City Council Democratic Nominees Joint Statement on Gun Violence

February 22, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Democratic Ticket for Roanoke City Council Committed to Progressive Action to Address Gun Violence  

Democrats Joe Cobb, Robert Jeffrey Jr., Djuna Osborne Outline Action Plan

ROANOKE, Va. – The Democratic candidates for the May 1st City Council race released the following joint statement regarding efforts to address gun violence:

Last week our nation saw once again a tragedy caused by gun violence. Our own city has also seen far too many lives impacted by gun violence. We are united in our commitment to promote immediate and sustainable action to make Roanoke a safer city. The effort to prevent gun violence requires action by local leaders and not just condolences after lives have been lost. As members of Roanoke City Council, we will work together to make Roanoke a safer place and address gun violence by:

  • Creating a citywide taskforce to address systemic issues contributing to gun violence and developing meaningful measures for gun violence prevention;
  • Continuously including in the city’s legislative agenda a request for the General Assembly to add Roanoke to a list of Virginia localities where assault rifles are banned in public places and the implementation of common sense statewide gun control legislation;
  • Collaborating with Roanoke City Public Schools, and local and national organizations, such as One Day One Voice and Be Smart, to provide gun violence prevention resources to schools, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators;
  • Partnering with public, private and non-profit organizations operating in Roanoke as well as neighborhoods and individuals to educate citizens on the impact of trauma.

Together, with private and public partnerships, we will implement a strategic plan that includes engagement not only from local leaders, but neighborhoods and citizens to reduce gun violence in our communities. Together we will work to become a trauma-informed city and bring healing to all impacted by gun and other violence.

Promoting action to address gun violence is critically important. The threat of gun violence requires action now to protect our children, families, and community. We are committed to taking every action necessary to reduce gun violence in our city.

For more information:
www.joecobbforroanoke.com
www.robertjeffreyforroanoke.com
www.djuna4citycouncil.com

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Roanoke City Democratic Committee – Day of Action — Roanoke City Council

Calling All Democrats! 

Please join us this weekend to as we work to elect our Democratic Candidates to Roanoke City Council!

We won beyond our expectations last November because of the hard work of strong Democrats like you.   Help carry that momentum forward and let Roanoke City, Virginia and the Nation know that Democrats are ready to work and will not be stopped.

Join us this Saturday
February 10, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Delegate Sam Rasoul’s Office
3027-C Peters Creek Road Roanoke, VA 24017
Contact Chris Fury @ (540)265-2669
if you need assistance

Sign up on Facebook

Featured Guest Speaker:

Mayor Sherman Lea

Schedule of Events:
9:00 – 10:00 AM: Volunteers Arrive
10:00 – 10:30 AM: Mayor Lea Speaks
10:30: Canvassing Begins

Meet the Roanoke City Council Democratic Candidates

Three candidates properly filed for the three open seats for Democratic Party Nomination in the upcoming Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Election for Roanoke City Council. The number of candidates equal the number of available seats; therefore, the Unassembled Caucus (Firehouse Primary) on Saturday, February 10, 2018 is cancelled.  Our Candidates for City Council are, in order of filing:

Joe Cobb

has dedicated his life to empowering others to create a better world. He’s been a member of clergy here and beyond since 1985, served as Executive Director of Roanoke’s Interfaith Hospitality Network, and has ceaselessly worked on social justice advocacy throughout his career. He’s ready to learn about, champion, and take action on the issues near & dear to your heart to shape a city where people, businesses, and the arts can thrive.  He wants to ensure that the city we love is welcoming and full of opportunities for all–regardless of gender, gender identity, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, physical abilities, health, or religion.

Find out more about Joe

Robert Jeffrey, Jr.

is a Progressive Democrat running for Roanoke City Council. He is committed father, grandfather, small business owner, and civic leader. Jeffrey was born and raised in the city; graduating from Roanoke public schools.  As publisher of community-focused ColorsVA Magazine, his pursuit is to bring our diverse neighborhoods together by “Celebrating Our Similarities; Understanding Our Differences”.  Robert is active board member for the Goodwill Industries of the Valley and participates in numerous volunteer activities to support children and families as a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Jeffrey graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about Robert

Djuna Osborne

is a clinical social worker who is deeply passionate about the people of Roanoke. She is running for City Council because she believes that we deserve to have a city that works for all of us, no matter where we live, work, shop, or play.  Djuna moved back to her husband’s hometown to raise their family and is fighting to make sure that all families can thrive here and call Roanoke home, too

Find out more about Djuna

Please like our Facebook page for news and events regarding our candidates and don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, May 1, 2018!

Call to Caucus for Roanoke City Council 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CALL TO CAUCUS FOR DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION TO ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL

ROANOKE CITY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

Contact: Stephen Niamke
Chair, Roanoke City Democratic Committee
chair@roanokedems.com
(540) 519-4211

There are three (3) open seats available for Democratic Party Nomination in the upcoming Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Election for Roanoke City Council.

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee will be holding an Unassembled Caucus (Firehouse Primary) at this place and time:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

9:00 am – 6:00pm

The Berglund Center
710 Williamson Rd NE
Roanoke, VA 24016

in order to nominate our candidates for the positions.

