NEWS FOR MEMBERS - APRIL 2021
Good things happen America elects Democrats!
The season of renewal is in full swing. The days are longer and warmer, more people are getting their COVID shots every day, and after the long pandemic year, we’re starting to see glimmers of normalcy on the horizon.
Did you take a breather from politics after Inauguration Day? Many of us needed to clear our heads and rebuild our energy reserves. This season presents the perfect opportunity to recommit to helping our democracy survive and thrive.
Please join us for the Warren County Democratic Committee Zoom meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10. Click here for advanced registration, which is required. (This will probably be our last Zoom call for a while. We plan to resume in-person, outdoor meetings in May.)
Two guests will take part in our Saturday call:
Dr. Doug Ward is running for the House of Delegates in District 18, which includes northeastern Warren County. His key issues include raising the minimum wage, equal rights for all, and investing in renewable energy. Check out his new campaign website.
Del. Sam Rasoul, who has represented Roanoke in the General Assembly since 2014, is running for lieutenant governor. He is the only candidate from our 6th Congressional District who is seeking statewide office this year. His campaign theme is Truth * Love * Grit, and you can learn all about it on his website.
As the campaign cycle heats up, we’ll have at least four chances to see our gubernatorial candidates square off on the debate stage. The first Democratic gubernatorial primary debate of the year will air at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, on News 3 WTKR in Hampton Roads. The event will stream live on this page of the channel’s website. Other debates are set for May 6, May 20, and June 1. Don’t forget: The Democratic primary is on June 8, and early voting begins on Saturday, April 24.
There are lots of opportunities to work for our country and community this month:
For the People Act (also known as HR1 in the U.S. House and S1 in the U.S. Senate): Our democracy stands at a precipice. Under the guise of “ensuring election integrity,” Republican state legislatures across the country are perpetrating a coordinated, rapid-fire assault on voting rights. The best hope for stopping them is passage of S1 – legislation that contains extensive government and campaign ethics reforms and the most comprehensive voting rights protections since the Civil Rights era. (The legislation has already passed the House.)
Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine support S1. So what can we do to help it pass the Senate? If you know anyone in a red state -- even just one friend or family member -- contact them now. Urge them to call both of their senators and insist that they vote for this critically important legislation. Reach out to every red stater you know who might be willing to taking this action. Tell your friends to ask their friends to call. Provide them with the phone numbers for their senators’ offices if necessary. Heck, write a call script for them, if that would help.
If you’d like to read up before you reach out, this piece from the Brennan Center for Justice explains why S1 is so important. Recent reporting shows this legislation has broad bipartisan support – and has scared far-right billionaires who shovel dark money into our politics.
Black Lives Matter Vigil: Join members of Northern Shenandoah Valley Unites (formerly Front Royal Unites) at a vigil for Black lives outside the Warren County Courthouse on Saturday, April 17, at from noon to 1 p.m. This event was inspired by our neighbors in Fauquier County, who have held peaceful vigils every week for more than 40 weeks. Bring a sign and wear your mask.
Letter to the Editor: Speaking of racial justice, did you catch Tom Howarth’s letter to the Royal Examiner? He addressed the ongoing movement to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces – a campaign that hasn’t gained traction here. Tom writes, “It is beyond difficult for the white population of the county to understand the perspective of those who are not white without engaging the Black community in a dialogue.” He proposed that the county create a Human Rights Commission to provide a forum for telling those stories. What do you think? Could we work together and in the wider community to make this happen?
Town Cleanup: There’s another opportunity to help clean up all the litter blighting our landscape, this time at Burrell Brooks Park at 450 East Criser Road in Front Royal. The cleanup starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22, with a rain date of Friday, April 23.
I hope to see you at the meeting on Saturday!
Christine R., Chair
WCDC Communications Committee
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CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS
Here are the phone numbers of your representatives in Congress. Use them frequently and make your voice heard!
Sen. Mark Warner 703-442-0670
Sen. Tim Kaine 703-361-3192
Rep. Ben Cline 540-432-2391
Representatives in Richmond:
Gov. Ralph Northam 804-786-2211
VA Sen. Mark Obenshain 540-437-1451
Mark your calendars: Virginia’s Democratic primary is June 8.
More than a dozen Democrats are seeking our party’s nominations for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. You can see the full list of primary candidates on the Meet the Candidates section of our site. Here are a few who have spoken to our members at monthly meetings.
Lieutenant governor candidate Hala Ayala, a cybersecurity specialist who represents part of Prince William County in the House. Campaign Website
Lieutenant governor candidate Elizabeth Guzman, a social worker and public administrator who represents parts of Fauquier and Prince William counties in the House. Campaign Websit
Attorney general candidate Jay Jones, a lawyer who represents Norfolk in the House. Campaign Website
Did you know that you can help candidates get on the ballot by signing their petitions online? Go to VaDemPetitions.org, enter your voter information, and choose the candidates whose petitions you want to sign. You’ll be asked to provide your email address as part of your signature. Click the submit button, and you’re done! You can sign petitions for as many of the candidates as you like. Each signature helps a candidate get on the June 8 primary ballot.
Have you paid your 2021 annual dues? The suggested amount is $30 per person. (Dues are not a requirement, but they do help us cover expenses throughout the year.) You can mail a check to Warren County Democratic Committee, PO Box 615, Front Royal, VA 22630. Or you can pay online via ActBlue.
GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN
AMERICA ELECTS DEMOCRATS!
While this country faces many problems – festering extremism, stubborn poverty, unchecked climate change, and a broken health care system, to name a few – Democrats will work in good faith to solve them and build a future of freedom and prosperity for all.
In five weeks, Virginia Democrats reshape decades of state policy Virginia Mercury 2/12/202
Virginia is on track to become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty.
Virginia to become the 16th state in the nation and the first in the south to legalize recreational marijuana use
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan to get aid to millions of us who continue to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biden Administration has already beat the "100 million vaccine dose in a 100 days" goal and now aims for 200 million!
Second Saturday of each month
11:00 AM via Zoom
Monthly membership meetings are held the second Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. The next meeting of the Warren County Democratic Committee will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8th, 2021 at Shelter 1 at the Bing Crosby Stadium. Please bring your mask and remember to practice social distancing.
If you'd like to receive meeting reminders by text, please email the Communications Committee Chair to request to be added to the list.
DEFUND BEN CLINE
Final Wednesday of each month
7:00 PM via Zoom
Rep. Ben Cline is part of the Republican Coup Caucus promoting the lie that the 2020 presidential election results were fraudulent. He voted to block the certification of electors just hours after terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Help us call or write Ben Cline’s biggest donors to persuade them to stop giving him money. You can call or write letters at your convenience, or you can join our monthly letter writing events on Zoom (7 p.m. on the final Wednesday of the month). To get access to the resources or to join the monthly Zoom, email Lauren W.
You can also donate to the Democratic Party of Virginia’s campaign against Cline and five other key Virginia Republicans who stoked the divisiveness that led to the insurrection.
CANDIDATE FORUMS IN PAGE COUNTY
The Page County Democratic Committee is planning Q&A sessions in March and April with Democrats running for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The forums will take place on Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: March 3 (attorney general), March 31 (lieutenant governor) and April 29 (governor). We will provide a link for members as the dates get closer
CLEAN UP FRONT ROYAL!
There’s another opportunity to help clean up all the litter blighting our landscape, this time at Burrell Brooks Park at 450 East Criser Road in Front Royal. The cleanup starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22, with a rain date of Friday, April 23.
Eric Olson, Chairman
Warren County Democratic Committee
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.
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