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New Virginia Majority is affiliated with the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Legislative work

From the New Virginia Majority website;

Recognizing that voters are not just voters, but potentially active community leaders with the capacity to mobilize their neighbors and sustain issue-based advocacy outside of an election, NVM integrates our members into local and statewide legislative campaigns. The most powerful voice is that of a constituent. NVM’s members play a critical role in shaping our issue campaigns and educating elected officials through constituent meetings, legislative visits, and testimonies at public hearings. As advocates for a fair and just Commonwealth, we monitor and support legislation that supports the well-being of all Virginians.[1]

Backing Tim Kaine

Faiza Abdulle was a New Virginia Majority volunteer door-knocking for Tim Kaine in 2012

With the Senate election in Virginia coming down to a photo finish, Mr. Kaine, a former governor, figured that a Democratic army of Faiza Abdulles would make the difference. Republicans, with their own army of door knockers, are hoping that their ground game can eke out a victory by one or two percentage points for George Allen, a former governor and senator. It is a street-level fight of neighborhood canvassing and phone banks conducted largely out of sight and distinct from the ad wars carpet-bombing televisions in Virginia.

On the periphery are separate get-out-the-vote, rally-the-faithful efforts motivated by Mr. Obama but carrying along Mr. Kaine’s message. Canvassing has been going on for months, financed by at least three unions, Planned Parenthood and New Virginia Majority, the group Ms. Abdulle was working for, which is aimed at an expanding immigrant community that has helped turn Virginia from reliably Republican to a battleground.

They may be reliably Democratic, but the women, immigrants and minorities targeted by New Virginia Majority are unreliable voters.

“We are focused almost exclusively on the voters who wouldn’t come out to vote without the attention,” said Rishi Awatramani, the communications director for New Virginia Majority. “If we hit that 2 percent vote share, then we’ve done a good job.”[2]

Supporting "Progressives"

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New Virginia Majority, November 28, 2013;

The local progressive community has a lot to be thankful for this year.

We delivered a stunning blow to the Tea Party by electing Terry McAuliffe as Governor, Ralph Northam as Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring as Attorney General.

We're hoping that means big changes in Richmond!
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New Virginia Majority knocked on over 35,000 doors in a few day efore the election.

We're been knocking on over 35K doors since the weekend. Today's the big day. VOTE!

Backing state delegates

In 2014 New Virginia Majority our day of action with Jennifer Boysko for Delegate to knocking on doors for Elizabeth Miller for Delegate, Kathleen Murphy, Joshua King, John Bell, Dr. Jill McCabe, Dan Gecker, Gary McCollum and Jeremy McPike for State Senate we visited several thousand households this weekend.

And congratulations to Steve Heretick for Delegate, Kathleen Murphy, @John Bell, Boysko for Delegate, Senator Rosalyn R. Dance, and Jeremy McPike for State Senate - we look forward to working with you in Richmond. Thank you all for standing up for working Virginians. Forward together![3]

Felons voting

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New Virginia Majority, April 22, 2016;

Governor McAuliffe just signed an order restoring the civil rights of over 206,000 Virginians! All Virginians convicted of a felony, who have completed their sentences, including probation and parole, are now able to register to vote.

Vote fraud/felons voting

A former Virginia resident was charged with felony voter registration fraud after prosecutors say he fabricated voter registration forms by “inventing” false applicants, officials announced October 2016.

Vafalay Massaquoi, 30, a former resident of Alexandria, is accused of fabricating records this spring while working for a Democratic-aligned voter registration group, according to Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan L. Porter.

The applications were filed with the Alexandria registrar’s office, which forwarded the matter to prosecutors for review.

Massaquoi was an employee of New Virginia Majority, the progressive advocacy group confirmed in a statement released Friday. The organization said Massaquoi was fired in June and said it will “continue to cooperate” with authorities in the case.

“Protecting the integrity of our elections so they remain free, fair and accessible remains New Virginia Majority’s top priority,” the group said.

New Virginia Majority collaborated with Gov. Terry McAuliffe this year during his push to expand voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences. The group was given advance warning of McAuliffe’s April announcement that he was restoring rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. At the governor’s news conference, the group had representatives in the crowd ready to start registering would-be voters.

Massaquoi was arrested in early October in Philadelphia, extradited to Alexandria on Thursday and arraigned in court Friday. He faces two felony counts of forging a public record and two felony counts of voter registration fraud, each carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

In a statement, Porter said he chose to release information about the case in part because of the upcoming presidential election, but he noted there was no allegation that “any illegal vote was actually cast.”

