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The best way to get involved with the Ward 6 Democrats of Washington, DC is by reading the latest in our newsletter. You can sign up here or check out what we're doing to support statehood, get out the vote for Democratic candidates, and improve the quality of life for District of Columbia residents by reading the posts below.


September GOTV Virtual Event TOMORROW Night, Sept. 15

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Our monthly Get Out the Vote (GOTV) virtual meeting is tomorrow night, and we are going to have a special guest. Who? You'll have to attend to find out.

While our work supporting campaigns OUTSIDE DC is ongoing, we're also supporting a campaign INSIDE DC, where Democratic DC Council At-Large Member Robert White is standing for re-election this fall. Whether you have a little time or a lot of time, you can help him win. See below to find out how.

Two critical things to take care of right away, if you haven't already:

  1. Check your voter registration status so the absentee ballot the Board of Elections is going to mail you can find you - https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status.
  2. Complete the US census. DC will lose more than $8,000 in federal funding we're entitled to for EACH PERSON who's not counted. Get Counted Today at https://2020census.gov!

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Women of Ward 6 Returns with Roberta Flack

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

With the Labor Day holiday just around the corner and just over two months to go until the election, our focus remains steady on two things: educating DC voters about how we can vote safely this fall and supporting the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) work of the campaigns of Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Theresa Greenfield (challenger for Senate in Iowa), and Jaime Harrison (challenger for Senate in South Carolina). See below for ways you can help all four get elected November 3. 

I'm also pleased to report that our Women of Ward 6 feature makes a triumphant return, sharing the story of beloved DC singer and songwriter Roberta Flack

Finally, I wanted to note the passing of Howard Croft. He was a longtime civil rights and DC Statehood activist, and a fixture in local DC politics, particularly here in Ward 6. He fell ill with COVID-19 this spring and died in June, although news of his passing only recently became public, when the Washington Post ran a lovely tribute to Mr. Croft that focused on his love of and work for DC residents. 

Best

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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It's DNC Week!

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

It's (virtual) Democratic National Convention Week!

Just as the national party organization has been working hard to put on a convention that's safe but also still fun and energizing for all of us as we look towards November 3, all the Ward Democratic organizations and the DC Democratic State Committee have been working hard to create some fun virtual or physically distanced events here in DC this week for you to enjoy. Of particular note, the Ward 6 Dems are co-hosting a virtual watch party with the DC DSC tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 18, featuring special guest Harry Jaffe, and the DC DSC is hosting a drive-in watch party at Park Up DC at RFK Stadium on Thursday, August 20. Details and registration information below. Get fired up to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris this November! 

Meanwhile, our Ward 6 Dems fundraiser for local nonprofit Martha's Table is ongoing. We've set the ambitious goal of raising $2500 to help them continue and further that work. If you're able, please give generously.

Best

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Gearing Up for the November Elections

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

This edition of our newsletter is all about November's elections, both in DC and for the House and Senate races we're supporting. Get ready to Get Out The Vote, both by making sure the DC Board of Elections can find you to send you your mail ballot and by supporting the DC Statehood-backing candidates we're working to elect to the House and Senate this fall. 

Our Ward 6 Dems fundraiser for local nonprofit Martha's Table is ongoing. Just last week, the Washington Post highlighted the important work they do in our community. We've set the ambitious goal of raising $2500 to help them continue and further that work. If you're able, please give generously

Mayor Bowser recently made three important announcements related to the coronavirus pandemic:

  1. Masks are now MANDATORY in the majority of situations when you leave your home, and the fine for violations is steep. Make sure you're familiar with - and follow - the new rules.
  2. DC residents are now REQUIRED to self-quarantine for two weeks when returning from any non-essential travel to "high-risk" areas. Again, make sure you're familiar with - and follow - the new rules, and that you keep apprised of which states are considered "high-risk."
  3. For school year 2020-21, Term 1, which will run August 31 - November 6, will be ENTIRELY virtual for all DCPS students. For Ward 6 Dems with school-aged kids, DCPS is asking parents to complete a brief survey on your student's device and internet access needs to help them prepare.

Best

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Remembering the Legacy of Rep. John Lewis

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

This weekend, we lost a lion of the civil rights movement with the passing of Rep. John Lewis.

Rep. Lewis was the last living member of the "big six" of the civil rights movement's 1963 March on Washington, a living link with the history of getting in "good trouble" in the name of justice.

From his time in the leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to nearly giving his life on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the end of his life, Rep. Lewis consistently maintained both his loving, joyful spirit and his righteous anger in service to his vision of The Beloved Community. He spoke at the 1963 March on Washington, served in the Carter Administration and on the Atlanta City Council. He was elected to represent Georgia's Fifth Congressional District in 1986. He helped secure authorization to build the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall. His final public appearance was on DC's Black Lives Matter Plaza, only a month ago.

What can we do to honor his legacy? We can continue his work of racial justice and reconciliation by working to flip the Senate and win the White House this fall, and continuing to work for DC Statehood, of which he was a steadfast champion. Join us tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 21, to learn how. 

As Rep. Lewis exhorted us: "Don't give up, don't give in, keep your eyes on the prize."

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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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

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Salon with Kim Ford (Martha's Table) TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 23

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

It's no secret that our June 2 primary election was a mess. Many who requested absentee ballots never received them. Many returned, completed absentee ballots never appeared in the Board of Elections' online ballot tracker. Those who chose, or were compelled by circumstances, to vote in person on June 2 faced long lines. 

This is unacceptable and CANNOT happen again in November.

We have information about the DC Democratic State Committee's response, and the Board of Elections' plans below.

We also have a virtual salon with Martha's Table CEO Kim Ford this week. There's a major DC Statehood vote coming up. And we're kicking off our 2020 election Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts next Tuesday, June 30. Details for all are below. 

DC moves to "phase 2" re-opening today, but it is still wise stay at home if you don't have to go out. If you do, remember to wear your mask.

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Virtual Salon with CM Allen THIS Thursday, June 11

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.

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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LAST CHANCE to Vote for DNC Delegates

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

You have until THIS Friday, May 15, to request your e-ballot to vote for the Delegates who will represent us at the Democratic National Convention in August. Details are below. (NOTE: this is NOT the same as requesting an absentee ballot for the June 2 DC primary or the November 3 general election.)

We also have an upcoming virtual salon conversation next Tuesday, May 19, with At-Large Councilmember Robert White. CM White is running for re-election this fall. Details and registration information are below. RSVP right away - space is limited: https://www.ward6dems.org/virtual_salon_with_councilmember_robert_white

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, and CM Allen's latest newsletter reports that Ward 6 is only at 53%. We can do better! 

Finally, check out our May Woman of Ward 6, Emily Edson Briggs, a journalist who was the first woman to be admitted to the congressional press gallery.

Stay safe, stay well, stay at home, stay happy. Remember to wash your hands, complete your Census information, and sign up for DC Democratic Party Delegate e-ballot to elect Ward 6 Dems to the Democratic Party Convention.

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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