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Photos: Virginia House Dem Leader David Toscano Leads Post-Election Discussion with 300 People


Excellent leadership in these trying times from Virginia House Democratic Leader David Toscano; also check out the photos from his Tuesday evening town hall meeting, below.

Tuesday, 300 people came out (despite the proverbial “dark and stormy night”) to talk about how we can stick together in challenging times, now and going forward. We’re working hard on synthesizing the great ideas and information everyone brought, and we’ll be posting them here and on my blog at www.davidtoscano.com to generate even more community activity. We are determined to harness this remarkable energy to keep all members of our communities safe and get everyone involved – politically and otherwise.

  • galatians328

    Yes, it was a fabulously well attended meeting …. especially considering it was a cold, raining, dark night … and many ideas were generated. The Delegate said that all the ideas (hundreds of them!) will be assembled in a document; and, no doubt, different expressions of similar ideas will make the final list manageable.

    In our small group we had excellent discussion; we wrote our ideas down; and as we heard from many other groups reporting out we recognized that many other groups had composed ideas similar to ours.

    Among our ideas that we heard from others:

    – LEARN TO LISTEN to everyone, to hear what values they hold and what issues/concerns/needs they express, that can be related to our Democratic values
    – MAKE WAYS to MEET AND TO ENGAGE, others that we would not typically, or easily, or comfortably meet. In other words: meet others unlike ourselves and get to know them
    – MAKE CONNECTIONS, including to nonvoters, in activities that find common ground that serves the community. For example, in central Virginia our Impact/Nehemiah Project gather hundreds or thousands of many different faith communities to learn about critical social concerns and to leverage that power (of people, and of knowledge) with local elected officials. SERVICE together is a way to meet both voters and nonvoters for the common good. And conversations about voting may naturally arise.

    On my own, last Fall, I intentionally put myself into situations where I could see ‘how others were doing’. One example: got a simple oil change at a local Merchant’s shop (not where I usually go). Sitting in the waiting room for a couple hours was revealing. Perhaps 1/3 or 1/4 of people, where they heard the estimates of whatever work was needed or recommended, said to the management that they ‘couldn’t pay that much’ and would only have the most urgent work done. I told this story to our Congressional Candidate’s team to remind them how important it would be to speak powerfully and authentically to people ‘who don’t have means to get their car fixed’, understanding all that would mean for a person who is working, trying to get work, and trying to help their family.

    For many years I’ve intentionally put myself in unfamiliar situations. I have come to know many transgender persons and their families and joined a community health coalition. I have sought out and sustained connections to 2A Rights advocates and let them know I want to protect their rights and to prevent suicides (and helped to educate them that most gun deaths are suicide, not homicide). I’ve gotten to know local farmers and try to watch the local televised farm report.

    ACTUALLY, it was watching a farm report act assured me that all the pollsters and talking heads were WRONG, and that Mr Trump would likely win. BECAUSE I kept hearing on the farm report about low rates of year-end profitability for a high proportion of American farmers! The last I heard was one quarter. One quarter of farmers not making a year-end profit – after all the hard work, and costly investment, that requires! rain, shine, snow or drought! 24/7! – predicted a big rural/county/working folks turnout, I reasoned! And that is what happened.

    I was very impressed that in our small group and in the large meeting I heard many times that everyone wanted to learn to LISTEN, MEET AND ENGAGE, and MAKE CONNECTIONS. Let’s do that! The state and national Parties should help us all do that!