Tuesday Tidbits

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Welcome to May 2022!  We are now into more consistently nice weather and it is time to seek out candidates, get out into our communities and engage. Let’s take all that we have learned in the wake of the 2021 elections and talk to our neighbors and others in our communities. Now is the time to act, respond to our democracy’s threat.

Please “Power Map” yourself to get ALL IN To Win, Virginia!

A new addition to the Tuesday Tidbits will be the Recap of the Friday Power Lunch. Please take a moment to review, and hear the voices of the Virginia Grassroots.  You can find past Power Lunches on YouTube or, even better, join us live at noon every Friday.

There are a few Calls to Action (CTAs) below, as wll and some interesting and fun events coming up.

Let’s get it done!

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STEPPING UP: Making Change

Friday Power Lunch Recap (4/29/2022)

The April 29, 2022 Friday Power Lunch featured people who are shaking off obstacles, stepping up, and making change.

Our opening music video was With My Own Two Hands by Ben Harper. This song celebrates how it only takes the act of a single person to start the ripple effect for good in the world. As the song tells us: “I can change the world with my own two hands. Make a better place with my own two hands. Make a kinder place with my own two hands.”

SHOW SUMMARY and links for each guest of the April 29, 2022 Friday Power Lunch are here.

You can watch the recording of the entire program on our Youtube channel here.

REGISTER FOR THE MAY 6 FRIDAY POWER LUNCH

 Tell the Securities Exchange Commission that you support this critical step towards an energy system that works for people and the planet. Virginia needs climate transparency! The Securities Exchange Commission is close to finalizing a set of rules that will require corporations like Dominion Energy to fully disclose their carbon footprint and climate risks — but they need to hear from YOU!

Demand Dominion Energy be Accountable in Response to the Climate Emergency – Dominion continues to build out new methane infrastructure and is getting involved in risky investments like bio-gas and blue hydrogen. Dominion shareholders are demanding immediate changes to Dominion’s response to the climate emergency. Learn more by reading these news stories:  “Dominion shareholders demand a different response to climate change,” “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.

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 one Virginia school board this year. 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. Questions, contact Marianne Burke, Marianne.VAGrassrootsCoalition@gmail.com

Rural Radio Workshop

May 3, 2022 07:00 PM

We know that conservative voices have been monopolizing rural radio for a long time. No more.

Join for an event to participate in the creation of radio ads from start to finish. This session is open and available to all grassroots activists. You’ll be shown how to record on your phone, in your car or in the comfort of home!

Understanding the audience for these ads is step # one. RRG will share demographics and profiles of the people we are trying to influence, as well as examples of the types of stations they would run on.

Content is king, they say. And ‘they’ are right – the message is everything.  You will be given insight into priority topics and sources for ideas and direction.

Learn how to create a script for 30 and 60 second ads with best practices for recording. Learn how Rural GroundGame can support fundraising and distribution efforts.

Fun fact! Once you have created a radio ad script, you’ve got excellent source content to create mail/postcards, yard signs, targeted digital ads, Facebook posts, TikToks, and more.

Here’s an example of an ad that Rural GroundGame ran: https://youtu.be/hq0NUbNbcNI

Let’s ensure that rural Democrats have a voice that can’t be missed. Please join and bring your ideas to share. REGISTER

Redress in Virginia – Actions Moving Forward

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 – 5:30pm – Virtual

Please join Virginia Redress Network’s bi-weekly meeting to learn what  progress Virginians are making on restitution and the many issues relating to racial and social justice.

ALL IN To Win Virginia Power Map

Have you Power Mapped yourself?  Please step up and get that done, and encourage others to do so as well. It is critical that we work together to maximize impact on the upcoming ’22, ’23 and ’24 elections. Knowing what strengths we have in each district – both individuals and organizations – is essential.  Please step up and make the effort to look up your new district numbers, write them down with the incumbent and announced candidates. This must be done as widely as possible, as we fight for our democracy. The time is NOW to get organized!

An Evening With Rep. Elaine Luria – Tuesday, May 17, 7-8:30pm

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.

Something in the Water. June 17-19 – National Mall

Something in the Water music festival is traveling up I-95 from Virginia Beach and to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the three-day Juneteenth weekend.  Pharrell Williams, the rapper and recording artist who organized the first festival in 2019 in Virginia Beach is bringing the Something in the Water music festival to D.C. 

Virginia residents will have special access to a “Virginia Locals Only” presale taking place Friday, April 29 from 10:00am ET through 5:00pm ET.

Pro-Choice Virginia’s 20th Anniversary Gala, Arlington, VA

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Could this come at a more important time! As we join Pro-Choice Virginia in celebrating 20 years of protecting and expanding reproductive freedom in Virginia we now must face the challenges ahead! This is an in-person event where all guests are required to be fully vaccinated. The venue has indoor and outdoor space.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Renee Bracey Sherman

Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist, abortion storyteller, and writer. She is the founder and executive director of We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions and share their stories at the intersection of race, class, and gender identity. She is also an executive producer of Ours to Tell, an award-winning documentary elevating the voices of people who’ve had abortions, and the co-author of the forthcoming book COUNTERING ABORTIONSPLAINING from Amistad/Harper Collins. 

SPECIAL GUESTS:

  • U.S. Congresswoman Elaine Luria, 2nd District of Virginia
  • U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, 10th District of Virginia

Stand up for Public Education during Teacher Appreciation Week by Stand and Deliver Virginia – Fri, May 6, 2022: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

It is time to take back the narrative. Teachers are not the threat. We will stand up for all of our students and continue to deliver honest instruction. Meet up at The Carousel on the National Mall. (Smithsonian is the closest Metro stop – Orange, Silver and Blue lines.) The U.S. Capitol will serve as our backdrop for the simple message Stand Up For Educators.

Local Indivisible groups, NEA, VEA, AFT, and elected officials have been invited. Please join and encourage all you know who believe in Public Education. We will wear RED for ED. Make and bring posters with messages in support of Pubic Education. Sign up and encourage others.

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

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.

Juneteenth Celebration: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training by The League of Women Voters of Virginia

Mon, June 20, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

Honor Juneteenth 2022 with in-depth training on the next steps of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Da’Quan Love, former Executive Director of the Virginia NAACP and owner of Reflex Strategy Group.


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