What’s Up WofA

Week of May 8th

June Primaries!
Early Voting has begun!
May 31, 2022 is the Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration

Wednesday, May 11th, 7:00pm 
Education Working Group Meeting
Join us to discuss upcoming Public School Board elections. We will have presentations by Jack Kiraly, Executive Director of the Fairfax County Dems, and Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Vice-chair of the Fairfax County Public School Board, (and possibly Karl Frisch, member of the Fairfax County Public School Board). RSVP to Marianne Burke to receive the Zoom link, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 11th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Fraud & Abuse: Know It, Report It, Bring Action Against It
A must attend forum on fraud and abuse impacting the 50+ population in Fairfax County. Learn about this important issue and how to protect yourself and loved ones. Speakers include: Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano, Fairfax County Police Detective Jonathan Loesch, AARP Representative Trudy Marotta. RSVP here

Friday, May 13th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch RSVP here

Saturday, May 14th 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Bans Off Our Bodies – Protest Washington, DC

Join us Saturday, May 14 at 12 pm EST in Washington, D.C at the NE side of the Washington Monument. We will march to the Supreme Court at 2 pm EST. More details when you sign up! https://www.mobilize.us/ppaf/event/458728/

Saturday, May 14th, 9:00am – 11:00am
Blue Families School Board Candidate Forum
Arlington Blue Families is hosting a forum to hear from the candidates running for the Democratic School Board Endorsement. Arlington Democrats will be holding an Endorsement Vote to select a School Board candidate to endorse and this is your chance to come hear from them and ask questions. There will be a candidate meet and greet at 9 am with the forum starting at 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome and the event is open to the public. Location: Busboys and Poets Shirlington.  More info here

Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 am
LACE UP YOUR HIKING BOOTS 
Join us for a Climate & Clean Energy Get Together Hike led by Meredith Haines.  (Raindate Saturday 21st May).  Meet at Seneca Regional Park in Great Falls. RSVP: mhainesva@gmail.com

Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Woodbridge!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Sunday, May 15th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Prince William County!
Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s campaign is holding its first Sunday canvass in Prince William County! “I was born into a world where women were no longer dying from back-alley abortions. As were my three daughters. This leaked draft opinion indicates that after decades, that may all soon change. We voted to codify Roe in the House, and the Senate needs to take it for a vote.” ~ Abigail Spanberger, May 2.
Abigail’s race is rated as a “Toss Up” and she needs your help! RSVP here

Monday, May 16th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Public Medications Policy Briefing
A new vista is opening up in the fight for more affordable medication: Publicly-owned pharmaceutical enterprises, created by states to develop, manufacture, and distribute medication in the public interest. California is taking steps to produce its own low-cost insulin — and Washington’s state legislature recently passed legislation to empower the state to partner with other states or organizations to produce, distribute, and purchase generic prescription drugs. Learn from leaders, implementers, and advocates on the front lines of Public Meds about how your state can break Big Pharma monopolies, address shortages, and lower prices for your residents. Speakers: Dana Brown (Democracy Collaborative), Madi Johnson (Type 1 United), Sen. Karen Keiser (WA), Sen. Richard Pan (CA), Sen. Trey Stewart (ME), David Toppelberg (CalRx). The briefing will be one-hour long, feature Q&A with the audience, and open to members of our statehouse network, their staff, and other democratically-spirited, policy-minded advocacy organizations, lawmakers and journalists. If you are unable to make either event, feel free to RSVP or send a staff member or friend to the sessions — and we’ll ensure that you receive a recording of the events. RSVP here

Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
An Evening with Rep. Elaine Luria (FLYER)
Friends of WofA, along with Friends of Virginia Democracy Forward (VADF), Dems to Go, and Indivisible Waterfront welcome Rep. Luria to a hybrid in-person/zoom event which will be held at a WofA member’s house in McLean/Arlington. Rep. Luria plans to attend in person and we can confirm that other local elected officials will attend, including Sen. Barbara Favola, Del. Rip Sullivan, and Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano. Elaine Luria is our dynamic, twice-elected—but most vulnerable— Democratic Congresswoman in Virginia. If we needed another reason to be very concerned about this race, last week’s leaked Supreme Court Roe v Wade disaster should be at the top of our lists.  Read here to see Luria’s statement. 

Rep. Luria seeks reelection in her redistricted, Republican-leaning Tidewater jurisdiction. It is a very tough race.  As a retired, career Navy Commander who led numerous combat deployments, and a member of the January 6th Committee in Congress. Elaine has leadership, skills and grit to win this critical race if she has the right support.  Because it is impractical for many of us in NOVA to volunteer on canvassing trips to Tidewater to help fill the campaign’s needs for on-the-ground outreach efforts, this fundraiser is dedicated to hiring full time organizers & canvassers to support her campaign.  Please support this fundraiser with as generous a gift as you can afford and please attend in-person or by zoom if you can.  RSVP and/or donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/051722wofa-vadf-iw-fr

Tuesday, May 17th, 5:00pm -7:00 pm
Climate Cabinet Live Event
Climate Cabinet helps state and local leaders run, win, and legislate on the climate crisis.  Learn about their efforts to get pro-climate action state and local leaders on the ballot. We have worked closely with Blair St. Ledger-Olson, Legislative Director for Climate Cabinet, during the last 3 legislative sessions and know first-hand that this is a very dynamic organization. Location: Busboy’s and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. RSVP here

Wednesday, May 18th, 6:00pm
Planned Parenthood: Statewide SCOTUS Info Session
Come to our statewide information session and learn about the Supreme Court decision that could change access to abortion across the nation. The Jackson Women’s Health of this case, what this could mean for abortion rights across the nation and in Virginia, and what you can do to help. RSVP here

Friday, May 20th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Restorative Justice Policy Briefing
The current criminal legal system fails to address the needs of harmed parties, offending parties, and communities writ large. A greater integration of and financial support for restorative justice processes throughout the criminal legal system, however, has the potential for transformative change. Taking many forms, from victim-offender dialogues to community conferences, this approach to harm rejects retribution and instead acknowledges the diverse needs of harmed parties, offending parties, and their communities alike. Fortunately, many cities and states are experimenting with new forms of restorative justice, from Colorado’s Restorative Justice Coordinating Council to Vermont’s Community Justice Centers. Learn from experts and advocates at the frontier of advancing this model. Speakers: Thalia González (Occidental College), Jessica Persaud (Common Justice), Liz Porter-Merrill (Colorado Restorative Justice Council), Dr. Shannon Sliva (University of Denver), Sen. Pete Lee (CO), Nketiah Berko (Democracy Policy Network) The briefing will be one-hour long, feature Q&A with the audience, and open to members of our statehouse network, their staff, and other democratically-spirited, policy-minded advocacy organizations, lawmakers and journalists. If you are unable to make either event, feel free to RSVP or send a staff member or friend to the sessions — and we’ll ensure that you receive a recording of the events. RSVP here

Saturday, May 21st, 11:00am – 12:30pm (Rain date: 5/22/22)
Hands Across the Sand 2022 – Ocean View
Join us as we show our determination to protect our Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from pollution and encourage safe, clean, renewable energy. We will have some energizing speakers, people who are on the front lines finding ways to win and organize. We will also dispense some information and as our final act, have a great demonstration on the beach to show our resolve!  Location: Sarah Constant Beach Park. For more information on these annual events, please go to: https://handsacrossthesand.org/

Monday, May 23rd, 1:00pm
Protect Medicare Webinar: Turning up the heat on REACH and DCEs
PNHP and more than 200 allied organizations will launch the next phase of our campaign to end REACH and protect Medicare from privatization and profiteering. After months of pressure from activists, CMS thought they could fool us by replacing the controversial Medicare Direct Contracting program with the nearly identical (and in many ways worse) REACH model. We will never defeat this threat to Medicare unless we build a powerful — and massive — grassroots movement. We’ll learn about the latest threats to Medicare, and our plans to defeat this privatization attempt once and for all. You won’t want to miss it! Please register in advance here Organization v. Dobbs case will be decided this summer, and the landmark Roe v. Wade case that cemented abortion rights will likely be overturned. Come hear about what the importance. 

WofA Membership Meeting with Ethan Lynne, Student Activist!
Monday, May 23rd 6:45pm – 8:00pm

Join WofA & Friends as we catch up on midterms; local elections and much more! Hear from HS Student Activist, Ethan Lynne and follow Ethan on twitter here: https://twitter.com/ethanclynne?s=20&t=S6XqYmzdUtALGY1yBc7nFA
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting Link: 838 4271 6503

Thursday, June 9th, 7:00pm
Pro-Choice Virginia’s 20th Anniversary Gala
Join us in celebrating 20 years of protecting and expanding reproductive freedom in Virginia! The Gala will be in person at the Army Navy Country Club with indoor and outdoor space. Please feel free to share the RSVP link with your network. Contact: Jane Materna, jmm@orgcapacity.com, 202-669-9370 RSVP here

June 18th – 19th
Juneteenth Gala! – NAACP, Arlington Branch
For many years, the Virginia Black History Month Association has worked alongside the NAACP and civil rights organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. They have extended an invitation to members of the NAACP and our community to attend this year’s annual Juneteenth, Father’s Day Gals. Over two days, the VaBHMA will host the Hybrid Gala. The hybrid gala will take place for two (2) days from Saturday (afternoon) 18 June 2022 to Sunday (evening) 19 June 2022. You can attend the gala on Sunday only or join for the entire weekend. Only 500 tickets are available for the gala. Tickets/Info Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-virginia-black-history-juneteenth-fathers-day-gala-tickets-170228182075

Saturday, June 18th, 9:30am – 4:00pm
Raise Your Hand 4 Education: A Leadership Symposium for Virginia
4 Public Education, a newly formed grassroots organization is hosting their first state wide event in support of public education. This event features a keynote speaker and 3 break out sessions from dynamic speakers. Our goals for this symposium are to strengthen a statewide network of leaders around public education advocacy, develop a common understanding of the threats facing our schools, to identify the value, importance and success of public education, and to define strategy for educating parents, community members and voters around education issues. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church , 717 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903. RSVP here

June 24th – 25th
6th Annual Women’s Summit
Our theme for the 6th Annual Women’s Summit is ALL IN TO WIN. Every year, we do something new, different, and unexpected at the Women’s Summit. This year, we recognize that it’s time to invest in a blue foundation for organizing and maintaining the grassroots. You can choose to join the festivities in-person and/or virtually. More info and buy tickets

Sunday, June 26th, 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Loudoun Pride sponsored by Equality Loudoun
The biggest and most colorful pride to come to Northern Virginia is arriving this summer! Join us for our inaugural festival filled with live performances, community vendors, food, music, and more! Loudoun Pride will take place on June 26 at Claude Moore Park. The festival is open to all ages, so bring your friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy this day of love and unity! Get all the info at LoudounPride.org! RSVP here

JUNE PRIMARIES
• 1st day of in-person early voting at local registrar’s office:
   Fri, May 6, 2022
 Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration:
   May 31, 2022.
Deadline to apply for a ballot to be mailed to you: June 10, 2022.
   Request must be received at the local voter registration office by 5:00 p.m.
Voter registration offices open for early voting:
   Saturday, June 11, 2022. 
The last day of in-person early voting at your local voter registration office:
   Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
See who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate lists.
• Register to vote/Apply for an absentee ballot using the Citizen Portal.

RECURRING Canvassing & Phonebanks

Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Woodbridge!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala’s district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Saturdays, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Prince William County!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala’s district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Phonebanks for North Carolina
Join Neighbors on Call and County to County for weekly phonebanks to support 4 endangered legislative candidates – Batch, Everitt, Farkas, Hurtado. These are key seats to keep the R’s from overriding vetos by Gov. Cooper and rolling back democracy and rights in the state. RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/countytocountync/?tag_ids=283

Virtual Sunday “Defend & Flip Seats In The House & Senate” Phone Banks, 6PM
EasternJoin us as we call into the battleground states ahead of the midterm elections. We’ll be calling to register voters in battleground states as well as asking them which issues are most important to them. No experience necessary. We will have training available at every phone bank and coaches helping you all along the way.Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/call4change/event/438331/

Week of May 1st

UPCOMING EVENTS

June Primaries!
May 31, 2022 is the Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration

Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:00pm
Rural Radio Workshop
We know that conservative voices have been monopolizing rural radio for a long time. No more. Join us for an event to participate in the creation of radio ads from start to finish. We want to make this as accessible and grassroots as possible. You’ll be shown how to record on your phone in your car or home! We’ll share info about creating a script for 30 and 60 second ads, best practices for recording and share how Rural GroundGame can support fundraising and distribution efforts. More info and RSVP here

Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 – 8:15 pm
Planning meeting for WofA Evening with Rep. Elaine Luria (FLYER)
We are planning for the May 17th Evening with Elaine Luria and want your ideas and participation.  Join our zoom meeting and find out more. (If you can’t make the meeting but want to help, please  sign up here ). 
Topic: Planning meeting for Evening with Rep. Elaine Luria
Time: May 4, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79200950117?pwd=U5FbrAXLgC_cJ_jlzb2sc27cwKcw6G.1
Meeting ID: 792 0095 0117 Passcode: hEqZH1

