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Virginia Organizing events this week

Upcoming Events:

Saturday 8.30.2014

Free DACA Workshop- Taller Gratis DACA
When: 4-7 pm
Where: St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

Need DACA? -Need a work permit? -Were you born after June 15, 1981? -Did you come to the U.S. before you turned 16? -Come to the workshop and see if you qualify!
Have DACA?-Need to renew your work permit? -The time to renew is four to five months before your work permit expires! Come to our FREE legal workshop. Attorneys and trained volunteers will be available to assist you. 
What is DACA? DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is an immigration program. People who qualify for DACA can receive a work permit, a driver’s license (in almost every state), and more!
DACA is renewable.It is important to apply for renewal on time so that you do not risk losing your DACA status, permission to work, ID/driver’s license, and other benefits.

Monday 9.1.2014

Light the Way to Comprehensive Immigration Reform
When: 6:30-7:30pm
Where: The Town Center of Virginia Beach, 222 Central Park Ave

Friday 9.5.2014 through Sunday 9.7.2014

Grassroots Gathering!
When: 5pm Friday to 12 noon on Sunday
Where: Blackstone, VA

Join Virginia Organizing members from across the state for our annual Grassroots Gathering. Meet great people, learn new organizing skills and have a lot of fun! Contact Nik Belanger at nik.belanger@virginia-organizing.org for more information.

Monday 9.8.2014

Richmond Transit Action Team Meeting
When: 7-8:30pm
Where: Northside Grill, Richmond

Tuesday 9.9.2014

Washington County Board of Supervisors Meeting
When: 6:30-9pm
Where: County Board Building

Friday 9.12.2014

Petersburg Chapter Fundraiser
When:  6-9pm
Where: 1200 W Washington St. Petersburg, VA 23803

The Second Friday Stand Outs is a monthly talent Showcase in Petersburg, Va. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go toward the Petersburg Chapter of Virginia Organizing

Tuesday 9.16.2014

Petersburg Chapter Community Collage
When: 6-8pm
Where: 228 S Sycamore St. Petersburg, VA 23803

Join the Petersburg Chapter of Virginia Organizing and other groups across the county as we examine the role of local government. We will be connecting with others across the country using a video conference program called FUZE. For more information, please contact Fancy Terrell at 804.943.4683

Wednesday 9.17.2014

Fredericksburg Chapter Meeting
When: 6:30-8 pm
Where: Free Lance Star, 616 Amelia Street, Fredericksburg

Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Chapter Meeting
When: 6:30-8 pm
Where: Augusta County Library, Jefferson Highway, Fishersville, VA

Jose Antonio Vargas Documentary Screening “Documented”
When: 7-9pm
Where: Old Dominion University, 5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. 'Documented' chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/ provoateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.

Documentary Trailer available at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3057836/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt

Wednesday 9.24.2014

Harrisonburg/Rham County Chapter Meeting
When: 6:30-8 pm
Where: Lucy Simms Center: 620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA

Thursday 9.25.2014

Petersburg Chapter Meeting
When: 6:30-8 pm
Where: 137 Harrison St., Petersburg, VA 23803

Friday 9.26.2014

Fredericksburg Immigration Team Meeting/ Reunion del Equipo Fredericksburg para la Inmigracion
When: 6-7:30 pm
Where: Free Lance Star, 616 Amelia Street, Fredericksburg, VA





About the South Hampton Roads Chapter


The South Hampton Roads Chapter of Virginia Organizing meets every other month at 7 p.m. at Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach. We have created issue teams so that folks can address their specific passions while standing in solidarity together in supporting each other on all issues of social justice that have been agreed upon by the chapter supporters. We are currently working collaboratively with like-minded allies on the issues of Health Care,  Economic Justice and Tax Equity, Immigration Reform, Affordable Housing, Jobs, Predatory Lending, Keeping the Ban on Uranium Mining, Transportation and Voter Protection/ Suppression Issues in the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. What's the greatest need in your community? Please join us and find out how you can make a difference!

Artículos que le pueden ayudar a desarrollar una organización comunitaria poderosa

Esta sección contiene artículos que le pueden ayudar a desarrollar una organización comunitaria poderosa y a trabajar temas de importancia. Los artículos son reimpresiones de virginia.organizingla revista de noticias del Virginia Organizing.

Social Security Means Nearly $20 Billion a Year for Virginians

Originally posted by the Public News Service on August 29, 2014

by Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA

RICHMOND, Va. - At the ripe old age of 79, Social Security is helping Virginia residents and the economy.

While pensions have changed, jobs have been lost and homes have lost equity, one in six folks in the state rely on Social Security benefits. As the program celebrates another birthday, federal figures show it brings almost $20 billion a year to Virginia - nearly 5 percent of the state's total income.

Ginger Thompson, communications director for AARP Virginia, said it's enough to keep hundreds of thousands out of poverty.

"Thirty-eight percent of the state's population over the age of 65 would have incomes below the poverty line if they did not receive Social Security," she said.

Despite concerns about the program's solvency, Thompson said it's facing only a modest shortfall in the future. This year's Social Security Trustees report projects the program can pay all benefits in full for nearly two decades, and three quarters of benefits after that.

Some members of Congress are pressing to dismantle the program, citing the future shortfalls. But Eric Kingson, a distinguished fellow at Syracuse University and co-director of the group Social Security Works, said some of the fears are overblown. He said it really only needs minor changes - and likens it to road repairs.

"Like our highway system - occasionally you run into some bumps in the road, but you don't start talking about ripping up the system," he said. "But the folks who want to destroy it, who want to pull it part, they do start talking about, 'The sky is falling.' "

The wealthy only make Social Security payroll contributions on their first $117,000 of earnings. Thompson said raising that cap is one of many options for shoring up the program. She said they want people to get connected to the debate over Social Security's future and let their leaders know what they want. 

"Have a conversation about the future of Social Security," she said, "and take that conversation out of Washington and into the communities."

A report from Social Security Works is online at socialsecurityworks.org.

Virginia Organizing Held Vigil to Support Immigrant Families, Urge President to Stop Deportations

For Immediate Release: August 26, 2014

Fredericksburg, Va.—The Fredericksburg Chapter of Virginia Organizing held a vigil on Monday, August 25 at Old Mill Park to call on President Barack Obama to stop the deportations that separate immigrant families and support the refugee children crossing the Southern border. The vigil included a candlelight labyrinth created by local artist Patricia Smith for participants to spiritually reflect on the crisis families are facing.
“People say we should take care of our own instead of helping others. I completely disagree with that,” said Virginia Organizing Fredericksburg Chapter leader Aide Sanchez. “It is our moral duty to help people in need. Our actions speak louder than words.”
Dr. Daniel Trementozzi, Medical Director of the Caroline Christian Health Center, also spoke at the vigil.
“In God’s kingdom, there are no borders. His compassion doesn’t see those lines in the sand. God commands us to love the immigrant, and His love compels us to do that; to do something,” said Trementozzi.
Virginia Organizing has repeatedly called on President Obama and Congress to stop deportations and work toward comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
Photos are available by clicking here. To interview a spokesperson for Virginia Organizing, please contact Amanda Pohl at 804-337-1912 or amanda@virginia-organizing.org.


Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization that brings people together to create a more just Virginia.