Community Event: 2010 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
-Maya Angelou

The City of Virginia Beach, Department of Human Resources will be holding the 2010 Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on October 13, 2010. The goal of this symposium is to create a menu for inclusion through diverse perspectives and powerful conversations. This half-day event was organized as a way to celebrate National Diversity Awareness Month.

Dr. Crystal Arlene Kuykendall , a nationally known speaker, talk show hostess and best-selling author with great insight on the challenges of human rights, diversity and multiculturalism will deliver the key-note address. You won’t want to miss her dynamic spirit!

A casual lunch will be provided in a “World Café™” atmosphere, followed by powerful conversations on topics of diversity and inclusion. It’s also an opportunity to reconnect as partners in  dedication to human rights, equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion. Feedback  provided by symposium attendees will assist in finalizing the City’s 2011 EEO, Diversity and Inclusion Plan for our workforce.

Date: October 13,2010
Time: 9:30 am-2pm
Location: The Reba and Sam Sadler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, VA

Contact Susan Steed with at (757) 385-8141 for more information.

Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, click the link below:

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Tell Govenor McDonnell To Stop The War On Immigrants!

“Justice is the firm and continuous desire to render to everyone that which is his due”

Virginia Organizing is inviting you to attend a community gathering and action at the Norfolk DMV, Wednesday, October 20th from 12:00pm-1:00pm!

Governor McDonnell recently eliminated the use of work permit cards as identification to prove legal residency to get drivers licenses. This is part of an unrelenting attack on immigrants who live in Virginia, and will affect thousands of refugees from Haiti, El Salvador, Sudan, Somalia and Nicaragua.
This is an extreme and reckless policy change that endangers the lives of law abiding Virginians.  Without a driver’s license it is difficult to have a job or go to school.

Join us for this peaceful way of speaking out against unfair treatment of immigrants!

Questions? Contact Meghan McNamara : 847-922-1213

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Check Out This Article: Latest health bill changes explained at Norfolk forum

Check out this article written by Prue Salasky released by the recapping the “Century in the Making” healthcare public forum event, hosted by Virginia Organizing, Empower Hampton Roads and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy!
Speaker Joanne Grossi, regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  detailed the four key elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the nation’s new health law, which take effect on Thursday and provided clarification on some parts of the act that have caused confusion. The event was a great success and we those in attendance were able to leave feeling more secure in their understanding of the bill and their rights.

Click the link below to read the article:,0,1134679.story

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Event Reminder: A Century in the Making

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.
~Vernon Howard

Join us this week for a popular education forum, “A Century in The Making: The New Affordable Health Care Law.”

This is a FREE informational event for anyone and everyone who simply wishes to know more about the new health care law and their rights.

Most of us are aware there have been recent changes in regards to health care under the Obama Administration but are you able to describe how exactly you and your love ones are going being affected? The specifics of the extensive new health care law can be complex, but it is valuable for everyone to know their rights and be prepared.

The event format will include presentation of health care law information via a Power Point, expert presenters on several areas of the law, a question and answer section, followed by a summary and call to action.

This event is sponsored by the Coalition for Affordable Health Care, which includes Empower Hampton Roads, Organizing for America, Virginia Interfaith Center and Virginia Organizing.

Come and see how the new law impacts YOU!!

The event will take place September 16, 2010 at 7pm, at the Church of the Ascension Episcopal Church,  which is located at 405 Talbot Hall Road, Norfolk, VA 23505.  The event is FREE and we welcome anyone and everyone who simply wishes to know more about the new health care law and their rights.

Click the link below to view the event flyer:
A Popular Education Forum

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Check Out This Video: “Working For Affordable Housing in Virginia Beach”

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope… and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.  ~Robert F. Kennedy

This video, conducted last March by Arlington Independent Media,  features interviews with South Hampton Roads Chapter Organizer Teresa Stanley and Tim McCartney, an active leader in our chapter and also a member of the Housing Roundable. The Providence Mobile Home Park dilemma that Virginia Organizing has been involved with in recent months is a prime example of how there needs to be changes made in terms of affordable housing options in the Hampton Roads Area. Tim and Teresa speak of attempting to address the problem at the root, at the city level, with hopes of passing a Workforce Housing Ordinance to be recognized in city comprehensive plans. Drawing upon case studies where Northern Virginia cities have successfully dealt with large population densities and increasing need for affordable housing opportunities offers hope for change yet this video lays out how serious this issue is for our community at present .

Click the link below to check out this awesome video!

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Recent Strides in Immigrant Rights

“Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself”  ~Robert Ingersoll

The Immigration Issue Team has been very active in recent weeks. Virginia Organizing Issue Team leaders attended the  Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission Forum in late July, where concern was raised about the racial profiling laws that are being introduced at the General Assembly in Richmond. During a meeting with Councilman Glenn Davis, the team helped to craft a resolution that could be passed by City Council and included in the legislative packet for Virginia Beach’s state lobbying efforts.  We hope that other localities will weigh in so that we can send a unified message to our state legislators that we will not support racial immigration laws in Virginia.

The Immigration Issue Team was also involved in a peaceful protest in front of the local office of Attorney General Cuccinelli. Frustrated with the anti-immigrant, racial profiling state leadership stance, the group passed out educational flyers and encouraged people to call the Attorney General and the Governor Bob McDonnell to join in voicing disapproval of recent unjust decisions made by local leaders.

Those interested in this issue are invited to learn more with a showing of the documentary film 9500 Liberty. which shows the social and economic effects of the 287g immigration program on Prince William County.  The film and discussion session will take place on September 4th at 9:30AM at the Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard.

For an article covering the protest, click the link below:

See also this video of the protest against racial profiling laws:

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Check Out This Article: 15th Anniversary Celebration in the News

Janice Johnson, chairwoman of the Virginia Organizing state governing board, speaks during the Celebration

“We recognize that people coming together and speaking out is the only path towards tong-term change… I look forward to the next 15 years as we continue to organize together to bring real people together to fight for real change” – Joe Szakos, Executive Director of Virginia Organizing.

Click the link below to check out a wonderful article put out by the Richmond Times Dispatch entitled, “Virginia Organizing Group marks 15th Anniversary.”

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