Virginia Civic Engagement Table

Virginia Civic Engagement Table We connect and strengthen Virginia's progressive non-profit organizations. https://linktr.ee/vcetlinks The Virginia Civic Engagement Table strengthens and connects Virginia's progressive nonprofit organizations and activists and acts as a hub for the larger progressive community.
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We believe our Commonwealth works best when every voice is heard. We are a coalition of over 35 partner organizations who have long histories of civic activism in Virginia. Some of our partners work on policy development, some on issue advocacy, some on grassroots organizing. All are committed to improving the common good by pursuing an integrated communications and civic engagement strategy. As charitable organizations, the groups do not intervene in elections to support or oppose candidates or political parties. Instead, they seek to strengthen Virginia's civic institutions by educating the public about important issues facing their communities, conducting non partisan voter registration drives and carrying out nonpartisan Get-Out-The-Vote efforts geared to underrepresented populations.

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Join @VirginiaPLP in kicking off its 2nd weekend of training with a fun, live, virtual Zumba class on May 14th! 💃 Join u...
05/06/2021

Join @VirginiaPLP in kicking off its 2nd weekend of training with a fun, live, virtual Zumba class on May 14th! 💃 Join us from your living room, porch, or wherever you are on Friday, May 14th at 6:30 pm at our virtual Zumba class. Please register in advance here by May 10th.

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Join @VirginiaPLP in kicking off its 2nd weekend of training with a fun, live, virtual Zumba class on May 14th! 💃 Join us from your living room, porch, or wherever you are on Friday, May 14th at 6:30 pm at our virtual Zumba class. Please register in advance here by May 10th.

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Join our friends Justice for Muslims Collective tonight as they celebrate the Fifth Annual Social Justice Iftar, with th...
05/06/2021

Join our friends Justice for Muslims Collective tonight as they celebrate the Fifth Annual Social Justice Iftar, with the theme "when we move towards liberation, we move together." This event brings communities together to center justice in the celebration of Ramadan and to envision a world where all marginalized communities are liberated. Get your tickets here: bit.ly/movetowardsliberation

Join our friends Justice for Muslims Collective tonight as they celebrate the Fifth Annual Social Justice Iftar, with the theme "when we move towards liberation, we move together." This event brings communities together to center justice in the celebration of Ramadan and to envision a world where all marginalized communities are liberated. Get your tickets here: bit.ly/movetowardsliberation

With the next redistricting process on the way, we can't get caught up with the partisan politics. We need to focus on w...
05/05/2021
Redistricting kicks off ruthless year of House infighting

With the next redistricting process on the way, we can't get caught up with the partisan politics. We need to focus on what's most important -- and that is ensuring Virginians are accurately represented in the maps. https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/26/appointment-scramble-redistricting-house-484760

Incumbents in states that are losing seats are about to face a zero-sum deliberation: Give up their jobs, or run against a colleague.

As early voting for the June primary elections heads into week two, we need all hands on deck! Our Election Protection t...
05/05/2021
Volunteer

As early voting for the June primary elections heads into week two, we need all hands on deck! Our Election Protection team is working hard to ensure all Virginians are heard, and we need your help - especially on May 29th and June 5th, the last two Saturdays of early voting. Please sign up today and join the squad here: https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html

Virginia Civic Engagement Table's nonpartisan Election Protection work is a year-round effort done in partnership with community members, state and national organizations, and local election...

Virginia has grown faster than the country over the past decade, by almost 8 percent. 📈 We need to ensure all Virginians...
05/04/2021
Population growth in DC and Virginia outpaces national rate | WTOP

Virginia has grown faster than the country over the past decade, by almost 8 percent. 📈
We need to ensure all Virginians are represented in the redistricting process. With a more inclusive process, we'll be able to build a more reflective and just democracy.

https://wtop.com/local/2021/04/dc-va-population-growth-outpaces-national-rate/

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows explosive growth in the number of people calling D.C. “home” over the last decade.

04/30/2021

"If the Lewis bill is not passed as states receive redistricting data over the summer, certain states will not have to get preapproval for their electoral maps affirming an absence of racial discrimination."

