Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,
We know this is short notice, but we have a virtual salon with our Councilmember, Charles Allen, THIS Thursday, June 11, starting at 7:00 p.m. Space is limited. See below for more information or register now at https://www.ward6dems.org/ward_6_dems_virtual_salon_charles_allen.
Don't forget to complete your 2020 US Census. Although the official "census day" was April 1, you can and should still complete your census at https://2020census.gov. The consequences of an undercount would be serious for our city and our Ward boundaries. Most of Ward 6 is running in the high 50s or low 60s for response rate. We can do better!
Finally, check out our June Woman of Ward 6, Diana McClellan, a popular gossip columnist in the 1970s and 80s.
Stay safe, stay well, stay at home, and remember to wear your mask if you have to go out.
President, Ward 6 Democrats
Indivisible Waterfront Virtual Event with Rep. Elaine Luria - Wednesday, June 10
Join Indivisible Waterfront Wednesday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. for Zoom conversation with Representative Elaine Luria (VA-2) about police brutality, particularly the militarization of the police, and Donald Trump's threat to use active duty military personnel against peaceful protesters. As a 20-year Navy veteran and an elected official, what are her views and proposals?
Details and RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/indivisible-waterfront-meet-rep-elaine-luria-va-2.
Virtual Salon with CM Charles Allen - Thursday, June 11
Join your fellow Ward 6 Democrats for a Zoom virtual salon with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen THIS Thursday, June 11, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Participate in an up-to-date review with one of the District’s most influential leaders on the upcoming budget, recent Council elections, public policy from justice to education, and the upcoming events and policies that will impact Ward 6 residents.
Our Salons provide an intimate setting that allows us to discuss issues in depth. Participation is limited to under 20 invitees so RSVP early.
Details and RSVP at https://www.ward6dems.org/ward_6_dems_virtual_salon_charles_allen.
Questions? Contact Chuck Burger [email protected] or 202.258.5316.
Ward 7 Dems Voter Outreach & Education Committee Meeting - Thursday, June 11
If you're not attending the salon with CM Allen, all Ward 6 Dems are invited to participate in the Ward 6 Dems Voter Outreach & Education Committee meeting, Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Agenda items include distinguishing state vs ward activities and mapping out a plan for the fall elections.
Details and RSVP at https://m.facebook.com/groups/74076643865?view=permalink&id=10158786470213866
2020 Election Volunteering Opportunities
As of the end of last week, it's official - Joe Biden has the delegates. He's our nominee. We are working on Ward 6 specific Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts to support his campaign and the campaigns of other down-ballot Democrats, but in the meantime, we've added a new section to the Ward 6 Democrats website: Campaign Events - Get Involved! Assuming we programmed it correctly (fingers crossed), it will automatically feed opportunities to volunteer with the Biden campaign. As we choose DC Statehood supporting candidates in down-ballot races to support this fall - No Donation Without Representation! - we'll be adding their Action Center feeds as well.
Learn more and sign up to volunteer at https://www.ward6dems.org/campaign_events_get_involved.
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?
- The federal government distributes over $6 billion annually to the District to support vital programs based on census data.
- Census data is used to update Ward and ANC boundaries to reflect population growth and movement across the District.
- District agencies rely on accurate census data for budgeting, planning, and policy decision-making across the city.
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
- 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.
June Woman of Ward 6: Diana McClellan
June’s Woman of Ward 6 is Diana McLellan, who was a self-described “jolly pariah” whose Washington gossip column the Ear became a puckish, first-read chronicle of social news and intrigue in the 1970s and 80s.
Diana Blanche Dicken was born Sept. 22, 1937, in Leicester, England. Her father was a British military officer who became a defense attaché in Washington in 1957, and she accompanied him to the city. Her first marriage to Robin Bull, ended in divorce. She wed Richard X. McLellan, Jr., a professor of history, in 1963.
