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Join us at our annual Ward 8 Kwanzaa Celebration on Wednesday, December 27, at 6:00 pm.
The event takes place at Sycamore and Oak - 1100 Oak Drive, SE and will feature drummers, dancers, and a community feast - feel free to bring a dish that most would recognize.
Learn about the meaning of the annual tradition and the seven principles of Kwanzaa principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith) and their impact on our community.
Won't you join us?
Parking: On-street and garage (check meters and pricing)
Metro: Congress Heights
Ward 8 Democrats Bestow 2023 Champions of Change and Democratic Man and Woman of the Year Awards
The Ward 8 Democrats, an esteemed institution renowned for its commitment to community engagement and advocacy in the nation's capital, unveiled the distinguished recipients of its 2023 Champions of Change and Democratic Man and Woman of the Year Awards during its Champion of Change dinner and celebration with the Ward 7 Democrats last November.
The event honord individuals whose unwavering dedication has significantly contributed to the betterment of our cherished community. Often operating quietly and unassumingly, these remarkable individuals have left an immeasurable impact on the lives of those they serve.
This year's Champions of Change Awardees are:
The Democratic Man and Woman of the Year Awardees are:
About Ward 8 Democrats
The Ward 8 Democrats is a community-driven organization dedicated to fostering civic engagement, advocacy, and progress in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8 community. With a rich history spanning four decades, the Ward 8 Democrats continue to lead and drive positive change in the lives of Ward 8 residents and throughout the District.
Fall Meet & Greet
Thanks to all who joined us for our Fall 2023 Happy Hour and Meet and Greet on Wednesday, October 25, from 5-7 pm at Busboys and Poets.
You can still join one of our many committees: Public Relations, Issues and Legislative Affairs, Youth Outreach, Senior Outreach, Programming, and Fundraising.
Ward 8 Democrats Elect New Leadership Team at 2023 Biennial Convention
The Ward 8 Democrats, a pillar of community engagement and advocacy in our nation's capital, is proud to announce its newly elected officers following the successful conclusion of its Biennial Convention held on Saturday, September 16th at Anacostia Library's front plaza. Now in its 40th year, the Ward 8 Democrats' executive committee is responsible for guiding the organization's initiatives and community outreach and is composed of a dynamic mix of leaders committed to the betterment of Ward 8. The newly elected officers for the term are as follows:
The Ward 8 Democrats also used this occasion to enact several key changes to their bylaws, including measures aimed at providing clarity regarding the seating of officers and removing outdated language that restricted the organization's investment options for its treasury.
Troy Donte' Prestwood, the reelected president, expressed his gratitude to the voters and the community, saying, "On behalf of our new team, we want to thank voters who wanted continued and steady leadership at the helm of one of the District’s storied political organizations. We will use the next few months to empower and inform voters about the upcoming Democratic primary next spring so that they know what's at stake for them, their families and neighbors. We encourage Ward 8 residents to join one of our many committees. There is a place for you in our organization."
The Ward 8 Democrats are actively seeking participation from Ward 8 residents in various committees, including youth outreach, programming, senior engagement, membership, public relations, and DC statehood. They are also open to developing new committees to further their mission of community engagement and advocacy.
"The Ward 8 Democrats is our party. And all are invited," Prestwood emphasized.
For more information about the Ward 8 Democrats and how to get involved, please visit the sign-up page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ward 8 Democrats
The Ward 8 Democrats are a community-driven organization dedicated to fostering civic engagement, advocacy, and progress in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8. With a history spanning four decades, the Ward 8 Democrats continue to be a driving force for positive change in the community.
Video: May 2023 Meeting
Steven Walker, director of the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments joined our May 2023 meeting to discuss joining DC Boards and Commissions. He also took questions live. Then, Abdur-Rahim Briggs, founder, and CEO of Project Briggs and chair of Councilmember Trayon White’s LGBTQ Commission provided an update about a Black Gay Pride event his organization is sponsoring at Anacostia Park on Sunday, May 28 that is open to everyone.
The Issues and Legislative Affairs Committee is meeting at Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Neighborhood Library on Tuesday, May 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Room A. For more info, email us at email@example.com.
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VIDEO: April 2023 Meeting
During our April 2023 meeting, we were joined by DC Department of Transportation Director Everett Lott who discussed DDOT's efforts to address our ward's transportation challenges and to hear directly from local residents about concerns in their community. We then heard from DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson who discussed the latest legislative developments on the Council, Ward 8 priorities, and the battle for DC autonomy on Capitol Hill. If you want to skip ahead, those conversations start at 7:30 mark for Director Lott and 55:15 for Chairman Mendelson.
VIDEO: March 2023 Meeting
Who Inspires You?
Our 2023 Women's History Month lecture speakers are Tonya Vidal Kinlow, chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce; Akosua Ali, president of the DC chapter of the NAACP; and Meedie Bardonille, RN, chair of the DC Board of Nursing and founder and president of the Black Nurse Collaborative. Kinlow discusses efforts to deepen the Chamber's reach in the District; Ali spoke about the ongoing fight for social justice and civil rights as the leader of the DC chapter of NAACP, and Chair Bardonille shared the condition of the District's healthcare system and the ongoing fight to end health disparities in our community. They also shared who inspires them and how you can find inspiration.
Starting around the 16:40 mark, you don't want to miss these three dynamic and powerful women leaders as they tell HERstory!
