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The 2020 virtual Women’s Summit starts on June 20th! REGISTER HERE for only $25 for ALL SESSIONS, ALL EVENTS!

The Women’s Summit Experience 2020 will continue the energy of the movement to win in 2020. For 10 days (June 20-30, 2020) you’ll be able to be part of the Women’s Summit Experience 2020 with live and recorded programming: panels, workshops, meetups, music, performances, art exhibits, and craftivism. In this format the Women’s Summit is fully customizable. Do as much or as little as you want on your time schedule. You can always go back and watch what you missed or watch it more than once. 

ARLINGTON COUNTY BOARD SPECIAL ELECTION – July 7, 2020
In-Person Absentee & Vote by Mail Deadlines

November General Election – Nov. 3rd, 2020
Deadlines

ORDER A ‘VOTE’ FACE MASK FROM MICAELA POND

They are $10.00 each.
Profits will be used to purchase postcard stamps and other GOTV material. Please fill out the order form here:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kzGwBnITD5SJkAZwLslyEyHUMGyy-dEdFeRGBvVDWuo/edit?usp=sharing

ELECTIONS 2020: GET INVOLVED

Support Our Congressional Candidates in VA
Virginia Adopt a District:
WOFA is considering adopting 2 of 3 VA congressional districts this year.  The districts are 2 (Luria – HOLD), 7 (Spanberger – HOLD) or 5 (Dem primary – FLIP).  Tell us which district you want to support!!  Due to COVID, we aren’t sure exactly what our activities will be but as in previous years, we will be working closely with the campaign and other grassroots organizations.  Contact Jessie@carefreeboats.com if you are interested in participating in this effort.  In the meantime, postcards, letter writing and phone banking efforts are underway for VA as well as for other states — see more on these efforts below in “ONGOING EFFORTS.”

Get Involved in Pivotal Out-of-State Races
Friday, June 12, 7:00pm
Meet Ricky Hurtado – NC House of Delegates District 63. 
Meet Ricky and find out how you can help elect him, put Cal Cunningham in the US Senate, and deliver NC’s 15 electoral college votes to Joe Biden.  Join Arlington Blue Families, Beyond Arlington and the DC Dems to host a special virtual event this Friday, June 12 in support of Ricky Hurtado.  We in Virginia know how much state legislatures matter!  and the Dems have a chance to turn all of NC blue this year like we did for VA last year.  RSVP https://www.mobilize.us/arlingtonbluefamilies/event/277570/ to get the Zoom link, and share the Facebook link with your friends.

Tuesday, July 7
Takis Karantonis:  Arlington County Board Special Election July 7, 2020. Help elect Takis Karantonis.  Many are unaware of this sleeper election.  Write postcards to get out the vote. www.arldems.org/carPhone Bank, Text Banking, Postcards.

ONGOING EFFORTS

PHONE BANKING, TEXT BANKING, POSTCARDS: While you’re hunkered down, use this time to phone bank, text bank, and write postcards. Challenge your family and friends to a postcard writing contest.  Below are some excellent groups who will get you set up!  You’ll notice that North Carolina is a bit of a theme…

Beyond Arlington Phone Bank
EVERY Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Abigail Spanberger
  • Elaine Luria
  • Unaffiliated North Caroline Voters

Phone bank for Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger.  Make calls to unaffiliated voters in NC, which will ultimately help Senate Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham and the down ballot candidates.  Our own Rose Fabia and Steve Baker will be available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on Zoom to get you logged into VAN and download the Google Voice App. Make calls from the comfort and safety of your own home. 
RSVP here
For upcoming Tuesday and Thursday phone banks: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BeyondArlington/events/?ref=page_internal

Organizing Together 2020

A powerhouse group focused on key battleground states: AZ, FL, MI, NC, PA, WI.  Focus is on phone banking, post card writing, and text messaging depending on the state on a county by county basis. Choose the state and sign up on the website Organizing Together 2020
Get copy of their States Report.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TJA_qjQ3JulhoTOjQhHEXztgakkULnkQQLTV7N7pxv8/edit

Join 31st Swing Left

Because, NC is one of the most strategic states with opportunities to flip the state house and elect a Democratic Senator –  Cal Cunningham, 31st Swing Left will be participating in the Organizing Together 2020 NC efforts.  For information, contact Julie Greenberg at julieg.31ststslcanvasses@gmail.com 

Center for Common Ground/Reclaim Our Vote

Focusing on states where there’s a history of voter suppression and new voter suppression laws.  For 2020, those states include:  NC, TX, AZ, AL, MS, GA.  Phone banking and post card writing.   Sign up at Center for Common Ground/Reclaim Our Vote

Join Arlington Blue Families

to support NC elections through Reclaim Our Vote.  Arlington Blue Families will supply post cards and addresses and arrange for pick up.  Sign up at Arlington Blue Families Reclaim Our Vote

Voto Latino

Voto Latino focuses on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters.  Focus is on digital campaigns such as text banking to make sure voters register and know where to get absentee ballots.   Voto Latino

PostCards for VA:  Support Congressional Districts in Virginia

Postcards4VA – Sign up via this website link.  For questions, contact Robbin Warner, robbin@postcards4va.com

FUNDRAI$ING – Help raise $$ to support pivotal Senate races and state legislative races. Note – when we support key legislative races in states such as NC and PA, there is a tangible ripple up effect – as goes the state legislature, so goes the Congressional races and the presidential race.  

