On Saturday, May 16, Socialist Party members from around Virginia met to form a new local. Joining us were Greg Pason (national secretary of SP-USA), David Gaines (SP member in Maryland), and one SP-curious person.
In all 10 people attended the meeting. 7 of those folks voted to form a new local called the Socialist Party of Central Virginia. The boundaries of the new local begin with Rockingham County, down to Augusta County, then SE to Virginia Beach (including Richmond/Petersburg/Chesterfield inside the local), up the coast to Northumberland and back over to Rockingham. Temporary officers were elected.
The new local has much work to be done! Once chartered officially by the National Committee of the SP-USA, we will set some by-laws, and figure out how to proceed.
It is our hope to encourage and assist in the formation of other Virginia locals, as well as in DC and Maryland. We hope to become as active as possible in the areas of socialized health care, the Employee Free Choice Act, Immigrant solidarity and rights, GLBT rights, and of course- opposing the wars and occupations.
We currently have 15 members within the boundaries of the local, and look forward to bringing in new comrades, as well as some old ones!