Next GCC Meeting (26 August 2019, 6:30 PM, WeWork Whitehouse, 1440 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005)

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Our next GCC meeting is 26 August 2019, from 6:30-8:00 PM at WeWork Whitehouse, 1440 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005.  During this meeting we will also reconvene our Healthcare Issue Team and work to develop a series of grassroots-focused healthcare reform strategies.  Our agenda is included below, and we hope to see some of you there.


  • Start writing a resolution from the grassroots activists' proposals that are in contrast with the top-down approach to reform we've had until now

  • Promote a Congressional Select Study Committee

  • Work with other grassroots partners

  • Discussions with staffers

  • Work on getting the resolution(s) into the DNC platform

2020 Healthcare Panel & Debate Watch Party (Tuesday, 30 July 2019, from 5:30 – 10:00 PM)

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Join the DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee (Facebook Group) and Woman's National Democratic Club for a pre-debate panel on what "Medicare For All" (Facebook event registration information) might look like if a Democrat wins the White House!

  • Date: 30 July 2019

  • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM

  • Location: Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

  • POC: Ricardo E. Coleman, 202-905-9535

  • For a copy of the Event Handout please click (HERE)

After the discussion we will host a presidential debate watch event at 8:00 PM ET. Supporters of each candidate are welcome to network and vote in our 2nd Straw Poll!


  • Wendell Potter: Author, "Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans" Host, "The Potter Report"

  • Vinnie De Marco, Building on ACA: Vincent DeMarco is a longtime advocate for public health causes including reducing teen smoking, underage drinking and gun violence, expanding health care access and making prescription drugs more affordable. He is the subject of a book by former FTC Chair and Advocacy Institute co-founder Michael Pertschuk entitled “The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will Into Political Power.”

  • Dr. Rita Livadas: Dr. Rita Livadas is a pharmacist with policy expertise in health system delivery form, reimbursement, as well as drug and device approval and supply chain issues. Dr. Livadas has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit and government sectors, where she has focused on reforms to lower health care costs while improving quality and outcomes.

  • Stephanie Kang: Is a third-year Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Health Policy Fellow in Congresswoman Jayapal’s office and the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center.

  • Stan Dorn: As a Senior Fellow at Families USA, Stan Dorn plays a leading role in a broad range of projects, with a special focus on coverage innovations and federal strategies to lower prescription drug prices and improve drug development.

2019 DMV Grassroots Forum, 6:30-8:30pm, Monday, March 4th, 2019

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2019 DMV Grassroots Forum

6:30pm-8:30PM , Monday, March 4th, 2019

Woman's National Democratic Club

1526 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20036

Join the DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee for a discussion of how we can collaborate together and support the grassroots movement in 2019 and beyond!

Topics Include:

  • DMV Kickoff Event & Survey Feedback

  • DNC Meeting grassroots activities (Resolutions, Statehood, Networking, Strategy/Tactics)

  • 2020 Presidential Debates & Campaigns (June)

  • VA Women's Summit (6/28-30)

  • VA State/Local Elections (Fall)

  • Partner Events (Action Fair, Panels, Workshops, Happy Hours)

  • Specific Needs (Field, Digital, Media, Outreach, Fundraising)


I. Welcome & Introductions
II. DNC Winter Meeting Update (Statehood/Resolutions)
III. DMV Kickoff & Survey Feedback
IV. GCC Leadership Recruitment

V. GCC 2019 Timeline
- April: Issues Forum (Medicare For All)
- May: Digital/Organizing Summit/Workshops
- June: VA Primary/Meeting, Presidential Debates, VA Women's Summit
- July:  Pre-DNC Issues Forum, Debates
- August: Action Fair, DNC Winter Meeting, Debates
- September: ActLocal, VA Elections, Debates
- October: Small Biz Forum, VA Elections, Debates

VI. GCC Support Areas 
- Field/Organizing
- Digital/Media
- Messaging/Policy
- Fundraising/Events
- Outreach/Events

VII. Breakout Groups
- Field/Organizing (VA Elections)
- Digital/Media (Workshops)
- Messaging/Policy (Issue Forums, DNC Resolutions)
- Fundraising/Events (Debates)
- Outreach/Events (Women's Summit, ActLocal, Action Fair, DNC Debates, DNC Meeting)

VIII. Wrap Up
IX. Adjourn for Dinner/Drinks

2019 DMV Grassroots Kickoff

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2019 DMV Grassroots Kickoff

Monday, January 28th

Woman's National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
@ Dupont Circle - Q Street exit

Special Guests Include:

Stan Scott, VA-4 State Senate Candidate 
Abrar Omesh, Fairfax School Board
Andrew Burgoyne, former Frederick, MD Field Director

Presentations By:

Swing Left
31st Street Swing Left
Turn It Blue / Swing Left DC
Sister District - DC
Ward 3 Democrats
DC Young Democrats
DC Unite Against Hate
Obama Alumni - DC
Maryland Blue Wave Coalition
Rep. Raskin's Democracy Summer 
Rising Organizers
Woman's National Democratic Club
and more organizers/activists!

