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.

Charlottesville Solidarity Events

March Saturday at 7 p.m. Starting from City Hall, 442 W. Washington St.

In reaction to the attack on Suffolk native Deandre Harris, pictures of which have gone viral on social media, Imari Griffin plans a march on Saturday from City Hall to Market Street

Prayer and Reflection Thursday at 6 p.m. at Suffolk Presbyterian Church, 410 N. Broad St.

More details from Suffolk News-Herald

We Will Not Regress

Our hearts are broken because of the murder in Charlottesville. But had the “Unite the Right” events in Charlottesville not resulted in the murder of an innocent woman, it still would have been a heart-breaking celebration of backward thinking hatemongers who wish to return to days where people could beat and murder others because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or other distinguishing features without concern that the law will bring them to justice.

We thank our leaders for speaking out against their hatred and promising to resist all attempts to return to those unfortunate times.

Don’t just sit there! Help Stop TrumpCare!

Do you have friends or family in states with Republican Senators (see list below)? Urge them to call their Senators and tell them we don’t want Trumpcare!

But Wait! There’s More!

Here in Virginia, we can do our part as well. Democratic Senators can use the amendment process to slow the progress of Trumpcare so more citizens can realize what a disaster it is and rally against it. According to our friends at Indivisible,

“By introducing tens of thousands of amendments, Democrats can slow down the process enough to draw necessary attention to Senate Republicans’ secret process and the disastrous impacts of their TrumpCare bill.”

We can submit amendments to our Senators so they can introduce these amendments to the Senate floor. Indivisible has a tool for you to use to submit your amendment at www.ouramendments.org

As for your friends and family with Republican Senators …

The following Senators are the most on the fence (listed in priority order), and they need calls NOW from people in their state:

Heller (Nevada): 202-224-6244
Collins (Maine): (202)224-2523
Capito (West Virginia): 202-224-6472
Cassidy (Louisiana): (202) 224-5824
Flake (Arizona): 202-224-4521
Gardner (Colorado): (202) 224-5941
Portman (Ohio): 202-224-3353

Here’s a full list of Republican Senators. Do you know people in these states? If so, urge them to call against Trumpcare!

Alabama – Strange, Luther – (202) 224-4124
Alabama – Shelby, Richard C. – (202) 224-5744
Alaska – Sullivan, Dan – (202) 224-3004
Alaska – Murkowski, Lisa – (202) 224-6665
Arizona – McCain, John – (202) 224-2235
Arizona – Flake, Jeff – (202) 224-4521
Arkansas – Cotton, Tom – (202) 224-2353
Arkansas – Boozman, John – (202) 224-4843
Colorado – Gardner, Cory – (202) 224-5941
Florida – Rubio, Marco – (202) 224-3041
Georgia – Perdue, David – (202) 224-3521
Georgia – Isakson, Johnny – (202) 224-3643
Idaho – Risch, James E. – (202) 224-2752
Idaho – Crapo, Mike – (202) 224-6142
Indiana – Young, Todd – (202) 224-5623
Iowa – Ernst, Joni – (202) 224-3254
Iowa – Grassley, Chuck – (202) 224-3744
Kansas – Roberts, Pat – (202) 224-4774
Kansas – Moran, Jerry – (202) 224-6521
Kentucky – McConnell, Mitch – (202) 224-2541
Kentucky – Paul, Rand – (202) 224-4343
Louisiana – Kennedy, John – (202) 224-4623
Louisiana – Cassidy, Bill – (202) 224-5824
Maine – Collins, Susan M. – (202) 224-2523
Mississippi – Cochran, Thad – (202) 224-5054
Mississippi – Wicker, Roger F. – (202) 224-6253
Missouri – Blunt, Roy – (202) 224-5721
Montana – Daines, Steve – (202) 224-2651
Nebraska – Sasse, Ben – (202) 224-4224
Nebraska – Fischer, Deb – (202) 224-6551
Nevada – Heller, Dean – (202) 224-6244
North Carolina – Burr, Richard – (202) 224-3154
North Carolina – Tillis, Thom – (202) 224-6342
North Dakota – Hoeven, John – (202) 224-2551
Ohio – Portman, Rob – (202) 224-3353
Oklahoma – Inhofe, James M. – (202) 224-4721
Oklahoma – Lankford, James – (202) 224-5754
Pennsylvania – Toomey, Patrick J. – (202) 224-4254
South Carolina – Graham, Lindsey – (202) 224-5972
South Carolina – Scott, Tim – (202) 224-6121
South Dakota – Thune, John – (202) 224-2321
South Dakota – Rounds, Mike – (202) 224-5842
Tennessee – Corker, Bob – (202) 224-3344
Tennessee – Alexander, Lamar – (202) 224-4944
Texas – Cornyn, John – (202) 224-2934
Texas – Cruz, Ted – (202) 224-5922
Utah – Hatch, Orrin G. – (202) 224-5251
Utah – Lee, Mike – (202) 224-5444
West Virginia – Capito, Shelley Moore – (202) 224-6472
Wisconsin – Johnson, Ron – (202) 224-5323
Wyoming – Enzi, Michael B. – (202) 224-3424
Wyoming – Barrasso, John – (202) 224-6441

