Topic: Civil Rights

Mar 28, 2015/09:53 AM

New Virginia Majority Applauds Gov. McAuliffe’s Veto of Voter ID Bill


Our Statement on Gov. McAuliffe’s Veto of HB1318 Richmond, VA – We applaud Governor McAuliffe for keeping our voting system free, fair, and accessible. Our democracy is strongest when we all have the opportunity to participate. The right to vote, to choose our leaders and to weigh in on issues affecting our lives is at the heart of what it means …

Feb 19, 2015/10:39 AM

Richmond – Join us for a private screening of Selma

Join us in Richmond for a private screening

Fifty years ago, brave women and men from around the nation joined African Americans in the fight to secure their constitutional right to vote. Today, the struggle to defend our right to vote continues. The movie Selma tells the powerful and moving story of one of the major battles in American history for voting rights. As part of our celebration …

Feb 11, 2015/01:02 PM

Va. House approves ID requirement for absentee voting requested by mail


By Jenna Portnoy February 9 RICHMOND — The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday passed a bill that would put additional limits on voting in a state where the laws are already among the most restrictive.Under the bill, voters would have to submit a copy of their photo identification when they apply by mail to vote by absentee ballot. Currently, …

Feb 2, 2015/11:06 AM

Times Dispatch: House panel backs photo ID for absentee voting


  BOB BROWN/times-dispatch Del. Jeffrey L. Campbell, R-Smyth, listens to debate during the floor session of the Virginia House of Delegates at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Campbell has a bill that would require a copy of a photo id to be included in any absentee ballot sent in during an election. Posted: Friday, January …

Jan 28, 2015/03:03 PM

Wash Post: Virginia lawmakers struggle with campus sexual assault policy


  RICHMOND — Virginia lawmakers on Thursday heard two hours of sometimes emotional testimony about campus sexual assault — and then threw up their hands.On the heels of high-profile cases of rape on college campuses, lawmakers are struggling with how to punish the perpetrators without taking away victims’ rights when they are most vulnerable. At issue is whether to require …

Jan 9, 2015/01:59 PM

Women’s Equality Coalition Announces Legislative Agenda


Women’s equality coalition announces legislative agenda By ALI MISLOWSKY and CRAIG ZIRPOLO Capital News Service | Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015 10:47 am RICHMOND — ProgressVA, the Virginia Latina Advocacy Network and other women’s rights and health advocacy groups launched the Women’s Equality Coalition on Thursday, announcing their legislative agenda for the 2015 General Assembly session. With support from the …

Dec 15, 2014/01:29 PM

Governor McAuliffe Announces $28 Million in Funding for New Voting Machines


Governor McAuliffe Announces $28 Million in Funding for New Voting Machines across Virginia All precincts will be equipped with uniform, state-of-the-art voting machines for November 2015 elections Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that he is including $28 million in his budget to provide new voting machines to precincts across Virginia so all polling places will have uniform, state-of-the-art equipment for …

Nov 6, 2014/11:39 AM

Wash Post: Warner may have wooed wrong voters


On his way to a slim victory in a changing Va., Warner may have wooed wrong voters Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) is locked in a tight race with GOP challenger Ed Gillespie. Returns tabulated late Tuesday showed the race was too close to call, but that didn’t stop Warner from declaring victory. (AP) By Jenna Portnoy and Rachel Weiner …

Nov 2, 2014/11:28 AM

Effects of Virginia’s New Voter Photo ID Law on the Asian American Community


October 27, 2014 By Jenny Chen   The humble photo ID. You show it at banks to deposit money. You show it at bars to get your drink. You show it before you board a plane. But in the last couple of years, the photo ID has been embroiled in a behind-the-scenes political tug of war. The tug of war …

Oct 29, 2014/10:27 PM

Virginia voting rights groups mobilize for Election Day and new photo ID law


By Jenna Portnoy October 29 at 8:22 PM When Virginia’s new voter identification law goes into effect statewide Tuesday, voting rights groups will monitor select polling places to help people comply with the rules, which are among the nation’s strictest. For years, voters have been required to provide identification at the polls, but this year — for the first time …