VCET Weekly Update

Welcome New VAPLP Communications Intern

We’d like to introduce our new VAPLP Communications Intern, Krysta Eason. She is a senior at VCU and extremely excited to work within the progressive movement. We are happy to have Krysta on our team.

2nd Annual Progressive Pub Crawl

Eat, drink, dance and win giveaways to advance the progressive movement that improves the health of Virginia! VCET and its’ partners are working tirelessly to advance changes such as raising the minimum wage to $15, requiring mandatory paid family and sick leave, promoting greenhouse gas initiatives, supporting cash bail reform, expanding voting rights and demanding driving privileges for immigrants. Starting at 1 PM on April 20th, people who believe Virginia works best when every voice is heard will gather at local bars in the Fan area of Richmond for VCET’s 2nd Annual Progressive Pub Crawl to support this work. Pub crawl locations include Kreggers at HandCity Beach and F.W. Sullivans. There’s a $10 suggested donation. RSVP today and share the Facebook event page to bring your friends out too! 

Our Work Together on Race Equity

About a year ago we began a more intentional, focused effort to improve our collective records on race equity in staffing, hiring and promotions. As you may have guessed, one year has left us just scratching the surface of what we need to do. As we begin year two, we wanted to share an update with all of you.

We are asking all of you to once again take the survey we did last year, so we can compare results. We’ll then share how things look. Please complete the survey by April 20th. Secondly,  based on many conversations we’re going to be offering some additional resources in the next couple of months. There have been requests for the opportunity for regular meetings of People of Color staff members. We’re going to try one in Richmond and then gauge the interest in making these ongoing, perhaps even regional. We’ve also been hearing from staff who are POC in some white-led organizations that they are facing some challenges with racial insensitivity, bias or other issues. We’re working on hiring a consultant and establishing a hotline to provide a safe space to get advice, help and possibly organizational mediation. Lastly, we’ll soon be announcing the dates for our White People Confronting Racism Workshops.

NoVA Partner Meeting on April 24th

Our next Northern Virginia meeting for VCET partners will be on April 24th starting at the John Marshall Library at 6209 Rose Hill Drive in Alexandria, VA in Meeting Room 1. The Voter Participation Center will be there to tell us about their work to register voters in Virginia this year and what you can do to help. You’ll also get an update on our Virginia Progressive Leadership Project (VAPLP) and talk about how you can utilize the program to build your activists into stronger leaders. We hope to see many of you there.

VCET People of Color Partner Meeting

VCET will host a meeting where partner POC staff (Executive Directors / Presidents not included) are welcome to gather in sharing their experiences, strategies and build stronger relationships. It will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 3:30 PM at VCET’s Richmond Office (1705 E. Main St., Richmond, VA). Attendees also are invited to walk across the street for free food (drinks on you) and great conversation with the Richmond progressive community at VCET’s RVA Social starting at 5 PM.

Job Opportunity – VA Advisor

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is seeking a VA Advisor to advise and coordinate Foundation grant making and implementation of the foundation’s strategic plan in Virginia around family planning and reproductive health and rights. This position will identify organizations who should be considered for funding, preview proposals and support grantees and applicants. This opportunity could be filled as a consultant or employee (full-time or part-time) depending on the applicant and foundation’s needs. Learn how to apply and find more information here.

Data Tip of the Week

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As many can attest to, our inbox is very busy and at times important communications may get drowned in the flood of emails pouring in.  On a daily basis, I receive numerous support requests and I work to respond to them as efficiently as possible but some requests tend to get lost in the sea of other email communications.
To streamline and organize VCET’s support process, I’m rolling out our VCET Support ticketing system (, found here.
After signing up and creating a user account (very quick and easy) the VCET Support helpdesk, you can create new tickets and track existing ones.  I’m currently working on the Knowledge Base feature, which will provide document and video support to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions.
Learn How to Use It
To learn how to sign up and use the new VCET Support ticketing system please watch this brief How-To video.
VCET Support website:
???? 2019 VCET Coordinated Universe survey????
As we prepare for elections and gear up for next year’s Census, we’d like to work at better coordinating our work so we can achieve our goals while using our time and resources wisely.
Please complete this Coordinated Universe survey, and I will follow up via email to schedule a data planning call.
???? VAN Live Training
VAN Reporting
Thursday, April 25th at 2:00 pm EDT
This webinar covers the reporting tools that are available in VAN including Canvassing Summary, Survey Question Summary, Virtual Phone Bank Reports, and both Quick and Formats for Counts and Crosstabs.
On-Demand VAN Video Training
For Technology and Field support, contact LaTonya at or 757-349-9641.
Calendar of Events
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