Demanding Representation - A Salon on DC Statehood, Thursday February 25

With the eyes of the nation on DC this past January, the calls for statehood for the District of Columbia are louder than ever. As Young Democrats move into the District - especially here in Ward 6 - many are eager to support the cause. But how can residents - especially new residents with friends and family predominantly outside DC - join the fight for statehood responsibly and effectively?

Join the Young Dems of Ward 6 as we host Bo Shuff, Executive Director of DC Vote, the leading statehood advocacy organization, for an intimate salon-style conversation. We'll cover everything you need to know about the history of the fight for statehood, the current environment, and how you can help DC achieve its long-sought recognition as the 51st state.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

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

Location: Zoom, link provided on registration

RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/373345/

To keep conversations intimate and casual, RSVPs are typically capped around 25 attendees, so don't wait to RSVP (although we will also keep a waitlist should seats open up).


Swing Left: National Strategy Update 2021-2022

Last Thursday, Swing Left held a nation-wide organizing call to share their strategy for the 2021 state elections in Virginia and the 2022 midterm elections. As founder Ethan Todras-Whitehill noted: "Progress doesn't happen on its own - we have to make it happen," and now is the time for planning, while we await the results of the Virginia state primary this spring and the decennial national redistricting process.

Swing Left's 2021 focus - and ours as well - will be working to keep the legislative and executive branches of the Virginia state government blue. The focus for 2022 will be to protect and hopefully expand Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. This will be a significant task, as it is customary for the party in power to lose seats in the midterms, and Dems have no seats to spare in either chamber. We will need to reverse that trend for President Biden and Vice President Harris to be able to continue to make progress on the policies they were elected to implement. 

As one of the local volunteers on the call pointed out: "Everything we do has impact. There is room for every skill and every strength, so jump in and find a way to contribute to Democratic victories up and down the ballot that works for you." That's good advice, and we'll have more information and options for you to contribute to Democratic victories in Virginia this fall in the months to come. 


DC Statehood: Show Your Support

Show your support for DC Statehood with a yard / window sign! Here's how to participate:

  • Want a single sign? Request it here.
  • You can also arrange a pickup from Ankit, one of our Young Dems who lives near the Convention Center.
  • Willing to take ten (or more!) signs to distribute to friends and neighbors? Sign up here and we will contact you.

Don't forget to take a picture of your sign and share it on social media, tagging #DCStatehood. Thanks to Neighbors United for DC Statehood, DC Vote, and 51 for 51 for leading and funding this effort. 


DC Statehood: Show Your Support

Show your support for DC Statehood with a yard / window sign! Here's how to get involved:

  • Want a single sign? Request it here.
  • Willing to take ten (or more!) signs to distribute to friends and neighbors? Sign up here and we will contact you.

Don't forget to take a picture of your sign and share it on social media, tagging #DCStatehood. Thanks to Neighbors United for DC Statehood, DC Vote, and 51 for 51 for leading and funding this effort. 

Want to be even more involved with the movement for DC Statehood? Check out our website for more ideas and options, and/or plan to join the next DC Democratic State Committee Statehood Committee meeting, Wednesday, February 10.


YDW6: Demanding Representation - A Salon on DC Statehood, Thursday February 25

With the eyes of the nation on DC this past January, the calls for statehood for the District of Columbia are louder than ever. As Young Democrats move into the District - especially here in Ward 6 - many are eager to support the cause. But how can residents - especially new residents with friends and family predominantly outside DC - join the fight for statehood responsibly and effectively?

Join the Young Dems of Ward 6 as we host Bo Shuff, Executive Director of DC Vote, the leading statehood advocacy organization, for an intimate salon-style conversation. We'll cover everything you need to know about the history of the fight for statehood, the current environment, and how you can help DC achieve its long-sought recognition as the 51st state.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

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

Location: Zoom, link provided on registration

RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/373345/

To keep conversations intimate and casual, RSVPs are typically capped around 25 attendees, so don't wait to RSVP (although we will also keep a waitlist should seats open up). 


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.


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!


"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.

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 [email protected].