Upcoming Voter Registration Events
The Grassroots Alexandria Anti Fascism Team is currently working in partnership with Spread the Vote on a voter registration drive. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2NdwuUl3tsmKLjbMhKgYqjIHl9ddwXQJlvGHJgQpH7MAd7Q/viewform.
Vulnerable Communities Team Meeting
When: Monday September 17, 7 pm
What: The Vulnerable Communities Team is gathering information and making friends. We are coordinating with Tenants and Workers United, the Alexandria NAACP, and with members of the Alexandria Human Rights Commission. Recent increases in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity is a particular concern.
We’ve learned about “data transparency,” and have requested that local police be required to share demographic data on stops and arrests. We’ve learned about “restorative justice,” a policy that focuses on keeping students in school instead of punishing them with suspension. We want students to learn instead of fall behind. These two examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
To join the team, write to email@example.com.
Please message Zeina Azzam for address.
Grassroots Alexandria General Meeting: Safer Online Communications
When: September 26, 7:00 pm
Where: TWU Building, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria VA, 22305
What: Emma Hague will give an overview of “Surveillance Self-Defense: Tips, Tools, and How-to’s for Safer Online Communications”. Published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this well developed program strives to apply harm reduction techniques to inspire confidence and empower action in the digital world.
Who: Dr. Emma Hague received her Ph.D. in high energy astrophysics in 2008 from the Univ. of New Mexico, and has been some flavor professional nerd since. She has a life-long passion for ethical digital- and bio- hacking, and for teaching, advocacy, and activism that promotes responsible digital citizenship.
Why: Geeking out is fun! And effective!
Community Meeting on Sheriff’s Contract with ICE
When: Thursday September 27, 6:30 pm
Where: TWU Building, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, 22305
What: Sheriff Lawhorne has a voluntary intergovernmental agreement with ICE (immigration and customs enforcement). The sheriff’s office holds people past their release dates for ICE, with no judicial oversight. Most people handed over were transferred pre-trial (they paid their bail but were not allowed to walk free). According to leaders in the immigrant community, community members are being deported and families are suffering. The Alexandria City Manager is a signatory to this agreement. Please join Tenants and Workers United and Grassroots Alexandria for this informational meeting.
Why: Hard-working, tax-paying Alexandria residents should have no reason to fear the police or the sheriff.
Ending Partisan Gerrymandering in Virginia: What Has to be Done NOW!
When: Thursday, September 27, 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th S. St., Arlington, VA, 22204
What: Hear from One Virginia 2021 director Brian Cannon on what you can do now to help get urgent legislation passed through the General Assembly this winter to end partisan gerrymandering in Virginia.
If we don’t act now, we are doomed to at least another decade of being the most gerrymandered state in the country! It is all hands on deck!
School Board Candidates Forum
When: Wednesday October 3, 6:30 pm
Where: Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave., Alexandria, VA, 22301
What: Before you vote on November 6 for School Board members, join us to hear from all of the 16 candidates running for the nine member School Board. This event is sponsored by Grassroots Alexandria and Tenants and Workers United. For more information please contact 703-684-5697 EXT. 320 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutoring for Youth Educated and Active: Academic Program
When: Wednesday October 10, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where: Tenants and Workers United, 3801 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305
What: Volunteer opportunity to give back to our community!
Please consider tutoring our City’s kids in the “Youth Educated and Active: Academic Program.” Tenants and Workers United invites youth 12 to 18 years old every Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:00 pm. They provide homework help, FAFSA and scholarship counseling, college preparation and leadership development.
For more information, please contact Ingris Moran at 571-251-9537.
Several Grassroots Alexandria members served as volunteer tutors last year. Let’s make it a tradition!
ICE Rapid Response Training
When: Tuesday October 16, 6:30 pm
Where: TWU Building, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, 22305
What: Join the team and get an alert if ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is doing a raid in Alexandria. Learn to assist by recording the event on your phone. Learn to keep safe by setting limits for yourself. Learn your rights and speak up about them through roleplay.
Why: Because someone has to step up.
Men for Choice
When: Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, VA
What: Join us to support NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s advocacy efforts to protect reproductive rights in the Commonwealth. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/959850877536221/?active_tab=about
November General Meeting
When: Wednesday November 28 (6 days after Thanksgiving), 7pm
Where: TWU Building, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria
What: Char McCargo Bah will tell us about researching, writing and developing her blogs and articles on “The Other Alexandria“.
Background: Char McCargo Bah is a freelance writer, independent historian, genealogist and a Living Legend of Alexandria. She has appeared in numerous television interviews with CBS, FOX-5, Comcast, Public Broadcasting Services just to name a few and documentaries. She is a freelance writer for the Alexandria Gazette on history articles on African Americans in Alexandria. Her second book, “Alexandria’s Freedmen’s Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom,” will be out in January 2019. In 1986, she realized that Alexandria had another history that was untold. This realization of the untold history gave birth to her blog in 2011 and to her article series in 2018.