ALL LOCATIONS ARE IN FREDERICKSBURG UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
Resistance Demonstration cosponsored by WAFA; Fredericksburg Democratic Committee; and Sisters & Misters: Resisters WHEN: SOME Sundays 1:00 to 2:30 pm CHECK WAFA FB EVENTS WHERE: Intersection of William Street, Blue & Gray Highway, and Route 3 DETAILS: Bring a sign. Plan to be a peaceful demonstrator. Resistance Demonstration is a quasi-weekly demonstration CHECK WAFA FB EVENTS Bring a sign. Suggested Messaging – Single Payer System / Investigate Russian influence on the election and the White House / No Fracking in Virginia / etc. Useful items: a hat, sunscreen, water SOME SUNDAYS 1:00 to 2:30CHECK WAFA FB EVENTS
6/2 Wear Orange Candlelight Vigil Hosted by Rappahannock-area Moms Demand Action Sat 6/2 6:00 pm Downtown Fredericksburg Market Square 214 William Street
Details: Join Moms Demand Action's Rappahannock-area group for a Wear Orange candlelight vigil in honor of Gun Violence Awareness Day and the lives stolen to this epidemic. Our vigil will include speakers and music. All welcome, please remember to wear your favorite orange. Wear Orange is a HUGE event that raises gun violence awareness and commemorates the victims lost. This is a community event. So please spread far and wide. All details are here. Thanks for help! Sign up HERE: http://act.everytown.org/event/wear-orange-2018/11655/signup/?akid=&zip=
5/12 "Death by Delivery" FREE Documentary Screening and Discussion Sat 5/12 5:00 - 7:00 pm Unitarian Universalist Church 25 Chalice Circle RSVP
Details: NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is hosting a viewing of the documentary, “Death by Delivery.” Shortly following the screening, we will have a discussion about how to combat racial disparities in maternity health.
5/12 John Suddarth, CD1 candidate will participate in: Transportation Forum With Elizabeth Guzman and Jennifer Foy Sat 5/12 12:30 - 2:00 pm 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge
Details: Strip mall in Cosner's Corner in front of Petsmart Let them know you're coming (firstname.lastname@example.org) $5 suggested donation (everyone welcome!)
5/5 11th Annual WALK! for Mental Wellness Sat 5/5 9:00 am (Registration $25 includes Tee-shirt) 10:00 am Walk begins Maury Park in Downtown Fredericksburg
Details: DONATE - https://www.mhafred.org/ and then click on 'Donate' If you'd rather send a check, make it out to MHAF and send it to Mental Health America of Fredericksburg 2217 Princess Anne Street, Suite 104-1, VA 22401
5/1 Fredericksburg City Council Election JASON GRAHAM WON!!! 5/1 All day At your Precinct Voting Station
Details: Election Schedule for May 1, 2018 May General Election City Council and School Board Candidates must file all required paperwork by March 6, 2018. Candidates are strongly encouraged to file all paperwork as soon as possible. Candidates for office will be finalized/available on 3/7
4/28 FREE MOVIESpiritual Cinema "Dolores" Huerta hosted by Unity of Fredericksburg Sat 4/28 7:00 pm 2217 Princess Anne Street #101-1A Details: Dolores Huerta was the co-founder (with Cesar Chavez) of the farm workers union, United Farm Workers (UFW). Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century. Director: Peter Bratt 95 minutes. See the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unzr9kiFScQ
4/23 Martin Luther King March Mon 4/23 6:00 pm Start at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 309 Wolfe Street
Martin Luther King Service Mon 4/23 7:00 pm Shiloh Baptist (Old Site) 801 Sophia Street
Details: 50 years ago, many in the Fredericksburg area marched and gathered together in unity during the time of Martin Luther King Jr's Assassination. And 50 years later, we are planning to come together commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination by re-enacting the march that was held in April 1968 followed by a commemorative service at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site). Information is on the attached flyer. We would like to recognize the many people who marched in 1968, therefore, if you know of anyone, please have them to contact me. In addition, Dr. King's dream was that ALL people of all races, religions, man, woman, boy and girl, would come together in unity and peace, so our prayer is that over 100 - 200 people would come out and join us in this momentous occasion. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Otherwise, we ask that you forward this information to members in your congregations, community, schools, families, offices, and we pray to see many of you on Monday April 23, 2018 at 6pm. Thank you and God bless, Min. Ritta Armstead Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)
MORE from another source: Announcing a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday April 23. Here are the details: 6 p.m. Procession from Mt Zion Baptist Church (on Wolfe St behind the post office downtown) to St. George’s and then to Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site). We could incorporate a stop also at the emancipation proclamation memorial statue near market square. All ages welcome. There will be a “charge to the children” to come back in 25 or 50 years and to keep the dream alive. 7 p.m. Worship service at Shiloh Baptist (Old Site) that will last roughly one hour. There will be prayers, some personal reflections from people who were at the first commemoration in 1968 at St. George’s and a message by Joe Hensley (by invitation of Pastor Aaron Dobynes). Please share the information with your communities and know that all are welcome to participate in either the procession, the service or both. And we would definitely like to have children and elders to participate. PS: Here is a link to an article that ran in the Free Lance Star about the community service that was held at St. George’s 50 years ago: http://history.churchsp.org/tribute-to-dr-martin-luther-king/
Details: Join Rappahannock area Moms for their April membership meeting. They will recap the March For Our Lives, hear from a special guest speaker, give a legislative update, and talk about how you can take action with us. New and returning members welcome!
4/22 Earth Day Sun 4/22 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg And anywhere on earth.
4/21 DPVA 3rd annual Barbara Johns reception Sat 4/21 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Historic Shiloh Baptist Church - 1401 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Details: Chairwoman Susan Swecker and the Democratic Party of Virginia cordially invite you to join us for our 3rd annual reception honoring the life and legacy of Virginia civil rights hero, Barbara Johns.
We are excited to have special guest, Justin E. Fairfax, in addition to Democratic leaders from across the Commonwealth, and we would love for you to celebrate with us as we continue to move Virginia forward.
4/21 VACD1 Conference 2.0 (Canvass-Palooza) in Glen Allen Sat 4/21 12:30 - 3:00 pm Virginia Center Commons 10101 Brook Rd, Glen Allen, Virginia 23059 Public
Details: VACD1 Conference 2.0 to focus almost exclusively on canvassing in order to educate progressive leaders, members and representatives that they may return to their progressive groups and educate/promote best practices to support progressive candidates and ideals.
> 3$ to cover room. This is meant to be ‘bare bones’ to increase opportunity for all to attend/participate. > Food available in food court of mall and surrounding area. > Room is ADA compliant. > Bring your charged smartphone (no WiFi) & be ready to take notes. Seats only, few/no tables. > Attendance/room capacity is approximately 200. Please indicate your RSVP on this page ("Going") so the organizers can keep tabs on attendance size. > Room rented from 11:30 - 3 pm if groups need space to confab! > Candidates are welcome and invited to connect with progressive groups to facilitate (campaign staff <> progressive group) communication but will not be speaking. This is about increasing effectiveness of grassroots progressives.
