LeftyBlogs Virginia is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across Virginia.
The Virginia Public Access Project is a non profit group that demonstrates how technology can improve public understanding of money's role in Virginia politics. This is one of the best resources to use to find out who takes money from whom in Virginia politics.
The Virginia Organizing Project is a statewide, multi-issue citizens' organization committed to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives.
The Virginia Young Democrats blog has links to local Young Democrat groups and college clubs, and has information of interest to young voters in Virginia. This is Virginia's political future!
Loudoun Progress: A community for Democrats, progressives and other open minded neighbors in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Virginia Coalition for Open Government: formed to promote expanded access to government records, meetings and other proceedings at the state and local level. Our efforts are focused solely on local/state information access. While we do some lobbying (within limits imposed by IRS rules), our primary work is educational. The Coalition was formed in 1996, after a year-long organizing effort. Our 23-member board of directors represents the state's access activists and friends of open government, including Virginia's librarians, genealogists, broadcasters, newspapers and the public at large. Also check out their blog for recent news.
Ox Road South: Chap Peterson's website
Blue Commonwealth is a community forum for the discussion of political issues of interest to Virginians.
Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world. And now CurrentTV has Keith Olbermann as well.
In most areas Current TV is available on:
DIRECTV Channel 358
DISH Network Channel 196
Comcast Digital: Channel 107
AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189
Check out their program schedule here.
Democracy for Virginia:
Here are the local Democracy for America chapters in Virginia. Click on the link for more info:
* Arlington for Democracy (may be dormant...you can go here to contact the organizers and get more up to date info)
* Roanoke DFA
* Tidewater for Democracy
* Virginia Grassroots Coalition (may be dormant...you can contact them here for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org)
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL UNION:
Click here for the Virginia AFL-CIO website to get involved in protecting your rights in the workplace. Click here to see what you can do now.
For more union info, contact:
5400 Glenside Drive, Suite E
Richmond, VA 23228
For the more social and fun-oriented (and booze oriented), there's Drinking Liberally. Here are the Virginia Drinking Liberally Chapters:
* Second Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
* King Street Blues, 5810 Kingstowne Center Drive, Alexandria (Corner of Kingstowne Blvd and Van Dorn Street)
* Hosted by Brian Murray and Mike Sizemore, alexandria (at) drinkingliberally.org
o When? Every Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
o Where? Ruby Tuesday Restaurant, 5880 Leesburg Pike
o Hosted by Bev Wright | Quinn Jones | Michelle Elliott
o When? Every Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
o Where? South Street Brewery, 106 W South St
o Hosted by Chris Dumler
o When? Every Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
o Where? Colonial Tavern, 406 Lafayette Blvd.
o Hosted by Amy LaMarca | William Salinger
o When? Second Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
o Where? Clementine Cafe, 153 South Main Street
o Hosted by Daniel Chavez | Rachel Fulk
o When? First Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm
o Where? Glory Days Grill, 9459 Lorton Market St (To the right or outside)
o Hosted by Alan Salisbury | Chris Ambrose
o When? First and Third Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
o Where? The New Belmont, 2117 Colonial Ave (upstairs at the bar, or outside if the weather is nice)
o Hosted by Patrick Hester | Clint Dalton
o When? First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm
o Where? Flanary's Irish Pub, Jefferson Street (Downtown)
o When? of each month, 6:30 pm
o Hosted by Hank Bostwick | Tom McKinnon
o When? First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm
o Where? Irish Alley Restaurant & Pub, 19 West Johnson St
o Hosted by Riley Murray | Mai-Linh Hong
* When? Fourth Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm
* Where? "CROC's" 19th Street Bistro, 620 19th St & Cypress Ave, (One block from the VA Beach Convention Center)
* Hosted by Chris Jaramillo | Josh Bolotsky
NAACP IN VIRGINIA: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
Visit the Virginia NAACP website
Or hook up with one of the local NAACP chapters:
