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Meeting on the Environment – April 23rd

Monday, 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.

Advocacy 101 – Training Session – February 26th

Tuesday, 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.”

Fall 2016 Meetings and Events

Thursday, 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.

Human Trafficking – It is Closer Than You Think!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Northern Virginia is one of the top five human trafficking locations in the U.S.

On Sunday March 15th DWCNV, along with co-sponsors Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Springfield District Democratic Committee, is presenting this important program.  Hear the steps Northern Virginia groups are taking to stop human trafficking in combined action from law enforcement, legislative, and victim services.  

Our specials guest speakers will be: 

Adam P. Ebbin, Virginia State Senator, 30th District

Elizabeth Payne, Ed.D., Member, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force and K-12 Coordinator for Health, Family Life Education, and Physical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools

Jenna Jacoby, Mentor Coordinator, Youth for Tomorrow

Sunday, March 15th  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Clifton Community Town Hall - 12641 Chapel Rd, Clifton VA 20124

The public is welcome.  Come learn what you can do to help.

President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone”

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Click below for the video

President Obama Speaks at Newtown High School

President Obama on Energy

Monday, February 27th, 2012

President Obama’s weekly address from February 25th focused on domestic energy production and its relationship to gas prices.  This is well worth the time watch and learn more about the issue than the bumper stickers will tell you.

2012 Annual Meeting on January 22nd

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

DWC will host our 2012 Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 22nd at 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA  20124 .

Our meeting will consist of  a program discussion on a very timely issue, Voter Suppression,  and we will also conduct our 2012 and 2013 election of officers.

Program – Voter Suppression

DWC member and attorney, Kristin Cabral, will speak and lead a discussion on voter suppression activities and legislation.  Keith Scarborough, a member of the Prince William County Electoral Board said, “Kristin Cabral is an excellent lawyer (Harvard Law School) who does election protection work for the Democratic Party of Virginia, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and other groups on these issues.”   Kristin spoke at the most recent meeting of our sister organization,  the Democratic Women of Lake Ridge.  It was a packed house and so  informative that we decided to bring it to our DWC members too.  We need to make sure we support and advocate for the right to vote for all.

DWC Election of Officers for 2012 and 2013

In accordance with our bylaws, we will elect our officers for 2012 and 2013 at our January Annual Meeting.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor.

We hope to see you there!

Weekly Address: Women’s History Month & Fair Pay

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Secretary Clinton Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 10th, 2011



Women’s History Month DWC Program and General Meeting

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

One elderly woman was thrown so hard into a cell that her head hit the metal bed frame. She was unconscious for so long that her cellmate thought she was dead and suffered a heart attack herself. The other 32 women arrested that afternoon were beaten, shackled to the bars of their cells, stripped and humiliated, fed maggot-infested gruel, and denied contact with each other and the outside world.

Where did such cruelty occur? Right here in Northern Virginia at the Occoquan Workhouse.

What crime earned such brutality? Silent picketing of the White House for women’s right to vote.

During Women’s History Month in March, at a time when the percentage of eligible voters who cast a ballot continues to fall, it is important to acknowledge the sacrifices these women made to gain a privilege that so many of us take for granted. We also need to remember how, when, and why women were so long denied the vote.

To recognize the brave women who participated in the suffragist movement, a memorial will be built in the Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA.

The Democratic Women of Clifton will also honor the suffragists at its March 13th general meeting with a captivating program presented by DWC Member Kathleen Pablo, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Committee member and Speakers’ Bureau Chair.   Her presentation will focus on the personalities and singular courage of some of the major figures in the long struggle to ratify the 19th Amendment and on the turning point in that struggle—the “Night of Terror.” This program is not to be missed!

The March 13th meeting will be open to the public, and we encourage all DWC members to bring along a friend or family member. All monthly meetings of the DWC take place at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, VA, from 3 to 5 p.m.

For fun, the meeting will also feature a contest to choose the attendee wearing the best blue outfit, so come dressed in your “finest” blues!

Please join us on March 13th for a tribute to the women who made the DWC possible!