We need to ensure that all voices are represented and uplifted throughout the redistricting process. ☎️ Call your member of Congress to support this important voting rights legislation.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/22/black-democrats-voting-rights-484089

With #earlyvoting for the June primaries starting last week, it's time to carry our momentum into the election. It's up ...
04/29/2021
Volunteer

With #earlyvoting for the June primaries starting last week, it's time to carry our momentum into the election. It's up to all of us to protect Virginia's voting rights, and you can do that today by volunteering with our Election Protection team! Sign up to volunteer here → https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html

Virginia Civic Engagement Table's nonpartisan Election Protection work is a year-round effort done in partnership with community members, state and national organizations, and local election...

Will you be watching Pres. Biden’s Joint Address to Congress? 👀 We’ll be listening in support of the For the People Act ...
04/28/2021

Will you be watching Pres. Biden’s Joint Address to Congress? 👀 We’ll be listening in support of the For the People Act to ensure we have expanded voting rights for all Americans.
Thanks for sharing the bingo sheet, Coalition on Human Needs!

Will you be watching Pres. Biden’s Joint Address to Congress? 👀 We’ll be listening in support of the For the People Act to ensure we have expanded voting rights for all Americans.
Thanks for sharing the bingo sheet, Coalition on Human Needs!

🙋🏻‍♂️ Are you a Virginian interested in protecting our vote? Volunteer with Election Protection today to fight for every...
04/28/2021

🙋🏻‍♂️ Are you a Virginian interested in protecting our vote?
Volunteer with Election Protection today to fight for everything from Virginians' equitable access to ballots to eliminating voter suppression.
https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html

🙋🏻‍♂️ Are you a Virginian interested in protecting our vote?
Volunteer with Election Protection today to fight for everything from Virginians' equitable access to ballots to eliminating voter suppression.
https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html

04/27/2021

Happy Apportionment Week! 🎉 The recent apportionment data release is a victory for the local Virginians who worked tirelessly to ensure we have all been fairly counted.

We look forward to working with the VA Redistricting Commission to implement a transparent redistricting process that engages the public in every step. Fair maps are critical to the health of Virginia’s democracy today and everyday.

Early voting for the June primary elections started last weekend, and we need all hands on deck! Our Election Protection...
04/27/2021

Early voting for the June primary elections started last weekend, and we need all hands on deck! Our Election Protection team is working hard to ensure all Virginians are heard, and you can help today by joining the squad here: https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html

Early voting for the June primary elections started last weekend, and we need all hands on deck! Our Election Protection team is working hard to ensure all Virginians are heard, and you can help today by joining the squad here: https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html

The Virginia Counts Coalition is hosting the third “accountability viewing” during today's Redistricting Commission meet...
04/26/2021
Accountability Viewings · Virginia Civic Engagement Table

The Virginia Counts Coalition is hosting the third “accountability viewing” during today's Redistricting Commission meeting on Zoom. Join us to put pressure on the commission to be more transparent and accountable in this once-in-a-decade redistricting process! Join our watch party here → https://www.mobilize.us/virginiacivicengagementtable/event/380978/

Join us in watching the Redistricting Commission to ensure we hold accountable the commission and its work in equitably representing Virginia. In Partnership With: Advancement Project Arab American Institute CASA Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law NAKASEC Virginia Planned Parenthood Advoc...

Virginia's democracy needs protection, and you can make a difference in the upcoming election. Join us as we continue to...
04/23/2021

Virginia's democracy needs protection, and you can make a difference in the upcoming election. Join us as we continue to #ProtectTheVote by volunteering with us during early voting and on primary Election Day! Learn more and sign up at www.protectthevoteva.com!

Virginia's democracy needs protection, and you can make a difference in the upcoming election. Join us as we continue to #ProtectTheVote by volunteering with us during early voting and on primary Election Day! Learn more and sign up at www.protectthevoteva.com!

If Monday mornings don't fit your schedule to attend and provide testimony for the Redistricting Commission, we are happ...
04/22/2021

If Monday mornings don't fit your schedule to attend and provide testimony for the Redistricting Commission, we are happy to help deliver your feedback for you! Check out our form and we can work to include your feedback for testimony on Monday's Redistricting Commission meeting.

