South Hampton Roads

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!

Care for Our Earth

By Ed Maroni The future of our Earth for coming generations is bleak if we of our present world delay taking strong action to remedy our Earth's struggle to provide us sustenance. Her resources on which all living creatures depend for survival are shrinking while the demand is increasing due to population growth. The impact of such a combination for living creatures will soon be catastrophic. Food and water will become a premium for which people will be scrambling to secure, resulting in more factory farms and, perhaps, synthetic foods. Our energy supply will be in much higher demand; so, destructive practices like fracking, the harvesting of tar sand and off shore drilling will increase. Drinkable water will be a premium people will do anything for (more uranium mining, chemical, coal and nuclear plants will pose a greater threat as actually happened to the residents just outside Charleston, W. Va.). The likelihood of military action to acquire these vital resources will be initiated. China is one example of a country low on its own resources to satisfy its population and now encroaching on other nations to obtain them. The situation is tentative but each one of us can contribute to a healthier planet by our change of lifestyle, by our mindfulness to engage more in  behaviors that decrease the obliteration of resources, and by making our voices heard in the General Assembly and in Congress.

South Hampton Roads Chapter: Chapter Highlights

December 2012 Update: In the month of December the South Hampton Roads Chapter of Virginia Organizing was extremely successful in securing fifteen local meetings with state legislators to build relationship and provide essential educational information on the issues of Affordable Health Care, Keeping the Ban on Uranium Mining, Predatory Lending, Immigration Reform, and a Balanced Approach in addressing Taxes and the Budget. More than 40 folks will travel to the General Assembly in Richmond on January 22nd to follow up on these meetings and hold our legislators accountable to all Virginians. Chapter members were also successful in securing a unanimous decision from the Virginia Beach City Council in passing a resolution urging the Virginia General Assembly to Expand Medicaid in Virginia.

Care for Our Earth

Icon September 17, 2014 - 14:40 by Ed Marroni  The fall season is another chance to enjoy the awesome beauty and benefits of our wonderful Earth! Thanks goes to you who strive to preserve this wonder. Much misinformation is circulated regarding climate change and critical environmental issues by special interest groups, mainly the fossil fuel industry and those associated with it. The results include both confusion and the formation of unfounded positions about the issues.  The truth is not always easy to see! To enable us to learn how accurate our knowledge is on this topic, The Union of Concerned Scientists designed a brief quiz below, answers follow.    "Science facts from Science fiction" 1. Hotter temperatures by themselves will not endanger public health or welfare--science fact or fiction? 2. Fire-breathing animals actually existed so some scientists state-- science fact or fiction? 3. Deforestation is seen as a key contributor to global gas emissions--science fact or fiction? 4. Natural gas is essentially an emissions-free power source-- science fact or fiction? 5. There is no global warming in North America--science fact or fiction?   Answers: for questions # 1, 3, are science facts; questions  # 2, 4, and 5 are not science facts.  Go to to receive a "Got Science" sticker.

Virginia Organizing Shows Support for Medicaid Expansion in Portsmouth

Icon May 15, 2014 - 02:01 The South Hampton Roads Chapter of Virginia Organizing and other Portsmouth community members showed up to support Medicaid expansion at Virginia Senator Louise Lucas' town hall meeting on Wednesday night. Michael Kerner of Bon Secours spoke about the catastrophic effect on the Hampton Roads area if people do not get access to affordable health insurance coverage. South Hampton Roads Chapter leader Yolander Davis spoke with Delegate Johnny Joannou's legislative aid about expansion and then spoke at the town hall in support of Medicaid expansion.  For more photos, visit our Flickr page!

Virginia Organizing Chapters Raise Money for Social Justice!

Icon May 6, 2014 - 13:03 Over the last few weeks, Virginia Organizing Chapters have held fundraisers to support the social and economic justice work of Virginia Organizing. Our South Hampton Roads Chapter held a yard sale in Virginia Beach to support grassroots organizing. In Harrisonburg, the Chapter held a dance for social justice to raise money.  To see photos of these events, click here for the South Hampton Roads Chapter yard sale and here for the Harrisonburg dance fundraiser.  For more information on raising money for Virginia Organizing or making a donation, please contact Sally at or 434-984-4655. Thank you for your ongoing contributions to ensure a more just Virginia!

Marroni: The Fruits of Our Labor

Icon April 7, 2014 - 13:21 By Ed Marroni The warmer weather heralds the planting season! Growing our own vegetables can be a rewarding experience. Such action enables us to be in close contact with our Earth and to be partners with our Earth in producing food. Also, the vegetables we grow ourselves are more nutritious and tasty since they are fresh and we can control the use of feritlizer, if any. "Gardening in a Flower Pot" is the name of a garden store in Norfolk. This name for me highlights what is referred to as container gardening. A completely sunny yard or even a yard is not necessary for growing vegetables or flowers. We can grow them in containers, which can be pots, buckets, etc. Container gardening offers numerous benefits - the main one being having the freedom to move the container where the sun is shining. Also, we compose the soil so that it is rich in nutrients and weeding is not a problem. What vegetables you plan to plant will determine what size and depth the container needs to be. The plants will need to be watered more often and their number will be limited; i.e. probably, only one tomato starter to a container. For more information google Container Gardening and select the 2nd offering,"successful container gardens." Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Care for Our Earth

Icon February 9, 2014 - 20:26 This article is a condensed version of the recent Chesapeake Bay Foundation Report on polluted runoff. What a surprise and shock to learn that one inch of rainfall on an acre of impervious pavement creates 27,000 gals. of polluted runoff that, if left untreated, flows directly into the local waterways! This runoff collects everything from fertilizer, dog poop to weed killer resulting in a toxic cocktail of pollutants harmful both to humans and aquatic wild life. Further consequences are the erosion on the stream banks, the destruction of habitats and the occurence of flooding. Every year new parking lots, driveways, roofs and other hardened surfaces from development convert 10,000 acres of green filtering land in the Bay region into hard grey funnel that's equivalent to an area of land the size of D.C. Our streams, rivers and aquatic life are paying for our negligence. The good news is that there are easy, cost effective measures to reduce this source of pollution. Our state legislators need to appropriate an addtional $50 million to assist local runoff control projects for this coming fiscal year when the Va. new runoff management rules are scheduled to be implemented. SO, keep this in mind when you tend to litter, over fertilize your lawn or fail to scoop the poop.