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WofA Voting & Elections Kick Off!!!
Monday, February 18th – 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Calling all WofA’s! This is not just any meeting – Please RSVP now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wofa-voting-elections-kick-off-meeting-tickets-56002496976
This is the kickoff to our efforts to Flip the VA General Assembly. Anyone who has followed the 2019 VA General Assembly session knows that bill after bill was shot down by the Republican majority – let’s pull out the stops and change out our GA!
We’re making this a meeting/party – with snacks and libations and plenty of WofA solidarity. We’ll discuss recommendations for “adopt-a-candidates”, how we’ll be coordinating with the larger VA Grassroots Coalition efforts, what it means to adopt a district, and best of all, identify opportunities for you to get involved!
Meeting location: Chez Shutler. 2923 N. Oxford St. Arlington VA 22207. For more information, contact Sharon at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessie Clark at email@example.com
Equal Rights Action Days
With participation from many activists all over Virginia, we organized an Equal Rights Coalition, visited our lawmakers and asked them to ratify the ERA . Senator Surovell introduced us from the floor of the Senate, the House gave us a standing ovation, and First Lady Pam Northam spoke at our rally.
We were honored to rally and meet with First Lady Northam, Senators Scott A. Surovell, Jennifer Wexton, and Delegates Alfonso Lopez, Hala Ayala, Kathleen Murphy, Kathy Tran, Karrie Boutchia Delaney, Elizabeth Guzman, Wendy Gooditis, Dawn Adams, Cheryl Turpin, Ken Plum, and Mark Keam. Their words inspired us!
We were also pleased to welcome CD 7 candidate Abigail Spanberger, and the Virginia Secretary of Education, as well as Kim Drew Wright, and the Virginia girl who posed with the NYC statue of the girl staring down the bull, a symbol of the ERA.
We are grateful to Republicans courageously standing up for women’s rights, including Senators Sturtevant and Dunnavant and Republicans Roxann Robinson, John McGuire and Bob Thomas. They are valiantly doing the right thing by filing or supporting bills to ratify the ERA. If they are your representatives, thank them!
Equal Rights for Women
The Equal Rights Amendment is back in the news. Nevada just ratified it this year. With the energy of our new movement, Virginia could become one of the last two states needed to ratify it! Help make this a reality:
- Follow us on twitter, @equalrightsva
- Sign up for the email list of www.women-matter.org
- Join WofA for postcards: every Sunday, 10 AM – Noon at Northside Social, Arlington
- Make calls: https://tinyurl.com/eracallsinfo
New Members of Virginia’s House of Delegates!
Orientation for the Delegates-elect, courtesy of Delegates
Alfonso Lopez and Marcus Simon
With Kathy Tran‘s baby, Elise Minh Khanh Tran, named after Ellis Island and the Liberty Bell. “To us, our daughter’s name means ‘ring the bells of liberty and champion opportunity for all.”
Virginia’s House of Delegates races matter to everyone in the nation! Why?
Find out here.
Virginia’s November 7 election has started!
If you expect to be out of town November 7 (for example: commuting, at college, or volunteering out of your county), you can go vote “absentee in person” NOW.
For your voting location and times, go here and click on your city or county. Easy!
Or until Oct 31 you can request an absentee ballot by mail; http://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-…/absentee-voting/
Easy! Get it done now so you won’t have to remember later!
Get Out The Vote! Arlington Canvassing Opportunities
Time to canvass in Arlington! Because knocking on doors is the most effective way to get out the vote, WofA strongly urges everyone to volunteer for a shift(s). We’re focusing on the following dates: October 21 and 22; October 28 and 29; and November 4, 5, 6, and 7. We suggest going to the two locations with the densest populations. We also ask that you RSVP with the organizer for that location so that the Campaign can prepare enough packets and materials for everyone.
Every Wednesday through November 1st!!!
Please join us for our weekly Day of Action! Knocking on doors is the most effective way to get out the vote. Come canvass with us and the Northam Campaign in Arlington every Wednesday evening, 6:00-8:30 or earlier, launching from 525 N Jackson St (map), until Election Day. See you soon!
Be the change you want to see in the world
Canvass Day II!
Our first multi-group Canvass Day was so great, we went again! TWW-NoVa and Network NoVa organized a wonderful Canvass Day and Happy Hour, with great success!
Not only did 100+ grassroots canvassers knock tons of doors, but almost all of these candidates reported 3X or 4X more doors knocked than the previous weekend! Our PR apparently inspired folks to get off their couches and out talking with neighbors on a beautiful day.
First Canvass Day Rocks the Commonwealth!
The Resistance was in the House!! The grassroots pulled out all the stops for Virginia House of Delegates candidates on September 9. David Reid and Donte Tanner welcomed tons of WofA members; Deb Rodman was excited to receive road trippers from Indivisible Arlington; Wendy Gooditis embraced Jim Shelton’s merry big band of supporters; and Hala Ayala was pumped up by Ellen Renaud’s traveling canvass party. Intrepid Canvass Day activists also gave wonderful support to other candidates, such as Elizabeth Guzman, Kathy Tran, Lee Carter, and John Bell. #TogetherWeWill!
Donte Tanner even took a Canvass Day canvasser out for ice cream afterwards – nice!!
Hope we’ll see you all at the next grassroots Canvass Day, September 23. Sign up here and sign up a friend!!
United Fundraiser A Smashing Success!
Members of WofA and friends raised $31,000 (and still counting!) to flip Virginia’s House of Delegates!
Many thanks to Delegates Rip Sullivan, Marcus Simon, Patrick Hope, Alfonso Lopez, Mark Levine, as well as keynote speaker Tom Perriello, for inspiring these magnificent results. They joined 17 swing district candidates, as well as members of WofA, Network NoVa, Virginia Democracy Forward, Indivisible Arlington, and Blue NoVa, fellow activists, friends, and family. Thanks to the fantastic folks at Clare & Don’s Beach Shack in Falls Church for providing the relaxing vibe before Delegate Sullivan got the crowd excited for action. Onward and upward!!