Rank & File Membership Call on Governor Ralph Northam to Resign

Whereas, The Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States pledge ourselves to the conduct of public affairs in a manner worthy of a society of free people; and

Whereas, The Democratic Party of Virginia Party Plan states that we shall not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age (if of voting age), color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status, or disability; and

Whereas, The Democratic Party of Virginia Party Plan states that particular concern should be undertaken regarding the participation of African Americans and other ethnic minorities in all organizations at every level; and

Whereas, The Richmond City Democratic Committee Bylaws encourages full participation without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age (if of voting age), color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status, or disability; and

Whereas, by his own admission, Governor Ralph S. Northam has participated in racist public performances while dressed in blackface; and

Whereas, Governor Ralph S. Northam did not publicly express contrition for these racist acts until purported photographic evidence came to light; and

Whereas, The Chair of the Democratic National Committee has called for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph S. Northam; and

Whereas, The Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia has called for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph S. Northam; and

Whereas, The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus has called for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph S. Northam; and

Whereas, The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus has called for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph S. Northam; and

Whereas, The Virginia House Democratic Caucus has called for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph S. Northam; and

Whereas, The Chair of the Richmond City Democratic Committee has called for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph S. Northam; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the rank and file membership of the Richmond City Democratic Committee unreservedly condemns all who participate in demonstrations of racism and white supremacy; and

Resolved, That the racist actions of Governor Ralph S. Northam and his shifting public account of those actions have caused him to irrevocably lose the faith and trust of those he was elected to serve; and

Resolved, That the rank and file membership of the Richmond City Democratic Committee calls for the immediate resignation of Governor Ralph S. Northam from public office.

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A Message from the Chair

In his last Sunday sermon, Dr. Martin Luther King said, “The time is always ripe to do what is right.”

I was saddened and disappointed to see the reprehensible photo of Governor Northam, yesterday. My heart hurts for my friends who had hundreds of years of wounds ripped open by someone they considered a friend and colleague.

A true leader would recognize that now is the time to step down and help begin the healing process. Governor Northam should resign.

Today is not the only day to do what is right. We must all hold ourselves accountable and continue to fight for what is right and just. We must step down from the dais when Confederates are celebrated, we must ensure equity and representation at every level in our own ranks, we must seek justice and reformation, and we must check the privilege that would allow a photo like this to exist in the world and to have never addressed it. We must ask ourselves honestly, “If racist imagery requires resignation, what should we demand of those who have for decades advanced racist policies that oppress black and brown people?”

Please join me in reflecting on this moment in time and rising to our highest ideals in order to build a stronger, more inclusive community.

Jamie Nolan
Chair, Richmond City Democratic Committee

February Meeting and Events

Richmond City Democratic Committee will meet for our regular monthly meeting, Thursday, February 7, 6:30 pm, in the Auditorium, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby St. There will be business on the agenda that will requires voting members attendance.  The committee will elect new members and organize committees.

Join the Facebook event.

RCDC is the political arm of the Democratic Party of Virginia in the City of Richmond. We meet the First Thursday of every month. Members and Democratic guests are welcome to attend.

Dems on Tap!

Join Richmond City Democratic Committee and Friends for a fun social, Democrats on Tap!

Whether you’re a member, interested in joining the committee or just looking to meet like-minded folks, come on out and join us!
Wednesday January 30, 2019 from 5:30 PM -7:30 PM

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Richmond Democrats Organizing Training

Precinct Captains, Ward Chairs, and anyone interested in supporting the Richmond City Democratic Committee’s organizing efforts should make plans to attend an organizing training on Sunday, February 10, 2019, 3-5pm. Location: TBA. During this meeting, we will explain the roles and responsibilities of precinct captains and ward chairs. We will also begin developing community organizing plans for each ward. RSVP online here or email Alexsis at richmonddems@gmail.com.

Welcome New Members!

At the January meeting the committee elected new members from across the city. We extend a welcome to these new members and look forward to working together to increase Democratic activism in the City of Richmond and to elect Democrats.

Volunteers Needed!

The Richmond City Democratic Committee is seeking volunteers to cover each polling location on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6. Volunteers will hand out Democratic sample ballots and information about the democratic committee. Volunteers will also have the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Voter Protection hotline information in case they witness any voting issues at their polling location.

Fill out the Volunteer interest form 

For Immediate Release: October 8, 2018

Contact: Jamie Nolan, richmonddems@gmail.com

Richmond Democrats Double Membership Capacity, Welcome New Members

Richmond, VA — Richmond Democrats unanimously voted to double the committee’s membership capacity at its general body meeting on Thursday, October 6. The amendments to the bylaws create 270 new membership slots with targets for each city council district to ensure fair geographic representation across the city.

“Increasing our membership and participation is a top priority for the new committee leadership, and I want to thank our committee members for approving amendments to our bylaws to allow for our growth,” RCDC Chair Jamie Nolan said. “Everyone who wants to invest their time and talent to strengthen the Democratic Party here in Richmond should be welcomed with open arms. As we recruit new members, we are especially working to make sure our local party is representative of and accessible to the diverse communities we serve.”

During RCDC’s committee reorganization this summer, 322 Democrats applied for the 231 membership slots allocated under the old bylaws. Up to 501 committee members can be elected under the newly amended bylaws, and the committee is accepting membership applications immediately.

While all Richmond City Democratic Committee meetings are open to the public, individuals who are elected as committee members have committee voting rights and additional responsibilities. Membership responsibilities include: attending committee meetings, supporting get out the vote efforts for Democratic candidates, and participating in other committee business.

Interested Democrats can apply for committee membership online, return a completed membership form to RCDC’s Secretary at any committee meeting, or mail a completed membership form to: Richmond City Democratic Committee, 919 East Main Street, Suite 2050, Richmond VA 23219. Applications for membership must be voted on and approved by the full committee.

RCDC will host the Sixth Annual Dem-O-Q, a free community cookout, this Saturday, October 13, 3-5pm in Byrd Park with special guests Attorney General Mark Herring, Congressman Donald McEachin and Senator Jennifer McClellan. The next RCDC general body meeting is November 1, 2018, 6:30pm at Martin Luther King Middle School (1000 Mosby Street, Richmond VA). For more information, visit richmonddems.wordpress.com.

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