2022 Legislative Priorities

 

Education

Advocate for legislation that ensures that every Black student and every student of color is able to pursue a free, high quality, equitably funded, public pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education. 

Healthcare

Advocate for legislation that will result in the elimination of the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our healthcare system that undermine communities of color, their life opportunities, and their ability to contribute fully to the common good.

Housing

Advocate for legislation that allows for all Virginians to have access to affordable housing, protections from evictions, relevant and timely information on tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities and to be free of discriminatory practices. Housing is a basic human right.

Environmental and Climate Justice

Advocate for intentional legislation and policies upholds that all individuals have the right to: a clean environment free from polluting facilities, safe, affordable renewable clean energy production; resilient and updated energy infrastructure; sustainable and healthy communities; affordable and just utilities protections against overcharges (including repayment of previous overcharge rate structures), expanded rural broadband and uninterrupted energy service.  

Criminal and Juvenile Justice

Advocate for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system. Furthermore, we support sensible gun laws. Advocate for legislation that eliminates racially disparate treatment of Black youth and other over-represented youth which have a lasting and negative consequences and contributes to an intergenerational cycle for individuals and problematic outcomes in the community.   

Workforce, Labor and Economic Empowerment

Advocate for policies and legislation which enhances the capacity of Black Virginians and other underserved groups through financial economic education; individual and community asset building initiatives; providing safe and affordable housing, diversity and inclusion in business hiring, fair hiring and protection practices, and inclusive procurement; and monitoring financial banking practices.

Voting Rights and Political Representation

Advocate for legislation that ensures free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process. Advocate for legislation that expands voting access including Saturday and Sunday voting, no-excuse absentee voting and vote by mail.

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