RAPP DEMS CLEAN UP!
2019 BLUE STATE BLUE GRASS BRUNCH
April Moore, the Democratic candidate who is running for Virginia State Senate against Mark Obenshain in the 26th District, is coming to Rappahannock County on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come meet her and talk about the issues that matter to you!
Little Eldon Farm, 70 Little Eldon Lane, Woodville VA
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 540/987-8912
April Moore gets that Virginians need affordable healthcare and control over that happens to their bodies. Mark Obenshain voted to block Medicaid to 400,000 poor Virginians, destroy the Affordable Care Act, and deny a woman’s right to choose what happens to her pregnancy.
VOTE FOR APRIL ON NOVEMBER 5!
Tristan Shields is running against Laura Galante in the Democratic Primary on June 11 for the Virginia 18th House District. The nominee will challenge Republican Del. Mike Webert on November 5.
Here is Tristan’s short YouTube video about the recent corruption scandal in Warren County (which sounds like an episode of House of Cards!). About Del. Webert, he asks, “Where are our elected officials in protecting the taxpayers?” Good question!
We’ll keep you posted about Tristan’s schedule. To find out more about his campaign, click here
Go to www.tristanshields.com for information about Tristan
Go to www.galantefordelegate.com for information about Laura
VOTE in the 2019 Democratic Primary on June 11, 2019. Find your polling place by clicking the link below: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PollingPlaceLookup/
In the Library on Tuesday April 23, Meg Heubeck told a crowd of 25 or so, “We need to bring back the political center.” Director of educational outreach at the UVA Center for Politics, Heubeck held a training workshop for constructive conversations across party lines.
Even though animosity has shrunk that center since the mid-1990s, Heubeck said, some 80 percent of us actually still identify somewhere between the extreme right and left. However, the 24-hour news cycle, and our tendency to look for information that confirms what we already think, locks us into a kind of hunter-gatherer political tribalism.
But, said Heubeck, we can train ourselves out of it. “Remember that each of us loves our country, our community, and our families,” she said. And everyone has a voice. “That’s at the core, those American values. That’s what we’re protecting, even in a diverse community.”
The friendly crowd of two dozen participants spanned the political spectrum from conservative to liberal, according to organizer Bob Burney. They broke into small problem-solving groups to test those voices. A simple question—what is the greatest challenge to the future of Rappahannock?—brought a gamut of answers and a prescription for positive citizenship.
First, we need to get to know our neighbors. Ask them about their experiences. Learn how government works. Identify areas of similarity. Be prepared to compromise toward a consensus.
“Bring your brain,” said Heubeck, “and be ready to be nice to people. Then listen with both ears.”
Heubeck praised organizations like the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Unite America, No Labels, and Common Cause for bridging the political divide in America and bolstering its political center. For more information, contact Bob Burney, BurneyRG@me.com.
–Mary-Sherman Willis, RCDC Chair
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Meg Heubeck, Director of Educational Outreach at the UVA Center for Politics will present a workshop on:
Talking to People Who Disagree With You
Tuesday, 23 April, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM
Rappahannock County Library, 4 Library Rd, Washington VA 22747
In this age of polarization, it is important to be able to talk with spouses, neighbors, and acquaintances about issues where you may not agree. This workshop will provide the tools to have those discussions. These skills are often not intuitive, but they can be learned. The result will be more civil discussions of issues important to us all and more informed decisions. Note: this workshop is not about issues. It is about acquiring the tools to discuss those issues.
The workshop is free, non-political and open to everyone. Send me an email to say you’re coming, so I know how many cookies to make.
The RCDC Hyway Kleenup Krew went to work one beautiful March 2019 Saturday Spring morning and bagged TWO TRUCKFULLS of trash along 211 from Massie’s Corner to the Library! Rapp Dems clean up!