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.
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.
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.
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 to 25 Ward 6 residents to ensure that everyone has a chance to speak.
Are you ready to take the plunge and help advocate for DC Statehood in 2019?
Wednesday, Feb. 27 (note the revised date) is the statehood movement’s annual lobbying day on Capitol Hill. There are morning and afternoon shifts available, and training and meals are provided.
Never lobbied before? Don’t worry – experienced leaders of the statehood movement will be with you to guide the way. Experienced citizen lobbyist? That’s great, too. Either way, the movement needs you. Sign up to participate at https://www.facebook.com/events/1937302779700951/.
The Ward 6 Democrats urgently need five or six – or more – volunteers to form a Steering Committee to flesh out our Women of Ward 6/Suffrage Centennial Project. 2020 is the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. We are working with the National Woman's Party (https://www.nationalwomansparty.org/) on the centennial celebration.
Indivisible Waterfront, a group of Democratic activists that works closely with Swing Left, gathered on Saturday, Feb. 2 to launch its progressive agenda for 2019 and beyond.
Opening the meeting, Chair Barbara (Bobbie) Friedman recapped the group's efforts in 2018. The group adopted four Virginia districts and help to flip three: Elaine Luria (VA-2), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), and Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). They also supported Leslie Cockburn (VA-5) whose race was unsuccessful. Indivisible Waterfront also canvassed for Conor Lamb (PA-17) and hosted get out the vote postcard writing events and fundraisers.
DC Statehood activists are planning a major advocacy push at the DNC Winter Meeting, which takes place later this week at the Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW), and urgently need volunteers to help.
The specific schedule is changing rapidly, but here is what’s planned as of publication of this edition of the Ward 6 Dems newsletter:
Thursday, Feb. 14:
1:30-3:00 p.m.: Resolutions Committee. We will be introducing a DC Statehood resolution and could use Statehood supporters in the audience.
6:00-8:00 p.m.: Statehood Happy Hour. In Marriott Marquis Lobby Bar, following the Women's Caucus meeting. We’ll provide Statehood t-shirts and swag to celebrate.
Friday, Feb. 15:
6:00-8:00 p.m.: DNC Welcome Reception. We will have a Statehood table for which we’ll need volunteers, who will be there to answer questions and talk with attendees about why Statehood matters.
Saturday, Feb. 16:
10:00-11:30 a.m.: Regional Caucus meetings. Volunteers will be collaborating with the Statehood Coalition to target uncommitted Democrats and showcase state delegation members who have already signed on to support making DC the 51ststate. This effort was very successful last year.
12:00-3:00 p.m.: DNC Plenary / General Session. We have *50 seats* reserved for DC Statehood advocates, so we need volunteers to show up and fill them.
In 2019, the Ward 6 Dems will begin hosting a series of informal, topical conversations in a “salon” format – 15-20 attendees, hosted in volunteers’ houses, on a particular topic or issue, potentially with one or more invited special guests.
Please take our two question poll at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WYZYZS5 to let us know what topics you’re interested in and which guest participants you’d like us to invite.