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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.


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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Vote for DNC Delegates

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

It's time for us to vote for the delegates who will represent us at the Democratic National Convention in August. Normally, we'd do this in person, but that's not safe right now, so the DC Democratic State Committee has worked out a process for voting electronically. Details are below. We have MANY outstanding candidates from Ward 6 - in fact, we're in the process of putting together a delegate guide to help you choose among them - and they need your support.

NOTE: this is NOT the same as requesting an absentee ballot for the June 2 DC primary or the November 3 general election (which you should also do at the DC Board of Elections site). 

We also have an upcoming salon conversation Tuesday, April 29, with MPD First District Commander Morgan Kane. We were going to be meeting at Solid State Books, but instead we'll be doing it online via Zoom. Details and registration information are below. RSVP right away - space is limited.

Stay safe, stay well, stay at home, and remember to wash your hands.

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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Ward 6 Dems: News and Updates

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

This is a tough time, with many of us adjusting to new routines while also worrying about the health and safety of ourselves, our friends and family, and our community. Because of that, we'll be publishing much less frequently than usual - probably no more than once a month - but we did want to alert you to some community resources and some upcoming political events to keep in mind.

If you don't normally subscribe to our Councilmember Charles Allen's newsletter, you might want to. He's providing weekly, comprehensive updates about the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resources that are available for you and your family. Details are at http://www.charlesallenward6.com

Do your kids - or someone you know - need meals? DCPS has multiple sites in each ward, including six sites in Ward Six, where they are providing free meals to ANYONE under the age of 18. View the full list of sites

One of the great things about our community is that it *is* a community, which means many of us are looking for ways to support local small business through this difficult economic time. The Hill Rag is maintaining an updated list of which of our local restaurants remain open for carry out and/or delivery. 

All Ward Six Dems in-person events have been canceled, of course, but we are working on lining up a series of salon conversations, which lend themselves well to a virtual environment, for the coming months. We're investigating a number of topics, but if there are particular topics you'd like to discuss or speakers you'd like to hear from, let me know at chuckburger.ward6dems@gmail.com, and we'll see what we can do. 

Stay safe, stay well, stay at home, and remember to wash your hands.

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

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April 18 DC Democratic State Convention POSTPONED

Dear Matt,

Because of the current coronovirus pandemic, the DC Democratic State Committee has postponed the April 18th Democratic Party State Convention until this fall.

First, thank you to everyone who applied to be a State Convention delegate. 

Second, while the details of the postponed Convention are very much up in the air right now, this summer, we will still need to elect the DC Delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Details of how we're going to do that are also still being worked out. A number of active Ward 6 Democrats are running to represent the District at the DNC. They will need your support and vote.

Third, you still have time submit your Statement of Candidacy to be a National Delegate. The deadline is THIS SATURDAY, March 21. For more details or to submit your Statement of Candidacy, visit https://www.dcdemocraticparty.org/run-for-delegate

Did you already submit your Statement of Candidacy for a candidate who is no longer running? You can switch your support to a still-viable candidate by submitting a NEW Statement of Candidacy, also by THIS SATURDAY, March 21, at https://www.dcdemocraticparty.org/run-for-delegate

We will follow up with updates on how we'll vote for DNC National Delegates as they become available, as well as keeping you informed of the reimagined State Convention, campaign events, GOTV opportunities, and Party activities in the District, Virginia, and Maryland.

Additionally, our happy hour with At-Large Councilmemebr Robert White, which was to have taken place Tuesday, March 24, at Mr. Henry's, is cancelled.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at cabjr3@gmail.com or 202.258.5316.

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats