Message from The Chair
As we've begun picking up the pieces from the disastrous presidential election, the response from Hanover Democrats has been overwhelming. Nearly 90 people attended our December meeting to hear the panel discussion on our Blueprint Forward and what we can do on the state level to fight for the environment, health care and fair redistricting. Following the meeting, our members went up and volunteered with each of the panelists to help in the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
The December women's coffee was one of the largest ever and was packed with new faces, eager to make a difference.
Our members worked hard to get Del. Jennifer McClellan elected to the state senate by canvassing and phone banking. At the polls on Jan. 10, we asked voters to make sure Del. McClellan becomes Sen. McClellan.
Scores of our members — men and women — are headed for Washington to participate in the Million Woman March on Jan. 21. And there seems to be a renewed determination that we are going to fight to protect the milestones of the last eight years in health care, women's reproductive rights, voting rights, fair districting, environmental protections, and more.
Yes, we suffered a terrible setback on November 8th. Yes, many of the President-elect's cabinet picks and top advisors are disheartening, frightening and a disgrace. But your determined response gives us all strength. Never has the phrase strength in numbers been so meaningful. I am convinced that our actions locally will impact the broader picture, making a difference statewide and nationally. So please come out and join us. We need you. And, you need us. Strength in numbers! Stronger together!
Don't miss the next meeting: Surviving Donald Trump; Survival begins at home.
Will our Progressive Democratic agenda survive the Trump years? Don't miss our net meeting on Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea as we continue developing our Blueprint Forward. Two guest speakers will lead this discussion. Nancy Frowert, a founder and treasurer of Activate Virginia will discuss the Democratic Party's progressive agenda and how we can fight to protect the gains we've made in the last eight years. Frowert was a Sanders delegate to the National Convention and worked to get more progressive provisions in the national platform. Susan Shearouse, one of the founders and chair off Circles Ashland (includes all of Hanover) will talk about how we can help some of those who will be most affected in our own community. Shearouse is working with low income Hanover residents to help them achieve financial and educational steps to achieve a sustainable and secure future.
As always, the coffee is on us.
Women's Coffee on Wednesday, January 18
ALL DEMOCRATIC WOMEN ARE WELCOME
Don't miss the next women's coffee at the home of Toni Radler, 309 Hillsway Drive, Ashland, on January 18 at 10 a.m. We may have a very special guest appearance. More on this to come.
The women's coffee is a growing group of Democratic women of all ages who meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening at the homes fo volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know and inspire one another. We have no formal programs, membership requirements or dues. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. Please let Diane Neergaard know you will be able to attend by calling 804-304-1951.
Del. Fowler, You Got It All Wrong!
From Brian Cannon
Many of you have recently gotten an e-mail from Del. Buddy Fowler, your member of the House of Delegates, concerning our request that he support a more equitable process of redistricting. I want to thank you for petitioning him and while we are grateful he wrote a response, much of his response is either factually incorrect or misses the point. You deserve better information than that. And so I have written in responses to correct the Delegate's misinformation and also to equip you— and those who care about reform— with the right information and talking points to handle these common misconceptions. My responses are in blue.
E-Mail Response from Del. Fowler (My responses are in blue.)