JULY  NEWSLETTER

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS--NWPC NATIONAL CONVENTION RECAP

The NWPC National Office opened their Biennial Convention on July 10, celebrating 50 years of service.  With many proposed amendment changes there was not enough time for the caucuses to consider all of the business in the time allotted. The convention will resume on a date yet to be determined.  NWPC continues to strive to be inclusive, relevant and fluid--what’s not to love? For reference, the Bylaws and convention materials are accessible here.


The NWPC Legacy Project hosted a virtual gala, “Leading Change,” which celebrated NWPC’s founding years with archive audio, video and interviews. In addition, the project launched a new initiative to record oral histories and share digital stories. Visit http://www.nwpc.org/legacy to learn more.


WEBSITE/MEMBERSHIP NEWS

During this building year, we are introducing some changes to make your membership experience as user-friendly as possible. To that end, we are excited to announce that we are transitioning from Action Network to Wild Apricot as our main platform. As you may have noted in our recent email, we will be turning off Action Network, so you MUST re-activate your account in Wild Apricot as soon as possible. We’ll have updates throughout the summer in anticipation of our annual meeting in September.

Our new Wild Apricot interface is intuitive and simple to use. It allows members to quickly access their member info, make updates and changes, and manage renewals. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Step 1: Go to the NWPC-VA website at www.nwpc-va.org. 

  • Step 2: Click on the small “Member Login” icon in the upper right corner of the homepage.

  • Step 3: A popup box will appear requesting your email address and password. Since this is the first time you are signing in, click on "Forgot Password." You will be sent to a new webpage titled “Reset Password” where you will be asked to provide your email.  Click the “I’m not a robot” box. Then click “Submit.”

  • Step 4: You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Choose a new password.” This email will include a link where you can set up your password. Once you set up your new password, you will see a link for HOME. Click on the link. Once you are back on the NWPC-VA homepage, click on the “Member Login” icon in the top right corner. You can now enter your email and password in the popup box.

  • Step 5: Agree to terms of use and click "Continue."

  • Step 6: You will be taken to the homepage. Go back up to “Member Login” at the top right and click on “View Profile.”

  • Step 7: You will then be taken to your “Profile” page where you can edit your information. Click on the “Edit Profile” box. Please update your address, phone number, birthday, and upload a photo. Also, please identify your region within the state.

  • Step 8: Save your work.

  • Step 9: That’s it. Easy Peasy.


Questions? Let us know how we can help at va.nwpc@gmail.com.


IT’S STILL ELECTION SEASON!

Congratulations to the women from our 2021 Primary Endorsements who will be on the ballot in November! Since the primaries, an additional 12 candidates have sought NWPC-VA’s endorsement. The Endorsements Committee currently is scheduling interviews. We will be sharing the results in the coming weeks and months about how you can help our endorsed candidates bring home a win in November. Until then, celebrate progress in Virginia with the video below.

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SUMMER COMMITTEE UPDATES

Communications Committee

Hi, I am Jennifer Gaylor, VP of the Communications Committee. Okay, I know I say this every month but we are so excited for the next few months! We are working on an interview series with former candidates who believe passionately in making Virginia a better place for women and families, and they’re not letting a lost election stand in their way. Also watch for more information about our VLAW series and how you can get involved in changing virtual sexual harassment laws in Virginia. Women Lead because we have to. Join us at va.nwpc@gmail.com.


Endorsements Committee

Hi, I'm Candy Graham, VP of the Endorsements Committee. We are in the process now of interviewing candidates seeking endorsement in the general election. It is exciting to hear the candidates speak passionately about their priority issues. There still may be room to join us as we interview candidates via Zoom. You would be one of three, teamed with an experienced member as the lead interviewer. We love to have members from each of the four regions in VA. If you are interested or have questions about the process, please contact me at va.nwpc@gmail.com and put “Endorsements” in the subject line.

Membership Committee 

 Hi, I’m Robin Whitley, the VP of Membership. I’ll be sending out membership reminders in August and setting up a team meeting. I’m looking to find out more about what interests Virginia women and women's groups and what would attract them to NWPC-VA. Contact me at va.nwpc@gmail.com.


REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES 


The NWPC-VA divides Virginia into four regions with one Regional Representative per area. Each will serve a one-year term. Our current representatives are:


  • Central: Kati Hornung

  • Northern: Karen Campblin

  • Tidewater: Leelynn Brady

  • West/Southwest: Deb Snarr


Now that the commonwealth is opening up post-COVID, our regional representatives are very excited to plan some in-person get-togethers in their respective areas! They are looking forward to meeting current members and increasing membership in the organization. Watch this space for updates. Questions or suggestions? Email us at va.nwpc@gmail.com, with your region in the subject line.


UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES TO WATCH


AUGUST

August 3, 2-3 p.m.: Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

Demand equal pay for equal work on #BlackWomensEqualPay Day because #BlackWomenCantWait. Join the Twitterstorm on Tuesday afternoon, August 3, 2pm-3 pm ET!

SEPTEMBER

September 8, 7 p.m.: NWPC-VA’s Annual State Business Meeting

Our annual meeting will be held via Zoom this year, including elections. Watch this space and our socials for updates on the agenda. 

September 9: V-LAW Kick-Off

Virginia laws don't always work for the everyday woman. NWPC-VA invites you to bring a friend as we kick off our Virginia Legislative Agenda for Women (V-LAW). The program series will empower Virginians to learn about an issue and apply creative problem-solving skills to improve Virginia’s laws for women. Our first topic will be combatting virtual sexual harassment (aka the still legal in Virginia “dick pics”). 

