• Stair Calhoun recognized with 2018 DPVA Grassroots Award

    Prior to the March 2, 2019 State Democratic Central Committee’s quarterly meeting, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker announced the 2018 winners of the DPVA Grassroots Awards.

    The 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee selected Stair Calhoun. Stair has also just recently become a member of the 11th Congressional District after her election as Vice Chair of the DPVA Women’s Caucus.


    Stair Calhoun co-founded Network NoVA in March 2017 to host the First Annual Women’s Summit. With her leadership and active participaiton, Network NoVA’s accomplishments include:

    • Hosting three annual Women’s Summits
    • Joining the Virginia Grassroots Coalition, working with the Grassroots Coordinating Committee of the Women’s National Democratic Club to adopt districts, host fundraisers, and lobby for progressive legislation
    • Canvassing, phonebanking, and writing postcards for 17 districts, including HD01 for a Blue Migration Weekend.
    • Developing the “Why Virginia Matters, 2017” concept and website http://whyvamatters2017.com/.
    • Implementing VAPLAN.us, a legislation alert network to target specific districts, reaching out to all who lost to tap into their networks and support Democratic legislation in their districts.
    • Hosting, co-hosting, or attending fundraisers for all Democratic candidates, and Senator Kaine. (Stair specifically co-hosted a fundraiser in Charlottesville for Senator Kaine)
    • Canvassing, phone banking, and writing postcards for all Democratic candidates and Senator Kaine.
    • Participated in the Democratic Rural Retreat

    In addition to her leadership in Network NoVA, Stair

    • Began a weekly post-carding group.
    • Hosted small informational meetings about redistricting reform and other civic engagement topics.
    • Hosted 19 Delegate candidates for videotaping in her home (including Wendy Gooditis, which was shown on Rachel Maddow and other places).
    • Worked with the CGV and Marcus Simon to pass legislation for the Stop Gun violence license plate.
    • Formed a non-profit, Network NoVA Action, joined Virginia Civic Engagement Table, and worked and pioneered with VCET New Activist center on how to harness grassroots groups capacity to create engagement and affect change on Medicaid Expansion.
    • Hosted and attended meet and greets for congressional candidates across the state.
    • Formed a new group, Sisters United, Learning and Working Together, which hosted a fundraiser and canvassed and wrote postcards for Vangie Williams, and will host an African American candidate forum with 90 attendees so far.
    • Joined the national nonpartisan organization VoteTogether, which works to elevate voting, and hosted a party-at-the-polls in Prince William County.
  • Statements on Gov. Northam

    The following statements have been issued by our Congressman, Gerry Connolly, and by the Democratic Party of Virginia.


    Connolly-Beyer Call on Northam To Resign

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 2, 2019

    Fairfax, VA – Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) released the following statement today calling on Governor Northam to resign:

    “We expected Governor Northam to resign this morning. Nothing we have heard since changes our view that his resignation is the only way forward for the Commonwealth.

    “Virginia has a painful past where racism was too often not called out for its evil. The only way to overcome that history is to speak and act with absolute moral clarity. It is for that reason the Governor must step aside and allow the process of healing to begin under the leadership of Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.”


    VADEMS (Logo of the Democratic party of Virginia)

    Virginia Democrats no longer support Northam; Demand his immediate resignation

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    February 2, 2019

    RICHMOND, VA. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chair Susan Swecker issued the following statement calling on the immediate resignation of Governor Northam. 

    “We made the decision to let Governor Northam do the correct thing and resign this morning – we have gotten word he will not do so this morning. 

    We stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign. He no longer has our confidence or our support. Governor Northam must end this chapter immediately, step down, and let Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax heal Virginia’s wounds and move us forward. We can think of no better person than Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to do so.” 

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  • Successful 11th CD Convention

    Thank you all for your participation in the 11th CD Convention, on Saturday May 14 at 10 am at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church (Merrifield).  We heard from several of our elected officials, most notably our incumbent Congressman and 2016 nominee for reelection Gerry Connolly.  Also with us were Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, and other elected officials.

    The 11th CD had 7 slots for the National Convention in Philadelphia to elect, as follows:

    • 4 woman delegates, 3 male delegates.
    • 3 persons each to the state convention Rules and Credentials Committees.
    • 1 presidential Elector from the 11th CD.
    • Consideration of resolutions.

    Here are the results:

    National Delegates:

    Morgan Jameson
    Lola Quintela
    Rachel Rifkind
    Rod Hall
    Laurie Dodd
    Sandra Klassen
    Michael Futrell

     

    Elector

    Keith Scarborough

     

    Credentials

    Sue Langley
    Lola Quintela
    Rachel Rifkind

     

    Rules

    Janet Carver
    Keith Scarborough
    Christopher Schaffer

     

    Resolutions

    Ten resolutions were affirmed.

     

    The state convention will take place on Saturday, June 18.  The Convention will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in downtown Richmond. During the Convention, additional National Delegates, Electors, new DNC members will be selected.  Additional activities will take place on the evening of Friday, June 17 and during the day of Saturday, June 18.  The DPVA Jefferson Jackson Dinner will be evening of June 18, 7:00pm.  More to come on this great weekend!

    Further info on the state convention can be found at the DPVA website:  http://vademocrats.org/convention-2016

     

    Thank you to the Co-chairs of our convention committees which enabled our success:

    Credentials: Sue Langley and Rachel Rifkind
    Resolutions: Sandra Klassen and John Jennison
    Rules: Janet Carver and Keith Scarborough

  • iPhone and iPad App for the Democratic Party of Virginia

    The mission of the DPVA is to constantly strive to provide the best services and resources possible to our Democratic grassroots activists, campaigns, and elected officials. Democrats win when they are educated, trained, and equipped with the right tools. That’s what the Virginia Summit was all about, and that’s why we’re proud to be unveiling a new tool that will enable us to keep you better informed, and for you to join the conversation by sharing our message with your personal network.

    Introducing the iPhone and iPad App for the Democratic Party of Virginia.  Search "DPVA" in the App Store or click here to download.

    This is your party – and with this free app you can react to the latest news and video, post messages to Facebook and Twitter, find events near you, and get involved with your local Democratic Committee. Together we can fight for equal opportunity and make Virginia a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

    All resources are a work in progress – we want to hear from you regarding ideas for how to improve the app, so send your suggestions and feedback to app@vademocrats.org.  You can also rate the app in the Apple Store.  Don’t wait, download the app and help change Virginia today!