If Monday mornings don't fit your schedule to attend and provide testimony for the Redistricting Commission, we are happy to help deliver your feedback for you! Check out our form and we can work to include your feedback for testimony on Monday's Redistricting Commission meeting.

With delays in redistricting and growing threats to voting laws, our democracy needs more protection now than ever. Join...
04/20/2021

With delays in redistricting and growing threats to voting laws, our democracy needs more protection now than ever. Join our Election Protection squad. Help us protect the rights of voters across the Commonwealth during the June Primary. https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html #VAElections2021 #ElectionProtection

With delays in redistricting and growing threats to voting laws, our democracy needs more protection now than ever. Join our Election Protection squad. Help us protect the rights of voters across the Commonwealth during the June Primary. https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html #VAElections2021 #ElectionProtection

04/16/2021

Need a refresher on how Census data can affect your and your state's political power for years to come? These numbers will not only determine Virginia's legislative abilities, but the voting rights of Virginians. That's why we need to ensure all communities are represented during the upcoming redistricting process.

http://ow.ly/nP0r50EmZZ6

We need you! Join us as we continue to #ProtectTheVote by volunteering with us during early voting and on primary Electi...
04/15/2021

We need you! Join us as we continue to #ProtectTheVote by volunteering with us during early voting and on primary Election Day! Learn more and sign up at www.protectthevoteva.com!

We need you! Join us as we continue to #ProtectTheVote by volunteering with us during early voting and on primary Election Day! Learn more and sign up at www.protectthevoteva.com!

The census data needed for redistricting will likely arrive mid-August, months after states had otherwise expected to re...
04/15/2021
Get Ready For A Fight As States, Facing Census Delays, Eye Other Data For Redistricting

The census data needed for redistricting will likely arrive mid-August, months after states had otherwise expected to receive it. This is causing state governments and redistricting commissions to evaluate how to handle the delay. The Virginia Constitution explicitly dictates that the census data must be used in drawing these lines but several states are trying to devise workarounds to draw lines sooner.

The delays that the pandemic caused to the 2020 census will take the state redistricting process into uncharted territory. The...

Every year, we help to ensure that all voters can cast their ballots safely and without confusion or intimidation. This ...
04/13/2021

Every year, we help to ensure that all voters can cast their ballots safely and without confusion or intimidation. This work is vital to our democracy. Join our Election Protection squad and help us protect the rights of voters across the Commonwealth during the June Primary. https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html #VAElections2021 #ElectionProtection

Every year, we help to ensure that all voters can cast their ballots safely and without confusion or intimidation. This work is vital to our democracy. Join our Election Protection squad and help us protect the rights of voters across the Commonwealth during the June Primary. https://www.protectthevoteva.com/volunteer.html #VAElections2021 #ElectionProtection

The Virginia Redistricting Commission held another meeting yesterday, Monday April 12th. Like yesterday's meeting, we wi...
04/13/2021

The Virginia Redistricting Commission held another meeting yesterday, Monday April 12th. Like yesterday's meeting, we will be at every meeting in hosting an Accountability Viewing to ensure that we consistently hold the commission accountable to the communities that we and our partners serve across the Commonwealth. We hope you will join us! Sign up at mapva.us/accountability

The Virginia Redistricting Commission held another meeting yesterday, Monday April 12th. Like yesterday's meeting, we will be at every meeting in hosting an Accountability Viewing to ensure that we consistently hold the commission accountable to the communities that we and our partners serve across the Commonwealth. We hope you will join us! Sign up at mapva.us/accountability

Are you living in Virginia and interested in helping us protect the vote during the June Primary elections this year? Si...
04/10/2021

Are you living in Virginia and interested in helping us protect the vote during the June Primary elections this year? Sign up to volunteer with Election Protection today at bit.ly/vaep2021 To learn more, visit www.protectthevoteva.com

Are you living in Virginia and interested in helping us protect the vote during the June Primary elections this year? Sign up to volunteer with Election Protection today at bit.ly/vaep2021 To learn more, visit www.protectthevoteva.com