CALLS TO ACTION 

 

Request for Volunteers

Calling all members! The Events Committee is looking for five members to join the Young Women’s Leadership Conference Planning Committee (YWLC). This group will meet monthly to design a curriculum which will engage high school and college age women in the political process.  It is critical that we invest time in the next generation so that they can continue the critical work that we are all doing right now. Email Jessica Kujala at  va.nwpc@gmail.com if you are interested.


Fight Voter Suppression

Concerned about voter suppression? Here are a few ways to advocate for voting rights.

  •  Support democracy reform with the federal For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act

After passing the House in March, S. 1 was blocked from debate by a Republican filibuster on June 22, essentially killing the bill for now. The legislation is intended to protect and expand voting rights. The Senate Rules Committee will hold a number of hearings on voting rights and elections spotlighting voting in the battleground state of Georgia — including a possible field trip to the state itself. The Senate could also rework the bill into smaller, stand-alone bills, while trying to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome another filibuster.  

 

The Biden-Harris administration has stated its intention to continue pushing for voting reform, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is likely to come to the Senate floor later this year. 

 

What can YOU do? Call Senators Warner and Kaine and voice your support for ending the filibuster. Updates and a call script can be found here: https://5calls.org/issue/for-the-people-act-hr1-s1.  

 

  • Participate in a postcard, texting, or phone banking campaign sponsored by the nonpartisan Center for Common Ground’s Reclaim Our Vote Project, designed to empower under-represented voters to fully participate in elections. Investigate further on their website

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Advocate for Birth Control Access and Reproductive Rights

Our friends NARAL Virginia and Virginia NOW have been warning us that birth control is the target of the next wave of misogynistic vitriol and attempts to control women. GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is most likely among those who would like to take away our basic human rights to decide what to do with our bodies and our futures. He has criticized the expansion of Medicaid for 550,000 Virginians, which includes access to birth control, and been evasive about his position on reproductive rights as recently as the week of July 12 (See the Virginia Mercury for details.). States, like Virginia, that have participated in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion have experienced improvements in maternal and infant mortality and decreases in uninsured rates and have decreased racial inequities for these measures. Spread the word about Youngkin’s positions on the issues (or lack thereof) and work to support NWPC-VA’s endorsed candidates this election season. Healthcare and reproductive rights are on the ballot!


Donate to Abortion Funds 

In May, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. This case deals with the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi law that banned abortion after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. With the privacy stipulated in Roe v Wade now under threat, abortion rights in this country will face the gravest challenge in years over the next few months (See the Center for Reproductive Rights for the latest news: https://reproductiverights.org). NOW is the time to donate to these much-needed funds so that no matter where a woman lives, she can access safe reproductive care. https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion/#funds-list


KNOW MORE, DO MORE

How does a Bill Become a Law in Virginia?

WATCH HERE

The process of getting a bill before the legislature starts during the summer. To get us ready for the upcoming advocacy season, below is a quick look at the process of a successful bill.  



  • IDEA (from constituent, etc.)

  • Bill drafted and introduced by legislator

  • Referred to committee

  • Reported from committee

  • First reading in house of origin (no action required)

  • Second reading in house of origin (amendable & debatable) 

  • Engrossed (final draft before the vote)

  • Third reading in house of origin 

  • Passed by house of origin 

  • Communicated to other body (House bill to Senate; Senate bill to House)

  • The process begins again 

  • Passed by other house
    Communicated to Governor

  • Approved/signed by Governor

  • LAW


Along the way, of course a bill can stall in committee, fail to pass both houses, or get vetoed by the governor. Click here to get a chart of the full legislative process. And tune in to our Virginia Legislative Agenda for Women (V-LAW) series starting Sept. 9 to prep for General Assembly 2022!


(Source: Office of State Governmental Relations, University of Virginia, https://sgr.virginia.edu/sites/sgr.virginia.edu/files/leg_process.pdf )

Think Globally, Act Locally


From June 30 to July 2, UN Women convened their Generation Equality Forum in Paris, the largest gender equality conference in 25 years, co-hosted by the governments of France and Mexico. Representatives of governments, NGOs, and civil society unveiled investments, programs, and policies, effective over the next five years, which will accelerate progress on women’s rights and address the setbacks to equality experienced as a result of the pandemic. Plans also aim to fulfil the promise of the Beijing Platform for Action and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more about Generation Equality’s seven-point platform visit UN Women’s website.  Follow #ActForEqual on social media for the latest updates.

WATCH HERE

The National Women’s Political Caucus - Virginia (NWPC-VA) mission is to:

* Increase women's participation in the political process

* Increase the number of women in elected and appointed positions

* Support candidates who will prioritize women's issues and who will employ women in decision-making roles in their campaign and office staffs

* Work for the repeal of discriminatory laws, especially laws that discriminate on the basis of gender

* Draft and support legislation that complies with the principles of human equality and that concerns the needs of women

In pursuit of these goals, NWPC-VA is dedicated to eradicating bias, both explicit and implicit, in all its forms, including but not limited to sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ageism, violence, socioeconomic status, ableism, sexual orientation, gender identification, political ideology, national origin, ethnicity, and discrimination on the basis of religion. Furthermore, NWPC-VA is dedicated to ensuring reproductive freedom. 



NATIONAL WOMEN’S POLITICAL CAUCUS-VIRGINIA



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