I know all of you are having an absolute fit every morning when you wake up, scroll over your phone or turn on the news to the Trump Outrage of the Day/Hour/Moment. It’s so easy to get worked up about it, to yell, scream and fire off an angry email or phone call to a congress member or a senator.
Which you should continue to do. That’s all well and good. But remember, the 2020 election is still more than a year away. We have some work to do in the meantime — namely, elect our great candidates to the General Assembly so they can tip the delicate scale in the state Senate and House of Delegates in our favor.
If you need some motivation to do something positive instead of a rant about something negative, I have two words for you: teacher salaries. In the Northam administration, we are seeing some of the best gains in teacher salaries since the 1980s. Those of you with long memories will recall that Chuck Robb campaigned way back in 1981 on raising teacher salaries in Virginia to the national median, and beyond. It was a winning formula then, but as Republicans took control of the House of Delegates and the Senate (save five years) in this millennium, Virginia has been losing ground in the ability to compensate the people we entrust with our children’s learning.
Take a look at the numbers that the Virginia Department of Education puts out. Since 2006, Virginia has topped the national median only once, and it’s generally been in 30th place nationally in compensating teachers. That’s North Dakota, Maine, and Montana territory, not to cast aspersions on those fine states. In 2017-18, Virginia was 34th nationally in average teacher salaries, about $650 more than (gasp!) Alabama. From 2009 to 2016, the average teacher salary in Virginia increased by 0.61 percent a year, hardly enough to keep up with just about anything.
To be sure, economic conditions, tight state and local budgets, and the difference between suburban and rural parts of the state all come into play. But there’s no mistaking the trendline. That’s why Gov. Northam pitched an additional $88 million to bump teacher salaries up by 5 percent. “Raising teacher pay is one step to securing the quality of our K-12 education system for years to come,” he said. Thank you, governor.
How about our own Hanover? Many factors are at play, but the fact is the average Hanover teacher salary was $47,479 in 2009; five years later it had gained only about $800. But for 2019, the average budgeted salary in Hanover exceeded the state budgeted average for the first time in recorded history ($59,051 versus $58,7149, according to state data). That’s a trendline to be proud of.
You can do a lot of things with statistics, but the teacher salary numbers are pretty clear. Guns and health care are likely to dominate this fall’s debate for the General Assembly, and well they should. But teachers have a day-to-day effect on every single child they encounter and to shortchange them is to shortchange our kids. It’s another reason to ignore the national-level blather for a spell and work on the task at hand — giving Gov. Northam more support and more tools to raise educational attainment in Virginia.
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Three-Part Two Cents
Donald Trump’s racism has served as an open door to other racists, encouraging them to come out into the sunshine. And so, 13 KKK members grabbed their sheets and held a rally in Hanover in early July. It was a short 15 minutes, but as you will see, it’s left a deep scar on our county.
In this month’s Two Cents column, three HDC members give their response to this unwanted intrusion: Pat Hein who witnessed the demonstration taking place right outside her front door, Ashland District Supervisor Faye Prichard, the only supervisor who gave a strong response telling the Klan to stay out of our county, and Sandra Howard, the chair of the HDC Black Caucus who passionately spoke for minority citizens of Hanover.
Let’s heal this ugly scar by winning more seats on the board of supervisors, winning seats in the State Senate, and winning seats in the House. Canvass, phone bank, write postcards and donate! Toni Radler
By Patricia Hein
On July 7, there was a Klu Klux Klan rally across the street from my house!
I know that hatred and bigotry abound but it is easy to believe that it is “out there, someplace else” not in my front yard.
There were thirteen people gathered in front of the Hanover Government Center. They held “Royal Order of White Loyalist” signs, some wore white robes and pointed white hats. Many cars that drove past on route 301 honked their greetings ( and maybe their approval). The experience brought me to tears. Who, Why?
Who has come to my neighborhood to express their hatred? Are these fellow Hanover citizens? Is Hanover seen as a place where such a message would be acceptable? Are they gathered on Route 301 because Rt 95 is blocked due to holiday traffic and there is good exposure here? Is this display of white supremacy now somehow acceptable because of what we hear from the White House? I have always known that our voices, leadership and votes matter. Seeing the Klu Klux Klan out my front window was sickening but also very much a call to action. I want to think that most Hanoverians believe in freedom and justice for all. We must raise our voices in our neighborhoods, churches, schools and at NRA meetings!
