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We believe that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity in all aspects of life, regardless of race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability or country of origin. Discrimination must be eliminated in our schools, communities and workplaces. Virginia Organizing leaders speak out against discrimination of all kinds whether it be fighting against housing discrimination in Richmond, fighting for increased accessibility in Fluvanna County or supporting gay rights in Roanoke.

We believe that we should enhance and celebrate diversity in our community and in our state.

  • Trans Day of Remembrance

    Trans Day of Remembrance

    Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, when we honor the lives of those who have been killed in violence against transgender people. We also ask you to take action to protect the right ...

  • VIDEO: Virginia Organizing’s Roots in Southwest

    VIDEO: Virginia Organizing’s Roots in Southwest

    At the Grassroots Gathering, Denise Smith—a member of the original organizing committee—shared stories of Virginia Organizing's roots in Southwest Virginia and the importance of di ...

  • Eric Olson-Getty: September/October 2017 Leader of the Month

    Eric Olson-Getty: September/October 2017 Leader of the Month

    Eric Olson-Getty came to Virginia from North Carolina in 2014. He moved for a new church—his wife is a pastor of a Mennonite congregation—but got to Harrisonburg looking for a new ...

  • Powerful Experience at Grassroots Gathering 2017

    Powerful Experience at Grassroots Gathering 2017

    We had a full house at this year's Grassroots Gathering. Leaders and supporters from all parts of Virginia came together to make change for the better in our state. Members of affe ...

Trans Day of Remembrance

Trans Day of Remembrance

Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, when we honor the lives of those who have been killed in violence against transgender people. We also ask you to take action to protect the righ ...

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VIDEO: Virginia Organizing’s Roots in Southwest

VIDEO: Virginia Organizing’s Roots in Southwest

At the Grassroots Gathering, Denise Smith—a member of the original organizing committee—shared stories of Virginia Organizing's roots in Southwest Virginia and the importance of d ...

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Eric Olson-Getty: September/October 2017 Leader of the Month

Eric Olson-Getty: September/October 2017 Leader of the Month

Eric Olson-Getty came to Virginia from North Carolina in 2014. He moved for a new church—his wife is a pastor of a Mennonite congregation—but got to Harrisonburg looking for a new ...

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Powerful Experience at Grassroots Gathering 2017

Powerful Experience at Grassroots Gathering 2017

We had a full house at this year's Grassroots Gathering. Leaders and supporters from all parts of Virginia came together to make change for the better in our state. Members of aff ...

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You Can Help Virginia Organizing Put an End to Racism

You Can Help Virginia Organizing Put an End to Racism

On August 19, 1995, Virginia Organizing was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of the goals we committed to at that very first meeting was dismantling systemic racism in Virgi ...

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NRV Chapter Calls on School Board to Fight Racism

NRV Chapter Calls on School Board to Fight Racism

On August 15, leaders and supporters from the New River Valley Chapter of Virginia Organizing attended the Montgomery County School Board's regular meeting to ask for a public sta ...

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Success with Augusta Health!

Success with Augusta Health!

Three years ago this month Rita Wertman faced a terrifying crisis. Rita had been brought to the emergency room of Augusta Health Hospital for chest pain, but because she is deaf, ...

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2017 Mid-Year Report Now Online!

2017 Mid-Year Report Now Online!

Click here for a downloadable PDF version of our mid-year report to see more photos and accomplishments!   Virginia Organizing could not do our work without your support, and ...

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Report: Reduce Incarceration To Narrow Achievement Gap

Report: Reduce Incarceration To Narrow Achievement Gap

RICHMOND, Va. — Widespread incarceration of African Americans during the drug war feeds the achievement gap in U.S. schools, according to a new report. The study from the Economic ...

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Equality for All Students

Equality for All Students

Published in the News and Advance I’m writing this letter to commend Scott Brabrand, superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools, and Derrick Brown for introducing change in our scho ...

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