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Progressive Coalition to Welcome Legislators Back to Richmond
"We Are Virginia" plans to remind legislators to represent their constituents, not lobbyists and campaign donors, during the General Assembly session
Richmond - A diverse assembly of progressive groups and individuals will gather at the General Assembly on Wednesday, January 11th to welcome legislators back to Richmond and remind them of their constituents' priorities for the upcoming session.
In the run-up to the General Assembly session, numerous legislators have indicated their intention to work this year to implement an extreme conservative agenda that Virginians did not vote for and that Virginians don't support. Legislators have pre-filed extreme bills, including attempts to restrict voting rights, limit women's access to reproductive health care and birth control, allow guns in schools, widen corporate tax loopholes, and moves to privatize public education.
Instead of being divided by diverse issues and interests, individuals and groups will come together to speak as one and fight back against those who wish to implement a conservative agenda at the capitol.
Who: We Are Virginia, a coalition of progressive organizations
What: Constituents welcome legislators back to Richmond, Progressive activist and press briefing, and delivery of welcome bags to legislators
When and Where: Monday, January 11th 9am - 12pm
9:00am: Activists welcome legislators back to Richmond
Corner of N 9th St. and E. Broad St.
Activists from We Are Virginia will greet legislators with signs and information as they enter the General Assembly Building to begin work for the 2012 session.
10:00am: Progressive Briefing
Activists and leaders from "We Are Virginia" participating organizations will brief the press and participants on our united agenda and goals
Room 3 East
11:00am: Constituents deliver welcome bags to legislative offices
Constituents will leave from Room 3 East in the Capitol complex and disburse through the General Assembly Building
12:00pm: Constituents observe the opening of the General Assembly Building
Public Galleries, House and Senate Chambers
***Visuals: Welcome Bags for each of the 140 legislators containing items that represent the coalition's diverse issues.***
About We Are Virginia: We believe in smart investments in our future to secure opportunity, sustainability, and equality in Virginia for the next generation. We are Virginia.
We are Virginia is a coalition consisting of Virginia Organizing, Virginia New Majority, ProgressVA, Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants SEIU, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, NARAL Pro Choice Virginia Foundation, Tenants and Workers United
Online at www.wearevirginia.org