Training and Management Resources for Our Chapters

Every nonprofit and advocacy organization needs training. We have staff who need to refresh their tech skills or messaging approach. We have new staff who need to their way around, and fast. At live long last, the progressive community has its very own nonprofit training and management organization: The New Organizing Institute (neworganizing.com).
I attended a two day training in graphic design with them. The training was great. Instructors always moved from objectives to instruction and through to hands-on practice. They offered loads of one-on-one as needed. It was an intense two days, and as a total novice with Photoshop and Illustrator I had to learn fast, but all trainees are given access to the presentation slides, so it’s easy to go in and refresh or practice more later. Totally a +1 in my book.

The trainors they invite are at the top of their game. At least, they were for this graphic design module. Jessica Teal of Echo.co a was the head of design for the Obama ‘08 campaing. She did nearly the whole first day on design basics. Revolution Messaging went into the deeper mysteries of the software. They’ve worked for Ultraviolet, Senator Cory Booker, MoveOn.org, Run Warren Run, Emily’s List, and Lady Parts Justice. So, you’re learning from people of that caliber.
They two registration levels for those who are gainfully employed, depending on the size of your organization: big $800, and small $550. Since VA NOW is all volunteer, I got a scholarship. and we paid a much smaller fee. Worth it. The staff there have to make to a living, and the presenters are serious pros. Also, they feed you breakfast and snacks, and are very into building community and networking — they want to get to know you and for you to get to know others.

They offer free online training modules in the Toolbox on a range of essential topics:

⦁ Organizing And Leadership
⦁ Online Organizing
⦁ Data Management
⦁ Van
⦁ Campaign Management
⦁ Voter Registration
⦁ Voter Contact
⦁ GOTV
⦁ For Trainers
⦁ Organizing Your Career
⦁ Election Administration

So, if you want to expand your skill set, or that of your group or chapter, here’s a good place to look.

Also, more.

Here’s a great article from Social Anarchism on dealing with interpersonal friction in your organizations. It will happen, and we all need bright-new-world strategies for dealing with it.

Lots of tips and advice from Grant Space on managing your organization’s board (executives or officers) and membership.

Blue Avocado is a blog and newsletter full of useful topics for people who run or work for nonprofits.

This Pintrest board is full of fun and non-food fundraising and fun-raising ideas. Money does make a difference.

Idealware is just one of many companies that offer lots of useful softward to help your officers and staff do the work.

Frankly, there is a ton of free advice out there on the ‘net. Go find more of what you need.

You’re Invited to Women’s Lobby Day, Feb. 4.

Wednesday, February 4, is Women’s Lobby Day at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond. Let’s show our strength and numbers by being there and speaking up.

What happens Wednesday? You can get an up-close look at the legislative process. Go to committee meetings, visit your elected representatives and other decision-makers, and see the House and Senate chambers. Join a terrific group of women for lunch (or have lunch on your own) and then visit the lieutenant governor’s office, arranged by the League of Women Voters.

The day starts at 8:30 am at the League of Women Voters Legislative Roundtable, 4th Floor at the General Assembly Building at 9th and Broad Streets. Legislators and advocates will address the roundtable on a variety of issues.

Please take a moment to be sure you have your delegate’s and senator’s contact information, which is here (type your address in the right corner). Please contact me if you have questions.

Important bills that Virginia NOW supports this session include:

The Equal Rights Amendment

Reporting Sexual Assault on Campuses

Repeal of Mandatory Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion

Legally Allowing Breast-feeding in Public Places

Removing Firearms From Domestic Abusers

Non-Partisan Redistricting

Expanded Definition of Stalking

Thank you for reading this and for all you do every day for equality. Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday.

Marj Signer, VA NOW Legislative V-P

Progress (partial) for Women over Guns and Stalkers

** When they know we’re looking, we win!! ** When they think we’re not looking, they’re protect a gun more than a woman.

“In a dramatic turn of events, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 10-4 today to approve SB 943, a bill that would prohibit those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, sexual battery, and stalking from purchasing and possessing firearms. The vote comes just two days after the committee initially rejected SB 943 following a controversial hearing in which Chairman Tommy Norment (R-3rd) appeared to announce the bill had been approved. The bill was later listed as defeated by a 10-5 vote in Virginia’s Legislative Information System.”

http://csgv.org/releases/2015/virginia-committee-feels-pressure-changes-vote-protect-women-guns/

Highlighting Upcoming Lobby Days

Just quickly:

We hope to see you at as many of the issue lobby days as you can attend. As you know, numbers matter on these occasions.

