubernatorial race alone. As usual, we will NOT be getting officially involved in the Democratic primary. However, once Virginia voters have selected their Democratic candidates on June 8, we will work to elect their choices up and down the ballot. Of course, we will resume our highly successful GOTV postcards to voters, and, as the summer progresses and we achieve sufficient levels of vaccination in the DMV region, we'll be looking for volunteers to cross the river to canvass. More information to follow.


  • published Looking Ahead to 2021 in W6D Newsletter 2021-01-04 16:32:12 -0500

    Looking Ahead to 2021

    Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

    Happy New Year!

    With the approval of two coronavirus vaccines to date (and hopefully more to come), we have a lot to look forward to this year: getting our kids back in school; resuming physically proximate social activities with our friends, families, and neighbors; more easily patronizing the small, local businesses that make Ward 6 special; and supporting Democratic candidates and Democratic causes with in-person volunteering. 

    While we wait our turn to be vaccinated, your Ward 6 Dems officers are strategizing ways to assist in electing another Democratic administration in Virginia and protecting the Democratic majorities in both houses of the Virginia state legislature this year, working with the DC Democratic State Committee and our local statehood organizations (Free DC, DC Vote, Neighbors United) to keep promoting the cause of equal representation for our 700,000+ citizens, and planning some upgrades and updates in how we serve you and keep you informed.

    Best,

    Chuck Burger

    President, Ward 6 Democrats

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  • Councilmember Charles Allen: Latest Updates on COVID Restrictions

    Alright, this is (hopefully) the last update from me for 2020. The Council has wrapped up our legislative work for the year and is preparing for the start of a new two-year session in January, which will include two new councilmembers and all of the hope and challenge of a new year. I'm going to try to keep this newsletter a little shorter, and there are a few important items to share. But before we jump in, let me send all the best wishes for this holiday season and New Year from my family to yours. This has been a difficult year for so many - and on so many different fronts. You may be celebrating despite the loss of a friend or family member, or you may be apart from the people that make your holidays complete. No matter how you've been celebrating and remembering this season, please know that I'm thinking about you and that I see hope on the horizon for 2021. It's my wish that these days bring you peace and restores our shared commitment to one another as we build toward a strong recovery from this pandemic. And now, let's jump in. 

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  • published A Special Message from Charles Allen in News 2020-12-18 14:45:25 -0500

    Help Us Win the Senate: Urgent Request from Charles Allen and the Ward 6 Dems

    Georgia is on my mind. And needs to be on yours too!

    On January 5th, the balance of power for the US Senate will be decided by two critical (and very close) Senate run-off elections. We may not have a vote in those elections, but who Georgians select will have an outsized impact on our lives. Supreme Court nominations, reproductive rights, access to healthcare, economic relief, climate change, support for veterans, Black Lives Matter -- all of it and more will be decided in the Senate and by who wins these two seats. And let's not forget DC Statehood.

    Rev. Warnock and John Ossoff are in a battle and they've committed to supporting the District of Columbia. The election will be decided in the next 3 weeks, so we need to show our support today! The Ward 6 Democrats have partnered with the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee to raise funds specifically for these two Senate run-off campaigns. 

    Join me in kicking in a contribution today! Contribute $51 to send a message that DC Statehood is a priority. Or add 51 cents to whatever contribution you can make. But don't sit this out - we need to contribute today and help ensure President-Elect Biden has the Senate he needs to get the job done.

    Thanks!
    Charles Allen

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    The Young Democrats of Ward 6 are sponsoring Ward 6 Dems' efforts to win the two run-off Senate elections in Georgia. Interested in becoming a member? Contact YDW6 Chair Frank Avery at averyfj@gmail.com


  • Georgia Senate Runoffs - Early Voting Opens in ONE Week

    The Georgia senate runoffs will not only impact the potential Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, but they have a direct bearing on DC's statehood efforts. Both Democratic challengers in Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are officially on the record as supporting statehood. To quote the Warnock campaign: "DC statehood is incredibly important to the Reverend, who recognizes that millions of citizens are disenfranchised and are taxed without representation. Winning a Senate majority, which now runs through Georgia, would ensure that we change that immediately."

    The DC Democratic State Committee is partnering with the DSCC to host biweekly phone banks into Georgia between now and January 5. Sign up for one (or more!) shifts at https://www.mobilize.us/dscc/event/364883/.

    The campaigns also need money, and we are pooling DC donations so we can make a direct connection between their support of us and DC Statehood and our support of them. Donate today at:

    New volunteer opportunities are showing up frequently. The best way to stay informed is to check out the dedicated Georgia runoff elections page on our website - https://www.ward6dems.org/but_wait_there_s_more_georgia_senate_runoffs - or to email 2nd VP Elizabeth Engel to get added to our Ward 6 Dems Volunteers Google group.