Friday, May 6th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Teacher Appreciation Week Rally – Stand and DeliverVA
We hope you will join us and bring your colleagues, family and friends dressed in Red for Ed. Bring signs that show how you want to be appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week. We will meet at the Smithsonian Carousel and stand in that section of the mall with the US Capitol as our backdrop. More Info Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stand-up-for-public-education-during-teacher-appreciation-week-tickets-331424729287?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=es&fbclid=IwAR0qiAz7bDxdn3KxZwApMixQDgwEs42-MYAiQAVF9mjEB1isOIxMrqNFZKo
If you would like to be added to our private Facebook group, please let us know. Please follow us on Twitter @Stand_DeliverVA 
Instagram: standanddelivervirginia
Like our Facebook Page: standanddeliverva

Friday, May 6th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch
RSVP here

Saturday, May 7th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Woodbridge!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Saturday, May 7th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Prince William County!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Wednesday, May 11th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Fraud & Abuse: Know It, Report It, Bring Action Against It
A must attend forum on fraud and abuse impacting the 50+ population in Fairfax County. Learn about this important issue and how to protect yourself and loved ones. Speakers include: Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano, Fairfax County Police Detective Jonathan Loesch, AARP Representative Trudy Marotta. RSVP here

Saturday, May 14th, 9:00am – 11:00am
Blue Families School Board Candidate Forum
Arlington Blue Families is hosting a forum to hear from the candidates running for the Democratic School Board Endorsement. Arlington Democrats will be holding an Endorsement Vote to select a School Board candidate to endorse and this is your chance to come hear from them and ask questions. There will be a candidate meet and greet at 9 am with the forum starting at 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome and the event is open to the public. Location: Busboys and Poets Shirlington.  More info here

Saturday, May 14th, 10:00 am
LACE UP YOUR HIKING BOOTS 
Join us for a Climate & Clean Energy Get Together Hike led by Meredith Haines.  (Raindate Saturday 21st May).  Meet at Seneca Regional Park in Great Falls. 
RSVP: mhainesva@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 17th, 5:00pm -7:00 pm
Climate Cabinet Live Event
Climate Cabinet helps state and local leaders run, win, and legislate on the climate crisis.  Learn about their efforts to get pro-climate action state and local leaders on the ballot. We have worked closely with Blair St. Ledger-Olson, Legislative Director for Climate Cabinet, during the last 3 legislative sessions and know first-hand that this is a very dynamic organization. Location: Busboy’s and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. RSVP here

Tuesday, May 17th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
An Evening with Rep. Elaine Luria (FLYER)
Friends of WofA, along with Friends of Virginia Democracy Forward (VADF) and Indivisible Waterfront welcome Rep. Luria to a hybrid in-person/zoom event which will be held at a WofA member’s house in McLean/Arlington. Rep. Luria, a Navy veteran, represents Virginia  CD-2, and serves on the January 6th Committee. Hear her insights on some of the most pressing issues of our times. She faces a very challenging re-election race this year, after redistricting, and is one of the most endangered Democrats in Congress. 
Sign up to join our planning committee (we will meet by zoom Wednesday May 4 at 7:30), or help with the event.
RSVP and/or donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/051722wofa-vadf-iw-fr

WofA Membership Meeting
Monday, May 23rd 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Join WofA & Friends as we catch up on midterms; local elections and much more!
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83842716503
Meeting ID: 838 4271 6503

CALLS TO ACTION

CALL TO ACTION: Demand Dominion be Accountable in Response to the Climate Emergency – ASAP
Dominion Energy (DE) is the only company contracted in the Mountain Valley Pipeline that isn’t a partner in the project. DE continues to build out new methane infrastructure and is getting involved in risky investments like bio-gas and blue hydrogen. DE shareholders are demanding immediate changes for how DE is responding to the climate emergency. Learn more by reading these news stories Dominion shareholders demand a different response to climate change and SEC allows Dominion shareholders to vote on stranded assets, and memos in support of the resolutions Item 6 on Scope 3 GHG emissions and Item 7 on natural gas stranded assets.
CTA 1: Take this easy 1 click action: https://tinyurl.com/1clickDominionAction
Contact Dominion investors to support climate action.
Demand Dominion respond to Climate Change NOW!

CTA 2: Please share this social media post to encourage others to take action and Tweet at major investors by Retweeting this tweet. Want to do more? Go to this digital toolkit.

Call to Action: VOTE “NO” to Gov. Youngkin’s amendment to HB 1138
Please ask state senators and delegates to vote NO on the Governor’s amendment to HB1138, which essentially overturns Loudoun’s recent school board election. Members of School Boards are elected to serve the full duration of their designated terms. Instead, Governor Youngkin is arbitrarily calling for early elections of ALL school board seats for a Virginia school board this year — merely nine weeks before the filing deadline for what would be new candidates. This is a blatant anti-democratic attempt to intimidate public servants by forcing them to run in an election before their seat’s scheduled election. This opens the door for any future majority and governor to undermine local control and elections.  
ACTION: Please use this link to contact
1. All State Senators
2. All Delegates
3. Your Personal Representatives 
Questions, contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com

CALL TO ACTION: FUND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS – ASAP
One Click Action to Contact bill conferees
This bill will help establish principal and teacher mentor programs, based on the 2021 estimate of the condition and Public School needs in Virginia. It will also improve education in schools with high concentrations of poverty by making these changes: improving student to teacher ratios, providing flexibility in compensation adjustment to teachers, equitable distribution of experienced and effective personnel, supporting at-risk students, hiring of specialist teachers, counselors, and support positions. This is how we need to spend any budget “surplus.” Questions, contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com 

RECURRING Canvassing & Phonebanks

Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Woodbridge!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala’s district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Saturdays, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Prince William County!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala’s district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Phonebanks for North Carolina
Join Neighbors on Call and County to County for weekly phonebanks to support 4 endangered legislative candidates – Batch, Everitt, Farkas, Hurtado. These are key seats to keep the R’s from overriding vetos by Gov. Cooper and rolling back democracy and rights in the state. RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/countytocountync/?tag_ids=283

Virtual Sunday “Defend & Flip Seats In The House & Senate” Phone Banks, 6PM
EasternJoin us as we call into the battleground states ahead of the midterm elections. We’ll be calling to register voters in battleground states as well as asking them which issues are most important to them. No experience necessary. We will have training available at every phone bank and coaches helping you all along the way.Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/call4change/event/438331/

Week of Apr 24th

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, April 26th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Indivisible Below the Beltway Meeting w/ Special Guest, The Hon. Abigail Spanberger
Join Indivisible Below the Beltway, along with members of other organizations, to discuss activities to support our upcoming elections, and what our groups can do to support Democratic candidates in Virginia and secure our democracy. The Honorable Abigail Spanberger will be joining us at 7:30 p.m. to talk about her campaign for re-election and her new district, which now borders Fairfax county, along the Occoquan River. This should make it easy for our members to knock on doors and listen to voters to support her re-election. It is critical we keep this seat to maintain a majority in the House. We also will be talking about: 1) Messaging for voters and potential voters in VA, 2) Postcard plans for our Commonwealth, 3) Voter registration and a partnership with an organization that makes it fun and easy, and 4) Canvassing and talking to voters. Link to Our public-facing FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/3156445197931700 Join Zoom Meeting – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82455044997. Meeting ID: 824 5504 4997, Passcode: 056124

Friday, April 29th 9:00am – 11:00am
Alexander Vindman – Special Guest of the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia (DemBiz) – at Refraction in Valo Park (Tysons)
Alexander Vindman, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Previously, he served as the Political-Military Affairs Officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as an attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student and senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, board member for the Renew Democracy Initiative, senior advisor for VoteVets, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, “Here, Right Matters.” Signed copies of Col. Vindman’s recent book will be available or can be purchased in advance! 
Purchase tickets/books HERE.

Friday, April 29th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch
RSVP here

Saturday, April 30th, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Woodbridge!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Saturday, April 30th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Prince William County!Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Friday, May 6th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Teacher Appreciation Week Rally!
We hope you will join us and bring your colleagues, family and friends dressed in Red for Ed. Bring signs that show how you want to be appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week. We will meet at the Smithsonian Carousel and stand in that section of the mall with the US Capitol as our backdrop. We have applied for a permit and as soon as we get the all clear, we will confirm with everyone. Hopefully the weather will cooperate! If you would like to be added to our private Facebook group, please let us know. Please follow us on Twitter @Stand_DeliverVA 
Instagram: standanddelivervirginia
Like our Facebook Page: standanddeliverva

CALL TO ACTION: Urge Lawmakers to OVERRIDE Governor Youngkin’s Veto of HB1197.
Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support during the 2022 Legislative Session, HB1197 created a workgroup to study the transfer of the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Simply, it aimed to answer the question of whether the current organizational structure of the Department of Juvenile Justice is itself a hindrance to rehabilitating children.  In April of 2022, Governor Youngkin vetoed the bill, stifling a critical first step towards considering a public health approach to youth justice in the Commonwealth and evidence informed policy making.
One Click Action
Contact Kelly with any questions: info@justiceforwardva.com

CALLS TO ACTION

Call to Action: VOTE “NO” to Gov. Youngkin’s amendment to HB 1138
Please ask state senators and delegates to vote NO on the Governor’s amendment to HB1138, which essentially overturns Loudoun’s recent school board election. Members of School Boards are elected to serve the full duration of their designated terms. Instead, Governor Youngkin is arbitrarily calling for early elections of ALL school board seats for a Virginia school board this year — merely nine weeks before the filing deadline for what would be new candidates. This is a blatant anti-democratic attempt to intimidate public servants by forcing them to run in an election before their seat’s scheduled election. This opens the door for any future majority and governor to undermine local control and elections.  
ACTION: Please use this link to contact
1. All State Senators
2. All Delegates
3. Your Personal Representatives 
Questions, contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com

CALL TO ACTION ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE – ASAP
One Click Action to Ask Senate Democrats and especially conferees of HB86-an excellent campaign finance bill, to appropriate funding in their budget. 
After passing the House 99-1 and getting through the Senate, with a P&E committee vote of 15-0, there is a risk that the Senate will not appropriate the $147,200 which is needed to put in place a system of public disclosure of campaign finance records . This system would be managed by the Dept of Election and allow access to campaign finance records which are publicly accessible, searchable and sortable. The funding is in the House budget but Senate Democrats are resisting its inclusion in their budget.  The conferees of the bills on the Senate side are: Senators Boysko (D), Mason (D), Reeves(R) and the House side: Delegates Anderson (R), Ransone (R), and Glass (D). We are targeting the Democrats.  Any questions, contact nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com

Submit Comments by May 10 to Securities & Exchange Commission on Corporate GHG Emissions – EASY 1-Click!
SCC has proposed a rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the risk climate disasters pose on their infrastructure.  The SCC needs to hear that YOU-  support this critical rule that requires corporations such as Dominion Energy to fully disclose their climate footprint.  PLEASE submit comments by May 10 – click here for Clean Virginia’s Easy Template!
Questions, Contact Sharon Shutler, shutlersharon@gmail.com

RECURRING Canvassing & Phonebanks

Saturdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Woodbridge!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala’s district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Saturdays, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Canvass with Team Spanberger in Prince William County!
Join Beyond Arlington as we canvass in Woodbridge! We will be launching from former Delegate Hala Ayala’s district. Team Spanberger will provide training, PPE, and COVID-19 protocols for safe canvassing. RSVP here

Phonebanks for North Carolina
Join Neighbors on Call and County to County for weekly phonebanks to support 4 endangered legislative candidates – Batch, Everitt, Farkas, Hurtado. These are key seats to keep the R’s from overriding vetos by Gov. Cooper and rolling back democracy and rights in the state. RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/countytocountync/?tag_ids=283

Virtual Sunday “Defend & Flip Seats In The House & Senate” Phone Banks, 6PM Eastern
Join us as we call into the battleground states ahead of the midterm elections. We’ll be calling to register voters in battleground states as well as asking them which issues are most important to them. No experience necessary. We will have training available at every phone bank and coaches helping you all along the way. Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/call4change/event/438331/

Week of Apr 17th

WHO KNEW?

