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Virginia NAACP Launches the “Ensuring Justice & Demanding Accountability Campaign

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September 16, 2021

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Virginia NAACP Launches the “Ensuring Justice & Demanding Accountability Campaign

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference NAACP is urging Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to use his authority to request the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute occurrences General to investigate and occurrences of law enforcement-involved shootings in the Commonwealth’s circuit courts.

Since March 2021, the Virginia NAACP has been in discussions with Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring about the ongoing issues of law enforcement accountability and the necessity for independent investigations. 

Despite the Virginia NAACP’s meetings with Governor Northam and Attorney General Herring, they have failed to take any significant action. Governor Northam has shifted his focus to the legislature, while AG Herring has remained silent, refusing to ask the governor for authorization. 

The goal is to compel the Governor and Attorney General to both utilize their authority to encourage better policing through better practices, encouraging transparency, and bringing the full weight of the law against bad actors who act with impunity in violating the rights of citizens. 

“After months of conversations, multiple staff-level meetings, and principal-level meetings, we have reached the point where we must take further action to ensure justice & demand accountability,” says President Robert N. Barnette Jr.

The Virginia NAACP is making the following demands of Governor Northam: 

  • The Governor should exercise his executive authority as stated in the Code of Virginia § 2.2-511 to request the Attorney General to prosecute incidents of law enforcement involving shootings in the circuit courts of the Commonwealth. (Gov. Northam’s top legal counsel has affirmed the governor’s authority to do so.)
  • The Governor should implement policies for the Virginia Compensation Board and Criminal Justice Services Board that provide financial incentives for local law enforcement agencies to adopt policing standards that prioritize adopting standards for training, certification, and accountability that builds upon the model of standards and transparency under development with the Virginia State Police.

  • The Governor should leverage the Virginia Compensation Board and Criminal Justice Services Board to have local law enforcement officers prioritize the reexamination of its policing standards so that it can become a model of accountability,  transparency, and culturally responsive policing practices for other law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

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 NAACPVA.org.

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VA. NAACP LEGAL ADVOCACY RESULTS

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September 2, 2021

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Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
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Virginia NAACP Legal Advocacy Leads to Favorable Supreme Court of Virginia Decision In Confederate Monument Case

Following the Virginia NAACP Amicus Brief filing, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the Robert E. Lee Monument can finally come down.

RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference NAACP celebrated today’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia that clears the way for the removal of a confederate monument on state-owned property. Today’s court decision comes after the Virginia NAACP filed an amicus brief in the case earlier this year.

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia has the authority to finally remove the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia. The Supreme Court of Virginia has also dissolved the injunction that was keeping the statute up, meaning that it can now come down.

“Following the Virginia NAACP’s legal advocacy efforts, today’s court decision moves us one step closer to finally bringing down the Robert E. Lee monument for good,” said Robert N. Barnette, Jr., President of the Virginia NAACP.  “I look forward to seeing the monument finally come down.”

Sands Anderson PC was retained to represent the Virginia State Conference NAACP on this matter.

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

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 NAACPVA.org.

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VIRGINIA VOTER REGISTRATION LINKS


On behalf of the Political Action Committee, please see below the custom voter registration links for each branch.