“Furthermore, since the fraudulent applications involved fictitious people, had the fraud not been uncovered the risk of actual fraudulent votes being cast was low,” Porter said. “However, any such offense is extremely serious and can degrade the confidence we as citizens justly have in our system of elections.”

Massaquoi is being held in Alexandria with a hearing date set for Dec. 13.

The case comes a few weeks after state lawmakers debated the possibility of election fraud at a joint hearing of the General Assembly’s election committees. Republicans have pointed to a similar case in Harrisonburg in which more than a dozen dead people were registered to vote as evidence that fraudulent activity exists and is a justification for voter ID laws. No charges have been filed in the Harrisonburg case, which remains under investigation.

Democrats have emphasized that registration fraud does not necessarily result in fraudulent votes being cast and have suggested that people working to register voters may have financial incentives to turn in as many applications as possible.[4]

Flipping Virginia

Commenting on the November 2017 wave of Democratic electoral victories in Virginia, Freedom Road Socialist Organization leader Thomas Wayne Walker said;[5]

This wave of victories is not just about an upsurge, but about the strategic work that helped facilitated that upsurge into electoral wins. Take Virginia - We know that Virginia New Majority has done tremendous work to engage voters at a mass scale and build progressive electoral infrastructure, and thousands of disenfranchised voters were re-enfranchised after a campaign to restore voting rights succeeded. That amazing organizing is surely fundamental to the victories on Tuesday.
So is the electorate. While most of the elections happened in territories considered generally favorable for Democrats, many of those territories are also undergoing significant, longterm demographic reconstitution; the northern VA suburbs and suburban Seattle have changed from predominantly white to Asian American and Latinx, for instance. This is the demographic change that is restructuring the electorate more generally and that has gotten a lot of attention lately.

ADAMS Center

Tram Nguyen April 1, 2016.

Proud to have New Virginia Majority partner with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) for an important event about naturalization and citizenship. — attending USCIS Naturalization Information Session at All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS).

Comrades

Tram Nguyen September 12, 2015;

On a rainy Saturday morning, New Virginia Majority members from across the state are gathering in Fredericksburg to strategize and work towards building a more just, sustainable, and democratic Virginia. — with Reena Singh, Jamaa Bickley-King, Evelin Urrutia, Jon Liss, Ingris Moran, Claire Boynton, Daniel Bart Hutchins and Jordan Butler.

New Virginia Majority 2017 Endorsements

September 12, 2017

New Virginia Majority has endorsed a slate of candidates who we believe are best positioned to push the state forward with an agenda that is inclusive of all Virginians, no matter who they are and where they live.

Statewide candidates:

House of Delegates candidates:

Tram Nguyen named to Ralph Northam Bipartisan Transition Committee

Tram Nguyen Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority, Washington, D.C. was named to the Ralph Northam Bipartisan Transition Committee, November 15, 2017.[7]

Liss/VPSN connection

Virgina Student Power Network works closely with Jon Liss and his New Virginia Majority.

People's Congress

In September 2015, Virgina Student Power Network organizers joined our organizational partner, New Virginia Majority, for their first annual People's Congress! It was incredible to build solidarity around the state, for campaigns fighting around mass incarceration, immigrant justice, and debt-free higher education.[8]

Communist Party infiltration

In a Janary 24 2018 article on the Communist Party USA website "Survey says, CPUSA members want to be heard" John Bachtell wrote;[9]

Most members are involved in their communities and in a range of labor, social justice, environmental and peace organizations.
Among the labor activists are trade union leaders and members of central labor councils, retiree organizations, Jobs with Justice and the Fight for 15.
Others are involved in feminist organizations including Planned Parenthood, defense of abortion clinics and the new #MeToo movement.
Many are involved in racial justice groups including Black Lives Matter and the NAACP, immigrant rights, LGTBQ organizations and disability rights groups.

Members were involved with Bernie Sanders campaign and are continuing their activism in Our Revolution, Swing Left, Indivisible, Working Families Party, statewide groups like the New Virginia Majority and local Democratic Party groups and 2018 electoral campaigns.
Several members are elected officials.

VNM and Team Virginia

Tram Nguyen June 7, 2018 ·

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Some of Team New Virginia Majority and Team VA - BLOC with Governor of Virginia (Ralph Northam), and Lt Gov Justin Fairfax #MedicaidExpansionVA #VAGov #HealthyVA — with Alex Bratton, Jasmine Marie Leeward, Tyrone S. Williams II and Justin Fairfax in Richmond, Virginia.

Personnel

Staff

As of December 2017;

As of 2015;[11]

Board

As of December 2017;[12]

As of 2015;[13]

VNM Organizing Academy April '13

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Virginia New Majority Organizing Academy April '13 closed Facebook group, accessed November 17, 2017.

Admin

Members

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