The DPVA Steering and Central Committee met this weekend in Hampton VA. Highlights included Congressman Bobby Scott’s speech, discussion of 2011 results and lessons and 2012 Obama and Kaine campaign activities, and adoption of resolutions.
Virginia Obama State Director Lise Clavel (who managed Tom Periello’s campaigns and served as his Chief of Staff) reported that field staff is growing from 15 t0 50 and will exceed 100 by next year. They will open 50 offices around the Commonwealth (Fairfax and Newport News opened today). The Obama campaign will work closely with DPVA and local party committees. An early focus will be voter registration, with a number of drives around the state scheduled for next weekend. Bookmark the OFA-VA page and participate in upcoming events. I was impressed with Lise and the campaign’s specific plans. 2012 should have 2x-3x the turnout of 2011 — if we get our people to the polls, Obama will again carry Virginia.Read More »DPVA State Committees Meet
A new addition to JJ weekend was a presentation by the Democratic Black Caucus on Richmond’s important black historical landmarks sites, chaired by DBC President Evelyn Morris-Harris. State Senator Henry Marsh and former Delegate Ferguson Reid shared their recollections and Party Chair Brian Moran presented former Delegate Jean Cunningham with a resolution thanking her for her work as Chair of the State Electoral Board. Sites include the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial on the State Capitol Grounds, and the Virginia Slavery Reconciliation Statue. Fortunately, and after many meetings, it was a beautiful day to go out and at least see the monuments. The Civil Rights memorial recalls the efforts of 16-year old Barbara Johns leading a protest of inferior educational facilities at the segregated Moten High School in Farmville in 1951; the resulting lawsuit was consolidated with Brown v. Board and led to the end of segregation. E.J. Scott discussed the Reconciliation statue, which with its companions in Liverpool, England and Benin, represents remembrance, reconciliation, and healing. Read on for Senator Marsh and Delegate Reid’s comments.Read More »JJ Weekend: Black History Presentation