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Virginia Civic Engagement Table April Newsletter

Virginia Civic Engagement Table April Newsletter

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The Virginia Civic Engagement Table helps grassroots organizations win shared policy and civic engagement victories.  We help coordinate issue campaigns, facilitate joint strategic planning, share new technologies and hold leadership development trainings. 

This newsletter includes some of the great work happening around the Commonwealth by our partners.

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Member Organizations

Advancement Project

Central Virginia Chapter of A. Phillip Randolph Institute

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Clean Water Fund

Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center

Fair Elections Legal Network

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation

Project Vote

Sierra Club; Virginia Chapter

Student PIRG

Tenants and Workers United

Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants SEIU Local 5

Virginia Conservation Network

Virginia Education Association

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Virginia League of Conservation Voters
Education Fund

Virginia League of Planned Parenthood

Virginia New Majority Education Fund

Virginia Organizing

Virginia Poverty Law Center

Voice of Vietnamese Americans

Women's Voices, Women Vote

In this newsletter...

2011 Progressive Leadership Convening

Thank you to all the participants of the 2011 Leadership Convening.  We had over 75 people from 20 organizations attend the full day.  We had wonderful discussions about power (The ability to get what you want!), who has it and how we can get it!  Our expert panels were a great success in the afternoon.  Special thanks to presenters Julian Walker (Virginian Pilot), Adam Rhew (NBC 29), Lowell Feld (Blue Virginia), Delegate Patrick Hope and Progressive Majority.

Upcoming Table Dates

Full Table Meeting
June 23rd, noon - 4pm
201 N Hamilton, Richmond, VA
Who:  Table Partners

Planning: Communications Strategy
1st week of June
Facilitated by Wellstone Action, this session will help us craft our joint communications strategy for the summer and fall
Who:  Table partners who are committing to do communications work in our priority regions in 2011

Planning: Field Planning for 2011
1st week of July
Facilitated by Wellstone Action, this session will help us craft our joint field plans for the summer and fall
Who:  Table Partners who are committing to do phone calls, canvassing or other direct voter contact in priority regions in 2011

Partner Highlights

Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Virginia Sierra Club and others invite you to Energize Virginia: A Citizens' Summit for Offshore Wind on June 4th in Richmond.

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia decries the governor and General Assembly’s reckless erosion of women’s health access AND prepares for two upcoming events: Luna Fest and The Power of Choice.

Virginia AFL-CIO and partners held We Are One rallies across the state on April 4th, the anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King's death,  to show solidarity with workers and oppose the attacks on the middle class. There were over 35 events across the state and 1,200 nationwide.

Virginia Education Association was successful on four of five votes in the veto session AND wants everyone to wear BLUE on May 3rd, for National Teacher's Day

Virginia Interfaith Center has continued to lead the Virginia Redistricting Coalition and the public voice for a more fair and balanced process of redrawing district linesAt the encouragement of the Center and the coalition, the Governor vetoed the redistricting bill sent to him by the legislature.

Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Virginia Conservation Network will host their annual Legislative Contact Team  workshop series for volunteers and activists.  Dates: June 14  - Richmond,  June 21 - Charlottesville, June 23 - Virginia Beach, June 30 - Arlington, July 19 - Roanoke, July 21 -  Harrisonburg.  More info  here.


Virginia New Majority fights to get fair district lines drawn in Prince William County.

Virginia Organizing held a Tax Day march in Charlottesville, to highlight where our taxes go and the need to balance our state and federal tax system so that everyone pays their fair share. The group marched through town stopping to deliver baked goods at Parks and Recreation, the police department, the library, social services, the tourism bureau, mass transit and more, to thank people who put our tax dollars to work and for the essential services they provide.

Virginia Sierra Club is celebrating Earth Day by pushing for clean energy solutions