Our February meeting featured two speakers on criminal justice reform.
Dale Brumfield of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty gave an update on repeal of the death penalty in the 2021 General Assembly session. Virginia has executed more people than any other state–almost 1400–starting in 1608. Dale described the 30-year history of uphill efforts to abolish the death penalty in Virginia, culminating in passage of repeal bills in both bodies of the Virginia legislature. After differences in the language of the two bills are reconciled, Governor Northam is expected to sign the repeal bill in early March. […]
Equity in Education & more: WJCC Dems 1/21 Meeting
Speakers from The Village Initiative for Equity in Education (Jackie Bridgeforth Williams, Jennifer Bickham Mendez, Leah Kuragano, and Philip Canady) presented The Village Equity Report 2020. The Report focuses on the longstanding inequities in the WJCC schools, which have intensified during the pandemic, and proposes concrete, evidence-based solutions. Their presentation sparked lively conversation about inequities in opportunities for students and in funding across WJCC schools as well as the School Board’s relationship with the Board of Supervisors and City Council.
We also discussed how WJCC residents can get involved to advance the cause of equity. Whether you’re a parent or […]
We’re hosting a series of Zoom meet-and-greets with Democratic candidates for statewide office in the 2021 Virginia elections. The series is co-sponsored with the York-Poquoson Democrats, Williamsburg Indivisible Group and Peninsula Indivisible.
2021 is a big year in Virginia politics, with many candidates already running for the Democratic nominations for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. With so many contenders, we want to be sure to give you a chance to meet them all and hear what they have to say.
Upcoming events include:
Jennifer McClellan, the Richmond state senator who is running for the nomination for Governor, Sunday, Jan. 10 at […]
Give some thought to joining NEIGHBORS UNITED FOR CHANGE. Organizing at the neighborhood level helps us recruit volunteers and communicate about important issues neighbor-to-neighbor and friend-to-friend. Want to organize an interest group you’re involved with, or a group of your friends? That works too. Or if you’re already a part of an existing neighborhood group, we’d love to work with you.