Arlington, VA. - On June 20, 2023, at 2:30 p.m., Uber and Lyft drivers, in collaboration with the Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement (ACE) Collaborative, will hold a press conference to protest the declining wages, the lack of transparency around pay calculations, and the arbitrary deactivations at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Terminal 2, North Terrace. After the press conference, drivers will caravan through Washington, D.C.
Norfolk, VA - Today the Board of Commissioners of The Norfolk Redevelopment Housing Authority (NRHA) has taken a step in the right direction and voted for the initiation of a pilot program, initiating the installation of call towers in the St. Paul’s redevelopment area. Members of New Virginia Majority and the local community have been lobbying for the call towers because it is a viable solution to over-policing in the community, improving lighting, eliminating the neighborhood fear of being singled out as the person who calls the police in an emergency, and allows access to services for those who do not have access to phones.
Richmond, VA - Tenants of Southwood Apartments will march throughout the apartment complex to protest against pending eviction notices at 1:30 p.m. The march will begin at 1730 Clarkson Street and end at the Southwood Apartments leasing office, where they will submit their demands.
Arlington, VA - Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Collaborative (ACE) organizers and tenants from Barcroft Apartments will hold a press conference and rally at Doctor's Run Park, 1301 S. George Mason Drive. During the press conference, tenants will share their experiences trying to prepare for skyrocketing rental costs, and organizers will reveal the results of a recently completed survey conducted by organizers and Marymount University predicting tenant displacement of low-income residents.
April 29, 2022 - Leesburg Community Holds Vigil for Affordable Housing
Leesburg, VA - Leesburg families and New Virginia Majority (NVM) organizers will hold a vigil honoring the working class community at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St SE. In April, the county approved over $18 million in funding for affordable housing and though this is a tremendous milestone, many more measures need to take place to prevent the displacement of the county’s working class and essential workers.
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority (NVM) organizers will gather and protest with Southwood Apartments tenants at 1200 Southwood Pkwy, the Southwood leasing office. This protest comes after the Richmond Times-Dispatch released a 19-minute documentary and article that documented the horrific living conditions of many tenants of Southwood Apartments in December 2021.
April 11, 2022 - Community Members to Search for $5 Million at Norfolk City Hall
Norfolk, VA - Members and supporters of New Virginia Majority (NVM) will hold an Easter egg hunt in front of City Hall, and look for $5 million dollars to be used from ARPA funding to fix the decrepit conditions of public housing in the St. Paul’s neighborhood.
February 24, 2022 - Leesburg Families March for Housing Justice During County Budget Public Hearing
Leesburg, VA - Leesburg families will march from Shenandoah Square at 950 Edwards Ferry Rd NE in Leesburg toward the Loudoun County Government Center at 1 Harrison St SE to demand elected officials take housing justice action during the Board of Supervisors budget public hearing.
February 18, 2022 - Community Members to Hold Restoration of Rights March and Rally
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority organizers will hold a Restoration of Rights Rally. The car rally and march toward the Capitol will begin at New Life Deliverance Tabernacle on 900 Decatur Street.
April 20, 2021 - New Virginia Majority Statement on Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on the verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial: Earlier today, a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in the murder of George Floyd, and this moment is full of mixed emotions -- relief, anger, and sadness, to name a few. While the verdict delivers accountability, a racist criminal and policing system remains intact. George Floyd should still be alive today. His life should not have been taken from him in the first place, nor the lives of countless Black people who have died at the hands of police.
Alexandria, VA– Tonight, a coalition of voting rights groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against the Virginia Department of Elections, Commissioner Cristopher Piper, and the State Board of Elections to extend Virginia’s voter registration deadline after the Commonwealth’s voting systems went down earlier today, the last day that Virginians can register to vote.
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority and Virginia Student Power Network issued the following statement on the Temporary Restraining Order Against Richmond Police Department Denial:
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on the Virginia Student Power (VSPN) Lawsuit: New Virginia Majority stands in solidarity with Virginia Student Power Network (VSPN) with the lawsuit filed today on their behalf against the City of Richmond, the Richmond Police Department (RPD), and the Virginia Department of State Police (VSP) for violating their constitutional right to free speech and assembly.
June 18, 2020 - New Virginia Majority Response to Supreme Court Ruling on DACA
Richmond, VA - Today the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a 5-to-4 vote. The court’s opinion said that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind DACA was “arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.”
Richmond, VA - Across the state, people woke up to scenes of cars on fire, citizens being doused with tear gas and pepper spray, and buses full of people who have been detained but have been waiting for processing for hours. These bleak images on the news aren’t grainy black-and-white footage from cameras in 1964 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in Selma or Montgomery. This is what is happening to citizens in the streets of Richmond in 2020.
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on the Postponement of Monday's Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocacy Day: Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members.
Richmond, VA - Today New Virginia Majority and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law favorably settled a lawsuit filed against Fairfax County to seek to reinstate roughly 170 voter-registration applications rejected from students at George Mason University in order to allow them to vote in the upcoming election on November 5.
August 5, 2019 - New Virginia Majority Statement on Mass Shootings Across the Country
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on Mass Shootings Across the Country: We mourn with the families and communities of those murdered in El Paso, Dayton, Chicago, and in communities affected by daily gun violence across the country.
