ALERT: Census Data Collection Ends THIS Wednesday, September 30

Although activists are still fighting in the courts to extend the US Census deadline, victory is far from assured, and we are nearly out of time to get every DC resident counted in the US Census. The District's response rate is currently 62.2%, 3.5% behind the national rate. We are at serious risk of losing critical federal funding if we don't catch up.

If you haven't completed the Census, you can do so right now online at: https://my2020census.gov/It only takes about 10 minutes. 

If you have already responded, remind your friends and neighbors to do the same by posting the link to any neighborhood listservs or groups you belong to: https://my2020census.gov/.


Volunteers Needed: Support our Dem Party Candidates in your Ward!

  • Get out of your House to Support At Large Councilmember Robert White and the Biden-Harris Team!  
  • We have identified 70 sign locations for Councilmember Robert White street sign placement and to deliver Biden-Harris/White Yard Signs to residents. 
  • Work on your schedule from September 18-September 30 
  • COVID friendly, rewarding and fun as this job is perfect for one or two  
  • Yard sign supplies and site locations provided.
  • Contact Matt LaFortune - 574-807-2576  / [email protected]

 


GOTV Virtual Meeting: TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 15

Our next monthly Get Out the Vote virtual meeting will be TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 15, starting at 7:00 p.m. We'll be talking about the fourth campaign we're supporting this fall, that of Jaime Harrison, who is challenging Trump's golf buddy Lindsey Graham for Senate in South Carolina. We'll also have a special guest joining the call. Details and RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/310365/

Meanwhile, our postcard writing efforts are ongoing. We have more addresses for Theresa Greenfield (challenging Joni Ernst for Senate in Iowa), and we are still writing postcards for Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) as well. You may have seen the article in the Washington Post (online Friday, in print Sunday) about the Spanberger race. She is facing a very tough battle, which means our efforts to help her could very well be what makes the difference. 

Need addresses? Email Matt LaFortune at [email protected].

Need postcards?

Need a little help keeping your postcard writing energy up? Network NoVA, a local Virginia grass roots activist organization, is hosting weekly postcard power lunches, Fridays at noon. They feature music, messaging ideas, weekly special guests, and prizes. Register to join them here.


Volunteer with CM Robert White

We need your help to turn out votes in the District as well. Council member Robert White, the only Democratic At-Large candidate this year, has reached out to the Ward 6 Dems for support.


Get Ready To Vote, DC

The Board of Elections has created an online tool to help you find out where you can vote this fall. You plug in your address, and it will show you all the nearby ballot drop boxes, early voting locations, and November 3 polling places. Discover your options here

If you haven't already checked your voter registration status, PLEASE DO IT NOW. It only takes a few seconds to do: https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status.

The reason this is so critical is that Board of Elections is going to automatically mail absentee ballots to EVERY registered DC voter in just a few weeks. Make a plan to vote safely this fall. 

Still have questions about voting? AARP DC and the DC Board of Elections are hosting two virtual town halls, Thursday, September 17 and Thursday, September 24, where you can get all your questions answered. Information and registration here


Sign Up to Be a Poll Worker

While we will all be getting mail ballots, DC is going to have polling places for in-person voting open for both early voting (starting October 27) and on election day. While they're doing well, the Board of Elections is still recruiting poll workers. (You may have seen the article in the Washington Post on Friday about this.) Many of our most dedicated and experienced poll workers are our senior neighbors, and it's not safe for them to work the polls during the pandemic.

If you're in a lower-risk demographic category, please consider signing up to help. It's a PAYING position. You'll do four hours of training, and then you'll be assigned up to five shifts during the in-person voting period. Complete information and application are available at: https://www.dcboe.org/Poll-Workers/Apply-to-be-an-Election-Day-Worker.


DC Statehood News

For the FIRST TIME in HISTORY, a DC Statehood bill has been placed on the Senate floor calendar. Read Delegate Eleanor Holmes Horton's official statement on this exciting development in our ongoing quest for equal representation and rights of citizenship.


#GetCountedDC

It take about 5-10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Donald Trump is attempting to dramatically shorten the time frame for the door-to-door visits by Census enumerators, so it's particularly important that we all complete our questionnaires online ASAP at https://my2020census.govTrump is trying to stop the count as of September 30, 2020, in just over two weeks, so time is running out.

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 more than $8,000 federal funds to which we are entitled for EACH PERSON who's not counted (source: George Washington Institute of Public Policy). Those funds support everything from programs for children to infrastructure improvements. 


GOTV Updates & Save the Date

Our next monthly Get Out the Vote virtual meeting will be Tuesday, September 15, starting at 7:00 p.m. We'll be talking about the fourth campaign we're supporting this fall, that of Jaime Harrison, who is challenging Trump's golf buddy Lindsey Graham for Senate in South Carolina. We'll also have a special guest joining the call. Details and RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/310365/

Meanwhile, our postcard writing efforts are ongoing. We've completed all the Theresa Greenfield addresses for Iowa for now (this batch was going out early, with a focus on reminding Iowans to request their absentee ballots), but we are still writing postcards for Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07). 

Need addresses? Email Matt LaFortune at [email protected] 

Need postcards?

Need a little help keeping your postcard writing energy up? Network NoVA, a local Virginia grass roots activist organization, is hosting weekly postcard power lunches, Fridays at noon. They feature music, messaging ideas, weekly special guests, and prizes. Register to join them here.


VA Victory DAILY Textbank

Speaking of Network NoVA: Do you want to do something in addition to writing postcards but you don't like phone banking? Have you tried text banking?  Network NoVA, the grassroots organization just across the river, is doing DAILY text banks.

We can't promise you'll get to work on the particular campaigns the Ward 6 Dems have chosen - Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Elaine Luria - but you will be supporting Joe Biden, Senator Mark Warner, and other Dems running in Virginia.

The focus is similar to phone banking, that is, you're not trying to convince hard core MAGA-heads to change their minds; you're exhorting inconsistent Dem voters to get to the polls and, this year in particular, providing information about their options so they can vote safely. (And speaking from personal experience, I've found that I get a much better response from text banking than from phone banking. Most folks won't pick up a number they don't recognize these days, but lots of folks are willing to have a quick text conversation with you. --Elizabeth Engel, newsletter editor)

Details and RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/vavictory/event/306927/. Network NoVA is text banking two hours every week day and four hours (in two different time slots) every weekend day, so you can easily do as little or as much as you like.