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  • Saturday, December 30, 2006

    Progressive Democrat Issue 102: VIRGINIA GROUPS AND EVENTS

    Democracy for America: One of the best ways to get active! If you only do one thing that is political, join your local DFA group! FIND YOUR LOCAL DFA MEETUP AND GET INVOLVED! The statewide site seems to not be active, but it has MANY great links on the right hand side, including links to some local Virginia DFA groups. And for Washington, DC, your local DFA group can be found here.


    Virginia Organizing Project:
    The Virginia Organizing Project (VOP) 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. VOP 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, VOP strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change. Here's a calendar of events.


    Virginia Young Democrats: The next generation of Democrats in Virginia! Their stated goals are:

    # To support and elect Democratic candidates for public office
    # To widen and increase the interest and knowledge of young people in government and the political process
    # To train and develop young people for positions of leadership
    # To increase the role of under-represented people in our Party, government, and society
    # To serve those in need in our community

    Join in or, if you are no longer young enough to be a "Young Democrat," give them a little support.


    The Democratic Party: Here are links to some of your local Dem clubs. This is another very important way to be active. You can also find a calendar of events for Democratic Party activities in Virginia here.

    Washington DC Democratic Party

    Albemarle County Democratic Committee, Albemarle County, VA

    Arlington County Democrats, Arlington VA. Contact Name: Elizabeth Weitzman mewsician1@msn.com (703) 528-8588

    Arlington Young Democrats, Arlington VA. Contact Name: Jaime Mulligan publicity@arlingtonyoungdems.org 571-334-7626

    Democratic Party of Fluvanna County, Virginia, Bremo Bluff, Virginia VA

    Hanover Democrats, Ashland VA

    Loudoun County Democratic Committee, Leesburg, VA. Contact Name: Steve Deak chairman@lcdems.com

    Norfolk Democratic Party Meetup, Norfolk VA. Contact Name: Alma D. Kesling akesling@yahoo.com 757 333-8694

    Rappahannock County Democrats, Rappahannock VA.

    Stafford County Democrats, Fredericksburg VA:

    Virginia Beach Democrats, VA

    Virginia Young Democrats, Richmond, VA. Contact Name: Justin Wilson justin@justin.net


    Drinking Liberally: An informal, inclusive weekly Democratic drinking club. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. Find your local drinking liberally group or start your own with a few buddies. If there isn't one near you, it is easy to start your own!

    Alexandria, Virginia
    * Every Thursday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    * Shenandoah Brewing Company, 652 S Pickett St (Look for us upstairs)
    * "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world" - Margaret Mead
    * Hosted by David Swim and Quinn Jones, alexandria (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Danville, Virginia
    * Every other Wednesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Purple Onion, 215 Main St
    * Hosted by Meryl Ibis, danville (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Charlottesville, Virginia
    * Every Tuesday, 8:30 pm onward
    * Biltmore Grill, 16 Elliewood Ave
    * Hosted by Michael Snook, Justin Villegas, TJ Bateman and Bridget Moriarty, charlottesville (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Norfolk, Virginia
    * Third Thursday of each month 5:00-7:00 pm
    * The New Belmont, 2117 Colonial Ave (upstairs at the bar)
    * Hosted by Megan Feeley and Steve Earnhart, norfolk (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    * Second Tuesday of each month 6:00 pm onward
    * Jewish Mother, 3108 Pacific Ave
    * Hosted by Chris Jaramillo and Eileen Levandoski, vabeach (at) drinkingliberally.org

    And two Washington, DC groups:

    Capitol Hill
    * Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * The 18th Amendment, 613 Pennsylvania Ave SE (~2 Blocks NW of Eastern Market Metro Stop)
    * Hosted by Micha Rieser, dcwed (at) drinkingliberally.org


    Dupont Circle
    * Every Thursday, 6:30-8:30 pm
    * Timberlake's, 1726 Connecticut Ave NW
    * Metro: Dupont Circle (red line)
    * Hosted by Kim Davis and Keith Ivey, dcthu (at) drinkingliberally.org


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