Noted Political Columnist & Reporter - Our Guest in February
Don’t miss the next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Committee on Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea when Richmond Times-Dispatch political columnist Jeff Schapiro will be our guest speaker. We are so lucky to get Jeff to speak to the HDC. He is one of our most popular speakers and considered by many to be the best political columnist in Virginia. Come and hear his take on the 2019 Virginia General Assembly, redistricting and the state of the state. You read him in the newspaper, now come and meet him in person. As always the coffee is on us.
In addition to Schapiro, Eileen Davis, one of the leaders of the ERA movement, will give us an update on what’s next for the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA was killed in committee when Del. Buddy Fowler moved to pass it by indefinitely. Fowler did this in spite of the room full of ERA proponents and just as many standing outside the hall in support of just letting the amendment out of committee so it could come to the floor for a vote.
Our February Coffee will be on Sunday afternoon, February 24 at Toni Radler's home at 309 Hillsway Drive, Ashland 23005. Toni will welcome us at 2 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, February 27 at 7:00 pm at the home of John Suddarth, 10383 Morning Dew Lane, Mechanicsville. These Democratic Men's Forums provide an opportunity for Hanover Democratic men to meet, socialize, talk politics and hear interesting speakers. Hors de oeuvres will be served.
This month's speaker will be Hope Jackson who is a passionate community activist and founding organizer of the Northern Neck Collective. Her political outlook can be summarized as "Despair is not an Option." But organizing and mobilizing the progressive forces of the community are options and that is exactly what she is doing. The goals of the Northern Neck Collective are to:
1. Create a strong, visible umbrella organization to support progressive groups within the community.
2. Broaden the progressive base by attracting new members, including Millennials.
3. Mainstream or normalize the Democratic presence in the traditionally conservative Northern Neck.
4. Elect more progressive candidates.
The Northern Neck counties are part of the First Congressional District. Democratic candidates there fight the same conservative headwinds as we do here in Hanover. We have invited Hope to speak at our Forum because we here in Hanover share common values and objectives with Democrats in the northern Neck and we can learn from each other the best ideas to turn our counties blue.
All candidates are invited and encouraged to come.
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, February 27 at 7:00 pm. Don't miss this opportunity to socialize and mobilize.
RSVP to Nelson Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Morgan Goodman, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Buddy Fowler for the 55th District House of Delegates seat representing Hanover, Spotsylvania, and Caroline will kick off her campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Please attend. With our grassroots support, Morgan stands a good chance this year!
More than 140 members of the Hanover Democratic Committee (HDC) gave a standing ovation following the reading of a statement by the Committee’s Black Caucus backing Gov. Ralph Northam. The statement was read by Sandra Howard, chair of the HDC’s Black Caucus at the Committee’s monthly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Statement by Black Caucus of the Hanover Democratic Committee:
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Tell Wittman, “No Emergency.”
On Friday Trump declared that immigration concerns at the southern border constitute a national emergency. He did this because he did not get full funding for his border wall in the Congressional spending bill. The U.S. Constitution gives authority for appropriations to Congress and a president not getting the money he wants from Congress does not constitute an emergency. For a president to make an end run around Congress to get funding is contrary to the Constitution.
Tell Congressman Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595 or https://wittman.house.gov/contact/ ) that there is no national emergency. Trump’s actions set a dangerous precedent and he must be required to adhere to Congressional authority. Tell Wittman not to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on a wall, when there are so many pressing needs here in Virginia.
Board of Supervisor’s member Faye Prichard is having a town hall style meeting for Ashland District residents on February 19 at 6:30 pm at the Kings Charter Clubhouse, 9407 Kings Charter Drive, Mechanicsville 23116. Let’s fill the house to support her!
As Virginia’s Democratic leaders pledge a renewed effort to fight racism, we can each provide leadership in this community toward that end. Many of us grew up without learning about white privilege, systemic racism and unconscious bias, so gaining an understanding of these problems is a good starting point.
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