November 2018 Calendar and Notes

November 6th is past, and many thanks to all who participated, made phone calls, installed signs for the campaign and picked them up after the election, read and shared events and comments on social media, planned and attended events and debates, voted, and helped with all of the tasks that go into a campaign. Thanks most of all to our candidates, Tim Kaine and Anthony Flaccavento, and to Anne and Laurel.

 

Congratulations to Senator Tim Kaine on his win, and we are happy to see him return for another term to join Democratic Senator Mark Warner representing Virginia in the Senate.

 

Anthony Flaccavento lost after waging an incredible campaign, holding his promised 100 Town Hall events, keeping the campaign positive, winning all of the debates, and making real suggestions to address the needs and hopes of people in the Ninth Congressional District. Keep talking about the issues with your neighbors, and remember that there is another election in two years!

 

We are grateful to Anthony for his work in this campaign, and each of us should commit to keeping the ideas and momentum going. In the Ninth we are fighting the most intractable of foes, including poverty and its related lack of access to health care, information, education, jobs, vacation and leisure time, time for civic involvement — in short, all of the things that make up full participation in democracy and the American dream. Information technology, loss of jobs in critical areas including coal, and low wages continue to present complex problems for workers and families. The ideas that Anthony proposed to address these problems won him the hearts of thoughtful and involved people, and we need to continue to focus on them. I hope that each of you who voted for Anthony will take a moment to send an e-mail or a message of gratitude on social media and let him know how much we appreciate him and value his work for us here in the Ninth.

 

I am sure that Anthony is enjoying his neglected farm and working hard on that, but we welcome him any time to visit with us at any of our events and will send a note to this list if we know that he is planning to stop by.

 

Here is our BVDC Regular Calendar for November 2018:
    • Committee Meeting NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE  Thursday, November 15th: Our regular Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VAThe change of date is due to the Courthouse being closed on Monday 12th for Veterans Day.

 

    • Breakfast Saturday, November 17Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast!

 

    • State Line Social Monday, November 19: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. Informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually.

 

Hope to see you in November
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Calendar and Notes for August 2018

Lots of activity in August! Come out and enjoy the excitement at our regular events, plus four opportunities to meet with Virginia Democrats and Candidates! Rick Boucher will be back for three events in the Ninth in August! Events are listed below.

Tennessee has early voting now in progress. Mary Mancini of the Tennessee Democratic Party reported in her e-mail that “Democraticearly voting turnouthas increased 28%in Tennessee! Williamson County saw an increase of Democratic turnout of 350%. Blount County, a 260% increase. Sumner, 182%. Henderson, 57%.”

Families and workers, as well as businesses in Tennessee and in Virginia are being hurt by GOP policies, and voters are responding. Check your calendar, check your voter registration, and make sure your vote counts in the November General Election 2018. Election Day is November 6th, 2018.

Virginia does not have early voting, but in Virginia you can vote absentee if you will be out of town on Election Day, or if you are for some reason unable to get to the polls. Please respond to this newsletter if you need information about voting absentee in Bristol Virginia.

Bristol Virginia has two strong Democrats on the ballot, Tim Kaine for Senate and Anthony Flaccavento for Congress. Anthony will hold a Town Hall meeting in Bristol on Monday, August 6th, at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Warehouse 817 Event Space, 817 State Street. Don’t miss this important opportunity, included in the event listing below. Be sure to check in on both candidate web pages, linked above, and let them know you are behind them by adding your name to the volunteer list and making a contribution.

If you need a yard sign for the candidates,request one by reply to this e-mail. We have a few signs for Anthony, and we will be getting signs for Tim soon. You can also pick up signs at the Highlands Democratic Resource Center. The Resource Center is an initiative to help surrounding County Committees and Candidates with organizing and is located at 407 E. Main St., Abingdon.

Our Calendar for August  2018, Special events highlighted:

