Virginia Women's Summit, June 23, 2018

Women’s Summit 2018

June 23rd, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Herndon, VA

This is an event not to be missed.  The first Women’s Summit last year brought together activists and candidates to kick-off the blue wave that swept VA this past November. There are so many opportunities to flip seats in VA this coming November.  The Summit will feature opportunities to engage across all 11 Congressional Districts.  The weekend event will feature speakers, workshops, an advocacy fair, gear shop, and most importantly, network opportunities.  In addition, And Debra will be co-leading a fundraising workshop.

See the agenda and register for the Women's Summit

NOPE Meeting - June 18, 2018

Please join us at our meeting this Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Debra's house in Chevy Chase, DC. 

Here's the agenda:   

  • Giving Circle support for US House candidates:  Progress to date, candidate(s) for this coming month, discussion
  • Canvassing opportunities:  VA 10 (Dump Comstock) and PA10 for George Scott (Northeast PA)
  • Personal Pitch Page: If you've given to three of our Nope Giving Circle requests, you can make a pitch for your favorite candidate(s) on our "Pitch Page."
  • NOPE in YOUR Neighborhood:  How to spread the word about NOPE and our Giving Circle to friends, family, and acquaintances
  • Racial Justice working group
  • Neighbors Rising to help our immigrant neighbors   

RSVP to nopeneighbors@gmail.com for directions

Racial Justice Working Group Meeting

Thursday, May 24

Our Racial Justice Working Group continues its current focus on educating us on racial justice -- the history and current issues.  We became painfully aware of how far we have not come when a neighbor was arrested for partying while black which is well described in her article about the incident.  Join us at our next discussion at Jean Simon's home, the topic is intersectionality.   For details send a note to NopeNeighbors@gmail.co

NOPE Meeting May 21, 2018

Please join us at our meeting this Monday, May 21 at 6:30 at Debra's house in Chevy Chase, DC. Going forward, our meetings will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month, so mark your calendars.   

Agenda

6:30 - 8:00 -- Review the recent primaries; Giving Circle progress to date;  VA Is for Democracy Lovers candidates for this coming month & discussion; VA Women's Summit - June 23; Racial Justice working group; Neighbors Rising to help our immigrant neighbor; Herd on the Hill;  DC political update

8:00 - 9:00 -- Meet Kim R Ford - Candidate for DC Congressional Delegate.  She''ll speak to our group and then you can stay and do postcards for her if you like what you hear. Learn more about Kim in these 2 WaPo articles - The Best Kept Secret in DC  and Eleanor Holmes Norton Seeking 15th Term Faces Democratic Challenger

 

 

 

 

April 23, 2018 NOPE Meeting Notes

NOPE NEIGHBORS April 23, 2018 Meeting Notes

Elaine Luria, Skyping with our Next Candidate – Angie Craig, Get-Out-The-Vote Phone Bank for the Arizona Special Election, and More…

We had another great meeting on Monday.  Here’s a meeting summary and some post-meeting updates.

Accomplishments Since Our Last Meeting

  • Many NOPE members attended the March for Our Lives on March 24, and 15 volunteered to register voters during the march.
  • We wrote and mailed 880 voter registration postcards to voters in Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
  • On April 7, four NOPE members canvassed with Donte Tanner in Clifton, Virginia (Congressional District #10) to help identify Democratic supporters in preparation for the November election.  This is Barbara Comstock’s district and also the district where Donte Tanner lost his bid for the VA House of Delegates by less than 100 votes.
  • We raised $4,300 for Congressional candidate Elaine Luria (Virginia 2nd District).

Giving Circle

As of our meeting, forty-four NOPE members had joined our Giving Circle, pledging a total of $3,100 per month. We discussed how to increase the amounts pledged for our selected candidate each month. We agreed that Debra and Joanna will provide introductory text and a one-page summary of the monthly Giving Circle candidate that members can send to their friends and relatives when asking for their support. We also talked about successes we’ve had when we describe our Giving Circle during every-day conversations with friends. We decided to restart our existing NOPE Twitter account - @NopeDC – more information will be coming soon!