 Branch Voter Registration Links

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Branch NameVoter Reg Link
7041 Accomackvavote.us/7041
7057 Albemarle-Charlottesvillevavote.us/7057
7043 Alexandriavavote.us/7043
7044 Ameliavavote.us/7044
7045 Amherstvavote.us/7045
7046 Appomattoxvavote.us/7046
7047 Arlingtonvavote.us/7047
7048 Bedfordvavote.us/7048
7050 Brunswickvavote.us/7050
7051 Buckinghamvavote.us/7051
7052 Campbellvavote.us/7052
7053 Carolinevavote.us/7053
7055 Charles Cityvavote.us/7055
7056 Charlottevavote.us/7056
7049 Chesapeakevavote.us/7049
7120 Chesterfieldvavote.us/7120
7060 Clifton Forgevavote.us/7060
7058 Culpepervavote.us/7058
7062 Cumberlandvavote.us/7062
7063 Danvillevavote.us/7063
7064 Dinwiddievavote.us/7064
7065 Essexvavote.us/7065
7066 Fairfaxvavote.us/7066
7059 Fauquiervavote.us/7059
7067 Fluvannavavote.us/7067
7134 Franklin Countyvavote.us/7134
7069 Fredericksburgvavote.us/7069
7070 Gloucestervavote.us/7070
7071 Goochlandvavote.us/7071
7073 Greensville-Emporiavavote.us/7073
7074 Halifax-South Bostonvavote.us/7074
7075 Hamptonvavote.us/7075
7076 Hanovervavote.us/7076
7132 Harrisonburgvavote.us/7132
7077 Henricovavote.us/7077
7078 Hopewellvavote.us/7078
7079 Isle of Wightvavote.us/7079
7081 King and Queenvavote.us/7081
7080 King Georgevavote.us/7080
7082 King Williamvavote.us/7082
7083 Lancastervavote.us/7083
7084 Loudounvavote.us/7084
7085 Louisavavote.us/7085
7087 Lunenburgvavote.us/7087
7088 Lynchburgvavote.us/7088
7089 Martinsville-Henryvavote.us/7089
7090 Mathewsvavote.us/7090
7131 Mecklenburgvavote.us/7131
7091 Middlesexvavote.us/7091
7092 Montgomery-Radford-Floydvavote.us/7092
7121 Nansemond-Suffolkvavote.us/7121
7094 New Kentvavote.us/7094
7095 Newport Newsvavote.us/7095
7098 Norfolkvavote.us/7098
7099 Northamptonvavote.us/7099
7100 Northumberlandvavote.us/7100
7101 Nottowayvavote.us/7101
7102 Orangevavote.us/7102
7097 Patrickvavote.us/7097
7103 Petersburgvavote.us/7103
7096 Pittsylvaniavavote.us/7096
7104 Portsmouthvavote.us/7104
7105 Powhatanvavote.us/7105
7106 Prince Edwardvavote.us/7106
7109 Prince Georgevavote.us/7109
7110 Prince Williamvavote.us/7110
7112 Richmond Cityvavote.us/7112
7113 Richmond Countyvavote.us/7113
7114 Roanokevavote.us/7114
7115 Rockbridgevavote.us/7115
7117 Spotsylvaniavavote.us/7117
7118 Staffordvavote.us/7118
7119 Stauntonvavote.us/7119
7122 Surryvavote.us/7122
7124 Virginia Beachvavote.us/7124
7125 Warren-Pagevavote.us/7125
7129 Waynesborovavote.us/7129
7126 Westmorelandvavote.us/7126
7127 Winchestervavote.us/7127
7128 York-James City-Williamsburgvavote.us/7128

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Virginia NAACP Statement on Posthumous Pardons of the Martinsville Seven

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RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement:

“The Virginia NAACP applauds today’s announcement of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam granting posthumous pardons for the Martinsville Seven, a group of young Black men executed by the Commonwealth for the alleged rape of a white woman in 1951.

Decades after the Commonwealth tried and executed these young men without due process, today’s long-overdue announcement is a step in the right direction towards justice.”

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

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 NAACPVA.org.


VA. NAACP – STATEMENT ON U.S. CENSUS BUREAU DATA RELEASE

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August 12, 2021

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Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
804-972-3310
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Virginia NAACP Statement on U.S. Census Bureau Data Release

RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP Political Action Chair Gaylene Kanoyton released the following statement in response to the U.S. Census Bureau 2020 Census data release earlier today:

“Today the U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 census data, starting a 45-day window for the Virginia Redistricting Commission to draw district maps for the next decade.

While we will analyze the public data in the coming weeks, the Virginia NAACP urges all Virginians to make their voices heard through public comment and testimony to the Virginia Redistricting Commission. 

The Virginia NAACP remains committed to ensuring that Virginia maps are drawn in a manner that does not dilute the voting power of Black and Brown Virginians.”

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

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 NAACPVA.org.

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VA. NAACP – PUBLIC EDUCATION IN VIRGINIA

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August 9, 2021

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Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
804-972-3310
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Virginia NAACP Affirms the Importance of Teaching African American History and Antiracist Education in Virginia’s Public Schools

RICHMOND – Today, the Virginia State Conference NAACP affirmed its full support for the adoption of Virginia’s African American History and Social Science Curriculum implementing recommendations from Governor Ralph Northam’s Commission on African American History Education in the Commonwealth

Virginia NAACP leaders also applauded public school educators who are teaching history in its entirety, including the experiences of Black people in Virginia, and our nation. 

Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr., said: “Virginia students must learn about the complex and often untold history of Black Americans in Virginia, and our nation. The Virginia NAACP expects that all public school districts across the state will follow the History and Social Studies Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework Revision, as approved by the Board of Education.”