Have you registered to comment on Monday’s redistricting commission meeting? Last day to register is Sunday at 10 am! On...
04/09/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Redistricting Commission Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Have you registered to comment on Monday’s redistricting commission meeting? Last day to register is Sunday at 10 am! Only folks who are registered can publicly engage with the commission and give their thoughts on how to make the redistricting process more inclusive and transparent for all Virginians! Click the link to register.
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cxW7MXzRTyW5Q3f8osNTDA

4/12/2021

Join the Virginia Counts Coalition on Monday as we host the second Accountability Viewing of the Redistricting Commissio...
04/09/2021

Join the Virginia Counts Coalition on Monday as we host the second Accountability Viewing of the Redistricting Commission's hearing. Add your comments to testimony, get your answers questioned by experts, receive language and ASL interpretations, and enjoy the digital space we provide to discuss redistricting. Sign up here! mapva.us/accountability

Join the Virginia Counts Coalition on Monday as we host the second Accountability Viewing of the Redistricting Commission's hearing. Add your comments to testimony, get your answers questioned by experts, receive language and ASL interpretations, and enjoy the digital space we provide to discuss redistricting. Sign up here! mapva.us/accountability

VAPLP April Alumna Spotlight: Courtney Campbell (she/her), Cohort 2! Swipe to learn more about her amazing work!
04/09/2021

VAPLP April Alumna Spotlight: Courtney Campbell (she/her), Cohort 2! Swipe to learn more about her amazing work!

Sunday 4/11 at 10 am is the last day to register to comment at the 4/12 redistricting meeting (also at 10 am). Those who...
04/08/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Redistricting Commission Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Sunday 4/11 at 10 am is the last day to register to comment at the 4/12 redistricting meeting (also at 10 am). Those who are registered can publicly comment and ask the commission questions relating to their plans, meeting schedules and redistricting goals. Register below to have your voice heard at Monday’s meeting!
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cxW7MXzRTyW5Q3f8osNTDA

4/12/2021

As we wait for Virginia's Redistricting Commission to draw new legislative maps, candidates will be running under the cu...
04/08/2021
Virginia’s redistricting commission plans to submit redrawn legislative maps before Nov. 2 elections

As we wait for Virginia's Redistricting Commission to draw new legislative maps, candidates will be running under the current maps during the November elections. We must ensure the voices of all communities are uplifted and represented during an unprecedented election based on maps that don't accurately represent Virginia's populations.

The new timeline could give state delegates and senators in the General Assembly an opportunity to approve or reject legislative maps that will be used for the next decade before the Nov. 2 electio…

"Black votes can't count equally if we aren't in districts where our votes can make a difference. Predictive voting is n...
04/07/2021
Here is Where I Draw the Line: Redistricting in VA

"Black votes can't count equally if we aren't in districts where our votes can make a difference. Predictive voting is not a true reflection of democracy. Too often Black citizens feel like their vote doesn't matter allowing Black people to have an excuse not to vote or care less for voter education. Let's change that narrative and hold our state government accountable." Read more from Kayla Lipscomb, Black Organizing Program Organizer, for Planned Parenthood Advocates for Virginia, on why redistricting is so important to her and her work.

When I tell people I work at Planned Parenthood, people typically are surprised. I don’t wear scrubs or have a medical degree, but I…

