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APRIL 6, 2021
Bethel Baptist Church, built for and by freed slaves in 1892, stands in Orange County Precinct 201, intersection of Independence and Marquis roads in Unionville.

Message from our Co-chairs
Joe and Elaine Freeland


As we prepared to write the Co-chairs’ article for the monthly Orange County Democratic Committee newsletter on Sunday, April 4, we were reminded by a comic strip that it was a day of bitter sweetness. It was a day of celebration with high religious significance in the Christian faith, and unlike last year, congregants in many of the area’s churches returned to some form of in-person worship.

However, on this day in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Though the third Monday of January is designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day when we are reminded of his work to achieve racial equality, we also reflect on his legacy on this day. Within a week of King’s death, President Johnson was successful in urging Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act of 1968) which culminated a campaign against housing discrimination based on race, religion, national origin.

Our country’s diversity of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, thought, and socioeconomic status helps unite, educate and keep us strong. Speak out, embrace organizations whose mission is to combat hate, and recognize our individual differences. Support political candidates who most strongly support diversity. 
 
And please follow CDC COVID-19 protocols, get vaccinated, and encourage and help others to get vaccinated.

 

OCDC Meeting, LOW Dems Meeting,
and the Central Virginia Town Halls


Orange County Democratic Committee Meeting

Sean Perryman, Democratic candidate for the Lt. Governor nomination in the June 8 primary, will address the Orange County Democratic Committee during our monthly meeting on Saturday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. 

Please review the attached
March minutes and agenda in preparation for the meeting.

Zoom Link
Phone in if you cannot join with video:
1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 876 8807 3216
Passcode: 501999


Lake of the Woods Democratic Club April Meeting


Former Governor
Terry McAuliffe, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for a second term as Virginia’s chief executive, will address the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on April 14, 1:00 p.m. 



Central VA Democrats Present Candidates' Town Halls

April 7: Governor                         
April 14: Lt. Governor                  
April 21: Attorney General

Central Virginia Democrats, including OCDC and the LOW Dems, will host virtual Town Halls on the following Wednesdays at 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet the Democrats on the June 8 primary ballot. The events will be moderated by Amy Laufer.

Click here to register.
Click here to view the flyer.

Early Voting for Primary Begins April 23

Congresswoman Spanberger's
County-focused Office Hours


Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger has announced Spring 2021 virtual, county-focused office hours. Over the next few months, her dedicated team of district staff members will be hosting 10 days of office hours, one for each of the Seventh District's 10 counties. Her staff can provide assistance with issues related to veterans benefits, military benefits, the Social Security Administration, Medicare and Medicaid, or any other federal agency, program, or benefit. You must register for these sessions, and can do so either on her website or by calling her district office at (804) 401-4110.

Orange County
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Register for Zoom
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Register for Zoom

Precinct in the Spotlight

Precinct 201 Co-captains James "Bruce" Monroe and Rebecca Gilmore Coleman greet voters on Election Day, November 3, 2020
Precinct 201-Lightfoot Elementary School

Lightfoot Elementary School was named for Isabella Lightfoot. In the 1880s Mrs. Lightfoot taught African American children in the living room of Chester Lewis, grandfather of Edna Lewis. Mrs. Lightfoot continued to teach in Orange County into the 1930s. Mr. Lewis was one of the founding trustees of Bethel Baptist Church.

Rebecca Coleman is a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother deeply rooted in her church and community here in Orange where her family has lived for over two hundred years. She attended Orange County Public Schools in the era of segregation, and she is a graduate of the American School in Chicago, Illinois. Rebecca also has an Associate Degree from Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville. Rebecca, interested in her community and how it functions, attends meetings about local, state and national politics to educate herself as well as others. 
 
Bruce Monroe was born and raised in the Little Petersburg community of Orange County. He attended Orange County schools and is a graduate of Orange County High School.  Bruce volunteered for military service with the United States Air Force, retiring with more than 30 years of service. He is also a retired civilian aircraft technician at the Department of Defense. He earned a business degree at Piedmont Virginia Community College. In recent years, he has worked to help disenfranchised individuals restore their voting rights. Bruce is a loving husband, father and grandfather.
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OCDC
PO Box 613
Locust Grove, VA 22508

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