October 15th – General Meeting on Women’s Health and Wellness

October 8th, 2017

The Democratic Women of Clifton and No. VA invite members and the general public to an important meeting on Women’s Health and Wellness. A local Ob/Gyn and a Cardiologist will speak and take questions.

Meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15th at 3 to 5 p.m. at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA 20124. For questions, email cliftonwomendems@aol.com

The Democratic Women of Clifton and No. VA welcomes all Democratic Women who reside in Northern Virginia to become members of this active and friendly organization. Membership information can be found on our website www. democraticwomenofclifton.org

Adopt-A-Highway Fall Cleanup

September 25th, 2017

Our annual highway clean-up will occur on Sunday, October 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For many years the DWCNV has honored its commitment to the Clifton Adopt-a-Highway Program. The three-mile stretch of highway we have adopted is Clifton Road from the triangle at the intersection with Newman Road to the intersection with Braddock. For our efforts, we are recognized by having our name on a blue Adopt-A-Highway sign at each end of our section.

We love this opportunity to show our support for the community and for the environment. Many hands make light work!, so bring family and friends. You can join us for all or part of the time.

We will kick-off from the driveway of Clifton Elementary. Stop there for your supply of orange bags, your vest, and a safety briefing. Then, you and your party will be assigned a cleanup area along Clifton Road. For safety reasons along the road, we do not recommend bringing children under 12 years old. If you have work gloves, please bring them. Also, wear long pants and long-sleeve shirt with sturdy shoes.

Please send us an email at cliftonwomendems@aol.com if you can help out!

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 General Meeting Schedule Announced

July 28th, 2017

The upcoming DWCNV General Meetings for members for the Fall and Winter to be held at the Clifton Town Hall, 3-5 p.m., unless noted, are as follows:

Sunday, Sept. 17 Candidate Meet and Greet Ice Cream Social and Campaigning 101
Sunday, October 15 Health and Wellness for Women
Sunday, November 19 Holiday Projects Meeting (3-4 p.m.) and Holiday Dinner to follow at local restaurant. Details TBD
Sunday, January 21 Annual General Meeting and Presentation on General Assembly Legislation
Sunday, February 11 The 13th Anniversary of the DWCNV. Celebrated at the home of a member.

Summer Activities with the DWCNV

June 19th, 2017

We will not be meeting at the Community Hall over the summer. We will continue to send members emails with information on member events, Political Action Alerts and action they should take, and Campaigns and Elections emails, giving information on volunteering for campaigns. You can make a difference by working on a campaign and we encourage everyone to participate.

Our members are invited to participate in the following events:

DWCNV members, family and friends will be marching in the Clifton 4th of July Parade for and with our Democratic candidates and our local elected officials. Details will be sent to members and all are encouraged to participate in this fun, short parade followed by a flag raising ceremony.

There will be a dinner for members at a local restaurant on Tuesday, July 18th. Members may contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com for details and will receive information via emails from the DWCNV.

A pool party for members will be held in August the home of a member. Details for this event will be sent to all members.

General Meetings will resume in September.

Questions – email us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com

Meeting on the Environment – April 23rd

February 20th, 2017

Join us on Sunday, April 23rd , 3-5 p.m. for our annual General Meeting on the Environment: Threats to Environmental Regulation and Bedrock Conservation Laws, at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are invited to attend.

The presentation will cover some of the national issues affecting conservation in the U.S. and will cover rollbacks or environmental regulations and threats to bedrock conservation laws such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Antiquities Act and the National Environmental Policy Act — and what that means. Included in the discussion will be ways to influence government nationally and locally and also ways to volunteer and advocate locally or make a difference in your own backyard through environmental stewardship to help local flora and fauna.

The meeting will also include an update on the conversation for a carbon tax to reduce the production of CO2 with a free market approach.

The presenter will be Michael Reinemer, Deputy Communications Director at The Wilderness Society where he works on campaigns to strengthen public policy governing public lands nationwide with a focus on issues affecting the Southern Appalachians and New England. He is also involved in local conservation groups as a volunteer.

The following Saturday, April 29th, is the Climate Change March in Washington, DC. DWCNV will be participating and will have updates on the march, transportation and signs soon.

Women In the Workforce Meeting – March 12th

February 16th, 2017

Women are almost half of the workforce and are the primary breadwinner in four out of 10 families. Women also receive more college and graduate degrees than men but earn less in virtually every occupation. According to 2015 data, women earn on average only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men and women of color fare even worse. Given these daunting facts, how can we position ourselves for success in the workplace and demand that we are paid what we are worth?

