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Our Response to CharlottesvilleRacism, violence, domestic terrorism and hate were in full display in Charlottesville last weekend. It was hard for most of us to be surprised. It's been pretty clear to most of us that Virginia is racist. Now it's time for all of us to respond. We've been talking with partners over the last few days and we'll be working with a coalition of partners to launch a Racial Justice Week, September 4th through the 9th. There will be events and trainings through the week in various localities around the state. The week's events will include Civil Disobedience - Using Laughter to Fight Back, organizing training, 1000 conversations about race, film screenings and discussions and will culminate in a unity festival rally on Saturday, including a music and arts festival in Richmond. We'll be rolling out more details soon including opportunities for our partners to participate in these activities and incorporate some of their own. We hope to use this moment to deepen the conversation in Virginia about systemic racism and how we use this moment to build on our work dismantling racism in our Commonwealth.
Newport News Young Virginia Votes Center - Grand Opening
Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us yesterday at the grand opening of our Newport News Young Virginia Votes Center. The event was a terrific success. Our partners and allies have events scheduled at the center everyday for the next two weeks! Stay tuned for more information and events to come!
VCET Fellows Program Needs an Organizing Director
We are close to launching our VCET Fellows Program in Hampton Roads. We'll be training a more diverse group of organizers and subsidizing their salary as they work in our partner organizations through the end of 2017. You can help in two ways. First, we're looking for an amazing individual to be the Organizing Director for the program. The job description is attached here. Please share it widely! Second, if you're interested in working with us to have an additional organizer, please contact Julie Emery at Julie@engageva.org and she'll provide you with more details on the program.
Democracy for Sale Film Screening Series
A new film called Democracy for Sale stars North Carolina native and comedian Zach Galifianakis. It focuses on how big money political interests impact environmental protections, tax cuts for the upper class, education cuts, gerrymandering and laws designed to decrease voter turnout. Join us for a free screening and discussion on this film. We will explore the state of democracy in NC and VA as we discus ways we can fight back. View a clip of the film here. A schedule of the film screenings can be found here and on our FaceBook events page.
Data Tip of the Week
Counts and Crosstabs in VAN
We’ve received a number of questions about this powerful feature in VAN. A detailed description of Counts and Crosstabs can be found in the help wiki available from the main screen in VAN. To jump to this section, log into VAN and follow this link: https://van.statevoices.org/WikiDetails.aspx?WikiItemTitle=Counts%20and%20Crosstabs
Food for Thought: Americans with a disability are less likely to vote overall, but more likely to vote if there is a vote by mail option. Using data from the monthly CPS survey administered by the Census Bureau, The Analyst Institute’s Peter Miller and Sierra Powell find in their recent paper that voters with a disability are less likely to vote. They find only a slight increase in the likelihood of voting from in-person early voting alone, but they also find a significant increase from vote by mail. They conclude that a combination of reforms is most likely to increase voting among Americans with a disability.
We’re getting heavily into the voter contact period for this year’s election. If you aren’t sure what your programs will be this year or need help with program design, feel free to contact Eric for help and advice. Also, if you need VAN training, he is available to you. If you have questions about this or any other targeting or data issues, please contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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