Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,
We're sending an abbreviated version of the newsletter this holiday week. We hope to see you the morning of July 4th, showing your Ward 6 Dems pride by walking with us in the Barracks Row Independence Day parade. Details are below, as is a brief recap of this past weekend's Network NoVA Women's Summit. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the July 24th DC Statehood hearing. It will be the first hearing on DC Statehood on Capitol Hill in 25 years, so it's critical that we pack the hearing room in the Rayburn building.
Do you have a tip for us, or a news item you think we should share with the rest of the Ward 6 Democrats? Send it to our newsletter editor, Elizabeth Engel, at [email protected].
President, Ward 6 Democrats
Walk With Us on July 4th
The 19th Amendment, which gave most women the right to vote, was passed by Congress in 1919 and ratified in 1920. The Ward 6 Democrats will be walking in the Capitol Hill Community 4th of July Parade commemorating this centennial anniversary, and we want you to walk with us.
When: July 4, 2019 - meet at 9:30 a.m. to be ready to march at 10 a.m.
Where: meet under the SE Freeway overpass on 8th Street SE just south of I Street SE - we'll then join the parade up Barracks Row
We're asking everyone to wear white (either entirely, or at least a white top/shirt), and we'll have suffragist-style sashes with both historical and modern women's rights messages, boutonnieres in suffragist purple and gold, and cards to hand out to the parade spectators with information about the 19th amendment and the Ward 6 Dems.
If you know you want to march with us, RSVP to Marci Hilt at [email protected], or just meet us under the overpass on the morning of the 4th.
Network NoVA Women's Summit Recap
Ward 6 Dems 2nd VP Elizabeth Engel and Outreach Director Andria Thomas represented the Ward 6 Democrats at the third annual Network NoVA Women's Summit this past weekend, June 28-30. Over 1,000 activists from across Virginia and DC gathered to network, learn, meet candidates, and prepare to flip BOTH houses of the Virginia state legislature (and as many of the local elected positions as possible) blue this fall.
Andria and Elizabeth went with the specific goal of meeting candidates for state delegate or senator to vet them for our support of their campaigns this fall. Adopting DC Vote's "No Donation Without Representation" standard, they were able to secure commitments to supporting DC Statehood from several candidates (check out Andria's Instagram account to view some short videos she shot with candidates during the weekend).
Andria and Elizabeth identified many good potential candidates we could help, and Andria will be doing further vetting to help us select 2-3 races where our support will make a real difference. We'll have more information about that soon, and in the meantime, if you want to be kept informed of our GOTV efforts for the Virginia state elections this summer and fall, let Andria know at [email protected].
Volunteer Opportunity: Show Up 4 DC - Wednesday, July 24
On Wednesday, July 24, there will be a historic hearing on H.R. 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act, which was introduced by our (non-voting) Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton on January 3, 2019, at the beginning of the 116th Congress. This act, which as of this writing has a record 213 co-sponsors in the House and 34 co-sponsors in the Senate, would, if passed, grant us statehood, no Constitutional changes required.
The local statehood organizations have joined forces on the Show Up 4 DCcampaign to pack the hearing room (Rayburn House Office Building room 2154) with DC Statehood supporters.
Learn what you can do to support this effort at https://www.showup4dc.com/details, and we hope to see you at the Rayburn building on July 24.