ERA Ratification Postcard Party!

From United Citizen Power: Southside Chapter

Join us for an ERA Ratification Postcard party!

Postcards are a quick, visual way to communicate effectively with lawmakers. Let’s thank representatives who have supported ERA legislation in the past for their votes. And let’s craft persuasive messages to reach legislators who still need convincing to support constitutional equality.

Date: Thursday, December 13, Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Lisa’s Home @ 3320 Nansemond River Dr, Suffolk (right behind Nansemond River High)

To RSVP Text or Call: 757-619-5268

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Make Your Voice Heard!

The Suffolk City Council will vote on a resolution in support of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by the Virginia Assembly in 2019. Support of the resolution from the City of Suffolk will send a strong message to our local representatives before they go to Richmond in January.

Please attend the meeting to show your support of the resolution.

Date: Wednesday, December 19 Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Suffolk City Hall @ 442 W. Washington St, Suffolk

We need YOU to help make our democracy work better for ALL of us.

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

Support the ERA Vote in Suffolk this Wednesday

We need as many Suffolk residents as possible (women and men) to attend the December 5th Suffolk City Council meeting to support putting a vote for the Equal Rights Amendment on the agenda for the December 19th City Council meeting.

This vote will be Suffolk’s voice in the fight to get Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The meeting is at 7:00 pm in the City Council chamber at 442 West Washington Street.

Also … 

Please refer people to so they can sign the petition and review talking points and action steps.  

Chris Jones’s vote will be important but so far he has not voiced his support for the amendment.

The Speaker of the House James Howell, and Tommy Normant are fighting against Virginia ratifying this amendment.  We need to contact them and let them know where we stand.

Thanks and we hope to see you at 442 West Washington Street Wednesday at 7pm

See you at NNO!

Volunteers from the Suffolk Democratic Committee and other organizations will be out and about to help get voters registered this Tuesday during Suffolk’s National Night Out!

  • Burbage Grant-6815 Burbage Lake Circle
  • Chuckatuck Fire Station-300 Kings Hwy
  • Hollwood Cypress Prk 2001 Arizona Ave.
  • SRHA
  • NAACP @ Suffolk Barber & Beauty Washington. & Commerce Sts

But we’re still looking for volunteers at the following locations:

  • East Suffolk Gardens-511 Reid Ct.
  • Suffolk Inner CityAA-JFK school field
  • Westside CivicSt.Mark 817 McKinley Ave.
  • College SquareFriends-4600 Magnolia dr.
  • Pughsville Civic-5041 Townpoint Rd

So if you can help out let us know! Use our Contact Form or call Michele at 757-334-2980 to volunteer!

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