Hold on to your hats; we have a blockbuster of events which start tonight with the first of 2 Virginia Rallies for Abortion Rights, hosted by Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance. Then we move right into talking about how we will WIN in Virginia with a strong lineup for the Friday Power Lunch. And then the 6th Annual Women’s Summit launches its first of 3 major events to get ALL IN to Win Virginia. Save some energy for Sunday’s Rally in Hampton Roads and/or the inaugural Loudoun Pride Festival which looks amazing and where you will see me and others from Network NOVA. Finally, on Sunday there will be a fabulous fundraiser, Tidewater to Lake Barcroft in support of one of the best and most effective Member of Congress, Representative Elaine Luria. Please join me as we get an inside look into the January 6th Hearings, among the most important events in recent history. There are some new Calls To Action, please take a moment to make a difference. And finally, please get yourself on the Virginia Grassroots Power Map Here. We need to grow our power to WIN!
Do it all,
PS: Read the ALL IN to Win Virginia article by Julie Galdo in Blue Virginia.
Join the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance (VREA) to demonstrate opposition to abortion bans and the strength of the abortion rights movement. Send an undeniable message to bad actors that there will be political, economic, electoral and cultural consequences for limiting and ending access to abortion.
Friday, June 24, 2022 NOON
New leadership brings more people to the table for innovative strategic thinking.
This week on the Friday Power Lunch we will have an up close and personal conversation with the new Democratic leadership of the Virginia House of Delegates: Chair Del. Don Scott Jr. and Vice Chair of Outreach Del. Dan Helmer. After the devastating loss in 2021, there is much to discuss as the House prepares to win back the majority in 2023!
“I know Don [Scott] better than most as we both represent Portsmouth and House Dems are getting a leader of integrity, grit and smarts that will lead them back into the majority,” Senator Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth.
“The Geographical diversity of the two new leaders will be good for the caucus and the Commonwealth.” Del. Angelia Williams Graves, D-Norfolk.
“Scott is bringing Democrats to the table from across the state. He wants people who disagree with him at the table. The idea is that with all voices heard, Democrats can craft the best policy and govern successfully.” Del. Karrie Delaney, D-Fairfax.
Next, we will celebrate Network NOVA’s 6th Annual Women’s Summit in-person events by speaking with two representatives from Northern Virginia: Representative Don Beyer (CD 8) and Representative Gerry Connolly (CD 11), as well as community leader, civic engagement strategist, candidate for Mayor of Fairfax, Catherine Read about the role the Women’s Summit plays to inspire activists to stay involved and even run for office!
Whether or not you are able to attend the NoVA event this upcoming weekend, you can be with us in spirit! NOW is the time to register to take advantage of the new ALL IN to Win Virginia online platform. This is our private grassroots community for the long game. Videos of all live events as well as workshops, panels, one-on-one conversations with candidates, interest groups, and community building will occur in the new platform. Register now for any of the 3 planned festivals and you will automatically have full ongoing access into our ALL IN to Win Virginia online platform.
The biggest and most colorful pride to come to Northern Virginia is here this weekend. Join Equality Loudoun and many, many more for the inaugural Loudoun Pride festival filled with live performances, community vendors, food, music, and more! Loudoun Pride festival is open to all ages, so bring your friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy this day of love and unity!
Please join us lakeside for this exciting opportunity to get an inside look into one of the more important events in recent history and meet and support one of the best and most effective Members of Congress, Representative Elaine Luria.
Join American Promise leaders and top professionals in the Social Work field helping to make our systems work better for all Americans and advance justice and equality. There will be an overview of how social workers pursue systemic change to ensure human rights and social justice for all Americans. Learn how the For Our Freedom Amendment would help enhance equality and justice by reducing the influence of wealthy donors and special interest groups and restoring the voice of everyday Americans.
CALLS TO ACTION
Add your voice to Clean Virginia’s petition to Dominion Energy’s primary regulator, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, in response to the utility’s request to raise customer bills by up to $24 a month. By adding your voice, you’re telling regulators and Dominion just how much the utility’s short-sighted reliance on volatile fossil fuels impacts you. Tell regulators to protect Virginians from rate shocks!
Campaign Finance Reform – Advocacy Begins
In anticipation of influencing legislators and pushing for campaign finance reform in Virginia, the MoneyOut group is asking for early action to push for the timely convocation of the Joint Sub-Committee on Campaign Finance Reform. Take Easy Action by: 1) signing the campaign finance petition if you are an individual, click here and 2) if you are a group, please sign-on to our advocacy letter here.
URGENT Call to Action on Gun Violence Protection.
UPDATE (Please send and share with friends in other states, even if you sent a previous email. )
Urge your Senators to vote for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The vote is expected by the end of the week. This bill includes $15 billion for mental health programs and school security. It also closes the domestic violence “Boyfriend Loophole.” Though the bill does not include a ban on Assault Weapons or high-capacity magazines, it contains the “most significant new gun restrictions since the 1990s.” [Wash Post]
Stop Environmental Injustice and Inequity on African American Communities
Please lend your support to request that Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine come personally visit the Brown Grove Community in Hanover County, Virginia, to help craft a solution to stopping the erasure of this historic African American community. Click here to take action.
Become an Election Official or Poll Observer
Wondering how you can help with elections? Consider becoming an election official. This is why: Bannon is working to place far right election officials in election offices to help overturn elections so we need to sign up to be election officials. Info on How to Become an Election Official.
Before you go, please 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 arises in your new districts. AND please forward this to at least one friend, we need to build power for 2023 and beyond!
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