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2018 VCET Partner Survey Now Available
As in 2017 we are asking that all of our partners complete our partner survey on your plans for the year ahead. We know that the only way we can do meaningful work together is by sharing our plans. We will be sharing the results of the survey with partners in our spring meetings. Stay tuned for more information.
New Location: General Assembly Session Friday Meetings
VCET partners meet every Friday during the General Assembly Session. This gives partners the opportunity to increase relationship-building, ask others for support and build a more progressive movement together. Our new meeting location is at the SunTrust Center (919 E. Main St, Richmond, VA) on the 4th floor (use the second set of elevators) in the Shenandoah Room from 12 -1 PM. You can also call in at 218-548-1674 and use access code 896129#.
New VCET Partners
Spread The Vote are now partnered with VCET! The organization focuses on voting rights and voter ID laws. Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. You can also contact Kat Calvin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Peninsula Voices for Change are also new partners at VCET! This organization works to create a more progressive Virginia. They focus on voter registration, redistricting reform and women’s rights. Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. Find out more about the group on their website.
State of the Resistance
Prior to Trump’s State of the Union, our partners at Sierra Club will host a panel of progressive leaders who will speak on 2017 victories, how we united to take action to protect our citizens, our democracy and our environment. Panelists will also discuss how the progressive movement will continue in 2018. The event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 30th at 6:30 PM at 4251 South Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA. RSVP for the event here. Our partners at Sierra Club will hold a watch party in Norfolk at 1083 W 37th St. Check out the Facebook Event page for more information.
New Weekly Calls During Session
We've added a new way for those of you not in Richmond to stay in the loop during the General Assembly Session. Each Wednesday at 12 noon VCET will host a one hour call. We'll share what we know, what we think we know and what we overheard that week in the General Assembly session. It still won't be the same as being in the building every day, but we hope it will help to convey some of what's happening. To join the Wednesday calls, beginning January 10th, call 218-548-1674 and use access code 896129#.
New Activist Welcome Center
Beginning January 22nd VCET will have a welcome center for all the new activists who are coming to Richmond for the first time. This will be their first stop for practical information such as where to park, how to get through security, where to put their coats and the layout of the Pocahantas building. There will also be information on the schedule of that day's committee meetings, fact sheets on important legislation and someone to answer questions.
The center will be open Monday through Thursday in the Gather building at 409 E. Main Street. We're working on signage in the entry to direct folks to the basement where we'll have the new center. If you aren't doing your own lobby day but know you have people coming to the General Assembly, please feel free to send them there for some help getting oriented.
Data/VAN Tip of the Week
VAN has released a newly updated voter file. This release adds new registrants and district information as of January 10, 2018. This release also provides a full NCOA update and certificate and updates phone and commercial information for all voters statewide.
November 2017 vote history is expected to be available in VAN in March. Watch this space for confirmation when it is released.
Powerful research and data visualizations by Vox show the effect of school district borders on racial segregation and white flight. Plus, you can look up and evaluate the borders in your local school district.
Our Data and Targeting Manager, Eric Payne, is available to discuss this process and other questions about your voter engagement programs: email@example.com.
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