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The Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Virginia Organizing Chapter has been working on immigration reform issues including opposing anti-immigrant policies in the Virginia General Assembly and at a federal level, supporting comprehensive federal immigration reform and supporting the Dream Act. The Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Chapter completed a listening campaign to hear the stories of local residents affected by immigration policies and after a year of hard work, the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Virginia Organizing Chapter and other grassroots organizations urged the local Rockingham County Board of Supervisors to terminate the 287(g) contract with the Sheriff’s office and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) and were successful. On October 24, 2012 the Board of Supervisors elected not to extend the local government’s 287(g) contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Currently, the Chapter is working on a diversity hiring campaign in Harrisonburg, as the city staff is not reflective of our diverse community in Harrisonburg. To protect immigrant communities and fight deportations, we must stop police from handing people over to ICE. The chapter is working to urge our local law enforcement agencies to stop honoring ICE holds that break families apart and discourages our immigrant communities from reporting crimes. The Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Chapter meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at the Lucy Simms Center.

The Augusta/Staunton/Waynesboro Chapter has been active in promoting the Affordable Care Act and towards the Expansion of Medicaid and closing the coverage gap. The Chapter has organized vigils, rallies, and community forums to inform individuals about the ACA. Currently, the Chapter is working on a fair-hiring initiative called “Ban the Box.” The Chapter will ask the city of Staunton and Waynesboro to remove the question on the job application about an individual’s conviction history and delay the background check inquiry until later in the hiring process. The Augusta/Staunton/Waynesboro Chapter meets every third Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the Fishersville Library.

Virginia Organizing Calls on Rep. Goodlatte to Protect Health Care

Virginia Organizing Calls on Rep. Goodlatte to Protect Health Care

What: Public demonstration in support of the Affordable Care Act When: Saturday, February 25 at 12 p.m. Where: Court Square, Harrisonburg, Va. Harrisonburg, Va.—The Harrisonburg C ...

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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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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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Fight for Your Rights as a Patient

Fight for Your Rights as a Patient

This letter was published in The Nelson County Times. My wife Peggy and I are deaf and need sign language interpreters whenever we have important doctor appointments. My wife had ...

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Harrisonburg: Virginia Organizing to Hold Demonstration to Support Health Care for All People

Harrisonburg: Virginia Organizing to Hold Demonstration to Support Health Care for All People

What: Public demonstration in support of the Affordable Care Act When: Tuesday, January 3 at 4:30 p.m. Where: Court Square, Harrisonburg, Va. Harrisonburg, Va.—The Harrisonburg Ch ...

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Secretary Thomasson to Join Virginia Organizing for Restoration of Rights Celebration

Secretary Thomasson to Join Virginia Organizing for Restoration of Rights Celebration

What: Restoration of Civil Rights Information Session for Returning Citizens When: Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. Where: Lucy Simms Center (620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 2280 ...

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Virginia Organizing to Screen ‘Love is Never Silent’ at Wayne Hills Deaf Fellowship

Virginia Organizing to Screen ‘Love is Never Silent’ at Wayne Hills Deaf Fellowship

What: Screening of Love is Never Silent to benefit Virginia Organizing When: Friday, September 30 (doors open at 5 p.m. and movie begins at 6 p.m.) Where: Wayne Hills Deaf Fellows ...

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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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Virginia Organizing Pushes for Equal Access to Health Care for Deaf Community

Virginia Organizing Pushes for Equal Access to Health Care for Deaf Community

Charlottesville, Va.—Virginia Organizing leaders are working with several Central Virginia hospitals to improve services for the deaf community, which includes some basic services ...

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