Ward 6 Democrats Salon: An Intimate Conversation with DC City Council Chair

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.

RSVP here


Call for Volunteers: DC Statehood Annual Lobbying Day, Feb. 27

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/.


Call for Volunteers: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

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.

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Indivisible Waterfront: Activism for the Long Term

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.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Roses are red, violets are blue.

We <3 Dems, and we know you do too.

Skip the Starbucks and send some love to your local Ward 6 Dems!

Donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wardsixdems


URGENT Call for Volunteers: Advocate for Statehood at the DNC Winter Meeting

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.
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Ward 6 Salons: One Last Chance to Tell Us What You Think

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.


New Committee Structure for 2019

At our February meeting (Saturday, Feb. 2), your Ward 6 Democrats officers approved our committee structure for 2019. We’ll have five committees, each with its own coordinator, focused on:

  • Outreach: our website, this newsletter, our social media accounts (coordinator: Anita Cafiero)
  • Events: Ward 6 Matters panels, Ward 6 Democrats salons, happy hours (coordinator: Ethan VanNess)
  • Fundraising (coordinator: Marci Hilt, our treasurer)
  • GOTV/Voter Education: DC voter registration and education, working with outside groups like Indivisible and Swing Left on races outside DC (coordinator: Andria Thomas)
  • Organizational Capacity: governance, working with the other seven wards’ Democratic party organizations, working with the DC Democratic State Committee (coordinator: Chuck Burger, our president)


We will also have a special ad hoc committee to plan for the 2019-2020 celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage (see our call for volunteers for that group below).

We’re excited about this new structure, which we think will help us accomplish our mission more effectively, better organize our activities, and provide more clear and compelling opportunities to volunteer.


February 2019 Call to Action - GOTV

We are ACTIVELY seeking volunteers to help *organize* and support the Get Out The Vote efforts below. If you can serve as the LEAD for one of the below, we really want to hear from you! We can loop you into strategy discussions, connect you to other volunteers, provide resources and guidance, and more. 

  • Coordinate with grassroots groups on joint activities
    • Indivisible, Swing Left, Flippable, etc.
    • Activities include canvassing / phone banking / texting in after June, for 2019 elections
  • Voter registration and education
    • DC residents, including new residents
    • Youth, especially in high schools
    • (Potentially) Election reform, such as mail-in ballot legislation in DC
  • DC Statehood: voting representation and democratic equality for DC
    • Advocate at Lobby Days (House and Senate), DNC meetings, and other opportunities with Members of Congress and state delegations
    • Advocate directly through outreach to people in specific states (eg, Virginia for Sen. Warner who is NOT a supporter, etc.)
    • Educate DC residents, through social media, articles / letters to the editor, and more. (Note: *most* residents are not aware of how lack of statehood affects residents practically.)

DC Statehood Annual Lobbying Day – NEW DATE (Feb. 27)

Are you ready to take the plunge and help advocate for DC Statehood in 2019?

Wednesday, Feb. 27 (note the new 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/.