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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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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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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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 Updates Redistricting This week, the Virginia Counts Coalition successfully hosted its Accountability Viewing in tandem with the Redistricting Commission’s hearing on March 30th. This meeting was attended by nearly 60 guests, including many of our partners as well as representatives from three press outlets. In addition to this successful event in which we provided comments...
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  Happy Women’s History Month! Updates Redistricting  Curious about redistricting news? Check out the new VCET website page for all redistricting updates! Head over to MapVA.us to see the new page. There you will find daily updates, related articles, and court cases, as well as weekly tutorials on drawing maps and other events. Questions? Let...
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Celebrating Black History Month In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week to be celebrated in the month of February. In 1969, Black Student Union organizers at Kent State University began the practice of honoring Black History Month in February. President Gerald Ford decreed national observance of Black History Month in 1976. The...
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General Assembly Starts Next Week The General Assembly starts next week, January 13th. Here are ways to stay tuned and watch live session videos as follow: House of Delegates CommitteeSenate of Virginia Streaming To track bills: lis.virginia.gov and to find your legislator: whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov DACA has been restored! First-time applicants can now apply! All DACA-eligible undocumented...
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Redistricting Commission Last month, Virginia voters approved Amendment 1, creating a redistricting commission for the first time ever. The Virginia Redistricting Commission will be a 16-member Commission tasked with establishing districts for the United States House of Representatives and for the Virginia General Assembly. The Commission consists of eight legislative members and eight citizen members....
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