WEEKLY UPDATE

Hey WofAs!

CONGRATULATIONS VA BLUEWAVE 2019!

The August 4 Blue Wave Boating Party was a smashing success!  We’ve now raised over $70,000 to help elect progressive legislators to the Virginia General Assembly and keep those we elected in 2017!  Help us reach the goal of $100,000 by November –  share our story with neighbors, family and friends & encourage them to contribute at vabluewave.netThanks to all of you!

Democratic Debates – Seeking Feedback ASAP

Groups in the Virginia Grassroots Coalition are signing a letter endorsing a Resolution by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee calling for a national climate debate.  The resolution has been shared with other Democratic Committees throughout the state for endorsement.  Our letter will be sent to Tom Perez (DNC Chair) and Susan Swecker, chairperson of the Virginia Democratic Party who will lead the VA delegation to the DNC national meeting on August 22-24.  The question of whether to have a DNC-sponsored climate debate will be considered at that meeting. The WofA executive committee would like to join other grassroots groups and sign this letter, attached below.  Please let us know your thoughts no later than August 13.

Events & Actions

Wednesday, August 14 10:00am – 11:00am

NRA Vigil & Protest
Join Brady Campaign and Citizens Against Gun Violence at their monthly protest, in front of NRA Headquarters.  Signs provided – just bring your disgust for the Gun Lobby & a friend.
NRA – 11250 Waples Mill Rd.  Fairfax, VA

Friday August 16 10:00am

Virginia is My District PostCard Writing
Join Network Nova and friends write postcards to support progressive candidates.  Postcard writers meet every Wednesday and Friday at Starbucks,  6365 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041  Sign up: http://tinyurl.com/Barcroftpostcards

Thursday, August 15  6:30pm – 8:45pm

Arlington’s Proposed Mental Health Court – Public Input
Criminal justice advocates and members of the interested public are invited to a workshop sponsored by Arlington Mental Health & Disability Alliance on Arlington’s Proposed Mental Health Court.  Resource experts include Public Defenders for Arlington & Fairfax Counties as well as the legislative counsel for the Treatment Advocacy Center. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.

Saturday, August 17  2:00pm – 4:00pm

Kelly Fowler Fundraiser – Arlington, VA
Please join Bonnie Beckett who is  hosting a fundraiser for Delegate Kelly Fowler’s (VA Beach/Chesapeake–#21) reelection.  It will be critical to hold this seat as well as to flip new seats to take over the GA. Event is from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 17th in North Arlington.  Please join Del Kelly Convirs Fowler; and co-hosts: Del. Alfonso Lopez and Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol as we work to hold this crucial seat in VA District 21! Raffle for Capitols hockey tickets and some award-winning California wine!  Space is limited, so please sign up early at:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bonniekcf81719# or call Bonnie Beckett (703-524-5534) for information.

Saturday, August 17 9:30am-4:30pm

Launch of Earth Rise Indivisible
Workshop to engage, educate and mobilize to address the climate crisis. Check in at 9:00 am.  A vegetarian bag lunch (sandwich, fruit, cookie) will be provided. Please bring your own re-usable water bottle and coffee mug. Following the program, there will be a Celebratory Happy Hour!! Old Brogue, 760 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA, https://oldbrogue.com/ (5 minute walk)

Earth Rise Indivisible uses the Indivisible principles of advocacy and organizing to empower progressive leadership and action on environmental justice and climate solutions. By illustrating the intersectionality of climate change with progressive concerns, we will equip attendees to join the team Earth Rise Indivisible team.  Great Falls Library 9830 Georgetown Pike.  For more information and to Sign Up.

Saturday,  Aug 17 9:30am

Canvassing for Dan Helmer
9:30am: Orientation and 10:00a: Canvass Launch
at Helmer HQs: 5618 Ox Road, Fairfax Station 22039
Come canvass for Dan Helmer for his race for House of Delegates in the 40th District.
Contact: Jacqui Lieberman, jacquilieberman@gmail.com

Monday, Aug 19th, 6:00pm -8:00pm

WofA and Friends Happy Hour  – Lets Have Some Fun!
Verre Wine Bar, 2415 Wilson Blvd Arlington  22210

Thursday, August 22  6:00pm – 8:00pm

WofA and Friends Host Sheila Bynum-Coleman(HoD 66) – Keynote: Senator Mark Warner!
Vienna, VA
RSVP Here

Join Friends of Wofa; VA Indivisible 11; VADF; Arlington Indivisible; Vienna Neighbors United; Herndon Reston Indivisible and Hunter Mill Huddle as we host a fundraiser for Candidate Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HoD Dist 66). Sheila’s opponent is the very same Kirk Cox (Speaker – HoD) who shut down Governor Northam’s Special Session on Gun Safety this past July.  This is a critical race! Contact Jessie Clark or Sharon Shutler for further details at: jessie@carefreeboats.com or shutlersharon@gmail.com

If you would like to be involved in supporting these (and other) candidates, please fill out the Adopt-a-Candidate form, here

Saturday,  Aug 31

Canvassing for Wendy Gooditis
Time & Location – TBD
Canvass for Delegate Wendy Gooditis & help her hold her seat in the House of Delegates, 10th district.
Contact: Alice Robie, anineteenth1920@gmail.com

Live Music to Support VA HoD Candidates

Mon, August 12 at 7:30PM: Hala Ayala at Water’s End Brewery Lake Ridge
Tue, August 13 at 7:30pm: Beverly Harrison at Ridge Runner Farms and Brewery Maurertown

Saturday,  September 7  9:15am

Canvassing for Josh Cole
Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford, VA 22554

At only one-hour and 15 minutes away, come canvass for Joshua Cole for his race for House of Delegates in the 28th District – and flip a red seat BLUE!. Josh lost by only 73 votes in 2017. We had a great canvass on July 20 with walkable, tight suburban routes and were home by 1:30 to 2:00.
Contact: Annette Lang, Annette.lang1231@gmail.com

Sunday, September 8th 4:00pm- 6:00pm

Postcard Palooza
Write postcards, eat desserts, drink tea (or champagne) at Chez Shutler.

Lets help Get out the Vote with motivational postcards. We’ll be writing cards for our Adopted Candidates, Hala Ayala, Larry Barnett and an add’l candidate we will add when we see the polls.

Monday, September 16  6:30pm – 8:30pm

WofA Membership Meeting –  with Delegate/Rockstar Jennifer Carroll Foy !!!
Lyon Village Community House
1920 N Highland St.
Arlington, VA

Starting in September – SIGN UP FOR VA BEACH NOW!

GREAT GRASSROOTS GROUPS CANVASS EXTRAVAGANZA.

WofA will participate in the Virginia Grassroots Coalition Canvassing Days coming up in September, October and November.  Coalition groups will be caravanning to VA Beach to focus on 5-6 flippable House of Delegates and Senate races. We will provide information for those who want to participate in this exciting effort. To sign up for the VA Beach Canvasses, please fill out this form: Virginia Beach Canvass Sign Up.  We’ll help arrange car pools and rooming options.
Dates: Sept 21-22;  Oct 26-27; Nov 2-3

WofA will also lead canvassing efforts for our beloved adopted candidates Hala and Larry (in Manassas and Chesterfield Counties).  As we get closer we’ll keep you posted on where help is needed most and the various options. Hold these dates for GREAT GRASSROOTS GROUPS CANVASS EXTRAVAGANZA.

Summaries on our Progressive VA Candidates

Delegate Rip Sullivan is providing weekly summaries of our progressive candidates running in 2019 and the “down-low” on the opposition.  These summaries are informative and inspirational!