Unique Lobby Days:

Gun Violence Prevention: January 19

Equal Rights Amendment: January 21

Pro-Choice Day of Action: January 22, Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Health Care For All Virginians: January 28

Regular Advocacy Events/Discussions

Multi-issue focus:
The League of Women Voters Round-table — Wednesday’s 8:30-9:30 am, Senate Conference Room – 3rd Floor West.

On Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment:
House of Delegates Privileges & Elections Cmte. — Friday, 9:30 A.M. – Appropriations Room.
Senate Privileges & Elections Cmte. —  Tuesday, 4:00 P.M. – Senate Room A.

These dates are important because it’s good to regularly remind these committees that we want the ERA Ratification Bill to go to the floor for a public vote. All Virginia’s legislators should take the opportunity to stand proudly for their position on women’s civil rights and economic opportunity.

For regular updates on the Equal Rights Amendment: Virginia ERA Network.

And, let’s be real, we can’t all make these dates. So, if you have the time to do a little online advocacy, you can review our legislative agenda here, and find the representatives you want to contact here. Also, here’s an easy way to contact just your own representatives.

Thanks for pitching in, now and every time you do.

Simone Roberts
Web Editor / Historian / ERA Coordinator
Virginia NOW

VA NOW’s Legislative Agenda for 2015

The 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly gets under way this afternoon and this is a quick preview of what’s in store for us.

Many great bills have been filed (see below) but both the Senate and the House of Delegates are controlled by Republicans who rarely support NOW priorities. So… even though the outlook for bills on women’s rights and equality isn’t the best its ever been, we can educate, dialogue and build bridges. Join us online or in Richmond. Contact legislative v-p Marj Signer.

Virginia NOW will follow bills relating to our women’s rights agenda throughout the session, report to you each Tuesday, and also let you know when to contact your delegate, senator or members of specific committees. You can read bills at the General Assembly site and at VPAP – the non-partisan Virginia Public Access Project. Please take a moment to be sure you have your delegate’s and senator’s contact information, which is here (type your address in the right corner). Want to know what your elected officials are up to? Click on his/her name under House listings and Senate listings.

While VA NOW is a founding member of the Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition, we are pursuing support for these bills alongside our work with this distinguished group.

Come to Richmond for an up-close look at the legislative process. The League of Women Voters (LWV) Legislative Roundtable is held at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning at the General Assembly Building and is an opportunity to hear legislators and advocacy organizations. Lobby days are held by individual organizations and coalitions and include:

  • The gun violence prevention coalition, Monday, January 19. Sign up here.
  • The ERA coalition, 9:30 am Wednesday, January 21, directly after the LWV roundtable. Contact VA NOW President Diana Egozcue.
  • The Pro-Choice Coalition Day of Action, in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond, January 22, the Roe v. Wade anniversary. RSVP here.
  • The Health Care for All Virginians CoalitionJanuary 28.This coalition advocates for expanding Medicaid for low-income Virginians.
  • VA NOW and League of Women Voters Women’s Lobby Day , Wednesday, February 4. Contact Marj at NOW for more information.

Important bills we’re supporting this session include:

Economic Equality

Minimum Wage –  Women make up a majority of low-wage workers in Virginia, and it’s essential to close the pay gap and promote economic security. Bills include HB 1512, introduced by Delegate Marcus Simon, HB 1654, Delegate Ken Plum, and SB 681, Senator David Marsden.

Equal Pay – Virginia women are still paid only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men and African American women and Latinas are paid even less. Several bills would increase the amount an employee can recover as damages for a violation of the existing requirement that employees receive equal pay for equal work irrespective of sex from double to triple the amount of wages withheld in violation of the requirement. Bills include SB 772, Senator Donald McEachin, and HB 1823, Delegate and NOW member Charniele Herring.

