About the Richmond Chapter

The Richmond Virginia Organizing chapter is engaged in eduation the community on the new health care law. Richmond residents are organizing around implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by writing letters to the editor and contacting their legislators at the state and national level.  Virginia Organizing Richmond finds opportunities for individuals who have never been part of the political process to learn how to lobby the Virginia General Assembly and the US Congress. Virginia Organizing Richmond also engaged in public eduation on the budget and progressive tax reform and works with local residents fighting for access to affordable housing. Follow the Richmond Chapter of Virginia Organizing on Facebook by clicking here. 

Richmond Chapter: Chapter Highlights

On December 18, local members did fiscal cliff caroling at Sen. Webb's office and outside the church before a forum to talk about Medicaid expansion. The forum featured one of the "nuns on a bus" Sister Mary Ellen Lacy. On December 20, local members attended a Richmond rally concerning the federal budget. Three Virginia Organizing members spoke at the rally and one member served at the MC. Speakers were interviewed by the media. Kevin Wilson, small business owner from Richmond, spoke about opposing efforts in Congress to pass a really bad solution to the "fiscal cliff" situation. Kevin spoke at the rally as a businessman and father, and after the rally was interviewed holding his youngest son in his arms.

Group Escorted by Police Out of Rep. Cantor's Office After Staff Refused to Schedule a Meeting

Icon October 25, 2013 - 01:37 On Thursday, October 24, a group of leaders from Virginia Organizing, Casa in Action, and ACLU of Virginia were escorted by police out of U.S. Representative and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Richmond office after his staff refused to schedule a constituent meeting with Representative Cantor to discuss immigration reform.   The staff asked the group to leave when the office was closing for the day. The leaders refused because Representative Cantor’s staff would not provide a meeting date, time, and place. Shortly after, the office staff contacted the police and the group was escorted out. No arrests were made.   “Our government, especially Representative Cantor, needs to listen to what the people want with comprehensive immigration reform,” said Sandra A. Cook, Virginia Organizing Chairperson. “How can he listen if he refuses to even meet with directly affected people on this issue?”   While the group participated in the act of civil disobedience, a peaceful rally was held outside Representative Cantor’s office to support comprehensive immigration reform and ask for a vote on citizenship.   “Comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship is the most important issue for Congress right now,” said rally participant and Virginia Organizing State Governing Board member Jay Johnson. “Virginia Organizing’s goal is to tell Representative Cantor that we want him to lead on this issue. We hope to tell him in person, but he still has not agreed to meet with us.”   Virginia Organizing supports a comprehensive immigration reform plan with a path to citizenship and legal protections for immigrants and their families. For photos, please click here.

Virginia Organizing Holds Immigration Rally in Richmond

Icon July 29, 2013 - 14:19 Richmond, Va.—On Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m., Virginia Organizing and other groups held a rally at Monroe Park to call on House Majority Leader Congressman Eric Cantor to support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Over 100 people came out to the event to show support.    The rally was one of many actions nationwide asking U.S. House of Representative leaders to support comprehensive immigration reform that includes protections for families and a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the U.S.    "At this rally, we wanted to show Congress, especially House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, that the people of Virginia care deeply about comprehensive immigration reform," said Ladelle McWhorter, Vice-Chairperson of Virginia Organizing. "We believe in extending citizenship to the millions of immigrants working hard and contributing to the U.S. economy and to those young people who have grown up here without documentation. We want Congress to protect breadwinners from unscrupulous employers and work to keep families together.”   McWhorter believes we cannot delay immigration reform any longer. “Virginia Organizing insists that the U.S. House of Representatives consider a comprehensive immigration reform bill that resolves the problems of our broken immigration system. A path to citizenship is good for immigrant families, good for our economy, and consistent with our national values."   A comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the U.S. Senate on June 27 and included a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The U.S. House of Representatives leadership has since said they will not take up the U.S. Senate bill, but will try to create their own bill. Bills that have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives have dealt with only individual pieces of immigration reform and do not address the problems of our broken immigration system.   See photos of the event by clicking here. Watch as Lana Martinez shares her story of her family below. More videos of the event are available by clicking here. 
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Transportation Policy Echoes Housing Policy in Richmond Region

Icon September 27, 2012 - 18:12 Our Richmond Chapter has been working diligently on transportation issues! Below is a great article about how transportation affects the lives and well-being of so many.  By Brian Koziol Posted on: Take Me Home Virginia,

Voter Education Town Hall in Richmond on Thursday

Icon August 28, 2012 - 18:47 ARE YOU PREPARED TO PROTECT YOUR VOTE? Virginia has a new Voter ID law. Do you know how changes in the law might affect you and impact elections in November? Please join us at a special Voter Education Town Hall on Thursday, August 30th at Virginia Union University.

MLK Vigil in Richmond Monday: His Vision, Values, & Challenge to Us.

Icon January 13, 2012 - 21:05 On January 16, 2012, hundreds of Virginians will gather at the State Capitol at 5pm to celebrate and honor Dr. King's legacy and values of equality, justice and opportunity. We Are Virginia will bring King's message and a progressive vision of Virginia to our legislators, emphasizing a return to King’s principles of economic and social justice.

Thursday, Nov. 17, Join us to Declare an Economic Emergeny for the 99%

Icon November 17, 2011 - 01:59 Enough is enough—we can’t wait any longer. Three years after Wall Street wrecked our economy, 25 million people are still unable to find full-time work and the scandalous gap between the 1% and the 99% continues to grow. But instead of creating jobs, Congress continues to ignore the concerns of the 99% and instead focuses on job-killing budget cuts and tax giveaways for the rich.