URGENT ACTION OF THE WEEK UPDATE
Do This 1/12/21
Call on Nancy Pelosi to Expel Ben Cline from Congress
On Wednesday, January 6th, immediately following a deadly assault on our nation’s Capitol, 147 Republican lawmakers voted to perpetuate The Big Lie of a stolen election and attempted to block the certification of lawfully-cast electoral college votes. Our Congressman, Representative Ben Cline, was among the cowardly Representatives who betrayed their oath of loyalty to the Constitution and instead chose to throw in with a demagogue.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment reads: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The US House of Representatives has it within their power to investigate and expel the Congressmen and women who knowingly promoted the falsehoods to their constituents that led to a violent insurrection. Their continued service is a dishonor to their constituents and the country and a black mark on their districts. Call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (202-225-4965) today and request that she initiate an investigation of Ben Cline and, if warranted by evidence, expel him from Congress.
Here are the phone numbers of our representatives in Congress and Richmond: Rep. Ben Cline 540-432-2391 | Sen. Mark Warner 703-442-0670 | Sen. Tim Kaine 703-361-3192 | Find Your VA House Delegate | VA Sen. Mark Obenshain 540-437-1451 | Gov. Ralph Northam 804-786-2211
Want to do more? Visit 5calls.org for other actions you can take to support our democracy!
1/9/2021 Stacy Abrams was instrumental in saving America. Her efforts getting out the vote in Georgia made the critical difference in winning control of the US Senate as the Biden-Harris administration takes office. WCDC Co-Chair Steve Foreman recently wrote this letter of thanks to Ms. Abrams.
1/5/2021 Warren County Democratic Committee delivered a copy of the classic Profiles in Courage and an open letter to Congressman Ben Cline's Harrisonburg office as a rebuke to him for his craven and opportunistic support of an attempt by the state of Texas to disenfranchise the voters of four other US states. Many constituents in the northern Shenandoah Valley added their comments to the letter.
When the calendar flips to 2021, it’s time to pay your annual WCDC 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.
In memoriam: WCDC member Jack Rickel, 97, passed away on Jan. 2. A WWII veteran, his awards included a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Jack and his wife, Gloria, who died in 2018, were committed to progressive change and, according to their son, John, were “very proud” of their work with WCDC. Many committee members got to know the Rickels at the weekly Vigil for Democracy and at WCDC Friday night dinners. You can learn more about Jack from this 2018 Royal Examiner feature. Enders & Shirley Funeral Home in Berryville is handling arrangements and has posted a brief obituary.
MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2020
Winter monthly membership meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m via Zoom. Members will receive an email invitation to the Zoom call prior to the meeting. The next meeting of the Warren County Democratic Committee will be at 7pm. on Monday, Feb. 8th, 2021.
If you'd like to receive meeting reminders by text, please email the Communications Committee Chair to request to be added to the list.
JAN. 18, 2021
The MLK Day of Service inspires Americans to come together to serve their community by delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, and collecting food and clothing. There are many worthy ways to get involved in volunteerism in our community.
Will you be volunteering anywhere on Monday, Jan. 18? If you do, please snap a picture of yourself on site. Put it up on social media and let us know on Facebook or Instagram or email us a copy and we’ll promote it.
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. See his voting record.
VIGIL FOR DEMOCRACY
Due to the ongoing hazards posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the weekly Vigil for Democracy is suspended until further notice.
NEWS FOR MEMBERS
This new year isn’t for sissies, is it? On Tuesday, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats, placing the Senate in Democratic control. But the thrill of those victories quickly faded as Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Congress certified the presidential election results early Thursday, but it would be naïve to expect that this will be the last drama before Inauguration Day.
As you know, every year is an election year in Virginia. In 2021, our constitutional offices and the House of Delegates are up for grabs. Candidate Xavier Warren joined us during our January 2021 meeting to discuss his bid for lieutenant governor. Check out his website and his letter to voters.
At our December meeting, we discussed a project to hold Rep. Ben Cline accountable for supporting the bogus effort to overturn the presidential election. At the suggestion of a member of Warren County Indivisible, we decided to send Cline a copy of Profiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy. We composed a cover letter that included comments from local Democrats and excerpts from opinion pieces in national publications. The book and letter were delivered to Cline’s Harrisonburg office on Jan. 5. The letter is glorious. You can read it here.
Other action items and tidbits:
Building back better: Despite the chaos in Washington, the Biden/Harris team is showing calm and competent leadership as they prepare to lead our country. Their transition site outlines their plans for hitting the ground running on Day 1 of their administration and contains video of their transition announcements.
Moving on: Front Royal Unites cofounder Samuel Porter has moved to Atlanta. The group will reorganize as a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a group dedicated to fighting white supremacy. Stay tuned for updates.
Painting Warren County blue: We’ve been talking for a few months about placing signs around the county that communicate our values to community. We haven’t come up with any unifying themes yet, so I suggest that we start this campaign small, designing our own signs and placing them in our own yards. I’ve got a couple designs in mind for my place and am going to give Vistaprint a shot. It looks like one 18”x24” yard sign with a wire rack will cost around $30. If you decide to put up a sign, send us a picture! We’ll share it on social media and help inspire others. If you’d like help refining the message for your sign, feel free to contact me.
It’s time to pay annual WCDC 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.
Virginia General Assembly: The 2021 legislative session convenes Jan. 13. Check out its website for schedules, bill tracking, and other resources.
MLK National Day of Service: Will you be volunteering anywhere on Monday, Jan. 18? If you do, please snap a picture of yourself on site. Put it up on social media and let us know on Facebook or Instagram or email me a copy and we’ll promote it.
Mark your calendars: Virginia’s Democratic primary is June 8.
Candidate forums: 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
Chair, WCDC Communications Committee
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:
Dec 11, 2020
by Steve Foreman, published in The Northern Virginia Daily
July 16, 2020
by Eric Olson, published in Winchester Progressive News
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