For details, and the rules regarding the Firehouse Primary, please see the official Call to Caucus document.

Candidates wishing to file for nomination must submit a Declaration of Candidacy Form and pay Filing Fees by no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:00pm, following the instructions provided in the Call to Caucus and the prior Pre-Filing Announcement.

Pre-Filing for Democratic Nomination to Roanoke City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NOTICE OF PRE-FILING REQUIREMENT FOR DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL

ROANOKE CITY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

Contact:
Stephen Niamke
Chair, Roanoke City Democratic Committee
chair@roanokedems.com
(540) 519-4211

There are three (3) open seats available for Democratic Party Nomination in the upcoming Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Election for Roanoke City Council.

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee will be holding an unassembled Caucus (Firehouse Primary) on Saturday, February 10, 2018, for the purposes of selecting the Democratic Party’s Nominees for this office.   The formal Call to Caucus, including the time, location, filing fees, and other rules governing the process will be announced on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

In order to be on the ballot and secure an opportunity to be selected as one of three Democratic Nominees for Roanoke City Council, candidates must declare their candidacy by Pre-Filing.  Candidates must download and fill out the Declaration of Candidacy form.

The form is available now, and candidates for Democratic Nomination may begin the Pre-Filing Process.

Declaration of Candidacy Forms must be returned and Filing Fees paid no later than Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:00pm using one of the methods described in the instructions included with the form.

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Welcome to 2018!

Greetings One and All,

I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed the holidays and that the new year looks promising for you and yours. I am excited about what lies ahead for the Roanoke City Democratic Committee.   I look forward to working with you as we launch a campaign centered upon a theme that calls for us to VOTE EVERY DAY.   This is a standing invitation to join the Roanoke City Democratic Committee on January 18, 2018 and every day. This is a call for you to MAKE YOUR MARK on the ballot on election day, but in the community every day.

As I have become increasingly involved in the community and local politics, I have come to understand that voting isn’t an activity reserved only for election day. Making your mark or a difference in the community takes much more than an occasional effort. We must make a sustained effort. We must demonstrate consistency. We must run the marathon, endure the gauntlet, and make the sacrifice. We must fully appreciate the role casting a ballot has in defining policy. We must understand that policy or legislation is the defining component in the quality of life for the average citizen in the United States of America, the State of Virginia, and the City of Roanoke. We must organize ourselves in a manner that allows us to effectively assert our influence in the interest of our children, the environment, and those who have been marginalized or minoritized. We must make our mark. We must VOTE EVERY DAY.

My calendar is marked for Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6pm and for the same time the third Thursday of every month. I trust that yours is too. My ballot will be marked in the interest of the people, the planet, and progress. I trust that yours will be too.

Thanks for all you do,
Stephen Niamke
Chair, Roanoke City Democratic Committee
chair@roanokedems.com

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 8 – MAY 14

Interested in having a voice in the local, Roanoke City, progressive movement and want to make a difference? Lots of great stuff happening this week:

On Monday, the Roanoke City Democrats Committee (RCDC) Fundraising meeting is at 6:00pm at the Grandin Co-lab. We need people with ideas and who want to help raise funds to support the election of our candidates.

On Wednesday, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee for the RCDC is meeting at 6:00pm at the Grandin Co-lab. This group is concerned with the RCDC website, Facebook and Messaging. Folks with graphics arts, photography, communications, writing and computer skills are needed!

On Thursday, The RCDC and Women’s March on Roanoke are holding a Canvass Training event at 7:00pm at the Grandin Co-lab. We are working to outreach to folks generally only vote in presidential elections and activate them to vote for our candidates.

Sign up for the event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1865066803758965/

On Saturday, Djuna Osborne, a House of Delegate Candidate in Roanoke City and one of the leaders of the Women’s March is having her first canvassing Day of Action!

Sign up for the event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1871075626442676/

On Sunday, There is the Pickin’ with Periello campaign event in Rocky Mount at Four Corners Farm.

Sign up for the event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/202219433627408/

Let us know if we’ve missed anything, by emailing admin@roanokedems.com  This is an exciting time to share democratic, progressive principles in our region!

CANVASS TRAINING

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee, in conjunction with the Women’s March in Roanoke, is hosting canvass training this Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Grandin Co-Lab.

We are looking to reach out to voters who only vote in presidential elections and understand their motivation.  We want to activate folks who want Democratic Party representation and get them involved in the process of winning back our House of Delegates and maintaining the Governorship.

This is a critical step in reforming our region and electing Democrats, and we need your help!

Sign up here

CALL TO CAUCUS TO ELECT DELEGATES FOR CENTRAL REORGANIZATION

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee has posted the process for reorganizing our congressional district committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia.   This important caucus will allow members of the party to select folks to sit on the district committee.   These people will become part of the State Party Central Committee, and the chairs of the Congressional Districts shall sit on the State Party Steering Committee.

These are important positions, and we need active participation in order to make our party strong.

Find out more about this process and how you can participate.

The Pre-Filling deadline is Monday, April 24th and the Caucus is on Saturday, April 29th, so please hurry!