Category: Civic Engagement

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We are dedicated to encouraging civic engagement and empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to help them to work collaboratively together, democratically and non-violently, for change.

We work toward this end so that those who have positions of authority in our governmental bodies, law enforcement agencies and institutions of learning will reflect the diversity of our communities. We organize meetings, actions and campaigns so that our public officials will be held accountable. We believe in the rights of workers, consumers, shareholders and taxpayers to democratic self-organization.

Stategic Planning and Action Weekend

Stategic Planning and Action Weekend

Virginia Organizing had a weekend with people moving to action and learning new strategies across the state. In Blacksburg, about 60 people came out to an intensive 16 hour commun ...

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Exercising Our Rights Beyond the Polls

Exercising Our Rights Beyond the Polls

On Tuesday, November 8, Americans voted and elected a new President and other federal and local officials. After the results of the election became clear, many people reached out ...

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Virginia Organizing continues conversation with Danville police for ‘more accountability’

Virginia Organizing continues conversation with Danville police for ‘more accountability’

Standing on the steps of City Hall, members of Virginia Organizing announced the progress they are making in an ongoing conversation with Danville police on accountability and tra ...

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We’re Still Here.

We’re Still Here.

Today, I woke up to a world that I had refused to imagine yesterday, a world much less secure and inclusive, much less just and caring. It wasn’t that I didn’t know there was bigo ...

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We need a plan.

We need a plan.

We’ve got a big election happening in Virginia tomorrow! Virginia Organizing wants to know: What is your Election Day action plan? Will you tweet us @VAOrganizing, reply to this e ...

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Time to Get Out the Vote for November 8

Time to Get Out the Vote for November 8

The voter registration deadline has passed and now it is time to think about voter turnout in Virginia for the November 8 Election Day. The Presidential election is probably the m ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Voter Registration Deadline Extended

BREAKING NEWS: Voter Registration Deadline Extended

BREAKING NEWS! Did you miss the October 17 voter registration deadline? The Department of Elections website was malfunctioning that day and some voters did not get to register. If ...

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Secretary Thomasson to Join Virginia Organizing for Restoration of Rights Celebration

Secretary Thomasson to Join Virginia Organizing for Restoration of Rights Celebration

What: Restoration of Civil Rights Information Session for Returning Citizens When: Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. Where: Lucy Simms Center (620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 2280 ...

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Virginia’s ‘sophisticated Jim Crow’ bans felons from voting

Virginia’s ‘sophisticated Jim Crow’ bans felons from voting

Published by the Toronto Star The state’s racist law blocks ex-offenders from voting for life without the governor’s personal approval. Black Virginians are disproportionately dis ...

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Grassroots Gathering 2016: Brief Recap

Grassroots Gathering 2016: Brief Recap

Over the weekend of September 16-18, Virginia Organizing leaders gathered at Smith Mountain Lake to discuss important issues facing Virginians this year like education justice, en ...

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