Virginia NAACP Education Chair Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown said: “We expect that in complying with the state’s SOL curriculum, that superintendents and school administrators will stand behind and support their teachers who are teaching from this curriculum, about Black experiences, or from an anti-racist framework, and do everything in their power to protect teachers from all forms of harassment, retaliation, or retribution from administrators, peers, parents, school board members, or members of the public.”

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

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 NAACPVA.org.

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VIRGINIA STATE CONFERENCE NEWS

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Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
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Virginia NAACP Applauds Efforts to Achieve Universal Broadband by 2024; Reaffirms Repeated Request to Fully-Fund Virginia’s HBCUs

RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement following last week’s announcement by Governor Ralph Northam outlining his plan to invest $700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to expedite the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure to unserved areas and close the digital divide within the next three years:

“The Virginia NAACP looks forward to universal broadband becoming a reality for the Commonwealth by 2024. 

While we applaud the governor’s announcement, we reaffirm our repeated request of Governor Northam and the legislature to ensure that Virginia responsibly uses funds from the American Rescue Plan to drastically invest in infrastructure, programs, and scholarships at Virginia’s five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The Virginia NAACP and our more than 100 branches, youth councils and college chapters pledge to advocate with unprecedented vigor alongside Virginia’s HBCU leaders to demand that this one-time federal funding is used to make historic, once-in-a-lifetime investments in Virginia’s HBCUs.”

There are five Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia: Virginia Union University (1865), Hampton University (1868), Virginia State University (1882), Virginia University of Lynchburg (1886) and Norfolk State University (1935).

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

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 NAACPVA.org.

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SCOTUS DECISION FOR SJ272

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July 1, 2021

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Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
804-972-3310
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Virginia NAACP Pledges Renewed Fight For SJ272 Following SCOTUS Decision

RICHMOND – Today, Virginia State Conference NAACP leaders issued the following statements following today’s U.S. Supreme Court 6-3 ruling in Brnovich v. Democratic National Convention:

“Today’s court ruling cements the need for Virginia to guarantee the right to vote in our state Constitution. The Virginia NAACP will advocate with renewed vigor for state legislators to pass SJ272, sponsored by Senator Mamie Locke, so that this constitutional amendment is on the ballot for Virginia voters in 2022. ” –Robert N. Barnette, Jr., President

“Working with our more than 100 units and partner organizations, we will allocate every resource available to ensure that Virginia continues to expand and protect access to the ballot.” –Gaylene Kanoyton, Political Action Chair

ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP

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 NAACPVA.org.

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VA. GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO CONVENE AUGUST 2

Subject: Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene August 2

Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Ralph S. Northam
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ·
June 23, 2021  
Office of the GovernorAlena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov
Governor Northam Announces General Assembly to Convene
August 2
~ Special session to address state budget, including the allocation of federal relief funding ~
RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today issued a proclamation
calling the members of the General Assembly into special session on
Monday, August 2. A special session is necessary to fill judicial vacancies and allocate more than $4.3 billion in federal relief funding.  “With more Virginians getting vaccinated every day, we are turning the corner and
building back stronger,” said Governor Northam. “Thanks to the
American Rescue Plan, we have a unique opportunity to fund public
schools, support small businesses, achieve universal broadband access,
and make generational investments in our shared future. I look forward
to working with legislators to get it done.” Earlier this summer, Governor Northam and legislative leaders issued a joint statement outlining their
shared priorities for this federal funding: 
Public health. 
Upgrade long-underfunded state and local public health services, boost
affordable housing, and help Virginians with the cost of utilities.
 Small businesses.
Fully fund the Rebuild Virginia economic recovery program, invest in
Virginia Tourism’s work to recruit visitors back to the Commonwealth,
and help the Department Housing and Community Development support Virginia’s main streets, small towns, and industrial revitalization.  
Workers.
Fund the Unemployment Trust Fund to support workers who lose their
jobs and avoid increased costs on Virginia businesses, increase support
for the Virginia Employment Commission—historically one of the lowest-funded unemployment systems in the country—to continue upgrading its computer systems and hire necessary staff. 
Public schools. 
Modernize public school buildings across Virginia by rehabilitating and
upgrading existing facilities, improving air quality and HVAC systems,
and improving safety. 
Broadband. 
Accelerate a 10-year plan to ensure universal broadband access within
the next 18 months. President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law in March, directing $350 billion in economic recovery
funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. All
Republican members of Congress voted against the law, including those
representing Virginia. The full text of Governor Northam’s proclamation is available hereFull Release
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