The British-born McLellan wrote gossip first for the Star, then for the Post and finally at the Washington Times. She mock-lamented the foibles of public officials (“Where are standards?”). She detailed who was going “wok shopping” (getting married) or “expecting more than the mailman” (pregnant).
She didn’t make a fetish of checking out fully every little nugget that came her way. But her mischievous, nonchalant tone made the column a hit as she chronicled the ‘glamorosos, biggies, the Fairly Devine’ of Washington high life. McLellan poked fun at perceived slights. When she was left off a White House party list, she wrote that “Ear’s invitation got lost in the mail, again.”
She once erroneously reported that statesman Dean Acheson had attended a party. In her apology to readers, she wrote that “Ear writhed with anguish to learn that Dean Acheson, who it had listed among Terrifics whooping it up at a divine party recently, is a teensy bit dead, and has been for ages.”
Chuck Conconi, a former editor at the Washingtonian magazine who for seven years wrote a gossip and celebrity column in the Post, described her as “the best of any of us. She wrote a smart, sassy little column that had this effervescense of British humor.” Conconi said McClellan developed a “flippant’ writing style that drew readers into a Washington social orbit that otherwise seemed irrelevant to their lives. “She wasn’t arch, she wasn’t mean, but she was clever.”
She once offered advice for those hoping to stay out of the news: Do whatever you want in August. “August is when congressmen go away and drop one wife and marry another, when people build additions to their houses that other people don’t want built, when shops in Georgetown turn into porno shops,” she wrote. “It is sort of the Mardi Gras of Washington, when everybody gets away with everything.”
In her post-column years, she wrote for magazines, such as Washingtonian and Ladies’ Home Journal. Her books included “Ear on Washington;” “The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood”, which explored the lesbian scene in the film capital during the 1930s and 40s; and “Making Hay,” a poetry collection.
McLellan was buried in Congressional Cemetery and her life was celebrated at the cemetery chapel with friends and family reciting poetry and recalling perfect dinners with her.
Jokes flew about her being buried among such famous Washingtonians to get the real stories. At the burial, her spreading a little more dirt around was a quip. Also, as family members placed flowers on the wicket-basket coffin, her daughter Fiona Weeks placed a tube of lipstick on the coffin. The repast was at Mr. Henry’s, one of McLellan’s favorite hang-outs.
At the memorial service, Roy Forey, a neighbor of McLellan, read a poem, entitled A Night at Diana’s Table, reprinted here with the author’s permission.
A Night at Diana’s Table
I was lucky enough to dine at Diana’s table.
The invite offered in the most casual terms — “just neighbors and friends and a peasants’ meal” — but it was more than that.
Welcomed and introduced to everyone, no one could ever be on the fringes.
Plied with liquor and opening chatter we were ushered into the dining area.
With candles dribbling hot wax and flickering in the inebriated air, Diana and Dick held court at each end of the table.
Diana disappeared behind the curtains and like Merlin from King Arthur’s court conjured up tureens, filled with wonderful vegetables, beans, and tender meat in a sauce that was always delicious.
Quickly we transformed into a huge debating table, where participants fought for their point of view. Speakers’ corner on octane, Algonquin on Constitution Avenue.
Then, as the wine flowed and some took to liqueurs, others lit up, engulfing us all and sending us in a time machine to the fifties.
On occasion, Edith might be persuaded to play the “old Joanna” and those of us with bigger egos than voices sang the memories of old.
We left Diana’s table without a care.
We were in the moment, and only our beds beckoned.
Of all the tables I have been invited to, Diana’s was the best. Not by an inch – by a mile.
Yes, the guests were great, the diversity, the stories, but it was the master of ceremonies, the conductor, the Air Commodore’s daughter who shone the brightest and made an invitation to her table one you would never turn down.
The Women of Ward 6 Initiative is a non-partisan recognition of Ward 6’s women. In partnership with the National Woman’s Party, Capitol Hill Restoration Society and the Hill Rag, the Ward 6 Dems initiative will culminate this year, which is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.