New Meeting Place – VFW Post 3103

WHAT: Monthly meeting of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee
WHEN: Second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm
WHERE: VFW Post 3103 (2701 Princess Anne St)
DETAILS: Next meeting is 3/8/17
Meet Congressional Candidate Edwin Santana
We’ve got a new home! Join us next at for an opportunity to meet Edwin Santana. Edwin has recently declared his intentions to run for the Democratic nomination against Rob Wittman. Our current Congressman has done himself no favors by refusing to meet with constituents, so we’re excited about the opportunity to kick him out of office next November. For more information on Edwin leading up to the meeting, you can visit his website.
Link to Edwin Santana’s website

Resist Trump Demonstration

The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee invites you to participate in a sometimes demonstration against the Trump Agenda.

Check the FDC Facebook Events page to verify that we are holding a demonstration this week.

The news tells us that these demonstrations are having a huge impact. Join us to show your support.

When: SOME Sundays from 1:30 to 2:00 pm
Where: The Corner of William Street and Blue & Gray Highway

Bring your own signs showing the areas you are most concerned about.

Kennedy-King Dinner

Kennedy-King Dinner
March 18 6:00 PM

Don’t let Richmond turn into Raleigh
Remember North Carolina’s bathroom bill? Or how its state legislature stripped away the governor’s authority when the voters elected a Democrat? They were able to do that because of a super majority in their state legislature. We can’t let that happen in Virginia.

Please join us for in support of our local State House Delegates and the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee:
WHEN: 6:00 pm, March 18, 2017
WHERE: Fredericksburg Hospitality House * 2801 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

RSVP by ordering your tickets HERE. Dinner will be served at 7 PM and cash bar will be provided before and after.
Questions? Please email Vice Chair Mary Bassis at marybassis11gmail.com or call (801) 891-5836.

Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting Minutes 10/12/16

Fredericksburg Democratic Committee
Rappahannock Central Library
Minutes
October 12, 2016

Call to Order. Jason Graham, Chair. Attendance list distributed for sign in.

1. Rowe/Wittman Debate. 10-24-16 at UMW Dodd Auditorium. At 7:30 PM. Turnout is crucial because it also reflects to the press coverage. During the debate, FDC will live tweet and use solid stream on social media, like Facebook. No signs are allowed in the auditorium. Sue Sargeant volunteered to set up a table with signs and to volunteer outside Dodd if Young Dems get the permit. Jason will contact YD President re: permit.

2. Get Out the Vote (GOTV). Mary Bassis distributed GOTV sign up times on behalf of Coordinated Campaign CD1 Lucas Munson. Rachel, website coordinator, will post the times on the FDC website. These sign ups were also distributed at the Blue Action Network BAN meeting on 10-5-16.

3. Election Day. Fred has 5 precincts. We need 4 people/shift. Sign up sheet distributed.
Harold Bannister will get a tent from member Ron Smith to set up at Walker Grant the night before. He will set up Sue Sargeant’s tent at Hugh Mercer by 4:30 or 5 AM on Election Day. Sue asked which door will be used at HM because the door closest to the playground has a long sidewalk that is not user-friendly for those who use wheelchairs or walkers. She will check with the Electoral board. The polling sites will have orange cones set up for the 40 ft ‘no poll workers allowed’ zone. This should be an improvement over the orange tape or chalk that has been used to mark off the 40 ft. Fred Dems will print up sample blue ballots for distribution at the precincts.

There is a lawyer available in person or by phone on Election Day for Voter Protection, such as to ensure that valid IDs are accepted. We need poll watchers to be inside the polls. Contact Jason if interested. The poll watchers observe how poll workers answer questions, note if there are voting machine problems (they’re new this year). The new machines produce a paper tally. At the end of the day, it has receipts and gives a count. It also produces the ‘write-ins’.

The schools will be closed for students. Sgt Sullivan will be visiting each precinct throughout the day. Virginia Organizing will be providing transportation to the polls.

