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A LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT                         March 2022


Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.”

I have always admired those who thrive on the energy of their surroundings, especially when confronted with challenges, and that is an important attribute when working for women’s rights. Over the last several months, NWPC-VA has done just that.

In 2021, we began preparing our 2022 policy agenda. We were a new board eager to fulfill our mission of increasing women’s political participation. In January 2022, the NWPC-VA board kicked off the year by holding a planning retreat to discuss our strategic direction, especially after the changes in the administration and control of the House of Delegates. 

By the time March 2022 “came in like a lion” at the Virginia General Assembly, NWPC-VA was ready…

Read full letter here


GA 2022 is a wrap!  Many thanks to the NWPC-VA board and members who’ve been hard at work these past few months. 

During this session, we actively championed three bills. The bipartisan Unsolicited Lewds Bill (HB 334/SB 493), sponsored by Sen. McClellan, Del. Fowler, Sen. Vogel, and Del. Coyner, made it through the legislature and is due to be signed into law by Gov. Youngkin in early April. Once signed, Virginians will be protected from cyberflashing. Congratulations to us all on this success!

The Implicit Bias Training Bill regarding maternal health (HB 1105/SB 456) was referred to the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions. A subcommittee voted to pass this bill by till 2023 in a February meeting; watch for updates from the Policy Committee on how to continue advocating for this issue. The Family Caregiver Tax Credit Bill (HB 291), which would have created a nonrefundable tax deduction for 2022- 2026, was left in the House Committee on Appropriations in February.

In addition, we have been following several other bills during the session focused on the areas of education, family caregiving, sexual assault, and divorce law, as well as proposed changes to voting rights.

To read those summaries, please click here.


This month’s Calls to Action section is dedicated to the memory of NWPC-VA’s Tidewater Representative and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc’s, South Atlantic Regional Social Action Coordinator Emerita and Virginia State Social Action Coordinator Emerita Yvonne J. Lewis. For many years, Yvonne was Delta Sigma Theta’s face of social action not only in their South Atlantic Region, but as a respected advocate throughout the sorority’s membership. She was known for her dedication and commitment to social justice for all. Yvonne was a founding member of NWPC-VA and was elected to be Tidewater Representative in our 2021 elections.

Yvonne J. Lewis started her career as a political activist at Howard University working with other students to resist the university’s efforts to keep students out of the Poor People’s Campaign protests. She worked at Gallaudet University while earning her master’s degree in speech pathology from Howard. She held positions in several public schools in different parts of the country, then landed in Virginia in the 1980s. Yvonne had a career with Chesapeake Public Schools as a speech pathologist until she was forced to retire early to care for her husband who was injured in a car accident. She then devoted much of her energy to advocacy work for causes she believed in, mainly under the auspices of alumni chapters of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. the service sorority for African American women with approximately 300,000 members that she dearly loved.  Among the advocacy campaigns she was most proud of was her work on Restoration of Rights under the McAuliffe administration, and on VAratifyERA in 2019-2020. Her most recent personal project of advocacy was working locally with city council members and police chiefs to find solutions to the problem of gun violence. Yvonne believed that her freedom to advocate with other women and her power to make things happen were her most treasured possessions. She woke up every day ready to work.

In addition to Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and NWPC-VA, Yvonne served as a member of the Virginia African American Advisory Board and the Virginia Beach Community Service Board as well as a member of the League of Women Voters-South Hampton Roads. As a leader with VAratifyERA, she was instrumental in Virginia’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Yvonne leaves an extraordinary legacy of social justice advocacy throughout Virginia, especially in the Tidewater region. 

As NWPC-VA President Krysta Jones has noted, “There are no words to convey Yvonne's impact on so many people, from her family, NWPC-VA sisters, her Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. sorors, her fellow ERA advocates, to the community at large. Yvonne Lewis was a dynamic advocate who inspired us all. Her legacy lives on. May she rest in Paradise.”

NWPC-VA joins Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. in commemorating Yvonne Lewis’s life and work by encouraging members to do one small advocacy action this week and by remembering her favorite saying, "No effort is too small, but every effort carries impact!" Below is a list of suggested actions:

1.     Review NWPC-VA’s legislative priorities and consider how each priority affects your local community. Pick an issue and follow related news. Please share your findings at your next regional meeting;

2.    Attend your local school board or city council meeting (or a budget hearing – follow the money);

3.    Schedule a meeting with the local elected official that directly serves your community regarding an issue that you are most passionate about;

4.    Use your voice as a concerned citizen on social media to bring awareness to issues that are not being addressed locally;

5.    Submit an application to serve on a governing state or local board or commission;

6.    Register to vote or check your voter registration!

When posting to your social media please utilize #RememberingYvonneLewis and tag @SensationalSAR.

Arrangements for Soror Yvonne Lewis is as follows:

Viewing Monday, March 28, 2022

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Metropolitan Funeral Home

7246 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23505

Omega Omega March 28, 2022 4:00 - 6:00pm 

Metropolitan Funeral Home 

7246 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23505

Funeral Service, Tuesday, March 29 11:00am

2940 Corprew Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504

Burial Service, Wednesday, 

March 30, 2022 (Northern VA)


Yvonne's family is also accepting cards, expressions of love, and monetary donations. They request no plants, as Yvonne was an avid lover of plants, which they are planning on dispersing to her friends. 


The Lewis Residence

3904 S. Plaza Trail

Virginia Beach, VA 23452


    It’s March and that means it’s time for our quarterly board updates. To review the news from each committee and region, click on the graphics of the VPs and regional reps below. Check our Upcoming Events section for the dates and times of regular Zoom meetings.

    Upcoming events

    Committee News

    Get the latest from the VP's by clicking on the graphic below.


    Regional Reports

    Get the latest from your region by clicking on the graphic below.


    Meet Trinity Woodson

    This month NWPC-VA spotlights the work of Trinity E. Woodson, Director of Political and External Affairs at Hampton University’s Student Government Association. Learn more here about her work helping young people get engaged and stay engaged in their communities

    KNOW MORE, DO MORE: GA Special Sessions

    On March 12, the 2022 General Assembly Session adjourned according to schedule.  This week Gov. Youngkin announced that he’s calling lawmakers back to Richmond in early April to convene for a special session. In KMDM, we take a look at what’s happening at that session and how and why special sessions happen in our legislature.


    March 27, 6:00pm: NWPC-VA Policy Committee Monthly Meeting

    Meet with Policy VP Tonja Roberts on the last Sunday of each month via Zoom.

    March 30, 12p.m.: NWPC-VA Legislation Celebration

    We closed the cell phone-sized loophole in Virginia law! NWPC-VA members and friends want to thank Sen. Jennifer McClellan, Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler, Sen. Jill Vogel, Del. Carrie Coyner, and Bumble for their bipartisan work to protect Virginians from digital flashing. Together we closed the cell phone sized loophole in Virginia. Celebrate together by registering here


    For events in April and beyond, including monthly committee meetings, visit the calendar.

    Upcoming events


    The following positions on the Board of Directors are open for nominations: President, VP of Communications, VP of Records, and VP of Finance.  The elections will be held at our September meeting, with each 2-year term beginning in 2023. Please contact us with nominations: va.nwpc@gmail.com.




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