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Black Lives Matter, Too?- How offensive!

By Daniel McGraw

On Sunday, July 26, I joined a group of people on the lawn in front of the Town Hall in Ashland to discuss ways to improve our community. Noah Peterson had organized this group under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter. He placed signs, encouraged masks, respected social distancing, and had water available in the shade of a few trees. It was pleasant until a man, who seemed agitated, approached.

He demanded to see a permit. His volume escalated from a soft talk to nearly shouting. “Do you know what you are supporting,” he said. “Read the website; they are Marxists… Communists… their Socialist ideas are trying to brainwash everyone…” I had heard enough and interrupted him to ask one question before I would listen to any more of his opinions. It took several minutes before he calmed down enough to listen to my question. This man was genuinely agitated by the idea that a group of people was peacefully gathering to discuss community improvement next to the sign, “Black Lives Matter.”

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Please join us for our next meeting of the Hanover Democratic Party at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8  We'll be hearing from a Democratic leader on the critical issues of voter protection and vigilance at the polls.

Alyssa Pooler is the Voter Protection and Expansion Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia. She has a strong background in voter protection and improper purging of voter rolls. She will bring you up to date on what you can do to remain vigilant about the right to vote, both inside and outside of the polls. Click here to learn more about Alyssa.

Once again, this meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app, you can download it for free at Make sure your computer does not block it. There's also a "Join a Meeting" button at the top of the Zoom home page.

Mens Forum


Due to coronavirus precautions

Watch for future information

Be safe!


The next monthly gathering of the Hanover Democratic Committee (HDC) Men's Forum has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Please watch this space for additional information. Be safe in the meantime.

The purpose of our monthly HDC Men's Forums is to socialize, invigorate, educate and elect Democrats to office. The Men's Forum provides an opportunity for Hanover Democrats to meet, talk politics and hear interesting speakers in our predominately Republican, but slowly turning Democratic county.

All candidates or their representatives also are welcome to come and say a few words (2-3 minutes).

Questions? Contact Don Barth at, call his cellphone or text 856-889-5905, or call or leave a message at his landline 804-299-3160.

Coffee Meeting


Twenty women ventured into virtual territory with a Zoom Coffee last month, some new to the Coffees, and some for the first time Zooming.

It was great to be able to see and talk with so many old and new friends, The conversation was more stimulating than ever!

We'll be holding another evening Virtual Coffee in late August so be looking for more information on that.  There's plenty of room for a big group on Zoom. For more information contact Diane Neergaard at or 804-304-1951.

Our Coffee Caucus is a group of Democratic women of all ages who, in non-Covid-9 times, meet monthly, sometimes in the day and sometimes in the evening, at the homes of volunteer hostesses at different locations around the county,

New friends are always welcome