We Skyped with our May Giving Circle Candidate, Angie Craig, who is running for U.S. House in Minnesota’s District 2, south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The district typically leans Republican but is now considered a toss-up because Angie is such a strong candidate.  She ran for the seat in 2016 but narrowly lost. We learned about her progressive positions on a full range of issues, about her wife and four sons, and her passion for service to the people of her district and to our country. She is quite a dynamo and told us that she was excited to talk to NOPE because she loves the idea that she is being supported by Mike Pence's former neighbors!   She said she can't wait to win her election, go to Congress, and introduce herself - along with her wife and four kids - to Pence. Check out our one-pager and her website for more information.

Neighbors Rising

Remember that the Latin American Youth Center’s 50-year anniversary Gala is on Thursday, May 10th starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.  You can purchase tickets at www.layc-dc.org/gala2018.  If you would like, please send Jeannie your name and the name(s) of your guests for whom you’ve purchased tickets so she can ask LAYC to create Neighbors Rising tables for us.  Also, if you would like to purchase a ticket for one of the Young Neighbors Rising people (most recently, they led the soccer equipment campaign), please let Jeannie know (at EngelAssociates@att.net) and she’ll send you one of their names.  This is a lovely way to thank them and further encourage their leadership in helping neighbors in need. 

Racial Justice Working Group

The next meeting of the Education subgroup will be Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Jean Simons home.  We’ll be discussing the movie 13th by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. It explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.  Please watch the movie before the meeting!  It’s available on Netflix.

Get Out the Vote Phone Banking

Many NOPE members stayed after the business portion of the meeting to make phone calls reminding Arizona voters in Congressional District #8 (Phoenix suburbs) to vote in the April 24 special election. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, an emergency room doctor, ran against former Arizona state senator Debbie Lesko. Lesko won by only 5.2% points in a district that supported Trump in 2016 by more than 20 points.

Latin American Youth Center Gala - May 10

The Latin American Youth Center is holding its

50-year Anniversary Gala

on Thursday, May 10th

starting at 5:00 p.m. 

at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel

Neighbors Rising, a sister group to NOPE, supports the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in many ways, with the goal of helping our immigrant neighbors during these stressful and hurt-filled times.  Please show your support for by attending LAYC's gala celebration! 

Purchase your tickets at:  www.layc-dc.org/gala2018  (note: the “Purchase Tickets” link is in the menu box on the upper-left side of the page).  Invite your friends and neighbors to join you!!

If you would like, send Jeannie* your name and the name(s) of the guests for whom you’ve purchased tickets so she can ask LAYC to create Neighbors Rising tables for us. 

Also, please consider purchasing a ticket for one of the Young Neighbors Rising young person (most recently, they led the soccer equipment campaign).  To do this, contact Jeannie* and she’ll send you one of their names.  This is a lovely way to thank the youth and further encourage their leadership in helping neighbors in need.  

*Contact information:  Jeannie Engel, EngelAssociates@att.net and c. 301-448-7009

 

Blue Wave VA - Day of Action: April 7, 2018

Join NOPE and other local groups for a Day of 

"Blue Wave" canvassing 

RSVP HERE

Help us identify Democratic supporters in preparation for the November election and for  beating Barbara Comstock in the tenth U.S. Congressional District!!  This is also the district where Donte Tanner lost his bid for the VA House of Delegates by less than 100 votes.

In Virginia, voters do not register by party, so a first step in canvassing is to identify Democratic voters so that future campaigning can focus on these folks.  We will do on-the-ground identification (not persuasion!) canvassing with the goal of identifying residents who are strong Democrats or lean Democratic but whose voting preferences are labelled “unknown” or “no data.”  

We are being asked to use the MiniVAN app for this day of canvassing, so please bring a smart phone. It is not hard to download the app and use it. They will show us how.

We'll meet at 6108 Union Springs Lane, Clifton, VA.  Here's the schedule:

8:30 am -  Meet to carpool in Upper NW DC at the Friendship Heights Metro stop or at Debra’s house.  If you don’t want to carpool, meet us out in Clifton at 9:15 am.

9:15 am - 10:00 am - Training on canvassing list and Minivan app.  Meet at: 6108 Union Springs Lane, Clifton, VA 20124 (in Donte Tanner’s district)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm - Canvass (we’ll pair people up with partners, if interested)

 1:15 pm - Optional Lunch (we’ll find a local restaurant that can take a larger group)

After lunch, head home or continue with a second canvassing shift (or skip the sit-down lunch, if you’d prefer to keep canvassing or return home earlier – whatever works!)

