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 afternoon. This critical housing legislation will protect Virginia renters who have experienced hardship. This legislation both makes sure that hardworking Virginia families can remain in their homes and that the landlord is made completely whole.

We see absolutely no reason for this legislation to not be passed and urge the Virginia Senate to pass this bill without further delay.”

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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