Veterans Day

When their nation asked, they stepped up and served. Today we honor our veterans for their commitment, their service, and their sacrifice for our country. We will never forget or take for granted the selfless acts of the thousands of veterans who call our Commonwealth home.

Our thoughts and prayers are with every veteran and their families, and today we recommit ourselves to ensuring their needs are not forgotten when they return home.

dpva chairperson Susan Swecker

Southside Immigration Forum

Please note the first of three meetings has been canceled due to storm concerns. The remaining two are still on the schedule
Coming to America
Who should we welcome?
What should we do?

Participate in a series of three moderated discussions about Immigration Policy.

Southside Hampton Roads citizens along with nine other localities have been invited by the National Issues Forums Institute to participate in a special forum on Immigration Issues. United Citizens Power will host the forum.

Fifteen to 20 Participants will meet for three sessions.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 Thursday, October 25, 2018

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm (deliberations begin at 6:30)

Each session in is devoted to one topic. The three topics are:

Civil Rights Economic Issues International and Foreign Policy

Participates will represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints.


It is important for participants to attend all three sessions!

Please arrive at 6:00 pm to enjoy refreshments.

Deliberations start promptly at 6:30.

The Forum is non-partisan and a deliberative process. It is not a debate.

For information, contact Michele Joyce 757.620.3931

United Citizens Power Meeting: Exciting News!

United Citizen Power (UCP) is partnering with the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) to host a Community Discussion Forum on the topic of Immigration.

One of the main goals of this NIF project is to enable people to talk across divides and to allow all of us to consider a range of views as we deliberate on tough issues. In these divided times, this mission is more important than it has ever been.

To that end, we will be hold a series of moderated discussions, inviting folks from all perspectives and across the political spectrum. The discussions will be held between Sept 7, 2018 and November 30, 2018, and beyond.

Be a part of this awesome opportunity —

Join us this Tuesday, August 28 @ 6:30 pm at the Fire Station #5 in Suffolk

Reception For the 3rd Congressional District

You are cordially invited to
Join Our Democratic Leaders at a
Reception For the 3rd Congressional District

Hosted by
The Honorable Pat King, MD

Sunday, August 26, 2018
4:00pm – 6:00pm

1225 Masters Row
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Tickets: $25

Sponsorships Available:
$500 (10 tickets) ▪ $250 (5 tickets) ▪ $100 (2 tickets)

Refreshments Provided by 3rd CD Democratic Committee Members

RSVP 757-636-6662 |

Wrap up from our August 2018 Meeting

Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering

Tony Jones of Virginia Organizing joined us and told us about the Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering in Wakefield.

The Grassroots Gathering will host workshops on a variety of topics including immigration, the school-to-prison pipeline, and climate change. The Grassroots Gathering will take place on the 28th, 29th, and 30th, and a schedule of workshops is posted at the Virginia Organizing website

Franklin School Supply Giveaway

Ricky Sykes and Franklin Councilman Gregory McLemore, who are Chair and Vice Chair of the Franklin Democratic Committee, joined us last night. They mentioned that the Franklin Democratic Committee will be giving away school supplies during the Franklin County Back to School bash on August 18th.

Action Item: Resist Brett Kavanaugh

Chairperson Leslie Rinaldi asked that we call our Senators and tell them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme court. Our Senators are Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Call them, thank them, and let them know that you’re behind them in their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh.

Call the Capitol Switchboard now: (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your U.S. Senators, or call your Senators directly

  • Sen. Mark Warner
    (202) 224-2023
    Local Office in Norfolk: 757-441-3079
  • Sen. Tim Kaine
    (202) 224-4024
    Local Office in Virginia Beach: 757-518-1674

NNO Wrap Up

Michele Faulk, who coordinated the SDC’s participation in National Night Out, said the SDC, working with other organizations, covered 11 sites, which was far above the 5 sites that were anticipated during the previous meeting. Together, we registered 9 voters and provided voter information to several interested visitors.

— More info to come

Please keep an eye on our site for updates about voter registration drives, canvassing, and other ways to get our nation back on track!

Mobile McEachin

Donald McEachin and his staff are dedicating this recess month to getting out there and serving you.

They will host 8 more Mobile McEachin events where we come to your community to provide one-on-one assistance with communicating with federal agencies. No tickets or appointments are required but if you rsvp, we can keep things moving so, hopefully, no one has to wait.

You can RSVP to the upcoming Mobile McEachin that works best with your schedule using this link.