Advocacy Days

The 403rd Virginia General Assembly session will meet between January 12 and March 12, 2022. Advocates, community leaders, and passionate citizens are making their case virtually with legislators this year. You can help support a cause or policy by joining one of these organizations on their advocacy days. This below list includes all known advocacy opportunities during the upcoming Virginia General Assembly as of December 2021. If you know of other advocacy opportunities to add to our list, please contact Sasha Hollister at shollist@richmond.edu.

 

Virginia Interfaith Center: January 17 - 21, 2022

“VICPP is the largest statewide advocacy voice for the faith community in Virginia. The organization focuses primarily on issues of economic, racial and social justice. With more than 23,000 activists connected with the organization, VICPP’s grassroots work is organized through local chapters and affiliates, partner congregations and individuals across the Commonwealth.” Learn more and register here

Virginia Cannabis Conference: January 24, 2022

“Whether you’re interested in the industry, curious about medical cannabis, looking to become a more effective advocate, or you've been fighting to end prohibition ever since Nixon launched the War on Drugs, this conference is for you. It’s convenient, casual, and crucial for those wanting to be a part of the cannabis conversation in the Commonwealth.“ Learn more and register here

Virginia Citizens Defense League: January 24, 2022

"VCDL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental human right of all Virginians to keep and bear arms...Our goal...will be to have as many gun owners as possible lobbying in the building all day long." Learn more here.

Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance Day of Action: January 31 at 12 p.m.

“[We are] a coalition of Virginia reproductive rights and justice organizations. [Our] Day of Action is an opportunity for pro-choice Virgnians to show up and take action for abortion rights as well as build community with one another. With an anti-abortion Governor and many new anti-abortion Delegates in office, our work is much harder.” Learn more and register here.

New Virginia Majority

"We're mobilizing to end mass incarceration, expand voting rights, build just economic policies, protect immigrants and preserve the environment." Learn more about how to get involved and sign-up for 2022 General Assembly updates here.

Virginia Conservation Network

VCN's 2022 Common Agenda represents "the policy agenda of more than 150 organizations across the Commonwealth. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the conservation issues facing Virginia and provides practical, state-level policy solutions to keep us moving in the right direction." View the briefing book here.

 

Tools for Organizing

Legislative Advocacy Guide
Developed by: Voices for Virginia's Children

Justice Advocacy Training Recording
Developed by: Voices for Virginia's Children

Tools for Advocates
Developed by: Voices for Virginia's Children

Tools for Effective Grassroots Advocacy
Developed by: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Visiting Elected Officials
Developed by: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Hosting a Legislative "Meet & Greet"
Developed by: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Resources About Virginia Government

Virginia's Legislative Information System
Includes status of individual bills and resolutions, member sponsored legislation, legislation referred to committee, state budget, daily floor calendars and more.

Virginia General Assembly
Website for the Virginia General Assembly. Includes meeting schedules, list of newly elected House Members, House and Senate Member listing, House and Senate committees, Session Calendar, information on the Virginia Legislature, and more. 

Virginia Public Access Project
VPAP connect Virginias to nonpartisan information about Virginia politics in easily understood ways. 

Richmond Sunlight
Richmond Sunlight has been tracking Virginia's General Assembly since 2007.

Who's My Legislator
Tool to find your Virginia legislators.