Salon with Bo Shuff (DC Vote) THIS Wednesday, July 8

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

I hope you had a safe and fun celebration of the birth of America this weekend.

We've excited to share that we'll be hosting DC Vote Executive Director Bo Shuff for a virtual salon THIS Wednesday, July 8. H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act, passed the House of Representatives on June 26. Bo's going to share his thoughts on what's next for the movement to, after more than 200 years, secure equality for the citizens of DC.

We also just held out 2020 elections Get Out the Vote (GOTV) kickoff. Blue wave in Virginia in 2017? Bigger blue wave nationally in 2018? Even bigger blue wave in Virginia in 2019? Well, get ready for the BLUE TSUNAMI this fall, but we can't do it without your help. Details about what that will look like are below.

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

Virtual Salon with Bo Shuff (DC Vote) - Wednesday, July 6

Many of you probably already know that, in an HISTORIC vote, H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act, PASSED the House of Representatives 232-180 in a floor vote on Friday, June 26.

So what's next for the #DCStatehood movement? We're so glad you asked! 

Join the Ward 6 Dems for conversation with Bo Shuff, Executive Director, DC Vote and DCDSC At-Large Member on what comes next in the fight for equality for DC THIS Wednesday, July 8.

We will open the Zoom broadcast at 6:45 p.m. and start PROMPTLY at 7:00 p.m., because Bo has a hard stop at 8:00 p.m., and there's a lot to cover.

Details and RSVP at:  https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/285576/.

Recap: 2020 Elections GOTV Volunteer Kick-off - Tuesday, June 30

At the Ward 6 Dems 2020 election voter outreach kick-off meeting on Tuesday, June 30, Matt LaFortune, our GOTV lead, reviewed our strategy. At least for the time being, it's going to be entirely virtual, focusing on efforts like postcard writing, phone banking, and text banking.

Ward 6 Dems are already writing postcards to get out the vote for Virginia Dems Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Elaine Luria, freshmen House members whose campaigns we supported in 2018. We're still in the process of choosing the Senate races we'll be supporting this fall. (Because of the pandemic, not all states have had their primaries yet.)

Our next GOTV session will be in mid-July and will include a brief training on how to text bank as well as an update on our postcards to voters campaign.

Learn more about how you can get involved and check out our calendar of events, which includes volunteer opportunities with allied organizations like the Arlington Democrats and Indivisible Waterfront.

Want to learn more about the power of postcards? Check out this great video from Postcards4Va.com.

Are you ready to start writing some postcards yourself? Since everything is virtual right now, you will have to buy your own postcards. You can get them here or here. Matt has already downloaded an address bundle from Postcards4VA.com, so you can email him to request some of those, or you can set up your own account with the site and download your own bundle. 

#GetCountedDC

Another good way to use your time while staying at home and physical distancing is to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire. 

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 federal funds to which we are entitled that support everything from programs for children to infrastructure improvements. 

It take about 5-10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Completing the questionnaire online means that Census enumerators - many of whom are our neighbors, doing temporary work - do not have to visit your house to interview you, which keeps us all safe. Complete your questionnaire today at https://my2020census.gov

Due to the Hill Rag's summer publishing schedule, our monthly Women of Ward 6 feature will be on hiatus until September, when we'll be focusing on none other than Ms. Roberta Flack.