WofA Membership Meeting
Monday, May 23rd 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Details to follow!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83842716503
Meeting ID: 838 4271 6503

EVENTS

Thursday, April 21st, 6:00pm
Fighting the Rage Webinar
Join us to learn about the dark forces fighting against public education, their long-term strategy and what to do to combat them and win! Bring your questions and get ready to engage. Presented by 4 Public Education (4PE) local leaders.
RSVP Here

Friday, April 22nd, 12:00pm
Power Lunch

RSVP Here

Sunday, April 24th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Virginia Congressional District 8 Democratic Candidate Forum w/Don Beyer and Victoria Varasingh
Please join Don Beyer and Victoria Virasingh, running for the Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District of Virginia in a forum co-sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America-Virginia, Virginia Grassroots Coalition, Network NOVA, Our Revolution Falls Church, Our Revolution Alexandria, and Our Revolution Arlington. Mr Beyer and Ms Varasingh will answer questions from the moderators as well as the audience. The forum will be held at a lakefront home in Lake Barcroft. Lite refreshments will be served and boat rides will be offered as weather permits.
RSVP here

Tuesday, April 26th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Indivisible Below the Beltway Meeting w/ Special Guest, The Hon. Abigail Spanberger
We will be discussing activities to support our upcoming elections, and what our group can do to support Democratic candidates in Virginia and secure our democracy. The Honorable Abigail Spanberger will be joining us at 7:30 p.m. to talk about her campaign for re-election and her new district, which now borders Fairfax county, along the Occoquan River. This should make it easy for our members to knock on doors and listen to voters to support her re-election. It is critical we keep this seat to maintain a majority in the House.
Zoom link

Tuesday, May 17th. 7-8:30 pm
An Evening With Rep. Elaine Luria
Friends of WofA, along with Friends of Virginia Democracy Forward (VADF) and Indivisible Waterfront welcome Rep. Luria to a hybrid in-person/zoom event which will be held at a WofA member’s house in McLean/Arlington. Rep.  Luria, a Navy veteran, represents Virginia  CD-2, and serves on the January 6th Committee. Hear her insights on some of the most pressing issues of our times. She faces a very challenging re-election race this year, after redistricting, and is one of the most endangered Democrats in Congress. RSVP and donation link will be sent next week.
Sign up to join our planning committee (we will meet by zoom Wednesday May 4 at 7:30 ), or help with the event here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1d6-2ZGdPK1ihpaBwuKYmxoFFR8SJEGUzKWKcsOjGQ44/edit

CALLS TO ACTION

CALL TO ACTION ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE – ASAP
One Click Action to Ask Senate Democrats and especially conferees of HB86-an excellent campaign finance bill, to appropriate funding in their budget. 
After passing the House 99-1 and getting through the Senate, with a P&E committee vote of 15-0, there is a risk that the Senate will not appropriate the $147,200 which is needed to put in place a system of public disclosure of campaign finance records . This system would be managed by the Dept of Election and allow access to campaign finance records which are publicly accessible, searchable and sortable. The funding is in the House budget but Senate Democrats are resisting its inclusion in their budget.  The conferees of the bills on the Senate side are: Senators Boysko (D), Mason (D), Reeves(R) and the House side: Delegates Anderson (R), Ransone (R), and Glass (D). We are targeting the Democrats.  Any questions, contact nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com

CALL TO ACTION: FUND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS – ASAP
One Click Action to Contact bill conferees
This bill will help establish principal and teacher mentor programs, based on the 2021 estimate of the condition and Public School needs in Virginia. It will also improve education in schools with high concentrations of poverty by making these changes: improving student to teacher ratios, providing flexibility in compensation adjustment to teachers, equitable distribution of experienced and effective personnel, supporting at-risk students, hiring of specialist teachers, counselors, and support positions. This is how we need to spend any budget “surplus.” Questions, contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com 

Phonebanks for North Carolina
Join Neighbors on Call and County to County for weekly phonebanks to support 4 endangered legislative candidates – Batch, Everitt, Farkas, Hurtado. These are key seats to keep the R’s from overriding vetos by Gov. Cooper and rolling back democracy and rights in the state. RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/countytocountync/?tag_ids=283

Virtual Sunday “Defend & Flip Seats In The House & Senate” Phone Banks, 6PM
Join us as we call into the battleground states ahead of the midterm elections. We’ll be calling to register voters in battleground states as well as asking them which issues are most important to them. No experience necessary. We will have training available at every phone bank and coaches helping you all along the way. Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/call4change/event/438331/

If you live in McLean, PLEASE VOTE in the McLean Community Center Governing Board election by May 18
McLean residents should vote between now and May 18, either at the Community Center (open 7 days a week) or via mail. You can vote for three adult slots on the board, which has lately held public meetings where anti-LGBTQ and far right agendas have been pushed by Republicans in the audience. Among the candidates this year is Katie Gorka, wife of far-right white nationalist Sebastian Gorka. Please consider voting for three progressives running for the board:  Anna Bartosiewicz, Ari Ghasemian and Kristina Groennings. – you can find more info here.  To request a mail ballot, phone 703-744-9348, fill out an online request form or email elections@mcleancenter.org

Week of Apr 10th

EVENTS

Tuesday, April 12th, 6:00pm
MoneyOut Campaign Finance Reform Meeting
Join us to discuss: 1) Key legislators whom we have targeted; planned engagement. Click here for google sheet.  Update on candidate pledges. 2) Building a base of constituents around the State. 3) Engaging with the business community (update from Nancy and Patti). 4) Moving forward with a comms strategy, including technical briefs for the Sub-Committee (assuming the Governor signs HS53). Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89983440649?pwd=aEZRZm1URkNtK1ptWENWNlFkRnN4UT09 

Tuesday, April 12th, 7:30pm
SWEEP Salon: How to Unify Divided Communities and Support Your Schools
Right-wing culture wars at our school boards are deliberate attempts to scare suburban parents and divide communities to win elections. But we do not have to let these tactics prevail! Join us to hear from Karen Gondek, a suburban mom and communication expert from Hudson, OH. When controversy erupted in her community around school issues, she led an effort to create respectful dialogue and calm tensions. Learn how she was able to reach those with opposing views, help create unity and make school board meetings productive again in Hudson!
RSVP here

Friday, April 15th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch
RSVP here

Monday, April 18th, 7:00pm
NAACP, Arlington Branch Monthly Meeting
RSVP: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdu-gpzkpE9XJn5vI3Fy-LO6f1r0qli7V?fbclid=IwAR17Uxg1zEI-yrQgoXuwSVgfWp9EJy6YYzdWR2MUSm7x0hoxj_bh4Tc_3y0

Friday, April 22nd, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch
RSVP here

ACTION

ATTENTION WOFA POSTCARD WRITERS: We have an opportunity to write postcards to Black registered voters in Georgia urging them to vote in the May 24th primary. Georgia will be one of the most important states in 2022 with a crucial Senate race to re-elect Sen. Warnock. Stacey Abrams also is running for Governor to fight back against restrictive voting restrictions that have made it harder to vote in Georgia. That’s why it is more important than ever to engage with voters early and often. If voters participate in the primary, they are much more likely to vote in the General Election. Postcards should be mailed between April 15-25 and you can request them here.

Week of Apr 3rd

EVENTS

Tuesday, April 5th, 6:00pm
MoneyOutVA Weekly Meeting
We’ll quickly review where we are in our 6-month action plan, then explore how to engage with legislators to sign our campaign finance pledges with guest speaker, Marie Henselder Kimmel, AP state coordinator for New Jersey.  In follow up our discussion on our strategic plan last week, let’s review some one-page briefs on campaign finance reform with colleagues from VAOurWay, and plan on a time frame for moving ahead to influence some 20-25 legislators whom we have targeted.  Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89983440649?pwd=aEZRZm1URkNtK1ptWENWNlFkRnN4UT09

Wednesday, April 7th, 6:00pm
Organizing the Local Dem Committee & Grassroots w/ Neighborhood Team Initiative
Join an information meeting to discuss “Action Plan to Strengthen Democratic Grassroots Campaigning”  by creating a permanent year round Grassroots Campaign Organization.  Come learn about the Neighborhood Team Approach!  Speaker: Ray Smith, Team Leader of Team Central Braddock.  Hosted by Network NOVA – Katherine White, Stair Calhoun, Robbin Warner. RSVP here

Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Support Grassroots to Win in North Carolina
Winning North Carolina in 2022 is crucial. What’s at stake? Control of the U.S. Senate and the state supreme court. These three grassroots groups reach voters who don’t always vote and they support Democratic candidates for local and state office. Together they build long-term power in key parts of NC.  There is a $6,000 match in effect starting today – so please consider donating now! Donate and RSVP here.

Thursday, April 7th, 7:00pm
Stand and Deliver Organizing Meeting
We will strategize the best ways to achieve our goals and engage as many educators and friends in the work as possible. Bring your ideas! Bring a like-minded friend!  Email Micaela to receive the Zoom link, standanddeliverva@gmail.com

Friday, April 8th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch
Hear from a large group of high school organizers about what they are up to! RSVP here

Sunday, April 10th, 9:00am – 11:00am
Brunch with a Purpose, supporting Victoria Virasingh
Location: Bus Boys & Poets, hosted by Jolicia Ward
For this event, we partnered with Bridges to Independence Local Shelter Home & we will be collecting their TOP TEN ESSENTIAL ITEMS of Request! These include: hand towels, towels, bottled water, Lysol wipes, healthy kid snacks, Kleenex tissues, hand sanitizer, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes! RSVP here

Sunday, April 10th, 12:00pm
Women’s Summit 2022 Interest Meeting
Please join Network NOVA as we discuss plans for 2022 and brainstorm for best ideas. RSVP here

Monday, April 11th, 7:00pm
Defending Democracy in the Heartland – Keynote Speaker, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
Wisconsin is at the epicenter of the Democratic fight for fair elections, control of the Senate, and winning the White House in 2024. Governor Tony Evers has stood firm against Republicans’ assault on access to voting and threats to counting all votes. Senator Ron Johnson is considered “the most vulnerable incumbent senator” from either party according to the Cook Report. Statewide races in Wisconsin are won by the narrowest of margins. Organizing led by grassroots groups will be one key to winning. Join us on April 11th to hear from Governor Evers and Angela Lang, leader of BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing for Communities) about how we win Wisconsin in 2022. RSVP here

Monday, April 11th, 8:00pm
“Keep Virginia Blue” War Room  RSVP here

Thursday, April 21st, 6:00pm
Fighting the Rage Webinar
Join us to learn about the dark forces fighting against public education, their long-term strategy and what to do to combat them and win! Bring your questions and get ready to engage. Presented by 4 Public Education (4PE) local leaders. RSVP Here

Friday, April 22nd, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch. RSVP here

Sunday, April 24th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Virginia Congressional District 8 Democratic Candidate Forum w/Don Beyer and Victoria Varasingh
Please join Don Beyer & Victoria Virasingh, running for Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District of Virginia in a forum co-sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America-Virginia, Virginia Grassroots Coalition, Network NOVA, Our Revolution Falls Church, Our Revolution Alexandria, and Our Revolution Arlington. Mr Beyer and Ms Varasingh will answer questions from moderators as well as the audience. The forum will be held at a lakefront home in Lake Barcroft. Lite refreshments will be served and boat rides will be offered as weather permits. RSVP here

CALLS TO ACTION

Phonebanks for North Carolina
Join Neighbors on Call and County to County for weekly phonebanks to support 4 endangered legislative candidates – Batch, Everitt, Farkas, Hurtado. These are key seats to keep the R’s from overriding vetos by Gov. Cooper and rolling back democracy and rights in the state.
RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/countytocountync/?tag_ids=283

ATTENTION WOFA POSTCARD WRITERS: We have an opportunity to write postcards to Black registered voters in Georgia urging them to vote in the May 24th primary. Georgia will be one of the most important states in 2022 with a crucial Senate race to re-elect Sen. Warnock. Stacey Abrams also is running for Governor to fight back against restrictive voting restrictions that have made it harder to vote in Georgia. That’s why it is more important than ever to engage with voters early and often. If voters participate in the primary, they are much more likely to vote in the General Election. Postcards should be mailed between April 15-25 and you can request them here.

Virtual Sunday “Defend & Flip Seats In The House & Senate” Phone Banks, 6PM
Join us as we call into the battleground states ahead of the midterm elections. We’ll be calling to register voters in battleground states as well as asking them which issues are most important to them. No experience necessary. We will have training available at every phone bank and coaches helping you all along the way.
Sign up here.

Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Support Grassroots to Win in North Carolina
Winning North Carolina in 2022 is crucial. What’s at stake? Control of the U.S. Senate and the state supreme court. These three grassroots groups reach voters who don’t always vote and they support Democratic candidates for local and state office. Together they build long-term power in key parts of NC. Donate and RSVP here

If you live in McLean, PLEASE VOTE in the McLean Community Center Governing Board election by May 18
McLean residents should vote between now and May 18, either at the Community Center (open 7 days a week) or via mail. You can vote for three adult slots on the board, which has lately held public meetings where anti-LGBTQ and far right agendas have been pushed by Republicans in the audience. Among the candidates this year is Katie Gorka, wife of far-right white nationalist Sebastian Gorka. Please consider voting for three progressives running for the board:  Anna Bartosiewicz, Ari Ghasemian and Kristina Groennings. – you can find more info here.  To request a mail ballot, phone 703-744-9348, fill out an online request form or email elections@mcleancenter.org

Week of Mar 27th

IN PERSON! 
Friday, April 1 6-7:30 PM
WofA Membership Meeting and Get-together
WofA will gather at Amy Bergner’s house (McLean/North Arlington location) for our first in-person meeting in two years. Come discuss what’s on your mind, what actions you’d like to get involved with, enjoy refreshments and connect with new and old friends.  It’s time to roll up our sleeves once again, WofA’s! Please sign up to get the address information.

CALLS TO ACTION

ATTENTION WOFA POSTCARD WRITERS: We have an opportunity to write postcards to Black registered voters in Georgia urging them to vote in the May 24th primary. Georgia will be one of the most important states in 2022 with a crucial Senate race to re-elect Sen. Warnock. Stacey Abrams also is running for Governor to fight back against restrictive voting restrictions that have made it harder to vote in Georgia. That’s why it is more important than ever to engage with voters early and often. If voters participate in the primary, they are much more likely to vote in the General Election. Postcards should be mailed between April 15-25 and you can request them here.

