I had a fun day yesterday, first visiting the Bold Rock Brewery, where we will host our Rural ALL IN to Win Virginia Festival. The Brewery deck and field were as delightful as I had remembered—surrounded by pines and sprinkled with apple trees. Please join us at what will be a fantastic festival. We will have a large advocacy fair with all of our favorite sponsors and important issue areas. Envision the informative, fun, celebratory activities out in the country over looking the Rockfish Valley, with music from the Rain Pickers.
The last part of my day included joining the Rural Democrats Summer Solidarity Bash, hosted by our friends at the Rural GroundGame. I had a very good time surrounded by farmland and foothills, talking to rural Democrats and hearing from the many specials guests as they introduced our 4 rural Candidates, Herb Jones, Josh Throneburg, Jennifer Lewis, and Taysha DeVaughan. There was fabulous music and good food from the grill and garden. Han Jones, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, was there and had an urgent call to action in support of abortion rights in Kansas.
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August 12 (6 pm – 9 pm)
Friday Night Social
This evening of networking, organizing, and activist energizing will take place at Basic City Beer Company located in Waynesboro, VA. Basic City is housed in a former industrial complex with high ceilings, saw-tooth windows and reclaimed pipe and wood tap room tables. A natural spring pumps a million gallons of artesian water for use in the brewery’s beers!
August 13, 2022 (11 am – 4 pm)
Rural Valley Summit
This will be a Summit like no other. We will be at the Bold Rock Nellysford Barrel Barn located at Bold Rock Cidery, a beautifully rustic timber-framed barn brewery overlooking the Rockfish River in the Shenandoah Valley near the town of Waynesboro, Virginia.
Sign UP to get ALL IN to Win Virginia! Registration includes the new ALL in to WIN Virginia online community where we are having workshops, panels, interest groups and ongoing networking. Get ALL IN NOW!
URGENT ALERT: Abortion is on the ballot on 8/2 in Kansas!
Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, many states are facing threats to their abortion access. It is essential that we maintain as many abortion access states as possible so people can receive the health care they need. The Kansas Constitution currently protects the right to seek a safe, legal abortion within the current law, but anti-abortion politicians have gotten an amendment on the ballot that would strip away that right from Kansans.
We know a threat to abortion rights anywhere is a threat to abortion rights everywhere. That’s why PPAV will be supporting Kansas’s efforts to maintain abortion access by making calls to supportive voters and making sure that they know that their abortion rights are on the ballot on August 2. Help ensure Kansans can access abortion care by joining us in reaching out to voters and asking them to take part in this critical election.
Phone Bank to Protect Abortion in Kansas
Tuesday, July 26 at 6:00 PM RSVP HERE
Monday, August 1st at 6:00 PM *Election Eve!* RSVP HERE
From the AFL CIO:
Please visit these Virginia unionized STARBUCKS stores and tell the workers you support them and have their backs (order your drink with the name Union Strong and leave a nice cash tip):
1. Cascades Marketplace – 21000 Southbank Street, Sterling
2. Gallows & Gatehouse – 3046 Gatehouse Plaza, Falls Church
3. Leesburg Plaza – 526 E Market St, Leesburg
4. Carytown- 3555 W Cary St, Richmond
5. Huguenot Village – 2059 Huguenot Road, Richmond
6. Carmia Way – 11136 Midlothian Turnpike, N. Chesterfield
7. Forest Hills & Cherokee – 6980 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond
8. Westchester Commons – 15605 WC Commons Way, Midlothian
9. Willow Lawn – 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond
10. Arthur Ashe Blvd & Myers – 1017 N Boulevard, Richmond
11. Oyster Point – 340 Oyster Point Rd, Newport News
12. Farmville – 2003 S. Main St, Farmville
13. The Bridges – 8 Old Whitmore Ave. Roanoke
Learn more about the issue of money in politics and explore how you can take action on a local level to make an impact.
Join the MoneyOutVA group to review the status of money in politics nationally and in Virginia. Passing local resolutions is the bedrock of democratic action. Hear from American Promise colleagues in Wyoming and Michigan, Ken Chestek and Hank Mayers, how they have engaged with local communities to raise their voices on the importance of getting big money out of our elections. Nearly 80 percent of Virginians, irrespective of party, want to get rid of the influence of large donors; how can they amplify their voices over special interests and deep-pocketed donors. RSVP HERE.
You will learn what you can do to make sure Biden takes bold action to protect communities from the climate emergency, keep fossil fuels in the ground, and speed a just transition to renewables.
On Thursday July 28th, join People vs Fossil Fuels coalition, GNDVA, CCAN and Th!rd Act to rally at the Congressional Baseball Game. https://nowornever.earth/
Topics: What IS Social Storming?, Social Storming steps, Setting up your Twitter account to attract followers, Understanding Twitter limits, and more. RSVP HERE
Topics: Social Storming steps, Finding more followers, Using comments & quote tweets effectively, Managing multiple accounts, Using TweetDeck, and more. RSVP HERE
Progressive Turnout Project is rallying Democrats to vote in 2022. A key element of their efforts is funding other grassroots organizations, many of whom also engage in innovative ways to connect 1:1 with the voters who can help us win, via their grant program. Join to learn more about Turnout Grants, and you’ll meet five of the inaugural grantee organizations: Voces de la Frontera, PLAN Action, New Rural Project, Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance, and Navajo County Democrats WI Senate candidate and Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes will be joining Progressive Turnout Project as a special guest Wednesday for a round table discussion highlighting hard-working community leaders working to increase Democratic turnout in Wisconsin and other states key to expanding the Democratic Senate majority. Nevada Assemblywoman Cecelia González will be in attendance to talk about the importance of grassroots organizations’ impact on elections.
Join the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality for their virtual town hall series, supported by the Harnisch Foundation. This month’s sex equality discussion is focused on Title IX and the impact, intent, and future of this landmark legislation. Speakers will include:
Kenyora Parham, Executive Director, End Rape on Campus
Ria Tabacco Mar, Director, Women’s Rights Project, ACLU
Neena Chaudhry, Vice President and General Counsel, National Women’s Law Center
Dr. Lindsay Parks Pieper, Associate Professor of Sport Management and the Director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Lynchburg
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