To Donate, click here for ActBlue or follow the button above for Paypal
Stay Engaged! Click here to sign up for updates, learn about issues, and receive invites to upcoming events.
Our Friend and Colleague, Alejandra Pablos
You should all have received an email with instructions on how to write a letter from your organization to help Alejandra Pablos with National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Virginia Latina Advocacy Network (NLIRH VA LAN). Alejandra was detained by ICE when she went in for her regular check in in Tucson, Arizona. She is being held without a bond hearing. In addition to what you can do as an organization, we are asking individuals to sign a petition calling for her release. Also, here are 10 ways to help Alejandra and if you want to bring items for a care package to our March 28th partner meeting, we'll be happy to make sure they get to her. Now is our opportunity to demonstrate that our words are not empty when we say we have the backs of our immigrant friends and neighbors. Now is when there is something that you can do today and every day to help Alejandra.
March VCET Meeting
Our first monthly meeting of 2018 will take place from 2 to 4 pm on March 28th at Burke Centre Library (5935 Freds Oak Rd, Burke, VA 22015) in Meeting Room 116. We'll be learning more about the new back end system that works to make our Voter Registration efforts better, planning together for the Census 2020 work ahead and getting our first look at the shared universe we'll be working on together for our voter contact work in 2018. We look forward to seeing you there.
Welcome New VCET Partners
There are two new partners to welcome at VCET. Spread the Vote is a national organization devoted to counter-acting the damage done by photo ID laws. They work to make sure every eligible voter has a photo ID. They now a Virginia chapter led by Kathy Marmet. If you'd like more information you can reach Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together We Will RVA is one of the new organizations formed after the 2016 election. Their mission is to foster grassroots efforts for progressive change with an emphasis on activism training, dismantling oppression, elevating members of under-represented groups to leadership and supporting progressive leaders who most exemplify our core values. Carolina Lugo from their Steering Committee has been our main point of contact. You can reach Carolina at email@example.com.
Kicking Off Our Year Long Work on Racial Equity in Hiring/Staffing
As we announced at the end of 2017, we believe it's important that our work on racial equity starts by looking inward and examining our own actions. We provided some initial training and started those conversations at the end of the year. Next week we'll roll out our baseline survey asking about what your organization is doing to better understand how things work now. Then we'll work together to set goals, provide tools and training to reach those goals and analyze the results again a year from now. Watch for the email early next week and please complete the survey by April 5th.
Job Opportunity: Communications Specialist
ProgressVA is seeking a Communications Specialist. This role will be responsible for developing plans and strategies to hold members of Congress accountable. An ideal candidate has excellent writing and verbal communication skills with the ability to tell a story that moves people to take action. One must be willing to travel across Virginia, especially the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia regions. Find more information and apply here.
Job Opportunity: Campaigns Coordinator
NAKASEC VA is hiring for a Campaigns Coordinator! They are looking for an individual who is dedicated to building power with Korean and Asian Americans in Virginia for racial, economic and social justice. This is a full-time position and based in Annandale, VA. Please visit their website for more details about the position, organization and how to apply: http://nakasec.org/8049.
Hear About the Poor People's Campaign
All VCET partners are invited to learn about the Poor People's Campaign launched by Reverend Barber and the Repairers of the Breach. The campaign will "unite tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality." You can see more here: https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/ The meeting will be held at the SEIU Virginia 512 office at 4914 Radford Avenue, Suite 215, Richmond, VA 23223 on March 27th from 12 noon to 1:30 PM.
DATA Tip of the Week
We’re happy to announce that the 2017 general election vote history is now available in VAN. Finally, we are able to more fully evaluate the effectiveness of our GOTV programs from last fall.
For example, to look at a program from last fall, open a saved list or saved search that you used for your program. Note the number of voters in that list, then narrow it by people who voted in 2017. That way, you’ll see what proportion of your universe voted last year.
Also, it is a good time to assess you staff’s knowledge of VAN and data management in general now that the General Assembly session is over. Contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-928-3949 to arrange training or to pick his brain about your data needs.
Calendar of Events
(Click the link above to view our web calendar)