Still time to contribute to Friends of WofA Fundraiser for Rep. Jennifer Wexton 
Friends of WofA was a sponsor of a successful fundraiser for Rep. Jennifer Wexton on March 19th  — thanks to all who donated and attended! If you missed it, but would still like to donate, they need our “early money”, so please consider a contribution. She has lost almost all of her Democratic-leaning precincts in Fairfax and gained Republican-leaning precincts to the south and west.  It is expected that margins in the 10th District will be much tighter in 2022, and keeping Congresswoman Wexton’s seat will depend on her having the resources to get out the Democratic vote. Please contribute at this link:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/03192022

Phonebanks for North Carolina
Join Neighbors on Call and County to County for weekly phonebanks to support 4 endangered legislative candidates – Batch, Everitt, Farkas, Hurtado. These are key seats to keep the R’s from overriding vetos by Gov. Cooper and rolling back democracy and rights in the state.
RSVP herehttps://www.mobilize.us/countytocountync/?tag_ids=283

Virtual Sunday “Defend & Flip Seats In House & Senate” Phone Banks, 6PM
Join us as we call into the battleground states ahead of the midterm elections. We’ll be calling to register voters in battleground states as well as asking them which issues are most important to them. No experience necessary. We will have training available at every phone bank and coaches helping you all along the way. Sign up HERE.

Sunday, April 3rd, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Virtual Voter Communication Training and Phonebank
During the training, you will learn 1) how to feel comfortable while phone banking, 2) how to communicate with voters and sound sincere, 3) how to make the script your own without memorizing it, 4) how to share your personal story with voters, 5) how to be a more impactful phone banker, 6) learn about scripts and why we call during different stages of an election. We’ll have a 1hr Communication Training and 2hr phone bank so you can practice your new communication skills. Sign Up at: https://www.mobilize.us/call4change/event/446981/

Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Support Grassroots to Win in North Carolina
Winning North Carolina in 2022 is crucial. What’s at stake? Control of the U.S. Senate and the state supreme court. These three grassroots groups reach voters who don’t always vote and they support Democratic candidates for local and state office. Together they build long-term power in key parts of NC. Donate and RSVP here

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, March 30th, 7:30-8:30 pm
Indivisible Waterfront Kick Off Zoom Meeting with Rep. Elaine Luria
Please join in as Indivisible Waterfront kicks off the 2022 election season with an update from Rep. Luria about Jan 6th and her thoughts on the war in Ukraine.  At a time of crisis for democracy at home and in Europe, Rep. Luria (VA 2) is the kind of steady hand and clear voice this country needs in the House. As a career Naval officer in a combat command, she prepared for military threats abroad. As a member of the Jan. 6th panel, she understands in detail the domestic threat to our democracy that culminated that day. To register click Yes, I’ll be there

Help for Ukraine from Washington Post: Full Link here

  • Voices of Children, a charitable foundation based in Ukraine, has been serving the psychological needs of children affected by the war in the country’s east since 2015, according to its website. The group’s psychologists specialize in art therapy and provide general psychosocial support with group classes or individual sessions. Many of its psychologists are based in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, areas that have long been controlled by Russian-backed separatists and that are on the front lines of the current, wider conflict. Now, Voices of Children is providing assistance to children and families all over Ukraine, even helping with evacuations. You can donate here.
  • Journalists with the Kyiv Independent have done tremendous work covering the war, offering the world constant updates as they fear for themselves, their families and their homes. The Independent has started a GoFundMe asking for support, but they’ve also promoted a separate GoFundMe — “Keep Ukraine’s media going” — for journalists around the country who have received less international attention. “[Ukraine’s reporters] have shown extraordinary courage, but the reality on the ground is that most operations cannot continue from Ukraine alone,” one organizer wrote. “This fundraiser is aimed at helping media relocate, set-up back offices and continue their operations from neighboring countries.”
  • José Andrés, the beloved D.C. chef famous for feeding people in need around the world, is already in Europe with his World Central Kitchen team helping provide “thousands of meals in Poland, Romania and even inside Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter. Anyone who wishes to donate to the efforts can go here.
  • Razom for Ukraine was founded in 2014 and has since launched efforts to build a stronger democracy in the country. Now, according to its website, the nonprofit is “focused on purchasing medical supplies for critical situations like blood loss and other tactical medicine items. We have a large procurement team of volunteers that tracks down and purchases supplies and a logistics team that then gets them to Ukraine.” Razom — which means “together” in Ukrainian — posted a list of the lifesaving supplies it has already purchased and is asking for more support here.
  • Click on the website for Care, the international humanitarian juggernaut, and a pop-up window appears. “UKRAINE EMERGENCY,” the alert says, with a photo of a woman holding a child. “Families in Ukraine are fleeing violence and urgently need emergency aid. CARE is providing food, water, and more,” the homepage says. The group has partnered with People in Need and hopes to build a fund that can reach 4 million people, especially women, girls and the elderly. Donations for Care can be made here.
  • Save the Children, founded more than a century ago, is blunt about the grueling nature of its work: “We work in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child,” its homepage says. The organization says it is “gravely concerned” for the children of Ukraine and Afghanistan. Its donation page says that $50 can prevent three children from going hungry for a month, $150 can provide warm blankets for 30 children, and $300 can furnish masks to refugee health workers on the front lines.
  • Sunflower of Peace is a small nonprofit with ambitions to help Ukrainian orphans and internally displaced people. A post on its Facebook page in mid-February said it had launched a fundraiser for first-aid medical tactical backpacks. Each backpack, it says, can save up to 10 people. They’re packed with bandages and anti-hemorrhagic medicines, among other critical items. The group has worked mostly off its Facebook page, where it’s accepting donations.

Week of Mar 20th

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:00pm
Roundtable Discussion on Good Governance Bills
The Virginia General Assembly has just ended. Lets review the status of various good governance bills, in particular those related to campaign finance reform and ranked choice voting. After reviewing how various bills fared in the last G.A., lessons learned/best practices on building citizen advocacy on these issues will be explored. Organized by the Virginia Chapter of American Promise and VAOurWay, we will be joined by Elizabeth Melson, Founding member and President of FairVote Virginia, a coalition of concerned Virginians advocating for Ranked Choice Voting and Brian Cannon, ex-Director of OneVirginia 2021 and now working nationally on ranked choice voting.  Register here 

Friday, March 25, 9AM
Skye Perryman, President & CEO of Democracy Forward
Webinar sponsored by DemBiz (the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia). Registration is free and required. 
Democracy depends on a government that works for all people. Since 2017, Democracy Forward has filed over 650 legal actions and records requests challenging unlawful acts, fought vigorously in court on behalf of those harmed, and notched victories that have improved lives and protected the rule of law. Skye Perryman is a lawyer, advocate, and leader with a track record of taking on and winning critical fights that advance democratic values, stop abuses of power, and improve the wellbeing of people and communities.

Saturday, March 26th. 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Celebrate Women’s History Month – Special Program to Meet Reps. Wexton & Spanberger. Please join us to celebrate Women’s History Month & the leadership of women in Prince William County.  U.S. Senator Mark Warner is hosting this event to support the re-election of Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. Because of redistricting, both Congresswomen now represent portions of Prince William County.  Come meet, chat, and ask questions of these dedicated and passional public servants. More Info and RSVP

Wednesday, March 30th, 7:30-8:30 pm
Indivisible Waterfront Kick Off Zoom Meeting with Rep. Elaine Luria
Please join in as Indivisible Waterfront kicks off the 2022 election season with an update from Rep. Luria about her Jan 6th committee service and her thoughts on the war in Ukraine.  At a time of crisis for democracy at home and in Europe, Rep. Luria (VA 2) is the kind of steady hand and clear voice this country needs in the House. As a career Naval officer in a combat command, she prepared for military threats abroad. As a member of the Jan. 6th panel, she understands in detail the domestic threat to our democracy that culminated that day. To register click Yes, I’ll be there

Week of Mar 13th

EVENTS

Friday, March 17th, 12:00pm
Power Lunch
RSVP here

Saturday, March 19  5:00 – 7:00 pm
Fundraiser for Rep. Jennifer Wexton in McLean/N Arlington
Join Friends of WofA and VADF for a fundraiser for Rep. Jennifer Wexton (10th Congressional District VA). In Congress, Jennifer Wexton has worked to make health care more affordable for our families, keep our kids safe from gun violence, and has fought to protect the interests of federal workers and contractors in our region. Rep. Wexton’s race for re-election for her newly redistricted congressional seat hasn’t garnered national attention, but it’s expected to be a fierce fight. She has lost almost all of her Democratic-leaning precincts in Fairfax and gained Republican-leaning precincts to the south and west.  It is expected that margins in the 10th District will be much tighter in 2022, and keeping Congresswoman Wexton’s seat will depend on her having the resources to get out the Democratic vote. Vaccination and mask required. Please join us and/or contribute at this link. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/03192022

Monday, March 21st, 8:00pm
“Keep Virginia Blue” War Room
RSVP here

Sister District Project National Phonebank 2022
Collaborating with progressive partners allows us to increase our field capacity and contact more voters. Through the National Phonebank program, we multiplied our field impact in partnership with amazing organizations including Vote Save America, Human Rights Campaign, Run for Something, South Asians for America and more. Contact us at jarvis@sisterdistrict.com to become a National Phonebank partner with us.

Civic Influencers is hiring for our Summer and Fall cohort. 
If you know of any young people interested in being Civic Influencers, please encourage them to complete our online application. We recruit from community colleges and 4-year colleges, HBCUs, HSIs, Tribal colleges, AAPI colleges, and rural and urban communities. 

Wednesday, March 30th, 7:30-8:30 pm
Indivisible Waterfront Kick Off Zoom Meeting with Rep. Elaine Luria
Please join in as Indivisible Waterfront kicks off the 2022 election season with an update from Rep. Luria about her Jan 6th committee service and her thoughts on the war in Ukraine.  At a time of crisis for democracy at home and in Europe, Rep. Luria (VA 2) is the kind of steady hand and clear voice this country needs in the House. As a career Naval officer in a combat command, she prepared for military threats abroad. As a member of the Jan. 6th panel, she understands in detail the domestic threat to our democracy that culminated that day. To register click Yes, I’ll be there

Week of Mar 6th

EVENTS

Monday, March 14th 6:45 – 8:00pm
WofA Membership Meeting
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85678013810

Sunday, March 13th 3-4 p.m.
Stand and Deliver Virginia Rally 
Join concerned educators (including our own Micaela) who want to stand up against the false narrative and attacks on public education being led by politicians in Richmond and across the nation. Join us Sunday and help us deliver a loud and clear message that public educators are committed to the inclusive and respectful education of our children. We will have speakers, voter registration, and tables with organizations that are concerned for their communities and need your help.  RSVP here. To help with the registration table, set up, clean up and voter registration and information, please contact Micaela directly.

CALLS TO ACTION

Two key campaign finance bills will be heard on the Senate floor this week.   We started the year with 24 campaign finance bills and now we are struggling to keep 4 afloat. Of concern, 7 Democrats voted against Del Tim Anderson’s disclosure bill (HB86) in the Finance Committee on Friday, with some reversing their vote from the Senate P&E vote on Tuesday which was 15-0. Luckily, it passed 8-7. The Democratic senators who voted “no” in Finance Committee are Lucas, Locke, Marsden, Howell, Saslaw, McClellan, and Edwards. Republicans who voted “Yes” on Anderson’s bill are Norment, Hanger, Newman, and Ruff.

Please send a message to your Senator or any Senators whom you want to target. Click here for the contact information for all the Senators.  Don’t know what to say?  Just mention the following: 

  • You, along with almost 80 percent of Virginians, want campaign finance reform in our Commonwealth, including full disclosure and improved oversight.
  • The Anderon bill passed the House 99-1 and the Anderson and Bulova bills passed out of P&E Committee 15-0!!.  They are solid bills with bipartisan support.
  • Voting against the bill is a message that you don’t support good governance legislation. 
  • Please vote for the bills, HB86 and HB492, on the Senate floor this upcoming week. 