RSVP HERE

Contacts:  

Upper NW, DC:   Debra Fried Levin, NopeNeighbors@gmail.com

In VA: Luke Levasseur, levaray@gmail.com & Lori Boerner, loriboerner@gmail.com

March for Our Lives - March 24

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.  The March will start at 10:00 a.m.  More information will follow.

DO YOU WANT TO HOST MARCHERS AT YOUR HOME ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (MARCH 23 AND 24)??  DC Local Ambassadors is coordinating host families. SIGN UP HERE.

DO YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE MARCH?  SIGN UP HERE.

DO YOU WANT TO HELP REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE?  SIGN UP HERE.

March 19 Meeting

Join us on Monday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

for our next NOPE meeting.  

 

Agenda:

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.:  Postcards 

8:00 - 8:30 p.m.:  What's next?  What candidate will we support this month?  Neighbors Rising to help our immigrant neighbors;  Racial Justice working group; VA voter registration opportunities; March for Our Lives plans

8:30 - 8:45 p.m.:  Skype meet and greet with Elaine Luria, who is running for VA 2 CD

8:45 - 9:30 p.m.:  More postcard writing 

Details:

Postcards to register voters in PA, AZ, and MI

We're partnering with Sister District to test the impact of using postcards to get voters to register.  As we well know, when we vote we win, but "we" all need to be registered.  Here's the link for more information about this effort.  You are welcome to pick up postcards from us before our meeting, do them at home (25 cards take about 2 hours), and return them to Debra by March 19.  Send an email to  NopeNeighbors@gmail.com if this option works for you. 

Housing March for Our Lives participants

We're partnering with DC Local Ambassadors to provide housing for the families and young people who are expected to attend on March 24th.  Over the last year DC Local Ambassadors has been helping those who come to DC to march with logistics. They do really good work and are coordinating the housing as well has offering other volunteer opportunities.  Here's the link.  If you want to volunteer during the day of the march, check out this link.

Progressive Political Giving Circle

At our last meeting we agreed to create a Progressive Political Giving Circle. For those who choose to participate, we'll share thoughts on a few candidates and discuss to whom we'll direct our next monthly pool of funds.  Here's a one-pager describing our Giving Circle.  It's still a work in progress. We would welcome your participation but there's no obligation to give. 

Skype Meet and Greet with Elaine Luria - VA 2

Here's a link to targeting data we'll be using as we try to determine where to direct our time and resources over the coming months.  It was compiled by Jim Shelton of Swing Left 31st Street.  He was one of our master number-crunchers from the VA 2017 cycle. It highlights 60 flippable races and rates them by level of difficulty to flip and readiness to move forward.  Elaine Luria falls into his "Ripe Now" category and within our key regions of interest -- VA & PA.  We'll have a chance to meet her by Skype and consider her among others for support now or later.  Skype Meet & Greet is an approach we look forward to testing and using over the coming months. 

 

 

March 19, 2018 Meeting Notes

Nope Neighbors

March 19, 2018 Meeting Notes

Conor Lamb, Elaine Luria - our next candidate, Vote for Our Lives, Racial Justice, and more..

We had a lively meeting on Monday.  Here are the minutes and a few post-meeting updates.

March for Our Lives, Vote for Our Lives

We're sure you know that there's a March for Our Lives this Saturday (3/24) for responsible gun policy.  But did you know you can also help register voters there? Georgetown Law School is holding a training session near Union Station on Saturday AM.  You can find the details here.  Debra will be there with Nope-sters and others.  Send her an email if you want to connect with her there.

Conor Lamb has officially won!   

His opponent, Rick Saccone, has conceded and Conor Lamb will be sworn-in as a Member of Congress next month.  Bravo to all who did their part, large or small, to make this win possible. If you raised funds for Conor Lamb using our https://secure.actblue.com/donate/4pa18now link and want to see if anyone you know donated (so you can thank them), send an email to Debra or NopeNeighbors@gmail.com and we'll send you the list of 93 donors.  The list does not contain financial data or email addresses.  This information is kept private and we do not use it. We can't say the same for ActBlue, which is the only way to give to most Democratic candidates online.  One way to manage the deluge of emails that you will receive once you donate via ActBlue is to create a separate gmail or other address for political donations.  