    You can also sign up to be notified of volunteer opportunities directly with the campaigns.


  • Young Dems of Ward 6 (YDW6) Launch Recap & Next Steps

    YDW6 hosted its inaugural meeting Thursday, November 19. Eighteen young professionals from across Ward 6 gathered to discuss potential programming and ways to support Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities. 

    The group laid the groundwork for 2021 programming around local issues like criminal justice and gentrification. The group also looked at prospective programming including salons with local legislators, mentorship programs with local party and elected officials, and hosting an event to learn more about DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. (Specific programs, including dates for the first events, to come.) 

    YDW6 next meeting will be Thursday, December 17, so mark your calendar.

    Interested in joining or just learning more about YDW6? Contact Frank Avery at averyfj@gmail.com


  • Ward 6 Dems Join NCBL, Demand Immediate Action on Homelessness

    With the unhoused population of DC experiencing significant vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic and with temperatures dropping as we move into the winter months, the officers of the Ward 6 Democrats signed onto a letter organized by the National Conference of Black Lawyers calling on Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to take action. We believe that every member of our community deserves a safe place to call home.

    Solutions urged within the letter include:

    1. Fully implement the Vacant to Virus Reduction Plan
    2. Stop encampment destruction
    3. Provide more rent subsidies
    4. Provide personal property storage
    5. Provide for basic hygienic needs of the unhoused
    6. Provide for basic medical needs

    You can read the full letter here


  • published DC Democratic State Committee Update in News 2020-12-07 10:35:18 -0500

    DC Democratic State Committee Update

    This past week, the DC DSC elected 12 new add-on members, six women and six men. We're pleased to report that Ward 6 Dems' officers Dorinda "Rindi" White (our first vice president) and Matt LaFortune (our GOTV lead) both won. The full list of winners is available at the DC DSC website. Congratulations to all, and especially to Rindi and Matt! 


  • published Happy Holidays in W6D Newsletter 2020-12-07 10:34:02 -0500

    Happy Holidays

    Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

    A little more than two weeks ago, we launched a new group: Young Dems of  Ward 6 (YDW6), for Democrats in Ward 6 age 36 and under. Thanks to everyone who showed up to share your ideas and energy, and in particular to Frank Avery and Ethan Van Ness, who are organizing this work. We're excited about this new area of focus for us.

    Early voting in the critical runoff elections for Georgia's two Senate seats opens ONE week from today, on Monday, December 14. Electing both Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff will be vital to enabling the Biden/Harris administration to enact their agenda and begin repairing the damage of four years of Trump. See below to learn how you can help.

    Last year at this time, we held a well-attended and festive Ward 6 Dems holiday party at Mr. Henry’s. Such a happy memory. Although we can't gather in person this year to exchange greetings and celebrate all that we've accomplished together, all our officers wish you and your family a joyful and safe celebration in this season of light and a peaceful and healthy 2021.

    Happy Holidays! 

    Chuck Burger

    President, Ward 6 Democrats

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  • published Ward 6 Dems Demands Action on Homelessness in News 2020-12-01 15:05:05 -0500

    Ward 6 Dems Demands Action on Homelessness

    With the unhoused population of DC experiencing significant vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic and with temperatures dropping as we move into the winter months, the Executive Committee of the Ward 6 Democrats agreed to sign onto a letter calling for Mayor Bowser and the DC Council to take action.

    Solutions urged within the letter include:

    1. Implement the Vacant to Virus Reduction Plan
    2. Stop encampment destruction
    3. Provide more rent subsidies
    4. Provide personal property storage
    5. Provide for basic hygienic needs of the unhoused
    6. Provide for basic medical needs

    No human being in Washington, D.C. should be unhoused. Every person deserves a safe place to call home.

    You can read the full letter to the Mayor and Council at this link.


  • published Ward 6 Dems Events 2020-11-20 10:35:04 -0500

  • published Ward 6 Mutual Aid Salon 2020-11-09 12:12:43 -0500

  • published THANK YOU! in News 2020-11-09 12:10:54 -0500

    THANK YOU!

    What did the Ward 6 Dems accomplish this election season?

    • Wrote 2000+ postcards to voters in Iowa and Virginia
    • Contributed to the tranche of 10,000+ postcards the DC Democratic State Committee sent to voters in North Carolina
    • Texted 6000+ voters in DC on behalf of Robert White's campaign
    • Volunteered at both Early Vote and Election Day in-person polling places in support of Robert White and other Democratic candidates

    Special thanks to Ward 6 Dems Outreach Director Andria Thomas for setting our strategy and to Ward 6 Dems GOTV Lead Matt LaFortune for handling all the many details of the day-to-day organizing. 


Matt LaFortune

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