Virginia Organizing is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change.
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703 Concord Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Charlottesville is the headquarters of Virginia Organizing and also has an active local chapter. Local residents work on a variety of issues included budget and tax reform, health care reform and economic and ending predatory lending. The Charlottesville Chapter famously fought for a living wage for UVA workers and continues to fight for local workers’ rights and social and ecnonomic justice issues.
Danville Virginia Organizing has begun working with local community members to bring attention to the need for jobs in the area and call for the creation of a Community Jobs Program. Members have held information sessions, planning meetings and attended city council meetings, all the while bringing new people into the group and spreading the word around town.
With the governor and General Assembly cutting over $6 million in state funding from city public schools during a time when education is so vital to Danville’s future, residents have recognized the disastrous implications of a one-sided approach to balancing the budget. Community members, through tax reform workshops, have learned about the unfairness of the tax structure and are beginning to do something about it.
Fredericksburg residents are continuing to push a large railroad companies -and the local city and county governments -to stop storing toxic chemicals in their residential neighborhood. Many letters to the editor have been printed in the local paper, and Virginia Organizing members are planning community meetings and actions aimed at stopping the dangerous practices of the railroad company.
Hampton Newport News
The Hampton/Newport News Chapter is continuing to grow by adding membership, meeting with legislators and holding public events. Supporters are working on budget and tax reform issues and have given public education workshops on Virginia’s budget.
In Newport News anti-bullying and harassment outreach is taking place on the Christopher Newport University campus. Supporters are also working on GLBT and anti-discrimination issues. Health care reform has also been an issue of concern for local leaders. Education about the new health care law and implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues to be a priority.
Virginia Organizing Martinsville is a new chapter off to a great start. Virginia Organizing Martinsville has a storefront space at 618 E. Church Street. Stop by for a visit!
The Martinsville chapter is working on health care reform, jobs and unemployment issues and budget and tax reform.
We are doing lots of workshops and meetings about the need to take a balanced approach to the Virginia budget, rather than simply making cuts. Check the calendar, and if there’s not a workshop happening near you in the coming week or two, please email Kevin to set one up!
We are also focused on educating the community on the new health care law, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it can help Virginians.
The Petersburg Virginia Organizing chapter works on a variety of local, state and national issues. The chapter works on immigration reform and health care reform. Virginia Organiznig Petersburg also works on restoring voting rights for former felons and registers voters locally. The chapter is also engaged in education and outreach around state budget and tax reform.
The Richmond Virginia Organizing chapter is engaged in eduation the community on the new health care law. Richmond residents are organizing around implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by writing letters to the editor and contacting their legislators at the state and national level.
Virginia Organizing Richmond finds opportunities for individuals who have never been part of the political process to learn how to lobby the Virginia General Assembly and the US Congress.
Virginia Organizing Richmond also engaged in public eduation on the budget and progressive tax reform and works with local residents fighting for access to affordable housing.
South Hampton Roads
This blog is devoted to the South Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Organizing. The purpose of this blog is to raise awareness and keep the public informed with how issues of social injustice progress in our community and what the Virginia Organizing is doing to address these issues. Click here to view the Virginia Organizing South Hampton Roads blog:http://hamptonrdsvop.wordpress.com/
The Washington County Virginia Organizing Chapter is currently working on open government and accountability as well as sustainability issues.
The Lee County Chapter is one of Virginia Organizing’s oldest chapters. The chapter meets monthly at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Jonesville. Lee County Virginia Organizing is Currently working on Regional Drug Court Campaign with a coalition from Lee/Scott/Wise Counties and the city of Norton. We’re also working on education funding locally, and on statewide health care reform work.
The Shenandoah Valley chapter has been working on immigration reform issues including opposing Governor McDonnell’s anti-immigrant policies, supporting comprehensive federal immigration reform and supporting the Dream Act.
Over the past two years, Valley residents spoke out in support of health care reform and continue to support the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Virginia. Additionally, the Valley chapter is working on racial profiling issues, budget and tax reform and opposing predatory lending.
The Williamsburg is continuing to grow by adding membership, meeting with legislators and holding public events. Supporters are working on budget and tax reform issues and have given public education workshops on Virginia’s budget.
Supporters are also working on GLBT and anti-discrimination issues. Many Williamsburg Chapter members worked tirelesslessly for the last two years to support health care reform. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues to be a priority and members are also engaged in educating the public on how the health care law will help them.