Elaine Luria for Congress from Virginia's 2nd district -- Our next candidate to support

At our March 6 meeting, we agreed to create a Giving Circle to support progressive political candidates.  A Giving Circle engages a group of individuals who commit to donating monthly to support a selected candidate, and includes a participatory process to decide which candidate will receive the funds.  Here's the link for a complete description of our Giving Circle.  Last month we supported Conor Lamb. This month, we decided to support Elaine Luria.  Many of the 45 people at our meeting pledged to support her for a grand total of $2,800.  Just fabulous! We expect we will exceed the pledged amount since it does not include people who have signed up for our Giving Circle but were not at the meeting and donations from new members.

You can learn more about Luria and why we decided to support her here.  Luria is a small business owner and retired Navy commander. She was deployed six times to the Middle East and Western Pacific as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer and culminated her 20-year Navy career by commanding a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors. Elaine was one of the first women in the Navy’s nuclear power program and among the first women to serve the entirety of her career on combatant ships. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and daughter. You can also learn more about her at her website.  We had the opportunity to "meet" her via Skype at our meeting. Attendees were very impressed by her particularly her strong position on gun control.  She'll be marching on Saturday.

If you signed up to be a member of our Nope Neighbors Giving Circle, please make your donation now.  (Nope Neighbors Giving Circle for Elaine Virginia 2).  The next FEC filing deadline is March 31 and Luria needs our donations now to hit her $250,000 goal.

If you'd like to sign up for our Giving Circle please complete this form.

If you'd like to recruit others to our Giving Circle here's draft email text you might consider using.

Postcards, Postcards, Postcards

NOPE members wrote, addressed, 880 postcards before, during, and after the meeting!  Thanks so much to Kim Berman, who organized this effort for NOPE. The postcards were the brainchild of  the Sister District Action Network, which partnered with the Voter Participation Center (VPC) to help register folks to vote in Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  In addition to the obvious goal of encouraging unregistered folks in these states to register, the postcards were used to test the effectiveness of postcarding in boosting voter registration.

Racial Justice Working Group

We continue to learn and plan to take action on this critical issue.  The group has decided to take two directions -- one of learning and one of action.  On Monday, March 26 at 6:30 the study group will be learning about micro-aggressions.  It will be at Jean Simon's home and led by Erika Carlson. To RSVP and to get the address send a note to NopeNeighbors@gmail.com.

Neighbors Rising

Many of our immigrant neighbors are living in fear given the current administration's policies. Neighbors Rising led by Jeannie Engel is helping to make a difference in the lives of these families particularly the young people.  Neighbors Rising has aligned with Identity and Latin American Youth Center.  With that in mind, please consider supporting the Latin American Youth Center at its 50-year anniversary Gala on Thursday, May 10th starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.  You can purchase tickets at www.layc-dc.org/gala2018.  If you would like, please you send Jeannie your name and the name(s) of your guests for whom you’ve purchased tickets so she can ask LAYC to create Neighbors Rising tables for us.  Also, if you would like to purchase a ticket for one of the Young Neighbors Rising people (most recently, they led the soccer equipment campaign), please let Jeannie know (at  EngelAssociates@att.net) and she’ll send you one of their names.  This is a lovely way to thank them and further encourage their leadership in helping neighbors in need.  So far, Neighbors Rising members have purchased 3 tickets for Young Neighbors Rising members. A few more would be spectacular.  

Women’s Summit 2018 - June 23rd - Herndon, VA

This is an event not to be missed.  The first Women’s Summit last year brought together activists and candidates to kick-off the blue wave that swept VA this past November.  There are so many opportunities to flip seats in VA this coming November. And Debra will be co-leading a fundraising workshop. The Summit will feature opportunities to engage across all 11 Congressional Districts.  The weekend event will feature speakers, workshops, an advocacy fair, gear shop, and most importantly, network opportunities. Register now.

That's all for now.  Let us know what you are up to and what you want to take a lead on.  Your questions and ideas are always welcome. Thanks all for persisting with us.

Bluely yours,

Debra and Joanna