Victory in Virginia - A Revolutionary Debriefing

On Saturday, June 18th, the Democratic Party of Virginia held its State Convention in the heart of Richmond. On paper, the conditions of the Convention were daunting to the Sanders Delegation: Clinton defeated Sanders in the March 1st primary 64% to 35% and, as a result, was allotted 1295 Delegates to the State Convention; Sanders was allotted 705. Even more, our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, and both Senators all openly support Hillary Clinton.

State Senate District 5 Primary Endorsement for Joe Lindsey

Voters in Virginia Senate District 5 need to take notice of a special election on July 9, 2016, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Two Democratic State Delegates, Lionell Spruill, Sr. and Joe Lindsey, will be vying for a spot on the State Senate vacated by Kenny Alexander, Mayor-elect of Norfolk. Both candidates have endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, but Joe Lindsey is by far the more transparent and progressive candidate.

DPVA convention recap

Sanders DNC Delegate Nic McCarthy addresses the DPVA Sanders caucus[editor's note: The 2016 DPVA convention was a resounding success for the minority delegation, which achieveved all of their primary aims coming into Saturday, including the defeat of incumbent DNC member Lionell Spruill, who had been accused of continuously frustrating the efforts of Sanders organizers in CD5 during the delegation allocation process. The statewide delegation had been also been reeling from a purge of active at-large Sanders candidates to the DNC convention just days previous, a move by the campaign that the delegation condemned as undemocratic and untransparent. We asked Tom to repost a message that he posted to the Delegation on Facebook. -- MBWade]

On An American Oligarchy

As I digest the news of the FBI investigation targeting Governor McAuliffe, I recall the old political maxim: the scandal isn’t what’s illegal; the scandal is what’s legal.

In our Governor’s case, a New Jersey based company owned by Chinese billionaire-politician Wang Wenliang contributed $120,000 to McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign and inaugural committee.

State Senate District 1 Primary Endorsement for Shelly Simonds

State Senator John Miller passed away unexpectedly last month, and a special election has been announced to fill his seat. A Democratic primary will take place on June 14 between the current Delegate in the Peninsula's 93rd district, Monty Mason and Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds.

Progressive Revolution Caucus Founders' Dinner

The DPVA State Convention is coming up in less than two weeks, and a few of the Sanders delegates decided that we wanted to have a get together after convention for dinner. Most of us thought that the $150-a-plate Jefferson-Jackson dinner being sponsored by the DPVA was a bit out of our price range, so we decided to put together a more modest, $15-a-plate dinner. Since trying to organize a dinner for 20 people is a bit of work, we figured we go ahead and organize it properly, so we'd like to formally announce the Progressive Revolution Caucus Founder's Dinner.


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Resolutions Package

Greetings Friends and fellow Band of Berners!  We are so grateful to all those who have offered their time in support of developing a package of resolutions for submission to this year's convention. We have 7 total that have now been submitted to the State Resolutions Committee:  


Thank you for your interest in, and in establishing a plafform for Progressive political action in the state of Virginia. We are currently soliciting contributions and recruiting members for our operations, which will include volunteer training and mobilization, and direct candidate support in Virginia's 2017 General Assembly and statewide races. We have filed with the Virginia Department of Elections as a unattached State Political Action Committee under the name For Virginia.


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