Virginia NAACP Encouraged By Passage of Expungement Reforms While Disappointed With Remaining Systemic Barriers for Black Virginians

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Virginia NAACP Encouraged By Passage of Expungement Reforms While Disappointed With Remaining Systemic Barriers for Black Virginians

RICHMOND – Virginia State Conference NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement following the passage of House Bill 2113 and Senate Bill 1339:

“The Virginia NAACP is encouraged by the passage of expungement reforms passed by the Virginia General Assembly that now head to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk for his signature. 

While we celebrate today’s milestone of progress, the Virginia NAACP remains firm in its position that there should be no additional barriers to obtaining automatic expungement once an individual qualifies: no court fees, no petitions, no attorney fees, no hearings.

Until Virginia removes the systemic barriers that will continue to disproportionately impact Black Virginians following this law’s enactment, the Virginia NAACP will not rest or be silent.”

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 VSCNAACP.org.

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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 yesterday’s passage of House Bill 1890, the Virginia Voting Rights Act:

“Following decades of regressive voter suppression on the state and national levels, the Virginia NAACP is thrilled that our Commonwealth is just one signature away from enacting a historic Voting Rights Act.

Protections included in this landmark legislation will prevent voter suppression tactics by requiring pre-approval of certain changes to election procedures, protecting voters from threats and intimidation at the polls, and allowing civil action as possible recourse. The Virginia Voting Rights Act is poised to be an impenetrable shield of protection for the voting rights of Black Virginians and Virginians of color when enacted. 

We are unequivocally proud of Delegate Marcia Price and Senator Jennifer McClellan for championing this Virginia NAACP priority legislation, and applaud members of the General Assembly who voted in favor of this comprehensive bill.

The Virginia NAACP looks forward to the Governor’s swift action to sign this bill into law, thereby making Virginia the first state in the South to pass a state-level Voting Rights Act.

RACISM – A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS


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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 Health Crisis our number one priority this year. We know that Systemic Racism manifests itself as a determinant to public health through persistent Racial Disparities in all areas of our lives.

We commend Delegate Lashrecse Aird for championing this NAACP priority legislation, and applaud members of the General Assembly who voted in favor of this important resolution. When signed into law, Virginia will become the first state in the south to declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis.

The Virginia NAACP expects nothing less than Governor Ralph Northam’s approval of this resolution. Virginians of color, especially Black Virginians, deserve no further delay of the Commonwealth’s public recognition of this centuries-old Crisis.”

PRESS NOTE

It is the position of the Virginia NAACP that Racism is a Public Health Crisis that should not be minimized in any way. We choose to capitalize the words “Racism” and “Public Health Crisis” in an effort to emphasize the importance of this issue, and encourage the press and general public to do the same.

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

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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 Chesterfield County General District Court.

Representation matters, and we are grateful that the sole Black judge in the Chesterfield General District Court was finally certified. The Virginia NAACP applauds members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who supported Judge O’Berry’s certification today and will continue to advocate for additional Black judges to be certified for Virginia’s courts.”

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 VSCNAACP.org.

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VIRGINIA NAACP NEWS

February 20, 2021

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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, including communication and outreach practices, admissions policies, and guidelines on diversity, equity, and inclusion training. The bill was defeated due to the votes of the following Senators: Cosgrove, Dunnavant, Edwards, Lewis, Newman, Peake, Petersen, Saslaw, and Suetterlein.

Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr., said: 

“During a heated debate on House Bill 2305, Senators Petersen and Saslaw made disparaging remarks aligned with racist stereotypes of racial inferiority of Virginia’s Black students.

Rather than supporting this important bill to add much-needed diversity in Virginia’s Governor’s School program, Senator Petersen insinuated that there aren’t more Black students in Virginia’s Governor’s School program because Black students don’t focus on their academics. 

Sadly, Senator Dick Saslaw’s comments were no better. In addition to lumping together Latinos and Black students, he insinuated that Black and Latino students hadn’t done everything they could to improve their situations.

While some may interpret these senators’ remarks as simply standing up for one group of students, we don’t buy it. The Virginia Senate is no place for peddling racist dog whistles; all Virginia students deserve better than that.

The Virginia NAACP demands an immediate, public apology by Senators Peterson and Saslaw. Their undoubtedly insensitive remarks is one of the primary reasons that HB2305 is needed in the first place.”

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

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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 forward SB1369 yesterday. This legislation dilutes the legal definitions of SWaM (Small, Women, and Minority-owned businesses), leading to “cooperative associations” to circumvent the SWaM certification process.  

SB1369 directly contradicts the goals of increasing women and minority owned businesses in the procurement process. Virginia’s already-dismal record of government contracts with SWaM businesses will be falsely inflated and mom and pop businesses will have to compete with big businesses for local procurement contracts.

We demand that the House General Laws Committee vote NO on this legislation. Virginians need real reform to support SWaM businesses.”

STATE NAACP RESPONSE TO VIRGINIA HOUSING PROTECTIONS VOTE

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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 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.”

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 VSCNAACP.org.

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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 its student-athletes. Rather than supporting their Black players, Bluefield College chose to punish them in an attempt to silence their valid concerns.

The Virginia NAACP is actively monitoring the situation.”

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 VSCNAACP.org.