ACTION OF THE WEEK
Do This Week of 08/10/2020
ACTION ALERT: Save the Post Office -- AND the Election!
Never in the country’s history has the role of the Post Office been as important as it will be this November. And never in the country’s history has the Post Office been under such a relentless assault.
Already struggling due to the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (designed to drive the postal service out of business and allow private companies to assume their duties), the Post Office is now facing the same devastating financial effects that the COVID-19 crisis has inflicted on many other American companies. Postmaster General Megan Brennan warns that the agency could run out of money by September without federal assistance. In response, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress that the president would veto any bill that had money for the Postal Service.
To make matters worse, Trump has appointed political crony and donor Louis DeJoy to head up the agency and undermine it from within just three months before the election. Since his appointment, DeJoy has implemented policies to slow the mail and engineered a “Friday Night Massacre” among the postal service leadership, including two who oversee daily operations.
Congress must stand up for our Post Office, especially during this critical election year. Call Senators Mark Warner (703-442-0670) and Tim Kaine (703-361-3192) and tell them that the Senate must pass S.2965, the companion legislation to the USPS Fairness Act (HR 2382) passed in the House in February. Additionally, they must instigate an investigation into the actions of Louis DeJoy and protect the integrity of our election for those who must vote by mail.
Here are the phone numbers of our representatives in Congress and Richmond:
Want to do more? Visit 5calls.org for other resistance actions you can take!
STAY THE COURSE
Do This for the Future of Democracy!
Have you registered to vote? Check here to be sure. Are you planning to vote absentee this year due to the pandemic? If so, you can order your absentee ballot from the Warren County Voter Registrar -- no excuse necessary as of July 1st, 2020. Don't delay! Call the Registrar now to request your ballot: (540) 635-4327
Join Democratic nominee Joe Biden's team for victory! You can volunteer to make phone calls or join Joe's Texting Team to reach out to voters by text. Learn more about Joe so that you can share his story!
The WCDC is looking for volunteers to staff a table at the Warren County Fair (Aug. 17-22) and during the Festival of Leaves (Oct. 10). Please email WCDC Chair Eric Olson if interested.
The Democratic National Convention kicks off on August 17th! The convention, originally set for July, has been delayed to improve the likelihood of being able to hold an in-person conference
SATURDAY, SEP 12, 2020
11am - 12:45pm
The Warren County Democratic Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sep. 12, location TBA.
If you'd like to receive meeting reminders by text, please email the Communications Committee Chair to request to be added to the list.
Monthly membership meetings are held the second Saturday of every month at 11:00 am.
TUESDAY, AUG 11, 2020
5pm - 6pm
Join Congressman Donald McEachin, State Senator Mamie Locke, State Delegate Charniele Herring, State Delegate Rip Sullivan, and advocate Andres Jimenez for a VA Fundraiser for Presidential Candidate Joe Biden!
The zoom call is free to join, but space is limited, so register today!
TAKE YOUR CONCERNS TO CLINE
10:00am - 12:00pm, 1st Wednesday of the Month
Samuels Public Library, Front Royal
Representatives from Ben Cline's Harrisonburg office will make note of your concerns and convey them to the Congressman.
VIGIL FOR DEMOCRACY
Every Wednesday from 12pm - 1pm
At the Gazebo on Main St., Front Royal
Due to the ongoing limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Vigil for Democracy is suspended until further notice.
NEWS FOR MEMBERS
From the 8/2/20 edition of our newsletter
The election is just three months away and, if you squint, Inauguration Day is visible on the horizon. Let’s dig in and keep working so that we can celebrate Joe Biden’s swearing-in come Jan. 20.
The Warren County Democratic Committee met on Saturday, Aug. 8. We were excited to welcome our special guest to Saturday’s meeting, Nicholas Betts, our 6th District candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. This was the first time that many of us have had a chance to meet Nicholas. If you missed the meeting, you can still read up on his platform and bring your questions.
We are looking for help staffing our table at the Warren County Fair. (The fair is Aug. 17-22. If you can volunteer at the table for a 2-hour evening shift, stick around after the meeting. We’ll have a quick discussion about the schedule and logistics.)