This DWCNV meeting will discuss strategies for working women including successful salary negotiations, to creating a strong LinkedIn profile, to developing a robust professional network. Break the cycle of gender pay inequality and earn what you deserve, one negotiation at a time. Learn strategies and tactics that are taboo to discuss at work with a supportive group of women – and share with friends, daughters, nieces…or better yet, bring them along!

Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 12th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are welcome to attend.

Advocacy 101 – Training Session – February 26th

February 14th, 2017

Filmmaker Michael Moore has said, “I want Americans to realize that we are the owners of this country, and that one person can make a difference”.

He’s right. We do own this country – that is what democracy is all about — and one person, one voice can make a difference. So why not make it yours?

Join the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia on Sunday, February 26th from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA 20124 for a special advocacy training session. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are welcome to attend.

Learn the tools and techniques to raising your voice about causes you believe in at both the state and federal level. Through examples and role plays, we will learn four key methods of effective grassroots advocacy.

We hope you will leave the training with confidence in your ability to affect change. As President Obama has said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Holiday Projects 2016

November 17th, 2016

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) kicked off it’s annual Holiday Giving Projects Meeting on Sunday, November 13th. There is still time for you to make a donation!

Two organizations were chosen by the DWCNV to be the recipients of donations – Britepaths https://britepaths.org/ and Fairfax Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue http://www.ffandfriends2therescue.org/

The general public is invited to donate to these two worthy causes. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations to Britepaths, a local nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Northern Virginia families experiencing financial hardship, will be distributed to the families in January. Grocery store gift cards of any denomination as well as checks for the organization to purchase cards, should be made out to Britepaths and sent to: DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. You may donate until Dec. 31, 2016 for January delivery.

The Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue organization is asking for toys for underprivileged children throughout Northern Virginia. These donated gifts will be the only ones many of the children receive for Christmas. The toy drive is the highlight of the holiday season for both the first responders and the young gift recipients. Unwrapped, new toys for children of all ages, and gift cards for older children from stores like Target, Best Buy or Old Navy, would be appreciated.

In addition to toys and gift cards, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue will accept monetary donations to purchase new coats for area children. Each year the department distributes as many as 2,500 new coats to schools, shelters, and nonprofits throughout Fairfax and Alexandria. These new coats cost $30, are made in the U.S.A and purchased at a discount. You may make out a check to: Fairfax Firefighters to the Rescue and mail to DWCNV, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124. The toy and winter coat distribution will occur on December 12th. Donations will be accepted for this year’s event until December 2nd.

For questions and to arrange for toy pick up, please contact us at cliftonwomendems@aol.com

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Winter and Spring 2017 Meeting Schedule

November 14th, 2016

All meetings are held on Sunday afternoon, 3-5 p.m. and will be held at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. All Democratic women from Northern Virginia and their guests are welcome to attend.

Sunday, Feb. 26. Advocacy 101. The most frequent question we hear and see today is “How do I make a difference?” Come hear a discussion on the best ways to make change happen in your community, in your state and at the Federal level. See post below for more information.

Sunday, March 12. Topic will be Women in the Workplace. Meeting will include training on salary negotiation, social media sites, ageism in the workplace, etc. See post below for more information.

Sunday, April 23. Annual Meeting on the Environment: Threats to Environmental Regulation and Bedrock Conservation Laws. See below post for more information.

Fall 2016 Meetings and Events

September 1st, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm. Topic: Social Media Training on Facebook and Twitter: Keep up with your Kids. Members should bring their laptops, tablets, etc. Training will be provided on Facebook and Twitter to encourage members to use and/or better use DWCNV social media. Additionally, campaign representatives will speak about their needs and a representative from Britepaths, formerly Our Daily Bread, will speak briefly about its new name and outreach/programs. This meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Please note change of date and time.) LuAnn Bennett For 10th Congressional District Fundraiser with Special Guest Dorothy McAuliffe. DWCNV is hosting a fundraiser in Fairfax Station for LuAnn Bennett. For more information and tickets, please click here.

Sunday, October 16, 3-5 pm. Topic: Gun Safety and Common Sense. We will hear from speakers on the topic and learn how we can advocate for changes to our lax gun laws. We will also have a speaker who will be discussing the Fairfax County Meals Tax which will be on the November ballot.

Sunday, November 13, 3-4:30 pm. Topic: How the Media Shape the News; Holiday Projects and Party. Does the media have too much control over how we view political candidates and the issues of concern in today’s world? Holiday Projects are the Fairfax Firefighters to the Rescue toy, gift card and monetary donation collection and Britepaths monetary and grocery store gift card donations. Details on both soon. After meeting, members will go to a local restaurant for an after-meeting get-together.