Various speakers from all over VACD1 will come together to educate us on best practices including: > Software use (NPG Van, MiniVan app for smartphones). > Behind the scenes - How this works! > Persuasion vs Candidate canvassing > Integrated Marketing approach (Doorhang-Canvass-Postcards working together for max impact) > Logistics - Scheduling, group size, locations, materials, ‘leads’ or canvass data etc. > Unconventional Canvassing (sign canvassing, events, churches & organizations) > Team dynamics (gathering, motivating, introverts/extroverts, rookies/pros, communicating with candidate team) > At the door - Tips from the pros! How can we work together in our district? Please share and check back for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/350754345436139/ > ⭐️⭐️ SEE MALL MAP IN COMMENTS
4/21 Get Ready For Election 2018 Sponsored by Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in Partnership with the James Farmer Multicultural Center Sat 4/21 10:30 am - 2:30 pm University of Mary Washington, Chandler Ballroom
Details: Join the Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in Partnership with the James Farmer Multicultural Center for a day of political and civic awareness! Saturday, April 21, 2018 Time is 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. To buy tickets CLICK ON THIS LINK
4/16 Meet Edwin Santana (Candidate for CD1 Democratic Primary) King George Huddle Monthly Meeting Tues 4/16 6:30 – 8:30 pm Smoot Library 9533 Kings Hwy, King George
4/15 2018 National Disability Conference The Democratic National Committee Disability Council and The National Association of Democratic Disability Caucuses Present a Free National Conference the Future of Federal Disability Programs April 15-17, 2018 Hampton Inn - NoMa Union Station (202-393-8001) 501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 Featuring
Former Congressman Tony Coelho, the original Sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Members of the Congress
Disability Advocates from across the Nation
CONFERENCE AGENDA (Tentative) Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Welcoming Reception with Congressional speakers Monday, April 16, 2018 8:00 am - Registration and Coffee 9:00 am - Pizzuro - Introduction and Overview of Program 9:15 am - Pineo-Jensen - Greetings from NADDC 9:30 am - Perng - Greetings from DNC Disability Council 9:45 am - Perez - Keynote Presentation 11:00 am - Break 11:15 am - DNC or DCCC or SCC Presentation 12:00 pm - - Lunch Session – Schaer – Legislative Achievements in NJ 1:15 pm - Congressional Presentations 3:00 pm - Jackson - GOTV ORGANIZATION 4:00 pm - Adjourn Monday Evening April 16, 2018 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Congressional Presentations Tuesday April 17, 2018 8:00 - 11:00 am - Coelho Closing Keynote- Coffee Session - Open Discussion - Wrap up and adjournment For conference registration contact: Dr. Salvatore Pizzuro, Ed.D., LL.M., P.D. at email@example.com For Hotel Reservations Contact Kim Lee at Hampton Inn Washington DC - NoMa Union Station 501 New York Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002 Direct: 202-791-9386 Cell: 202-308-9754 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tell her you are booking a room for the "Disability Conference." A block of rooms with two Queen beds or one King bed will be held at the conference rate of $159 per night plus tax and gratuities until March 27, 2018 after which will be offered based on availability and rates may not be guaranteed.
4/15 Rappahannock Chapter of Moms Demand Action Letter Writing Meeting Sun 4/15 1:30 - 3:00 pm Porter Library 2001 Parkway Blvd, Stafford, VA 22554
Details: Moms Demand Action is holding a letter writing session on April 15, 1:30-3 at Porter Library. They will be writing letters to local lawmakers about various topics, and will be delivering them on the 20th of April, the anniversary of Columbine.
Details: Join Tree Fredericksburg for our Spring Tree Planting on April 14th. All planting events are limited to 50 participants. Please sign up below to reserve a spot.Tree Fredericksburg is planting trees in Mayfield, on Howison Avenue at Howard Avenue. We’ll be planting rain or shine, unless there’s thunder and lightning. Be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes – no sandals or flip flops are allowed. We’ll provide all the tools and safety equipment necessary. All planting teams will be led by experienced volunteers and Tree Fredericksburg Tree Stewards. Children are welcome but only adults (15 years or older) should sign up to be counted as volunteers. All planting events are limited to 50 participants. Please sign up early to reserve a spot. Please plan to arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to 9 AM to sign in and get your equipment. The safety talk will begin promptly at 9 AM and all participants must be present for the safety talk or will not be allowed to plant trees with us that day. This event is a green event and plastic water bottles are not provided. Please bring your own reusable water bottle. Water and paper cups are provided Register to Volunteer
4/9 COMMUNITY FORUM ON MEDICAID EXPANSION AND THE VIRGINIA STATE BUDGET Monday, April 9, 2018 7:00-9:00 p.m. Fredericksburg Branch Library Theater 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Details: This is an educational forum with an expert panel of stakeholders, who will make presentations addressing (1) the General Assembly’s current efforts to pass Medicaid expansion and (2) the budgetary impasse between the House and Senate that it has caused. It will be followed by a Q&A session that is open to audience questions and comments. MODERATOR University of Mary Washington Professor Stephen Farnsworth PANEL 1) HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE: Delegate Bob Thomas (R) (28TH District) 2) HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE: Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) (2nd District) 3) LEGAL ADVOCATE: Jill Hanken, Virginia Poverty Law Center health attorney 4) PHYSICIAN/PATIENT REPRESENTATIVE: Dr. Patrick Neustatter, Medical Director, Lloyd Moss Free Clinic 5) CONSUMER ADVOCATE: Melissa Walker, Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Navigator with Enroll Virginia Fredericksburg office CO-SPONSORS Healthcare for All Virginians Legal Aid Works NAACP Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Virginia Organizing Virginia Poverty Law Center We Are For America
Details: On March 24 we will take to the streets of Washington, DC and our communities across the country. We will be the last group of students who have to stand up for fallen children due to senseless gun violence. March with us. Sign up at marchforourlives.com. Mission StatementNot one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives. March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now. On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country. Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear. It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard. Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death. MARCH FOR OUR LIVES! Link to FB event for the most current information.
3/19 7th Congressional District Candidates Forum Hosted by the Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee (SCDC) Mon 3/19 7:00 pm (Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. to submit questions.) Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Spotsylvania
Details: The 7th Congressional District Candidates are:
Details: Click HERE for a link to the Facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/223267878232203 Come out on March 17th to LibertyTown, munch on some homemade goodies, drink some wine, and meet Edwin Santana, our chosen Democratic candidate for Congressional District 1! Edwin is a Marine Veteran, a progressive, and family man who really wants to see our country and district to be the best they can be. In his own words: "I am running for Congress so I can use my leadership skills to bring people together and solve the problems facing our nation and our state. We can make health care more affordable by allowing everyone to use Medicare, creating competition with private insurance to bring down costs. We must keep our commitments to fighting climate change and protect the Chesapeake by standing up to the reckless budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration. We must invest in bringing high speed Internet to rural communities so that everyone in our district has the same access to economic and educational opportunities. We must support American small businesses and workers to improve our economy and create good jobs with higher pay. We must stand by our veterans and ensure that everyone who serves our country receives the benefits they were promised. I am running for Congress to address these issues and many more. I ask for your support and your vote so we can build a brighter future that is more prosperous and secure for all of us." RSVP at https://secure.ngpvan.com/NqWX7T0gfUi3pWBN3-hTMg2 and we'll see you here!