Health and Safety

Sexual Assault on Campus – Five Virginia universities (UVA, William & Mary, U of Richmond, JMU, VMI) are being investigated for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. Several bills would establish reporting requirements for sexual assault on campuses and expand services for victims of assault. They are SB 734, Senators Richard Saslaw and Janet Howell; SB 712, Senator Richard Black; and HB 1343, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn.

Leave for Domestic Violence Victims – One in four women will experience domestic violence. HB 1945, introduced by Delegate Jennifer McClellan, would require employers to allow an employee to take domestic violence leave, with or without pay, if the employee or the employee’s family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Advisory Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence -HB 1954, introduced by Delegate McClellan, would establish a committee to advise and assist government entities on the prevention and reduction of domestic violence in Virginia and administration of grant funds.

Repeal of Mandatory Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion – SB 733, introduced by Senator Mamie Locke, and HB1524, introduced by Delegate Jeion Ward, would remove the medically unnecessary requirement that a woman undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. SB920, introduced by Senator Jennifer Wexton, would remove the specific mandated time frame of 24 hours prior to an abortion for the ultrasound (unless the woman lives at least 100 miles from the facility where the abortion is to be performed). There is no medical reason for the 24-hour delay and it constitutes harassment.

Breast-feeding – Delegate Dave Albo’s bill, HB1499, would allow a mother to breast-feed any place where she is lawfully present. Current law allows breast-feeding only on property owned, leased, or controlled by the Commonwealth.

Removing Firearms From A Person Convicted of Stalking, Domestic Sexual Assault –  Senator and NOW member Barbara Favola’s bill, SB 943, would prohibit a person who has been convicted of stalking, assault and battery of a family or household member, or sexual battery from possessing or transporting a firearm. The bill provides for a process for a reinstatement of his rights to possess or transport a firearm.

Stalking – HB1453, introduced by Delegate Jackson Miller, provides that a person who on more than one occasion engages in conduct directed at another person to coerce, intimidate, or harass, or when he knows or reasonably should know that the conduct coerces, intimidates, or harasses, the other person or the other person’s family or household member is guilty of stalking, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Civil and Human Rights

The Equal Rights Amendment – A top priority for NOW and our allies. HJ495, introduced by Delegate Scott Surovell, and SJ216, introduced by Senator Adam Ebbin, would ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution that was proposed by Congress in 1972. Learn more.

Human Trafficking, 21st Century Slavery

Virginia sadly ranks #6 among states in reported human trafficking cases. Northern Virginia is a hub of human trafficking due to Dulles International Airport and Route I-95 – but much trafficking is local, involving gangs and high school students. This is a bipartisan issue! Democratic Senator John Edwards’ bill, SB710, and Republican Delegate Timothy Hugo’s bill, HB 1964, would expand penalties for trafficking. Delegate Hugo and Republican Senator Mark Obenshain are also introducing a bill to create a stand-alone statute to address key gaps in Virginia law.Adoption – SB 679, introduced by Senator Janet Howell, would enable a person other than the spouse of a birth or adoptive parent to adopt a child if the child has only one parent. This is important to same-sex couples with a child.

Pregnancy Discrimination – HB 1449, introduced by Delegate Delores McQuinn, would prohibit an employer from discharging any employee on the basis of childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation. Currently, this protection applies only to employers of more than 5 but fewer than 15 persons.

Nonpartisan Redistricting – Throughout Virginia, election outcomes have been rigged by gerrymandered districts. SB 824, introduced by Senator John C. Miller, would provide a process for a statewide referendum on an independent redistricting commission. The results would be advisory only, and the referendum would be held at the November 2015 general election.

NOW…let’s get to work! Thank you for reading this and for all you do every day for equality, 

Marj Signer 

VA NOW Legislative V-P

Charlottesville NOW Publishes Statement to UVa on Sexual Assault on Campus

VA NOW is very proud to share this open letter to the administration at the University of Virginia concerning its policies and handling of sexual assault on campus.

A major focus of VA NOW’s advocacy work in 2015 will be on sexual assault, and sexual assault on campus — along with work on violence against women generally.

We are very happy to see Charlottesville NOW leading the way in their community and for the state. You can read a public record of UVa’s response to recent sexual assault allegations and the campus climate here: (click).

