Virginia Beach Democrats Weekly Email  ~ September 1, 2017
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A Message From Our Chair

Fellow Dems, we’ve got a big Labor Day weekend coming up. Monday's Holiday is packed with events -- the Annual Salute to Unions in Hampton from 9-11 am, Seatack’s Annual Back to School event from 12-5pm, and Congressman Bobby Scott’s Annual Picnic from 3-6pm.  I’ll be at all three, supporting great causes and communities -- hope to see you! Details are below.

Please note that due to the Labor Day Holiday, our monthly business meeting is scheduled for next Monday, September 11, 2017.

Dave Belote  |  Chair 
Important Reminder for Members Regarding VBDC ByLaws

On August 25, the VBDC Steering Committee sent an email to voting members about proposed Bylaw and organizational changes.  The email summarized the revisions we are proposing and provided links to the full document and the proposed organization structure. We are requesting that all members review this information. We will vote on adopting the bylaw revisions at our September 11 meeting. All VBDC members are requested to attend this meeting. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Labor Day Events in Hampton Roads
8th Annual Salute to Labor Unions & Community Leaders Breakfast

Labor Day, Monday Sept. 4,2017 9am -11am
Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina
700 Settlers Landing, Hampton

Individual ticket – $30.00

Order tickets online here:       

Annual Back to School Event

Pastor Y.D. Thorougood and The New Jerusalem Church family in the Seatack Community of Virginia Beach invites you to attend their Annual Back To School Event.

Location: 118 Bishop Thoroughgood Ave., (formerly Erie Ave.)
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Date: September 4, 2017
Time: 12 noon – 5pm

Open mic for elected officials and community leaders will began at 1:30pm.

Labor Day: What it Means

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Read more here:

The Plus3 Initiative is an innovative, simple
"Get Out The Vote" program.


Plus3 is a new Get Out the Vote (GOTV) strategy to help address the problem of low voter turnout, especially in non-presidential elections. It is a collaboration between Thunderdome Politics and grassroots organizations such as Virginia Indivisible and Together We Will.

Our Virginia Beach candidates for the VA House of Delegates who are participating with Plus3 are excited about this special initiative that complements their campaign efforts.  We need volunteers like you to join Plus3 and help flip Virginia Beach Blue!


1. When you sign up for Plus3, you will pick a district you live in or live near. As part of a district team, you’ll gain access to a private Facebook Group for your district and will be kept informed through email as well. As soon as you volunteer, please reach out to invite friends, family and members of other groups (think: PTA, Book club, College Association, etc.) to also join us! Share this page. We need as many volunteers as possible.

2. You will get a contact list of  three voters who live near you. Your “3” are people who vote, and likely vote Democratic, but who vote only occasionally or not at all in non-presidential elections.

3. After you receive your voter contacts, until the election, you may send postcards, call, text, or reach out to the voters through social media. Ultimately, how and when you choose to interact is up to you, but the goal is to let them know there is an election, help them understand the importance of voting in non-presidential elections, answer any questions they may have about their candidates, and help them solve any obstacles they may have to voting on November 7th. Volunteers get to see the fruits of their effort and voters get to interact with a consistent contact person across time.

And you won’t be alone – which makes it fun!

Please check out this video and sign up here: Register here on the Thunderdome website
RSVP Here for Special Event with Michael Blake,
Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 7PM
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

We are expecting a large crowd to hear Mike Blake speak on September 28 at 7:00 P.M. If you plan to attend, we request that you RSVP for the event using the link below. If we exceed the capacity of the Central Library Auditorium, we will seek another location to accommodate all who want to attend.  If that happens, we’ll need to contact everyone with a new location.  

Please indicate your plans to attend here at Eventbrite

Read More About Michael
The Democratic National Committee’s Youth Council
Applications are now available for the 2017-2019 at-large positions on the Democratic National Committee’s Youth Council. Applications accepted until September 19th, 2017.
A link to the application and more information can be found on our website here.

The Youth Council will select one male and one female from each of the DNC’s four regions (East, South, Midwest and West) to serve on the Council for a two year period being in mid-October.

Canvass Day ~ Saturday, September 9th at 9AM

Some of us remember the days of knowing our neighbors. Let's get back to that on September 9th by helping you find like minded neighbors right on your street!

Throughout the city of Virginia Beach, parts of Chesapeake and Norfolk, a group of ordinary citizens will be be hitting their OWN neighborhoods, learning who their like-minded neighbors are by receiving information from their House of Delegate candidate. 
The deadline for submitting the form will be Wednesday, 9/6.

Learn More & Sign Up Here
Join us for food, music at Mount Trashmore on October 21st from 3-6PM.
Monday, September 11th - Next Monthly Business Meeting

Please join us on Monday for our monthly business meeting at the Central Library.
Public is welcome. 
When: September 11th, 2017 at 7PM
Where: Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

During this meeting, we will be voting on the minutes from our previous meetings in July and August. Please take a moment to review them before the meeting. We will have a handful printed and available at the meeting.

Minutes - July 10, 2017 Meeting

Minutes - August , 2017 Meeting
Calendar of Public Events

View this calendar list of upcoming public events. 

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