UPCOMING EVENTS – Virginia Grassroots Coalition

Wednesday, March 9th, 8:30am – 9:30am
Weekly League of Women Voters’ Legislative Roundtables In Person With Virtual Option
Topic: Final Legislative Push RSVP here

March 9th and 10th
All Rev’d Up For Equality in Richmond
The fight for equality is not over! Let’s gather in Richmond to socialize, legislate, advocate & give thanks to our equality supporters. Start with Social Hour on the 9th and participate in the legislative breakfast, rally, delivery of gratitude and visit to the gallery on the 10th. Press release here. More Info and RSVP here

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Messaging for Progressive Victories: A Conversation with Anat Shenker-Osorio
Hear from Anat Shenker-Osorio, host of the “Words to Win By” podcast and Principal of ASO Communications, on why certain messages falter when others deliver. Learn research-based tools to be more persuasive when talking and writing for progressive candidates and causes! If you’ve ever wondered what to write in a letter, what to say on the phone, how to talk to a voter at their door or even relatives across a table, this event is for you.  RSVP here

Thursday, March 10th
“Democrats United” Meet & Greet @ DNC Winter Meeting (DC)
Hosted by Northern Virginia For Biden Founder and Candidate for DPVA Chair Jim McBride. RSVP here https://tinyurl.com/DemsUnitedDNCFacebook

Friday, March 11th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch RSVP here

Saturday, March 12th, 3:30pm
Lake Barcroft Meet and Greet with Don Beyer
Please join us for a glorious Spring afternoon on the shores of Lake Barcroft to meet the amazing Congressman Don Beyer. We will be serving  Jake’s Ice Cream sodas and Spring tea snacks.  Hosted by Stair Calhoun, Holly Hazard and Robin Rinearson.There is no charge. RSVP here

Saturday, March 12th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
14th Annual Mount Vernon Democrats Mardi Gras Celebration & Straw Poll
Come for the music, food and fun! Enjoy New Orleans-style Gumbo, Beignets, King Cakes, and other delicious food. Listen to great live New Orleans jazz music from a six-piece dixieland jazz band, and hear from our great elected officials and candidates. Participate in the annual straw poll, and cast your ballot for your favorite Congressional candidate! For the first time in 14 years, the event will be in the South County region of Fairfax County. Enjoy our new venue, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, where you can not only view amazing art, but also interact with the amazing artists who will be presenting their art on March 12th. Also, the Suffragette Museum will be open for all event attendees to view. To buy tickets or sponsor, please click here: https://bit.ly/MountVernonDemsMardiGras 

Sunday, March 13th, 4:00pm
Virginia Redistricting
Newly-designed district lines for House of Delegates, State Senate and Congress call for strategy in our work to win and defend Democratic seats in Virginia. We’ll explore where good opportunities for volunteering exist and what the numbers mean. Our presenter will be Sam Shirazi, who has been studying redistricting issues from the last and now this recent drawing of lines. Sam, a Virginia lawyer, lives in Arlington with his wife and two young children. RSVP here

Week of Feb 27th

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
Dates/Events: https://womenshistorymonth.gov

EVENTS

Donate to Ukraine (see info at bottom)

Tuesday, March 1st, 5:00pm 
Messaging Working Group Meeting
RSVP to Finale Norton, finale-norton@cox.net 

Tuesday, March 1st, 6:00pm
MoneyOut – Campaign Finance Reform Meeting
Let’s review the status of the 7 MoneyOut bills still stumbling through our General Assembly. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86093163540?pwd=Yi9tUS9reUZwM2Fpem4vUVVVMnV6UT09

Tuesday, March 1st, 6:00pm
Planning Meeting for June 18th Poor People’s and Low-wage Workers Moral March
We are looking forward to gathering with you as we launch a major mobilization effort with poor folks, faith communities, partner organizations, and moral allies across Virginia toward the Mass Poor People’s and Low-wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls on June 18. We’ll hear from Campaign Co-Chairs, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, about the vision for June 18, and then talk about how we can work together to organize and mobilize a powerful showing of people from Virginia on that day. 
Join Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85869724828

Tuesday, March 1st, 8:15pm
Northern Virginia For Biden Statue of the Union Watch Party (Virtual & In-Person)
Join Northern Virginia For Biden to watch President Biden’s first official State of the Union Address!  We will host an in-person event at PJ Skiddoo’s in Fairfax and an online event via Zoom, so we can meet fellow democrats and hear from local democratic leaders to hear about how we can Keep Virginia Blue in 2022 and beyond. During this time of crisis for Ukraine caused by Vladmir Putin which former President Donald Trump calls as an act of “genius” this is a great opportunity to rally behind President Biden as he seeks to UNITE the nation in defense of democracy at home and abroad. RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/NoVAforBidenSOTUWatchParty

Wednesday, March 2nd, 8:30am – 9:30am
Weekly League of Women Voters’ Legislative Roundtables In Person w/ Virtual Option
Upcoming topics are:
Mar 2 – Floods – full disclosure of flood zones
Mar 9 – Final Legislative Push
RSVP here

Friday, March 4th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch RSVP here

Monday, March 7th, 7:00-8:00pm
Climate & Clean Energy Working Group Meeting with Delegate Rip Sullivan
Mark your calendars for the next meeting of the Climate & Clean Energy Working Group.   Our guest speaker will be Del. Rip Sullivan, champion of the Virginia Clean Economy Act and other climate and clean energy initiatives.  Rip will summarize the session to date, the remaining challenges for this session, and address potential damaging appointments by the Youngkin administration. Contact Sharon Shutler shutlersharon@gmail.com or Amy Bergner abbergner@gmail.com for more information.  Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Meeting ID: 895 4442 4204 Passcode: 662221

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Learn to Communicate in Ways that Win
Join us for this event with Anat Shenker-Osorio, host of the “Words to Win By” podcast and Principal of ASO Communications.  Save-the-Date!

Saturday March 19th 5:00 – 7:00pm
Fundraiser for Rep. Jennifer Wexton’s re-election (see attached flyer)
McLean/N. Arlington location – various donation levels
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/03192022

CALLS TO ACTION

From the Virginia Grassroots Coalition: All Calls to Action link
Below are this week’s Calls to Action. We have very little time left in the legislative session, so contact your legislators TODAY

GOOD GOVERNANCE

Ask the House P&E Committee to Support Reforming the Recall Process in Virginia – Vote YES on SB495
This bill creates a more transparent and efficient recall process for elected officials in Virginia, returning the power to remove elected officials to voters. The changes recommended are in line with the recall processes in many states, and are a common sense set of reforms to codify a recall process that is both clearly defined and attainable, but not liable to being used frivolously. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=495 Questions: Contact Luisa Boyarski, luisaboyarski@gmail.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

CLIMATE, CLEAN ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT
All Calls to Action link

Oppose HB1257 – An American Gas Ass’n Bill that Limits Local Governments’ Tools to Combat Climate Change
This bill would remove a critical climate change tool by prohibiting local governments from pursuing policies that limit reliance on natural gas and is part of nationwide strategy of the American Gas Association (AGA) which is afraid that communities will choose to repower with clean energy if they have the option.  Burning fossil fuels in homes and businesses results in 9% of all U.S. emissions and poses a serious threat to climate action.  Accordingly, many communities want to meet the energy needs of new buildings with electricity which saves money and reduces carbon pollution. Do not be fooled by the AGA’s false “energy choice” narrative, and arguments that the bill merely protects consumer choice. If Virginia’s localities decide that natural gas is not right for their communities, that should be their choice, not the AGA’s. 
Click Link to Take Action  
This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.  Questions?  Contact Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com

EDUCATION
All ED Calls to Action Link

Ask our Delegates to Fully Fund our Public Schools by voting YES on SB490  This bill is now in the House Appropriations Committee.  Based on the 2021 estimate of the condition and needs for Public Schools in Virginia, this bill will help to establish principal and teacher mentor programs. SB490 will also improve conditions in schools with high concentrations of poverty by improving student to teacher ratios, providing flexibility in compensation adjustment to teachers, prioritizing distribution of experienced and effective personnel, supporting at-risk students, and by hiring of specialist teachers, counselors, and support staff. This is how we need to spend any budget “surplus”.  https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?221+sum+SB490
Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=490&year=2022
Questions: email Marianne Burke, marianne.vagrassrootscoalition@gmail.com

VOTING RIGHTS
All Voting Rights Calls to Action Link

Tell the 5 Privileges and Elections subcommittee members who killed all House Restore the Right to Vote bills, to pass SJ1!
Please participate in and promote this Call to Action to get the constitutional amendment automatically to restore the right to vote upon release from prison passed in the Virginia House of Delegates. It has already passed in the Virginia State Senate. When the House Privileges and Elections subcommittee met to discuss the amendment for returning citizens, five members killed all of the bills in one vote at 7am. This was after activists spoke in favor of this important legislation with no one speaking in opposition. These five members have a chance to do the right thing and vote in favor of SJ1 and SB21, the Senate version of the constitutional amendment, when it comes up for a vote in their subcommittee.   Click here to take action: http://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=15708 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
All CFR Calls to Action Link

Support 3 Campaign Finance Bills Moving to the House
Ask Delegates to vote for the following three (3) campaign finance/disclosure bills carried over to the House of Delegates: SB 222, Senator Jeremy McPike, SB318, Senator Barbara Favola, SB 463 Senator John Bell. Click here to take easy action. Questions: email nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com

Support 4 Campaign Finance Bills Moving to the Senate
Ask Senators to vote for the following four (4) campaign finance/disclosure bills which have moved from the House. Disclosure:  HB86,  Delegate Tim Anderson; HB125, Delegate Glenn Davis; Oversight, HB492 Delegate David Bulova; Extending Mandate of the Joint Sub-Committee, HJ53 Delegate David Bulova. Click here to take easy action. Questions: email nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
All Justice Reform Calls to Action Link

Ask House Courts of Justice Members to Support Second Look SB378
We expect this legislation to be heard in the House Courts of Justice soon, so act right away. Second Look legislation would allow judges to review lengthy prison sentences, years after they have been imposed, to determine if that severity of punishment is still necessary and appropriate. People change, our laws should reflect that.  Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-alt.php?cta=cta-035b Questions: Contact info@justiceforwardva.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

PROTECTING WORKER’S RIGHTS

Call to Action from SEIU – Protect Collective Bargaining Rights
The House of Delegates narrowly voted to pass several bills to repeal/weaken county and city workers’ right to collectively bargain. This was not unexpected, as the House of Delegates currently has a narrow anti-worker majority. These bills will now go to the State Senate. The State Senate has already killed similar anti-Collective Bargaining bills, but they will have to vote again on these specific bills (House Bills 335, 336, 337, 341 and 883). We are taking nothing for granted, so we’re asking everyone to take action today! Please click here or click tinyurl.com/ProtectCB to email your State Senator TODAY and ask them to Protect Your Collective Bargaining Rights!

Even with Western support, Ukraine’s army and its legions of volunteer fighters are severely outgunned by Russian forces. The National Bank of Ukraine has created an account where people from around the world can donate to the country’s military.

Week of Feb 21st

EVENTS

Monday, Feb 28th 7:00pm – 8:00pm
NAACP Arlington Branch – Monthly Membership Meeting
Register Here
https://www.facebook.com/events/332974711925394/?ref=newsfeed

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Learn to Communicate in Ways that Win
Join us for this event with Anat Shenker-Osorio, host of the “Words to Win By” podcast and Principal of ASO Communications. 
Save the Date

Monday, March 14th
WofA Membership Meeting
Save the Date!

Saturday March 19th 5:00 – 7:00pm
Fundraiser for Rep. Jennifer Wexton’s re-election (see below flyer)
McLean/N. Arlington location – various donation levels
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/03192022

CALLS TO ACTION

There are a few GOOD bills that have crossed over from the Senate to the House and we need to make sure our legislators vote for them.  Unfortunately, there are also quite a few BAD bills that have crossed over from the House to the Senate that we need to block from passing.  Below are URGENT Calls to Action, which are listed by issue area.  Please take action and share them with your friends & families.  We need to make sure the other chamber knows how we want them to vote!

GOOD GOVERNMENT

Ask the House P&E Committee to Support Reforming the Recall Process in Virginia – Vote YES on SB495
This bill creates a more transparent and efficient recall process for elected officials in Virginia, returning the power to remove elected officials to voters. The changes recommended are in line with the recall processes in many states, and are a common sense set of reforms to codify a recall process that is both clearly defined and attainable, but not liable to being used frivolously. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=495 Questions: Contact Luisa Boyarski, luisaboyarski@gmail.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

CLIMATE, CLEAN ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT

(Having trouble remembering what emails you’ve sent, or just want a fun diversion, Play Opposition Bingo!) Questions? Contact Amy Bergner at abbergner@gmail.com or Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com))

Oppose HB118 – a Climate Change Denier’s Dream
HB118 is a horrible bill which would gut nearly every critical provision of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA), overturn our beneficial participation in RGGI, and radically slow Virginia’s transition into a clean economy.  The House passed this bill along party lines and there is no room to spare in the Senate — we need to shore up opposition. Click Here to Take Action

Oppose HB1301 – Another Bill Repealing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
HB1301 is yet another Republican attempt to repeal RGGI, the incredibly successful regional effort to reduce pollution while directly helping communities on the front lines.  Virginia’s participation not only reduces air pollution and improves public health, but in 2021 alone, it provided over $220 million in desperately needed funds to help thousands of low-wealth families reduce energy bills and climate impact, and localities deal with increasingly devastating floods. Click Link to Take Action

Oppose HB892 – Don’t Let Wealthy Corporations Opt out of Paying for Clean Energy and Undercutting RGGI
There is no justification for a unique ability to bypass RGGI, and HB 892 would create an unnecessary precedent. Virginians are already benefiting from $237 million toward flood resilience and energy efficiency efforts in the first year of RGGI-generated funds. RGGI is proven to bring economic, health and energy efficiency benefits to participating states. Allowing a power company – which has the ability to negotiate its own contracts – to have a special exemption from RGGI is a bad deal for Virginians. Please continue to support RGGI as it is working. The program is driving down emissions, improving public health, and bringing in critical funding to Virginians. Click Link to Take Action

Oppose HB1326 – Stop Using Dirty Coal in Virginia
HB1326 would take Virginia backwards and make consumers pay for it by encouraging utilities to burn waste coal from mining waste dumps that litter coalfields (“GOB piles”). Better options are available, including $22 million per year coming to Virginia from the federal infrastructure bill, specifically aimed at clean-up and reclamation of abandoned mines.  Click Link to Take Action

IF YOU HAVE NOT already taken the following CTAs from last week, DON’T DELAY:

Stop House Bills Gutting the Virginia Clean Economy Act [Vote NO HB73, HB74] Both bills gut provisions of the VCEA.  HB73 would prevent solar, wind, and energy efficiency projects from being given priority by the State Corporation Commision.  It would dampen investment in clean energy companies and deprive Virginia of clean energy jobs (4,300 in the solar sector) sending a terrible message to clean energy businesses Virginia wants to attract. It would also slow Virginia’s move towards 100% zero-carbon electric sector.  HB74 subsidizes clean energy costs of large industrial customers and shifts these costs to Virginia ratepayers. Wealthy corporations should not be allowed to “bypass” these costs and shift them to those already burdened by high energy bills.  Click Link to Take Action

Keep RGGI Out of the Budget [Oppose SB 30, Item 4-5.12 #1g]
If accepted, Item 4-5.12 #1g would overturn the 2020 Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act, and even require state agencies to immediately pull Virginia out of RGGI and dismantle its related regulatory program. This item would even put the Governor in charge of any remaining revenues generated from Virginia’s participation in RGGI. Don’t let Gov. Youngkin misuse the budget process to gut RGGI. Click Link to Take Action

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

1)     Support 3 Campaign Finance Bills Moving to the House: Ask Delegates to vote for the following three (3) campaign finance/disclosure bills carried over to the House of Delegates: SB 222, Senator Jeremy McPike, SB318, Senator Barbara Favola, SB 463 Senator John Bell.  Click here to take easy action.
2)     Support 4 Campaign Finance Bills Moving to the Senate:   Ask Senators to vote for the following four (4) campaign finance/disclosure bills which have moved from the House. Disclosure:  HB86,  Delegate Tim Anderson; HB125, Delegate Glenn Davis; Oversight, HB492 Delegate David Bulova; Extending Mandate of the Joint Sub-Committee, HJ53 Delegate David Bulova.Click here to take easy action.  Questions: email nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com.