Background: In November 2014, Rolling Stone published “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA,” the story of Jackie and the wrongs done her. Later, RS published a partial retraction due to their lack of reporting and editorial diligence, and some uncertainties in Jackie’s report of her experience led to a firestorm of media response ranging from denunciations of RS’s reportage to rape apologists proclaiming the 2% of false of rape reports as an epidemic. Charlottesville NOW cuts through the haze and media distraction to get to the point: College administrations need to treat sexual assault as a crime and work to create college cultures in which the epidemic of rape on campus brought to an end.

Sexual Assault Statement
by Charlottesville Chapter
of the National Organization for Women

Charlottesville women are deeply concerned that Rolling Stone’s backtracking on its University of Virginia article will detract from efforts to reduce sexual violence at the university.  The current flurry of opinions and press coverage will die down, but the problems of assault will continue as usual.  These problems must be addressed more successfully than in the past.  The university is making stronger efforts to address them, and this is no time to turn back.

An activated student body is ready to embrace and use the “Hoo’s Got Your Back” campaign, and it should be pushed in every way, including involving fraternities.  The administration should support the many efforts by student groups, including One Less, Feminism is for Everyone, Not on Our Ground, Help Save the Next Girl and Buddies on Call. 

Administration policy at UVa should work to create a safe school and not just a charming historical campus.  Although privacy and confidentiality must be respected, victims of crime should be encouraged to report assaults.  Rape is a crime and should be treated as such.  The fact that no expulsions have occurred at UVa as a result of rape is a horrifying testament to shaky policy and the lack of useful, truthful training about sexual assault.  Women and men should not have to study and go to class with their attackers walking about the grounds free.

The university should have agreements with local rape crisis organizations so that survivors disclose, report and feel heard with an appropriate trauma informed response.  Survivors are more likely to participate with law enforcement to hold an offender responsible under such a supportive environment.  No matter where a survivor enters the process, UVa needs a coordinated community response between university officials, crisis centers, local and university police, and hospitals.

In addition, the school should give training on what a healthy relationship is and how to fight off an attacker (Rape Aggression Defense training).

We support the law being placed before the General Assembly, HB 1343, stating that a sexual assault being investigated by a university be reported to the local commonwealth attorney within 48 hours.  This law would increase the likelihood that proper evidence would be gathered without delay so that crimes could be successfully prosecuted.  Strong law enforcement is needed to provide safety for students and other citizens.

If the survivor is not financially able to access attorneys, UVa should provide them whether the survivor uses the disciplinary or public court system.

The university should provide resources to train and hire more nurse examiners who are certified as “Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners” (SANE certified) to ensure that a person who has been assaulted can be expertly examined and treated.

More vigorous efforts to address the underlying problem of alcohol abuse, especially among the underaged, are needed.  And finally, as President Sullivan has stated, strong enforcement against so-called date-rape drugs is necessary.

For further information, contact Virginia Daugherty at 434-293-5622 or virginia@papercraft.com.

Legislative Update: Governor’s Edition

Hello wonderful VA NOW advocates and allies,

You may be wondering, what happened to the pieces of legislation we were tracking?? Well, some have died, others are currently waiting in a conference committee for the House and Senate to strike an agreement on amendments, and some have passed both the House and Senate and are on their way to the Governor’s Desk.

I’d like to offer the opportunity for you all to gain some experience advocating for legislation to Governor McAuliffe if you are interested in doing so! The Governor has to sign, amend, or veto legislation prior to April, but we’d like to get a head start now. 

What does this mean??

Essentially, this email should be very similar to the emails you have been sending out to the committees you’ve been following. Remember–a good email has a mixture of personal opinion, facts and statistics, and why this is worth the cost (if applicable). I have attached both our final billsheets and our fact sheets from the beginning of session for your convenience. Click the links for more issue info: other resources for domestic violence legislation; other resources for anti-bullying legislation

In the billsheet posted at our website, the bills that are starred are still in a committee conference; all other pieces of legislation are ready for the Governor’s signature!

Contact Governor McAuliffe  

What do we recommend taking action on?

