Virginia Organizing in the News

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."

2013-09-17 08:04

 Virginia Organizing will host a health care reform workshop led by Jill Hanken of the Virginia Poverty Law Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Charlottesville City Council Chambers at 605 E. Main St. 984-4655.

2013-09-17 00:00

The “mobile justice tour” organized by the Resource Information for Helping the Disadvantaged, Bridging the Gap, Virginia Organizing, Good Seed Good Ground and the Advancement Project has made nine stops in the state.

Part of their work involves trying to reach, and assist, felons who have not had their rights restored, said Lillie Branch-Kennedy, RIHD executive director and the tour moderator.

2013-09-14 00:00

The University of Mary Washington’s chapter of Virginia Organizing will hold a community forum on living wage campaigns and labor rights Saturday.