Tuesday Tidbits

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It’s Tuesday. Time for another overview of all the upcoming events and Calls to Action (CTAs). The General Assembly is back in session to wrangle over the budget which means we have lots of CTAs that need your immediate attention.

Let’s get busy,

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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 from the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security 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

Call to Action: VOTE NO on the Governor’s amendment to HB1138

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 in any or all parts of the state. 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 – Easy 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 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 would be publicaly accessible, searchable and sortable. The funding is in the House budget yet some Senate Democrats are resisting its inclusion in their budget.   We support this because the public has a right to know the sources of campaign funds. 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@ailurophile

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

Submit Comments by May 10 to Securities & Exchange State Corporation Commission on Corporate Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions- EASY 1-Click!

The SCC has proposed a rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their GHG  emissions and the related risk risk climate disasters pose on our 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

Rural GroundGame Working Wednesdays

Returning April 27

7:00pm – Virtual

This week, RGG will be talking about yard signs! They will share some ideas and are very eager to hear yours! They hope to get some designed, printed and delivered to plant a flag for Democratic values and policy in rural communities this spring and early summer.

Rural GroundGame is happy to support fundraising for these efforts and are happy to share more about what that looks like.  

The Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia (DemBiz) is holding it’s first in-person event with  Special Guest Alexander Vindman


Friday, April 29th

9:00am – 11:00am

Refraction in Valo Park (Tysons)

In-person event only

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. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was a co-author for the Global Campaign Plan 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. Follow him on Twitter @AVindman.

Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting

Sunday May 1, 4:00pm

Join the monthly meeting and hear the latest efforts to get it done in Virginia.

Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls

June 18, 2022

This march will be a generationally transformative and disruptive gathering of poor and low-wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions and partnering organizations.


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