If you live in the VA House of Delegates 29th District, you have a chance to help flip the seat blue in a special election Nov. 3. The Republican incumbent, Chris Collins, stepped down to accept a judgeship. His term runs through 2021. Attorney Irina Khanin, has announced her candidacy. Not sure if you live in the 29th VA House District? Find out here. Be sure to come out and support Irina on November 3rd!
Political News and Action Items
Are you sad that we won’t be knocking doors this summer and fall? Take heart – there are still opportunities for conversations with other voters. Sign up to phonebank for all our candidates here. The coordinated campaign will be updating its website and links during the next week or two. The link works for now, but it will be deactivated and replaced. Stay tuned for a new link.
Front Royal Unites, the group that organized June’s two local marches for racial justice, is circulating a petition to remove and relocate the Confederate memorial in front of the county courthouse. This is the second such petition being circulated in the county. To sign, click here. The coordinated campaign will be updating its website and links during the next week or two. Stay tuned for a new link.
The Democratic National Convention takes place Aug. 17-20. Here’s the full event schedule.
Virginia’s special General Assembly session on the pandemic and police reform begins Aug. 18. The agenda for the session is taking shape. One item on the table is a pocketbook issue that affects almost everyone, especially during a pandemic: paid sick leave. Sen. Barbara Favola and Del. Elizabeth Guzman plan to introduce bills to mandate five paid sick days (40 hours) for all full-time workers during normal times and up to 80 hours of paid sick days for Covid-19 and other pandemic illnesses. The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy has created a letter you can send to your legislators to urge passage of the bills. Just click here.
Mark Warner was on the WAMU talk show “The 1A” this week to discuss and take questions about his plan to help low-income communities during the pandemic. Give it a listen.
When you get your ballot this fall, you’ll see a question about a constitutional amendment to abolish partisan redistricting. A growing number of Democrats say the amendment is flawed. Among them is 6th District Democrat and 2012 congressional candidate Andy Schmookler, who wrote this recent opinion for Blue Virginia.
The nation has bid farewell to civil rights hero John Lewis. In the last days of his life, the congressman wrote a moving letter on how to march forward in the fight for equality. In case you missed it, Morgan Freeman reads the essay, published on the day of Congressman Lewis’ funeral. Rep. Lewis directly connects the beginning of his civil rights fight to the reckoning unfolding across the country now.
We can honor his legacy by speaking out against injustice wherever we see it. Let's continue to work together to plan some “good trouble,” as Lewis called it, in our own backyard.
Eric Olson, Chairman
Warren County Democratic Committee
The Warren County Democratic Committee works to elect capable, honest, and dedicated Democrats. We support qualified individuals who are committed to the Democratic vision: where hard work is rewarded, fair play is the norm, everyone participates, and the rules are just. If you share our values, join us!
A WORD FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
Welcome to the Warren County Democrats. In this presidential and senatorial election year, we need everyone’s help more than ever. If you’re new to politics, thank you for getting involved. If you’ve been active before, thank you for increasing your level of participation. If you’ve previously sided with other parties, we so appreciate you helping us now. Democrats are truly a “big tent” party. Whether you’re centrist, leftist, or moderate conservative, if you agree that the party of Trump must be defeated, welcome to the effort to promote good governance, with sane, just, and enlightened policies that benefit all of society.
There are many ways to volunteer. Show up at advertised events. Consider joining the Warren County Democratic Committee, with a suggested donation of $30. However much you can afford, we will put it to good use. By all means, give to the campaigns of your favorite candidates; but remember, it costs money to have us as a local presence, paying for printing, office space, event fees, etc. Help us contact targeted voters – we will train you and pair you with experienced door knockers and phone bankers. Help register voters. There are numerous “behind the scenes” support roles to fill: data collection and entry, post card and letter writing, event set up, and more.
Join the fight to protect our environment, ensure health care, strengthen the middle class, help the poor, support education, and maintain a strong, sensible national defense. To accomplish this, we must remove from office the most corrupt, dangerous leader in our nation’s history. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and we’re counting on YOU!
In an increasingly polarized media environment, it can be hard to separate truth from political spin when it comes to the issues about which our community cares. Members of the Warren County Democratic Committee are dedicated to keeping you informed so you can make sound decisions each time you exercise your right to vote.
MOST RECENT ARTICLES:
July 16, 2020
by Eric Olson, published in Winchester Progressive News
May 15, 2020
by Steve Foreman, published in Winchester Progressive News
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