THE 8TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY FOR JOBS, PEACE & JUSTICE
April 23, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1720 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond VA
The VPA is an annual gathering of people from many communities across Virginia who are engaged in a broad range of struggles. We are union members, community activists, ex-prisoners and prisoner advocates, immigrants, students, youth, elders, women, antiwar organizers, veterans, members of Black Lives Matter, members of the LGBTQ community, the physically and mentally disabled, environmentalists and more.
We are fighting against police abuse and for a $15 wage for fast-food and other low-wage workers. We are defending our unions and organizing the unorganized. We are struggling against war, racism, classism, and sexism in all their many forms. And with the VPA we help to bring together all those who are working to win justice for our local communities and for the world as a whole.
At the VPA we meet people from other communities and learn about their struggles. We share our own experiences. We make friends and allies, pass resolutions and plan future actions. Together, we help to build the progressive movement in Virginia.
ENDORSE THE 2016 VPA
If you believe in Jobs, Peace, and Justice, we invite you to endorse the 2016 Virginia People’s Assembly. Just send your name, the name of your organization and the city where the organization is based to: *Click to send Email*.
You can see the list of 2016 endorsers so far here: http://goo.gl/M1CXYk
SCHEDULE AND WORKSHOPS
The VPA consists of meetings of all the participants, called Plenary Sessions, and Workshops, sponsored by individual organizations or groups of organizations. To see the proposed schedule for the 2016 VPA, see this link: http://goo.gl/Qr2rQ5
Workshops are smaller meetings sponsored by endorsing organizations. They can be on any topic that falls under the general theme of Jobs, Peace & Justice.
The deadline for submitting proposals is April 9. Space is limited, so please try and get your proposals in early. To propose a workshop, fill out this form: http://goo.gl/INR8pf
Endorsing organizations can submit resolutions to be voted on at the conference. Endorsing individuals may also submit resolutions if they are co-sponsored by at least three other registered individuals. Please submit yoiur resolution here no later than April 16th: http://goo.gl/PxN9ie
Endorsing organizations can also bring literature to leave at the VPA literature table. NOTE: We can’t be responsible for handling money, so if you plan to ask for donations for books, pamphlets, videos, CDs, etc., someone from your organization will need to stay at the table.
Lunch will be prepared by members of Wesley Memorial. Supper will be prepared by a volunteer crew. Vegetarian, vegan and meat options will be available. Coffee, tea and water will be available all day.
The registration fee for the conference is $10 – more if you have it, less if you don’t, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The cost includes lunch, supper, coffee and tea and child care. You can register at the door, but to guarantee a meal we recommend registering online here: http://goo.gl/5QdAF8.
There are so many tasks that need to be taken on to make the VPA a success. Some areas where we need help include: Set Up; Take Down; Preparing or Serving Dinner; Outreach / Promotion; Media; Postering / Leafleting; Audio; Photography; Video
Whether you want to help build for the VPA or volunteer on the day itself, please contact us at *Click to send Email* or (804)-728-0222.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
More information will be posted, as it becomes available, on the VPA website. Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to the hosts of this page, *Click to send Email*, or (804)-728-0222. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 VPA!
The VPA Continuations Committee
Daniel Breslau – Coalition for Justice (Roanoke)
Margaret Breslau – Coalition for Justice (Roanoke)
Ana Edwards – Defenders’ Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project (Richmond)
Weluna Queen Earth – Nation of Gods & Earths
Kat McNeal – Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Cassandra Shaw – Outreach Coordinator, Virginia Consumer Voices for Healthcare
Phil Wilayto – Editor, The Virginia Defender
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