Ward 6 Dems - Recap of the DCDSC meeting, September events

Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

First Vice President Dorinda White and I reported on the Ward 6 Democrats' accomplishments at last week’s DC Democratic State Committee meeting. See below for the impressive details.

We have a full slate of activities planned for later this month and into fall. The historic DC Statehood Congressional Hearing is now set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, in Rm. 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. We hope to see you there, or at one or more of the other events we have planned for you. 

Chuck Burger

President, Ward 6 Democrats

Ward 6 Dems Report at the DC Democratic State Committee

Recent activities of the Ward 6 Democrats include:

Accomplishments:

  • This newsletter, launched in October 2017, which goes out bimonthly to more than 1000 subscribers
  • Our volunteer growth - we've enjoyed steady recruitment and maintain a Google group with 150 subscribers for sharing opportunities 
  • Our successful biennial convention, at which we passed our newly revised bylaws and elected our 2019-2021 officers (Chuck and Rindi also recognized the DC High School Democrats, who provided the volunteers to staff the convention)
  • Our ongoing Women of Ward 6 initiative https://www.ward6dems.org/women_of_ward6_honorees
  • Our ongoing Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts 

2019 Events:

  • Salons with DC Councilmembers Phil Mendelson and Charles Allen
  • Happy Hour with DC Attorney General Karl Racine
  • Ward 6 Matters forum on education, co-sponsored with the Hill Rag
  • 2019 election season GOTV kick off party
  • Two successful GOTV postcard writing parties (so far) for the 2019 Virginia state elections
  • Participation in "Volunteer Capitol Hill," an annual community volunteer outreach event at the Hill Center 
  • Participation in the Barracks Row Independence Day Parade
  • Hosting two debate watch parties in July, one solo at Valor Brewpub, one in coordination with the DC DSC at Busboys & Poets

RESCHEDULED Hearing on DC Statehood - Thursday, Sept. 19, plus volunteer opportunity 

H.R. 51, the DC Statehood Bill, will have a hearing in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform (Rayburn Building, Rm. 2154) on Sept. 19, 2019. It's time to make history. We need everyone who supports DC Statehood to plan to be there. Note: the room only holds 100, so there will be a line and there may be an overflow room.

The best way to keep up-to-date on details is to visit ShowUp4DC and sign up for updates. 

BONUS: Volunteer with the Statehood movement

Statehood movement organizers are looking for volunteers for the day of, and also for a series of actions and events leading up to the actual hearing. Barbara Helmick, from DC Vote, is coordinating those efforts, so to find out what the options are and sign up, email her at bhelmick@dcvote.org

Sept. 3 VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party Recap

As a reminder, we are supporting the campaigns of three candidates in the Virginia state elections this fall, as we work to flip both houses of the Virginia state legislature blue.

  • Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-66), challenging incumbent Speaker of the House of Delegates Republican Kirk Cox
  • Dan Helmer (HD-40), challenging incumbent House of Delegates majority caucus chairman Republican Tim Hugo
  • Wendy Gooditis (HD-10), Democratic incumbent seeking her first re-election

All three are on the record in support of DC Statehood. They are also united in their support of issues that matter most to Ward 6 Democratic voters: sensible gun safety protections, protecting women's reproductive rights, support for the ERA, and ending extreme partisan gerrymandering.

One of the ways we are supporting these candidates is to write postcards to voters in the relevant Virginia districts reminding them to get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and encouraging them to support Bynum-Coleman, Helmer, or Gooditis (as appropriate). 

We held our second postcard writing party of this election season Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Solid State Books on H Street NE. 

Nine people (including one person who just happened to be in the bookstore and stopped to ask us what we were doing) wrote postcards in support of the candidacy of Dan Helmer. Dan is a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, and is running on a platform that includes support for women's health care and reproductive rights and support for strong environmental protections.

Volunteer Opportunity: VA State Elections GOTV/Postcard Party - Tuesday, Sept. 17, plus canvassing oppportunity 

We're going to keep the postcard-writing momentum going Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We'll be at Red Bear Brewing Company (209 M Street NE).

We have addresses to finish up for Dan Helmer and Sheila Bynum-Coleman. If we complete those, we'll move on to addresses for Wendy Gooditis.

You can RSVP for the Sept. 17 event at https://www.ward6dems.org/postcard_party - it's not required, but it does help us know how many supplies to bring. 

Can't make it on the 17th? Our plan is to keep doing these every other Tuesday until the end of October (the campaigns want the cards to drop the week of October 21). Details about the additional postcard parties will be forthcoming. To join our GOTV team, please email our Outreach Director Andria Thomas at resistrisedc@gmail.com.

BONUS: Canvassing Opportunity with the Ward 3 Dems, Saturday, Sept. 19

Want to do more to support Sheila? The Ward 3 Democrats are organizing a canvassing trip down to her Richmond-area district Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information or to sign up to join them, visit: https://forms.gle/3MHPD2VMYEYzxYKw5.

H Street/NoMa Civic Association Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 10

After a break in August, the H Street/NoMa Civic Association is resuming their monthly second Tuesday meetings. They'll be meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the community room at the 2 M Street Apartments (2 M Street NE). For more information, contact HNCA President Tiffany Aziz at tiffany.aziz@hotmail.com

#DemDebate3 Watch Party - Thursday, Sept. 12

We're down to ten candidates who've qualified for the next debate, which means they'll all be on ONE stage on ONE night. Join your fellow Ward 6 Democrats on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Valor Brewpub (723 8th Street SE) to hear what the candidates have to say and cheer on your favorite(s). Watch party starts at 7:30 p.m., and the debate itself kicks off at 8:00 p.m.