Indivisible Waterfront Virtual Event with Rep. Elaine Luria - Wednesday, June 10

Join Indivisible Waterfront Wednesday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. for Zoom conversation with Representative Elaine Luria (VA-2) about police brutality, particularly the militarization of the police, and Donald Trump's threat to use active duty military personnel against peaceful protesters. As a 20-year Navy veteran and an elected official, what are her views and proposals?  

Details and RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/indivisible-waterfront-meet-rep-elaine-luria-va-2


Virtual Salon with CM Charles Allen - Thursday, June 11

Join your fellow Ward 6 Democrats for a Zoom virtual salon with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen THIS Thursday, June 11, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Participate in an up-to-date review with one of the District’s most influential leaders on the upcoming budget, recent Council elections, public policy from justice to education, and the upcoming events and policies that will impact Ward 6 residents.

Our Salons provide an intimate setting that allows us to discuss issues in depth. Participation is limited to under 20 invitees so RSVP early.

Details and RSVP at https://www.ward6dems.org/ward_6_dems_virtual_salon_charles_allen

Questions? Contact Chuck Burger chuckburger.ward6dems@gmail.com or 202.258.5316.


Ward 7 Dems Voter Outreach & Education Committee Meeting - Thursday, June 11

If you're not attending the salon with CM Allen, all Ward 6 Dems are invited to participate in the Ward 6 Dems Voter Outreach & Education Committee meeting, Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Agenda items include distinguishing state vs ward activities and mapping out a plan for the fall elections.

Details and RSVP at https://m.facebook.com/groups/74076643865?view=permalink&id=10158786470213866


2020 Election Volunteering Opportunities

As of the end of last week, it's official - Joe Biden has the delegates. He's our nominee. We are working on Ward 6 specific Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts to support his campaign and the campaigns of other down-ballot Democrats, but in the meantime, we've added a new section to the Ward 6 Democrats website: Campaign Events - Get Involved! Assuming we programmed it correctly (fingers crossed), it will automatically feed opportunities to volunteer with the Biden campaign. As we choose DC Statehood supporting candidates in down-ballot races to support this fall - No Donation Without Representation! - we'll be adding their Action Center feeds as well. 

Learn more and sign up to volunteer at https://www.ward6dems.org/campaign_events_get_involved.


#GetCountedDC

Another good way to use your time while staying at home and physical distancing is to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire. 

Why does the Census matter?

  1. The federal government distributes over $6 billion annually to the District to support vital programs based on census data.
  2. Census data is used to update Ward and ANC boundaries to reflect population growth and movement across the District.
  3. District agencies rely on accurate census data for budgeting, planning, and policy decision-making across the city.
  4. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
  5. Businesses use census data to decide where to build offices and stores, creating jobs in our community.

An undercount would have serious consequences for our city, denying us federal funds to which we are entitled that support everything from programs for children to infrastructure improvements. 

It take about 5-10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Completing the questionnaire online means that Census enumerators - many of whom are our neighbors, doing temporary work - do not have to visit your house to interview you, which keeps us all safe. Complete your questionnaire today at https://my2020census.gov


Ward 6 Dems Virtual Salon - Charles Allen

Register for an upfront and intimate discussion with our Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen. Participate in an up-to-date review with one of the District’s most influential leaders on the upcoming budget, recent Council elections, public policy from justice to education and the upcoming events and policy that will impact Ward 6 residents.

To ensure a lively discussion and  participation by all registration is limited to 24 Ward 6 Residents.  We encourage you to sign up ASAP.  When registering be sure to sign up for our bimonthly Ward 6 Newsletter.  Keep informed….keep involved.

NOTE:  Questions or suggestions to be discussed at this month’s Salon may be sent by June 10 to chuckburger.ward6dems@gmail.com.

Register here: https://www.ward6dems.org/ward_6_dems_virtual_salon_charles_allen


Ward 6 Democrats Stand With Floyd Protestors

This is a heart-breaking time for our city and our country.

We stand with those who are protesting the murder of George Floyd and the ongoing structural racism which it tragically demonstrates.