3/12 Blue Action Network (BAN) Publication and Research Team Meeting Mon 3/12 6:00 pm Social Time 7:00 pm Meeting (Confirm time with BAN) Great American Buffet in Central Park near Walmart (Dinner is optional) 1780 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
3/4 Redistricting Training and more in Richmond Sunday 3/4 Noon Historic Hippodrome Theater 528 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219
Details: OneVirginia2021’s March Forth Campaign is a ten-month plan to educate, organize and advocate in order to build momentum in support of a Virginia constitutional amendment to reform redistricting. We believe that voting districts belong to the Virginians, not politicians or parties. This campaign will kick off on March 4, 2018 for an afternoon of action in downtown Richmond, complete with comprehensive training sessions, dynamic rally speakers, networking and entertainment. This event will be the beginning of the most critical ten months in the history of the organization as we lead up to the 2019 General Assembly session where we begin the process of amending Virginia's constitution to end gerrymandering. To receive email updates or RSVP, fill out the form below. And check this website for updates on speakers, transportation and logistics. See you March 4th! March Forth Kickoff Events When: Sunday, March 4th. Check in: 12 (noon), March: 1:00pm, Training Sessions: 2:30pm, Speaker Program: 4:30pm. Where: The Historic Hippodrome Theater - 528 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219 What: An afternoon of training sessions, marches, networking, entertainment and rally speakers. For the full experience, visitors should plan on staying until approximately 6pm. Parking: There are over 2,500 public parking spaces within three blocks of the Hippodrome. Find more information here. Transportation: There are several carpools leaving from Northern Virginia. For more information, click here to learn more about the carpool from Arlington, and click here for more information about the bus from Springfield. March: After registration at noon, we'll kick off the day with a march down Broad Street to the Virginia State Capitol! Training: As part of our program, we will train our advocates in three major areas: communicating our mission, lobbying your lawmakers and organizing in the community. You’ll leave Richmond as a Triple Threat activist! Speakers: Delegate Glen Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Libertarian Party of Virginia Chairman Bo Brown, OneVirginia2021's Executive Director Brian Cannon and others. We'll need volunteers to help ensure the day goes smoothly. If you're interested in volunteering, please click below. https://www.marchforthva.org/
2/27 Say NO to Hate - Lower the Confederate Flag Sponsored by Stafford Indivisible Tue 2/27 Two ways to participate
3:00 pm Rally and Protest In front of the Stafford County Courthouse (1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford) on Jefferson Davis Highway
7:00 pm Attend meeting of the Stafford Board of Zoning Appeal Board of Supervisors Chambers Stafford Government Center 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford
Details: It's time to take down that symbol of slavery and oppression, the giant Confederate flag on I 95
2/26 1st Congressional District Candidates Forum Sponsored by Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee (SCDC) Moderated by SCDC Vice Chair, Dick Toye Mon 2/26 7:00 pm (6:30 pm Question submission) Salem Church Library 2607 Salem Church Road, Spotsylvania
Details: The 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary Candidates are:
Edwin Santana - http://santanaforcongress.com/
Ryan Sawyers - http://www.ryansawyers.com/
John Suddath - http://www.suddarthforcongress.com
Vangie Williams - https:www.vangieforcongress.com/
2/25 Redistricting Forum Hosted by ONE VIRGINIA 2021 & The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area Sun 2/25 1:00 - 5:00 pm Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax
Details: Speakers :
Wendy Fox-Grage & Judy Helein, Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Fairfax Area
Delegate Ken Plum of the Virginia House of Delegates
Professor Rebecca Green, Co-Director of Election Law Program, William & Mary Law School
Robert Rose, Ph.D., Director, Center for Geospatial Analysis, College of William & Mary
Ben Williams, Third-Year Law Student, William & Mary Law School
California Citizens Redistricting Commission: Commissioners Gil Ontai (R), Dr. Gabino Aguirre (D), and Stanley Forbes (I)
Brian Cannon, Executive Director, OneVirginia2021
Olga Hernandez, Redistricting Expert, League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area
Featuring: Students from William & Mary Law School (with their redistricting maps)
2/14 VFW Spaghetti Dinner Sat 2/24 5:00 - 8:00 pm VFW Post 3103 2701 Princess Anne Street
2/24 Re-register for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) 2018 TPS Mobile Consulate, Fredericksburg Virginia Sat 2/24 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Fredericksburg Baptist Church 1019 Princess Anne Street
Details: On February 24 the Salvadoran Consulate in Virginia, in cooperation with Immigrant's Home and LUCHA Ministries, will hold a free TPS re-registration clinic. Bring these documents with you to renew your TPS:
2/24 Assist Salvadoran Refugees with Paperwork Sat 2/24 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Fredericksburg Baptist Church 1019 Princess Anne Street
Details: Supporters of immigrants: Please publicize this event! There are 195,000 Salvadoran TPS (temporary protective status) holders in the United States, with the largest concentration in the D.C. metropolitan area (running south to the Fredericksburg area). In Virginia alone there are 21,500 and they have 19,200 U.S.-born children (many of whom are in local schools). 95% of Virginia TPS holders from El Salvador work and 42% are homeowners. Most Salvadoran TPS holders have resided here since designation by President Bush following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on January 13, 2001 which displaced 17% (1.3 million) of the population. Since that time El Salvador has remained a very unstable country and is ranked as the third most violent country in the world by the World Economic Forum. The Trump administration recently announced that the Salvadoran TPS program would be terminated effective 9/9/19, when all TPS holders would be required to return to El Salvador. In order to stay until that time TPS holders must re-register for TPS status and renew their employment authorization cards (EAC) in order to continue employment. The 2/24/18 event will assist Salvadoran TPS holders with paperwork to retain status and employment until 9/9/19, with the hope that other alternatives to deportation will emerge before then. See the bilingual flyer below for further details. Sincerely, LUCHA Immigration Legal Services
People’s Caravan for Medicaid Expansion Rally in Richmond Mon 2/19 3:00 pm Capitol Square under the Bell Tower, Richmond
Speakers include: Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D-31) Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-2) Barbara Jones (Virginia Civic Engagement Table)
Sponsors include: SEIU VA 512 Virginia Organizing Universalist Unitarian Church of Fredericksburg Indivisible Winchester Indivisible NoVa West Indivisible 757 Fauquier Indivisible Stafford Indivisible Community Action Network We of Action Virginia Plus3
Details: Before the caravan arrives in Richmond, a People’s Medicaid Expansion lobbying effort will get underway inside the Capitol Building, starting at the Capitol Building’s Bank Street entrance to the visitor's center at 11:00 am.
Virginia residents will caravan in cars, trucks and motorcycles as part of the People’s Caravan for Medicaid Expansion to the state capitol to rally for Medicaid Expansion in the Commonwealth on February 19th. People are embarking from all corners of the state in vehicles festooned with colorful streamers, balloons and signs calling for the Commonwealth to close the coverage gap for 400,000 Virginians without health insurance. The Northern Virginia segment of the caravan will depart from Winchester and travel to Richmond with stops in Leesburg, Haymarket, Manassas, Warrenton and Fredericksburg.
The People’s Caravan is scheduled to arrive by 2:30 PM in time to join with the People’s Lobbying Participants for a 3 p.m. rally.
“The Resistance is riding to Richmond because it is essential to expand Medicaid right NOW,” said Marilyn Karp of Indivisible NOVA West, one of the people who is helping to organize the caravan that will travel from Northern Virginia. Right now, the Virginia General Assembly is debating whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of state residents who don’t have access to healthcare because they aren’t eligible for Medicaid, but don’t make enough money for health insurance available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thirty-three states including DC expanded Medicaid eligibility requirements since the ACA was enacted, delivering access to health care to millions of low-income people in the country. Northern Virginia residents are converging with residents from Hampton Roads, Central and Southwest Virginia to tell state lawmakers that Virginia’s families can’t wait any longer for Medicaid expansion.
Virginia can’t wait any longer to give healthcare access to 400,000 Virginians.
Rally to Expand Medicaid! Mon 2/19 12:40 - 1:15 pm The Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Fredericksburg 25 Chalice Circle Details: Click HERE for link to Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/169284077050931/
The Unitarian Universalist Church and Virginia Organizing will greet several grassroots groups from across Northern Virginia who are participating in the People’s Caravan for Medicaid to Richmond in order to fight for the expansion of Medicaid. This rally will be their Fredericksburg Stop. We need to make sure every Virginian has adequate health insurance — and health care. Our state legislature has a chance to make a big difference by accepting millions of dollars from the federal government to support expanding Medicaid. Come out and let your voice be heard! For more information on how to get involved in the caravan to Richmond please visit the website below: http://thunderdomepolitics.com/the-peoples-caravan-for-medicaid-expansion/ Other sponsors include Indivisible Winchester, Loudon, and NoVa West, Stafford Indivisible Community Action Network, as well as Fredericksburg Area Pantsuiters, and the UUFF Social Justice Committee.
Meet Abigail Spanberger, Candidate in CD7 Hosted by Indivisible Greater Fredericksburg Sat 2/17 3:30 - 5:00 pm Salem Church Library 2607 Salem Church Rd
Details: The group writes - 7th Congressional District candidate Abigail Spanberger will be our guest speaker! Some of you have met Abigail Spanberger at volunteer kickoffs this month. By our meeting in mid-February there should be more information on primary vs caucus and how we can help turn the 7th district to blue and defeat Dave Brat. Please make sure you come on Feb. 17th and bring family and friends. https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleGreaterFredericksburg/
Other promotional information about Abigail Spanberger: Whether knocking down doors to make drug arrests, planning and executing covert operations at the CIA, or working to increase female enrollment at engineering schools, Abigail Spanberger has always served her country and community. And now she is running for Congress. Abigail took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That oath didn’t come with an expiration date. When she saw partisan politics threatening the country she has worked so hard to protect, she knew it was her time to stand up for the people in the 7th District. Abigail began her career of public service as a federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases with the US Postal Inspection Service. Following her love of country, public service, and languages, Abigail joined the CIA as an Operations Officer. She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States. In 2014, Abigail left government service to begin a career in the private sector and bring her and her family back home to Virginia. Working at EAB – Royall & Company, Abigail has worked with colleges and universities to create diverse student bodies, increase graduation rates, and break down financial barriers to higher education. Abigail grew up in Short Pump, in Henrico County. She attended J.R. Tucker High School’s Spanish immersion program, served as a Senate Page for US Senator Chuck Robb (D-VA), and graduated from the University of Virginia. After college, Abigail moved to Germany and earned her MBA from a dual-degree German-American program between the GISMA business school and Purdue University. Abigail and her husband, Adam, live with their children in Glen Allen. Click HERE for link to website.