4. Post – Election. Mary Bassis volunteered to book a room for the ‘Post-Election Watch
Party. Mary hopes to reserve Irish Brigade.

Question about ‘The Canvas’. The Canvas is held the day after the Election to certify the vote count. The Electoral Board (which has 1 Rep and 2 Dems –majority Dem because Governor is Dem) will go through the provisionals and make sure they match the precincts’ numbers reported. Jason has the option to appoint ‘observers’. Ethel Hellman agreed to serve in this capacity.

Other news: 80-90 people attended the First Unity Day 2016 which was held in 100 degree heat on 8/6/16. FDC will have a Spring fundraiser to provide funds to local and CD1 candidates. Jason is working on getting big name speakers at the VA or National level to attend the first Kennedy-King Dinner sometime in March 2017. See Jason to volunteer.

Gov Terry McAuliffe will appoint a senator to fill Tim Kaine’s seat. Then there will be a Special VA. Election in Nov 2017 to fill TK’s seat.

Those present were encouraged to vote absentee, if there is any question about ability to get to vote by 7 PM on Election Day 11-8-16. Absentee voting started on 9/23/16. Register to vote by Monday 10-17-16. A voter can apply by mail until Nov 1. Or go ‘In Person’ to Registrar’s Office (if 22401 resident) at 601 Caroline Street, M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or on Sat 10-29 or 11-5-16 in person, 9 AM – 5 PM. For more information on voting. Go to Vote.Virginia.gov to see a sample ballot or your own voting record. Brochure distributed ‘Virginia is for Voters’ as well as a list of area Voter Registrars.

Announcements:
The Fred NAACP is a non-partisan group. LaBravia Jenkins, Commonwealth’s Attorney will speak on Monday 10-17-16 at Shiloh Old Site, 801 Sophia St. at 7 PM about the Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. There are two amendments. #1 ‘Right to Work’ which sounds fine but it is anti-union. The Dem Party of VA advises to vote NO to #1. Question on who to get the message out about VOTE NO on #1. Please read the FLS Letter to the Editor by Stafford Dem Kandi Hilliard on reasons why to vote NO.

The DPVA has not taken a position on Amendment #2 which provides a tax break to surviving spouse of fire, police, rescue, emergency personnel.

Jay Brock will get info to Jason about viewing the PBS documentary on ‘Redistricting’. OneVA21 will hold seminars at Germanna CC and UMW.

The Stafford Dems are gathering tonight 10-12-16 from 6-9 PM at the Paradise Diner on Rt 17. for dinner and welcome other Dems. Peter Fields will play classical guitar.

8-foot signs. Contact Harold or Lucas if you know a site to place them.

Shirley Johnson is working on an event with Senator Mark Warner and area ministers on Friday 10-14-16 at 10 AM.

The last debate ‘Watch Party’ will be on Wed 10-19-16 at 9 PM. . Florence Bailey requested that FDC use a city restaurant because it supports our own businesses and tax base. (rather than go out to Spotsy county as was done for a Debate Watch Party). All members agreed that this was a good idea.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM.
Respectfully Submitted, Sue Nelson-Sargeant,, FDC Secretary

Campaign Office Opening Soon

Great news! The Democratic Party is setting up a Campaign Office in Fredericksburg. The work will be focused on the General Election this fall, with Matt Rowe running for Congress as Representative from CD 1 and of course supporting our candidate for President. Please consider donating needed supplies to help set up the office and perhaps some elbow grease to help get it cleaned up prior to occupation. Just click the link.
To donate, CLICK HERE

Contact us: chair<at>fredericksburgdems.org.

One of our own going to Philly!

The Fredericksburg Democratic Committee will be represented by one of our own at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer.
Please consider a donation to Shelley Pineo-Jensen’s GoFundMe campaign to help with travel expenses to the convention.
No donation is too small. Thank you.

gofund.me/25ffwja4