Speakers from The Village Initiative for Equity in Education (Jackie Bridgeforth Williams, Jennifer Bickham Mendez, Leah Kuragano, and Philip Canady) presented The Village Equity Report 2020. The Report focuses on the longstanding inequities in the WJCC schools, which have intensified during the pandemic, and proposes concrete, evidence-based solutions. Their presentation sparked lively conversation about inequities in opportunities for students and in funding across WJCC schools as well as the School Board’s relationship with the Board of Supervisors and City Council.

We also discussed how WJCC residents can get involved to advance the cause of equity. Whether you’re a parent or not, participate in School Board meetings to make your views known. A work session will be held on Feb 2 and a regular meeting on Feb 16. You can also advocate for equity by sending an email or leaving a voicemail (no more than 90 seconds at 757-603-6481) with the School Board. We thank The Village for providing a script you can personalize. Last but not least, get involved in School Board elections! In 2021, the Jamestown and Powhatan district representatives will be up for election.

Jen Tierney thanked our members and supporters for their extraordinary generosity in purchasing coats and donating funds for the Coats for Kids drive. The WJCC Dems are partnering with The Village to help over 130 kids get through the cold winter months. The program ends on January 25, but we still have some coats to buy. Sign up here to buy a coat or donate through ActBlue.

Jim Icenhour reported on our amazing financial results for 2020. Thanks to all of you, we raised more than $50,000 (!) and spent about $43,000 on our GOTV campaigns in Virginia and Georgia. We are so grateful not only to those who donated money and supplied stamps for postcards, but also to everyone who wrote postcards and distributed flyers and doorhangers. We are ecstatic that our efforts were rewarded on January 5 and January 20!

Dr. Mark Downey introduced himself and spoke about his campaign for the House of Delegates seat in the 96th district. He highlighted his top issues of concern, including early childhood education, access to health care, and economic inequality. With our help, Mark can break the turnout records he achieved in 2019 and finally give us the representation we deserve! Go to Mark’s website to get involved!