Virginia Organizing could not do our work without your support, and thanks to you our numbers keep growing! We now have more monthly sustainers, and that steady generosity helps us make real change in our state.
So far this year, you helped our leaders in Portsmouth, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, and the New River Valley stand up with students against the school-to-prison pipeline.
Thanks to you, all of our chapters held rallies and media events to save the Affordable Care Act, and members from all over the Commonwealth called their representatives in Congress to demand that they protect our health care.
Together we fought the return of abrupt and questionable deportations and held educational sessions so that immigrants and their allies would know their rights. Virginia Organizing coordinated constituent meetings with a host of Commonwealth’s Attorneys and police chiefs about immigration and asked them to address citizen complaints about police mistreatment.
We helped create new procedures for accessibility in area hospitals for the deaf community and are producing informational videos so that affected members of the community know what is available.
We also registered voters, helped returning citizens get their voting rights back, and trained new members about how to stand up for themselves and their values in our democracy.
We fought hard on environmental justice, pollution, and climate change issues — clean energy and clean jobs!
We keep moving forward, and your help makes it happen. I hope you will join us at the Grassroots Gathering this year, September 29-October 1 at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, so that we can make new connections and continue to grow our organizing. (Register here: Grassroots2017.)
Thank you for your support,
P.S. Take a look at our numbers for the first six months of 2017:
1023 people attended 20 rallies to protect health care and immigrant rights
187 leaders held 7 meetings with law enforcement officials about civil rights
46 leaders met with school boards and administrators about the school-to-prison pipeline
86 members made their views known in letters to the editor
504 new skills were learned by leaders
367 new chapter members were recruited
129 people attended Democracy 101 and Organizing 101 workshops
502 more people followed us on Facebook and Twitter