Hooray, we now have 51 seats in the US Senate! This will make a big difference.
Now it is time to take care of Virginia. Not only do we have our own Senate race in District 7 to win, but we have an upcoming legislative session where we need to show our power and our entire state is up for re-election in November 2023.
This email is long and includes actions we need to do now, as well as events to mark on your calendar. Please scroll to the bottom for the big announcement of the 7th Annual Women’s Summit, July 22-23.
CALLS TO ACTION:
Please support the teaching of complete and true history and social science in Virginia’s elementary and secondary schools by supporting the History and Social Science Standards of Learning and Curriculum presented to the Virginia Board of Education in August 2022. Details of the issue can be found in the petition linked here. Please sign it! You can also view the list of who provided input on Youngkin’s draft history standards here. Contact Marianne: marianne.
URGENT CALL TO ACTION – ASAP – Oppose the “Dirty Deal” Don’t let the Mountain Valley Pipeline be moved forward!
Manchin is trying to slip his “permitting bill” into the national defense funding bill. Please keep calling until you reach an aide at all three of your members of congress and try to do it each day. Tell them that you are a constituent and you want them to oppose the dirty deal. Please use this toolkit and stay up to date.
Use this easy portal https://tinyurl.com/
|Canvassing on December 11th – Sign Up for Bus Ride to Canvass for SD7/Aaron Rouse on 12/11/22|
Canvassing on December 16th – Senator Dave Marsden is planning a canvassing carpool (from Fairfax). Please email Senator Marsden (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
SD-7 Special Election Phone Bank 2: December 15th, at 6PM on Zoom
Canvassing January 7-8th – Sign up Here for the Grassroots Canvassing GOTV Weekend
Postcards – Sign up here: postcards4va.com Sign up for one-on-one meeting with Field Director, Tonianne Beals
Donate – https://secure.actblue.com/donate/rouseforsenate
Friday, December 9, 5pm
Rally for Starbucks Workers United
2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington
Starbucks Workers United is holding a rally in Arlington on a national day of action, the one-year anniversary of the first Starbucks union victory in Buffalo. This rally is a chance for the entire community to come together to tell the workers we have their backs, and to tell Starbucks that union-busting is bullying and we will not tolerate bullying. Speakers at the rally include Congressman Don Beyer, Fairfax County Board Chair Jeff McKay, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, VOICE Co-Chair Pastor Keith Savage of 1st Baptist Church of Manassas, Pride at Work, CASA, and many more.
Saturday, December 10th, 10am – Noon .Laura Jane Cohen for Delegate Kickoff Brunch and a campaign kickoff? Absolutely! Come join Laura Jane Cohen as she officially kicks off her campaign for the new 15th House of Delegates district with a celebration brunch. The new HD15 is an open seat and ranges from Woodson HS all the way to South County HS, so we have much work ahead!
Sherwood Regional Library
Join the Fairfax NAACP holly jolly holiday celebration with great food and fellowship and meet their new 2023-24 officers and members-at-large.
Join Buta and her team for a kickoff to 2023. Address available upon registration.
Sunday, December 11, 1 – 2pmHealthcare Justice and Advocating for a PDABRidgetop Coffee and Tea, Sterling Let’s discuss what a PDAB is and how we achieve one for Virginia! Local healthcare leaders as well as organizers from Freedom Virginia will be there talk about healthcare justice, and we would love to see you there as well.
NOVA to VA Beach for Aaron Rouse, December 11, 2022Senate Democratic Campaign Chairman Senator Scott Surovell is procuring a bus to transport canvassers to and from Virginia Beach on Sunday, December 11 to canvass for Aaron Rouse who is a candidate for the 7th Senate District in a special election on January 10, 2023.
Sunday, December 11, 4pm to 6pmLatkepalooza is back!Clare & Don’s Beach Shack in Falls ChurchMarcus and Rachel Simon will host their 9th annual Latkepalooza. The latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) are calling!
Moms Demand Action VA Advocacy Day Prep – Virtual
Join state legislative lead Mike Fox to prep for Advocacy Day 2023 (January 13). Mike will discuss the day’s schedule and logistics, what volunteers can expect, how volunteers can make the most of their visit, our legislative priorities and how to engage lawmakers.
Wednesday, December 14, 10am-11:30am
10th Annual Newton Anniversary Vigil
11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax
Join your fellow #GunSafety advocates in commemorating the 26 victims on the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre – the impetus for the monthly protests that have been held in front of the NRA headquarters in
Fairfax without fail, every single month since. This event will feature many guest speakers and the involvement of faith leaders. Please plan to attend this important event to remind the gun lobby and Congress that we have not gone away and we are still demanding better laws to protect our children and all of the people in our country from gun violence.
Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 pm ETCivility in Social Media and the News Media A group of scholars and practitioners will examine the role of social media and the news media in shaping civil discourse in America. Speakers include: Imran Ahmed, founder and CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate US/UK, Paul Cheung, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Public Integrity, Chenjerai Kumanyika (moderator), Assistant Professor of Journalism at NYU, and Sarah Sobieraj, Department Chair and Professor of Sociology at Tufts University.
Join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) for their holiday house party fundraiser at the home of Matt and Brooke de Ferranti. Enjoy holiday cheer, food and drink, and great company, including special guests Congressman Don Beyer, Delegate Hope, & Delegate Lopez to help support PPAV’s organizing efforts in the Commonwealth.
Also: Signup to volunteer with PPAV to help Lashrecse Aird win her primary in SD-13.
Please join Virginia Redress Network’s monthly meeting to learn what progress Virginians are making on restitution and the many issues relating to racial and social justice. REGISTER HERE
Sunday, January 8, 4:00pm
Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting
Virtual Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting
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Join volunteers from across the state for our annual Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Richmond! State Sen. Jennifer McClellan will be the keynote speaker at the morning kickoff meeting. Volunteers will have an opportunity to meet their lawmakers, engage with them about our legislative priorities, and network with volunteers at caucus meetings.
Monday, Jan 16 – 2-5 PM Honor MLK Vigil and Lobby Day Please plan to join the Virginia Center for Public Safety, its partners, and the Virginia Community as we honor the memory and teachings of a great civil rights leader who was killed by gunfire. We will also honor the lives of all Virginians killed by gun violence and we invite you to commit to reducing gun violence by raising your voice for responsible gun laws. More details including information on buses from Roanoke, Hampton Roads, and NoVA, are coming.
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