Topic: Civil Rights

Apr 20, 2015/01:47 PM

Va. election board orders voting machine replacement


By Jenna Portnoy The Washington Post © April 15, 2015   RICHMOND The Virginia Board of Elections on Tuesday voted to scrap a type of voting machine used by dozens of local governments after identifying security concerns. The move leaves 30 counties and cities scrambling to replace hundreds of voting machines. Ten of those local governments have primary elections scheduled …

Apr 6, 2015/10:06 AM

NVM Applauds Virginia Supporting President’s Exec Action on Immigration


April 6, 2015 New Virginia Majority Applauds State Supporting President’s Exec Action on Immigration Attorney General signs Amicus Brief supporting the president’s actions on DACA/DAPA Richmond –New Virginia Majority (NVM) applauds Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring decision to sign an amicus brief in support of efforts by 14 states, numerous civil rights and labor groups to defend President Obama’s executive …

Apr 3, 2015/09:57 AM

NVM Applauds Gov. McAuliffe “Banning the Box” in State Hiring Practices

Gov. Signs Exec Order Banning the Box in State hiring

April 3, 2015 New Virginia Majority Applauds Governor McAuliffe’s Executive Order to “Ban the Box” in State Hiring Practices Richmond, VA – Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that state job applications would no longer include a question asking if a person has ever been convicted of a felony. The question on job applications often intimidates and discourages previously incarcerated individuals …

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 …