September 17 VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party Recap

A small but mighty group turned out to Red Bear Brewing Company in NoMa Tuesday, Sept. 17 to continue writing Get Out The Vote (GOTV) postcards for Dan Helmer and Sheila Bynum-Coleman.

As a reminder, we are supporting the campaigns of three candidates in the Virginia state elections this fall, as we work to flip both houses of the Virginia state legislature blue.

  • Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-66), challenging incumbent Speaker of the House of Delegates Republican Kirk Cox
  • Dan Helmer (HD-40), challenging incumbent House of Delegates majority caucus chairman Republican Tim Hugo
  • Wendy Gooditis (HD-10), Democratic incumbent seeking her first re-election

All three are on the record in support of DC Statehood. They are also united in their support of issues that matter most to Ward 6 Democratic voters: sensible gun safety protections, protecting women's reproductive rights, support for the ERA, and ending extreme partisan gerrymandering.

One of the ways we are supporting these candidates is to write postcards to voters in the relevant Virginia districts reminding them to get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and encouraging them to support Bynum-Coleman, Helmer, or Gooditis (as appropriate). 


Hundreds #ShowUp4DC

We were blessed with a beautiful day on Thursday, Sept. 19 for the historic hearing on H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act (aka, the statehood bill), and it's a good thing, because so many activists turned out that we filled the hearing room, the overflow hearing room, the SECOND overflow hearing room, the halls of the Rayburn building, and had a large overflow-overflow crowd in the Spirit of Justice park behind the Rayburn building. 

How big was the total crowd? We honestly don’t know, but one of the thee coalition partners, DC Vote, reports that they handed out all 2000 "I Showed Up 4 DC Statehood" stickers they had printed well before the hearing started.

The statehood bill was ably represented by testimony from:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser
  • Council Chairman Phil Mendelson
  • DC CFO Jeffrey DeWitt
  • Congressional Research Service Legislative Attorney Kenneth Thomas
  • Kerwin Miller, DC resident and veteran

Mr. Miller was supported by additional veterans who are also DC residents, shown here with a 51 star US flag.

If you were unable to attend, you can learn more about the hearing at:

There will be many more steps to take to achieve statehood, but last week, we accomplished a really big one.

Thanks to all the Ward 6 statehood supporters who turned out, and stay tuned for next steps, which will include marking up H.R. 51 and a floor vote in the House. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who chaired the hearing, recently reported that H.R. 51 now has 218 co-sponsors in the House, which means we have sufficient votes to pass the bill in the House. 


Women of Ward 6: Coralie Farlee

September's Woman of Ward 6 is Coralie Farlee, a long-time Southwest DC resident whose professional career and voluntary contributions impact the lives of many people in Ward 6 and DC. The Ward 6 Democrats are recognizing and honoring Ward 6 women who have made significant contributions to better our community as a lead-up to the 2020 anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

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#DemDebate3 Watch Party - Thursday, Sept. 12

We're down to ten candidates who've qualified for the next debate, which means they'll all be on ONE stage on ONE night. Join your fellow Ward 6 Democrats on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Valor Brewpub (723 8th Street SE) to hear what the candidates have to say and cheer on your favorite(s). Watch party starts at 7:30 p.m., and the debate itself kicks off at 8:00 p.m.


H Street/NoMa Civic Association Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 10

After a break in August, the H Street/NoMa Civic Association is resuming their monthly second Tuesday meetings. They'll be meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the community room at the 2 M Street Apartments (2 M Street NE). For more information, contact HNCA President Tiffany Aziz at tiffany.aziz@hotmail.com


Volunteer Opportunity: VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party - Tuesday, Sept. 17, plus canvassing oppportunity

We're going to keep the postcard-writing momentum going Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We'll be at Red Bear Brewing Company (209 M Street NE).

We have addresses to finish up for Dan Helmer and Sheila Bynum-Coleman. If we complete those, we'll move on to addresses for Wendy Gooditis.

You can RSVP for the Sept. 17 event at https://www.ward6dems.org/postcard_party - it's not required, but it does help us know how many supplies to bring. 

Can't make it on the 17th? Our plan is to keep doing these every other Tuesday until the end of October (the campaigns want the cards to drop the week of October 21). Details about the additional postcard parties will be forthcoming. To join our GOTV team, please email our Outreach Director Andria Thomas at resistrisedc@gmail.com.

BONUS: Canvassing Opportunity with the Ward 3 Dems, Saturday, Sept. 19

Want to do more to support Sheila? The Ward 3 Democrats are organizing a canvassing trip down to her Richmond-area district Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information or to sign up to join them, visit: https://forms.gle/3MHPD2VMYEYzxYKw5.


Sept. 3 VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party Recap

As a reminder, we are supporting the campaigns of three candidates in the Virginia state elections this fall, as we work to flip both houses of the Virginia state legislature blue.

  • Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-66), challenging incumbent Speaker of the House of Delegates Republican Kirk Cox
  • Dan Helmer (HD-40), challenging incumbent House of Delegates majority caucus chairman Republican Tim Hugo
  • Wendy Gooditis (HD-10), Democratic incumbent seeking her first re-election

All three are on the record in support of DC Statehood. They are also united in their support of issues that matter most to Ward 6 Democratic voters: sensible gun safety protections, protecting women's reproductive rights, support for the ERA, and ending extreme partisan gerrymandering.

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RESCHEDULED Hearing on DC Statehood - Thursday, Sept. 19, plus volunteer opportunity

H.R. 51, the DC Statehood Bill, will have a hearing in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform (Rayburn Building, Rm. 2154) on Sept. 19, 2019. It's time to make history. We need everyone who supports DC Statehood to plan to be there. Note: the room only holds 100, so there will be a line and there may be an overflow room.

The best way to keep up-to-date on details is to visit ShowUp4DC and sign up for updates. 

BONUS: Volunteer with the Statehood movement

Statehood movement organizers are looking for volunteers for the day of, and also for a series of actions and events leading up to the actual hearing. Barbara Helmick, from DC Vote, is coordinating those efforts, so to find out what the options are and sign up, email her at bhelmick@dcvote.org


Ward 6 Dems Report at the DC Democratic State Committee

Recent activities of the Ward 6 Democrats include:

Accomplishments:

  • This newsletter, launched in October 2017, which goes out bimonthly to more than 1000 subscribers
  • Our volunteer growth - we've enjoyed steady recruitment and maintain a Google group with 150 subscribers for sharing opportunities 
  • Our successful biennial convention, at which we passed our newly revised bylaws and elected our 2019-2021 officers (Chuck and Rindi also recognized the DC High School Democrats, who provided the volunteers to staff the convention)
  • Our ongoing Women of Ward 6 initiative https://www.ward6dems.org/women_of_ward6_honorees
  • Our ongoing Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts 
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August 20 VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party Recap

On Tuesday, August 20, 13 volunteers braved the hailstorm and torrential rain to gather in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry's and write a stack of postcards to voters in Virginia supporting the candidacy of Sheila Bynum-Coleman (the Democratic challenger for VA HD-66).

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