Address: P.O. Box 1740
Web Site: www.naacpalexandria.org
President: Elmer Lowe
1645 S. 16th St.
Arlington, Va 22204
Area II Network Branch
703 Concord Ave.
P.O. Box 3382
Charlottesville, VA. 22903
Phone 434 220-1493
President: John Hines
P. O. Box 1531
Chesapeake, Va. 23320
NAACP Fairfax County Branch
7066 P.O. Box 2363
Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone number: 703-591-4488
Floyd County Branch
Address: P.O. Box 6044
Christiansburg, VA 24068
Web Site: www.naacpnrv.org
Hanover County Branch
Address: P.O. Box 2112
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Web Site: www.hcbnaacp.org
Loudoun County Branch
Address: P.O. Box 2439
Leesburg, VA 20177
Web Site: www.naacploudoun.org
Newport News Branch
President: Rasheed Wyatt
P. O. Box 12971
Newport News, Va. 23612
Web Site: www.nnbnaacp.org
Portsmouth Youth Branch
Address: 1106 Roosevelt Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA 23701
Address: P.O. Box 199
Waverly, VA 23890
Web Site: sussexnaacpbranch.org
President: Mike Lovitt
P. O. Box 160
Stafford, Va. 22555
Phone: (540) 657-7493
President: Charles Gates
P. O. Box 1547
Suffolk, Va. 23434
Phone: (757) 657-6489
Post Office Box 12362
Roanoke, Virginia 24025
Office Phone (540) 344-2424
Web Site: roanokenaacp.org
Virginia Beach Branch
Address: P.O. Box 6114
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
Washington & Lee University Branch
Address: P.O. Box 5122
Lexington, VA 24450
Web Site: naacp.wlu.edu
Address: 479 McLaws Circle Suite 3
Williamsburg, VA 23185
President: Eastern McDonald
P. O. bOX 2365
Winchester, VA. 22604
Virginia Green Drinks Groups
Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.
We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.
These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.
Here are links to Green Drinks Groups in Virginia:
Northern Shenandoah Valley
VIRGINIA FOOD CO-OPS
It took nearly 7 years living within a few blocks of one of the biggest food co-ops in America before Joy and I joined it. We were definitely reluctant. But, in the end the lack of good produce and the decline of our local supermarkets led to us joining. And the result is a slighly more inconvenient shopping trip each week, but much healthier, higher quality and cheaper food. I recommend joining a co-op if there is one nearby. You will save money and eat healthier. So I will list some local food co-ops in Virginia:
Eats Natural Foods Co-op
708 North Main Street in Blacksburg (new location)
Phone: (540) 552-2279
EatsNatural (at) gmail.com
Crozet Natural Foods
PO Box 634
Crozet, Virginia 22932
Phone: (434) 823-5583
Healthy Foods Co-op
110 W Washington Street
Lexington, Virginia 24450
Phone: (540) 463-6954
FAX: (540) 463-7213
We are a community-based cooperative, dedicated to offering products, services and leadership which reflects our membership's commitment to healthy living, nutritional awareness and environmental responsibility.
Healthy Foods Market is a cooperative business, meaning that we are owned and democratically controlled by our members. We are proud of our experienced and knowledgeable staff that can assist you with your regular purchases, as well as with special inquires and needs.
They also have a cafe, something I wish my local food co-op would do.
Fare Share Cooperative
2132 W. Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: (804) 355-5919
Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op
1319 Grandin Road SW
Roanoke, Virginia 24015
Phone: (540) 343-5652
FAX: (540) 343-5711
Incorporated in 1975, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op– or the Co-op as it is more commonly known – provides our community with nutritious food choices and earth-friendly products. Operating from cooperative principles, we support sustainable environmental practices, local organic farmers, local businesses, and our community.
We are the largest cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store in Virginia, and though we're member owned, ownership is not required to shop. Our products are many, our selection diverse, and our promise unwavering – that you will find quality items for sale in our store with no artificial colorants, preservatives, or additives.
In addition to providing families with high-quality organic and natural products, the Co-op supports local efforts to preserve the integrity and health of our natural resources and community.
Alternative Energy and Sustainable Agriculture in Virginia:
Some stats from Repower America:
* The recently passed Virginia Energy Plan will aim to reduce Virginia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025 through energy efficiency education and investment in state renewable energy projects.
* A 39-megawatt wind farm recently gained approval in Highland County and is expected to power 15,000 homes with clean energy
* Virginia's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) enourages public utilities to generate 12% of their electricity sales from renewable energy sources by 2022.
Alternative energy and YOUR energy bill: YOU can be part of the solution for America by signing up to purchase your energy through a Green Power Provider. My wife and I have been doing this in NYC for years. All our energy usage is provided through wind energy generation on American farms. So we use clean energy AND help American farmers. It costs us three cents per kilowatt-hour more per month, but we feel great about it. Although our actual energy may come from anywhere, we are paying to purchase wind energy for the energy grid. Each state has different programs available, usually through yuor existing energy provider right on your existing energy bill. To find such options in Virginia, go here and pick your energy provider from the list. If you need help, you can email me and tell me who you get your bill from (don't give me any other info!) and I can tell you who to contact to go green through that energy provider. Or you can do the same thing using Renewable Energy Certificates through an organization that works with utility companies, though in this case it is a separate bill. One off the cheapest (.4-1 cent per kilowatt-hour), but still e-Green certified, ways to do this is through Good Energy. Or, for about half a cent per kilowatt-hour you can purchase renewable energy certificates through Carbonfund.org. ANY of these ways you do it, you are helping the environment, helping America, and helping cut carbon emissions.
