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 Nominations for State Offices. Due July 15. Send to nominations@vanow.org.

Virtual Bi-annual state conference: July 18, including election of officers.

Notice of National NOW de-activation of local chapters for non-compliance.

 

Calendar for State Council monthly meetings, events, celebrations, issue updates, elections. All VA NOW members are welcome to participate. 
June 6 – Saturday, 1 PM - VA NOW State Council Meeting
(all are virtual meetings via Zoom), comprised of state officers, chapter leaders and regional representatives (i.e. local leaders who have no official chapter but keep us up to date on their community’s actions and events). Registration Link is:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpfuGqpzsoH9K7hzgprRUIDLNCxa2cY8ej

June 23 – state primary election. (FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY REASONS, CONSIDER VOTING BY MAIL).

June 30 – Tentative VA NOW celebration of the centennial of the 19TH AMENDMENT and NOW’s 54th birthday. Details forthcoming. Ideas and volunteers welcome.

July 15 – nominations due for VA NOW, Inc. state elections. ALL OFFICES ARE UP FOR ELECTION. President Connie Cordovilla and VP Legislation Marj Signer ARE running for reelection. Open seats include Executive VP and VPs for Membership and Communications. Nominees must be NOW members for at least one year and submit a paragraph describing skills and qualifications to nominations@VANOW.org.

July 18 – Saturday, 11-3 PM. Virtual bi-annual State Conference. All VA NOW members welcome. NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM THE FLOOR. If there are no contested elections for state offices, we will vote by acclimation at this meeting. Empty slots will be filled by appointment by the state President. If there are contested elections for the state offices, there will be a Candidates Forum at this meeting. Ballots will be sent and received via email. Members without email can download a ballot from the www.vanow.org website and send via USPS surface mail one week in advance. Registration Link is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrdOyqqTwoE9FPLA_cjdYSEtlj_z8uJYKQ

August 4 – election closes, winners announced and take office August 5.

September 12 - 1 PM. VA NOW State Council Meeting. Registration link is:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpf-uqqDkrH9YtevhYxi7MM3W34hqN5pqU

October 17 – 1 PM. VA NOW State Council Meeting. Registration link is:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0td-qhrTsjH9f3nZYbuUFTg4ec_9TE1WOZ

November 3 – National and State Election Day (VOTING BY MAIL IS RECOMMENDED).

November 7– 1 PM. VA NOW State Council Meeting. Registration link is:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oceippjspHNEfCdH-Epv8vyOzGFzy7R7n

December 5 – 1 PM. VA NOW State Council Meeting. The registration link is:

 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArcu2gqDIvH91gUpEGJBQS89xX0cminqxv

This is an official notice to VA NOW members in non-active chapters:

National NOW has completed the process of certifying all state and local NOW chapters. This includes checking on their status, their tax forms filed, annual reports to national, a certain number of meetings and activities, at least two active officers and a current checking account. Virginia NOW and the Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Loudoun County and Montgomery County (Blacksburg) chapters were deemed active. De-activated chapters include Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William, NOVA, Richmond, Tidewater, Vienna Area and Williamsburg. Rockbridge Chapter needs to be in contact with me by June 16th to confirm their status and action plan.

Members in these former chapters will become at-large members of the state chapter. If you would like to reactivate your chapter or serve as a regional representative from your community to the state VA NOW, please contact me at the email, phone or address listed below:

Forward in Equality,

Connie Cordovilla

President, VA NOW

7439 Patterson Road

Falls Church, VA 22043-1332

CordyNOVA@gmail.com

President@VANOW.org

703-283-0483

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The murder-by-police of George Floyd shocked us to our core, broke our hearts, and enraged our sense of justice. Racial justice is at the core of NOW’s mission, and today, our membership is united in our determination to break down the foundation of racism, discrimination, and brutality at the core of law enforcement.  We demand that corrupt and murderous police be prosecuted and that policies are enacted that ensure transparency and accountability in the vetting, hiring and supervision of law enforcement officers.  NOW passed a resolution in 2018 calling for increased police accountability and impartial oversight of law enforcement to eradicate racially motivated excessive use of force, and we redouble these demands today.

NOW Vice President Christian Nunes says,

“What is happening in our country today is a response to the continued disregarded cry for peace our black brothers and sisters have been making for years.  It is a reaction to the systematic racism, discrimination, daily racial micro aggressions, and the prejudiced response to their race as nothing more than a threat that deserves violent submission.  It is not up to the black community to dismantle a system of oppression they did not create, but it is up to all allies to stand up, speak out, and make intentional and purposeful movements of solidarity.  It is up to organizations, agencies, and law enforcement departments to deconstruct policies and practices that feed oppression, racism, and violence, and transform them into practices that promote racial equity and safety.  It is challenging your own personal and/or organizational biases so that you can begin to create the narrative that communities of color are assets and not threats.  It is creating a world where black skin means life and not death.”

NOW members, Black, Brown, Native American, Latina, and White have long stood up and named police brutality, calling out the system of white privilege not just as it is experienced by racially diverse members of society but also as it advantages white people. We are in this together as witnesses, united, standing shoulder to shoulder. For the first time we are seeing police officers join the marches and protests against police brutality. Change is happening. We are a driving force for change. We call on training academies and departments to teach de-escalation tactics instead of shoot first.

We applaud the community leaders, activists and grassroots protesters who are marching for justice all across the nation, and we are inspired by Black women Mayors like Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta, Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, and Lori Lightfoot of Chicago who are beacons of justice in these dark times.  We are encouraging NOW members to join community meetings to speak their truth to power in the coming days and weeks.

Injustice to anyone is an injustice to all.  We are all in this together.  Our determination, outrage, and moral courage will not fail us as we redouble our efforts to end the violence and defeat injustice.

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Recently many of you received a letter announcing our exciting plans for a VA NOW state conference. Please know that it was mailed weeks ago, but bulk mailing delayed its delivery.  So with all the latest restrictions and due to an abundance of caution and concern over the current health crisis facing our state and our nation, the Executive Committee of Virginia NOW, Inc. has decided to postpone its Annual State Meeting and Elections scheduled for April 18, 2020 until gatherings of 50 or more people are sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the VA Department of Health. We hope that a time in midsummer may be possible.

On January 27, 2020, Virginia made history as the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. National NOW President Toni Van Pelt, Loudoun County NOW President Barb Jones and VA NOW Legislative VP Marj Signer were among thousands of NOW members leading the fight for ratification.

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