EDUCATION

Ask Senators to not ruin a kids life over minor infractions Vote NO on HB4  We oppose this bill because it requires school principals to report to law enforcement misdemeanors committed by students instead of only felonies, as under the current law. We believe the school administration and parents should handle misbehavior by students. Also, existing law allows schools to discipline students who commit misdemeanors if all parties are willing. HB4 would only let this mediation happen under one condition—if the infraction is assault and battery without injury. If it passes, HB4 would send many students who are misbehaving due to immaturity into the courts. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services instead of being isolated, punished, pushed out, and saddled with a record. This bill would escalate the school to prison pipeline, a disturbing national trend where children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Ask our Senators to protect Governor School admissions reforms by voting NO on HB127 This bill has been referred to the Senate Education and Health committee. It directly challenges reforms made to a Governor’s school admissions policy and has implications for all schools in Virginia. If this bill passes, selection criteria for admissions that improved equity at one school would revert back to “traditional academic success factors” known to be biased against low-income families, and all Governor’s schools would be impacted. It is fiction that increasing access for underprivileged groups is discrimination against more advantaged students. Standardized tests are not ‘objective’ measures of merit and students’ talents and abilities are not fixed. This bill would serve to reinforce inequities, rather than work to eliminate them.

Ask our Senators to help Virginia attract and retain teachers by voting NO on HB9 This bill has been referred to the Senate Education and Health Committee. It would make recruiting and retaining teachers even harder by increasing the probationary term for every teacher before they could get a continuing contract and imparts additional restrictions on school boards from hiring teachers. It would make the dismissal of a teacher easier and would reduce a teacher’s rights during dismissal hearings by eliminating the three-member fact-finding panel.

Week of Feb 13th

EVENTS

Wednesday, February 16th, 6:45 – 8:00 
WofA Membership Meeting
Join WofA & Friends for our 2022 Kickoff Meeting! Hear from Attorney Sam Shirazi on the latest Redistricting News and how it may affect you and our upcoming elections. We’ll also hear from various WofAs on how the current legislative situation is in the current General Assembly’s session and much more. Feel free to bring a friend! 
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81380041281

Friday February 18th 12:00pm
READ THE ROOM. SET THE NARRATIVE
Join Network NoVA for another fantastic Power Lunch: Register at  https://tinyurl.com/FPL-2022
Guests: Juli Briskman  Algonkian District Supervisor (Ode to Women Who Speak Their Mind) Qasim Rashid founder of Common Purpose PAC & Host of The Qasim Rashid Show on Sirius XM. Critical thinking expert Randy Pherson (President, Pherson Associates) will talk to us about how to analyze the situation & set the narrative. Randy believes that Dems can win big in 2022 by looking at the indicators & drivers that will get Dems energized. AND the awesome Deborah Woolen Founder & Editor in Chief at What She Said Magazine. https://deborahawoolen.com/what-she-said-magazine

Monday, Feb 28th 7:00pm – 8:00pm
NAACP Arlington Branch – Monthly Membership Meeting
Register Here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlde2opzwtE9MHeeCgnL3Y8dZChZHzC-ey?fbclid=IwAR22qlXIIJ3G8EDbCEpDnGrXZxI9dfDu5C2QgoO2V-8S2lvrw9lYGyPkrV4. Check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/332974711925394/?ref=newsfeed

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm – Save the Date!
Learn to Communicate in Ways that Win
Join us for this event with Anat Shenker-Osorio, host of the “Words to Win By” podcast and Principal of ASO Communications. 

Monday, March 14th – Save the Date!
WofA Membership Meeting

CALLS TO ACTION

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

URGENT ACTION ALERT ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE BILL [“VOTE YES” on SB463 ] 
73% of Virginia voters don’t believe that candidates running for political office in Virginia should be able to use their campaign donations for personal use, such as taking vacations or paying their mortgage. We are one of only 2 states which has no rules on this.  Call your Senator and ask them to “VOTE YES” on Senator Bell’s bill SB463 which calls for these restrictions.  The vote will likely happen on Tuesday. Click here for the contact information on your Senator. Questions: Email nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com.
One click to write your representatives: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=463
Action Network link to write your own Senator: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ask-your-senator-to-vote-to-put-restrictions-on-personal-use-of-campaign-donations-support-sb463

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Ask Senate Members to Support Second Look SB378
We expect this legislation to be heard Monday in the Senate, so act right away. Second Look legislation would allow judges to review lengthy prison sentences, years after they have been imposed, to determine if that severity of punishment is still necessary and appropriate. People change, our laws should reflect that. If you are a constituent of Sen. Howell, Sen. Saslaw, or Sen. Lewis, please make note of that in your email to those lawmakers. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-alt.php?cta=cta-035a
Questions: Contact info@justiceforwardva.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Stand-Up for the 4th Amendment and Against Race-Based Policing  – OPPOSE HB79/HB1030
We expect this bill to be heard in the Senate Judiciary, so please take action right away. ACTION: Please email Senate Judiciary members asking them to OPPOSE HB79. You can find your Senator’s email here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov
Sample language for the email:
Subject line: OPPOSE HB 79 Stand-Up for the 4th Amendment and Against Race-Based Policing
Dear Senator,
I urge you to oppose HB79. On March 1, 2021 legislation went into effect limiting pretextual policing. Data already shows racial disparities in traffic stops are decreasing. The historic bill was celebrated by justice reformers and constitutional conservatives alike, and has become a model for similar legislation throughout the United States. Protect the progress we’ve made!
Sincerely,
Name
Address
Questions: Contact info@justiceforwardva.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

CLEAN ENERGY, CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT

Solar Ready Roofs – Only Affirmative Bill Still “Alive” of the Coalition’s Priority Climate Bills [Vote YES SB290]
Senator Favola’s Solar Ready Roofs bill moves to the Senate Floor on Monday or Tuesday.  This bill would require that new government buildings and major renovations of those buildings be built “Solar-Ready” – with roofs designed to accommodate solar panels. These panels will save money for taxpayers by reducing energy costs over time and also support Virginia’s goals towards reducing carbon emissions.  Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=290.  This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.  Questions? Contact Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com 

Oppose HB558 – Biogas Hog Farm Pollution Giveaway.  Vote NO HB894
HB558 is a particularly nefarious bill that allows gas companies to develop pipelines to collect methane gas generated at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). While the Coalition agrees that methane should be recovered from landfills and wastewater treatment facilities, we oppose monetizing methane produced at CAFOs. The outrageous polluting practices by CAFOs which result in leakage of animal effluent from massive sludge ponds into groundwater and rivers, in addition to generating air pollution should not be promoted. By failing to exclude CAFOs from the definition of acceptable biogas, this bill actually incentivizes the expansion of production of methane at CAFOs.  Worse, the bill requires no demonstrable reduction of methane emissions. HB558 is a ratepayer’s nightmare. It not only provides for full cost recovery and allowable profit on every conceivable aspect of a specific project, it allows the gas companies to charge an additional 100 basis points to the cost of equity. In short, the gas industry is hijacking “emissions reductions” to justify tens of millions in increased ratepayer costs without any demonstration that methane emissions are reduced due to the investment. Click here to take action:  https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=HB&no=558. This is a Coalition priority bill.  Questions?  Contact Sharon Shutler at Shutlersharon@gmail.com.

Ask Senators to Keep RGGI Out of the Budget
Gov. Youngkin is trying to use the budget process to pull Virginia out of RGGI and give himself full power to use the funds already generated by RGGI, diverting them from their legislated uses to promote low-income energy efficiency and flood preparedness programs. We need Senate budget lawmakers to stop this attempt, likely happening this week. Click here to take action https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-alt.php?cta=cta-041. Questions: Contact Amy Bergner at abbergner@gmail.com. This is related to Virginia Grassroots Coalition priority bills defending RGGI.

EDUCATION

Ask our Senators to improve our Public Schools [Vote YES on SB490]
This bill is based on the 2021 estimate of the condition and needs for Public School needs in Virginia. It will help to establish principal and teacher mentor programs.  Also, it will improve education in schools with high concentrations of poverty by making these changes: improving student to teacher ratios, providing flexibility in compensation adjustment to teachers, equitable distribution of experienced and effective personnel, supporting at-risk students, hiring of specialist teachers, counselors, and support positions. This is how we need to spend any budget “surplus”. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=490&year=2022. Questions: Contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com  This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Ask our Senators to Leave authority over misdemeanors with parents and schools [Vote NO on SB36] This bill would send many students who are misbehaving due to immaturity into the courts. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services instead of being isolated, punished, pushed out, and saddled with a record. Instead, these bills  ]would escalate the school to prison pipeline, a disturbing national trend where children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=36&year=2022. Questions: Contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com  This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.’’

Ask our Delegates to Fully Fund our Public Schools [Vote YES  on HB1135]
This bill is based on the 2021 estimate of the condition and needs for Public School needs in Virginia. It will help to establish principal and teacher mentor programs. Also, it will improve education in schools with high concentrations of poverty by making these changes: improving student to teacher ratios, providing flexibility in compensation adjustment to teachers, equitable distribution of experienced and effective personnel, supporting at-risk students, hiring of specialist teachers, counselors, and support positions. This is how we need to spend any budget “surplus”. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=HB&no=1135&year=2022. Questions: Contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com  This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.’’

AFTER CROSSOVER – STARTING WED., FEB 16th

Ask the House P&E Committee to Support Reforming the Recall Process in Virginia – Vote YES on SB495
This bill creates a more transparent and efficient recall process for elected officials in Virginia, returning the power to remove elected officials to voters. The changes recommended are in line with the recall processes in many states, and are a common sense set of reforms to codify a recall process that is both clearly defined and attainable, but not liable to being used frivolously. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=495 Questions: Contact Luisa Boyarski, luisaboyarski@gmail.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Ask members of the House P&E Committee to Support campaign finance bills
Click here for emails and sample messages. Ask them to vote for the following campaign finance/disclosure bills which will be carried over to the House of Delegates next week: SB 222, Senator Jeremy McPike, SB318, Senator Barbara Favola. Remind them that nearly 80% of Virginians want campaign finance reform and 88 percent want complete disclosure. Questions: email nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com.

Ask the House committee to STOP the Air & Water Pollution bill SB657
The Air and Water Pollution bill SB 657 has passed out of the Senate based on lies by the MVP, the Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau. Time is limited for us to be able to counter their lies before the bill is voted on in the House Ag committee before headed to the full House. There’s hope because the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resource committee is 12-11 so we only need to flip one R to win. So far the House hasn’t heard from us yet so let them HEAR US ROAR!
CTA 1: Use this easy One Click action to contact the members of the House committee to OPPOSE SB 675. Please encourage others to join you by sharing this social media post.
CTA 2: Sign this petition to the Farm Bureau and ask others to join you by sharing this social media post
Questions, email Freeda Cathcart at contactfreeda@gmail.com

Week of Feb 6th

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, February 8th, 12:00pm
Zoom meeting with Senator Warner’s Staff
Register for the Zoom link: https://novagrassroots.org/event-warner-lobby.php

Tuesday, February 8th, 6:00pm
MoneyOut – Campaign Finance Reform Meeting
Join us to review the status of bills and plan for lobby day on Feb. 16th.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86093163540pwd=Yi9tUS9reUZwM2Fpem4vUVVVMnV6UT09

Wednesday, February 9th, 8:30am – 9:30am
Weekly League of Women Voters’ Legislative Roundtables In Person w/ Virtual Option
Upcoming topics are:
Feb 9 – Child Protection
Feb 16 – Money in Politics – Reform
Feb 23 – Dark Money – Honest Ads
Mar 2 – Floods – full disclosure of flood zones
Mar 9 – Final Legislative Push
RSVP here

Friday, February 11th, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch
RSVP here

Saturday February 12th
Arlington Dems – Virtual Communications Open House
Join the Arlington Democrats next Saturday to learn more about how YOU can help  shape, share, and analyze the Democratic message in Arlington County. We’re hosting a virtual Communications Volunteer Open House!
Saturday, February 12 – 2:30 p.m. Register: bit.ly/arldemscommsopen
Who? Anyone who wants to learn from and potentially join our team — from experienced hands to those starting in political communications. We especially welcome diverse voices who are committed to further informing our message and electing Democrats. Questions? Email communications@arlingtondemocrats.org

Monday, Feb 28th 7:00pm – 8:00pm
NAACP Arlington Branch – Monthly Membership Meeting
Register Here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlde2opzwtE9MHeeCgnL3Y8dZChZHzC-ey?fbclid=IwAR22qlXIIJ3G8EDbCEpDnGrXZxI9dfDu5C2QgoO2V-8S2lvrw9lYGyPkrV4
https://www.facebook.com/events/332974711925394/?ref=newsfeed

Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm 
Learn to Communicate in Ways that Win
Join us for this event with Anat Shenker-Osorio, host of the “Words to Win By” podcast and Principal of ASO Communications.  Save the Date.

