United Citizen Power – Southside – February Team Meeting

United Citizen Power is ready to build off of the energy from their 2018 Strategy Session!!

YOUR voice is needed at their February meeting so they can build power in our community to make government work for ALL of us!

All are welcome, whether you attended the last meeting or not!!

United Citizen Power – Southside Chapter
February Team Meeting

Monday, February 26, 2018

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Station #5  
3901 Bridge Rd,
Suffolk, VA 23435

RSVP: Michele – 757.620.3931

Voter Suppression Bill Passes VA Senate – Goes to House of Delegates

SB 523, A bill requiring that polling locations have photographs of registered voters, has passed the Virginia Senate and has moved to the House.

The text of the bill is:

SB 523 (Obenshain) Voter identification; electronic pollbooks to contain photographs of voters. Requires electronic pollbooks to contain the photographs of registered voters that are obtained by the general registrars in the production of voter photo identification cards or contained in a voter’s Department of Motor Vehicles record. The bill also provides that if the electronic pollbook contains the voter’s photograph, the officer of election is required to access that photograph and the voter is not required to present one of the statutorily required forms of identification. The bill prohibits lists of voters furnished pursuant to current law from containing any voter’s photograph. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2019.

This extra requirement will slow down the voting process, possibly extending waits at voting lines, and will create a new step in which errors might be introduced.

Of course, this won’t be free. The following is from the Fiscal Impact Statement (pdf)

… the Department of Elections (ELECT) would have to make several changes to the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS)

create and accept the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) data, associate it to voters, and then extract and distribute the photos to 133 localities prior to each election.

download updated pictures from DMV’s servers at least twice a year (prior to the statewide elections), which is estimated to cost $41,780 annually ($20,890 for each download).

additional costs for storage of the photographic images on the state’s computer systems, which has an estimated annual cost of $64,680.

localities would have to replace existing electronic pollbooks that do not have the capacity to store and display photographs.

The legislation requires ELECT to enter into an agreement with DMV’s credentials vendor to obtain the photographs. DMV notes that the images will have to be accompanied by a customer number and Social Security Number so that the Department of Elections can match an image to a voter’s record. The DMV estimates the information technology costs for changes to the DMV database to implement the provisions of this bill to be a one-time cost of $34,679.

Please activate and organize by having others email their Delegates/Senators and local County Board of Supervisors to let them know that the Board should oppose this legislation.

This is voter suppression and valid ID should be sufficient enough to vote.

Greater Hampton Black Democratic Women’s Breakfast With Sen. Kaine

Please join the
Women of the Greater Hampton Roads Black Democrats
to kick off
Black History Month
“A conversation with Senator Tim Kaine”
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:30 am – 11:00 am

Comfort Zone Restaurant
2163 Cunningham Dr
Hampton VA

Breakfast Buffet -$11.00

Ladies please share with your sororities & organizations

Please RSVP by
Thursday ,February 1,2018

757 287 0277

Photo from Wikimedia Commons Author Tim Pierce

Authorized by the Greater Hampton Roads Black Democrats

Saturday – SDC at Engage Suffolk

The Suffolk Public Library will be hosting “Engage Suffolk”, an outreach event giving Suffolk residence a change to

Get involved with local organizations, network with fellow Suffolkians, and meet someone new by “checking out” a person at our Human Library.

Your Suffolk Democratic Committee, along with other organizations such as The Genieve Shelter and the Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk will be participating in this interactive event.

Please come see us at the North Suffolk Library, 11am – 2pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018

United Citizen Power – Southside Chapter – 2018 Strategy Session

The Southside chapter of United Citizen Power will be having a strategy session

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 6:30pm

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Station #5  
3901 Bridge Rd,
Suffolk, VA 23435

RSVP: Michele – 757.620.3931

We’ll get an overview of national landscape and how we can make a difference locally – by turning our values into action.

If you are sick of starting over for every campaign, this session is for you. We’ll be developing a long term power building plan that grows each year instead of wasting energy beginning again.

Or maybe you’re just curious about how you can make the biggest impact in our community. This session is for you, too!

Join us to help make our democracy work better for ALL of us.

RSVP to Michele Joyce at 757.620.3931 to save your spot. All are welcome!

United Citizen Power is a grassroots organization that helps develop the capacity of regular citizens to organize their own communities.

Nominations for our Suffolk Community Heroes

The nomination period for our 2018 Community Heroes Luncheon is open! Please submit your nominations for Suffolk Community Heroes using the form below. The nomination period will close on March 31st.

Those chosen will honored at our Community Heroes Luncheon at 12:00 PM Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 100 E. Constance Road. Tickets will be $30. Please use our contact form for ticket information.

Please use our Hero Nomination Form to submit your nominee.

The nominee –

  • must be a resident of Suffolk, and be 13 years old or older.
  • must be nominated by a member of the Suffolk Democratic Committee
    ( All nominations for the Community Hero Award will be vetted by a panel of SDC members before submission to the Selection )
  • Person must be honest & trustworthy
  • Person exemplifies the ideals of the Democratic Party (Person does not have to be a Democrat or a member of the committee).
  • Person must have devoted themselves to the betterment of the Suffolk Community.

You can also submit your nomination by letter. Please include your contact information, your nominee’s contact information, and your reason you picked your nominee.


January 9, 6:30 p.m.
701 Old East Pinner Street
Suffolk, Virginia

Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Suffolk Democratic Committee hereby calls an unassembled caucus beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 701 Old East Pinner Street. The purpose of the caucus will be to elect the new members of the Suffolk Democratic Committee.

I. Candidate Filing:
Each person seeking to become a member of the Suffolk Democratic Committee shall file a Declaration of Candidacy form with the Suffolk Democratic Committee Chair and submit a membership fee. Fillings shall be made from December 19th 2017 through January 9th at 7:00 p.m. Only those candidates who have timely and properly filed a Declaration of Candidacy form will have their name placed in nomination. The Declaration of Candidacy form shall be available on our website, www.sdcvirginia.org and on the day of Caucus. Each person seeking to become a member of the Committee shall file a declaration of candidacy form and submit the membership fee of $25 prior to the start of the caucus.

II. Participation:
Every person who is a registered voter in the locality of Suffolk is urged to attend and participate. Each participant must sign a written declaration that he or she:

  • Is a Democrat and not a member of any other political party
  • Does not intend to support, endorse, or assist any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in the upcoming election
  • Has not and will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for
    the upcoming election; and
  • Is registered to vote in Suffolk, Virginia.

III. Affirmative Action:
It shall be the duty and goal of all members of the Suffolk Democratic Committee to seek out and encourage the broadest possible participation within the committee, and in its membership, of all duly qualified citizens without regard to race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic identity, disability, or economic status.

V. Conduct of Caucus
The doors to the caucus will open at 6:30 p.m. Those in line will be permitted to complete the check-in process and will be permitted to participate.

The chair of the Suffolk Democratic Committee, or her designee, shall be the Temporary Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Temporary Secretary and such other officers of the Caucus as deemed appropriate. The Suffolk Democratic Committee will prepare Temporary Rules for the Caucus. Participants will adopt permanent Rules for the Caucus.