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July 18, 2023

May 15, 2024 - New Virginia Majority Celebrates ARPA-funded Rent Relief Programs Launching in Loudoun County

Loudoun, VA. - For the past two years, New Virginia Majority (NVM) has worked with Loudoun County residents to ensure that federal ARPA funding will be used to help residents stay in their homes by providing rental assistance, eviction prevention and utility assistance, with nearly $6 million allocated for rental assistance.

May 9, 2024 - New Virginia Majority Announces Alexandria Slate of Endorsements

Alexandria, VA. - Today, New Virginia Majority (NVM) announced endorsements for the 2024 Alexandria  mayoral and city council races. 

February 26, 2024 - Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Passes House of Delegates

Earlier today, the House of Delegates passed the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill introduced by Senator Jennifer Boysko-this bill would provide paid leave for workers throughout Virginia, which has been long overdue. This is the first time a statewide family and leave bill has passed both the House and Senate-legislators realize that workers should not have to choose between earning their wages and taking extended time off to celebrate a new baby or to care of a sick child, parent, or even themselves. 

February 24, 2024 - The City of Norfolk Installed the First Call Tower

Norfolk, VA. - In June, the Norfolk Redevelopment Housing Authority approved a pilot program to install emergency call towers in the St. Paul's area following persistent efforts from dedicated residents and Norfolk organizers who have tirelessly advocated for these call towers since the fall of 2022. 

November 18, 2023 - Residents Hold Vigil Due to Unfair Practices at the Residences at Brookside

Richmond, Va. - On November 18, 2023 at 5:30 p.m., residents of the Residences at Brookside and New Virginia Majority (NVM) organizers will hold a vigil at their complex, located at 1404 Barriedale Road in Richmond. Residents are protesting the challenging living conditions because of the unfair practices by the apartment management.

October 25, 2023 - Statement on Events Unfolding in Gaza and Our Call for a Ceasefire

We support the recent resolution proposed by Rep. Cori Bush and Rep. Rashida Tlaib “urging the Biden Administration to call for an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Israel and occupied Palestine, to send humanitarian aid and assistance to Gaza, and to save as many lives as possible.”

October 5, 2023 - Loudoun Residents to Line Up Overnight for Housing Choice Vouchers

Leesburg, Va. - On October 5, 2023 at 1 a.m., New Virginia Majority (NVM) organizers will gather with Loudoun residents to line up overnight to obtain one of 300 available spots on the Housing Choice Voucher program waitlist, which will open that morning at 8:30 a.m. outside the Department of Housing and Community Development (106 Catoctin Circle SE).

September 27, 2023 - Organizers Launch People’s Platform for the Working-Class in Loudoun

Leesburg, VA - On September 27, 2023 at 7 p.m., New Virginia Majority (NVM) and organizers will launch the Loudoun People’s Platform in front of the Loudoun County Government Center (1 Harrison St. SE). The Loudon People’s Platform is a coalition of local organizations composed of SEIU Virginia 512, Loudoun Education Association, NAACP Loudoun Branch, Northern Virginia Labor Federation AFL-CIO, and ATU Local 689. Organizations have come together to build the power of working people and communities of color by advocating for workers rights, affordable housing, public education, racial justice, and voting rights.

September 11, 2023 - Uber and Lyft Drivers Protest At Airports in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland

Arlington, VA - Uber and Lyft drivers, in collaboration with the Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement (ACE) Collaborative, will protest at airports across the region. During the protest, participating drivers will be at Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to encourage other drivers to turn off their app and not work for the day. Drivers and supporters in the area and in other parts of the country will use the hashtag #shutdownUberLyft.


June 16, 2023 - Uber and Lyft Drivers Join Forces with ACE to Protest Increasingly Unfair Policies

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.


June 15, 2023 - New Virginia Majority Members Support Norfolk Board of Commissioners Vote for Call Towers in St. Paul’s Redevelopment Area

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.


August 15, 2022 - Southwood Apartments Tenants to March and Protest Pending Eviction Notices

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.


May 11, 2022 - Predicted Displacement of Arlington Tenants within Next Year in Highly Diverse Barcroft Apartments

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.


April 22, 2022 - Community Members to Protest to Demand Repairs from Southwood Apartments

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.


January 21, 2022 - New Virginia Majority Announces Leesburg Mobile Park Residents Are Able to Stay in Their Homes

Richmond, VA - On January 20, 2022, Darius Saeidi, the potential buyer of the Leesburg Mobile Park, informed New Virginia Majority that he has decided to not purchase the property, “due to complexities with the county and our confidence in being able to work with them to successfully find a resolution to the relocation of the tenants,” according to Saeidi.


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. 


October 13, 2020 - Voting Rights Organizations File Lawsuit to Extend Virginia’s Voter Registration After Statewide Voting System Failure

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. 


June 30, 2020 - New Virginia Majority Statement on Temporary Restraining Order Against Richmond Police Department Denial 

Richmond, VA - New Virginia Majority and Virginia Student Power Network issued the following statement on the Temporary Restraining Order Against Richmond Police Department Denial: 


June 26, 2020 - New Virginia Majority Statement on the Virginia Student Power Network (VSPN) Lawsuit

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.”


June 01, 2020 - New Virginia Majority Response to Protests in Virginia and Beyond

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.


January 17, 2020 - New Virginia Majority Statement on the Postponement of Monday's Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocacy Day

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.


November 2, 2019 - New Virginia Majority and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Settle Voter Registration Lawsuit Against Fairfax County Registrar's Office 

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.


July 17, 2019 - Report: Amazon's HQ2 will displace 10,000 LatinX and Working-Class VA residents

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.


July 10, 2018 - Alexandria Sheriff Moves to Reduce Collaboration with ICE, But More Is Needed: Alexandria Jail Must Sever Ties with ICE

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.


January 25, 2018 - Richmond Police Department Agrees To Publicly Release Policing Data In Response to Pressure From Community

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.


June 21, 2017 - New Virginia Majority, Formerly Incarcerated Community Members and Community Leaders Demand Quality Jobs At VCU

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.


June 07, 2017 - New Virginia Majority's Statement on Push for Richmond Education Compact

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.


May 11, 2017 - Lambert's Point Community Calls Out Norfolk Southern At Annual Shareholders Meeting to "stop killing us"

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. 


May 01, 2017 - Local Workers Celebrate International Workers' Day in Alexandria

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.


April 21, 2017 - "We Have A Right To Clean Air": Lambert's Point Community Demands Meeting with Norfolk Southern 

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.


March 26, 2017 - Increased Climate of Harassment Prompts Groups to Launch "Hate Free Virginia" Campaign

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. 


January 19, 2017 - New Virginia Majority Marks Day of Action with Hundreds Marching to the Capitol to Lobby for Civil Rights

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.


September 27, 2016 - New Virginia Majority and Portsmouth Residents Demand Urgent Action on City Flood Plan 

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.


July 22, 2016 - New Virginia Majority Statement on Supreme Court Decision Blocking Voting Rights Restoration

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.


June 22, 2016 - Arlington County Board Unanimously Votes to Support Temporary Licenses for Immigrant Drivers

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.