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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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Civic Circle: July 2021  Updates New laws went into effect on July 1, 2021. Major criminal justice and democracy reforms have gone into effect. A complete list of new laws can be found here. Some of the new laws are: Legalization of simple possession of marijuana for individuals 21 and olderVirginia Voting Rights Act which protects voters from...
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Civic Circle: June 2021 Happy Pride Month! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising, led by Transgender women of color, was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBTQ Pride...
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Happy Pride Month! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. The Stonewall Uprising, led by Transgender women of color, was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. LGBTQ Pride Month events attract...
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Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!  Updates 2021 Election ProtectionWe are four weeks away from the last day to vote early in-person. Many localities will open up their satellite locations in the coming weeks!  We need as many hands on deck to support Election Protection for the last two Saturday’s leading up to Election Day...
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As some states rush to redistrict, gerrymandering fight moves to back burner Illinois redistricting advocates are having a hard time convincing state lawmakers to be patient.Members of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly have been waiting for 2020 census data to draw new legislative maps. Those numbers could be delayed until the fall, but state legislators face...
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Why your state might lose or gain clout in Congress after the census is released This is congressional reapportionment, the once-a-decade reshuffling of the 435 House seats among the states to adjust for population changes. Some states will gain clout, while others will lose. Even after the changes, House members from some states will still represent...
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How to Fix H.R. 1Before considering a better way forward, it’s important to understand why the For the People Act is making so many Democratic regulars anxious. The bill is a sprawling collection of different proposals, and not all of them enjoy universal support. The bill’s redistricting reforms, for example, represent a threat to a...
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 State redistricting deadlines in 2021, 2022 and 2023 The U.S. Census Bureau announced in February that it would deliver the detailed datasets needed for redistricting to the states by Sep. 30, 2021, after the original April 1, 2021, deadline. Some states’ own redistricting deadlines predate the Census Bureau’s projected data delivery date, prompting states to...
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 16 states back Alabama’s challenge to Census privacy tool Sixteen other states are backing Alabama’s challenge to a statistical method the U.S. Census Bureau is using for the first time to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, the nation’s once-a-decade head count that determines political power and funding. Mike Schneider | April...
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