The Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 12, 2022 to discuss important legislative matters during the session including the state budget and vote on bills. Read more about visiting to observe in person or through streaming services the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate in action.
Many issues are discussed and decided during the GA session that affect our lives including Virginia’s living wage, housing, education, health care and public transportation. Citizen involvement is a key part of the state government through lobbying, tracking legislation, testifying before committees, volunteering or interning with a legislator, or getting involved with advocacy groups. You can find out who are your legislators here: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
Below is a listing of events sponsored by advocacy groups that better the lives of Virginians as a way to get involved in in the political process.
⭐️ The Fund Our Schools campaign is a statewide advocacy effort that envisions a Virginia where every student has the opportunity to attain a high-quality public education.
⭐️Justice Forward Virginia, promotes criminal justice reform in Virginia by drafting & lobbying for humane, evidence-informed legislation, and educating & mobilizing advocates for action. Sign up to advocate with Justice Forward Virginia during the 2022 VA General Assembly Session at their annual Lobby Day(s) virtually, Jan. 10th-12th. Never lobbied on criminal justice reform before? Don’t worry, they’ll get you prepped. Register, here
⭐️ New Virginia Majority – New Virginia Majority organizes & builds power in working-class communities of color throughout the commonwealth through large-scale political education, advocacy & strategic communication to build a just, sustainable, & progressive Virginia.
⭐️Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia is holding a briefing Thurs., Jan. 6, 2022 so you can understand just how important YOU are to maintaining reproductive health and rights during this legislative session. RSVP
⭐️ Virginia PTA–The Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, better known as the Virginia PTA, is a volunteer child advocacy association working for ALL children and youth in the Commonwealth of Virginia
⭐️ the Virginia Poverty Law Center protects the rights of low-income Virginians and ensure they have fair and equal access to civil courts and government policy makers. Join the VOLC on Wed., Jan. 12, 2022 from 9-10 a.m. to discuss their legislative priorities for the 2022 General Assembly session. During the virtual hour-long event, they will review their agenda and answer questions. Register here: ow.ly/7QbY50HnAKY
If you know of an advocacy event to include in this list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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