Don’t miss our March 9 meeting when Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be our guest speaker. Sen. McClellan will have so much to tell us following an eventful General Assembly. The Hanover Democratic Committee is truly honored to have Sen. McClellan as our guest speaker. She is one of the most respected leaders in the Virginia General Assembly. Our monthly meeting is on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. As always, the coffee is on us.
2019 Blue wave bash
Save the date
Save the date for an exciting 2019 Blue Wave Bash dinner on Thursday, April 25 at the Montpelier Arts and Activities Center. We are talking with a very exciting speaker….more to come on this! Stay tuned! Save the date!
Note from Chair Toni Radler
Our February meeting was nothing short of incredible. More than 145 members signed in to hear noted Richmond Times-Dispatch Political Columnist and Reporter, Jeff Schapiro. In addition to turning out for one of our favorite speakers, many of us turned out to support each other in the face of a devastating two-week controversy. Please read the monthly 2 Cents Worth by Sandra Howard, chair of the Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee. The Black Caucus' statement called for keeping our Democratic leaders in place and not calling for any resignations until all legislators are willing to ask for the resignation of Donald Trump for calling African nations s_ _ _holes and until state legislators are willing to call for the resignation of Del. Buddy Fowler for his racist 2015 Facebook post of a snarling police dog with the caption, ‘go ahead and run…he likes fast food’. The Facebook post referenced the protests of the death of Freddie Gray while being transported in a police van in Baltimore. When Sandra finished reading the Black Caucus' statement, our meeting erupted into a cheering standing ovation. Way to support Democrats, Hanover! We are going to continue Focusing Forward to turn Hanover Blue. For the sake of racial justice, women’s rights, voting rights, health care, education, and many more Democratic principles, we are Focusing Forward. We persist!
Terry Diebold will host our March Hanover Democratic Women's Coffee on Monday, March 25 at her home at 8326 Silkwood Court, Mechanicsville 23116. It's time for an evening Coffee so Terry will welcome us at 7 pm.
Please come for great conversation with like-minded women from all over Hanover and beyond.
Our Coffee Caucus 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 of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county. Our goal is to enable as many women as possible to get to know one another so that we can better work together. We have no formal memberships or dues.
The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Men's Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm at the home of Jim Hunt, 309 Hillsway Drive, Ashland. These Democratic Men's Forums provide an opportunity for Hanover Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Our speaker for this meeting will be Matt Rowe, Democratic Chair of the First Congressional District. Matt is a former Congressional candidate and former Bowling Green Councilperson and presently lives in Fredericksburg. Matt graduated from Hampden Sydney College. He will be sharing with us about the inner workings of the First District Democrats and Commonwealth of Virginia politics as a whole.
The purpose of these monthly Men's Forums is to socialize, invigorate, educate and elect Democrats and is a great opportunity to get to know like-minded Democratic men in a way that you just can't in other venues in this predominantly Republican (but slowly turning Democratic) county. The monthly Saturday morning committee meetings are great but you don't have the opportunity to talk and to get to know one another on a more social level. It also gives those who can't attend the Saturday morning meetings a chance to get involved. So please join us on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm. Don't miss this opportunity to socialize and mobilize.
RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at email@example.com or call the cell phone and text messages 201.826.7093; home 804.496.6217.
If you are a woman and receive this, please attend and/or send to your favorite Democratic male relative, neighbor or friend.
Don Barth, our Ashland District Chair who works tirelessly on behalf of the Hanover Democratic Committee and who volunteers repeatedly for Democratic candidates on the local and statewide level, has been chosen as the 1st Congressional District Grassroots Award Winner. He will receive this award on Saturday, March 2 in Richmond. Congratulations, Don! We can’t think of a more deserving Democrat to receive this award.
Now that’s an order!
The Hanover Democratic Committee is so fortunate to be able to meet monthly at Ashland Coffee & Tea. We are grateful to owners Kate and Mike Hawks who have been so very generous to allow us to meet in this popular and comfortable venue. We need to help Kate and Mike by ordering our food in the room where we meet, not in the main restaurant as this overburdens the restaurant’s normal activities. Grab and go breakfast sandwiches and baked good are available at the bar in our meeting room. This will allow Ashland Coffee & Tea to handle its regular customers without overwhelming the cash register in the main room. So please, order your breakfast sandwich or baked goods in the room where we are meeting. Thank you!