Join the DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee and partner groups to celebrate our progress in 2018 and our next steps in 2019 and 2020. The agenda will be open for your input and ideas on what the local grassroots community can do and what it still needs to collaborate and succeed in the future.

2019 Events that our partners might be interested in include the 2/14-2/16 DNC Winter Meeting in DC and the 6/28-30 VA Women's Summit in metro-accessible Tysons Corner. There will also will be VA Senate/House Elections and Presidential Debates starting in June according to the DNC.

Got questions or ideas for partners to invite?
Email us at

"Blue Wave" Mobilization Summit with DNC Digital & Organizing Teams!

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Join the DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee for a presentation and discussion for grassroots activists about the newest developments for organizing and outreach heading into the 2018 midterm elections with the Democratic National Committee’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Schuh Corteìs and Chief Mobilization Officer Caitlin Mitchell. The event will include light food and a cash bar.

To signup on Eventbrite please register (HERE).

We also will share ways you can Get-Out-The-Vote online and offline, from home or door-to-door, in the final 40 days before Election Day:

  • talk to voters door-to-door more easily using an app without paper lists!- call voters anywhere without sharing my number or even having to dial my phone!
    text voters anywhere without sharing my number or even a phone!

  • create postcards anywhere with your own personal voter message!- find gatherings where volunteers are getting together to flip far-away districts at events in your area!

  • identify and engage contacts in battleground districts to remind them to volunteer and vote!

The DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee serves a coalition of grassroots communities in the DC/MD/VA to connect with the DNC and Democratic party organizations, campaigns, and other progressive causes. The GCC is affiliated with the Woman's National Democratic Club.

Got questions or ideas for partners in the Summit? Email us at

GCC Resolution Titled "Supporting Better Accountability and Transparency for Law Enforcement Officers" Passed During the DNC Summer Meeting in Chicago

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Very happy and excited to announce that we DID IT AGAIN, and were able to get another DNC Resolution written by one of our Grassroots Coordinating Committee (GCC), National Messaging & Policy Task Force members, Audra, passed by the entire Democratic Party during the 2018 Summer Meeting of the DNC in Chicago.
Titled "Supporting Better Accountability and Transparency for Law Enforcement Officers" this critically important Resolution included the following:

  • Establish a National Database to collect information about officer-involved shootings.
  • This Database should be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and all law enforcement agencies would be required to submit reports quarterly.
  • The DOJ should develop a national standard governing the use of force practices by, and de-escalation training for all U.S. law enforcement officers.
  • Calls for officers to be treated without favor and held to the same standards as everyone else.

The GCC also wanted to express our gratitude to our INCREDIBLE partner Ms. Yasmine Taeb, DNC Committeewoman from Virginia, for working so diligently get all our Resolutions passed by the DNC.

Below is a copy of Audra’s specific Resolution and below is a link to all of the Resolutions Passed during the DNC Summer Meeting which can be viewed (HERE).

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“Blue Wave” Grassroots Social & Action Fair (Media Advisory)

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DC/MD/VA Grassroots Committee mobilizes the local “Resistance” for “Blue Wave” Social & Action Fair to flip 4 regional House seats and a Gubernatorial election.

Over 100+ Activists registered to meet DNC, Virginia, DC and Maryland campaign and community group leaders as part of nationwide movement to push back Trumpism

“Blue Wave” Grassroots Social & Action Fair
6:00pm-8:30pm Wednesday, August 8th
WeWork-White House
1440 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
(8th Floor)

WASHINGTON, DC - The DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the Woman’s National Democratic Club and RISE District (formerly Pantsuit District), are hosting a “Blue Wave” Grassroots Social & Action Fair on August 8th to help progressives who live “inside the beltway” fight Trumpism where it counts to build a "Blue Wave" in 2018 and beyond. Over 100 Activists have signed up to get connected with DNC and Campaign Leaders as well as community groups like local Democratic Party and Swing Left chapters as well as original programs like Congressman Jamie Raskin’s “Democracy Summer” Student Fellowship Program.


  • James Conway
  • Northern Virginia Political Coordinator
  • Tim Kaine for Senate
  •  Noah Stewart, Regional Field Director (Maryland Democratic Party)
  • Yasmine Taeb, DNC Committeewoman (Democratic Party of Virginia)
  • Morgan Jameson, DNC Commiteeman (Young Democrats of America)



Speakers, Organizers and Attendees are available to discuss how their work can help build a “Blue Wave” in November and become a model for the future of the Democratic Party’s fight to stop Trumpism in 2020 and beyond. The Action Fair will include a large projector that will include event and partner logos as well as over 20 tables for organizations at the scenic WeWork event location just footsteps from the home of the President of the United States.

