Lobby Day is when large groups of citizens travel to the Virginia General Assembly to speak with unified voices to our legislators on topics important to the 2018 session. We encourage all available citizens to attend and to gain the experience of interacting with your representatives. They can’t possibly know what you want them to do/how to vote if you don’t tell them! While we focus here on the efforts of the VCDL, you can use this day to contact legislators on any numbers of topics you choose. We do however, strongly support VCDL and would hope that you show your support for their efforts. If you do plan on joining them specifically, be sure to let them know via their Facebook event page.
UPDATE: More information from VCDL:
The General Assembly is in the Pocahontas Building, which is at 10th and Main Streets (900 East Main Street). The Capitol grounds and the Bell Tower, where the rally will be held at 11 am, are across the street on the opposite side of the building.
Here is a map:
This Monday, January 15, is Lobby Day. It is also a federal holiday, so street parking in Richmond is free on that day. There are also various garages in the area which have public parking for a fee, including on 7th Street north of Broad Street.
Here is a link to parking information:
MARSHALING AREA – Starting at 8 AM
We will be marshaling into teams between the Bell Tower and the water fountain, just across Bank Street from the General Assembly. Look for people wearing GSL stickers. Here is a map. We will marshal where you see “HERE” in a circle:
ENTERING THE BUILDING
We will leave the marshaling area and enter the building from Main Street. If you are carrying, you MUST have a CHP to get into the building. MAKE SURE YOUR CHP HAS NOT EXPIRED AND HAVE A PHOTO ID WITH YOU!
The rally begins at 11 am sharp and the stage will be in the exact same location as the Marshaling area, above. We must be careful not to block the sidewalks during the rally. No signs can be stuck into the ground or attached to any structures (except the stage VCDL will have).
After the rally, if you have not visited with your own Senator and Delegate, head back into the General Assembly Building to do so. You might get together with others and form a mini-team that only goes to each member of the mini-team’s own legislator’s offices.
After the rally, there are restaurants around the General Assembly area. Best bet is to go south, down to Cary Street and then go left (east). There are also some other restaurants if you simply head east on Main Street.
See you there, VCDL! I’m looking forward to flooding the General Assembly Building with people wearing GSL stickers!
It will be sunny but cold with a high of 35, so dress warmly!
Hope to see you there!
From the Virginia Citizens Defense League; a Virginia-focused 2nd amendment rights advocacy group:
All Virginia Gun Owners, Family and Friends -TAKE OFF WORK NOW for Jan 15, 2018 VCDL “Lobby Day”!
WHAT IS “VCDL LOBBY DAY”? This is the day when hundreds and hundreds of gun owners come to the temporary General Assembly building in Richmond (900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219) to meet with the Virginia Legislature (our Senators and Delegates). We form small groups around 0830 just outside the building with our legislative agenda and how VCDL stands on bills (Support, Neutral, Don’t support) and we ask our reps to VOTE on bills they way WE want them to vote. More information will be posted in JANUARY 2018 – This VIDEO from 2010 is a small example of what Lobby Day is all about: http://vimeo.com/34618841 –
Take off work now and plan on coming! Bring a friend!