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Rural Democrats are essential to our Party, serving their local communities as good neighbors and advocating for our shared values in challenging areas. Let’s all put more energy into supporting them.  Please consider donating to the Rural GroundGame’s efforts to get billboards in CD 2.  We made a nice start on last week’s Friday Power Lunch. Let’s spread the word and donate as you are able.  Also, please join the Rural Democrats at the Rural Summit Stop of the ALL IN to Win Virginia Festival, August 12-13. See below for registration information



Help Purchase Billboards in VA’s 2nd CD sponsored by the Rural GroundGame

These billboards are just one piece of a larger, layered effort to support rural Democrats in communicating to their neighbors about the values and policies that make our communities stronger. 

August 12 (6 pm – 9 pm)

Friday Night Social

Basic City Beer Company

Enjoy an evening of networking, organizing, and activist energizing at the Basic City Beer Company 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

Bold Rock Nellysford Barrel Barn

We will have a large advocacy fair with all of our favorite sponsors and important issue areas. Envision informative panel discussions, fun and celebratory activities out in the country overlooking the Rockfish Valley, with music from the Rain Pickers.

Register for the Summit

Volunteer with Rideshare2Vote

Rideshare2Vote is again offering free rides to the polls for  Democrats in Virginia. Rideshare2Vote was on the ground for the 2022 Primaries and now are steering their wheels towards early voting and November 8 in these areas: Northern Virginia to Fredericksburg, Richmond and surrounding counties, the Charlottesville area, and the Tidewater area. They had many more ride requests than drivers in these  critical areas in 2021 and want to be fully prepared to drive every voter in November 2022! Training is available to drivers on their smartphone app that connects drivers and voters and directs the drivers to the correct pickup and voting locations – trainings are held online throughout the summer. Register to volunteer as a driver, phone banker, or dispatch operator HEREContact: Tracy Scott – 713.922.0955.

Become a Virginia Election Official TODAY/EVERYWHERE – you can work anywhere in VA.  Officer of Election Interest Form Be a Poll Observer! Poll observers are the eyes and ears for the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Voter Protection Team at polling locations across the state. You will help ensure that eligible Virginians are able to successfully cast their ballot, which makes poll observing the single most important thing you can do to guarantee a strong, healthy democracy.  Info and Sign-up HERE.

Stand in solidarity with Starbucks Workers United

SIGN THE #NOCONTRACTNOCOFFEE PLEDGE and 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 –  Sterling

2. Gallows & Gatehouse – Falls Church

3. Leesburg Plaza –  Leesburg

4. Carytown –  Richmond

5. Huguenot Village –  Richmond

6. Carmia Way – N. Chesterfield

7. Forest Hills & Cherokee – Richmond

8. Westchester Commons –  Midlothian

9. Willow Lawn –  Richmond

10. Arthur Ashe Blvd & Myers –  Richmond

11. Oyster Point –  Newport News

12. Farmville –  Farmville

13. The Bridges – Roanoke

July 28, 3-4 p.m. ET

Virtual Town Hall Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

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

 July 28, 7pm to 8pmFairfax County NAACP discuss the current state of fair housing in Fairfax County and surrounding jurisdictions

Recent testing indicates discrimination in Fairfax County mortgage lending and home buying.

Speakers include:

  • Hilary S. Chapman, Housing Program Manager, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, on regionwide efforts to advance fair housing
  • Kellen M. MacBeth, Arlington NAACP, Housing Committee Chair
  • Kenneth L. Saunders, Director, Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs, Fairfax County

Friday, July 29, 2022 – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Power Concedes Nothing: Lessons from Georgia

Join Convergence Magazine for an online discussion and strategy session with Georgia organizer-contributors of the just-released, must-read book Power Concedes Nothing: How Grassroots Organizing Wins Elections.

  • Nsé Ufot, New Georgia Project
  • Cliff Albright, Black Voters Matter Fund
  • Beth Howard, SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice)

Monday, August 1st at 6:00 PM

Phone Bank to Protect Abortion in Kansas

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 6:00 PM ET Virtual Rally for RGGI: Speak up for climate action with Appalachian Voices 

Governor Glenn Youngkin wants to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional program to reduce carbon emissions from the energy sector that the state has already enacted into law. RGGI has provided millions of dollars for energy efficiency and flood prevention programs while incentivizing polluters to cut carbon emissions.

Join us to learn about the threats facing RGGI. Then we will all call Governor Youngkin’s office to tell him why the program is so important for Virginia! RSVP HERE.

Majority Leaders Applications close August 3 – don’t miss the opportunity to level up and become the leader YOU are waiting for.

The Majority Leaders training program develops the skills we need to impact change at all levels of democracy. By joining this group of like-minded women* you’ll get to learn from inspiring movement leaders, activists, organizers, and one another. The program is five weeks long (one session a week!) beginning Wednesday, August 17. Register here.

EMILY’s List is taking applications for their Ignite Change Fellowship for Fall 2022. Apply now or join the info sessions below:

Aug. 4, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT – 

Fall 2022 Ignite Change Info Session #1 

Aug. 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. EDT – 

Fall 2022 Ignite Change Info Session #2

Sunday, August 7th, 4:00pm – 5:30pmVirginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting RSVP here

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