As you may have noticed, the Ward 6 Dems are ramping up our public events for 2019. They are the backbone of our mission to educate and engage our community, and we need your help.
Our Events Committee, led by Ethan Van Ness, is responsible for planning:
- Quarterly Ward 6 Matters panel discussions
- Quarterly Ward 6 Democrats salons (intimate policy conversations)
- Periodic happy hours
- Ward 6 Democrats presence at neighborhood festivals (like the H Street Festival and the Barracks Row Fall Festival)
- Candidate debates in election years
We need help with:
- Choosing topics
- Lining up speakers/special guests
- Site management at events
- Coordinating events with the DC Democratic State Committee and other local and national partners
For more information or to join the Events Committee, contact Ethan Van Ness at email@example.com
On Thursday, March 7, more than 125 DC residents met at the Community Action Group's Hal J Gordon Building for "Addressing Inequality in DC," a forum discussion about how to move the needle in the DC public school system. Co-sponsored by the DC Democratic State Committee and the Ward 6 Democrats, the forum addressed issues our students, parents, and entire school system face in treating all our students equitably and in fairly and appropriately providing the services they need. We thank the many volunteers who stepped up on short notice to make the evening a success.
At the DC DSC's monthly meeting, state committee members discussed moving the date of the 2020 DC primary election up two weeks to June 2, 2020 to raise awareness of the DC Statehood movement and to increase the impact of the District's vote. This recommendation will shortly be forwarded to the DC city council for a final decision.
Join DC City Council Chair Phil Mendelson for an open conversation on current issues impacting our community Tuesday evening, March 19, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry's (601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE).
The conversation will be facilitated by one of your Ward 6 Democrats officers, and the evening will focus on five policy areas: Education, Policing, Public Space, Affordable Housing, and the Equality Gap. Come prepared with your questions for Chairman Mendelson.
Mr. Henry's will be offering extended happy hour specials and pricing. RSVP is required, as we are limiting this event to 25 Ward 6 residents to ensure that everyone has a chance to speak.
RSVP at https://www.ward6dems.org/ward_6_dems_salon_mendo.
March is Women’s History Month and Ward 6 Democrats are continuing their recognition of Women in Ward 6 by honoring Ruth Ann Overbeck, a Capitol Hill historian and teacher.
The Women of Ward 6 initiative is a non-partisan recognition of Ward 6’s women, which honors women who have worked or lived in Ward 6 and who have made significant contributions to better our lives.
The initiative, in partnership with the National Woman’s Party and the Hill Rag, will culminate in the 2020 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Ruth Ann Overbeck, who died in April of 2000, is buried in Ward 6’s Congressional Cemetery. Her gravestone, by design, has no birth or death date. Instead it is engraved: “Look it up!”
Overbeck bought her house on Capitol Hill in 1968, a few weeks after the riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King – a time when many people were fleeing the city. She spent the next 30 years restoring her own house as well as building a historical research business. She doggedly mined the community for oral histories, photographs, maps and other documentation and thus, contributed a wealth of information about the neighborhood’s history.
She chaired the original effort to define and establish the Capitol Hill Historic District. She researched hundreds of house histories for homeowners and designed and conducted more than 35 DC walking tours for the Smithsonian Resident Associates on various historic themes.
She received both her B.A. and her M.A. from the university of Texas, Austin. She was never allowed into a PhD program because she was a woman.
The Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) will be hosting their seventh annual Volunteer Capitol Hill on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is designed to showcase the wide variety of opportunities for volunteer service in our community. The Ward 6 Democrats will have a table, and we need some volunteers to help us recruit more volunteers (how meta).
- Two volunteers from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. (who will also help with setup)
- Two volunteers from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- Two volunteers from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (who will also help us pack up)
If you can help, contact Dorinda White at firstname.lastname@example.org
March is Women’s History Month and the Ward 6 Democrats are continuing our recognition of notable women in Ward 6 by honoring Ruth Ann Overbeck, a Capitol Hill historian and teacher.
Overbeck, who died in April of 2000, is buried in Ward 6’s Congressional Cemetery. Her gravestone, by design, has no birth or death date. Instead it is engraved: “Look it up!”
Overbeck bought her house on Capitol Hill in 1968, a few weeks after the uprising that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, at a time when many people were fleeing the city. She spent the next 30 years restoring her own house as well as building a historical research business. She doggedly mined the community for oral histories, photographs, maps, and other documentation and thus, contributed a wealth of information about the neighborhood’s history.
