If you’re gearing up to become an activist for the next four years, I commend you and look forward to standing beside you.
But before we head out to the barricades together, there’s something you need to know.
This is not going to be an easy four years. We’re going to be subjected to constant gaslighting by the President and his administration. We’ll be dealing with a ferocious, multi-front attack on the entire progressive agenda, without exception, and a lot of it is going to succeed. We’re going to helplessly watch institutions we care about and depend upon destroyed. The Trump years are going to be emotionally exhausting and deeply traumatic for all of us, but particularly to those dedicated to protecting the vulnerable and preserving democracy.
[intense_alert color=”error” font_color=”#ffffff” border_radius=”5px” block=”1″]Professional organizers and veteran activists have strategies for staying sane during a long fight. If you’re serious about sticking it out in the picket lines for the duration of the Trump presidency, you’re going to have to learn these strategies or else burn out in the first six months.[/intense_alert]
1. Don’t Get Used to Trump — Get Away From Him
2. Focus Your Energy on One or Two Issues
3. Make Activism Fun
4. Take Care of the Basics
Thank you to the millions of people around the world who, on January 21, came together by the millions to raise our voices. But our march forward does not end here. Now is the time to get our friends, family and community together and MAKE HISTORY.
Join us in launching a new campaign:
10 Actions for the first 100 Days.
Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you – and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in…
In Virginia, state legislators redraw district lines for the U.S. Congress, the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia after every 10-year census. Under the current system, the party in power in the House and the party in power in the Senate can draw the lines to serve their own interests, not those of our communities.
[intense_blockquote]GERRYMANDERING is the deliberate manipulation of legislative district boundaries to advantage or benefit a particular party or group, or to cause disadvantage or harm to an opposing party or group. It distorts the electoral process, undermines democracy, and renders legislative elections a meaningless exercise. It’s a conflict of interest for the legislature to draw it’s own district lines. [/intense_blockquote]
Virginia is ranked as one of the most gerrymandered states in the country both on the congressional and state levels based on lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts.Virginia is ranked the 5th worst in the country.Throughout the Commonwealth, counties and cities are being broken in half or into multiple pieces to create heavily partisan districts.
Calling your legislator is one of the best ways to influence their opinions on bills and topics. Emailing is a good resource but getting a phone call really makes legislators notice an issue.
I support redistricting reform. I support HJ 763 in the House of Delegates and SJ 290 in the Senate. I do not want voting districts drawn to favor or disfavor any political party or person. These bills would put a stop to political gerrymandering.
Your delegate might say that he/she can’t vote for reform because there’s pending litigation – this is BOGUS. 1. There will be a decision from SCOTUS in the next few weeks in the Bethune-Hill case, which is about racial gerrymandering. 2. Our legislation is for a constitutional amendment – those take two years to pass! If SCOUTS decides something that would affect this legislation (we can’t even think of what that might be), the General Assembly can always kill this bill next year. HJ 763 is a simple and straight-forward solution, and there is no good reason to vote no. We NEED a YES VOTE on HJ763. Call them and let them know. www.onevirginia2021.org/call
The 2018 midterm elections are the next best chance for progressives to regain power in our government—by taking back the House of Representatives.
[intense_blockquote color=”success” border_color=”#FFFFFF” border_radius=”10px”]Help ensure a win where it really matters. Join your closest Swing District team and learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives there, no matter where you live.
The House of Representatives has 435 seats, 52 of which we consider competitive. These are the Swing Districts, where Congress is won and lost. To get a say in our government, we’ll need to win about 80% of them.
The United States of America was founded on the principles of liberty, justice, and the rule of law; we believe that American law enforcement is essential to the maintenance of our freedom. Facing the extraordinary realities of policing in the 21st century, the vast majority are dedicated professionals, putting their lives on the line every day to keep us all safe. Let us be absolutely clear about this—we reject any assault on the men and women of law enforcement.
Unfortunately, some communities in Virginia and across the U.S. continue to suffer from over-policing, racial profiling and excessive use of force. Empowered by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, the Mobile Justice VA app is one way you can put a check on law enforcement misconduct wherever, whenever.
With this app you can:
Record and submit incidents directly and securely to your local ACLU affiliate using your phone’s camera.
Get instant location alerts from fellow app users witnessing incidents nearby.
Know your rights when encountering or witnessing an incident with law enforcement, and access the ACLU’s full library of “Know Your Rights” materials at the click of a button.
Keep up-to-date on local and statewide actions and events hosted by the ACLU.