By Faye Prichard
Sadly, as many of you know, the KKK held a demonstration on the lawn of the Hanover County courthouse. I cannot begin to express the sickness I feel at having this despicable hate group in our county. There is absolutely no room for that kind of hate in our home. While we are often described as pretty homogeneous, the truth is we are not all one thing. We are black and white and Hispanic. We are men and women. We are farmers and townspeople as well as suburbanites. But what we all are, is Hanover County citizens. Every one of us. It is particularly offensive to see this kind of display right after we celebrate the birth of our country. We are better than this and this kind of display is not welcome here. Please know that the county had no prior notice of the demonstration.
by Sandra Howard
As Chairman of the Black Caucus of the HDC, I am concerned about the Board of Supervisors' very anemic response to the KKK's appearance and demonstration in Hanover. With the exception of Supervisor Faye Prichard, those of you who responded didn't seem too concerned that Hanover was the place the Klan picked to demonstrate and ask for membership support. And, those Board members with no response... well "the silence was deafening."
Bigotry and disdain for any human being are like cancer and it eats at the core of our Inalienable and God-given rights as our Constitution's Ninth amendment so states the concept of "inalienable rights". The Ku Klux Klan ideas represent a deadly poisonous venom spewed on black and people of color and there is no place in Hanover County or America for this deep-rooted hatred because of the color of anyone's skin. Our nation thrived on diversification and will continue to do so. We fought that war and "WON"; it ended May 9, 1865; this is 2019. We, as Americans have too many issues to deal with these immoral and hateful acts and we will continue to stand and fight against theses vile forms of oppression.
We support the Hanover NAACP's call on the Hanover Board of Supervisors to speak out against racism and inequality and replace its cavalier message with one of dignity, moral character, and support for all of the people they serve, all people of Hanover County.
Sandra R. Howard- Chairman, The Black Caucus of the HDC
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Black caucus response to kkk
Overdevelopment- Major Issue
Next Meeting—Focus on One of the Hottest Campaign Issues
Overdevelopment and Hanover’s inability to handle it is one of the hottest issues in the 2019 Board of Supervisors race. Pattie Bland, chair of the Coalition for Hanover’s Futures, and Faye Prichard, Ashland District Supervisor on the Board of Supervisors, will be our guest speakers at the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea to discuss the need to protect our rural communities, fight overdevelopment, and ensure that we have the infrastructure needed to handle what’s happening in Hanover. Don’t miss this meeting as Pattie and Faye discuss one of the biggest threats facing Hanover—and what it means to you and your pocketbook.
That’s Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. at Coffee & Tea.
Big Change Coming Up
Starting in OCTOBER, we will be meeting at a new location…until then, we will continue to meet at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Cate Hawkes, owner of Ashland Coffee & Tea has helped us secure another meeting place starting in OCTOBER, right across the street at the Depot in Crosses. The Depot, which is on the right side of the Crosses store, seats 200, and will be able to serve us coffee. Owner Chris Stem will also be able to serve us breakfast rolls, etc. The reason for the move is that Cate and Mike Hawkes are renting out the room we currently use to retail, while maintaining the coffee shop in the front. We love Ashland Coffee & Tea and Cate and Mike, and we hate to move. But this was a move needed to ensure the success of Ashland Coffee & Tea. We really appreciate Cate helping us locate at Crosses. Parking is in the back, and certainly will be very convenient. Please just remember that for August and September we are still at Ashland Coffee & Tea. We don’t move until the OCTOBER meeting. More information at our meeting in August.
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Coffee is brewing!
Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 PM
At the house of
209 College Avenue
Ashland, VA 23005
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at the home of
209 College Avenue, Ashland VA
Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm
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Long Live America
by, Betsy Farley
Donald Trump is planning a July 4th party to celebrate himself. He is also suggesting he will stay in office long after the constitutional maximum of two terms. This is not what the 4th represents. Look back at the Declaration of Independence, it is one of the most important United States historical documents. Take time to read and think about what is stated in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. It is something we should do every 4th.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Donald Trump, get a grip. You are not the change agent! Long live America and God Bless.
