Want to be more involved in your community? Check out these groups, too! From pipeline opposition to refugee resettlement, their missions support the goal of progress in the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro area and beyond.
Local and Vocal in Staunton, VA
From their mission statement: “A group that meets twice per month to learn, connect, and advocate. A starting off point for political action, as well as a place for people to connect. GOALS/MISSION:
- To be a jumping off point for people looking to take action in the wake of Election 2016 but unsure of where to start.
- To provide a place where people can connect, not just to write letters, but also to inspire each other towards further action.
- To provide as much education as possible to people whose aim is to protect and advance progressive ideals such as human rights, civil liberties, equality for all, accessible and affordable healthcare, and more.”
SAW of VA Action Movement
Formed after the Women’s March on Washington, SAW focuses on 10 actions for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. They aim to build momentum and keep people engaged in activism far beyond the first 100 days.
Their Facebook group here is a closed group, but you can still view their events and request to join.
Friends of Augusta
Friends of Augusta is a group dedicated to opposing the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Dominion. They educate on issues related to the pipeline and organize protests and events. If you’re interested in environmental issues, they’ll let you know how you can get involved locally. See their Facebook page here for events and more.
From WildVirginia.org: “Wild Virginia is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Virginia’s national forests through education and advocacy.” They host events and hikes, mobilize concerned citizens, and advocate for Virginia’s forests through education. To get involved, learn more, or sign up for their newsletter, check out their website here or look through their current campaigns here.
OneVirginia2021: Virginians for Fair Redistricting
OneVirginia seeks to end gerrymandering and restore true representative democracy to Virginia by 2021. Voting districts in Virginia are drawn according to the best interests of those in power, not the people. To learn more about redistricting and how you can help dismantle gerrymandering in Virginia, see OneVirginia2021’s website here for petitions, educational materials, and more.
A little farther afield, the Harrisonburg chapter of the Church World Service is dedicated to refugee resettlement in the Shenandoah Valley and Harrisonburg specifically. Learn more about their mission and how to get involved here.