  • Saturday, August 4: Boucher + Flacc, Swing #2. Former Congressman Rick Boucher will join Anthony Flaccavento for a swing visit through Russell, Wise, and Dickenson Counties.“Come out and join in the excitement, hear Rick and Anthony speak, and put your two cents in.” Locations:
    • RUSSELL: Lebanon High School, 105 Charles C. Long Dr., Lebanon VA; 9:00-10:30 am
    • WISE: EconoLodge Inn & Suites Norton, 551 Hwy. 58 East, Norton VA; noon-1:30 pm
    • DICKENSON: Dickenson Center for Education, 818 Happy Valley Dr., Clintwood, VA; 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Monday, August 6: Bristol Town Hall with Anthony Flaccavento, Candidate for Virginia Ninth District Congressional Representative, at 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Warehouse 817 Event Space, 817 State Street, Bristol, VA. Come and get to know Anthony and his vision for Southwest Virginia. Share your concerns and ideas for your community. Make your voice heard. I have attended two of Anthony’s Town Hall events, and he provides plenty of time for interaction, questions and comments from folks who attend.Don’t miss this opportunity in Bristol!
  • Monday, August13:Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. All Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are welcome and are invited to attend even if you are not a member of the committee.  (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the second Monday of the month, so you can set a recurring calendar reminder!)
  • Saturday Morning, August18: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m.at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast! (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of the month.)
  • Saturday Evening, August18: Kingsolver + McCutcheon Fundraiserat 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA 24382. Join Barbara Kingsolver and John McCutcheon for a night of reading and music in support of Anthony Flaccavento for Congress! “Barbara Kingsolver is the author of 15 books and recipient of multiple awards, including The Orange Prize for Fiction and the National Humanities Medal. John McCutcheon is a Grammy nominated folk musician and producer with a demonstrated commitment to grassroots. Kingsolver will read from her unpublished novel, Unsheltered! Attendees will also have the chance to bid on two advance copies of Unsheltered!”
  • Monday, August20: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m.at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually. Come out and meet Democrats! (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the third Monday of the month.)
  • Sunday, August 26: Acres of Democrats at 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Wytheville Meeting Center, 333 Community Blvd, Wytheville, VA 24382.

See you somewhere in August!

 

 

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BVDC Calendar for July

Congratulations to Neal Osborne, who was sworn in on Monday July 2nd as Bristol Virginia City Council Member! We are proud of Neal and of his successful campaign, and want to thank all of the folks who came out to vote for him.  Check out the photo on the Bristol Virginia website!
 
The June Primary: We are happy to have Anthony Flaccavento as our candidate for Congress in November. That election is November 6th, so mark your calendar now. We need representation for the 9th District in Congress, and we need to elect Democrats. Anthony is traveling around the district, and holding town halls and meet-and-greet opportunities for you. He has provided an excellent calendar of events, so find an event near you. Anthony needs your financial support, your participation, and your vote to defeat a well-funded incumbent in November. Bristol VA and local folks on this newsletter, please attend Anthony’s Town Hall, Abingdon event on Monday, July 16th, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at the Community Center of Abingdon. We look forward to a Bristol event to be scheduled soon. Some of you already have yard signs out in Bristol — let us know if you need one!
 
Regular Calendar for July  2018:
  • Monday, July 9: Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. All Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are welcome, and you are invited to attend even if you are not a member of the committee.  (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the second Monday of the month, so you can set a recurring calendar reminder!)
  • Monday, July 16: Anthony’s Town Hall,  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dogwood Room at the Community Center of Abingdon. Please attend if you possibly can.
  • Monday, July 16: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually. Virginia voters, our Tennessee folk can hold the fort at the State Line, as we hope you will be in Abingdon for Anthony’s Town Hall! 
  • Saturday, July 21: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast! (Note: this meeting is regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of the month.)
Hope to see you in July! The photo below a screen shot from the calendar on Flaccavento for Congress and has information about the Abingdon Town Hall on July 16th.
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Ninth District Congressional Primary Candidates Certified

I was happy to be one of several Democrats from around the Ninth District who met at the Highlands Democratic Resource Center in Abingdon to count petition signatures for Anthony Flaccavento and Justin Santopietro, who will be on the ballot in the June 12th Democratic Primary in the Ninth District, which includes Bristol Virginia, and most of Southwest Virginia. This is the first Democratic Congressional Primary in the Ninth District in my long memory!

The news release on the Ninth District website says, and I can personally verify, that both candidates have been reaching out to voters across the district for months, and that it is apparent that people are recognizing the genuine care they have for folks in the district and the serious issues we face.

Democrats across the Ninth are energized and excited about these candidates! I hope that you can come out and meet them and get to know them if you have not already. Check out our April calendar newsletter that will be posted tomorrow for opportunities to meet the candidates. If you want to be included in notifications on the calendar, meetings and candidate visits, send e-mail to BVDCCalendar@gmail.com

 

