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Dear Friends,

As usual in Virginia, 2023 has only just begun but we are already deep in special election season.  We have the opportunity to add, not only to our Virginia Senate, but to our House of Delegates on the January 10, 2023 Special Elections. 

I want to bring to your attention the race in HD24. Jade Harris will be running in a special election for House District 24, due to the recent death of Delegate Ronnie Campbell.  This is a unique chance to take a seat in rural Virginia.  Many of us have already written postcards and started in with phone banking.  Please see the opportunities below and support Jade with phone calls, canvassing and/or donations.

Our next order of business will be lobbying our legislators in Richmond. Please join this week’s Friday Power Lunch where we will cover the special elections and 2023 legislative priorities and lobbying efforts. We will also highlight our Press Conference with Personality on January 15th. We encourage all to sign up and share the NEW ZOOM LINK.

Today’s Tidbits is a shout out for help this week for these Special Elections. Please join me in starting the new year by investing a few hours this week.

ALL IN for 2023,


**Special Elections – January 10, 2023**

Support Candidate Aaron Rouse – SD7!

Support Candidate Holly Seibold – HD35! 

Support Candidate Jade Harris – HD24

Jan 5, 2023 06:00 PMLegislative Briefing: Protecting Abortion Rights during the 2023 Virginia Legislative Session Join Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia (PPAV) to learn about Gov. Youngkin’s and Virginia Republicans’ plans to attack abortion rights during the 2023 Legislative Session and how you can help us fight back and defeat these unpopular and dangerous proposals.

January 6, 6:30-8:30pm

Black Women On Deck

Abugida Ethiopian Cuisine and Cafe

14804 Build America Dr, Woodbridge 

Join Delegates: Charniele Herring, Candi Mundon King, Michelle Maldonado and Briana Sewell. RSVP:

Saturday, January 7, 1-2:30-pm

Coastal Community Meeting

Hampton History Museum

Virginia LCV in partnership with BlueGreen Alliance, Common Defense and Climate Action Virginia will be hosting a live community discussion at the Hampton History Museum to cover regional issues and how federal investments in climate can benefit the community. This event will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and other federal legislation, educate guests on federal climate investments, and amplify local perspectives and concerns on climate action.  

Special guests will include local electeds and community leaders who represent the Hampton Roads region and our keynote speaker, Congressman Bobby Scott.

Saturday, January 7th 5-6:30pmAdele McClure Campaign KickoffArlington, VAMeet Adele McClure, who is running for the new VA House District 2 in Arlington. Reconnect with your Arlington neighbors and hear how Adele plans to represent us in the coming years. Special Guests include: Congressman Don Beyer, House Leader Don Scott, Senator Barbara Favola, Delegate Patrick Hope and County Board Member Matt de Ferranti.

Sunday, January 8, 6:00pmVirginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting Virtual Virginia Grassroots Coalition Meeting Join 50+ grassroots groups as we review our legislative priorities and get ready for session.REGISTER

Monday, January, 9, 7 pm

Climate & Clean Energy Working Group

Hear about priority bills and what to watch for in the 2023 session, as well as efforts to make sure Virginia is getting the most out of federal initiatives like the Inflation Reduction Act. 

Featuring dynamic guest speaker, Blair St. Ledger-Olson of Climate Cabinet  – a key player in Virginia’s climate & clean energy policy making, working to advance our goals and providing legislators with cutting edge support. Zoom link for January 9.

Monday, January 9th, 7:30pmCulture Wars and Weaponization of Critical Race Theory
 Former VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni will explain the origins and historical context of Critical Race Theory (CRT), how the CRT discourse was shaped over the last 2 years, and how the CRT debate influences education. Sponsored by 4 Public EducationNAACP Fairfax, and the Hamkae Center.
 Also please consider addressing this call to action from the Hamkae Center

Wednesday, January 11, 8 – 9 pm

Kick Off Event – Making Big Progress in 2023!

American Promise current and future volunteers – help kick off 2023 strong! With each election cycle the amount of big, outside, dark money continues to increase and drown out the voices of the American people.

Friday, January 13, 9:00 AMMoms Demand Action VA-Statewide-Advocacy Day 2023 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.

Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 am

Day for All People


Join Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy at the General Assembly to advocate social justice. 

After a light breakfast, the program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. We will review our priority issues and then everyone will meet with their State Senator at 10:00 a.m. and Delegate around 10:45 a.m.  

Lunch will be served around 11:30 a.m. and people will have an opportunity to gather with others from their area. Workshops will be held after lunch. The day will end by 3 p.m. 

There is free transportation from Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. Once you register for the event, you will be able to register for transportation. 

Monday, January 23, 2023

VREA Advocacy Day 2023 

Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance (VREA) is calling on all abortion and reproductive justice advocates, supporters, and allies to join for a day filled of action and advocacy at the Virginia Capitol.

Anti-abortion legislators are more emboldened than ever before to push abortion bans, restrictions, and attacks on bodily autonomy through the General Assembly. We need you to help us stop them in their tracks!  Sign the petition.

Tuesday, January 24, 8:00am-4:00pm2023 Virginia Democracy Day Please join for a day of activities in support of good governance policy!  If you are interested in a room block at the Berkeley Hotel (2/10ths of a mile from the Capitol) for $149/night, please make a Monday night reservation here.

Wednesday, January 25, 8:30am-11:30amLeague Day 2023!Richmond Join the Virginia League of Women Voters to learn about and advocate for the right to vote amendment, protecting reproductive rights, protecting RGGI, campaign finance reform and gun violence protection. A buffet breakfast will be provided.

Thursday, January 26, 2023, 9am – 1pm

Day of Action for Affordable Energy

Richmond, VA

Join the Energy Burden Coalition for a Day of Action for Affordable Energy

January 28, 2023

Gamble for Your Rights Casino Night with Special Guest Robin Cantor

Please join REPRO Rising for a fun-filled evening of casino games, cocktails, dancing, and conversation about how you can help fight all attempts to restrict abortion access in Virginia.

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