"Our daughters need you! Join a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The rally will be at the Bell Tower on the grounds of the Richmond Capitol this Tuesday, January 22nd at 10:00am.
Protecting a woman's right to make personal decisions about her reproductive health, including a decision to seek an abortion is at stake in Virginia. In Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court determined that this right to privacy is a constitutionally protected right--yet, some politicians think it is perfectly okay to trample on these rights. If women took up arms to protect their constitutional rights, the Republicans would be seeking gun control laws."
Please note that the location for the fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Favola on Thursday, May 17th has been changed. It will now be held at the home of Tom Parker & Carolyn Settles, 2739 Nelson St. N., Arlington, VA 22207 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Please RSVP or to ask about sponsor levels to Arlene Spinelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-835-4845. Hope to see you there!
Please join friends and Senator Favola on Thursday, May 17th, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. for an evening reception at the home of Jim and Kellie Meiman Hock, 2622 Upshur St. N., Arlington, VA 22207. Please RSVP or to ask about sponsor levels to Arlene Spinelli at email@example.com or 703-835-4845. Hope to see you there!
Please join friends and Senator Favola on Sunday June 3, 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. for an afternoon reception at the home of Terry Savela, 3013 4th Street N., Arlington VA 22201. Please contact Arlene Spinelli at 703-835-4845 or firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and find out about sponsorship levels.
Last Monday, over 1,000 Virginians stood in silent protest on the grounds of the state Capitol to oppose anti-choice measures like mandated invasive ultrasound bills and the egregious "personhood" bill.
We know Virginia and the entire nation are paying attention- these overreaching anti-choice attacks have gotten national attention everywhere from The New York Times and The Rachel Maddow Show to Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show.
On Saturday, March 3rd, thousands will march on the Capitol to stand in front of the Governor's Mansion demanding that he veto all legislation that attacks the constitutional right to choose.
More information to be announced. Check here for the latest!
Join me on February 21st when the New Dominion Project will release their first Strategy Paper, titled "Opportunity, Innovation, Investment: Bringing Higher Ed into the Future" at a panel where guests Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Peter Blake, Director of the State Council on HigherEducation for Virginia, and myself will speak on the state of education in the Commonwealth.
Richmond, VA – The New Dominion Project PAC will host a panel discussion on innovation, job creation, and growth in Virginia featuring Senators John Edwards and Barbara Favola and other experts on higher ed.
This is an open event. Please direct all questions and RSVPs to email@example.com. All questions for panelists and during the event can be directed via Twitter to @newdominionproj. This event will be streamed live online via UStream (video and audio). More information is available at www.newdominionproject.com.
The panel will discuss a new NDP Strategy Paper titled “The Engine for the Future: Taking Higher Ed to the Next Level in Virginia” that recommends five “Principles for Reform”:
- Principle #1: Core Curricula: STEM, Liberal Arts, Civic Education, Entrepreneurship
- These comprehensive curricular strategies will equip students to be strong, self-reliant, engaged citizens for the future.
- Principle #2: Increase Central Skills
- Jobs won’t only be created in high-tech industry such as biotech; industries such as infrastructure and manufacturing require training in these core skills.
- Principle #3: Innovate Education
- We need to move beyond formal credit-hour requirements toward more useful skills and co-locate business incubators with community colleges and public colleges and universities.
- Principle #4: Strengthen Public Education
- Government is the essential player in public education and we must protect public funding, fight for our fair share of federal research dollars, and fight unfair tuition increases.
- Principle #5: Enhance Regional Cooperation
- We need to further connect the “Urban Crescent” and rural areas with a new “Sister Cities” approach, increase research partnerships, and finally create Southside University.
Mike Signer (moderator): Mike is an attorney, small businessman, former counselor to Governor Mark Warner, and Virginia Tech adjunct professor. He is Managing Principal of the Madison Law & Strategy Group, PLLC, in Arlington. He is an expert on constitutionalism, authoring Demagogue (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and articles in venues such as The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and U.S. News & Daily Report. A longtime activist on voting rights in Virginia, he traveled in Afghanistan in 2010 to monitor elections. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia, a B.A. from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor in 2009.
Senator Barbara Favola. Sen. Favola took office in the Virginia Senate this Session and brings with her fourteen years of experience on the Arlington County Board, having chaired that body three times during her tenure. A noted school and child advocate, Sen. Favola supported the creation of teen lounges and fought for a permanent home for the Head Start program in Arlington County, while also expanding mental health services in public schools, among other endeavors. This year, the Senator has introduced legislation that would expand educational grants for students who begin higher education at community colleges and transfer to four-year schools in science, math, technology, nursing and teaching disciplines. Sen. Favola serves on the Senate Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee and the Transportation Committee.
Senator John Edwards. Sen. John Edwards of Roanoke currently sits on the Senate Commerce and Labor, Courts of Justice, and Privileges and Elections Committees. Sen. Edwards was the chief sponsor and patron of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, a center that has enhanced opportunities for college, graduate, and workforce training programs in Southwest Virginia. The education center, according to one study, has had a $32 million annual economic impact in that region. Senator John Edwards has served in the Virginia Senate for 16 years. He holds degrees from Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School.
Dak Hardwick. Mr. Hardwick is an expert on national security, homeland security, and congressional and public affairs and a former Presidential Management Fellow, currently serves as the manager of international government relations for the Harris Corporation. Currently, Mr. Hardwick serves on the Alumni Board of Directors of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. He holds a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University – Bloomington and a Master in Public Administration from West Virginia University.
On Thursday, February 16, please join The Commonwealth Institute in honoring Senator Mary Margaret Whipple as she receives the Virginia Legacy Award.
Senator Whipple has been a champion for quality education, a safe environment, affordable housing, and fiscally sound budget policies to sustain those investments. She broke new ground in Virginia politics by being the first woman to hold a leadership position in the Virginia General Assembly.
Senator Whipple’s legacy is both an inspiration and a call to action. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/legacyaward.
Members of the Virginia Progressive Caucus will hold a press conference laying out the legislative agenda for the 2012 session on Thursday, January 19 at 10:00 AM in the House Briefing Room at the General Assembly Building, located on Capitol Square. Senator Barbara Favola will be in attendance.
Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm
At the home of Arlington County Board Member
Walter Tejada & Robin Liten Tejada
859 N. Larrimore Street, Arlington, VA 22205