Tuesday Tidbits

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I constantly remind myself: Don’t get mad, get organized. Good advice for any activist.

Today’s Tidbits include a request that you fill out the Virginia Grassroots Power Map to help us identify activists in all the new districts. This will help grassroots leaders reach out to you when the need arrives in your new district.  Also, it is Women’s Summit planning time. Sign up to join us for the Women’s Summit Interest and Planning Meeting, April 10, NOON on Zoom.

Let’s get it done,

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It is time to remap ourselves with the new Virginia maps. It is time to learn your US Congressional District #, Virginia State Senate #, and Virginia House Delegates #. We must map our strength.

Use this handy form to look them up, write them down with the incumbent and candidates for those seats. We must get empowered now with our new territories and encourage others to join our fight for democracy.  It is imperative that we do this as widely as possible for this year, 2022 and 2023 & 2024! 

Map yourself here: https://tinyurl.com/2022VAdems, and please use as many of the social share options as possible.

Groups/Orgs, please map yourselves here:https://tinyurl.com/2hm6jbyx

The Virginia House of Delegates and Senate have each put out their proposals for a new two-year state budget to start this July, and the differences in K-12 funding are stark. Each chamber has now elected representatives called “conferees” who will come together to negotiate a final “conference budget.”With hundreds of millions of K-12 funding at stake, now is the time to reach out to conferees to let them know where you stand.  Please take easy action here with Fund Our Schools.

Please use the One Click Call to Action to ask Senate Democrats and conferees of HB86, to appropriate funding in their budget for HB86, an excellent campaign finance bill. Pay special attention to Democratic Senate conferees of HB86: Senators Boysko, Mason and Reeve.

Rural Ground Game Working Wednesdays7:00pm – Virtual Time for Action! Each week, we’ll cover a different topic for a brief 30 min meeting. We’ll focus on creative ideas to grow rural Democratic committees, increase community engagement, capture and improve data, support candidate and campaigns, develop collaborative messaging and MORE!

CALL TO ACTION – Rural GroundGame Community Voices Collection

“As we work to improve electoral outcomes for Democrats in rural communities, we are inviting you to join us for a research project! We are working with Filter Labs to gather publicly available commentary on the issues. The purpose of this project is to identify local non profit or grassroots organizations, businesses, clubs, faith communities, local government and public institutions for the purpose of better understanding community sentiment on the issues we care about.

Our hope is to be part of building a database that can serve rural Democrats in Virginia through increased awareness of local opinion and the impact of our messaging over time.

“If you or someone you know live or work in a rural community in Virginia, please fill out this form. Questions? Email: Lynlee@ruralgroundgame.org

Virginia Redress Network Meeting

April 6, 6:00pm

We will be discussing future goals for our coalition.

Innovative Donor Organizing and Fundraising Showcase Event! Thursday, April 7th, 1:00 p.m. ET  

Join the Movement Fundraising NetworkAction Together Networkand Keyframe Illumination to learn tips, new ideas, and best practices for fundraising and donor organizing (a way to describe organizing donors to not only give but also organize their networks to give). * This session will also feature and celebrate recent creative donor organizing and fundraising work that has led to raising millions of dollars for progressive movement organizations over the past few years.

We Believe We Will WinA Rally to Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m

Virtual Join this important and dynamic online rally bringing together community leaders from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina to share how victories have been achieved, what it will take to stop this disastrous pipeline, and how you can help.

Hear from:

Karenna Gore, founder and director of the Center for Earth Ethics

Anita Royston, Chair of the Pittsylvania County, VA Branch of the NAACP

Desiree Shelley, Climate Justice Organizer with Mothers Out Front

Book Ban Busters: The National Read-In

Thursday, April 7

8 – 9pm EDT

Tired of extremists banning books? Let’s do something about it. Join Stella Parton (who recently spoke out against attacks on her sister Dolly’s Imagination Library), authors of some of the most banned books in the country, and families fighting for the freedom to learn for a one-of-a-kind virtual event! It’s a Read-In! While you watch, post a photo of yourself with your favorite banned book using the hashtag #BannedBookChallenge (we might even show some of the best during the event!). Come for Stella and the books — and stay for specific ways to take action and get involved. You don’t want to miss this! Featured authors include Brad Meltzer, author of I Am Rosa Parks and I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.; Leslea Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies; Megan Madison and Jessica Ralli, authors of Our Skin, I.W. Gregorio, author of None of the Above, and Nikki Grimes, author of Ordinary Hazards.

Virginia Young Democrats Convention April 8th to 10th, 2022 

Business will be conducted at The Westin Alexandria Old Town and virtually for the purposes of including Young Democrats across our great Commonwealth.

Sponsorships are available for those who are interested in supporting the Virginia Young Democrats.

Brunch with a Purpose, Supporting Victoria Virasingh

April 10, 9-11am

Location: Bus Boys and Poets  

Jolicia Ward is hosting a Congressional Campaign Fundraiser for Victoria Virasingh who is running for Congress in VA-8th District. Donate and come!


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