VCET Weekly Update

Census Bureau’s First Set of Language Glossaries

The Census Bureau will publish language glossaries in 59 non-English languages. These glossaries share translations of commonly used census terms and are parallel to terms used by the Census Bureau. This will help people who need to translate on the spot. The first set of language glossaries include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Learn more about the Census Bureau’s language support program here. Please contact An Le, 2020 Census Statewide Network Manager at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | LA at if you have feedback on this first set of language glossaries.

Update on Virginia For All at the Next VCET Meeting

At our April 16th meeting where LaTonya Wallace, our Technology & Field Manager will update you on the 2018 election results, we’ll also get updates on the Virginia For All campaign that launched in late 2018. This is a campaign to build support for a broad series of progressive policy initiatives. Get more information on how your organization can join in this collaborative effort. The meeting is from to 3 PM at University of Richmond’s downtown campus.

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.

3rd Annual Stand Up Rally

Peninsula Indivisible will hold their 3rd Annual Stand Up Rally on April 28th from 1 – 4 PM in Williamsburg, VA. The event will engage community members and provide them with opportunities that’ll strengthen activism. There will be a lecture hour and an expo. Organizations are welcome to share with attendees what they need help with and how people can get engaged. Groups also will table during the expo after the lecture. Tabling will be from 2:30 – 4 PM. Please contact Josie Soltys at if your organization is interested in participating in this event.

Virginia Election Education Presentation

Our partners at NAKASEC have created a presentation to use with their members in order to educate them about the importance of this year’s election cycle. We thought it was such a good idea we wanted to share with you what they did. Obviously it could be customized for your organization and the area of Virginia where you work. We’re sharing the presentation with you here in the hopes that everyone is doing more voter education this year. Please let us know how else we can help with this!

Data Tip of the Week

???? 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.
????Shared Tool Spotlight:  Phone / Field (door) Calculator
One of our State Voices network partners, Massachusets Voter Table, has graciously shared a Phone/Field canvassing calculator to assist with program planning.
These calculators will assist with providing attempts and contacts estimates.
???? VAN Live Training
Data Models
Tuesday, April 9th at 2:00 pm EDT
This webinar covers what data models are and how to best use them.
VAN Data Entry
Thursday, April 18th at 2:00 pm EDT
This webinar will cover the most common methods for entering data back into VAN. Those methods include Quick Mark, Grid View, Bar Codes, and Script View.
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

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