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.


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/.


New This Year: Ward 6 Salons (and we need your help)

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.


DNC Winter Meeting 2019

The Democratic National Committee will be holding their winter 2019 meeting here in DC at the Marriott Marquis (901 Massachusetts Avenue NW) Thursday, Feb. 14 – Saturday, Feb. 16.

The Ward 6 Dems have posted a PDF of the tentative schedule of public events on our website, under the Events Calendar, at https://www.ward6dems.org/calendar.

Daily Registration:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 16, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday will be mostly devoted to council and caucus meetings. Many of the committees meet on Friday, and there’s a general session from 1 – 4 p.m. and then a welcome reception from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday kicks off with a Black History Month breakfast, followed by the regional caucuses in the morning, and another general session from 12 – 3 p.m.

The DC Democratic State Committee website indicates that they’ll be offering online registration soon at https://dcdemocraticparty.org.


DC Statehood Update and Volunteer Opportunity

On Friday, January 4, our non-voting delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act, as the second bill of the 116thCongress. The bill was introduced with the enthusiastic support and participation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and with a RECORD 151 original co-sponsors.

How can you help?

Wednesday, Feb. 13, is the statehood movement’s annual lobbying day on Capitol Hill. There are morning and afternoon shifts available, and training and meals will be 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/.


Ward 6 Salons: What do YOU want to talk about?

You’re probably already familiar with our Ward 6 Matters panel discussions. Our inaugural event took place in November and addressed the topic of public space, and we’ll have information about our first panel of 2019 shortly.

We’re also planning to launch 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 an invited special guest.

But we need your help. 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.  


Volunteer Opportunity: GOTV in Virginia in 2019

After all our postcard-writing and canvassing efforts this past fall, did you think GOTV was done?

Nope.

Virginia will hold state-wide elections again in 2019. As a reminder, in the last statewide elections in 2017, there was an ENORMOUS blue wave that almost flipped both houses of the legislature. In 2019, we’ll have a bunch of seats of freshmen Democratic state delegates and senators to defend, and we’ll be trying to flip at least two more seats in the House and three more seats in the Senate blue. Andria Thomas, our GOTV lead (and Ward 6 state party committee member and coordinator for Indivisible Capitol Hill – she’s a busy lady), will be coordinating our efforts. To be part of our 2019 Virginia state elections GOTV team, email her at resistrisedc@gmail.com.


Remembering Marge Francese

We are saddened to inform you that our own Marge Francese has passed away in December. Affectionately known to many as "Marge in Charge," she was a force in DC local politics, government, and especially Ward 6.

After an early retirement from New York Telephone she journeyed to DC to join her daughter Jean to work on the Clinton/Gore campaign. She caught the bug for politics and kept going.

She made her mark in District races working for John Ray, Charlene Drew Jarvis, and Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon Ambrose, who she then joined as her Chief of Staff for two memorable terms.

This was an important time for the city and our Ward. The city was changing rapidly, and it was a time to take action. Ambrose's great team tackled everything from a physically and demographically changing Ward 6 to laying the groundwork to bring about Nats Park and rebuild the Waterfront.

We had an advantage as we had "Marge in Charge." We remember those who she helped, how we were inspired by her dedication, felt her kindness to help others, paid heed to her advice, and followed her leadership to tackle the hard work ahead.

She will be warmly remembered and sorely missed.