1st District Veteran’s Forum A Public Event with Rob Wittman in Dale City RSVP Sat 2/17 9:30 - 11:30 am Dale City VFW Hall B 14631 Minnieville Rd, Dale City, VA 22193 RSVP to Karen Klotz by February 14, 2018 Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org 540-659-2734
Details: Dear 1st District Veteran, I am writing to invite you to attend our 1st District Veteran’s Forum located at VFW Post 1503. The purpose of this forum is to offer 1st District Veterans an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Veterans Administration and Congressman Wittman about VA benefits and services. 1st District Veteran’s Forum: Who: Congressman Rob Wittman; Mike Carr, Deputy Director, VA Benefits Assistance Service; and Lawrence B. Connell, Acting Medical Center Director, Washington D.C VA When: February 17, 2018 Time: 09:30AM-11:30AM Where: Dale City VFW 14631 Minnieville Rd, Dale City, VA 22193 Hall B I hope you will be able to attend. Your participation and ideas will be valued and appreciated. Sincerely, Rob
Candidate Forum for CD1 Sponsored by Stafford Democratic Committee Sat 2/17 9:30 - 11:30 am Porter Library, Stafford 2001 Parkway Blvd, Stafford, VA 22554.
Details: Vangie Williams, John Sudarth and Edwin Santana confirmed as of 2/8/17
Community Conversation with Senator Tim Kaine Hosted by NAACP Spotsylvania and Salem Church Library RSVP Required Thu 2/15 6:00 - 7:30 pm Salem Church Branch Library, 2607 Salem Church Road For information on the event and to RSVP click HERE. Details: Senator Kaine will address community questions regarding economic development, affordable housing, the criminal justice system, immigration enforcement, education and other topics of concern to his constituents. This event is free and open to the general public, but you must be registered to attend. Please RSVP early as space is limited. For more information, contact the Convener, Lorita (Rita) Daniels at Ridann22@gmail.com To learn more about these organizations in your community, please visit their webpages: NAACP Spotsylvania: http://naacpspotsylvania.org Central Rappahannock Regional Library (Salem Church Branch): http://www.librarypoint.org Virginia Organizing: http://virginia-organizing.org/ Light refreshments will be provided.
First Congressional District Democratic Candidates' Forum Hosted by Middle Peninsula Democrats Thu 2/15 6:00 - 7:30 pm St. Clare Walker Middle School 6814 General Puller Highway, Locust Hill, Virginia 23092 Details: Candidates Edwin Santana – Stafford County Ryan Sawyers -- Prince William County John Suddarth – Hanover County Vangie Williams – King George County Moderator Sheila Crowley Questions for Candidates Send Questions for consideration to email@example.com. Hosted by Middle Peninsula Democrats
What is the State of ERA? hosted by League of Women Voters Sat 2/10 11:00 am A M Seafood 3400 Plank Road (Between Big and Tall and Starbucks)
Details: Speaker is Diane Egozcue, President, VA NOW Come for coffee, lunch or just the fellowship!! BRING A FRIEND!! To help us grow our membership, meet Board members; find out how you can get involved. The Board will be meeting at 10 a.m. (All are welcome to see what we do and perhaps learn how you can become a part of this growing organization) League of Women Voters of the Fredericksburg Area (#135)
Blue Action Network (BAN) Meeting with guest speaker Tom Perriello Wed 2/7 6:00 pm Social Time (dinner is optional) 7:00 pm Meeting Great American Buffet1780 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 in Central Park near Walmart
Details: Tom Perriello will speak about the future of campaign technology. In addition to having represented Virginia's 5th district in the U.S. House of Representatives and running in the 2017 Democratic primary for governor, Mr. Perriello was the Executive Director of the Win Virginia PAC, which was influential in bringing low-cost technology to the 2017 Virginia races. Mr. Perriello will discuss how technology will influence future elections, including what will happen with phone banking, how we can best reach all of our voters, and what we need to do to be prepared to support candidates this fall. Appropriately, he will join us remotely.
Women Soldiers in World War 1 Tues 2/6 7:30 pm George Washington Hall's Dodd Auditorium, College Avenue
Details: Elizabeth Cobbs, author of "The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers" will speak in this lecture as part of the Great Lives Lecture Seriues. The event will include a question and answer session and a book signing. For more information: umw.edu/greatlives
KKK Flyer Meeting (discussion and planning for action) hosted by Fredericksburg Branch of the NAACP Tue 2/6 7:00 - 8:30 pm 801 Sophia St. Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Details: Purpose of meeting is to address concerns over the recent distribution of Ku Klux Klan flyers in the local communities. Please take the time to attend. We have been talking about change, but we collectively must be willing to take stand for change to become real.
Gather Petition Signatures for Jason Graham Sat 2/3, 1:00 - 4:00 pm 1904 Idlewild Blvd Fredericksburg
Details Help get progressive candidate Jason Graham on the ballot for the Ward 1 City Council seat in Fredericksburg. Walk lists, petitions, and pens will be provided. The goal is to gather 250 valid petition signatures (to meet the required 125). This is how we get progressives on the ballot in Fredericksburg, Virginia. You do NOT have to be resident of Ward 2 to gather signatures. Let's make this happen.
I-95 Confederate Flag Protest at the Stafford Zoning Board Tues 1/30 3:00-5:00 pm Protest outside building Board of Supervisors Chambers, Stafford County Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road Stafford, VA 22554-7232
Details: The appeal of the Zoning Complaint has been postponed and will not take place on Jan. 30. We will let you know when the new date has been confirmed. Please stay ready to fill the Board of Supervisors Chambers when we need you. However, the Rally and Protest is still happening on Jan. 30, weather permitting, but we have moved the time to 3 p.m. so we can take advantage of the sunlight, and it will take place in front of the Stafford Courthouse along Jefferson Davis Hwy. Bring your signs and we hope to see you there, too. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Original plans - now postponed. Organizers write - JOIN US! Show your support for our Zoning Complaint against the huge Confederate flag flying near I-95 in Stafford County. Stafford determined the hateful flag does not violate the County Zoning Ordinance. Now our complaint is going before Stafford County’s Board of Zoning Appeal at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, Stafford County Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road. We need to fill the Chambers to show the Board that we don’t want the 80-foot confederate flag flying in our community. Each person will be allowed to speak for 3 minutes on the issue. Presence is powerful, so if you don’t want to speak, please attend to show your support. We would also like you to show up early and bring your signs for a Rally we are organizing that will begin at 5:30 p.m. outside the Government Center. Feel free to contact us if you need more information. ---------------------------------------------------------------- The Stafford Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)BZA will be holding a Public Hearing on the appeal of the Confederate Flag issue on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7PM in the Stafford BOS chambers. Members of the public will have 3 minutes to speak on the issue. Clark Leming will be presenting the appeal to the BZA and there will most likely be a counter by the County. Anti-Confederate Flag activists request that those who oppose this symbol of racism MUST PACK THE BOS CHAMBERS! Even if people are reluctant to speak, presence is important. This is an issue that affects the entire Fredericksburg region. The Confederate flag on 95 is enormously visible with the exposure of the bare trees. Links: Stafford Board of Zoning Appeals Washington Post: A Confederate flag divides a Virginia community
Suffragette (free movie) hosted by League of Women Voters Mon 1/29 7:00 pm Fredericksburg Branch Library 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Details: Join the League of Women Voters for the January meeting and see the women’s foundation as they worked to get US the vote in the early 20th century. League meetings are held on the last Monday at library except December (no meeting). There will be a program at each meeting.
March to the Polls - 2018 Women's March in DC Sat 1/20 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Lincoln Memorial / Reflecting Pool DETAILS: March To The Polls, the Anniversary to the 2017 Women's March, exists to advance peaceful and positive progress in communities across the country, with the goal of ensuring all women and their allies persist in civic and political roles moving into 2018. This past year featured an historic number of women engaging in the political process – including running for office – and it is vital that women and their allies continue to take an active role in 2018 and all future elections.
