Keep Up to Date with Ward 6 Dems!

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.


Election Results, Georgia Runoffs, and Thank Yous

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

First of all, hearty congratulations to President-Elect Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. and Vice President-Elect Kamala Devi Harris. Although DC's vote for the Democratic ticket was never in question, it was good to see so many of our fellow citizens following our lead.

Congratulations also go to re-elected At-Large DC City Council member, Democrat Robert White, and to newly-elected At-Large DC City Council member, Independent Christina Henderson, and to all the other winners of our local elections, detailed below.

And THANK YOU to the MANY, MANY Ward 6 Dems volunteers who helped make all those wins possible. Make sure you take some time out to celebrate, because BOTH Senate races in Georgia are going to a runoff, and Virginia has state elections again in 2021, so there will be more opportunities to contribute to Democratic wins right around the corner, particularly for our Ward 6 Young Dems - see details below. 

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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In Person Early Voting Opens TOMORROW

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Although there is still plenty of time to return your absentee ballot (either through the USPS or in one of the convenient secure drop boxes the Board of Elections has placed around town), for those who either must or want to vote in-person, early in-person voting opens tomorrow. If you are going to vote in person, please plan to go early. You can vote at ANY in-person location in DC, and the Board of Elections website lists which sites are open and what the approximate wait time is at each at https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org

Be sure to vote, and be sure to plan to #VoteSafe. 

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Make a Plan to #VoteSafe

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

It's not too late to register to join us and the Hill Rag for the forums we are sponsoring with the At-Large candidates for DC City Council. There are a total of 23 candidates, so you have a lot of choices, and we're here to help you distinguish among them. The first forum is TONIGHT, Monday, October 12, starting at 8:00 p.m., and the second is this Wednesday, October 14, also starting at 8:00 p.m. More information and registration is at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/336969/

We also have information on voting in DC, continuing volunteer opportunities to elect Democrats both inside and outside DC, good AND bad news about the US Census, and our final Woman of Ward 6 - DC's own long-time public servant and tireless statehood advocate, Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Looking for a Biden/Harris yard sign?

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Have you been wanting to show your support of the Democratic ticket with a Biden/Harris yard sign, but can't find one?

The Ward 6 Dems have you covered. We have a LIMITED supply to distribute.

How do you get yours?

Make a contribution of ANY amount to the Ward 6 Dems in support of our Get Out the Vote efforts, email your receipt to our GOTV lead, Matt LaFortune, at mattlafortune@gmail.com, and he'll deliver one within 48 hours. 

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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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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