Alexandria, VA - A new report released today shows that Amazon’s plan to locate their HQ2 in Crystal City brought a 17% increase in area housing sales prices in a matter of months. The report predicts that this will displace up to 10,000 LatinX and working-class residents in northern Virginia. The Arlandria Neighborhood will be the most impacted by Amazon’s new Headquarters.
September 27, 2018 - New Virginia Majority Introduced New Map To "Unpack" Black Voters In House Districts
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority (NVM) introduced an alternative redistricting map to maximize minority voting power. Earlier this year, a federal panel made up of district and appellate judges ruled that the House violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause by prioritizing race and packing black communities into districts to dilute their voting power.
Alexandria, VA - Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne’s recent commitment to reduce collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a positive step forward, but more changes are needed in order to live up to the City’s Statement on Inclusiveness.
May 30, 2018 - New Virginia Majority Statement On Medicaid Expansion
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on Medicaid Expansion: Today, Virginia voted to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid, giving nearly 400,000 Virginians access to affordable, life-saving healthcare. This victory belongs to each and every mother, grandmother, student, home healthcare worker, and community member who has been pushing for Medicaid expansion for over six legislative sessions.
Richmond, VA - After many months of grassroots organizing by New Virginia Majority along with coalition partners Legal Aid Justice Center, Advancement Project, and Southerners on New Ground (SONG), the Richmond Police Department (RPD) has agreed to publicly release police data each month starting on February 1.
November 15, 2017 - Residents Call for Police Accountability at Community Forum
Richmond, VA - Approximately 50 community members gathered at Richmond Public Library Main Branch in support of the police accountability campaign. The community is calling for a city-wide Civilian Review Board with subpoena power to investigate violations of the police code of conduct and to build trust and transparency between the community and law enforcement.
September 15, 2017 - Community Searches for Norfolk Southern CEO James Squires
Norfolk, VA - Lamberts Point community will continue their “search” for Norfolk Southern CEO James Squires in an effort to meet with him and discuss the coal dust that is harming predominantly Black communities in Lambert’s Point.
September 06, 2017 - New Virginia Majority Statement on DACA Lawsuit
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on the DACA Lawsuit: New Virginia Majority on the announcement by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring today that the state will take legal action challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA for 800,000 immigrant youth.
August 25, 2017 - New Virginia Majority Statement on Recent Attempts to End DACA
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on Recent Attempts to End DACA: New Virginia Majority is outraged by the recent report that the Trump administration is considering rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority, formerly incarcerated community members, and community leaders gathered outside of Shafer Dining Hall at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to launch a campaign to demand livable wages and job opportunities for formerly incarcerated people in Richmond.
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on Push for Richmond Education Compact: New Virginia Majority (NVM) is encouraged by recent clarification that the Richmond Education Compact is not an attempt to privatize Richmond City Public Schools, nor is it modeled after other pro-charter school compacts in other cities.
Norfolk, VA - Members of the Lambert’s Point community directly affected by toxic coal dust from Norfolk Southern’s rail cars and rotary dumpers, rallied and chanted outside of the Hilton Norfolk The Main Hotel.
Alexandria, VA - In Alexandria, local workers joined Tenants and Workers United (TWU) and its sister organization New Virginia Majority (NVM) for a cultural event and community cookout in celebration of International Workers Day, a day set aside to honor workers and the labor movement.
Norfolk, VA - Residents from historically black Lambert’s Point neighborhood gathered to share stories about the health impacts of Norfolk Southern’s harmful coal dust and their plans to take action.
Alexandria, VA - A group of women convened in Alexandria to launch “Hate Free Virginia” and lift up the urgent safety and security needs of the communities being harassed with hate speech or under attack by law-enforcement agencies, white supremacy groups, and more.
Richmond, VA - More than 300 Virginians convened in Richmond for New Virginia Majority’s Day of Action 2017. The group marched to the General Assembly Building to lobby legislators for protection and justice for immigrants, affordable education, rights restoration for returning citizens-- and more.
October 20, 2016 - New Virginia Majority Applauds Order to Extend Voter Registration Deadline
Richmond, VA - “We’re pleased with today’s order to extend Virginia’s voter registration deadline to ensure every eligible Virginian who wants to register to vote is able,” said New Virginia Majority Co-Executive Director Tram Nguyen.
Portsmouth, VA - New Virginia Majority organizers and Portsmouth residents to gather on the front steps of the Portsmouth City Hall Building in advance of the Portsmouth City Council meeting, to announce their ongoing campaign to address the dangerous lack of storm drains in the community, adjacent to the Elizabeth River.
Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority issued the following statement on the Restoration of Rights Announcement: By invalidating the executive order granting restoration of voting rights to formerly incarcerated people, the Virginia Supreme Court has sadly decided to continue denying democratic participation to 206,000 Virginians – over half of whom are African American.
Richmond, VA - Arlington County Board considered whether or not to support state legislation permitting licenses for immigrant drivers. The Arlington Chapter of New Virginia Majority has been meeting with County representatives for the last year seeking support for this legislation. The Arlington County Board meeting was held at 3 PM at 2200 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington. The board voted 4-0 to unanimously support the measure.