Learn more about Abigail Spanberger, a candidate running against Dave Brat for the US House of Representative Spanberger's campaign manager Dana Bye will be available to answer questions Sun 1/14 12:00 - 2:00 pm Raven's Nest Coffee House 215 E Davis St, Culpeper, VA 22701
March for Voting Rights Hosted by Virginia Votes 2018 Sunday 1/14 1:30 - 2:30 pm Hurkamp Park, 500 William Street
Details: The voting system in Virginia is broken. As Virginia voters, we demand change now. On Sunday, January 14th, we’re kicking off our year-long campaign to force Virginia’s General Assembly and State and Local Electoral Boards to do whatever it takes to PROTECT OUR VOTES and fix what is wrong with our election system! WE NEED YOU THERE!!!
Join us for our kickoff event at Fredericksburg's Hurkamp Park on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM. Speakers include HD 28 candidate Joshua Cole, and HD 94 candidate Shelly Simonds. We'll march to join the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration at James Monroe High School. Trolleys will be provided.
Timeline of events: 1:30 - Gather at Hurkamp Park Remarks by: Joshua Cole Shelly Simonds, Elizabeth Guzman, DD Lecky, Kenny Boddye (emceed by Mitzi Brown)
2:20 - March starts toward James Monroe High School for the Martin Luther King, Jr birthday celebration Trolley is available
3:00-5:00 Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday Celebration at James Monroe High School
3:00 - 4:45 TROLLEYS WILL RUN FROM JAMES MONROE HIGH SCHOOL TO HURKAMP PARK
LAST TROLLEY LEAVES JAMES MONROE HIGH SCHOOL AT 4:45 PM
Workshop - Empowering Communications: Confronting Harassment Sat 1/13 1:00 – 3:00 pm Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg 25 Chalice Circle, Fredericksburg, VA 22405 Fee - $10 Must be at least 18 years old
League of Women Voters Affordable Housing Subcommittee Fri 1/12 11:00 am Wegman's (Upstairs)
Stafford Democratic Party Caucus Election of Officers Sat 1/6 10:00 am Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Stafford County Government Center
January's Reorganization Caucus: The Stafford Democratic Committee (SDC) is holding its Reorganization Caucus and January Meeting on Sat., Jan. 6, 2018 in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Stafford County Government Center. The caucus is at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a business meeting. This is an assembled caucus, and participants (any Democratic voter in Stafford) must be present on time to participate in electing SDC’s new membership. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and close at 10:00 for voting. The Declaration of Candidacy must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Click Here for more information.
SDC Membership for 2018-2019: Any registered voter in Stafford that signs a Democratic Party pledge is eligible to be elected to membership. Current SDC members must renew their membership at this time. Only those who are voted in as members on Saturday will be eligible to vote on new officers during the business meeting. Click here for the Membership Application.
Happy New Year Mon 1/1/18 12:00 am
Rally for Electoral Justice Sat 12/30 12:00 pm Market Square, 214 William Street
Tax Bill Protest Hosted by King George Huddle Tues 12/19 9:00 - 10:30 am Revercomb Building 10459 Courthouse Drive King George, Virginia 22485 Details Congressman Rob Wittman will be in King George County on Tuesday, December 19, to present a gift to Mr. Cedell Brooks in recognition for his retirement. It's a great opportunity for us to let Wittman know that we strongly disapprove of the Tax Bill that is being pushed through Congress. The Trump Tax Scam would give massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans. If this bill passes, it will add $1.5 trillion to the deficit, which would force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. The presentation to Mr. Brooks, which we don't want to interfere with, is scheduled for 9:30 at the Revercomb Building behind the KG Courthouse. I would expect Wittman to arrive shortly before that, and I don't expect him to stay very long. We'll stay outside the building (probably), and won't block the entrance to the building. But we will make sure Wittman knows what we think about the Tax Bill. We should try to be there about 9:00, and plan to stay until Wittman leaves. *** BRING SIGNS *** This is the first protest that the King George Huddle has organized, so any suggestions for ways to improve this event will be greatly appreciated. We realize many of you will be at work, but we are hoping some of you can be there to make your voice heard. Click HERE For link to FB event
Protect Our Patients! Washington D.C. Day of Action to Stop the Tax Scam Bill sponsored by National Physicians Alliance and the Clinical Action Network Mon 12/18 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
As Congress rushes to close out their 2017 session before their holiday season recess, health professionals and patients are joining forces on Capitol Hill to confront senators and representatives about their health care values, priorities, and choices. Much is at stake in both the tax cut bill and the government spending bill they will be debating next week.
NOW is the final moment! We need YOU there to speak out about health care!
Here’s what’s at stake in the tax scam bill
Ending the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate
Ending the medical expense income tax deduction
Automatic Medicare reimbursement cuts
Forced funding cuts and fundamental changes to Medicare and Medicaid
Ending tax deductibility for higher education loan interest payments
Here’s what’s at stake in the spending bill that Congress MUST pass by next Friday, Dec. 22
Renewed funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Renewed funding for Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
Restored “Disproportionate Share” (DSH) funding for safety net hospitals
Restored “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) payments
Here’s our basic gameplan for next Monday
Before dawn – Buses, vans, and car pools load-up and depart from communities within a day’s travel radius of D.C. If needed, financial support is available, so just ask – use the sign-up form to indicate what is needed.
10am – Convene in D.C. for overview/planning meeting and any needed quick trainings. (location TBA - sign up for notice)
Noon-1pm – Press conference on the Hill featuring doctors, nurses, med students, and patients sharing their own health care stories about what’s at stake in the tax and spending bills, and calling on Congress to “get the unfinished health care business done instead.” (exact time and location TBA)
1-5pm – Direct action activities in Senate and House office buildings, including civil disobedience for those who choose to risk a simple pro-forma arrest. For those doing so, full legal and financial support will be provided. A modest amount of time is involved.
After evening rush hour – Buses, vans, and car pools depart for home communities as soon as feasible.
Please sign up today, and ask your colleagues to join you. We hope to see you this coming Monday, Dec. 18 on Capitol Hill!
Indivisible Greater Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg Huddle) Meeting Sat 12/16 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Salem Church Library Special Guest Dana Bye, campaign manager for 7th CD candidate Abigail Spanberger. Eileen Bedell, who ran against Dave Brat in 2016, has suspended her campaign and endorsed Abigail. You can learn more about Abigail by going to her campaign website: https://abigailspanberger.com/ Dana will talk with us about ways we can help turn the 7th CD blue in 2018.
National Interfaith Clergy Witness at the NRA Thu 12/14 10:00 am - 12:00 pm National Rifle Association headquarters, Fairfax, Virginia 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 www.uucfweb.wixsite.com/nra-clergy-witness
"All the people of the Abrahamic faiths share the same duty - to protect the innocent. The Jewish bystander is to rescue a person in peril. Islam requires the protection of all innocent lives. I fear if we fail in this, bulldoze our churches [as announced re: the church in Sutherland Springs, TX] and let the machines of war and profit win over faith, then God will never forgive us. For that would be the worst sin of all." - Richard Parker, New York Times OP/ED, Nov. 11, 2017
“When we fight for peace and when we resist the proliferation of military-style weapons on our street, and when we stand against the anti-democratic stronghold of the NRA, we are reviving the heart of our democracy. We must shock this nation with the power of love. We must shock this nation with the power of mercy. We must shock this nation and fight for justice for all. We can’t give up on the heart of our democracy, not now, not ever!” – Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Jul. 28, 2016
Most individual National Rifle Association (NRA) members own rifles and handguns for sport and self-protection. These are not the issues that are plaguing this country. The NRA's main focus is helping gun manufacturers escalate profits regardless of the human cost and the spiritual welfare of the country and its citizens. To advance this agenda of greed, the NRA uses its money to wield political influence to control the current Congress.
As people of faith focused on the sanctity and safety of all human life, we cannot let this agenda stand. Therefore, on December 14, 2017, the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, hundreds of us will come together in front of NRA headquarters and call on the NRA and Congress to: • Stop advancing a legislative agenda that promotes virtually unfettered access to guns. • Pass comprehensive, universal background checks. • Ensure systems that keep guns out of the hands of people who should not legally have them. • Ensure semiautomatic and automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines are not available for sale to the general public.
