Help Us Plan Our Campaign for Automatic Rights Restoration

Our Next Big Thing surveys, polling, one on one conversations, conference calls and more ended with a decision to focus our combined efforts on Automatic Rights Restoration. Our partner meeting on December 18th will focus on building the campaign to make this a reality in Virginia. Please come join this important planning session and have a voice in how this moves forward. Our vision is for a broad coalition working on this. Let’s put some work into our belief in intersectionality and that we’re all stronger together. The meeting will be at the Richard Byrd Library at 7250 Commerce Street in Springfield from 10 AM to 12 noon.

Congrats VAPLP Alumnus, Luis Angel Aguilar

We congratulate Virginia Progressive Leadership Project alumni, Luis Angel Aguilar, on his promotion to CASA Virginia Director. Luis began his relationship with CASA as a DREAMer seeking help with his Deferred Action application shortly after President Obama announced the historic program. Since the day he showed up and stood in line seeking CASA’s assistance he has grown from a temporary organizer to a lobbyist in Richmond, to managing electoral programs in three states. Luis came to Virginia from Mexico, via Arizona, at the age of ten. His uncompromising commitment to justice for immigrants in Virginia has positioned him for the aggressive leadership CASA members need to win critical victories including driver’s license access, an increased minimum wage, non-collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE, and the robust services necessary to lead healthy and full lives. We look forward to working with Luis in his new capacity!

Weekly Meetings During General Assembly Session

Once again this year we’ll help partners coordinate their work at the General Assembly session. We’ll meet each Friday from noon to 1 PM. We’re still finalizing a meeting location. Stay tuned to this space for more details.

Virginia’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver Public Comment Period

The federal public comment period for Virginia’s 1115 Medicaid waiver opened last Friday and will end on January 6th, 2019. This waiver will lead to tens of thousands of Virginians losing health coverage. The Healthcare for All Virginians Coalition set up a platform advocates can use to submit public comments. Organizations who wish to submit longer letters with attachments can do so here.

Progress Virginia Legislative Fellows

Progress Virginia are looking for creative self-starters who are interested in being Legislative Fellows during the 2019 General Assembly session. Fellows will be responsible for tracking legislation, tracking media coverage and executing the organization’s video project. Learn more about this opportunity and find out how to apply here.

Job Opening: Organizer

Virginia Poverty Law Center is looking to hire an Organizer to increase community outreach efforts for the Affordable Clean Energy Project and Center for Economic Justice. An ideal candidate has excellent verbal communication skills and a strong understanding of grassroots organizing. Learn more about the position and find out how to apply here.

Data Tip of the Week


Collecting accurate data is critical to running an effective evidence-based program.  As we close out 2018, check out some data collection best practices put together by progress Data Managers within the State Voices network.

The information shared in the following Data Collection & Matching Best Practices document provides data collection tips and explores the benefits of list matching.

???? VAN Training
Listed below are LIVE VAN Webinars as well as on-demand training.
Please take advantage of these beneficial resources.
Most videos are 15-minutes or less.
LIVE Webinars:
VAN 103
  • Tuesday, 12/18 1 pm – 2 pm EST
On-demand Video Training
On-demand VAN training is a great resource when onboarding new volunteers and staff members.
It’s also great for refresher training for current staff and volunteers.
If you have questions any questions, please contact LaTonya at

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