Happy New Year!
Your officers recently met to plan for 2019, and we have some exciting events on tap for you this year:
- Quarterly Ward 6 Matters panel discussions (in collaboration with the Hill Rag)
- Ward 6 Democrats Salons (NEW event)
- Events related to the celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage (in collaboration with the National Woman’s Party and the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument)
- Periodic Ward 6 Dems happy hours (in collaboration with Mr. Henry’s)
- Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts for the 2019 Virginia state elections (in collaboration with DC’s local Indivisible groups and Swing Left)
- Providing regular updates on the DC Statehoood movement and sharing actions you can take to help DC become the 51ststate
We’ll need your support for these efforts to be successful.
Volunteers: We’ll continue to list at least one volunteer activity in each issue of this newsletter, but particularly as we get into election season this summer, we often have “rush” volunteer requests that are shared via a Google group. Not sure if you’re subscribed? Email Elizabeth Engel, our volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she’ll get you signed up if you’re not already a member.
Donations: We do not charge a membership fee, and we’re entirely volunteer run, but efforts like producing this newsletter, hosting our website, writing postcards to voters in Virginia, providing noshes at our happy hours, and advertising the Ward 6 Matters panels require funds. Monthly donations – even small ones of $5 or $10 a month – are the most helpful for us, because we can then plan expenditures knowing how much money we have coming in. Please donate today at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wardsixdems to help us achieve our mission of encouraging political activity among Democrats in Ward 6, improving the quality of life in our community, and building the party in 2019 and beyond.
Whether you’re able to volunteer, donate, or just participate in our events in 2019, we hope to see you soon.
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(Washington, DC) – DC Democratic State Committee Chairman Charles Wilson released the following statement in reaction to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez shutdown statement.
Statement from DC Democratic State Committee Chairman Charles Wilson:
“I strongly support the efforts of Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Muriel Bowser, and our local elected officials to re-open the government. Instead of accepting a bipartisan deal to reopen the government, President Donald Trump continues to keep the government shutdown.
As we head into day 21 of this historic and uncalled for shutdown I am saddened to see so many of my fellow DC residents without full representation in Congress suffering because of the destructive Republican Party. Right here in the nation's capital, thousands of Americans will not receive a paycheck today due to the Republican Party's inability to put hardworking Americans first. Washingtonians from all eight wards want to work and they deserve the dignity to provide for their families.”
The Ward 6 Democrats are kicking off Women of Ward 6, a non-partisan monthly recognition of Ward 6’s women. This effort, in partnership with the National Woman’s Party and the Hill Rag, will culminate in the 100th anniversary (in 2020) of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
Residents of Ward 6 are invited to nominate Ward 6 women, current or historical, to recognize their important role in our lives. Our categories include, but aren’t limited to: arts, writing, medicine, labor, media, law, retail, food service, professional services, government, community service, military religion, education, athletics, women under age 21, lobbying, non-profit, and science. Each woman must have worked or lived in Ward 6.
Nominate a Ward 6 Woman
Ward 6 Democrats Holiday Happy Hour - Tuesday, Dec. 11
Join Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, your Ward 6 Democrats officers, and a host of other special guests Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the upstairs room at Mr. Henry’s (601 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) to celebrate the holidays and YOU, our dedicated volunteers.
Light fare will be provided. It will be a cash bar (with happy hour specials), but you’ll have the opportunity earn a free drink. Ask our volunteers how when you check in.
RSVP at: https://www.ward6dems.org/ward_6_holiday_happy_hour.
The Ward 6 Democrats plan to organize volunteers to support Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts in key congressional races for the Tuesday, November 6 midterm elections.
We are focused on congressional races that meet these criteria:
Statehood/DC Affairs: We will support Democratic candidates who have confirmed they support DC Statehood. We will work to defeat Republican candidates who support congressional interference in DC affairs. #HandsOffDC
Proximity: We will work in districts geographically close to DC.
Impact: We will work in districts that stand a good chance of being one of the 23 seats we need to flip the House this November. We want our contribution to impact the composition of the House of Representatives.
The Ward 6 Democrats are proud to announce Women of Ward 6, a non-partisan recognition of Ward 6’s women who make a difference. This effort will culminate in the 100th anniversary (in 2020) of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
During the final Ward 6 Democrats/Hill Rag pre-primary non-partisan debate among the candidates for the Ward 6 council seat (which took place Tuesday, June 5), we ran out of time before we ran out of questions. The candidates graciously agreed to respond in writing to those we didn't have time to ask in person.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to provide your thoughts in our membership survey this month!
What does this mean for our actions in 2018? We are still parsing the results, but at a minimum we will be considering ways to improve our communications to you, and expand and diversify how we engage our members through events. If you have ideas – and energy – to help us, please let us know. You can get added to our list of volunteers by signing up at http://www.ward6dems.org/join_us
One key piece of feedback was wanting to see more partnerships, and events that support national elections as well as DC issues. We have done just that. See our regular “Volunteer Opportunities” and “Ward 6 Dems Events” newsletter sections for more.
We have much to be thankful for and to share that bounty with others. It is a time to reflect on what we have done and what we still need to do. The Ward 6 Democrats wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.