VIDEO: Preparing for DC Council Budget Hearings
Ward 8 Democrat's President Troy Donte' Prestwood recently teamed up with Councilmember Trayon White's office to get Ward 8 residents prepared to testify at upcoming budget hearings. If you missed it, you can watch it again below. In this workshop, you'll learn how to gather your thoughts, ideas, and facts to help make your case before the council. We'll also show you the various ways you can testify and provide downloadable templates to help you get started. Don't miss this vital part of our democracy. Remember, if you need help with your testimony, the Ward 8 Democrats can help. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the process.
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VIDEO: February 2023 Meeting with Historian C.R. Gibbs
Author and historian C.R. Gibbs joined the Ward 8 Democrats as a guest lecturer on during Black History Month to discuss Black Resistance: The Untold Story.
C.R. Gibbs is the author and co-author of six books and is a frequent national and international lecturer on an array of historical topics. He has appeared several times on the History Channel, and narrated "Sketches in Color" for WHUT-TV, the Howard University television station. His work, “Sketches in Color,” is a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series, The Civil War.
Take the Ward 8 FY24 Budget Survey
Got ideas for the District's next budget? Now is the time to engage in the FY24 budget process. Take our Ward 8 Democrats budget survey to help inform the services and supports you'd like to see prioritized in the next budget. We will take your recommendations directly to the officials you voted for and advocate for your voice to be heard!
VIDEO: January 2023 Meeting with Councilmember Anita Bonds
With the new year comes a new council. We are pleased to welcome At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds to the Ward 8 Democrats. We'll hear about her new committee assignments, budget priorities for FY 24, and actions to address ongoing challenges in our city and ward.
Then, stick around to meet some of our newest DC Democratic State Committee Add-on members and hear their vision for the DC Democratic Party of the future:
Ward 8 Dems' 2023 MLK Day Votercade
Did you see our "votorcade" in the 2023 MLK Day parade? Check us out as we celebrate and represent Ward 8!
VIDEO: Ward 8 Kwanzaa Celebration
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Did you miss our in-person annual Ward 8 Kwanzaa celebration? If so, we got you covered. Watch again and learn about the meaning of the annual tradition and its seven principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith), and their impact on the beloved community.
VIDEO: After the November 2022 Elections, What Now?
With the general election largely in the rearview mirror, what next for us? What do the results mean for our ward, locally and nationally? We discussed the political implications with WAMU/DCist Reporter/Editor Martin Austermuhle. Plus, the DC region has plenty of in-demand jobs that go unfilled. If you want to enhance your job skills or know someone who is, you'll want to hear from UDC's Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning Dean, Dr. Mashonda Smith. Then, it's time to start thinking about the District's 2024 budget and Ward 8's budget priorities. Deputy Director of the Committee on Government Operations and Facilities, Sean Cuddihy, joined us to share key details about the council's budget process.
ICYMI: Ward 8 Dems Election Rally
As early voting begins in District, re-watch and re-live our Ward 8 Get out the Vote election rally with At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Attorney General Nominee Brian Schwalb candidates for Ward 8 ANC Commissioners and many others. Ward 8 Democrats President Troy Donte' Prestwood hosts.
Scenes from Ward 8 GOTV Happy Hour and Fundraiser
If you missed our End of the Summer happy hour and fundraiser at the Residence Inn in Navy Yard, you missed out on a great event. Voters across the ward came together for an incredible celebration of Democratic values and community.
We were joined by several candidates on the November 8 ballot, including Councilmember Anita Bonds, our first choice for one of the two at-large council seats up for grabs this year. The leadership of the DC Democratic Party, Chairman Charles Wilson and Vice Chair Linda Gray, joined us as well as we discussed our get-out-the-vote campaigns this fall. It's not too late to be part of our efforts to serve Ward 8 voters.
Consider donating $5, $10, $20, $50, or more to the Ward 8 Democrats. All sustaining donations of $50 or more will receive a free Ward 8 Democrats T-shirt. Your support starts by CLICKING HERE!
Ward 8 Democrats Testify before DC Council Committee on Housing & Executive Administration
Ward 8 Democrats' Chair of Issues and Legislative Affairs Michael Grier testified in general support of Legislation: B24-0239, the “Homeowner Association Strengthening Support Act of 2021” B24-240, and the “Condominium Association Strengthening Support Amendment Act of 2021” We believe these two bills can help strengthen condo associations in Ward 8 and across the District.
September 2022 Meeting: State of Ward 8 Education
During our September 2022 meeting, we held our annual State of Ward 8 Education discussion. Ward 8 State Board of Education Representative Dr. Carlene Reid and At-Large State Board of Education Representative Dr. Jacque Patterson joined us for this important conversation about education in our ward.
July 2022 Meeting: Ward 8 Transportation Priorities
In our July 2022 meeting, we recapped the June 21 primary election results with President Troy Donté Prestwood and Membership and Voter Outreach Chair Markus Batchelor. Then, we discussed Ward 8’s transportation priorities and how we can improve the way we get around the ward and District.
Statement on the June 21 Primary Election
Ward 8 Democrats President Troy Donte' Prestwood issued the following statement on the results of the June 21 Primary Election:
"On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Ward 8 Democrats, I want to once again congratulate Muriel Bowser on winning the DC Democratic primary for mayor. Bowser won the plurality of votes in our Ward and in six others. If you recall, she also tied for first place in our May 21 straw poll. She moves on to the November 8 General Election, where she is teed up to win a historic third term as mayor.
"There was a noticeable uptick in the number of Ward 8 voters, thanks partly to mail-in ballots, a voting method first advocated by the Ward 8 Democrats more than 20 years ago. So far, data shows we doubled the turnout from the 2018 primary, and some votes are still being counted. You can see all of the latest primary election results here. We want to thank the DC Board of Elections staff and Vote Center volunteers who helped ensure a smooth election.
Read full statement here!
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