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Virginia Civic Engagement Table
Civic Circle: September 2021  Updates Election Protection We are just two weeks away from the start of Early Voting here in Virginia! We work year-round to ensure Virginians have unencumbered access to the ballot and can cast their votes safely and without confusion or intimidation. Through a robust Election Protection program that focuses on day-of rapid response...
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Organizer, SEIU VA 512 SEIU Virginia 512 is seeking an organizer to help grow the union, identify activists and leaders, educate and empower union members to take action at work and in the community, work with community partners, elect champions and hold elected officials accountable; all in order to build power for union members and...
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At redistricting forum, everyone has an opinion how to draw lines Northern Virginia residents on July 27 told the Virginia Redistricting Commission to redraw congressional and state legislative boundaries in ways that are logical, protect minority voting rights and do not split communities. “Incumbents’ home addresses should not be a starting point for drawing maps,”...
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Politics and Nearing Deadline Underlines Conflict on Redistricting CommissionLawyers hired by the Virginia Redistricting Commission have advised the body to revise existing maps rather than start from scratch, the co-chair of the commission said in a committee meeting Tuesday. The question of whether the next voting districts are totally new or just modifications of the current...
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Census experts puzzled by high rate of unanswered questionsCensus Bureau statisticians and outside experts are trying to unravel a mystery: Why were so many questions about households in the 2020 census left unanswered? Residents did not respond to a multitude of questions about sex, race, Hispanic background, family relationships and age, even when providing a count of...
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Redistricting about to get startedThe Census Bureau announced yesterday that it will release the first local-level data — the stuff used for redistricting — on Thursday. And Tuesday is the deadline for the state Supreme Court to choose between the two proposed tie-breakers put forward by Democrats and Republicans, assuming they don’t come to some...
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Supreme Court decision could set off gerrymandering ‘arms race’Federal judges will no longer play the role of referee when the intensely partisan, once-per-decade fight over congressional mapmaking gets underway this year.  As a result of decisions by the Roberts Court, federal courthouses will be forced to turn away even the most egregious cases of partisan...
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Data used for drawing districts to be released next week. After a delay of more than four months caused by the pandemic, data from the 2020 census used for drawing congressional and legislative districts will be released next week, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.  The bureau will publicize the data next Thursday, Aug. 12, four days...
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Redistricting work is ramping up in Virginia! Stay up today by joining our volunteer team and get updates! Sign up here: http://mapva.us/join
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Civic Circle: August 2021  Updates The Virginia Progressive Leadership Project (VAPLP) has completed its training of the 7th cohort, the first-time-ever all virtual cohort. Over 72 hours of online training, 17 members of Cohort 7 have graduated from the program, and are now part of over 100+ alumni.  Congratulations:  Tyler BegleyCameron BertrandChlo’e Ewards Dionna GibsonWyatt Gordon Justina BurtonMaha HilalDominique Martin Sabrina...
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