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Today is Wednesday, October 17th
20 Days until November 6
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It takes about 4 minutes to read this newsletter. What you will find: a Voter Checklist of “must dos” before November 6th; a synopsis of Senator Tim Kaine’s thoughts on a more just society; and a list of fun and educational events, especially the Historic Centreville Day parade and festival next Saturday (scroll through the Calendar section for more information).
Start with your VOTER CHECK LIST. Vote now and cover early voting – just two hours/day – at the Sully Governmental Center (shifts from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. Saturday), recruit two friends to help out, and work at a polling place on November 6.
Q: “Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?”
A: “Yes.” Source: iSideWith.com (November 1, 2016).
As Governor of Virginia, Senator Kaine “signed an executive order that banned discrimination against state employees based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, veteran status or disability. I also convened the Virginia Sexual Violence Commission and adopted many of their recommendations, which improved prevention and response to sexual violence in the Commonwealth. I have been a strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which guarantees equal pay for equal work.” Source: 2012 Senate campaign website kaineforva.com (October 9, 2012)
Senator Kaine wrote the following introduction to the book Trustbuilding: “In 2007, Virginia became the first state to officially apologize for slavery (while I was governor). We unveiled the ‘Reconciliation Statute’ at the site of the old slave market in Richmond. I noted when I participated in that unveiling that the apology was appropriate because Virginia had promoted, defended, and fought to preserve slavery. How we got from there to where we are today is subject of (Trustbuilding).” (March 4, 2010).
Senator Kaine was inspired to work for social justice and opportunity by his upbringing and family. He said:
“When I left high school, I knew I wanted to battle for social justice. That is why I took a year off to volunteer with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. I got a firsthand look at a different system. A dictatorship where a few people at the top had all the power and everybody else got left out. That convinced me that we have got to advance opportunity for everybody, no matter where you come from, how much money you have, what you look like, how you worship or who you love.”
“Back in 1970, in Virginia, a Republican governor named Linwood Holton integrated Virginia’s public schools so that black and white kids could learn together. The family enrolled that own kids, including his daughter, Anne, in those integrated inner city school. Many years later Anne went off to college and she brought those lessons from that pivotal time with her. Linwood’s example helped inspire me as a civil rights lawyer.”
Senator Kaine’s Speech at the Democratic National Convention (July 27, 2016).
Today, Sully Dems will reflect on Senator Kaine’s support for Social Justice on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow, like and share share Sully Dems’ posts. Icons are at the top of this newsletter.
National Security Roundtable in Chantilly
Friday, October 19, 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
State Senator Jennifer Wexton joins Sen. Mark Warner, Tom Perriello, and numerous national security experts.
Holiday Inn Chantilly-Dulles Expo (map)
Sign-up at this link
FREE Historic Centreville Day – Parade and Outdoor Festival
Saturday, October 20 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Complete Information HERE
Get your Sully Dems Tees and other patriotic gear on and march with us! Gather at the staging area at 10:00 a.m. and march in the American Legion Parade with Rep Gerry Connolly, Supervisor Kathy Smith and many other elected officials and candidates marching with Sully Dems in the parade.
The parade ends at historic Centreville Park, where the Festival begins at 11:00 a.m. Entrance to the Festival and parking shuttle from Trinity Center are free. The Festival features tours of historic buildings, trick or treat, kids in costumes, music and crafts. Sully Dems will have a booth at the Festival, where the Sully Dems Donkey will hand out voting information. If you like meeting people, sign up to help at our booth.
10th CD Committee Fundraiser for Jennifer Wexton
Monday, October 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Our Candidate, Jennifer Wexton, will be at
House 6 Brewing Company in Ashburn (map)
FREE: Election Day Volunteer Training and Supplies
Learn what helping at a polling place is like if you’re a new volunteer or want to volunteer.
Tuesday, October 23 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Fair Oaks Police Station (map)
Openers – first people at a polling place – this meeting is mandatory. Don’t make us use precious pre-election time by delivering your box.
FREE: Meet and Greet Stella Pekarsky
Tireless Advocate for Schools and Democrat for School Board in Sully
Sunday, October 28 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in Centreville
More information here
FREE: Walk with Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith
FREE: Watch Election Night Returns
Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.
FCDC’s Big Bash at the Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park (map) OR
Gather with friends from Sully’s polling places at The Hitch Restaurant (map)
Last Volunteers at a Precinct return the Precinct Box and other items to The Hitch.
FREE: Volunteer Appreciation Party
Friday, November 9, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
12011 Bennett Farms Court in Herndon (map)
The Sully Democrats host this party to THANK all our volunteers. Time to eat, drink and celebrate with everybody who worked for Democrats. Did you canvass, phone bank, open your house, donate, write postcards, drive, register voters, organize or otherwise do one of hundreds of jobs for this Election? All are welcome.
FREE: Good Deed Clean-up along Stringfellow Road
Sully Dems Calls Them the Trashketeers – Pick Up Trash on Sully Dems Section of Stringfellow Rd
Saturday, November 10, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Meet at Greenbriar Park on Stringfellow Rd (map)
All are welcome