One Virginia 2021 Call – 2 March 2018
Three things: Legislature, Supreme Court, and March 4th
- Legislature: into last week, 2 bills left are HB Jones and SB Suetterlein, the bills are exactly the same now and have passed both houses; on the way to the Governor. Exploring options with Governor: options are to amend, veto, or sign. Assembly will take follow up action at Veto session on April 8.
- Litigation: Supreme Court on March 1. Wyatt Durrette is 1VA2021 attorney, a former delegate from Fairfax, Republican, ran for governor in 1985. Good day. Bench didn’t ask a single question. This is unheard of – intention, good/bad?? It will be about 2 months (or so) to find out the result – no required time, just normal procedure. All lawyers did a good job. Had plaintiffs there: 13 people from around Virginia representing Fairfax, Spotsylvania County, Richmond & Henrico, …..a group that looks like a coalition. Rally on March 28 a.m. at Supreme Court of US (Led by League of Women Voters of Maryland). Maryland case is that it’s a Democratic gerrymandering specifically. The Bill is good “respect local municipal boundaries, be compact” but took out transparency, took out anti-gerrymandering, and there’s no mention of Commission to remove maps from hands of politicians. But this was not the year that Assembly would do an amendment. !VA2021 hopes Governor would add anti-gerrymandering verbiage – that is the best hope for amendment by Governor. That would have to be voted on in April session. However, there are other issues, such as Medicaid Expansion, are a higher priority for Governor. IF no budget now, may have to go back into session in June 2018. Think that may get something by end of June from US Supreme Court that will affect the discussion.
- Sunday, March 4th: Petition on the website but also starting a March 4 petition on Sunday. Current petition is basic. The March 4 petition will be more specific, precise for Constitutional Amendment, Commission, “get out of hands of legislators,” etc. Will go to delegate/senator of the signer specifically. Also to Governor and Lt. Governor. Will allow the signer to add own thoughts and will be required to add in own subject line. Will be all over social media and in in-boxes. Please take an opportunity to circulate and own to get this petition moving.
- Donor (anonymous) made $15,000 donation to make March 4 very effective.
- Details of March 4: almost 600 people coming or interested in coming. 3 Parts: 1) March to bell tower from Hippodrome, 2) training on how to talked legislators, how to talk to neighbors & friends, how to organize community, 3) speakers – share experience, panel of Sam Rasoul & ?, other speakers include Beau Brown (Libertarian Party) – show that affects wide variety of people, people united to make change. A good way to get people involved who have not been involved before. Video on social media – Brian in front of Hippodrome & another Brian from his office outlining how to. Please share on 1VA2021’s Facebook page. Weather supposed to be sunny with high of 52 degrees.
- Time schedule: Registration & Hippodrome open at Noon; March starts at 1 p.m.; 2:30 p.m. training starts (15-minute walk to Capitol and return, speakers at Capitol); 4:30 p.m. on-stage speakers. Plenty of food and refreshments @ Hippodrome for free. Warrior of Richmond has provided chia bars – other food platters purchased. Shane Emmett, Health Warrior CEO, is a strong supporter of OneVA2021. Expect the end of the day to be around 5:30 p.m.
- Volunteers asked to show up at 10 a.m. at Hippodrome to be “trained.”
- Signs: End Gerrymandering NOW! Etc.
- Goal: Have fun, be energized, and change from general “anti-gerrymandering” to these are the 3 things we want.
- Bring cameras, post to social media.
- Package training will be taken “on the road” by 1VA2021 and by Volunteers
- Hope that people who do come will spread the word going forward.
—Linda Garvelink, 3/2/2018