Two excellent local sister groups actively involved in fundraising:

  • NOPE Neighbors:  https://www.nopeneighbors.org/.  Focus on critical Electoral College votes that Dems narrowly lost in 2016.  Includes down ballot.  Current top priority PA (focus on 5 state legislative seats:   https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nope4pa) and NC.  Over the summer, focus will shift to narrowly-won US House seats. After Labor Day, US Senate races.  Use of peer-to-peer promotion and “giving circles”. 

National groups:

  • Swing Left:  https://swingleft.org/.  Focus on 12 “super states”:  AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ME, MI, NC, OH, PA, TX, WI, which have good prospects to flip the US presidential, US Senate, and/or state legislatures.  Support all twelve or focus on states where you have strong interests.
  • EveryDistrict PAC:  https://everydistrict.us/ Focus on 11 states:  AZ, FL, GA, IA, KS, MI, NC, OH, PA, TX, WI to help flip a state legislative chamber.  Support weekly top candidates and/or state-specific slates where you have strong interests.  

URGENT CALLS TO ACTION

Vote-by-Mail & In-Person Absentee Voting

Arlington County Board Special Election – July 7, 2020
MAIL-IN Absentee Deadlines

Arlington County Board Special Election – July 7, 2020
IN-PERSON Absentee Deadlines

  • MAY 23rd – JULY 4: WofA suggests the last day should be JULY 2nd*
    Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
    Saturday, JUNE. 20th, 8:30am – 4:30pm
    Bozman Government Center (Courthouse Plaza)
    2100 Clarendon Blvd, Lobby, BRING PHOTO ID
    *Suggested date, to ENSURE every vote is counted!

November General Election – Nov. 3rd, 2020
Deadlines

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Transforming White Privilege Exploring Whiteness

Dominique Maderal is a WofA and an experienced facilitator who is hosting a virtual workshop series. Learn more on social media @Dom_madz https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPM7tWe7Vs25ygczbVQKQRA7–4yvFWeERqtQ0NCQUK8deOw/viewform

Volunteer Virtual English Teacher/Curriculum Resources Needed

From Tenant and Workers United, Mia Taylor:
“The group would prefer to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm for an hour. The English level of learners is beginner. We have a volunteer working on curriculum, activities, and materials, but if anyone has curriculum resources they could share, that’d be great! Past teaching experience preferred, but certainly not required. Focus will be on conversational practice, with potential for some reading/writing activities. (Waiting for some community feedback about those specifics.)”
For further information, please email: mtaylor@tenantsandworkers.org

Support our Greater Arlington Community during COVID-19

If you are in Arlington, consider donating to these worthy groups:
Opt-In Pantry:    Opt-In Pantry for APS Students
AFAC:                https://afac.org/ 
ArlingtonThrive: https://arlingtonthrive.org/ 
AHC:                  https://www.ahcinc.org/donate/ 

Covid-Care Arlington.  Easy ways to help our community.  Consider donating to Arlington Thrive which is the only organization in Arlington County, Virginia that provides same-day, emergency financial assistance to County residents who experience sudden financial crisis such as temporary unemployment or illness. See full list of Covid-Care opportunities from the Arlington County Volunteer Website

Join our VA General Assembly Working Groups

Get timely updates on current/upcoming legislation and Calls to Action, for more information, please contact:
Campaign Finance Reform: nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com
Clean Energy/Climate: shutlersharon@gmail.com and cslemenestrel@gmail.com
Gun Safety: kamwjm@gmail.com
Reproductive Rights: taylor@naralva.org
NARAL’s Legislative Rapid Response Team
Family Friendly Economy: tara@familyfriendlyeconomyva.org

REMINDERS!

Best Practices for WofA’s Facebook Page

With the Pandemic; Upcoming Primaries and Presidential Election, we have found it necessary to post a few gentle reminders regarding best practices for WofAs Facebook page:

WofA FB Guidelines:
·  News Articles – this is a place where people go to find actions. Posting articles re: the daily incompetency  of our current administration is not productive. 
·  WofA does not endorse Dem primary candidates – Facebook events are allowed. Endorsements of a particular candidate will be removed
·  Let’s keep things positive; educational and actionable!

Personal Facebook Page Tips
1.    Check the date before sharing or posting! There has been a resurgence of old news articles being shared – often with shocking headlines. Even if true, most people do not care to spend time on old news – we all are fed a daily diet of shocking news and horrific events.
2.    Check the source. If you do not recognize the news source, go to: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com and to find out if something is an “urban legend” or just doesn’t sound right, try: https://www.snopes.com