She chaired the original effort to define and establish the Capitol Hill Historic District. She researched hundreds of house histories for homeowners, and designed and conducted more than 35 DC walking tours for the Smithsonian Resident Associates on various historic themes.
She received both her B.A. and her M.A. from the University of Texas, Austin. But ironically, she was never allowed into a Ph.D. program because she was a woman.
The Women of Ward 6 initiative s a non-partisan recognition of Ward 6’s women, honoring women who have worked or lived in Ward 6 and who have made significant contributions to better our lives. It is run in partnership with the National Woman’s Party and the Hill Rag and will culminate in the 2020 centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
You are invited to nominate women, current or historical, to recognize. Our categories include, but aren’t limited to: arts, writing, medicine, labor, media, law, retail, food service, professional services, government, community service, military, religion, education, athletics, women under age 21, lobbying, non-profit, and science. Each woman must have lived or worked in Ward 6.
Alva Belmont (1853-1933) was a prominent multi-millionaire
American socialite who used her fortune to advance the women’s rights movement in the early 1900’s. She was noted for her energy, intelligence, strong opinions and willingness to challenge convention.
She was the daughter of an affluent cotton broker. She was educated in France, where her family moved after the Civil War.
After American women won the constitutional right to vote in 1920, Belmont took over leadership of the NWP. She herself reportedly refused to vote until a woman candidate was in the running for president.
Belmont donated thousands of dollars to the women’s equality movement and with her great wealth, Belmont helped the NWP establish a new headquarters. In later years, she became for focused on women’s rights on an international scale. More info https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alva_Belmont
Alice Paul (1885-1977) was a towering leader in the women’s suffrage movement. She was an outspoken suffragist and feminist who tirelessly led the charge for women’s suffrage and equal rights.
Born on Jan. 11, 1885, in Mount Laurel, N.J., Paul was the oldest of four children of Tacie Parry and William Paul, a wealthy Quaker businessman. Paul’s parents embraced gender equality, education for women and working to improve society.
Alice grew up attending suffragist meetings with her mother. She pursued an unusually high level of education for a woman at that time, graduating Swarthmore College in 1905, receiving a master’s in sociology in 1907 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1912 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Borrowing from her British counterparts, Paul organized parades and pickets in support of suffrage. Her first – and the largest – was in Washington, DC, on March 3, 1913, the day before President-elect Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. Approximately 8,000 women marched with banners and floats down Pennsylvania Avenue from the US Capitol to the White House, while a half million spectators watched, supported and harassed the marchers.
On March 17, Paul and other suffragists met with Wilson, who said it was not yet time for an amendment to the Constitution.
In January 1971, Paul and more than 1,000 Silent Sentinels began 18 months of picketing the White House, standing at the gates with such signs as, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” They endured verbal and physical attacks from spectators, which increased after the US entered World War I. Police arrested them on flimsy charges and Paul was sentenced to jail for seven months, where she organized a hunger strike in protest. Newspaper accounts of her treatment garnered public sympathy. By 1918, Wilson announced his support for suffrage.
She founded the National Woman’s Party (NWP) in 1916. With the passage of the 19th Amendment, Paul believed the vote was just the first step in the quest for full equality. She wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923. She is remembered as a tireless, devoted pioneer in the fight for women’s rights.
More info: https://bit.ly/2LIVln9
The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument at 144 Constitution Ave., NE, is an important fixture of Ward 6. Home to the National Woman’s Party for nearly 90 years, this building was the epicenter of the struggle for women’s rights.
Once home to the secretary of the treasury, then burned by the British in the War of 1812, this house became a hub for women’s rights.
It is named for two women who were prominent members of the 20th Century women’s rights movement – Alva Belmont and Alice Paul The building is among the oldest residential properties in the city and it became the headquarters of the National Woman’s Party (NWP), a political movement that fought for equal rights for women. Today, the NWP focuses on educating the public about the women’s rights movement.
From this house in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court, Alice Paul, a towering leader in the women’s suffrage movement, and the National Woman’s Party developed innovative strategies and tactics to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and equality for women. President Barack Obama designed the building a national monument on April 12, 2016.
Join your fellow Ward 6 Democrats for a happy hour in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) on Tuesday, March 26, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
We’ll have a special guest, DC Attorney General Karl Racine, and extended happy hour specials and pricing. AG Racine has quietly become a major figure in the national movement to resist the Trump administration, through his leadership of the ongoing emoluments lawsuit against Donald Trump (with Maryland AG Brian Frosh), and his role as co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
Find out more about AG Racine in this recent Politico profile and join us on the 26th to meet this dynamic local and national political leader.