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 Hand, City 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
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.
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