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Alejandra Pablos is Coming Home!
Alejandra had her bond hearing yesterday in Arizona. As a result of all the grassroots organizing and the outpouring of support, she was granted bond! Thank you for your help in these efforts. But we're not done yet. Alejandra shouldn't have to live in fear of the next time ICE decides to lock her up. Please sign the petition asking the Arizona governor to pardon Alejandra to allow her to continue her work and to keep speaking truth to power!
VCET GOTV Webinar
Please join us for a special webinar on Tuesday, April 24th at 1pm. Eric, our Data & Targeting Manager, will present details on our shared universe for 2018 election-related voter engagement work. The makeup and demographics of the universe will be discussed and you'll learn how to access the universe while you set up voter contact programs in VAN. There also will be a discussion about the 2017 election results and what lessons can be learned for our work this year. Any VCET Partner who plans to do GOTV work in 2018 should be on this webinar. It is scheduled to last for 45 minutes to an hour. Login instructions will be sent out no later than Monday, April 23rd. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend. Also let us know if you're interested, but you aren't able to attend.
VCET Executive Director Retreat
Please save the date of September 18th on your calendars if you lead a VCET partner organization. We will be inviting you all to come together to do some deeper work together. We'll be gathering in the Richmond area and spending time building relationships, continuing our work on racial equity and more. Stay tuned for more information soon!
Next Monthly VCET Partner Meeting
Our next VCET partner meeting will be in Newport News on April 26th from 2 to 4 PM. We'll talk about our long term plan for Census 2020 work in Virginia, roll out information on what the 2017 voter file results tell us and share the results of our partner survey on racial equity. The meeting will be held in our office at 12448 Warwick Blvd in Newport News. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
Scholarships Available for Fundraising Training
In our continuing effort to help our partners increase their fundraising capacity, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training's 2018 Money for Our Movements Conference July 27-29 in Atlanta, GA. Only one scholarship is available per organization. Scholarships cover the cost of registration and $200 to offset hotel costs. Please apply on line prior to June 15th. Scholarships are awarded on a first come basis until all allocated funds are used.
Join the 2020 Census Coalition
Many of you have been following the news of all the challenges involved with the 2020 census. If you haven't, you should know that there are new and serious obstacles to a complete and accurate count of all Virginians in 2020. The results of that will have serious impacts on our democracy, voting, redistricting, budgets, schools, hospitals and so much more. There are things we can all do to make sure every Virginian is counted. If you're interested in being a part of the coalition working on this issue, please contact Laura Polk at Laura@engageva.org.
Data Tip of the Week
Data, Perspectives and Stats
Brian Schaffner examines how Trump’s racist comments provide space for citizens to denigrate and stereotype members of the Hispanic and Latinx community.
Michael Li breaks down why the Census’s proposed citizenship question is a bad idea. Contra Secretary Ross, Census has actually done research to show why adding this question is problematic for interview-respondent interactions.
California has pre-registered over 96,000 teenagers to vote, and the evidence indicates this is a good way to increase voter turnout.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend our GOTV webinar on Tuesday, April 24th at 1pm.
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