The GCC’s National Messaging & Policy Task Force also recently submitted six resolutions that were successfully passed at the March DNC Meeting in DC.

About the DMV Grassroots Coordinating Committee & RISE District

Founded in 2017 after the Women’s March, the Grassroots Coordinating Committee serves a coalition of grassroots communities in the DC/MD/VA to connect with the DNC and Democratic party organizations, campaigns, and other progressive causes. The GCC is affiliated with the Woman's National Democratic Club.

GCC Co-Sponsor RISE District seeks to build a strategic movement of politically engaged communities that demand a responsible and accountable government which serves the interests of the people. Formerly known as Pantsuit District, we became the DC-MD-VA (DMV) regional chapter of RISE Stronger in mid-2017.

Please Complete our New GCC/RISE District Grassroots Messaging & Policy Survey

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The GCC  recently  partnered  with RISE  District   to launch our new "Grassroots Coordinating Committee/RISE District Messaging & Policy Survey."

Our  goal  is  to  reclaim  the  mantel  of  the  “Party  of  Ideas,”  by developing reforms that can appeal to the voters  we  lost  in  2016.

As  a  result,  we  published  Version  #1  of  our "Grassroots  Policy  Agenda "  which  contains  23  policy  reforms covering:  education,  jobs,  small  business,  taxes,  immigration, national security , voting, and criminal justice reform. 

Because  we  also  want  to  include  as  many  voices  as  possible,  we are crowdsourcing  grassroots  ideas  for  the  next version  of  the Agenda.  It asks  respondents  for  their  top  issues  for the 2018 Midterms and how they would address them.

Our New "Grassroots Policy Agenda" Is Now Available

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After a very successful launch during the 2018 Women's Summit, the Grassroots Coordinating Committee's (GCC) inaugural platform titled "Grassroots Policy Agenda: Putting Grassroots Policy Ideas into Action," is now available for download, and please feel free to contact us at is you have any questions, comments, or would like to submit your own policy ideas.

The Network NOVA & Grassroots Coordinating Committee - Blue Wave Post: Summit Happy Hour

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Date: 23 June 2018
Time: 5:00-7:00 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Dulles, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, Virginia 20171
Hosted By: Network NOVA and GCC

After a busy day of learning and networking to build on our Virginia success as part of a "Blue Wave" to Flip Congress in 2018, please join us for a casual post-summit happy hour to keep the conversations going at the hotel bar with attendees, speakers and organizers. All are welcome even if you don't have a ticket for the daytime conference.

We will be joined by the Woman's National Democratic Club's - Grassroots Coordinating Committee and members of their new leadership team that passed six policy-focused resolutions at the March DNC Meeting. They're looking forward to hearing from activists how out-of-state and national groups that they work with can help us Get-Out-The-Vote in our Virginia District, and for more information click HERE or the Facebook Event.


DNC Committeeman/Committeewoman Forum at WNDC

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Thursday, June 07, 2018, at 7:00 - 8:30 PM, Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Forum for Candidates for DC Democratic National Committee Woman and Man

This FREE forum, moderated by DC Democratic National Committeewoman and WNDC member MaryEva Candon, features the candidates for DC Democratic National Committee Woman and Man. In the DC Democratic Party Primary on Tuesday, June 19, registered Democratic voters can vote for ONE woman and ONE man to be elected to the Democratic National Committee. EARLY VOTING opens on June 4.

The women candidates are: Marie C. Johns, Nikki Lewis, and Sylvia Martinez; the men candidates are: Marcus Batchelor and Jack Evans.

The Democratic National Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party, creates and secures the mechanisms for electing Democrats up and down the ballot from the school boards to the US Congress, and from the state houses to the White House; educates US residents about the Democratic Party; recruits Democratic Party members; and turns Democrats out in great numbers to vote. Generally, DNC members make up approximately one-fifth of delegates to the Democratic National Presidential Nominating Conventions.

PRICE: This event is FREE, but registration is required. Cash Bar and light snacks.

Please Join Us for the GCC - Comm/Outreach, Messaging/Policy, and Campaigns Meeting, Tonight from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the White House "WeWork"

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Please join the Grassroots Coordinating Committee (GCC), tonight from 6:30-8:30 PM, at the White House "WeWork" for a team planning meetings.

  • 6:30pm Communications & Outreach

  • 7:20pm Messaging & Policy Agenda

  • 7:40pm Campaigns

We will discuss our 2018 "Blue Wave" initiatives including our June 14th Kickoff Happy Hour and the June 22-24th Women's Summit in Dulles, and our new "Grassroots Policy Agenda."

We will be looking to get a lot of work done so feel free to bring your laptop or just come and listen. You can also register for this meeting at Eventbrite and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at