March On & Families Belong Together: Find an Event Near You

That’s why MARCH ON has joined the Families Belong Together coalition to fight for migrant families that have endured cruelty and trauma. We will not rest until their rights are restored and the thousands of missing children have been reunited with their parents.

Norfolk Event:
Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m.
Shoop Park
Norfolk, VA 23509

We will be out and ready to demand justice. There are events taking place all across the country. Learn more about where you can take action and submit your own organized event by clicking here.

Great Meeting Last Night

Progress in the General Assembly

We covered a lot of topics and we’d like to thank Delegate Cliff Hayes for joining us and keeping us updated on what’s happening in the General Assembly. We all know about the passage of Medicaid expansion but did you know we had a few other victories thanks to your letters, phonecalls, comments, votes and to the efforts of our Democratic legislators?

For example, Virginia has increased its felony larceny threshold from $200 to $500. This will be the first increase since 1980! This will give more people a chance to reform themselves without the obstacles that come with a felony conviction.

Virginia Victory!

We’d also like to thank our regional and local Virginia Victory organizers Ivana Hall and Daniel Pinelli for kicking off the campaign efforts in Suffolk. Daniel is our field organizer and can be reached at


We’re going to be phone-banking Tuesdays in Downtown Suffolk and Thursdays in Northern Suffolk.

Our first day of door-knocking will be this Saturday at 10:00, 1:00, and 4:00 meeting at Panera in Northern Suffolk. Contact Daniel for more information!

Call the Senate: Pass Medicaid Expansion!

Call your Virginia Senate Republicans and tell them to pass Medicaid expansion!
Call your Virginia Senate Democrats and thank them for their support!

The House of Delegates has already passed a budget that includes Medicaid Expansion. Medicaid expansion will give access to affordable healthcare for nearly 400,000 Virginians. But Virginia Senate Republicans would not agree to a budget with Medicaid expansion – and no budget was passed..

But we can make it happen! We have almost enough votes! The Senate continues to work on the budget, and if one Republican flips and supports expansion, expansion will pass with a tie-breaking vote by Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

That’s why now is the time to call!

Your Senators in Suffolk are:

T. Montgomery “Monty” Mason
District Phone:(757) 229-9310

Thomas K. Norment, Jr.
District Phone:(757) 259-7810

John A. Cosgrove Jr.
District Phone:(757) 547-3422

L. Louise Lucas
District Phone:(757) 397-8209

Image of protest sign: Medicaid Expansion Now

** Canceled ** Greater Hampton Roads Committees 2nd Annual Greater Hampton Roads Grassroots Summit

** This event is canceled and may be rescheduled **
** The following is the original post for information only **

Greater Hampton Roads Committees
2nd Annual Greater Hampton Roads
Grassroots Summit
We’re All In This Together
Train to WIN!
Sunday, March 25, 2018
9:00am to 4:00pm
The Academy for Discovery at Lakewood
1701 Alsace Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23509

Greater Hampton Roads Black Democrats in conjunction with Local Democratic Committees and Grassroots Organizations are proud to coordinate the 2nd Annual Hampton Roads Summit. This is an effort by Local Democratic Committees & the Greater Hampton Roads Black Democrats to bring together Democrats and grassroots activists from across the region to engage in the political process and discuss ways to organize and fight the Trump agenda, and win at the ballot.

Training will include grassroots engagement, advocacy/activism techniques, social media. voter protection. as well as information on the structure of the Democratic party and how to get involved. Also. there will be panel discussion with grassroots organizations that organized as a result to the election of #45.

Registration fee is $12 and includes a continental breakfast at 8:30 AM and a box lunch. Stay tuned for details!

Contact (757) 287-0277 or email at for more information.

Network with Candidates Happy Hour. Location TBA

Register online at ActBlue

Authorized by the Crater Hampton Roads Black Democrats and the Norfolk City Democratic Committee

United Citizen Power – March for Our Lives – March 24

Southside Chapter
Stand Against Gun Violence
MARCH 24, 2018

Suffolk Fire & Rescue Station
3901 Bridge Rd
Suffolk, VA
Meet @ 9:30am
Leave @10am
Food Lion Parking Lot
13478 Carrollton BIVd
Carrollton, VA
RSVP: Michele – 757.620.3931

YOUR voice is needed to make government work for ALL of us
United Citizen Power is a grassroots organization that helps develop the capacity of regular citizens to organize their own communties

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

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!