Virginia Organizing in the News

2013-10-02 16:22

Ray Scher, a retired nurse and volunteer with Virginia Organizing, said the office doesn’t steer people, but instead provides information so that people can make their own choices.

He recommends that everyone take their time looking at policies; enrollment is open through March 31. One woman who called said that the premiums were so high—but that was before being offset by federal subsidies that are based on income.

2013-09-25 00:00

You don’t need the exchange if you’re eligible for Medicare or Medicaid; if you get insurance through your employer; if you’re paying for a private insurance plan; or if you’re in Tricare or veterans health programs.

Tuesday’s forum, hosted by Virginia Organizing, focused on two groups—the uninsured and small-business owners, likely the two most affected, Lillis said.

2013-09-23 01:04

"Virginia only has the names of people currently incarcerated, but not those who have been released. They don't know where these people are," said Ladelle McWhorter of Virginia Organizing, a non-partisan grass-roots group.

McWhorter, who is vice chair of Virginia Organizing's state governing board, said people need to come forward.

Her organization and nearly a dozen others have been hosting civil rights restoration workshops around the state to increase awareness. The workshops outline how rights can be restored and assist eligible individuals in filling out the necessary paperwork.

2013-09-23 00:00

Ms. McWhorter, who is vice chairwoman of Virginia Organizing’s state governing board, said people need to come forward.

Her organization and nearly a dozen others have been hosting civil rights restoration workshops around the state to increase awareness. The workshops outline how rights can be restored and assist eligible individuals in filling out the necessary paperwork.

The workshops include testimonials from ex-felons like Fredericksburg resident Kevin Smith. He has yet to file his own rights restoration paperwork, but he has volunteered to get the word out to others.

2013-09-23 00:00

"Virginia only has the names of people currently incarcerated, but not those who have been released. They don't know where these people are," said Ladelle McWhorter of Virginia Organizing, a non-partisan grass-roots group.

McWhorter, who is vice chair of Virginia Organizing's state governing board, said people need to come forward.

Her organization and nearly a dozen others have been hosting civil rights restoration workshops around the state to increase awareness. The workshops outline how rights can be restored and assist eligible individuals in filling out the necessary paperwork.

2013-09-19 13:43

“Virginia only has the names of people currently incarcerated, but not those who have been released. They don’t know where these people are,” said Ladelle McWhorter of Virginia Organizing, a non-partisan grass-roots group. “The thing that [the governor’s office needs] is for people to come forward.”

The state does not have a single comprehensive list of eligible nonviolent felons. So there is no efficient way to notify individuals of the rights-restoration process.

Instead, Virginia Organizing and nearly a dozen other organizations have been hosting civil rights restoration workshops around the state to increase awareness.

McWhorter, who is vice chair of Virginia Organizing’s state governing board, said that the workshops outline how rights can be restored and assist eligible individuals in filling out the necessary paperwork.

2013-09-19 13:38

Dozens of people attended a forum hosted by Virginia Organizing Wednesday evening at Charlottesville City Hall to learn more about it and get their questions answered by experts.

"People are confused about who qualifies and how they, and what it will cost and what the benefits are," said Virginia Organizing volunteer Dell Erwin. "There's just a lot of misinformation and lack of information, so we feel it's really important to educate people so they can make informed decisions."