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February 22, 2021 | In the News · The Latest

VPM: Death Penalty Abolished by Virginia Legislature

The General Assembly has approved landmark legislation to abolish the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam may sign the bill within a week. Opponents of the death penalty cite the high cost, the possibility of executing the innocent, and the disproportionate racial impact. Almost half of...

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January 28, 2021 | In the News · The Latest

Augusta Free Press: Laborers’ union endorses Jay Jones for attorney general

Norfolk Democratic Del. Jay Jones has received the endorsement of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) for his campaign for the Democratic Party attorney general nomination. Jones and LIUNA share the belief that civil rights and workers’ rights must be fought for together, and...

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January 15, 2021 | In the News · The Latest

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Schapiro: Matchmaker, matchmaker make Democrats a match

Virginia Democrats would tell you publicly their throng of statewide candidates is an embarrassment of riches, a reflection of the state’s accelerating diversity and the growing muscle of its metropolitan areas. Virginia Democrats privately would tell you that some of their candidates are embarrassments, though perhaps not on the scale...

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November 11, 2020 | In the News · The Latest

The Roanoke Times, Op-Ed: Virginia’s attorney general’s office needs a civil rights division

As we close out a year of awakening of racial disparities that persist in our society, we must turn awareness into action. In February 2019, I spoke on the floor of the House of Delegates about the Black experience in Virginia. I identified what I call the “Two Virginias”—a Black...

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