This week’s Briefing includes some easy and necessary Calls to Action (CTAs), but first let’s make a date to talk on the Friday Power Lunch.
Alert there is still time to see Kamala Harris in Dumfries, click here. Network NOVA will be there waving (and sharing) our infamous Don’t Texas Virginia signs.
Friday October 22REGISTER
In these last weeks before the election, the antics of the Virginia Republicans keep getting more and more outrageous. Last week Steve Bannon hosted a rally where they pledged allegiance to a flag that was at the January 6 insurrection. The Virginia RNC is littering the state with antisemitic and racist campaign mailers. And don’t get us started about the shenanigans of the redistricting committee.
Can we talk?
There is also good news. People are stepping up, speaking out, and the national press is finally covering our efforts.
- Friday’s show will start with a conversation with human rights attorney, former candidate, and Sirius Radio Talk Show Host Qasim Rashid on voting rights and the radicalization of the Republication Party.
- Then Linda Mann (Executive Director of Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project and a member of the Steering Committee of the African American Redress Network) and Bilqis Wilkerson (Managing Director, Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law) will tell us about the work of the African American Redress Network to address racial injustice through the pursuit of reparations and the newly formed Virginia Reparations Coalition.
- Jennifer Carroll Foy will talk about how her “Virginia for Everyone” PAC is helping Delegates through major GOTV efforts from canvassing (knocking 35,000 doors) to fundraising.
- Our candidate spotlight will shine on Michelle Maldanado (HD50)
- We will end the show with a little magic and whimsy. Artist Kate Young crafts miniature ornate doors that she places on trees for people to find and enjoy. You won’t want to miss our conversation with Kate about her “Fairies of Del Ray” project.
Let’s talk! It’s up to us to save Democracy; register here for this week’s Friday Power Lunch.
CAN WE SHOUT? Democracy needs you – #KeepVABlue – #DontTexasVirginia
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Call to Action
Reaching out to your friends and family is an important way to help win the November 2 elections in Virginia.
One other way that you can help is by posting on social media. Many people get important information and news from social media. In fact, the average internet user spends nearly 2.5 hours per day on social media! Helping to get our message out on Facebook and Instagram will be an important part of rallying Democrats to vote and winning this election.
Join Progressive Turnout “social media mobilizers” that allows you to receive social media content each day and simply click and share it to your page. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it helps spread the word to vote and #KeepVABlue. Sign up.
Call to Action
October is domestic violence and gender-based violence awareness month. President Biden is a strong and proven proponent of ending gender-based violence — the Violence Against Women Act is primary evidence of this! The ERA would give Congress the power to pass laws or policies to stop the denial of equal rights on the basis of sex.
Gender-based violence, that is far too prevalent, is one of the most glaring examples of inequality. Gender-based violence has escalated during the pandemic. Yet women and girls all too often have no recourse to right the wrong. They may seek restraining orders against their abusers but such orders are often ignored. Take Action Now
Show Up, Show Out, Show America
This past week Virginia has been in the headlines, from the Friday Power Lunch, Kojo Nnamdi show to Stacey Abrams’ presence with Rallies & Souls to the Polls. We are especially excited about the Don’t Texas Virginia – Vote sign being on the front page of the Washington Post Local: read it here, retweet/amplify it here; use: #donttexasvirginia #KeepVABlue.
We are the bellwether state and our efforts in the next 13 days will make the difference. In the words of Stacey Abrams, Virginia must “Show Up, Show Out, Show America“!
- Take the VOTER CHALLENGE and post a photo of yourself Voting or Volunteering using the hashtags #iVotedVA #iWillVoteVA #CanvassVA #KeepVABlue. If you have posted a pic of yourself Voting or Canvassing and are OK having it posted on the Voter Challenge page‚ email denis4blueVA@gmail.com
- Find canvassing and phone-banking opportunities to #KeepVABlue at www.virginiagrassroots.org
Saturday, October 23rd 6-8PM in McLean Reception in Support of Delegate Danica Roem
Join Nadja Golding, Virginia Democracy Forward, Blue Families, Friends of We of Action, Arlington Democrats Equality Caucus, and Network NOVA.
If you have not been to one of Nadja’s affairs, it is time!
This is the most critical time of the entire election cycle. With your support, we will execute the best ground game in the Commonwealth and re-elect the country’s first out-and-sitting trans state legislator!
President Barak Obama will be joining Terry McAuliffe in Richmond
October 23rd for a GOTV event.
Sign up to learn more here
Sunday October 24 1:30pm – Radford, VA
Join Virginia’s List for a Get Out the Vote Conversation and Fundraiser with Special Guests Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Delegate Chris Hurst.
Let’s get Democratic PRO-CHOICE women elected to office!
Sunday, October 24th, 7:00pm A Short Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting
A brief check in before GOTV Weekend
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3-4:30pm ET New Horizons: Elevating the Arts in American Life
In this celebration of arts, artists, and the work of the American Academy’s Commission on the Arts, Stephen Colbert will interview Cochairs John Lithgow, Deborah Rutter, and Natasha Trethewey. Join for poetry, music, and a discussion of recommendations developed by the Commission to elevate the arts, support artists, and promote arts education in America. The program will introduce Mixtape, an online collection of arts experiences featuring members of the Commission and the Academy. Register here.
Thursday, October 28th8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
Civic Genius will be interviewing David Toscano — a veteran public servant who was a city councilor, the mayor of Charlottesville, and then Democratic leader of the Virginia House of Delegates — about his new book, Fighting Political Gridlock: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives.
In his book, Toscano writes that while Americans fixate on the seemingly intractable political gridlock in Washington, the real action is in the states. While few people understand what’s happening in their state capitals, state-level policymakers are responsible for many of the decisions that affect our lives most closely — and this dynamic is profoundly shaping our society.
Watch a snippet of David at the Friday Power Lunch Please register here
Saturday-Sunday, October 30 and 31. Alex Askew Canvass Extravaganza in Virginia Beach
Join Sharon Shutler, Luisa Boyarski, Eden Brown, and Rose Fabia canvassing in Virginia Beach to support Alex Askew – a young, innovative, principled delegate elected in 2019. Alex’s voting record is superb and personally – he’s delightful. The Republicans, who view VA Beach as ripe for retaking, are running heavy media ads against Alex. And, unlike NOVA, VA Beach does NOT have a canvassing tradition. Alex needs our help!
Sharon Shutler will provide hotel options. And more importantly – as a native VA Beach local, Sharon will arrange for dining options and promises they will be good! Please contact Sharon Shutler at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Wednesday, December 1st, 6:30pm – Save the Date! NARAL ProChoice Virginia Student Advocacy Fellows House Party
Jane Materna and Susan Dykstra will co-host a house party in support of the NARAL Virginia Student Advocacy Fellows program. The SAF is a paid fellowship for Virginia college students to study and practice reproductive freedom advocacy. At this time we plan to host the party virtually to mitigate the pandemic. The good news about hosting it virtually is that more of our alumni fellows will be able to attend “in person” so you’ll get the chance to talk with them one-on-one! To sponsor one fellow, the house party or for questions about the fellowship program contact Jane Materna (email@example.com)
Virginia Statewide Summit on Racial Equity
A virtual Virginia Statewide Summit on Racial Equity will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join stakeholders from across the state to hear stories that illustrate racial equity programming at work.
Stakeholders wishing to present their racial equity programming at the summit may submit an application by Monday, November 8, 2021.
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