Northumberland Indivisible schedule and upcoming events of interest

First, a reminder that there will be no meeting on June 16 since it conflicts with Father’s Day.

Our schedule

Our next planned event is a showing of RBG – On the Basis of Sex 
  • Sunday, July 21
  • Northumberland Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville
  • 3-5 PM
  • Everyone welcome, free

Our tentative calendar items:

  • 8/18 – Health Statistics for Northern Neck;
  • 9/15 – Possible candidate forum, topic to be announced – possibly health care
  • 10/20 – Voting issues
  • 11/17 – TBD

Voter Registration

Laurie Morissette and John Melton are conducting a Voter Registration drive:

  • 2nd and 4th Saturdays from now until November
  • 10am to 12 noon
  • in front of the Library.
  • Contact Laurie at  morissette.laurie.s@gmail.com to volunteer to help.
  • There will be additional voter registration activities between now and November.

In order to register voters, you must complete state training, which you can do in Heathsville:

  • Garry Ellis, NVRA/Voter Registration Coordinator of the Virginia Department of Elections,  is coming to our area to conduct state training.
  • This class will be held on July 8, 2019, 1:30 -3:30 PM, at the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office Training Room, located at 195 Judicial Place, Heathsville, VA  .   
  • If you want to take the voter registration training class, you MUST reserve a space.  Contact:    Kathy Davenport, Northumberland County  General Registrar/Director of Elections,   (804) 580-4655, or, by email at:   kdavenport@co.northumberland.va.us
  • You also can register by contacting Joe Schlatter by email  rosenjoe1@hotmail.com
  • You must register for this class not later than July 1, 2019.  
  • The training is also available online.  Info at:  https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/registration-drives/index.html

Juneteenth Observance at Stratford Hall

Juneteenth Celebration at Stratford Hall is June 15; programs will run from 9:30am until evening.  Details available on their website. 

Virginia Democrats Gala in Richmond

VADemocrats Gala is being held in Richmond on the evening of June 15.  The event will feature at least two Democratic presidential candidates:  U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, and, Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Interracial Conversations

Interracial Conversations has an ambitious schedule for the next six months:
  • June 25 will be an open and frank discussion of Unconscious Bias with Ali Webb
  • July 23 Talking and Listening Without Hurt
  • August – dark
  • September 24 – Strategies for Getting Out the Vote
  • October – 22 – Jim Crow Laws and Practices
  • November 26 – The new Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration
  • All Interracial Conversations meetings are at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 6749 Jesse DuPont Memorial Highway (Hwy 200); Potluck dinner at 5:30pm; program 6:00 – 7:30pm.

Pro-Choice “pop-up” demonstration

On Tuesday, May 21, as part of the nationwide efforts to stop state laws banning abortion,  we held a “pop-up” demonstration on the Montross Courthouse lawn.  About a dozen Indivisible supporters were there representing Northumberland and Westmoreland counties.   We were joined for the last 15 minutes by some young women who were driving by and thought it was important enough to stop.
We were pleased with the reception we received from people driving by — about one in three drivers who passed honked, waved, and gave us a thumbs-up.