SEIU Virginia 512 and SEIU 32BJ members joined workers and community members from across the state to launch Raise the Wage Virginia, a coalition dedicated to winning a $15 minimum wage in the Commonwealth. Thomasine Wilson works as an in-home care worker, assisting elderly clients with daily tasks they can no longer perform. While most of her patients have a lifetime of savings, Wilson said many of her colleagues do not because they begin working out of trade school near the minimum wage. Read More.
Virginia General Assembly 2020
Gov. Ralph Northam opened Virginia’s annual legislative session with an ambitious agenda of change and a series of historic firsts on Wednesday night. This year’s General Assembly will look different from any other in the body’s 401-year history with diverse Democratic leadership aiming to set a new course. November’s elections empowered Democrats to launch an ambitious agenda of gun control, social equity, and big investments in public education and the environment. Read more.
Virginia’s First Female House Speaker
Virginia Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D) was welcomed with applause on Wednesday when she was sworn in as the first female House Speaker in the state’s 401-year legislative history. Filler-Corn, who represents the state’s 41st District in Fairfax, is also the first Jewish person to hold the position in Virginia. She was chosen by members of the House Democratic Caucus after Democrats won control of the Virginia General Assembly in November. Read more.
Join OneVirginia 2021 in Richmond for their annual Lobby Days in 2020. We have to come together to hold our legislators accountable and encourage them to pass the redistricting reform constitutional amendment for the second time so it can go on the ballot in November 2020. Each day is meant to target a specific region, but this does not mean that you can only attend that day – come to the one that works for you!
Below are the days grouped by regions to aid in carpooling and prevent overcrowding in narrow hallways, but if you can’t make it to the day assigned to your area, please come whenever you can! Learn more and SIGN UP HERE.
- January 14 – NOVA
- January 21 – Areas east of Richmond
- January 28 – Richmond area, Fredericksburg area
- February 4 – Areas west of Richmond
- February 11 – Make up day
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