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The local chapter of Virginia Organizing has been hard at work on several local initiatives, including adding more diversity to the mural in the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors meeting room, and celebrating our recent ban the box victory in the city of Fredericksburg. In the fall of 2014, the chapter decided to focus its efforts on addressing disparities in disciplinary action in the Spotsylvania County schools. We are currently engaged in in-depth research of the local discipline process in the schools. We plan to work to ensure that every child, regardless of race, class, or disability status, can access equal educational opportunities.

We’ve also worked to push for much-needed expansion of Medicaid in Virginia. We have held public rallies, town halls, and even delivered a coffin to Speaker of the House Bill Howell’s office to represent the 1,000 people expected to die in Virginia each year due to lack of health care coverage. We will continue to work for this important opportunity to cover uninsured folks in our community and bolster our economy by creating jobs and properly funding our local hospitals. We have also worked for fair and comprehensive Immigration Reform and are researching and exploring local options for stemming the unfair, unnecessary, and costly deportations of non-criminal immigrants who contribute to the culture and economy of Fredericksburg.

Virginia Organizing Takes Action Across the State on Health Care

Virginia Organizing Takes Action Across the State on Health Care

In our December 2016 newsletter, we wrote about how important it was to protect, improve, and expand health care coverage for all people. Since then, Congress has taken steps to m ...

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Group holds rally in Fredericksburg to show support for Obamacare

Group holds rally in Fredericksburg to show support for Obamacare

Spotsylvania County resident Laurie Haller pushed her daughter’s wheelchair among about 70 protesters Saturday afternoon in downtown Fredericksburg. She carried a poster that read ...

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Virginia Organizing 2016 Annual Report Released

Virginia Organizing 2016 Annual Report Released

The Virginia Organizing 2016 Annual Report is more compact than our past years’ reports, but it is filled with a lot of accomplishments and wins that you helped make happen! You c ...

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Take Action to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline

Take Action to Stop School-to-Prison Pipeline

For the past two years, Virginia Organizing Chapters from Fredericksburg to Lynchburg and Christiansburg to Portsmouth have been working locally to stop the school-to-prison pipel ...

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Editorial: A Better Choice for Student Discipline

Editorial: A Better Choice for Student Discipline

Published in the Free Lance-Star THE REPORT presented a disconcerting situation. Virginia, more than any other state, turns students with disciplinary issues in school over to pol ...

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Grassroots Group and Spotsylvania Schools Make Progress on Discipline

Grassroots Group and Spotsylvania Schools Make Progress on Discipline

About a year ago, Spotsylvania County resident Bryn Pavek saw a startling headline. Virginia, she found, led the nation with the highest number of student referrals to police. A r ...

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Letter: Spotsylvania Schools Take an Important Step

Letter: Spotsylvania Schools Take an Important Step

Published in the Free Lance-Star I would like to thank School Superintendent Scott Baker and Sheriff Roger Harris for their diligence and responsiveness in making progress on redu ...

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Spotsylvania residents speak out against ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

Spotsylvania residents speak out against ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

Published in the Free Lance-Star As a black man, Spotsylvania resident Cliff Vaughn said there are times he feels unwelcome in the community, citing Confederate flags and other ex ...

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Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering 2016

Virginia Organizing Grassroots Gathering 2016

Virginians from Harrisonburg to Southwest Virginia to South Hampton Roads and everywhere in between gathered September 16-18 at Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Center to celebrate accompl ...

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Grassroots Gathering 2016: Brief Recap

Grassroots Gathering 2016: Brief Recap

Over the weekend of September 16-18, Virginia Organizing leaders gathered at Smith Mountain Lake to discuss important issues facing Virginians this year like education justice, en ...

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