Last night, Donald Trump ordered the Secret Service and the US Park Police to attack peaceful protestors exercising their First Amendment rights in Lafayette Square, all so he could stage a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Trump has urged local and state elected leaders to “dominate” people exercising their constitutional rights and has proposed using the military against US citizens.

Hillary Clinton called it, back in 2016: deplorable.

Quoting from a recent email sent by DC Vote, one of our local DC Statehood organizations,

“The roots of DC’s lack of representation are planted in white supremacy…Today, our lack of Statehood is rooted in a desire to maintain control over a jurisdiction that is majority persons of color.”

Quoting from a recent email from the DNC:

“…this president has done nothing to heal those wounds. Instead, he has sown division; he has advocated violence against protestors, rather than condemning the racist violence that launched these protests in the first place. We will not heal as a nation through silence, but through justice, through progress, through activism and action.” 

If you are protesting, know your rights and take steps to keep yourself as safe as you can from the coronavirus: wear your mask, don’t share water, bring hand sanitizer (and use it frequently), and try to maintain some physical distance as best you can. 

In solidarity, 

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats


June Woman of Ward 6 - Diana McLellan

Women of Ward 6

Diana McLellan (1937-2014)

by Marci Hilt

June’s Woman of Ward 6 is Diana McLellan, who was a self-described “jolly pariah” whose Washington gossip column the Ear became a puckish, first-read chronicle of social news and intrigue in the 1970’s and 80’s.

The Women of Ward 6 Initiative by the Ward 6 Democrats 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.

Diana Blanche Dicken was born Sept. 22, 1937, in Leicester, England. Her father was a British military officer who became a defense attaché in Washington in 1957, and she accompanied him to the city. Her first marriage to Robin Bull, ended in divorce. She wed Richard X. McLellan, Jr., a professor of history, in 1963.

Read more

#GetCountedDC

Another good way to use your time while staying at home and physical distancing is to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire. 

Why does the Census matter?

  1. The federal government distributes over $6 billion annually to the District to support vital programs based on census data.
  2. Census data is used to update Ward and ANC boundaries to reflect population growth and movement across the District.
  3. District agencies rely on accurate census data for budgeting, planning, and policy decision-making across the city.
  4. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
  5. Businesses use census data to decide where to build offices and stores, creating jobs in our community.

An undercount would have serious consequences for our city, denying us federal funds to which we are entitled that support everything from programs for children to infrastructure improvements. 

It take about 5-10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Completing the questionnaire online means that Census enumerators - many of whom are our neighbors, doing temporary work - do not have to visit your house to interview you, which keeps us all safe. Complete your questionnaire today at https://my2020census.gov


Virtual Get Out The Vote Efforts Continue

Need something to occupy your time/take your mind off things right now? Writing postcards to registered Democrat voters around the country is a great way to actively support Democratic candidates at all levels of state and federal government. 

You have several options for GOTV efforts in support of Democratic candidates this fall:

  • The Postcard Writing Action Team (PoWAT) in Ward 6's southwest neighborhood has been working with Postcards to Voters for almost two years helping in a wide range of special elections, vote by mail campaigns, and regularly scheduled elections. Postcards to Voters works with the candidates’ campaigns around the country to identify registered Democrats. You supply the postcards and stamps. Once a week, you will receive a call to writing and receive a list of five or ten voters to whom you can address cards with some prepared text options. You decide when to get involved. Lists are only sent when you say you want to participate. If you would like to get involved, email Gabriele Strauch at gstrauch@umd.edu.
  • Start your own postcard writing group. Visit Postcards to Voters at https://postcardstovoters.org/ to find out how to work with them and get a group going. 
  • Sister District DC/NoVa also has opportunities to get involved with postcard writing. Find out more at https://sisterdistrict.com/volunteer/washington-dc
  • Swing Left is running a letter-writing campaign called The Big Send. You can find out more about what's involved and sign up to participate at https://votefwd.org/bigsend/swingleft.

Let's flip some more seats blue this fall!