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Virginia NAACP Commends General Assembly on Passage of HB1890 Virginia Voting Rights Act

Former Confederate Capital Poised to Become First Southern State with Voting Rights Act RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement regarding today’s passage of House Bill 1890, the Virginia Voting Rights Act: “Following decades of regressive voter suppression on the state and national levels, the …

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Virginia NAACP Applauds Virginia General Assembly Declaration of Racism As Public Health Crisis

RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s passage of House Joint Resolution 537 to declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis: “When the Virginia NAACP released our legislative agenda for the General Assembly session, we made the declaration of Racism as a Public …

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Virginia NAACP Applauds Certification of Judge Pamela O’Berry By Senate Judiciary Committee

RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement following the certification of Judge Pamela O’Berry by the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee: “Because of the undeterred advocacy efforts of the Virginia NAACP, today the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing in certifying Judge Pamela O’Berry for the …

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Virginia NAACP Strongly Condemns Racist Dog Whistle Remarks of Senators Peterson and Saslaw And Demands An Apology to Virginia’s Black Students

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference NAACP (Virginia NAACP) strongly condemns the racist dog-whistle remarks made by Senators Chap Petersen and Dick Saslaw during last Thursday’s Senate Education Committee meeting. HB2305, patroned by Del. Roslyn Tyler, would have required the Virginia Board of Education to issue guidance on the governance of academic year Governor’s Schools, …

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Virginia NAACP Outraged By Attempts to Dilute SWAM Business Definitions In SB1369

RICHMOND (February 17, 2021) – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s passage of Senate Bill 1369 in the House Committee on General Laws Subcommittee on Open Government/Procurement: “The Virginia NAACP is outraged that the House Committee on General Laws Subcommittee on Open Government/Procurement moved …

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Virginia NAACP Disturbed by Senators Saslaw, Peterson and Surrovell who stand in the Way of Critical Housing Protections for Virginia Families

RICHMOND (February 15, 2021) – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to Virginia Senators Saslaw, Peterson and Surrovell’s NO vote on HB2014 earlier this afternoon: “The Virginia NAACP is extremely disturbed by Senators Saslaw, Peterson and Surrovell, who each voted NO to HB2014 earlier this …

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Virginia NAACP Extremely Concerned About Recent Events At Bluefield College

RICHMOND (February 11, 2021) – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to the today’s statement issued by Bluefield College President Dr. David Olive: “The Virginia NAACP is extremely concerned about the recent actions of Bluefield College that appear to suppress the nonviolent, silent protests of …

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Virginia NAACP Disturbed By Pattern of Misaligned Votes from Reps. Cline, Good, Griffith, and Wittman

RICHMOND (February 6, 2021) – The Virginia State Conference NAACP released the following statement following the Congressional vote to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments: “It has become apparent that Reps. Wittman, Good, Cline and Griffith have exhibited a pattern of votes that are misaligned with the interests of their constituents, especially …

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Virginia NAACP Applauds Committee Passage of Voting Rights Constitutional Amendment and Demands Swift Passage By Full Senate

RICHMOND (February 4, 2021) -Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement today following the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 272 by the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections: Today’s bi-partisan passage of Senator Mamie Locke’s Constitutional Amendment to finally cement the right to vote is an encouraging and exciting …

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Virginia NAACP Expresses Outrage in Failed Qualified Immunity Reform Efforts

RICHMOND (February 3, 2021) – The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP (Virginia NAACP) set forth its legislative priorities for 2021. This week, the Virginia NAACP saw both success and failure in the General Assembly. The House of Delegates passing the resolution to Declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis recognizes the inequities and systemic …

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