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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.


HR 51 Hearing Thursday, March 11

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Happy Women's History Month! Now is an excellent time to visit - or revisit - the stories of some of the amazing women who've called Ward 6 home over the years in our Women of Ward 6 series.

In our last newsletter, we had highlighted Mayor Bowser's series of Budget Engagement Forums. If you missed them, you can still download the pocket guide to her proposed FY2022 budget at budget.dc.gov. You can also watch a recording of one of the forums at the site and share your thoughts about what our community priorities should be in the coming year. The budget will go to the city council so they can begin their review process on March 31. 

The fencing around the Capitol building continues to impact the entire city, but most particularly the daily lives of those of us who live and work in Ward 6. Our own CM Charles Allen authored a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, which the entire city council signed onto, requesting removal of the fence. If you'd like to add your voice, there is a Change.org petition requesting the same. DCist also recently covered the work our neighbors and elected officials are putting in on this topic and describes additional steps we can all take to help. 

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Looking Ahead to 2022

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Happy Presidents' Day! 

At both the local and national levels, Democratic planning for 2021 and 2022 is well underway. 

Just over a week ago, your Ward 6 Dems officers gathered (on Zoom, of course) to set our plans for 2021. We'll be continuing our popular virtual salon series, building capacity and relationships with community groups, growing our Young Dems of Ward 6 group, and refreshing our website. You may have already noticed our more active social media presence. If you haven't already, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and if you see something you like, share it! 

DC FY22 budget season has begun, and Mayor Bowser is hosting a series of Budget Engagement Forums this week. Sign up to join one to learn more about her plans and share your thoughts. We anticipate that our Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen will also hold his customary Ward 6 Budget Townhall later this spring and will share information about that as it becomes available.

Swing Left and other national groups are beginning to plan for the 2021 state elections in Virginia and the 2022 midterms. You can learn more about what's in store below.

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Show Your DC Statehood Pride

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Happy Black History Month! We've done a little work on Black history in Ward 6 ourselves recently through our Women of Ward 6 initiative. You can read - or re-read - about notable Black women who have lived and worked in Ward 6, like Roberta Flack, Veola M. Jackson, Nadine P. Winter, and, of course, Eleanor Holmes Norton, on our website.

On Tuesday, January 19, we had a VERY engaging conversation with Maurice Cook, Executive Director of Serve Your City/the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network. Did you miss it? You can still get involved by giving to the W6MA, purchasing items for our unhoused neighbors from their Amazon wish list, or signing up to be a virtual tutor.

DC's statehood organizations are engaged in a major group effort to blanket DC with signs showing our support for our rights to equal representation. Check out #StatehoodSigns on your favorite social media platforms and find out how to request yours below.

We hope you're able to get out and enjoy this snowy Monday in our beautiful ward, but remember to #WearYourMask when you do.

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network Salon on Jan. 19

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Today is the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, and, with it, the annual MLK Day of Service. The pandemic makes in-person volunteering much more difficult, so I urge you to register to join us tomorrow night for a salon conversation with Maurice Cook, founder of the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network. Through "solidarity, not charity" they are serving our neighbors here in Ward 6 every day, and you'll learn about safe, physically-distanced ways you can help. Details and RSVP below.

Ever wondered what the deal is with DC's ANCs, our unique form of hyper-local government? The Young Dems of Ward 6 (YDW6) have invited ANC6A04 Commissioner Amber Gove, who is the chair of ANC6A, to their next meeting, Thursday, January 28, to explain The ABCs of ANCs. Details and RSVP below.

Coronavirus vaccines are now available for our seniors. If that's you, you can now sign up for an appointment to get vaccinated. More information about how to do that is available via the dedicated DC coronavirus site or via the dedicated Capitol Hill Village coronavirus site. Get vaccinated as soon as you can, to protect both yourself and our community.

Speaking of keeping each other safe, I'm sure you've noticed the increased law enforcement and National Guard presence around our neighborhood in preparation for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris's inauguration later this week. As NPR reported, many violent right-wing white supremacists were staying at Airbnbs all over our community prior to their failed insurrection of January 6. They are planning to come back to try to wreak more havoc this week. Due to the efforts of local civic and neighborhood associations, local activist groups, our Councilmembers, and individual Airbnb hosts, Airbnb was successfully pressured into canceling all DC reservations for inauguration week and blocking new reservations for that time period from being made. There is an ongoing effort to pressure Mayor Bowser to use the authority of Mayor's Order 2021-003 to close the hotels as well. You can learn more about that - or add your voice - here

The horrific attack on the Capitol and the ongoing threats to DC have also brought new attention to the DC Statehood movement and to what exactly our lack of equal representation and self-determination means. Relatedly, there's a lot going on in the DC Statehood movement, and you can learn more about how you can help below.

I want to close with a quote from Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail that seems particularly appropriate for those of us in Ward 6 in this moment in time and in history: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." 

Be safe and take care of each other,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

Happy New Year!

With the approval of two coronavirus vaccines to date (and hopefully more to come), we have a lot to look forward to this year: getting our kids back in school; resuming physically proximate social activities with our friends, families, and neighbors; more easily patronizing the small, local businesses that make Ward 6 special; and supporting Democratic candidates and Democratic causes with in-person volunteering. 

While we wait our turn to be vaccinated, your Ward 6 Dems officers are strategizing ways to assist in electing another Democratic administration in Virginia and protecting the Democratic majorities in both houses of the Virginia state legislature this year, working with the DC Democratic State Committee and our local statehood organizations (Free DC, DC Vote, Neighbors United) to keep promoting the cause of equal representation for our 700,000+ citizens, and planning some upgrades and updates in how we serve you and keep you informed.

Best,

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Happy Holidays

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

A little more than two weeks ago, we launched a new group: Young Dems of  Ward 6 (YDW6), for Democrats in Ward 6 age 36 and under. Thanks to everyone who showed up to share your ideas and energy, and in particular to Frank Avery and Ethan Van Ness, who are organizing this work. We're excited about this new area of focus for us.

Early voting in the critical runoff elections for Georgia's two Senate seats opens ONE week from today, on Monday, December 14. Electing both Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff will be vital to enabling the Biden/Harris administration to enact their agenda and begin repairing the damage of four years of Trump. See below to learn how you can help.

Last year at this time, we held a well-attended and festive Ward 6 Dems holiday party at Mr. Henry’s. Such a happy memory. Although we can't gather in person this year to exchange greetings and celebrate all that we've accomplished together, all our officers wish you and your family a joyful and safe celebration in this season of light and a peaceful and healthy 2021.

Happy Holidays! 

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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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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