Domestic Violence and Stalking: SUPPORT

HB 567 Sexual battery; touching a person’s intimate parts, etc., penalty. Introduced by: Vivian E. Watts

Sexual battery by touching a person’s intimate parts; penalty. Provides that a person is guilty of sexual battery (punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor) if, within a two-year period, such person sexually abuses against the will of the victim more than one victim or sexually abuses one victim on more than one occasion.

HB 708 Assault and battery; family or household member. Introduced by: C. Todd Gilbert

Assault and battery against a family or household member. Adds unlawful wounding in violation of § 18.2-51 and strangulation in violation of § 18.2-51.6 to the list of offenses that, if a person has been previously convicted of two such offenses within a 20-year period and such offenses occurred on different dates, enhance the penalty of assault and battery against a family or household member from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony.

HB 1233 Address Confidentiality Program; victims of stalking eligible for Program. Introduced by: David J. Toscano

Address Confidentiality Program; victims of stalking. Makes victims of stalking eligible for the Address Confidentiality Program. Under current law, only victims of domestic violence are eligible for participation. The bill also allows the Office of the Attorney General to cancel a program participant’s certification if the participant obtains a name change through an order of the court and does not provide notice and a copy of the order to the Office of the Attorney General within seven days after entry of the order.

 

 Voting Rights: SUPPORT

HB 669 Absentee ballots; date requirement. Introduced by: Charniele L. Herring

Elections; absentee ballots; date requirement. Provides that a voter’s failure to provide the date, or any part of the date, on which he signed the statement on the back of the return envelope shall not render that ballot void or provide officers of election with a basis for rejection.

HB 670 Absentee ballots; name and signature requirements. Introduced by: Charniele L. Herring

Elections; absentee ballots; name and signature requirements. Provides that a voter’s failure to provide his full middle name or his middle initial in the statement on the back of the return envelope shall not render that absentee ballot void or provide officers of election with a basis for rejection, unless the voter also failed to provide his full first name. The bill also provides that a signature that is reasonably similar to the voter’s legal name is sufficient for purposes of casting an absentee ballot.

HB 838 Absentee ballot; procedures for return of envelope. Introduced by: Mark L. Keam

Elections; absentee ballot procedures. Provides that an absentee ballot will not be voided solely because the envelope containing the ballot was imperfectly sealed so long as the outside envelope containing the ballot and its envelope has been sealed and there is evidence that a good faith effort has been made to seal the ballot envelope.

 

Education: SUPPORT

HB 1187 School Safety, Virginia Center for; bullying. Introduced by: Jennifer L. McClellan

Virginia Center for School Safety; bullying. Requires the Virginia Center for School Safety to use the definition of bullying found in § 22.1-276.01 of the Code of Virginia for purposes of training on evidence-based antibullying tactics and providing information to school divisions regarding school safety concerns.

 

Education: OPPOSE

SB 236 Student religious viewpoint expression; school division policy. Introduced by: L. Scott Lingamfelter

Limited public forums for student religious viewpoint expression; school division policy. Requires each school division to adopt a policy to permit a student speaker to express a religious viewpoint at all school events at which a student is permitted to publicly speak. The policy shall declare each such school event to be a limited public forum, provide a neutral method for the selection of student speakers, and require each school principal to provide a disclaimer in advance of each such school event that the school division does not endorse any religious viewpoint that may be expressed by student speakers.

And always remember: if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to talk about any piece of legislation we are monitoring, do not hesitate to contact me directly! Please have a wonderful week and talk with you soon!!

Vicki Yeroian, BSW
Statewide  Director of  Lobbying, VA NOW
lobbyingdirector@vanow.org

Advocacy Teams & Tasks Week 5 (Feb 17-21)

Hello wonderful VA NOW advocates and allies,

This is your fifth weekly update to our VA NOW General Assembly action! Thank you to those who got active last week on voting rights, gender equity, and poverty reduction!! To remind you, we have asked all our all star GA volunteers (yes, that’s YOU!) to commit to the following:

~~ Writing at least two emails to committees you are interested in following, one in Jan and one in Feb.

~~ To try to make it out to a committee meeting when legislation is being voted on OR (more realistically) send an email to your selected committees when you are alerted that bills are being voted on.

~~ To attend an advocacy day to gain more experience with the legislative process.

