Update from the Executive Director: Continuing the Fight for Economic Justice for All

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

The Virginia General Assembly is off and running. This is the 402nd year the General Assembly has met, and it promises to be like no other thanks to the continuing pandemic. The House of Delegates is meeting virtually, and the Virginia Senate is meeting both in-person and virtually.

As always, VPLC has an important legislative agenda to defend, preserve, and enhance opportunities for low-income Virginians, which you can view here.

Stay Updated

Throughout the session, we’ll send regular updates on issues we’re working on and alerts for when we need your help with moving legislation forward. To follow the progress of our legislative work, visit our Legislative Advocacy Center. Our Housing Advocacy team will also be sharing some more detailed updates around housing legislation throughout session. You can sign up for those here.

VPLC to Receive the Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community award for Economic Justice

Virginia Union University (VUU) will award VPLC with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community award for Economic Justice during its 43rd Annual Community Leaders Celebration. We are honored to receive this recognition from VUU and commit to continuing our work, to honor Dr. King and his legacy of uplifting the “beloved community” by uplifting our community here in the Commonwealth. Tune in to the hour-long special celebration on WTVR-CBS 6 (Richmond) and WTKR-CBS 3 (Hampton Roads) on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9 a.m. The event will also be featured virtually on WTVR’s and WTKR’s websites, as well as on VUU’s Facebook.

Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy Through Our Advocacy

We believe our legislative agenda is true to Dr. King’s vision of the “beloved community.”

Unfortunately, contrary to Dr. King’s vision, the specter of political violence hangs in the air in Richmond after the assault on the U.S. Capitol and reported threats leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Biden. Regardless of your political affiliation, everyone should condemn such violence. It is outrageous that legislators and their staff should be subjected to these threats.

Thanks, as always, for your support. We look forward to continuing to work together to break down the systemic barriers that keep low-income Virginians in the cycle of poverty.

Jay Speer
Executive Director, VPLC

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