March 19, 2018 Meeting Notes

Nope Neighbors

March 19, 2018 Meeting Notes

Conor Lamb, Elaine Luria - our next candidate, Vote for Our Lives, Racial Justice, and more..

We had a lively meeting on Monday.  Here are the minutes and a few post-meeting updates.

March for Our Lives, Vote for Our Lives

We're sure you know that there's a March for Our Lives this Saturday (3/24) for responsible gun policy.  But did you know you can also help register voters there? Georgetown Law School is holding a training session near Union Station on Saturday AM.  You can find the details here.  Debra will be there with Nope-sters and others.  Send her an email if you want to connect with her there.

Conor Lamb has officially won!   

His opponent, Rick Saccone, has conceded and Conor Lamb will be sworn-in as a Member of Congress next month.  Bravo to all who did their part, large or small, to make this win possible. If you raised funds for Conor Lamb using our link and want to see if anyone you know donated (so you can thank them), send an email to Debra or and we'll send you the list of 93 donors.  The list does not contain financial data or email addresses.  This information is kept private and we do not use it. We can't say the same for ActBlue, which is the only way to give to most Democratic candidates online.  One way to manage the deluge of emails that you will receive once you donate via ActBlue is to create a separate gmail or other address for political donations.  

Elaine Luria for Congress from Virginia's 2nd district -- Our next candidate to support

At our March 6 meeting, we agreed to create a Giving Circle to support progressive political candidates.  A Giving Circle engages a group of individuals who commit to donating monthly to support a selected candidate, and includes a participatory process to decide which candidate will receive the funds.  Here's the link for a complete description of our Giving Circle.  Last month we supported Conor Lamb. This month, we decided to support Elaine Luria.  Many of the 45 people at our meeting pledged to support her for a grand total of $2,800.  Just fabulous! We expect we will exceed the pledged amount since it does not include people who have signed up for our Giving Circle but were not at the meeting and donations from new members.

You can learn more about Luria and why we decided to support her here.  Luria is a small business owner and retired Navy commander. She was deployed six times to the Middle East and Western Pacific as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer and culminated her 20-year Navy career by commanding a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors. Elaine was one of the first women in the Navy’s nuclear power program and among the first women to serve the entirety of her career on combatant ships. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and daughter. You can also learn more about her at her website.  We had the opportunity to "meet" her via Skype at our meeting. Attendees were very impressed by her particularly her strong position on gun control.  She'll be marching on Saturday.

If you signed up to be a member of our Nope Neighbors Giving Circle, please make your donation now.  (Nope Neighbors Giving Circle for Elaine Virginia 2).  The next FEC filing deadline is March 31 and Luria needs our donations now to hit her $250,000 goal.

If you'd like to sign up for our Giving Circle please complete this form.

If you'd like to recruit others to our Giving Circle here's draft email text you might consider using.

Postcards, Postcards, Postcards

NOPE members wrote, addressed, 880 postcards before, during, and after the meeting!  Thanks so much to Kim Berman, who organized this effort for NOPE. The postcards were the brainchild of  the Sister District Action Network, which partnered with the Voter Participation Center (VPC) to help register folks to vote in Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  In addition to the obvious goal of encouraging unregistered folks in these states to register, the postcards were used to test the effectiveness of postcarding in boosting voter registration.

Racial Justice Working Group

We continue to learn and plan to take action on this critical issue.  The group has decided to take two directions -- one of learning and one of action.  On Monday, March 26 at 6:30 the study group will be learning about micro-aggressions.  It will be at Jean Simon's home and led by Erika Carlson. To RSVP and to get the address send a note to

Neighbors Rising

Many of our immigrant neighbors are living in fear given the current administration's policies. Neighbors Rising led by Jeannie Engel is helping to make a difference in the lives of these families particularly the young people.  Neighbors Rising has aligned with Identity and Latin American Youth Center.  With that in mind, please consider supporting the Latin American Youth Center at its 50-year anniversary Gala on Thursday, May 10th starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.  You can purchase tickets at  If you would like, please you send Jeannie your name and the name(s) of your guests for whom you’ve purchased tickets so she can ask LAYC to create Neighbors Rising tables for us.  Also, if you would like to purchase a ticket for one of the Young Neighbors Rising people (most recently, they led the soccer equipment campaign), please let Jeannie know (at and she’ll send you one of their names.  This is a lovely way to thank them and further encourage their leadership in helping neighbors in need.  So far, Neighbors Rising members have purchased 3 tickets for Young Neighbors Rising members. A few more would be spectacular.  

Women’s Summit 2018 - June 23rd - Herndon, VA

This is an event not to be missed.  The first Women’s Summit last year brought together activists and candidates to kick-off the blue wave that swept VA this past November.  There are so many opportunities to flip seats in VA this coming November. And Debra will be co-leading a fundraising workshop. The Summit will feature opportunities to engage across all 11 Congressional Districts.  The weekend event will feature speakers, workshops, an advocacy fair, gear shop, and most importantly, network opportunities. Register now.

That's all for now.  Let us know what you are up to and what you want to take a lead on.  Your questions and ideas are always welcome. Thanks all for persisting with us.

Bluely yours,

Debra and Joanna