Volunteer Opportunity: VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party - Tuesday, August 20

The Ward 6 Democrats are fired up and ready to help flip both houses of the Virginia state legislature blue this fall.

Having realized that focused attention will be more effective than trying to campaign for all of the more than 100 Democratic candidates on the Virginia state ballot this fall, Ward 6 Dems Outreach Director Andria Thomas has also selected three outstanding candidates we're going to focus on:

  • Dan Helmer, challenging incumbent Republican House Caucus chair Tim Hugo in HD-40 (Fairfax)
  • Sheila Bynum-Coleman, challenging incumbent Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox in HD-66 (Richmond)
  • Wendy Gooditis, Democratic incumbent in HD-10 (Loudon), in a competitive race to secure her first re-election 

All three are facing challenging but winnable races.

Come join us Tuesday, August 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry's (601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) to learn more about these great candidates, write some postcards to Virginia state voters, find out how you can contribute to an even bigger Virginia state blue wave than we experienced in 2017 this fall, and enjoy extended happy hour specials with your fellow Ward 6 Dems. 

RSVP here!


Watch the Presidential Debates with the Ward 6 Democrats!

July 30-31: for the second round of Democratic #POTUS candidate debates, your Ward 6 Dems will be putting on a solo event one night and a joint event with the DC Democratic Party for the other. Check out our calendar for more details and to RSVP!

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Biennial Convention Results

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our biennial convention on Saturday, June 22. 

Our revised bylaws passed on a voice vote. Our 2019-2021 officers are listed below:

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Biennial Convention - Saturday, June 22

The Ward 6 Democrats will be holding our biennial convention on Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. SHARP. This important meeting is convened every two years so we can conduct the business of the organization: electing the officers who will lead us for the next two years and, this year, voting on critical updates to our badly outdated bylaws, which were last revised in 2003. 

We need you to plan to attend and vote on these two critical pieces of business.

 

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Proposed Revision to Bylaws

The Ward 6 Democrats will be voting on proposed revisions to our bylaws on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at our biennial convention, which will take place at Christ Church (620 G Street SE). The convention opens promptly at 10:00 a.m., and voting will be open until 1:00 p.m. Please plan to join us on June 22, and review the revised bylaws in advance and come prepared to cast your vote. 

You can review the proposed revisions here


Don't miss our Happy Hour with Councilmember Charles Allen - May 14th!

Join us for an intimate group discussion with our Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, who is one of city's leading advocates for improvements to all aspects of our election process.

Especially now, this is a critical discussion to address inequities and fairness in the District related to basic voting rights, influence of big money contributions, conflicts of interest for our elected officials, improper lobbying and the ways in which we elect our leaders.

We will explore and discuss these issues and ways we can improve our election process. Please join us!

Seating is limited to 20 attendees - RSVPs are restricted to Ward 6 Democrats. All attendees must RSVP here (no +1s please).


DC Democratic State Committee Resolution on Jack Evans

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is currently involved in a probe regarding improper ethical and lobbying actions with the DC Council and government. There has been significant coverage in the Washington Post and other local news sources regarding these serious charges. If you are not aware of this matter, we strongly suggest you investigate these allegations and the actions taken to date by the DC Council.

Councilmember Evans also serves as National Committeeman for the DC DSC, which is an elected position. Several members of the DC DSC have created a resolution asking Mr. Evans to step down from this position.

On May 2, 2019, the members of the DC Democratic State Committee will meet to vote on this resolution. 

We want to be clear that the resolution is not asking Councilmember Evans to resign from the DC Council. That is a decision for the voters of Ward 2. The resolution is asking Mr. Evans to step down as our party's DC representative to the Democratic National Committee.

We would like to hear from you, so we’ve set up a short survey athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XWHL5CB. It will ask you to confirm that you are a Democrat residing in Ward 6. It then includes a link to the actual text of the resolution. Please review it, then let us know whether you’d like the Ward 6 Dems to support the request for Mr. Evans’s resignation or not. There is also a space to offer any comments you might have on the situation.

We request that ONLY Democrats in Ward 6 register their vote.

Please do take a few moments to review the resolution and let us know your thoughts on this extremely serious matter.


Call for Volunteers: Volunteer Capitol Hill – Saturday, April 27

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).

We need:

  • 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 dorindaw@gmail.com.


Ward 6 Democrats Happy Hour with Special Guest AG Karl Racine – TOMORROW NIGHT (4/9/19)

Join your fellow Ward 6 Democrats for a happy hour in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) TOMORROW NIGHT, Tuesday, April 9, 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. AG Racine is also currently suing to get access to Trump's tax returns.  Find out more about AG Racine inthis recent Politico profile and join us TOMORROW NIGHT to meet this dynamic local and national political leader. 


Call for Volunteers: Ward 6 Democrats Events Committee

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 ethan.vanness@gmail.com