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BVDC Calendar for March

March is here!
It is time to check your voter registration if you have changed addresses or need to update any of your voter registration information. You can check or update your information, find out who is on the ballot, and get lots more information about elections at Virginia Department of Elections. We have three elections this year, two elections before the big one in November. Those elections are important, so be sure they are on your calendar!
  • Local election on May 1, 2018, with three seats on City Council and 3 seats on the School Board open. April 9, 2018, is the deadline to register to vote in the Local Election.
  • Primary election on June 12, 2018. May 21, 2018 is the deadline to register to vote in the Primary. The primary is the election in which Democrats and Republicans will choose their candidates for the November General Election. Democrats have two people on the ballot in the primary, Anthony Flaccavento and Justin Santopietro. The winner will be on the ballot for the Virginia Ninth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives currently held by Morgan Griffith. You can find these folks on Facebook, or meet them personally at two more forums, March 24 (Martinsville, Carmen Forman moderator), and April 21 (Wytheville, David Bailey moderator). In addition, there are many events scattered around the district, as Justin and Anthony are both working very hard to meet you. Visit their websites and take a look at their calendars to find an event near you. Here is their contact information on line:
    • Anthony Flaccavento Make a donation or volunteer here. Anthony has visited the Bristol Virginia committee, and has scheduled an open house for his campaign HQ in Abingdon on Tuesday, March 6th, at 188 E. Main, across from the Washington County Courthouse. Open House is scheduled from 11am-1 pm and 5pm-7pm. For more information, visit the link above or call (276) 781-6742. You are all invited to the Open House!
    • Justin Santopietro Make a donation or volunteer here. Justin will be present at our next meeting of the Bristol Virginia Committee, Monday, March 12 at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. You are invited to attend and bring your friends who are voters in the Virginia 9th District.
New in our Virginia 9th District: Highlands Democratic Resource Center, 407 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA, 24210. Open House for the new Resource Center is March 11, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., hosted by Washington County Virginia Democrats and Scott County Democratic Party. You are invited!
 
Keep up with our Tennessee friends, their candidates and elections: the Democrat Resource Center2700 South Roan Street, Suite 440, Johnson City, TN 37601, 423-282-2081. The Tennessee DRC is open five days a week from 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
 
Here are our regular Bristol events for March 2018:
  • Monday, March 12: Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. Bristol VA Democrats are encouraged to attend, even if you are not members. Agenda: At this meeting Justin Santopietro speak and respond to questions. If you have not met Justin, please come out and get to know him. His name will be on the ballot in the Democratic Primary, June 12, 2018.  New agenda items may be added before the meeting date..
  • Saturday, March 17: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Good food, great conversation, no agenda, guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Check the Facebook page near the date to see if there will be special guests.
  • Monday, March 19: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins. Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually, but the conversation is free.

Come out and join us in March!

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VA Ninth CD Candidate Forums – save the dates!

Times and locations have yet to be announced, but there will be four candidate forums with the candidates for nomination for Virginia’s Ninth District seat in Congress. Save these dates so you can attend one or two of the forums:

  • January 27 (Pennington Gap, Justin Soto moderator),
  • February 24 (Clifton Forge, Sen. Creigh Deeds moderator),
  • March 24 (Martinsville, Carmen Forman moderator),
  • April 21 (Wytheville, David Bailey moderator).
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MLK Celebrations

 

These area events are on the calendar, celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr Day and the legacy of Dr. King:

  • Thursday, January 11, 4:30 and 6:00 pm: Unity Project, a conversation about community and diversity at Bristol YWCA.
  • Friday, January 12 at 5:30 pm. Movie, Hidden Figures and  “Talk Back”. E&H Wiley Auditorium.
  • Saturday, January 13, 1:30 pm: Annual MLK March from Charles Wesley UMC to Abingdon UMC
  • Saturday, January 13, 2:00 pm: Annual MLK Celebration at Abingdon UMC
  • Sunday, January 14, Lee Street Baptist Church, 4 to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 14 Emory and Henry College Memorial Chapel, 6-9:00pm. Tunnel of Oppression
  • Monday, January 15, Kingsport, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Parade participates will need to assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of E. Sevier & Center Street (Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Co.’s Parking Lot). Kingsport:  11:30 Parade, lunch at community center, 6 pm candlelight vigil.
  • Monday, January 15, Johnson City 12:30th a 1:30 celebration at Greater Love Church.
  • Monday, January 15, Bristol The Legacy Lives!  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. Bristol TN/VA will hold a community-wide march and celebration on Monday, January 15 in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The Legacy Lives will begin at 1:30 pm with gathering at the YMCA, Bristol TN or First Christian Church, Bristol VA.  The groups will walk to the Bristol Trainstation, meeting under the sign for photos before entering the station. A program will begin at the Trainstation at 2:30 featuring video interviews, readings from Dr. King, and music.  Refreshments will follow.  Handicap and senior parking will be reserved in the Trainstation parking lot. Call the YWCA, 423-968-9444 or email bristolmlk@gmail.com  for more info.
  • Monday, January 15 at 9:30am. MLK keynote speaker for Emory and Henry. E&H MCA Kennedy-Reedy Theater – other workshops and events follow on that day.
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