Living Green DC/MD/VA:
LIVING GREEN DC/MD/VA works to send a message to the community and influence small changes in everyday actions that can have a big impact on our world. As a group we look for ways to make small changes in the way we live, enjoying the support and friendship of other like-minded people. This meetup can only grow if lots of members become Assistant Organizers and provide fun and creative ways to socialize, learn, spread the word, volunteer, network, do fun things. Suggestions are seeing films with environmental themes, dining where organic and locally purchased produce is promoted, visiting farmers markets and socializing afterwards, volunteering for Earth Day activities, meeting in cafes to discuss books and articles, etc.. Whether it's a movie screening or eating a meal with freinds at an environmentally friendly restaurant, you are sure to make an impact, so join the group and volunteer. Go here for more information.
Alternative Energy Resources in Virginia: a short summary of alternative energy resources for Virginia. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.
There are two kinds of alternate fuels that are readily available that lower your carbon foot print and use AMERICAN resources and create AMERICAN jobs rather than supporting big oil companies and oil nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela.
ETHANOL: Cars labeled FlexFuel (now becoming common in some states) can use up to E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline). E85 burns cleaner than gasoline and is usually cheaper. I have used E85 in California and found it to be 10-40 cents cheaper than the cheapest gasoline at the same station. CLICK HERE TO FIND STATIONS IN VIRGINIA OFFERING E85. This can be a really good way to help the American economy, help the environment, AND save money.
BIODIESEL: Pretty much ANY diesel engine can use biodiesel. Biodiesel burns cleaner and in most engines is better for the engine. It can be more expensive than regular diesel depending on the location, but is better for the environment, is better for most diesel engines, and is good for the local economy. You can find nearby stations and cooperatives (often the best option) that offer biodiesel by clicking here and either clicking on your state on the map or entering your zip code. We used biodiesel in a rental car one year and loved it.
Now some other groups and events:
Arlington Democrats Meetup Group
Meet other local Dems! Sponsored by the Arlington Democratic Committee, about 60 attendees meet to discuss local/national politics, listen to guest speakers and receive news on getting involved. Email jamesemcb_at_yahoo.com to join the ACDC listserv or sign up at www.arlingtonyoungdems.org.
Monthly Charlottesville Democratic Breakfast
This gathering takes place on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30a.m. and is usually held at the JABA building on Hillsdale Drive. Pay what you can.
Virginia Beach Democratic Committee Monthly Meeting
Held the First Wednesday of every month, 7 PM, location switches between the Bayside Area Library and the Greak Neck area Library. Those interested should check the VBDC website for the location.
The VBDC also hosts a Third Thursday Dinner at Kelly's Hilltop Tavern at 7:00 PM every third Thursday of the month.
There's also a VBDC Breakfast every fourth Saturday of the month at Bubba's Deli & BBQ.
Those interested in these, and other, events hosted by the VBDC should check out the upcoming events on the VBDC website
Monthly Interfaith Pray for Peace Gathering
Final Thursday of evern month, 7:15pm
Location: Sojourners UCC Church, 1017 Elliott Ave, Charlottesville
Sponser: Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Central Virginia-URI; Gesher Center; Unity Church
On the final Thursday of every month, the Interfaith Pray for Peace Gathering welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs to an inspired and inspiring flow of prayers, meditations and songs for peace.
Contact Name: Heena Reiter
Contact email: gesher_at_mindspring.com
Contact Phone: 434-970-7836
Equality Loudoun has been working since 2003 to make Loudoun County, Virginia a welcoming place for all its residents - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight.
Fauquier Democrats Monthly Meeting
Third Tuesday of Each Month, 7:30 pm
Warren Green Building
10 Hotel Street
Old Town, Warrenton
Blue Mondays With the Stafford County Democrats
Every Monday evening at 5 PM
location in transition...email for more info
Casual get-together of like minded Democratic Activist
For more info contact: jac_at_j2power.com
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Virginia Chapter: Keeping America Free, Secular and Jeffersonian. Church-state separation stands as one of the foundations of our nation. Because of it, Americans enjoy unparalleled religious liberty and nurture one of the most vital religious communities in the world. Separation guarantees the freedom to worship or not to worship as you choose. Northern Virginia Chapter and Southern Virginia Chapter.
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