Are you a young Ward 6 Democrat interested in supporting the party, growing your network, and keeping Democratic momentum going beyond 2020?
The Ward 6 Dems are launching "Young Dems of Ward 6," an initiative to recruit, connect, and grow opportunities for emerging Democratic leaders in Ward 6. The initiative will develop programming, events, mentorship, and networking opportunities tailored to your interests as a young professional.
To kick things off, Ward 6 Dems will host a listening & brainstorming session with interested Ward 6 Young Dems. The goal of the session will be to gather feedback to guide our goals. The session is open to all interested in contributing their thoughts.
The kick off virtual meeting will be held Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 pm.
The Georgia senate runoffs will not only impact the potential Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, but they have a direct bearing on DC's statehood efforts. Both Democratic challengers in Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are officially on the record as supporting statehood. To quote the Warnock campaign: "DC statehood is incredibly important to the Reverend, who recognizes that millions of citizens are disenfranchised and are taxed without representation. Winning a Senate majority, which now runs through Georgia, would ensure that we change that immediately."
- DONATE: Make a contribution to flip Georgia blue! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dscc-warnock-ossoff-runoff-nov2020?refcode=DCDems
- PHONE BANK: Remember, the DC DSC is doing TWICE weekly phone banks for Georgia, every Wednesday night and every Saturday afternoon. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/dscc/event/364883/.
- SOCIAL MEDIA BOOST: Follow Rev. Warnock and Jon Ossoff and the GA Dems on all your social media platforms and boost their messages appropriately. If you need training in how to do that, the DNC can help you.
Control of the Senate, and the ability of the Biden/Harris administration to accomplish all the great stuff they talked about during the campaign, hangs in the balance!
Democrat Robert White won his bid for re-election to At-Large member of the DC City Council, while first-timer Christina Henderson (Independent) won the open At-Large seat.
Democrats also prevailed in all four Ward races, with Vince Gray (Ward 7) and Trayon White (Ward 8) easily winning re-election, Brooke Pinto (Ward 2) securing her first full term, and newcomer Janeese Lewis-George (Ward 4) easily winning her race after defeating incumbent Brandon Todd in this spring's Democratic primary.
Our non-voting delegate to the US House of Representatives, Eleanor Holmes Norton, easily won re-election to her 16th term. Dems Paul Strauss (shadow Senator) and first-timer Oye Owolewa (shadow Representative) also both easily won their races. Delegate Holmes Norton serves in Congress, and the trio (plus shadow Senator Michael D. Brown) focuses heavily on promoting DC Statehood.
Initiative 81, "Decriminalize Nature," also cruised to victory, with more than 75% of voters supporting it.
Full results, including the state board of education and ANC races, are available at the DC Board of Elections website.
If you have not yet received your ballot in the mail, you will need to vote in person, which you can do starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27. All the early voting locations are on the BOE website: https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org. Due to the pandemic, any voter in DC can vote at any in-person voting location. The website lists the approximate wait times at each location, so make sure to check before you head out to vote, and remember to wear your mask!
If you received your ballot in the mail from the Board of Elections, you can still complete it and turn it in, either by dropping it in your nearest USPS mailbox (it's postage pre-paid, so you don't even need a stamp), or by dropping it in one of the BoE's many secure drop boxes (complete list of locations is at https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Mail-Ballot-Drop-Sites).
If you decide to use your mailed ballot to vote, remember to register with the BoE's ballot tracker to get updates about the status of your ballot: https://votedc.ballottrax.net/voter/. The messages you'll get look like this:
Editor's note: I put my own ballot in the Northeast Library secure drop box and registered fro the ballot tracker app on Monday, October 5. I got the notification that my ballot had been received by the BoE on Saturday, October 10, and was accepted for counting on Monday, October 12. Dedicated W6D volunteer Frank Avery reported a similar timeframe for his ballot drop off to "accepted for counting" notice.
Council member Robert White, the only Democratic At-Large candidate this year, has reached out to the Ward 6 Dems for support. CM White needs volunteers to support him and the entire Democratic ticket at the vote centers for Early Vote and on Election Day. We're not asking you to distribute literature this year, although we will have tables with literature for voters to pick up themselves if they choose. We need volunteers to wear "ASK ME" buttons and answer questions or otherwise assist voters, masked and from a safe distance.
In order for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (fingers crossed) to be able to enact their agenda and begin undoing the damage of the Trump administration, it is CRITICAL that Dems flip the US Senate blue this November. We have the opportunity to send a strong DC Statehood signal by actively supporting the Democratic candidates who have voiced their public support for making us the 51st state.
You can help flip the Senate by donating to any/all of the following Senate candidates through dedicated "51st State" links.
Let's make sure their Statehood support matters!
From the leadership team at at Decriminalize Nature DC:
If passed, Initiative 81 would designate entheogenic plants and fungi (iboga, ayahuasca, psilocybin, and mescaline-containing cacti) as the lowest law enforcement priority for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. This change would help ensure that DC residents benefiting from these plant medicines - which can help treat depression, anxiety and addiction - are not subject to arrest or prosecution. These changes would help end another part of the destructive war on drugs while protecting DC residents using natural medicines to heal. Initiative 81 does not change penalties or legalize the sale of entheogens.
The DC DSC and the Ward 6 Dems support this ballot initiative. Vote YES.
No rest for weary election volunteers! Whatever the outcome in the House and Senate on November 3, experienced DC Statehood activists know work remains to be done. Join the DC DSC for their monthly Statehood Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 10, to strategize for the 117th Congress. Details and RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdems/event/204310/.
We're excited to announce that the Ward 6 Democrats and the Hill Rag are sponsoring TWO nights of forums with the candidates for DC City Council At-Large. There are a total of 23 candidates, so you have a lot of choices, and we're here to help you distinguish among them. Remember, you get to vote for TWO at-large candidates.
Dates: Monday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 14
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. (both nights)
You can submit your questions for the candidates at [email protected].