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INSPIRE THE VOTE by joining the Voter Challenge! Share who you're voting in honor of on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Use hashtag #VoterChallengeVA (Sponsored by Virginia Grassroots Coalition and member groups) https://www.facebook.com/events/1042752376213758
📣📣 Week three of special session happening now! 🏘Virginia House stream: https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/chamber/chamberstream.php 🏣Virginia Senate stream: https://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php 📃Details on bills: https://lis.virginia.gov/
Two days away!! Please share the event far and wide - we've got an awesome panel including: - Delegate Joshua Cole, HD28 - Elisa Ortiz, 2020 Complete Count Committee Co-Chair of Arlington - Jackie Rivas, League of Women Voters of the U.S. Redistricting Committee Co-Chair of Arlington - Dominique Dowling, NAACP President of George Mason University Chapter - Jeremy Mayer, Schar School of Policy and Government Professor at George Mason University Hope to see you there-- and bring a friend! bit.ly/1vaRTfb
TODAY! It takes less than 5 minutes to let your Delegate know you want them to be a leader in fair redistricting reform. Click below to find your representative, their phone number, a sample script, and dial now! bit.ly/callVAreps
The Stafford Branch of the NAACP, a non-partisan organization, is hosting a Candidate Forum this Friday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg (UUFF), 25 Chalice Circle in South Stafford County. This forum, one of three held this month, will feature Candidates running for state office, who will be on Stafford County ballots. This includes House Districts 2, 28 and 88, and Senate Districts 27, 28 and 36. The following state candidates have confirmed they will participate in the forums… Joshua Cole, Mark Cole, Jess Foster, Heather Mitchell, Paul Milde, Qasim Rashid, and Scott Surovell. Ronnie Ross said he might be attending. Those candidates who’ve indicated they cannot attend… Jennifer Carol Foy, Richard Stuart and Jill Vogel. The forum will be moderated by political science Professor Steve Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington. The UUFF church is located in the northwest corner of the Chatam Shopping Center, off Chatam Heights Road. Turn right after passing McDonalds and follow the UUFF signs. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/354542718756016/.
If you care about increasing the power of all Virginia's voters and live in the Arlington/Alexandria area, come to OneVirginia2021's Fall Kick-off Event, September 18th! Gerrymandering creates a system where politicians get to pick their voters instead of the other way around. But we don’t have to accept this carving up of communities and lack of regard for constituents! By getting our legislators to pass an amendment establishing Virginia’s first redistricting commission, we can create a Virginia more reflective of our diversity and more responsive to our needs. Join others who care about protecting the power of the people at our fall launch to fight for widespread and inclusive democracy. This fun event is an opportunity to learn more about the campaign, help us strategize how to win, and take action! You can RSVP here (http://bit.ly/1VAkickoffRSVP), and bring some friends too!
This is a core belief for me. Maybe it's the organizer in me. You have to start with a real human connection. Everything else comes from that.
We wanted to share this opportunity with everyone at Virginia Civic Engagement Table. Democracy Summer is free summer program for 16-22 year old students that focuses on building the next generation of progressive leadership. Coming to Richmond for the first time in 2019, the program is recruiting students interested in student organizing, learning about important issues, and gaining core fieldworking skills. If you are a student or know of one that might be interested, go to http://democracysummerpac.org to learn more and apply.
I want to add that if you don't have people of color in positions of leadership in your organization, you are likely blind to some of the answers to these questions. Look at how you can begin addressing that internal blind spot to begin to make real change.
"Healing Circle - Race: Conversation #2" begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg (UUFF) located at 25 Chalice Circle in Stafford County. This is free and open to the public. This is a continuation of the first conversation we had on Feb. 22. All are welcomed and invited to gather together for this event. Given the painful recent Virginia political challenges, bringing nationwide strong responses and trauma statewide, the UUFF's Social Justice Committee is offering this "healing Circle" monthly, which will be facilitated by Eunice Haigler and others. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/787156621654404/.
This means us too! The 🇺🇸National Popular Vote🇺🇸 Bill comes before Subcommittee 1 of the Virginia House Privileges and Elections subcommittee potentially as soon as tomorrow, Tuesday, 22 January! We need folks to be there to make sure this is voted on and votes on on the record, even if by show of hands! Please support HB2422 and share with other Virginia civic reformers! https://www.facebook.com/659468880/posts/10157477180143881
As Hurricane Florence approaches it's worth remembering that in natural disasters, as in so many other things, those who can least afford it will be hurt the most. Those who work in hourly wage jobs will likely not be able to afford to take off work, even if they live in an evacuation zone. If the place they work shuts down they will likely simply lose pay for some indefinite period of time. If electricity is out for a significant period of time they can struggle to afford to replace lost, spoiled food. They are also most likely to live in low-lying areas where homes and apartments are harder hit by flooding. It's a good time to ask ourselves how we create an economy that has a safety net for the most vulnerable, one that works for natural disasters as well.