CALLS TO ACTION

Take Action to Win Fair Pay, Overtime and Quality Home Care!
Home Care workers are on the front lines of the pandemic, working to keep older adults and people with disabilities healthy and safe. We deserve a real living wage and to be paid for the overtime hours we work, and all Virginians deserve quality care. Take action right now! Politicians in Richmond are currently debating our pay and benefits. Whether you’re a home care worker, consumer, family member or ally, please fill out this form ASAP to call on your elected officials to invest in pay raises, overtime, and ending the waiting list for home care! Click here to take action: https://secure.everyaction.com/jbi7hWV4z0eVvg762u2Aag2  This CTA is from Virginia 512 SEIU

Ask Senate Members to Support Second Look – Vote YES on SB378
ACTION: We expect this legislation to be heard this week in the Senate, so act right away. Please email your Senator asking them to vote for SB378. Find your Senator’s email here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.
Here is sample language for the email.
Dear Senator,
As your constituent, I urge you to support SB378 that would allow judges to review lengthy prison sentences, years after they have been imposed, to determine if that severity of punishment is still necessary and appropriate. People change, our laws should reflect that.
Sincerely,
Name
Address
Questions: Contact info@justiceforwardva.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Stand-Up for the 4th Amendment and Against Race-Based Policing  – OPPOSE HB79/HB1030
ACTION: We expect this bill to be heard in the House this week, so please take action right away. Please email House members asking them to OPPOSE HB79/HB1030.  You can find your Delegate’s email here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/. Here is sample language for the email.
Subject line: OPPOSE HB 79/1030, Stand-Up for the 4th Amendment and Against Race-Based Policing
Dear Delegate,
I urge you to oppose HB79/HB1030. On March 1, 2021 legislation went into effect limiting pretextual policing. Data already shows racial disparities in traffic stops are decreasing. The historic bill was celebrated by justice reformers and constitutional conservatives alike, and has become a model for similar legislation throughout the United States. Protect the progress we’ve made!
Sincerely,
Name
Address
Questions: Contact info@justiceforwardva.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Protect the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – Vote NO SB532
This bill would withdraw VA from RGGI and repeal the Clean Energy and Community Preparedness Act.  RGGI requires that the utilities pay to emit carbon and further that these amounts must decrease over time.  Monies from the sale of carbon go to Virginia and since its inception in 2021, RGGI has yielded over $200 million back to the state.  It is the only source of state funds for coastal and inland flood preparedness, critically needed to address the most costly and common natural disaster in Virginia. Moreover, RGGI-funded weatherization is projected to save Virginia families 25 to 30 percent on electricity bills each year. Funding is vital to efforts to mitigate carbon pollution and protect Virginians from the effects of climate change. Click here to take action:  https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=532,&year=2022
Questions? Contact Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com or Amy Bergner at abbergner@gmail.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition. 

Protect Clean Car Standards – Vote NO SB695
SB695 which would repeal Clean Car legislation which was enacted in 2021 to provide both cleaner gas-powered vehicles, a greater variety of EVs to Virginia and also: (1) Combat Climate Change. Transportation is the largest source of carbon pollution in Virginia. This legislation is expected to reduce emissions by 48 million metric tons by 2040. (2) Improve Public Health. Transition to EVs, by 2050, could result in $1.3 billion in avoided annual health costs in Virginia associated with poor air quality. (3) Provide Greater Consumer Choice. Car manufacturers prioritize sending EVs to other Clean Car states. In Virginia, demand for EVs exceeds availability: 1/3 of registered EVs were bought out of state. (4) Save Consumers Money. The sticker prices of EVs are expected to reach parity with gas cars in the next few years and save drivers between $6,000 and $10,000 over a vehicle’s lifetime due to reduced fuel and maintenance cost. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=695
Questions? Contact Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com or Amy Bergner at abbergner@gmail.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition. 

Support Pay Parity for Public Defenders  –  Vote YES on SB282
ACTION: Please email your Senator asking them to vote for SB282. We expect this legislation to be heard this week in the Senate, so act right away. You can find your Senator’s email here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/. Here is sample language for the email.
Subject line: Support Pay Parity for Public Defenders  –  Vote YES on SB282
Dear Senator,
Public defenders represent the large majority of defendants in criminal cases– roughly 80% of criminal defendants nationwide are represented by court-appointed counsel. Yet, public defenders typically earn considerably less than prosecutors in the same jurisdictions, despite larger workloads and fewer resources–a big reason why many poor defendants are at such a disadvantage. Fund public defense by supporting SB282.
Sincerely,
Name
Address
Questions: Contact info@justiceforwardva.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Substance Use Is A Public Health Problem, Not A Crime  –  Vote YES on SB411
ACTION: Please email your Senator asking them to vote for SB411. We expect this bill to be heard in the Senate this week, so please act right away.  You can find your Senator’s email here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/. Here is sample language for the email.
Subject line: Support SB411 Substance Use Is A Public Health Problem, Not A Crime  
Dear Senator,
Substance use is a public health problem and should be treated as such. We’ve known that for decades but keep saddling people with felony convictions for possession. De-felonization of drug possession will result in massive cost savings which will permit the Commonwealth to invest in a more robust and effective behavioral health infrastructure. Please Vote YES on SB411.
Sincerely,
Name
Address
Questions: Contact info@justiceforwardva.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Action Items for Campaign Finance Reform
1) Sign our petition supporting campaign finance reform. This will be delivered to the Governor, heads of the Chambers, and Committee Chairs. Currently only 200 people have signed. We need more people to care and raise your voice. 2) Are you a group? Add your name to our sign-on letter supporting campaign finance reform which will be delivered to the Governor’s office during our lobby day, February 16th.  Questions and interest in joining our lobby day, contact with nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com

Week of Jan 29th

Many thanks to WofA Ann Delorey, who ensured that our weekly What’s Up WofA was distributed in a timely and accurate manner. Due to work obligations, Ann must step down as Editor and we all will miss her valuable contributions to We of Action.  Ann’s seemingly limitless patience was a wonder to witness – even with our contributors numerous last minute changes and updates! Please make sure to thank Ann, if you happen to run into her!   

EVENTS

Sunday, January 30th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Virtual Meet & Greet w/ Adele McClure, candidate for new HD2
Meet Adele McClure who will be running in the new House of Delegates’ District 2 which includes a large portion of Arlington. Currently, Adele is the Executive Director for the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. Prior to that, she was the policy director for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax until she resigned in protest after sexual assault allegations. Join Luisa Boyarski, Stair Calhoun and Sharon Shutler for a meet and greet with Adele! RSVP here

Friday, February 5th, 9:00am – 11:00am
What the Heck is VA Democratic Party Reorganization Anyways? A View from the Grassroots UP!
Workshop to Learn about the Structure of the VA Democratic Party; the Upcoming Reorganization; How to Get More Involved to Bolster the Party. Register Here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEufuGgrDkiGNT5rSEG1Wy2BJO5aKF8SksK?fbclid=IwAR08O1OWoQYm6bwZFPIhEIBgMeaM04uAoFE5kd_SAdQ_nYnEe1GGhq3oybs

Wednesday, February 16th, 6:45 – 8:00pm
WofA Membership Meeting (Virtual)
Save the Date! Details to follow! Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81380041281

CALLS TO ACTION

Below are the Calls To Action for bills that will be considered in committee meetings on Monday and Tuesday.  Please take action this weekend – we have less than two weeks until crossover and need to make sure our priority bills are passed! Please check out the Virginia Grassroots Coalition’s Legislative Priorities Page where you will find additional Calls to Action – it is a fantastic tool! https://www.virginiagrassroots.org 

Ghost Guns-One Click Call to Action CTA-Urgent [Vote YES on SB 310]
The Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering Sen. Adam Ebbin’s SB 310 (Monday January 31st) – that would penalize any person(s) involved in the manufacture, import, sale, transfer, or possession of plastic firearms and unfinished frames or receivers and unserialized firearms. This is a #CommonSense bill and should be supported! Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=310&year=2022
This Call to Action is from the Virginia Grassroots Coalition Gun Violence Prevention Working Group. Questions: Contact GVP Working Lead, Kathleen Murray, kamwjm@gmail.com  This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Ask our Senators to Reform the Recall Process in Virginia – [Vote YES on SB495]
We expect this bill to be considered in the Senate P&E committee on Tuesday, 2/1, so please take action TODAY! This bill creates a more transparent and efficient recall process for elected officials in Virginia, returning the power to remove elected officials to voters. The changes recommended are in line with the recall processes in many states, and are a common sense set of reforms to codify a recall process that is both clearly defined and attainable, but not liable to being used frivolously. Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=495&year=2022. Questions: Contact Luisa Boyarski, luisaboyarski@gmail.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Tell Dem Senators to oppose a bill that would prevent schools from requiring masks to stop the spread of COVID-19  – One Click Call to Action [Vote NO on SB458]
SB 458 would essentially repeal VA legislation enacted last year requiring Virginia school districts to follow federal health guidelines to the ‘maximum extent practicable.’ The CDC recommends masking inside K-12 schools for everyone over age 2, regardless of vaccination status. By preventing schools from requiring masks, SB-458 would cut off the Commonwealth’s ability to follow a science based process for making decisions about Covid-19. Click here to take action: 
https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=458&year=2022
This Call to Action is from the Virginia Grassroots Coalition. Questions: email April Breslaw, april.breslaw@gmail.com

Contact members of the House Appropriations Committee and ask them to vote for two good campaign finance bills which have passed through the House P&E committee.  One is sponsored by Delegate Tim Anderson ( HB86 ) which calls for the Dept of Elections to set up a publicly accessible and searchable campaign finance database and the other,  HB 492  , sponsored by Delegate Bulova strengthens the capacity of the Board of Elections to provide campaign finance oversight. Both are considered best practice by the Campaign Legal Center.  Click here for emails of members of the House Appropriations Committee and key messages that you can cut and paste into an email. Questions: email Nancy Morgan, nancyruthmorgan@gmail.com

Oppose Evisceration of our Citizen Pollution Control Boards – Stop Youngkin from Granting Permits to Major Polluters.  One-Click CTA [Vote No on SB657]
SB657 and SB81 would either remove the Boards’ authority to consider health, safety, or suitability of an activity to an area when issuing a permit to a power plant or other facility to emit air toxic air pollution or to erode and pollute our waterways.  In the case of SB657, the bill would repeal the Boards’ permitting authorities altogether and transfer them to the Department of Environmental Quality where Youngkin’s appointees would have control.  This move would also exclude citizen involvement. Keep permit issuance and enforcement along with citizen involvement with the Citizen Boards by urging Senators to vote no.  Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-alt.php?cta=cta-025. Questions?  Contact Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com or Amy Bergner at abbergner@gmail.com

Stop Dominion Overcharges.  Support HB1288 Ratepayer Protection Act. One-Click CTA [Vote Yes on HB1288]
This bill would restore critical authority to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to ensure that energy bills to ratepayers are just and reasonable.  Lowering bills is a kitchen table issue and clean energy issue. Virginians pay the 8th highest energy bills in the country. Republican well-messaged attacks on RGGI and the Virginia Clean Economy Act claim to tie the high costs of electricity bills with clean energy mandates and use this to justify gutting or repealing those laws.  However, the 2021 Dominion rate case made clear that high bills are a result of the inability of the SCC to effectively regulate this monopoly. In the rate case SCC staff and the AG’s office successfully demonstrated that Dominion Energy had overcharged ratepayers between $1 and $1.2 billion in excess profits over a 4-year period.  Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=HB&no=1288&year=2022. Questions, contact Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com. This is a priority bill of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Stop Campaign Contributions from Dominion.  Support SB45, SB568, AND HB71.  Vote Yes.
PLEASE NOTEwe have added the House Bill – HB71.  It requires a second 1-Click.
These bills would ban campaign contributions from regulated utilities like Dominion Energy.  For years, Dominion has heaped staggering piles of campaign cash upon candidates of both parties and is rewarded with laws that help this monopoly overcharge Virginians by over $1 billion. These overcharges were unequivocally established by the Attorney General and SCC staff in Dominion’s 2021 rate case. As a result, Virginians pay the 8th highest electricity bills in the country.  Dominion abuses our lax rules to exploit our political system, drowning out the voices of Virginia families and small businesses. For SB45 and 568, Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=SB&no=45&year=2022. For HB71, Click here to take action: https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=HB&no=71. Questions, contact Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com. These are priority bills of the Virginia Grassroots Coalition.