This event will be an interfaith worship service, modeled after the call of Rev. Dr. William Barber to provide voices of moral clarity from the religious community on the issues of our day. For 5 years since the Sandy Hook massacre, there have been direct actions, protests, chants, politicians, speeches, protest signs and more in front of the NRA headquarters. But there has never been is an interfaith worship service bringing moral voices of clarity and solidarity.
Our hope is to create a sacred and holy space as we remember those at Sandy Hook and thousands more taken from us through gun violence. We will bring forth the messages of our faith traditions regarding the sanctity of human life, love of neighbor and our mutual responsibility to each other to pass laws that will limit the destruction of lives, families and communities through the use of firearms.
Background 5 years, 59 protests and 1,500+ mass shooting deaths later ... On December 14, 2012, the horrific murders of 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School should have led to safe and sane gun laws. If not then, when? But Congress and the NRA chose gun manufacturer profits and fat re-election coffers over human safety. So, gun violence prevention groups in the Washington, DC, area held their first large protest at the NRA on the one-month anniversary of the shooting - January 14, 2013.
Every month since then, on the 14th at 10 a.m., stalwart advocates of sensible gun laws have rallied at the NRA to keep this conversation alive. But 5 years, 59 protests and 1,500+ mass shooting deaths later, neither the NRA nor Congress has shown any inclination to put the value of human lives above gun manufacturer profits.
On, December 14, 2017, our 60th rally will bring together faith leaders from across the nation for the first time to let the NRA and Congress know that this gross disregard for human life cannot stand and that something must be done to put humanity above greed and power.
Groups that have participated in monthly NRA protests • Northern Virginia Chapter, Brady Campaign • Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America • Herndon-Reston Indivisible • The Women's March • Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence • Newtown Action Alliance • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
Event organizers/sponsors The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) is geographically the closest UU congregation to the National Rifle Association. The congregation passed a resolution against gun violence in 2013 and has teamed with other congregations and anti-gun violence groups to bring voices of faith to the national debate on guns. With no action from the NRA or Congress since Sandy Hook, or even after the Las Vegas massacre, UUCF decided to organize the first event primarily involving faith leaders at the NRA. UUCF is partnering with other UU congregations in the DC area to sponsor this event and is also seeking partnership/sponsorship from the UUA, UUSC, United Church of Christ and the Union of Reform Judaism, among others.
Sponsors would promote the event and allow their organization’s names and logos to be used on the event website and promotional materials. Accommodations If lodging with friends or family is not an option, out-of-town faith leaders have two choices: in-home hospitality or local hotels:
In-home hospitality Congregants from local Unitarian Universalist congregations have generously offered to house many attendees on Dec. 13 and 14. When attendees fill out the registration form, they should indicate their interest in staying in someone's home and we will match them with a host. Or, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about accommodations.
Local hotels A list of hotels close to NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA is on the event website.
December 13th Potluck and Worship Out-of-town attendees are invited to a dinner and worship service at UUCF at 6 p.m. the night before the event. Congregants from area UU congregations are providing the food. Attendees can sign up to attend this event on the website.
Say NO to Trump Tax Plan! Demonstration at Wittman’s Stafford Office Fri 12/8 12:00 – 2:00 pm 95 Dunn Dr. Suite 201, Stafford
Event on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/511743939212825/
Net Neutrality Demonstration at Verizon Sponsored by We Are For America Thur 12/7 1:00 pm Verizon Store 539 Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg
Women's Rights Forum and Pot Luck PARTY WAFA Town Hall #6 Tues 12/5 5 6:30 - 8:30 (Set up 6:00) Fredericksburg Branch Library Theater 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR POT-LUCK
Thanksgiving Thu 11/23 We Are For America is thankful for all the efforts of social justice advocates / progressives reading this.
DSA Mid Atlantic South Medic Training (Registration required) Registration is still open for the regional medic training on Dec 16-17. Democratic Socialists of America are doing a training on how to be a medic, assumably for use at a demonstration. You have to go through the reservation process to get more information. Click HERE for link to registration bit.ly/dsa-medic-application
Resistance Demonstration cosponsored by WAFA; Fredericksburg Democratic Committee; and Sisters & Misters: Resisters WHEN: SOME Sundays 1:00 to 2:30 pm CHECK WAFA FB EVENTS WHERE: Intersection of William Street, Blue & Gray Highway, and Route 3 DETAILS: Bring a sign. Plan to be a peaceful demonstrator. Resistance Demonstration is a quasi-weekly demonstration CHECK WAFA FB EVENTS Bring a sign. Suggested Messaging:
Pantsuiters Mon 11/13 7:00 pm Unitarian Universalist Church 25 Chalice Circle, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Justin Fairfax Prayer Breakfast in Stafford 10/28 8:00 am United Faith Christian Ministries 150 Susa Drive, Stafford Join Justin Fairfax THIS SATURDAY for a Community Prayer Breakfast Join United Faith Christian Ministries this Saturday as they gather together to pray for our community and for the upcoming election. "With the times that we currently live in, we should be able to set our differences aside and walk towards the new year in prayer. In attendance will be Faith Leaders from Stafford and Fredericksburg, fellow constituents, and our very special guest Justin Fairfax!" Join them at 8:00 AM at the United Faith Christian Ministries (150 Susa Dr., Stafford VA 22554) in Stafford. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Do not miss this very special opportunity. https://secure.actblue.com/donate/prayer
Green Party Wed 10/25 7:00 pm Rappahannock Central Library, 1201 Caroline St.
Forum for Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and School Board Hosted by Spotsylvania County NAACP Mon 10/23 6:30 - 8:45 pm Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd.
The Spotsylvania County branch of the NAACP is hosting a forum Monday for Board of Supervisors and School Board candidates ahead of the Nov. 7 election. The event takes place 6:30 p.m. at Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road. Candidates from the Battlefield, Berkeley and Lee Hill districts have been invited to attend.
Protest the Confederate flag on I-95 at the Stafford Board of Supervisors meeting Tues 10/17 7:00 pm Board of Supervisors Chambers located in the Stafford County Administration Center 1300 Courthouse Rd., Stafford
Stafford County Board of Supervisors meet the 1st & 3rd Tuesday’s of the month at 3pm & 7pm. The last 7pm hearing for the year will be on 10/17 because there will be no land use items on the agenda again until next year.
MEET THE CANDIDATES for Fredericksburg City elections hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Mon 10/16 6:00 - 8:30 pm Central Rappahannock Regional Library Theater 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg
Commonwealth Attorney: LaBravia Jenkins & Joseph Hicks
Anti-Racism Film and Discussion Hosted by United Universalist of Fredericksburg Sat 10/14 6:30 - 9:00 pm Central Rappahannock Regional Library Theatre 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg FREE
You are invited by United Universalist of Fredericksburg to participate with Unity of Fredericksburg and other faith communities in a viewing and discussion of the film "White Like Me." White Like Me is based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise. The film explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. A discussion will follow.
First Annual "Socialist Social" and Picnic Sponsored by the Fredericksburg VA Area Democratic Socialists of America Sat 10/14 3:00 - 7:00 pm Old Mill Park, Pavilion #2, Fredericksburg, VA
You’re Invited . . . To the first annual “Socialist Social” and Picnic. Join us for food, games, songs and solidarity! Bring your friends, Bring your family!
Hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a side or desert to share and your own beverages. A donation of $2 per individual or $6 for an immediate family is requested. Contact us on Facebook or at email@example.com to register and/or volunteer. See you there!
Steve Aycock and Mark Cole Candidates for the 88th Forum hosted by the NAACP Tues 10/10 7:00 pm Board of Supervisors Meeting Room at the Stafford Administration Building 1300 Courthouse Rd, Stafford
March for Accountability! (in Richmond) hosted by Democratic Socialists of America Tue 10/10 6:00 pm Lee Monument at Lee Circle on Monument Ave., Richmond
If you believe the time for Confederate statues on public streets is over, if you believe that racism must be confronted and more resources should go to public education and affordable housing then please plan on joining the Richmond VA. DSA this coming Tuesday evening as they co-sponsor the March for Accountability.
