Hanover County Democratic Committee

Moving Hanover Forward

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Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!

This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy.  Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook. 

Action 3:

Support the LGBTQ+ students in Hanover County:

In light of recent developments, the Hanover Democratic Committee (HDC) reaffirms its commitment to the LGBTQ+ community and laws that ensure students who are part of that community will be treated fairly and equitably.

We are deeply disappointed that the Hanover School Board has failed in its responsibility under the law to develop required policies and guidelines that apply accommodation, inclusion, and affirmation and a public education free from discrimination to transgender students.

The board has repeatedly refused to comply with state law and has made limited exceptions only behind closed doors or when threatened it faced litigation because of its inaction. Furthermore, the majority of the Hanover School Board voted at the March 2022 School Board meeting to engage Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to review their Equal Educational Opportunity Policy. ADF is a rightwing organization that advocates against educational equity policies and for criminalization of LGBTQ people and that has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

We call on the Hanover School Board to comply immediately with the Virginia Department of Education- (VDOE) model policy for the inclusion of transgender and nonbinary students and to cease their relationship with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Failure to do so not only contravenes state law, but exposes the county and its taxpayers to fruitless and costly litigation. In so doing, we call upon the Board to adopt evidence-based best practices and to work with representatives of the LGBTQ+ community, and fully account for their considerations and participation in the final standards.

The HDC asks everyone to email their school board members and urge them to adopt the VDOE model policy that supports our LGBTQ+ students in Hanover County. 

John F. Axselle III, Chair    Beaverdam    SB-jaxselle@hcps.us
Robert J. (Bob) May, Vice Chair    South Anna sb-rmay@hcps.us
Ola J. Hawkins Ashland SB-ohawkins@hcps.us
Robert L. Hundley, Jr. Chickahominy    SB-rhundley@hcps.us
Steven Ikenberry Cold Harbor sb-sikenberry@hcps.us
John E. Redd, Jr. Mechanicsville          SB-jredd@hcps.us

Action 2:

Call out “Dr. No”:

Most TAN readers gave up long ago on the belief that our Congressman Dr. Rob Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) had any intention of representing all his constituents, yet his votes in recent weeks demonstrate that he is not even listening to the majority of his voters, but only to his handlers in Congress.

He voted “No” to protecting access to contraception, “No” to protecting gay marriage, “No” to protecting abortion rights, “No” to protecting the environment and “No” to protecting the U.S. from China by expanding domestic chip manufacturing. Most recently, he voted “No” on a bi-partisan bill that would provide support for veterans sickened by toxic burn sites while in service. It seems the only reason he voted against the later is that he and his fellow Republicans were angry that Democrats had passed the environmental bill.

Tell “Dr. No” (Ph.D. In Public Health) that the majority of his constituents support all these bills and he should put their needs before petty, spiteful party politics.

Action 1:

GOTV:

Last week, The Washington Post reported on a disturbing Washington Post-Scher School poll that suggests voters who are opposed to the demise of abortion rights in the U.S. are less likely to vote in the upcoming election than voters who support abortion bans. Only 1 in 3 women under 40 responded that they were sure they would vote, despite 65% percent of all surveyed saying that the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade eroded women’s rights. As usual Republican enthusiasm for voting is higher with 74% of Republicans sure they will vote compared to 62% of Democrats.

It is easy to understand why Democratic voters are discouraged, but, unfortunately, matters could get much worse if Republicans take control of Congress, especially if they get a veto proof majority. Republicans likely would pass a nationwide abortion ban and would hamstring Biden’s ability to get progressive judges confirmed to federal courts.

Democrats need to go all in to hold the House and Senate. As this recent poll shows, getting out the vote is going to be critical. Our local Congressional candidates need our help. Contact them today to contribute and volunteer:

Herb Jones - https://herbjonesforvirginia.com

Josh Throneburg -  https://joshforvirginia.com