Civic Circle: February Update



Happy Black History Month from the Virginia Civic Engagement Table. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of Blacks in U.S. history. The month grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

Virginia Values Act

Congratulations to Equality Virginia and partners for the passing of SB868 and HB1663! Virginia poised to become the first Southern state to pass the bill that protects LGBTQ+, prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, and credit on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, The Virginia Values Act. Virginians everywhere should be celebrating this victory to protect all of us! 

Drivers License For All

Drivers License For All passed both chambers. Advocates from many organizations including CASA, Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, New Virginia Majority, and many more packed the Capitol for the votes, filling an overflow room where an interpreter translated the debate as it unfolded on the floor of the Senate. Legislation extending driver privileges and in-state tuition regardless of immigration status, pushed for years by advocates for Virginia immigrants, cleared both chambers of the General Assembly on Tuesday. Thank you to all of the hard work of so many incredible organizations and advocates throughout the Commonwealth. This General Assembly session we continue to move one-step closer to a Virginia that values all of us! 

According to Virginia Mercury, “The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a nonprofit policy group in Richmond, estimated the new law would result in between 124,500 and 160,792 new drivers licensed, generating a minimum of $10 million in new title fees, sales tax receipts, license plate fees and new car registrations.” Read more.

Advocates from across the commonwealth at the General Assembly. 

Virginia Coalfield Localities Call for Renewed Federal Funding for Mine Cleanup

Seven local governments in Southwest Virginia have passed resolutions calling on the state’s congressional delegation to support federal legislation that would reauthorize funding program to reclaim abandoned coal mines. The town of Pound, in Wise County, passed a resolution last night, becoming the 7th Virginia locality to do so in less than two months. The others are St. Paul, Norton, Big Stone Gap, Dungannon, Haysi, and Appalachia. Read more.

Virginia House Approves Assault Weapons Ban

Lawmakers in Virginia are advancing legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high-capacity magazines. The state House voted 51-48 Tuesday to pass the legislation to prohibit the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Rally at the General Assembly Building for Education Funding! Join our partners TCI, New Virginia Majority, and other education advocates on Sunday, February 16th in front of the Virginia General Assembly Building (also known as the Pocahontas Building) just before House and Senate money committees release their budgets. #RedforEd will highlight the need for those budgets to include adequate funding for schools. Learn more here


Lobby Day – Healthy Communities and Secure Care: Join RISE for Youth on February 17th to lobby legislators for Healthy Communities Secure Care legislation and other legislation will provide justice for youth and intervene in cycles of racism and violence. Learn more.

ACE Collaborative and Asians for Affordable Housing in Arlington are fighting against the housing crisis in Virginia. International Mother Language Day is a celebration of our histories, cultures, and, of course, languages which shape our traditions, opportunities and thoughts! ACE recognizes the community work that is necessary for creating and owning a space that is ours. 

International Mother Language Day. On February 23, 2020 from 1-3 PM at 33 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA, join ACE for music, dance, food, art and storytelling! ACE Collaborative will also highlight the importance of fighting for affordable housing, and the 2020 Census. Open to the public. There will be food and childcare. Learn more about the event.

It is important to bring Asian communities together to fight and win against the rapid housing crisis in Virginia. ACE members come from many countries, including, but not only, people with roots in Bangladesh, China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as multiple religious backgrounds including Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and more. #AsiansForAffordableHousing 

Leadership Development

The Virginia Progressive Leadership Project is a transformative leadership development program committed to cultivating and fostering progressive leaders in the Commonwealth.. We recruit and train leaders who reflect and represent the richly diverse communities of the Commonwealth. Applications for Cohort 7 are now open! If you know someone who is working to move Virginia forward, nominate a leader here!

Jobs Opportunities

Sister District Project (Remote) 

Development Associate

The Lawyers Committee Under Civil Rights is hiring for several positions (DC)

Director of Communications 

Communications Assistant and Staff Writer

National Election Protection Coordinator

Census Hotline Coordinator

Digital Media Manager 

Civic Nation (DC)

National Program Director (#VoteTogether)

State Voices (DC/remote)

State Capacity Building Manager

Civic Engagement Manager

Paid Internship

Action Alliance (Richmond)

Overnight Crisis Response Advocate

Region Ten Community Services Board (Charlottesville) 

Early Intervention Service Coordinator

Appalachian Voices (Norton) 

New Economy Field Coordinator

The Groundswell Fund (Location Flexible):

Director of Grantmaking

Director of Capacity Building

Communications Director

Chief Development Officer

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DC)

Regional Campaigns Team Lead 

Work for Progress (Richmond)

Canvass Director

Legal Aid Justice Center (Petersburg)

Community Organizer Petersburg

SEIU Virginia 512 

Organizer Fairfax County 

New Virginia Majority (Multiple Locations in Virginia)

Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Director

Development Associate

Digital Organizer

Distributed Organizing Director

Human Resource Manager

Regional Field Director

***All positions are currently accepting applications even if posting indicates a deadline that has already passed***

ProgressVA Richmond Reporter

Virginia General Assembly

Who is My Legislator?

Legislative Information System

Virginia Public Access Project

Code of Virginia

Help support our efforts to advance justice, equity and opportunity to make sure every Virginian’s voice is heard in the Commonwealth’s democratic process, especially the voices of underrepresented communities. Join our movement in standing up for people of color, women, immigrants, low-income families, the LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities!


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