This year is the 217th anniversary of Gabriel's Rebellion, the largest uprising for slave freedom to take place in the state. All of these years later we have the monuments to the slave holders but none to the freedom fighters. It's time to change the rules! Join the Richmond DSA marchers at the Lee Monument at Lee Circle on Monument Ave at 6 pm. From there the march will proceed down Monument to Broad St and the Richmond City Hall at 315-319 W. Broad St. After rallying at City Hall the march will proceed to the site of the Lumpkin Slave Jail and slave cemetery in Shockoe Bottom. If you are unable to join at the Lee Monument or walk the 2.3 miles to City Hall, join the march at the City Hall rally. Be at City Hall by 6:30 pm March for Accountability, March for Justice!
Social Justice Committee of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg (UUFF) Mon 10/9 7:00 pm UUFF 25 Chalice Circle, Fredericksburg 22405
Democratic Coordinated Campaign Office Opening Party Mon 10/9 6:30 pm 311 Central Road in the Fredericksburg Industrial Park Food, a special guest, and watch the Northam debate on the projector!
Community Forum on Affordable Housing Panel hosted by Virginia Organizing Sat 10/7 1:00 - 3:00 pm Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Let's Talk About Affordable Housing Learn more about the issue, meet others, be part of the solution Virginia Organizing will be partnering with many groups to engage in a conversation about affordable housing in Fredericksburg. By hearing from many different views about this issue, we will better understand the need and the obstacles for affordable housing. Moderated by: Duane Edwards and Dr. Leslie Martin For more information contact (571) 529-0272 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet LaBravia Jenkins - running for reelection as Fredericksburg's Commonwealth Attorney Hosted by Blue Action Network Wed 10/4 7:00 pm (social 6:00 pm) Great American Buffet, 1780 Carl D. Silver Parkway
The State Fair is always a great opportunity to meet voters we might not otherwise speak to during phone banks and canvasses. In a non-presidential year such as this one, you would be (sadly) surprised by how many people still don't know we have such an important election in November. Please help us staff the Democratic Party of Virginia's booth at the State Fair.
September 29th through October 8th Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Shifts are 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM & 6:00 PM to close Booth is located in the Farm Bureau Building – Look for two flag poles! Please sign up here for as many shifts as you can.
State Delegates Candidates Forum (Districts 88 & 28) Hosted by League of Women Voters Tues 10/3 7:00 - 9:00 pm Dorothy Hart Community Center 408 Canal St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
WAFA General Meeting Mon 10/2 7:00 pm Rappahannock Central Library Annex 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
WAFA usually meets on the first Monday of the month Please bring your ideas to guide the future of WAFA. Bring your energy to help advance the resistance.
Meet Mark Herring Sun 10/1 3:00 pm Dem office 311 Central Rd. Fxbg 22401
In support of Greg Bundrick's Campaign for Stafford County Board of Supervisors A Wine & Cheese Tasting at a beautiful historic home in downtown Falmouth Thur 9/28 6:30 - 8:30 pm RSVP to email@example.com by 9/26
A fundraiser to benefit the Greg Bundrick for Falmouth Campaign Suggested Contribution $20.00 Donate at Bundrick4BOS.com (Act Blue) Or mail check to Greg Bundrick for Falmouth P.O. Box 9114, Fredericksburg, VA 24503 May donate at door
Joint Appearance of All Candidates for the House of Delegates Whose Districts Include Part of Spotsylvania Thur 9/28 3:30 - 6:00 pm Snow Library (in the Marshall Center near the Spotsylvania Courthouse) 8740 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22551
Pro-Women Demonstration - this is the last demonstration on Thursday for a while co-sponsored by Sisters & Misters: Resisters and WAFA Thur 9/28 3:30 - 5:00 pm Corner of Princess Anne and Route 1 Join the active resistance to efforts to dismantle Planned Parenthood and reverse Roe. Wear Pink. Bring a pro-women’s rights sign.
Dr. Jay Brock Single Payer System Sun 9/24 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg 25 Chalice Circle, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Breakfast Fundraiser for Steve Aycock Sat 9/23 8:00 - 10:00 am Applebee's Restaurant in Central Park $15 per person pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea, or water Send $15 to Friends of Steve Aycock, 7 Baldwin Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22406 or buy tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flapjacks Donations will be used to send mailing to persuadable voters.
Josh Cole Debate hosted by the University of Mary Washington Thurs 9/21 7:00 - 9:00 pm Lee Hall 411, 1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Take Down the Confederate Flag on I-95 - Stafford County Supervisors Meeting Tues 9/19 3:00 pm (No 7:00 pm meeting that night.) Plan on speaking. Bring a sign.
Unity Day hosted by the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee Meet Pam Northam, the next First Lady of Virginia Sat 9/16 Noon to 4:00 pm Alum Spring Park 1 Greenbrier Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Join Fredericksburg Democrats to celebrate unity among local groups as we kickoff the last six weeks of the campaign season. Music, free food, and kids’ activities will be provided.
Caravan to Richmond Rally to Resist Racism Sat 9/16 6:30 am departure Food Lion lot in Thornburg, VA., 6320 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Fredericksburg VA Area DSA writes: On to Richmond-September 16 If you are planning to attend the rally in Richmond to demonstrate against the neo-confederates and fascist right please understand that the events are still unfolding however as of now we will be meeting the RIC DSA contingent at 8 am at 621 N. 3rd Street and marching to the Lee Monument. There is very little street parking in this area or in the Lee Monument area so plan on a parking garage. It is recommended that you caravan with us if you are not familiar with Richmond and because of potential last minute changes to the plan. Here are the details: Car Caravan: Gather at Food Lion lot in Thornburg, VA., 6320 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Take I-95 S to Exit 118, take right off of exit, left at light, shopping center is on right. Or you can take Rt. 1 (Jefferson Davis Hwy.) south to lot. We will be leaving at 6:30 am sharp!
Fredericksburg Democratic Committee (FDC) Monthly Meeting Wed 9/13 7:00 pm VFW Post 3103 at 2701 Princess Anne St.
FDC meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm. http://fredericksburgdems.org/
Rappahannock Group Sierra Club Fall Open House - BATS! Wed 9/13 6:30 - 9:30 pm Central Library, Fredericksburg BATS ! ! ! Presenter Nancy Stalik, FOR Educator A presentation for all age groups. ~ Bat Enthusiasts or Bat Curious ~ Come in a bat costume and win a prize. Refreshments ~ Free Questions? Paula Chow (540) 310-0735
Stafford School Board Meeting - attend in support of LGBTQ Rights in Stafford Schools Tues 9/12 6:45 pm 31 Stafford Ave, Stafford, VA 22554 Attend the upcoming School Board meeting in support of EquitySCPS. Bring signs, bring your friends and bring your voice. If you are planning on coming inside to the meeting - signs must be small. (8 1/2" X 11" is good.)
Phone Bank for Planned Parenthood in support of Ralph Northam for governor RSVP by 9/8 Use this Google Form link with all of the phone bank opportunities, please select all of the times that work for you. You will need working internet connection on a computer. Please fill out the form if you're interested by Friday (9/8) and Ashley Farmer will touch base over the weekend to confirm the dates. Ashley Farmer Field Organizer Planned Parenthood South Atlantic 2964 Hydraulic Road Charlottesville, VA 22901 firstname.lastname@example.org (540) 223-7211
Resist Racism as the Stafford Board of Supervisors Meeting Tues 9/5 6:00 pm 1300 Courthouse Rd. Stafford, VA 22554 A local indivisible group has shared this information: On Tuesday Sept 5th the flaggers are coming to the Board of Supervisors Meeting in Stafford VA. We want a large presence both at the meeting and outside "protesting" with signs. We need help and people to come out Sept 5th Board of Supervisors meeting Flaggers will be there and may be armed. NOTE 9/5 BOS MEETING: I just got word that that the alt right is planning to show up. Concealed weapons are allowed in that building and in BOS chambers (not allowed in the courthouse). We must be prepared to remain calm & peaceful. Do NOT engage with them. Hold our signs, give our statements, and have a large presence.
Labor Day Cook Out - Hosted by Joshua Cole for Delegate Mon 9/4 4:00 - 7:00 pm 80 Brooks Park 80 Butler Rd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Environmental Subgroup of Greater Fredericksburg Huddle Planning Meeting Tues 8/29 Time 7:00 pm 1616 Franklin Street, Fredericksburg near UMW This is a planning meeting to determine the goals of the group for the next six months. Ideas include planning a Clean Air symposium with exhibits. All are welcome! Contact Julie Kay at 540 538 4981 or email@example.com if you have questions.
