First Annual South Hampton Roads Virginia Organizing Picnic

Everyone is invited to our first South Hampton Roads Annual Virginia Organizing Picnic to be held on Sunday, July 17th from 4PM-8PM at the McCarthy’s home, 3845 Prince Phillip Circle, Virginia Beach, 23452.  Bring a dish to share.  We will have all kinds of fun!!

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2010 Annual Report

“To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle.”
-William Penn

Virginia Organizing is pleased to present this 2010 Annual Report with
highlights of the hard work our grassroots leaders and organizers carry out
every day!

Click the link below for a PDF version of the report.

Virginia Organizing 2010 Annual Report

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Interpreting for Social Justice Workshop

Wayside Center for Popular Education is offering an Interpreting for Social Justice  workshop on May 13 -15th 2011.  The workshop is intended for bilingual social justice activists and workers who would like to learn more about interpreting and translating in a social justice context to empower immigrant communities and build alliances across communities.

Registration fees are based on income and full and partial scholarships are available
For information call (434) 263-5115 or visit the link below:

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Victory! Mobile Home Park Protective Policy and the Human Rights Resolution

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
-Gail Devers

It has been a long journey for the residents of Providence Mobile Home Park and those who support them. This week, there is an incredible victory to be celebrated!

At the most recent Virginia Beach City Council meeting, the Mobile Home Park Protective Policy and Human Rights Resolution were successful passed. The ncil meeting, the Mobile Home Park Protective Policy will  serve to ameliorate the hardships on residents as mobile home parks continue to be targeted for redevelopment in our region. The Human Rights Resolution welcomes and celebrates the valuable contributions of immigrants in our city. City Council does see this as an issues that needs to be addressed, as these two  were both passed unanimously at the meeting.

A special thank you goes out to all those that attended the meeting to affirm the council’s decision, and to all those who have worked hard to support these efforts!

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Current Events

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.  ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life

The Issue Teams have been hard at work on various fronts! The The Affordable Housing/Providence Mobile Home Park Issue Team has submitted a grant for a feasibility study and business model to be produced to press for the possible purchase of the Providence property. With this grant, Virginia Organizing hopes to maintain this deeply affordable housing stock with residents involved in future redevelopment decisions. The mobile home park protective policy for residents will be on the consent agenda for the December 7th Virginia Beach City Council meeting at 6PM.  We will need to fill the room to support the council members in this decision!

The Immigration Issue Team has been engaged with Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (HRC) in drafting a human rights resolution that embraces and welcomes all people in our city to be on the HRC agenda in November. This resolution will hopefully passed by City Council in December in time to celebrate Human Rights week.The issue team is also scheduling state legislator visits across the region to push back against the discriminatory and racist policies being introduced in the General Assembly.

The Economic Justice Issue Team is engaged in lifting the Balance Virginia Campaign to educate legislators about revenue fairness and balancing Virginia’s budget.  Letters to the editor to address the issue of extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich is another issue team focus.

The Health Care Issue Team continues to provide educational workshops on the new Health Care law in as many venues as possible.  Please pass the word and consider hosting a workshop!

The Restoration of Voting Rights for Former Felon Issue Team is spreading the word about two upcoming “Restoration of Voting Rights” Workshops in Chesapeake on November 13th and Portsmouth on November 20th. Check out the “Upcoming Events” page for more details.

If you feel passionate about one or more of these issues, there are plenty of ways for you to become involved!  Contact issue team leaders or Chapter Organizer to find out how you can help to make a stand for an issue you feel passionate about!

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In the News: Immigration Reform Protestors Rally at Norfolk DMV

“There is strength in numbers, and if we all work together as a team, we can be unstoppable.”
-Craig Kielburger

Virginia Organizing took part in a rally at the Norfolk DMV to protest Virginia Governor McDonnell’s recent decision to exclude work permits to obtain a drivers license.

Click the link below to see a video and other news coverage from the rally:,0,7902821.story

Also, stay tuned for more details for another rally planned in Virginia Beach

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Don’t Forget!!!

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
-Lyndon B. Johnson

This year is an election year for the state of Virginia. On November 2nd, Virginia residents will have the opportunity to vote for U.S. House of Representatives.
One of Virginia Organizing’s missions is working to increase turnout in communities of color, low-income communities and college campuses while improving civic engagement by identifying, training and motivating more local leaders. There is a lot at stake this election: the health care law, Wall Street reform and tax cuts for the middle class and not the wealthy.

YOU can make a difference by exercising your right to vote!

Don’t forget to vote, November 2!

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