In April, we will post Calls to Caucus to elect Democratic candidates to run for the Hanover Board of Supervisors, the State Senate and House of Delegates. Please look for those calls and sign up to be a delegate to the Nominating Caucuses.
Meet & Greet for Stan Scott
A Meet & Greet for Stan Scott, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the 4th District Senate Seat, will be held on Monday, March 4. The fried chicken dinner will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 117, 39 School Street in Reedville. $10. Hannah Overton Tiffany will hold a Meet and Greet for Stan Scott and Francis Edwards (HOD 99th) this Sunday, March 3 from 2-4 pm at 30 Sturman Lane in Warsaw.
Crystal Robens at Beaverdam Ruritan
Crystal Robens, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the Beaverdam District Seat on the Board of Supervisors, will have a booth at the 9th annual Beaverdam Wine Festival on Saturday, April 13 at 19419 Beaverdam Road, VA 23015. She also will speak at the Beaverdam Ruritan monthly meeting on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet for Morgan
Come out to the home of Eileen Johnson on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30 pm to 8: 30 pm to meet and discuss topics with Morgan Goodman. RSVP to Eileen Johnson at 804-752-6140 for the street address. Morgan will also be speaking at the Ashland Rotary Club on Thursday, March 28 from 12 pm - 1 pm at Ashland Coffee & Tea. (Sandwiches are $10)
The Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee met and discussed our state and the serious problems hanging in the balance in Virginia.
First, let us respect each person’s right to have an opinion. Therefore our unanimous decision is that we will not protest against Gov. Ralph Northam.
This blackface mess has been acceptable behavior in America for many years by many in the mainstream. Just look around as you turn into many driveways and see blackface statues.
We have a president who last year called Haiti and African countries s_ _thole nations yet no one called for his resignation. There were no protest signs.
In 2015 in Virginia in our House of Delegates, Del. Buddy Fowler of the 55th District put his spin on a solution to the protests in Baltimore where black people were protesting the murder of Freddie Gray. On his Facebook page, Fowler showed a snarling police dog; the post said, ‘Go ahead and run. He likes fast food.’ No one called for Del. Fowler’s resignation. Not a single word was said. How could you as a paid representative for all people in Virginia demoralize any human being by wanting to cause them physical harm?
We read the caption in Northam’s yearbook, and there was no reference to anything racial. As a matter of fact, it referenced drunks, old doctors and having another beer. We feel it was more theatrical than anything. And if he was a racist, we believe he has changed. We all grow and see the error of our ways. Gov. Northam has done a good job for Virginia in a short time.
We need to wake up and smell the coffee and remember, if we lose all we have, Republicans will take Virginia over. We truly do not want that. Republicans stick together and we need to learn to do the same. Sometimes we just move too fast.”
Above all, where is the school’s accountability in this mess? Someone had to pass it. We came to the conclusion, how can you fire the student without firing the teacher?
We feel that Ralph Northam should resign only when Donald Trump and Buddy Fowler resign.
Sandra Howard, Chair
Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee
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Say “No” to white supremacy.
On Friday, New Zealand authorities arrested the alleged perpetrator of the bombings that killed 50 people as they were were worshipping in mosques. The suspect had written a 74-page manifesto in which he described Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”. In response Trump made a statement in which he sent “warm sympathy” to the people of New Zealand, but failed to condemn white supremacy and Islamophobia as other world leaders are doing. Then he doubled down on his statement by denying that white supremacy is a growing problem despite evidence from the Southern Poverty Law Center to the contrary. Trump’s responses are reminiscent of his statement following the white supremicist, neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville saying there were “very fine people” on both sides.
Insist that Congressman Rob Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595 or (https://wittman.house.gov/contact/) issue a statement taking issue with Trump’s remarks. Trump’s support for white supremacy is emboldening those who would commit violence for this cause, making the world a less safe place.
The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 provides protection for immigrants who came to this country as children and for immigrants who came in response to war or natural disasters in their home countries from being deported. This bill will come before the House of Representatives in the near future.
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