VCET Weekly Update

We’re Moving!

VCET has moved our Richmond office. Our new address is 1705 E. Main Street in Shockoe Bottom. We’ll be celebrating with an official grand opening at the end of February, but hope to see many of you there for our Friday meetings during the General Assembly session. We are sharing the space with two terrific partner organizations: Rise for Youth and Spread the Vote. Stop by and say hello next time you’re in the neighborhood!

Friday Noon Meetings During General Assembly Session

Beginning on January 11th at 12 noon, we will be holding our weekly meetings at 1705 E. Main Street in Richmond. This is the new VCET office. As in previous years the meetings will last no more than one hour. Partners are invited to share what help they need from each other to move legislation forward or to stop it. Please plan on joining us if you’re in Richmond. If you’re not able to join us you can join via phone at 218-548-1674 Access code: 896129#.

January VCET Social Location Change

With our move to Shockoe Bottom we think it makes sense to move our social back to its original location at C’est Le Vin at 15 N. 17th Street in Richmond. We’re happy to be able to patronize this great locally owned establishment. Please join us there for our January social starting at 5 p.m. on January 10th. As always, we’ll buy the food, you pay for your own drinks and we all get to share some great conversation.

Fight for Alejandra

Alejandra Pablos is an advocate for immigrant rights, reproductive health and criminal justice reform who led our economic justice work group while she was a Field Coordinator at VA Latina Advocacy Network. At a young age in Arizona, she was arrested and convicted of several charges. She spent 2 years at a detention center in Arizona. Ale has advocated for the causes she cares about the most since she’s been released from detention and was detained by ICE during a rally back in March. Hundreds of thousands of people took actions to demand her release. She was denied Asylum by an immigration judge in Arizona on Dec. 11th, so a pardon from Arizona’s Governor is her last chance to stay in the US with her family and community. Tell Governor Ducey to pardon Alejandra and visit to learn more about her case and to find out how you can fight for her.

Women Effect Fund & Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy

We are happy to introduce our new partners, Women Effect Fund, who lead the campaign for a family friendly economy in Virginia. Their agenda includes paid medical and family leave. The organization is looking for storytellers who can speak at their campaign launch press conference and the Women’s Equality Coalition rally, both on January 14th. Please reach out to Tara Gibson at if you or someone you know are willing to speak at the events.

US Census Jobs

The US Census are looking to hire between 18,000 to 20,000 people in Virginia the ensure every person is counted in the 2020 census. There will be regional offices located in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Roanoke and Fairfax. Offices will need managers, IT staff and more. Click here to learn more about these opportunities and to find out how to apply.

Data Tip of the Week

Match your lists with VAN:

It’s good practice for VCET Partners to match their supporter lists with VAN on a regular basis. Matching your member list is helpful for many reasons.

  • When a list is matched, an activist code is added to that voter’s record in VAN. Matched lists can be used to build voter contact programs. The activist code is not shared with other organizations unless you direct it to be shared

  • Once your list is matched, it can be returned to you with enhancements such as legislative districts, precincts names, and demographic information like age, sex, and length of registration.

  • You can see how frequently your supporters vote

  • You will be able to search your membership based on any other criteria available in VAN

Matching all of our supporter lists is also good for the table overall. When table partners match their data, we can assess how broad our collective reach is. For example, it could help our advocacy efforts if we can let policymakers know how many of our members are in a particular district or locality.

 The match usually can be turned around in 3 business days depending on the quality of the list provided.   Acceptable formats include Excel, CSV, and delimited text.

To have your lists matched, email your list to LaTonya at or call with questions at 757-349-9641.

???? VAN Training

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.

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