Now is the time for action. Let’s do this!

Canvassing Saturday

Today, we got the infuriating news that the Republicans in the House passed their horrible health care bill without getting report from the CBO. We all have work to do to make sure it doesn’t pass the Senate.

We also have a primary coming up and it is important to make sure people get out to the polls. The higher numbers we have during the primaries, the higher our general election numbers will be. Keeping Democrats in the executive branch in Virginia is our only buffer to an all out Trump agenda. Unfortunately, history tells us Democrats are less likely to turn out during off year elections, so we need your help. The deadline to register to vote for the primary is May 22nd so time is of the essence for us to get information out to Progressives in our community. Our door hangers are a great way to reach out to voters.

This Saturday, we will be canvassing in the Huntersville neighborhood to put door hangers with information about the primary and general and deadlines for registering to vote. The canvass runs from 10:00-1:00. We will be meeting at the corner of Camilla Dr. and Old College Drive at 10:00 sharp.

Please let me know [ contact form ] if you can join us.
Thanks and hope to see you Saturday!


PS. Next Saturday, May 13th we are planning a canvass from 10-1, followed by a meeting from 2-4 at the Suffolk Memorial Library on West Washington Street in downtown Suffolk. We hope you can join us!

Dorothy J. Waddell
SDC Outreach Chairperson

The Affordable Care Act Faces a Critical Repeal Vote this Thursday, March 23

Below, is a call to action from Indivisible. As you read it, remember that in Suffolk our members of Congress have vowed to support the Affordable Care Act and to fight Republican efforts to repeal it with a bill that will take health care away from thousands of Virginians. So show up or call and thank them for their support.

Suffolk is represented in in Congress by Bobby Scott and Don McEachin.

From Indivisible:

This week is one of a handful this year that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This THURSDAY, exactly seven years after the ACA became law, the House of Representatives will be voting to repeal it and replace it with TrumpCare—a plan that, if passed, will lead to at least 24 million Americans losing their health care.

Republicans are rushing to pass TrumpCare before the upcoming April recess, ignoring the normal legislative process, because they don’t want to face you, their constituents. They are attempting to ram through a TrumpCare bill that will cut coverage for millions and raise premiums for millions more. Their proposal simultaneously guts Medicaid and gives a $600 billion tax break to the wealthy and corporations. We can’t let them get away with this—millions of lives hang in the balance.