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Schedule of Events for Hanover Democratic Candidates
SUNDAY AUG 18
James Doran/Morgan Goodman/StanScott/Kevin Washington - Hanover Coordinated Campaign - "Caravan Canvass, Mechanicsville Library, 12:30-6pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/goodmanforvirginia/event/107937
James Doran - Canvassing, Black Creek, 3-6pm. Contact Louise at email@example.com for meeting location
Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman - Canvass after the below open house in Wilmington Parrish (10 minutes from Ashland & Montpelier)
Debra Rodman - Debra's Parham Office Opening Party, 2307 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, 1-2:30pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111251 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY AUG 19
All Candidates - Training for all volunteers and would-be volunteers doing all types of volunteering, Ashland Library 5:30pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/goodmanforvirginia/event/109642
Kevin Washington - Mechanicsville Rotary Club, Cold Harbor Restaurant, 8153 Mechanicsville Turnpike, 7:30-8:30 am
TUESDAY AUG 20
James Doran - Cavassing, 6:30-8:30pm. Contact Louise at email@example.com for location
THURSDAY AUG 22
Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Educator's Canvass with Ashley, Ashland Coffee & Tea porch, 4-6:30pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111056 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgan Goodman/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Phone Bank at Ashley's, 16015 Coatsville Rd., Beaverdam (10 minutes from Ashland), 7-9pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111056/ or email@example.com
SATURDAY AUG 24
Coordinated Campaign - Postcard Party, Mechanicsville Library, 2:30-4:30pm
James Doran - Event, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 8175 Pleasant Grove Rd., Mechanicsville, morning
James Doran/Stan Scott/Kevin Washington - Meet & Greet, 1973 Retreat Drive, Mechanicsville, (Addie Brugger's Home), 6-9pm
Morgan Goodman/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Celebrate Women's Equality Day at The Women's Breakfast and Canvass Launch, 15690 Saint Peters Church Rd. Montpelier (Claudia & Tom Hicks home) 10-1pm. RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dpva/event/111073/.
Stan Scott/Kevin Washington - Canvassing, Mechanicsville Library, 2:30-4:30pm
SUNDAY AUG 25
Debra Rodman - Sunday Doors for Democrats! 2307 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, noon
MONDAY AUG 26
Kevin Washington - Mechanicsville Rotary Club, Cold Harbor Restaurant, 8153 Mechanicsville Turnpike, 7:30-8:30
WEDNESDAY AUG 28
Hanover BOS (Board of Supervisors) Meeting - Supporting Broadband, Government Center, Hanover, 7pm
HDC Combination Women's Coffee/Men's Forum - 209 College Ave., Ashland, 6:30pm
SATURDAY AUG 31
Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman/Clara Scott - Canvass, Rockville Library, 10-1pm RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debra Rodman - Saturday Doors for Democrats!, 2307 N. Parham, Henrico, 10am & noon
SUNDAY SEP 1
Morgan Goodman/Crystal Robens/Debra Rodman - Canvass, 16015 Coatesville Rd., Beaverdam (Ashley's home) noon-4pm. RSVP: email@example.com
Debra Rodman - Sunday Doors for Democrats!, 2307 N. Parham, Henrico, noon
THURSDAY SEP 5
James Doran - Broadband Summit at Richmond Marriott (all day)
SATURDAY SEP 7
James Doran - First Shiloh Baptist Church Fish Fry, 8150 Walnut Grove Rd., Mechanicsville, lunchtime
TUESDAY SEP 17 -
James Doran - Meet & Greet, Pebble Creek, Susan Tate's home, Mechanicsville, 6:30-8pm. Contact Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org for location
Note: Coordinated Campaign means the event is for all 9 candidates running in Hanover County
James Doran, Board of Supervisors (BOS) Cold Harbor District - Contact Louise at email@example.com if the above dates don't work and you would like to write postcards from home.
Morgan Goodman, House of Delegates 55th District, Contact Iyla at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to write postcards or do phone banking from home.
Jennifer McClellan - Contact Ngiste Abebe (email@example.com)
Faye Prichard, BOS Ashland District (fayeprichard.com)
Crystal Robens, BOS Beaverdam District (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Debra Rodman, Senate 12th District. Contact Ilana Beller at email@example.com or Ashley Hall at Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.651.8342. If you can't make Ashley's schedule,and want to canvass, contact Ashley.
ClaraScott, BOS South Anna District (email@example.com) or 804.719.1805
Stan Scott, Senate 4th District. Contact Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.592.8426 or Lucas at email@example.com. Contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to write postcards from home.
Kevin Washington, House of Delegates 97th District (email@example.com). Contact Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to write postcards from home.