Thank the VA Senate Judiciary Committee for Protecting #CommonSense Gun Legislation
Through party line votes, the VA Senate Judiciary Committee refused to pass a series of bills  that would have overturned much of the gun control legislation enacted over the last two years – and made gun violence worse. Among other things, the bills would have removed local authority to ban guns in public places, created huge loopholes in the gun permitting process, scrapped the one-gun-purchase-a-month rule, and abandoned the criminal  background check  requirement for private gun sales, e.g., at gun shows.  Use the email addresses below to send them a note (one group email is fine) thanking them for protecting  common sense violence protection laws by blocking SB 61, 74, 330, 364, 618, 644, and 763. 
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Join VGC Gun Violence Prevention Issue Group
If you are interested in indepth information on Virginia Gun Legislation or would like to be more active in Gun Violence Prevention, please add your name to the Virginia Grassroots’ Gun Violence Prevention working group here: VGC Gun Violence Prevention Group or contact Kathleen Murray at: kamwjm@gmail.com

OTHER

Redistricting Update: Have My Representatives Changed?
VPAP makes redistricting easier to understand and how you can get involved. See if your elected representatives will change, how the political lean of your district will shift, and let you evaluate how maps meet the legal criteria. https://www.vpap.org/redistricting/

Arlington Blue Families – Reclaim Our Vote Texas Primaries – 2022 Postcard Portal
Join Arlington Blue Families in sending postcards to Black registered voters in Texas, urging them to vote in the upcoming March 1 primary. Only 1 in 25 Texas voters participate in primaries, yet their voices are crucial to choosing candidates that will address all this and more: threats to democracy, voting and vote counting, crumbling electrical grids with freezing and flooding, high rates of Covid, school policies. We will emphasize this and offer pointers to Early Voting information.
Sign Up Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11DUUPQtPxllYTiHYcyuuWctf5Uuxn91YvLBDKjC1Wag/viewform?ts=61de44ca&fbclid=IwAR2HeKLrRP6cxDMzJa6Db97s2uHreBZp4Ax1yJ4bafPAzOmfYgJ0TPBqF1A&edit_requested=true

Power Mapping:
Help the Virginia Grassroots Coalition by filling out the google form – tracking groups and individuals by their delegates, senators and congressional reps for advocacy purposes. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMY1OKe2gEG1QaRIMTZvGBsFxIx0_zLhA1Imj6d2Zc9NzwGw/viewform

Week of Jan 23rd

EVENTS

Sunday, January 30th, 5:00 – 6:00pm
Virtual Meet & Greet with Adele McClure, Candidate for the new HD2
We’re excited to introduce you to Adele McClure who will be running in the new House of Delegates’ District 2 which includes a large portion of Arlington. While Adele looks young, her resume would have you believe she’s easily 100 years old. Clearly Forbes was impressed and included her on its “30 under 30” list for 2019. Currently, Adele is the Executive Director for the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. Prior to that, she was the policy director for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax until she resigned in protest after sexual assault allegations. Join Luisa Boyarski, Stair Calhoun and Sharon Shutler for a meet and greet with Adele! RSVP here

Wednesday, February 16th, 6:45 – 8:00pm
WofA Membership Meeting (Virtual)
Save the Date! Details to follow! Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81380041281

CALLS TO ACTION

Ask Dem. Senators to Protect Transgender Students – ASAP
Please use this very easy one-click method to ask the Democratic members of the Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee to preserve the protectIons for transgender kids we secured in 2020. Right now there is a bill in the Senate that would undo that progress we made.  And please, if your Senator is on that committee,  (Lucas, Saslaw, Howell, Locke, Barker, Petersen, Lewis, Edwards, Hashmi) send the email to your senator SEPARATELY with your address and notification that you are his or her constituent.Please share this link and directions with your groups and like-minded friends with these directions.  
One Click Call to Action
Questions: contact Marianne Burke, fairfaxindivisible@gmail.com

Reform the recall process [Vote YES on SB495]
This bill creates a more transparent and efficient recall process for elected officials in Virginia. As it currently exists, the system leaves both the public and petitioners lacking a clearly defined process to check the powers of elected officials. You can learn more about the recommended reforms here. Click HERE to take action! Questions: email Amy Bergner, abbergner@gmail.com

Stop Dominion Overcharges.  Support HB1288 Ratepayer Protection Act – Patrons Delegates Hudson and Ware
This bill would restore critical authority to the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to ensure that energy bills to ratepayers are just and reasonable.  Lowering bills is a kitchen table issue and clean energy issue. Virginians pay the 8th highest energy bills in the country. Republican well-messaged attacks on RGGI and the Virginia Clean Economy Act claim to tie the high costs of electricity bills with clean energy mandates and use this to justify gutting or repealing those laws.  However, the 2021 Dominion rate case made clear that high bills are a result of the inability of the SCC to effectively regulate this monopoly. In the rate case SCC staff and the AG’s office successfully demonstrated that Dominion Energy had overcharged ratepayers between $1 and $1.2 billion in excess profits over a 4-year period.  For more information contact Sharon Shutler Shutlersharon@gmail.com or Amy Bergner abbergner@gmail.com
HB1288 Ratepayer Protection Act CTA 
https://www.virginiagrassroots.org/action-legislation-2022.php?prefix=HB&no=1288&year=2022
Restore the right to vote [Vote YES on SJ1]
The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, yet it’s not guaranteed for all Virginians. Virginia is one of three (3) states with lifetime felony disenfranchisement…People who have served their sentences and paid taxes deserve a chance to choose the people who represent them. It’s time for a change and it’s time for a second chance.
Click HERE to take action! Questions: email Stephen Spitz, stephenlspitz@icloud.com

Stop toxic coal waste [Vote NO on SB120]
The Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA) set Virginia on a path to 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2050. It uses a Renewable Portfolio Standard which requires investor-owned utilities like Dominion Energy to obtain increasing amounts of electricity from renewable energy resources. SB120 declares waste coal—coal leftover from previous mining operations—to be a renewable resource. No form of coal is either clean or renewable, and waste coal left in what are known as “GOB” piles is an especially toxic, dirty product. Click HERE to take action! Questions: email Sharon Shutler, shutlersharon@gmail.com

Stop Republicans from Pulling VA out of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative [Vote NO on SB532]
RGGI, which forces electric utilities to pay for carbon emissions with proceeds flowing back to Virginia, brings economic, health and energy efficiency benefits to participating states. Since its inception in 2021, RGGI has yielded over $200 million to Virginia. RGGI is the only source of state funds for coastal and inland flood preparedness, critically needed to address the most costly and common natural disaster in Virginia.  Moreover, RGGI-funded weatherization is projected to save Virginia families 25 to 30 percent on electricity bills each year. Funding is vital to efforts to mitigate carbon pollution and protect Virginians from the effects of climate change.  Unconscionable Republicans want to repeal RGGI.
Click HERE to take action! Questions?  Contact Amy Bergner at abbergner@gmail.com

Tell Dem Senators to oppose bill that would worsen the COVID-19 pandemic [Vote NO on SB601]
Virginia has historically followed the guidance of federal health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and respected professional medical associations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as it has considered vaccination requirements. SB601 would cut off the Commonwealth’s ability to follow this well established, science based process for making vaccination decisions about Covid-19. SB601 would also restrict the ability of the Commonwealth, private employers, health care providers and others from implementing protective measures to protect public health.
Click HERE to take action!  Questions: email April Breslaw, april.breslaw@gmail.com

Reject the Nomination of Wheeler as DNR Secretary – Please let all VA Senate Dems know we are depending on them (expecting them) to reject Governor-Elect Youngkin’s choice of Andrew Wheeler, former EPA Administrator under Trump, to head the Virginia Department of Natural Resources.  We need EVERY vote!If confirmed, Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, would be an unmitigated disaster  for environmental regulations and permit decisions.  He will do his best to undermine the Virginia Clean Economy Act, the Regional Greenhouse Initiative, Clean Car Standards.  
1.  “One Click Call to Action”.  Click on the call to action.  If you have any issues, please contact Denis Orsinger at denis4blueva@gmail.com.
2.  Please share this call to action (CTA) with family, friends and other organizations.  Please let Meredith Haines know which organizations you’ve shared this CTA with at mhainesva@gmail.com.

Join VGC Gun Violence Prevention Issue Group
If you are interested in n depth information on Virginia Gun Legislation or would like to be more active in Gun Violence Prevention, please add your name to the Virginia Grassroots’ Gun Violence Prevention working group here: VGC Gun Violence Prevention Group or contact Kathleen Murray at: kamwjm@gmail.com

Power Mapping:
Help the Virginia Grassroots Coalition by filling out the google form – tracking groups and individuals by their delegates, senators and congressional reps for advocacy purposes.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMY1OKe2gEG1QaRIMTZvGBsFxIx0_zLhA1Imj6d2Zc9NzwGw/viewform

Week of Jan 9

CALLS TO ACTION

URGENT!
Reject the Nomination of Wheeler as DNR Secretary
Please let all VA Senate Dems know we are depending on them (expecting them) to reject Governor-Elect Youngkin’s choice of Andrew Wheeler, former EPA Administrator under Trump, to head the Virginia Department of Natural Resources.  We need EVERY vote!

If confirmed, Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, would be an unmitigated disaster  for environmental regulations and permit decisions.  He will do his best to undermine the Virginia Clean Economy Act, the Regional Greenhouse Initiative, Clean Car Standards.  

1.  “One Click Call to Action”.  Click on the call to action.  If you have any issues, please contact Denis Orsinger at denis4blueva@gmail.com.

2.  Please share this call to action (CTA) with family, friends and other organizations.  Please let Meredith Haines know which organizations you’ve shared this CTA with at mhainesva@gmail.com.

Help Laura Jane Cohen Stop the Madness! 
Fairfax County Dems (FCDC) are looking for volunteers to work on validating Petition for Recall signatures for Springfield District School Board Member Laura Jane Cohen – an outspoken ally of GVP; LGBTQ+; and Social Justice communities. Per Cohen, those gathering signatures are “part of a national right wing effort to overturn elections”. Let’s work to stop these ongoing attacks on our duly elected representatives throughout Virginia and the Nation!

Training will be provided Monday, Jan10th at 2pm on Zoom.The actual work of validating signatures can be done at home after picking up the packet. If anyone is interested in helping but was not able to make the training,please  reach out to Kelly Price at: kellyprice@gmail.com and a special session can be arranged. Background Here: https://patch.com/virginia/burke/recall-petition-submitted-springfield-school-board-rep

Now – January 17th
Volunteer MLK Day of Auction

Just as there are a variety of ways to be civically engaged, there are a variety of civic engagement projects for this year’s MLK Day of Service. Some are all virtual, some are a mixture of a virtual.
Learn more here: https://volunteer.leadercenter.org/2022-mlk-day-service?fbclid=IwAR1-3aEYDpOau06wwp4Yw7o7w9SAtIFViKtFilyvhNDlA9nbVd7DmmgUlIk

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, January 14th, 12:00pm
Power Lunch
RSVP here

Monday, January 17th, 12:00pm – 1:30p
30th Annual Virginia Advocacy Day to Prevent Gun Violence

Please join the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and our community partners virtually on Monday, January 17. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor the memory and teachings of a great civil rights leader who was killed by gunfire as he spoke out for justice. We will honor the lives of all Virginians killed or injured by gun violence by taking action to reduce this epidemic in the Commonwealth. We will raise our voices for responsible gun laws and advocate for funding for programs in communities most impacted by gun violence.  Together, we can work to end Virginia’s gun violence epidemic.
RSVP HERE: https://secure.everyaction.com/Z35qXOwYFEuPrtPawQqk0g2
If you are interested in more in depth information or becoming more active in Gun Violence Prevention, please add your name to the Virginia Grassroots’ Gun Violence Prevention working group here: VGC Gun Violence Prevention Group or contact Kathleen Murray at: kamwjm@gmail.com

Monday, January 17th, 7:00pm
Clean Energy & Climate Working Group Meeting

Join the Virginia Grassroots Coalition’s Climate & Clean Energy Working Group for a General Assembly Session Kick Off Meeting.  We will highlight key bills for the upcoming session, changes in Committee structure, and how those changes will impact our climate and clean energy legislative priorities.  Stay tuned for a great speaker!  
RSVP to: Sharon Shutler at shutlersharon@gmail.com or Amy Bergner at abbergner@gmail.com

Friday, January 21st, 12:00pm 
Power Lunch

RSVP here

Monday, January 24th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
NAACP – Arlington Branch

Join guests speakers Arlington County Board Chair, Katie Cristol and School Board Chair, Barbara Kanninen
RSVP here:   https://mailchi.mp/arlingtonnaacp/jan2022meeting

Monday, February 14th, 6:45 – 8:00pm
WofA Membership Meeting

Save the Date! Details to follow!

Power Mapping:
Help the Virginia Grassroots Coalition by filling out the google form – tracking groups and individuals by their delegates, senators and congressional reps for advocacy purposes: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMY1OKe2gEG1QaRIMTZvGBsFxIx0_zLhA1Imj6d2Zc9NzwGw/viewform

REDISTRICTING

Here is information on the new redistricting maps.  Virginia House of Delegates: https://www.vpap.org/redistricting/plan/2021-house-vasupremecourt-statewide-2/. The new map pits some very good Dem incumbents against each other and there are seven new house districts in Northern VA, where no incumbent currently lives.

More info in Blue Virginia article.

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