WAFA Town Hall Planning Meeting Mon 8/28 7:00 Rappahannock Central Library Annex 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Review Expo; Plan for the future: Town Hall #6 in December on Women's Rights Town Hall #7 in April a Carbon Conference
Back to School Kick Off sponsored by Tracey Bell For Hartwood Supervisor Sat 8/26 Colonial Forge at Augustine's Club House 140 Woodcutters Rd, Stafford, VA 22554
Come join Tracey Bell and his Team, for a day of fun and games. This event will be a kid friendly event with popcorn, moon bounce, hot dogs, balloons, and much more. We will also be registering voters and providing literature on Tracey Bell. You will also hear from Tracey, and be able to meet and speak to him personally. Tell all your family, friends, and neighbors to meet us at Colonial Forge at Augustine's Club House on August 26th! The sponsors will be collecting food for Stafford Food Security to help feed kids in the community. Stafford Food Security has been collecting food and donations for children in Stafford where their families are unable to provide food to them.
Campaign Fundraiser for Steve Aycock 8/26 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Outback Steakhouse in Central Park 2941 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 lunch of steak or chicken, vegetable, salad, drink, bloomin' onion Cost $25.00 Click HERE for a link to BUY TICKETS Buy tickets or mail a check to Friends of Steve Aycock, 7 Baldwin Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Rally for Women's Equality Day in Charlottesville Sat 8/26 9:00 am Please CLICK THIS LINK to RSVP RSVP to Take Action on Women’s Equality Day with Special Guest, Lieutenant Governor Candidate Justin Fairfax! On Saturday August 26th, come celebrate Women’s Equality Day by taking action for Virginia women’s future! It is more important than ever this year to elect candidates who will stand with women for reproductive health, wage equity, and the opportunities that all Virginia families need, and we’ll canvass to talk to voters at their doors about women’s equality and their vote. And we’ll kick off the morning with special guest Justin Fairfax, candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, who will celebrate with us by telling us about his commitment to the women and families of the commonwealth.Join us at 9am to meet Justin and hear his plans for supporting working families and all Virginians and defending Planned Parenthood. There will be an opportunity to ask him any questions you may have as well as a photo op. Then we’ll host a training and head out to canvass so that we can spread Women’s Equality Day messages to voters in our community. Door to door canvassing will take place from 10-12, and all materials along with water and snacks will be provided. RSVP right now! We hope to see you there. Paid for by Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC and authorized by Friends of Justin Fairfax. **NOTE: The location for this event is TBD. RSVP to make sure you receive an update on this. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Ashley Farmer, Charlottesville Field Organizer, at 540-223-7211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is hosted by Rob Roberson, Outreach Caucus Chair of the Fredericksburg Democratic Committee. The goal is to provide a range of resolutions advising the General Assembly to enact legislation to address many issues facing the citizens of the state, and establishing progressive direction for the Democratic Party of Virginia. writing resolutions that are accurate, factual, propose realistic actions for the state government for a variety of issues including Women's Rights, Chesapeake Bay, Fracking, gerrymandering, voter's rights, etc. Members of resistance groups and advocacy groups are encouraged to participate.
Fredericksburg VA Area Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Chapter Meeting Wed 8/23 8:00 pm 810 Caroline St. in the Art Mart in downtown Fredericksburg DSA will discuss the recent events in Charlottesville and how to go forward locally in the fight against white supremacists. There will be a report from the DSA National Convention held two weeks ago and discussions of local plans including the farmer's market outreach, a group social event and more. There will also be an open discussion for new ideas, projects and initiatives. Bring your enthusiasm and ideas.
Grow Our Co-op! Sun 8/20 3:00 - 4:30 pm Marstel-Day Building 417 Wolfe Street, Fredericksburg, VA Interested in learning more about our co-op? Come to our new monthly orientation for members, prospective members, and future volunteers. Enjoy light refreshments while you learn more about food co-ops and how your membership and volunteer skills can help bring a member-owned natural foods grocery store to our area. Click HERE for a link to learn more.
Grand Opening of Josh Cole Campaign Headquarters Sat 8/19 10:00 am 618 Kenmore Ave Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Bring office supplies to donate. Plan to CANVASS or PHONE BANK for Josh Cole to represent the 28 District in Richmond! Tom Perriello will be a special guest!
Disability Council August Action Phone Bank Sat 8/19 10:00 am to 1:00 pm DNC HQ’s, 30 Ivy Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Call Virginia voters for the 2017 VA Statewide Elections Sign Up Here: http://my.democrats.org/page/event/detail/4vlvp Join the DNC Disability Council's Resistance Summer August Action phone bank. We will bring together Democrats with disabilities and our allies from all over the DC-MD-VA metro area to help the 2017 Virginia Coordinated Campaign. The calls to voters in Virginia that we will be making will be important to turning out voters for the election this fall.
As part of Resistance Summer, the DNC and state parties are hosting a Weekend of Action on Saturday and Sunday August 19-20 across the country. The Disability Council is participating and we hope you can join us!
Take the Plunge with Josh Cole Sat 8/12 8:30 - 10:30 pm Ferry Farm Swimming Pool 11 Mercer Ln, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Please RSVP at http://taketheplunge.rsvpify.com/ The Friends of Joshua Cole invite you to come on out to this FUNdraiser to support Joshua Cole as he runs for the 28th House of Delegates! Joshua Cole is making history running for the 28th House of Delegates seat vacated by the retiring Republican delegate of 30+ years. Young, energetic, and inspirational, Josh has been everywhere, meeting his would-be constituents and learning what matters to you! Now is the time to raise needed funds for the campaign, support our candidate, and enjoy community time! Break out your bikini, toss on some trunks, or slide into a swimsuit! Casual attire is totally appropriate for this occasion! Admission is $15/person or $25/couple. Pre-payment will be made available shortly. Cash or check at the door preferred. Admission includes free food and beverages, music, face to face time with Josh, and a ceremonial plunge in the pool at 9:00PM, led by Josh himself: There will be additional opportunities to donate, including a bake sale and silent auction. Please RSVP at http://taketheplunge.rsvpify.com/ if you are committed to attending! We need a rough estimate of how many guests we can expect. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Contact email@example.com See you on Saturday, August 12! Get ready to dive in!
Caravan to “Rally to Resist Racism” in Charlottesville hosted by Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Sat 8/12/17 8:30 am (The caravan will leave promptly at 9:00 am.) Target parking lot at the Cosner Corner Shopping, Center, 9785 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fight the Right - Resist Racism Here are the final details the DSA plan for this Saturday in Charlottesville. DSA has participated in conference calls, numerous phone conversations and a final meeting Thursday evening to help make sure that their efforts are coordinated as well safe for all DSA participants. This will be the largest coordinated effort by the DSA to date in Virginia. DSA will be joined by members from DC, NoVa, Baltimore, Richmond, William & Mary YDS, and of course Charlottesville. To insure coordination and safety DSA will: • Have spotters in the city starting tonight who will be reporting the on-ground conditions. • Have an encrypted instant communications system with all key organizers from each local that will be used prior to and during the event. • Have clearly identified DSA marshals. • DSA participants will be issued identifying armbands The group will be meeting at 8:30 am in the Target parking lot at the Cosner Corner Shopping, Center, 9785 Jefferson Davis Hwy. The caravan will leave promptly at 9:00 am. To get to this location from north of Fredericksburg take I 95 S to Exit 126. Turn Right (South) onto Jefferson Davis Hwy. (Rt. 1). Continue for approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Rt. 17. Turn right into the Target lot. If coming from in town take Rt. 1 S to left on Rt. 17 at light and then right into Target lot Please insure you bring two bottles of water, hats, possibly an umbrella etc. A large bandanna is also suggested. If driving on your own, all DSA participants and friends will gather at the corner of Water St and 2nd ST SE at 11:00 am. There is a public parking lot at this location ($2.00 hr.). This is within 3 blocks of the planned rally site. DSA will be issuing identifying armbands at that time as well as any last minute instructions and or changes in location.At the end of the day they intend to leave with everyone who came with them.