2005 will be a pivotal year for Democrats in Virginia. Not only must we make sure Virginia has a Democratic governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, but all 100 seats in the Virginia House are up for grabs. Democracy for Virginia believes that grassroots activists can make a significant positive impact in these races.
In order to organize Democracy for Virginia so we will be most effective this year and beyond, DFV leaders have worked with leaders from DC for Democracy and Democracy for Maryland at the behest of Democracy for America to organize a Regional Caucus this Saturday. Please come!
Saturday, February 26
George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
1957E Street, NW, Suite 611 (Near Foggy Bottom Metro)
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Interested Virginians should attend this caucus to:
- Participate in planning and structuring of Democracy for Virginia
- Learn hands-on details of what works and doesn’t work in building membership in grassroots organizations, funding them, field operations and what legal structures are possible;
- Create a loose caucus of Virginia, Maryland, and Distinct grassroots organizations that will coordinate their efforts and help channel additional resources into local races.
More information including working agenda and directions available below the jump. We hope you will attend!
Virginia participants will spend part of the day meeting separately to discuss state-wide Virginia mission, activities, and organizational issues.
This meeting will be critical to improving the efficiency and focus of all of us working for progressive government in the area. Please come and be part of shaping the future for the Virginia-Maryland-District region. RSVP right now at:
Charles Allen - DC for Democracy
Maura Keaney - Democracy for Virginia
Gina Angiola - Democracy for Maryland
Objectives of Caucus: Charles Allen
Create more effective state organizations
Share organizing information
Create informal regional caucus
Establish preliminary objectives for state organizations and Caucus
10:10: DFA After February 12 and the Promise of Grassroots Organizations: Jim Dean, DFA
10:25: Working with DFA: Chris Warshaw, DFA
10:40 Breakout Resource Sessions
Legal structures for grassroots organizations: Paul Murphy, Harmon, Curran
Building membership: Ralph Miller, Latinos for America representative
Fundraising: Joe Rospars, Blue State Digital
Field operations: Steve Rosenthal, ACT (invited)
11:40 DC, MD, and VA State Break-Out Groups
Virginia Committee Discussions (MD and DC meet separately)
Candidate recruitment & support
12:40 Working Lunch - Continue Virginia Breakout Sessions
Legislative and Issue Advocacy
1:30 Virginia Committee Reports
2:15 Full Virginia Group Discussion
Democracy for Virginia Structure
Democracy for Virginia Communications
Email (announcement lists, discussion lists, committees, regional lists)
Online Communication (Web site, blog, tools, etc.)
Next Steps: Committee assignments, Volunteer assignments, Next State Meeting
3:30 State Groups Report to Full Caucus
4:00 Decisions on DC/MD/VA Caucus: Objectives, Structure, Next Steps
4:30 Meeting Ends
Get off at the Foggy Bottom stop on the Blue or Orange lines. Walk three blocks south on 23rd Street to Virginia Avenue. Walk two blocks southeast on Virginia Avenue to E Street. Walk two and a half blocks east on E Street to the academic entrance to 1957 E Street.
Take Memorial Bridge (Rte 1) across Potomac, follow left around the Lincoln Memorial. Turn left onto 23rd Street. Turn right onto Constitution Avenue. Turn left onto 18th Street. Pass eastbound one-way E Street and turn left onto one-way westbound E Street to 1957. Parking on street.
From Western MD:
Get onto Canal Road, turn right onto Whitehurst Freeway. Follow signs onto K Street. After the overpass get into far right access lane. Turn right onto 19th Street. Turn right onto one-way westbound E Street to 1957. Parking on street.
From Eastern Maryland:
Get onto Constitution Avenue. Turn onto 18th Street. Pass eastbound one-way E Street and turn left onto one-way westbound E Street to 1957. Parking on street.