So, what’s up this week??

First, this will be our last week of action alerts! The General Assembly Session is coming to an end, and this is the last real week to make a direct impact. So please, if you have not sent out your Feb committee action email, please do so this week! I will send you all an update with how session turned out at the end of the month in the Richmond NOW Feminist Newsletter–look out for an email from rva.now@gmail.com!

Second, billsheets for this week are linked at vanow.org/represent/vanow-in-action. Every week they are updated, as some of the legislation we are monitoring dies or gets passed by indefinitely in committee. Remember, we are tracking bills related to the following topics–

+ Family Health
+ Community Safety
+ Social and Economic Equity
+ Civil and Human Rights

Third, you will see an updated committee tracking document, which is how you can find out where legislation you are interested in currently is! Since we will only be sending out an email once a week, please be sure you  take a minute, two or three times a week, to check the docket of the committees your bills are in and see if you should send out an email or not. Links to all dockets are in the committee tracking document.

What we recommend taking action on this week: (below the fold)

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Advocacy Feb 10 -14

Hello wonderful VA NOW advocates and allies,

This is your forth weekly update to our VA NOW General Assembly action! Thank you to those who got active last week on reproductive justice, domestic violence and stalking, payday loans AND to those who attended our 2014 Women’s Lobby Day! We had a wonderful day of action!! To remind you, we have asked all our all star GA volunteers (yes, that’s YOU!) to commit to the following:

  • Writing at least two emails to committees you are interested in following, one in Jan and one in Feb
  • To try to make it out to a committee meeting when legislation is being voted on OR (more realistically) send an email to your selected committees when you are alerted that bills are being voted on.
  • To attend an advocacy day to gain more experience with the legislative process

So, what’s up this week??

 First, this week is crossover, meaning all bills that have passed the House will be moved to the Senate and assigned to a committee. All bills that have passed the Senate will be moved to the House and assigned to a committee. Crossover is tomorrow; all bills that have not passed the House or the Senate by the end of session on Tuesday will automatically die.

Second, I have attached our VA NOW billsheets for the week. Every week they are updated, as some of the legislation we are monitoring dies or gets passed by indefinitely in committee. Remember, we are tracking bills related to the following topics–

  • Family Health
  • Community Safety
  • Social and Economic Equity
  • Civil and Human Rights

Third, you will see an updated committee tracking document, which is how you can find out where legislation you are interested in currently is! Since we will only be sending out an email once a week, please be sure you  take a minute, two or three times a week, to check the docket of the committees your bills are in and see if you should send out an email or not. Links to all dockets are in the committee tracking document. 

What we recommend taking action on this week:

Voting Rights:
 
(Both in House Privileges and Elections)
Support SB 16 Absentee voting; persons age 65 or older on day of an election are entitled to vote absentee ballot.
Support SB 11 Absentee voting and procedures; secure return of voted military-overseas ballots.
 
(Both in Senate Privileges and Elections)
Support HB 670 Absentee ballots; name and signature requirements.
Support HB 838 Absentee ballot; procedures for return of envelope.
 
Gender Equality:
 
(In House Privileges and Elections)
Support SJ 78 United States Constitution; General Assembly to ratify and affirm Equal Rights Amendment
 
Poverty Reduction:
 
(Both in House Counties, Cities, and Towns)
Support SB 10 Water and sewer; discounted fees and charges for certain low-income and disabled customers
Support SB 67 Discounted fees and charges; City of Richmond may develop criteria for certain customers. 
 

The link to all standing committees in the General Assembly: http://lis.virginia.gov/141/com/COM.HTM

 

If you end up misplacing any documents, like our fact sheets or what our strategy is for writing Committee emails, please note you can always check out our VA NOW website to stay updated and informed on the issues. The direct link is here: http://vanow.org/represent/vanow-in-action. You can also view our most current billsheets and committee tracking documents on our VA NOW blog site, here: https://virginianow.wordpress.com/ 

And always remember: if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to talk about any piece of legislation we are monitoring, do not hesitate to contact me directly! Please have a wonderful week and talk with you soon!!

 
Vicki Yeroian, BSW
Statewide  Director of  Lobbying, VA NOW
lobbyingdirector@vanow.org
 

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