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.
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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.
The University of Mary Washington’s chapter of Virginia Organizing will hold a community forum today on living wage campaigns and labor rights.
The forum, called “The Low Down on Labor Rights,” is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. in Jepson Hall, room 100.
Tim McCarthy, part of the regional leadership team with Virginia Organizing, pointed to the public-private collaboration that has built four complexes for the homeless around the region since 2006. The Virginia Beach City Council has approved a fifth complex of 81 units on Diamond Springs Road at Northampton Boulevard. It will provide housing for the homeless and the poor.
He also noted that housing can't be viewed in a vacuum.
On Saturday, members of Virginia Organizing shopped at a local convenience store all at once to help a woman shutting down her business.
While it is true that Virginia’s leaders have chosen not only to allow the federal govern-ment to set up the program choices for the state but also to spend essentially nothing in offering education or resources to residents, people should not feel like all is lost. There are organizations that are actively working to set up educational opportunities for people leading up to the marketplace opening in October.
Virginia Organizing is a nonpartisan group here in Fredericksburg that is planning a community forum to provide some education for residents on Sept. 23 at the public library on Caroline Street, at 7 p.m.