WEEKLY UPDATE

Next WofA Membership Meeting

February 10th 6:30 – 8:30pm
Arlington Central Library – Auditorium
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/755870228267514/

URGENT CALLS TO ACTION

Time Sensitive Call to Action on HB961 – Assault Weapons Bill in Danger!

A number of our Dem delegates are showing some reluctance in supporting this bill – mainly due to getting slammed (via email and telephone) by 2A/GunRights Groups. I think they’re a bit shook. That’s all the Gun Rights people do and I’m sure the majority aren’t even from VA. Nonetheless, we need to let all of our delegates know they have our support and give them encouragement/strength to vote in support of this bill. This is legislation that the majority of Virginians demanded at the polls this past November 2019. It’s so critical we get this through the house this session. As I’m sure you are only too aware, Gun Safety was one of the top issues for the VA 2010 Elections and the majority of Virginians support legislation.

We are asking EVERYONE to please:

  • contact their delegate – email; phone; tweet (even if they are supporting the bill) and ask that they support HB961. You can find their contact information here: VA House of Delegates Contact
  • contact the Dems on the HoD Public Safety Committee – even if you’re not their constituent – committee members represent all Virginians! You can find their contact information here: VA HoD Public Safety Committee Contact 
  • always, please identify yourself as a constituent if you are one! 
  • Continue tweeting – to your own reps and include the hashtags #IStandForVirginia #BanWeaponsOfWar and tag the Virginia House of Delegates:  @VaHouse
  • All calls and emails must be completed by this Thursday, February 6th!
  • share this information with your organization(s)

Talking points and other information is attached  below (GVP Talking Points…) Please make the email “your own” and use some of the talking points and gun safety facts to shore up your email or phone call.

Ending Gerrymandering Call to Action! 

Key redistricting reform bills will finally be heard in the House Privileges and Elections Committee this week! The committee members below are in particular need of positive support to vote yes on HB758, the enabling legislation that further strengthens HJ71, the Redistricting Commission Constitutional Amendment. This is the best path forward for Virginia to achieve comprehensive, enduring redistricting reform to make sure all Virginians’ votes are valued equally.

Joseph Lindsey (Chair) – 804)698-1090, DelJLindsey@house.virginia.gov
Marcus Simon (Vice Chair) – (804)698-1053, DelMSimon@house.virginia.gov
Mark Sickles – (804)698-1043, DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov
Kelly Convirs-Fowler – (804)698-1021, DelKConvirs-Fowler@house.virginia.gov
Alex Askew – (804)698-1085, DelAAskew@house.virginia.gov

If you have a few hours to spare, contact Daela Taeoalii-Tipton to export the advocacy by helping phone bank! Since we know legislators prioritize their own constituents, we’re calling reform supporters in key districts and asking them to contact their delegates. 

Get Involved – Your Voice Matters!

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

WofA Census Champions for Arlington County Needed –  Light Lift for WofA’s that would like to be engaged in Arlington!

Ask: of our 1500+ WofA Facebook members – is there a “Census Champion” out there that can provide the WofA community information on the 2020 Census and how WofA can provide support? Why it is so vitally important:

“The 2020 Census Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Our community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in our community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these”:

To be a “Census Champion” please see (and let us know who you are!): https://topics.arlingtonva.us/…/arlington-census-partners…/…

Save the Date(s)!

2020 Election – North Carolina Road Trip & Letter Writing

Save the Date(s) for our first NC road trips!  We have enough initial interest to do two in March: March 7-8 and March 14-15. We’ll be registering voters in Durham with our friends at You Can Vote, who will be training us on NC rules so we can lead future trips later in the spring and summer. The plan is to leave the DC area for Durham on Friday afternoon (it’s a ~4 hour drive), register voters all day Saturday and Sunday morning, and drive back on Sunday afternoon.
Sign Up here – and share the form and our two Facebook events (March 7-8 and March 14-15) with your members.
Needed: volunteer housing in the Research Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) for each of those weekends.  So please let me know if you have family and friends who might be able to help.
Letter Writing Party: is on Friday, February 7, 6:30-9 pm at 6565 Washington Blvd here in Arlington (across the street from EFC Metro). Our friends at Vote Forward (www.votefwd.org, affiliated with Swing Left) tell us that their research shows letter writing is even more effective than postcards. And the earlier we start, the more voters we can reach. Feel free to bring your kids, a snack to share, and some forever stamps.  Please share our Facebook invite (here), or encourage your friends and group members to email families@arlingtondemocrats.org to let us know you’re coming.