You and your Indivisible group can stop this. The House vote this coming week is the first step towards enactment of this devastating TrumpCare bill. Your Member of Congress (MoC) needs to know that you oppose it. Here’s how:

Key tactics for applying your constituent power this week:

  • Show up. Show up at your MoC’s District Office with your group to demand that your MoC vote against TrumpCare. Bring affected individuals to these meetings and use personal stories as much as possible. Your stories are powerful—stories change minds and alter what is politically possible. Your story should answer this question: How will you or your family be affected by TrumpCare?
  • Create a public demonstration. Hold a vigil outside your MoC’s office. Invite the media. Their vote in favor of this bill would mean the difference between life or death for thousands each year. You need to demonstrate your resolve. If your member has already committed to vote no, show up and thank them. In a big way.
  • Make your calls to your Representative. Start with this script and tell your Representative that a vote to take away health care from 24 million people is a vote you’ll be watching. Spread the word on social media using #ProtectOurCare and tell your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to call their Representatives.
  • Get others involved. This vote is too important for people to sit on the sidelines. Time to get someone else involved—empower a friend, family member, neighbor, or colleague. Create social media events, tag a friend on Facebook, or just tell someone else why you get involved.
  • Get creative. You’re leading this movement—it’s your constituent power, so use it how you see fit. We’ve seen some local Indivisible groups create scrapbooks of local constituents who would be affected by TrumpCare. Others have brought their children who stand to lose coverage to the MoC’s district office. Your goal is to make clear to your Senators and Representatives—and any local media who will listen—what TrumpCare means for you and your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Plan a Friday district office visit to hold your MoCs accountable. The House vote is expected Thursday. No matter how your MoC votes, you should provide IMMEDIATE feedback (positive or negative) by making a visit to their district office on Friday with your Indivisible group. Your MoCs will have to take more votes in the future on TrumpCare to pass the final bill. They’ll be holding their breath and watching carefully after this vote, hoping that the outrage dies down. By providing immediate feedback today, you’ll change their political calculus tomorrow.

Need more ACA info?

  • Wondering how TrumpCare will affect people in your state? Our friends at the Center for American Progress have an interactive map showing TrumpCare’s impact around the country. Check it out here: TrumpCare by the Numbers.
  • Want to get wonky? Republicans are trying to push TrumpCare through with a process called “reconciliation” that allows them to pass the bill without the usual 60 votes in the Senate needed to pass legislation. Read up on this tricky bit of congressional procedure with our new explainer: Legislative Process 101—Budget Reconciliation.
  • Just want all of the the Indivisible Project’s ACA materials in one place? Absolutely—here’s our resource page: Save the ACA.

You have a chance to stop this legislation by getting involved on your home turf now. If enough members stand up and say NO, Republican leaders will be forced to pull the bill from their weekly schedule—which would be a devastating defeat for Trump. If TrumpCare does pass the House, the fight’s not over. In that scenario, TrumpCare will soon move to the Senate—and then the fight will shift to your Senators.

SDC Outreach Committee / Indivisible Meeting

The Outreach Committee will be holding a meeting at 1591 Cherry Grove Road North on Saturday, 18 March 2017, 2PM to 4PM, and we’re asking members to bring in a millennial!

This will also be an Indivisible meeting.


  • Please note:
    • There are two Cherry Grove Roads in Suffolk. Our meeting will be at Cherry Grove Road North near Smithfield, just inside the Suffolk City line.
    • We found that on at least some navigation devices:
      • If you enter 1591 Cherry Grove Road North Suffolk, it will take you to mailboxes and the sign for Holly Tree Lane.
      • If you enter 1563 Farmington Drive Suffolk, it will take you to the house.
  • From the North (Smithfield/Benn’s Church, Benn’s Grant area): Turn left on RR604/Riddick Road past the Old Dominion Hay Company to a “T” intersection with RR600 Cherry Grove Rd. N. Left turn for 1.6 miles to Holly Tree Lane Sign and our house.
  • From the South (Suffolk/Chuckatuck): Turn right on RR600, Cherry Grove Rd. N. for 3.0 miles to the Holly Tree Lane Sign and the house.
  • After the turn on Holly Tree Lane, the house is the third house on the right, about .4 miles of a mile down the lane. It is a white house with red doors.