No one is equal until we are all equal, and we are committed to ensuring no Virginian is discriminated against in the workplace, when seeking housing, or in public accommodations.
Black and brown communities have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at all levels, including for those behind bars, which has not received much attention.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Northern Virginia Crabfest & Annual Meeting has been cancelled. If you miss us, we hope you'll join us in Arlington on Sept. 12 for the ACLU-VA Annual Meeting.
This is an Activists and Officers panel discussion on police reform. It will be moderated by:
- Valerie Slater, RISE for Youth; and
- Kofi Annan, The Activated People
It will feature:
Join the Virginia COVID-19 Justice Coalition for a discussion about how the racial inequities in our criminal legal system have only worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some Virginia lawmakers ignored, amended or voted against legislation that would make the biggest impact on reducing racial disparities in the criminal legal system. We will continue to work with lawmakers until our criminal legal system is just, fair and equitable for all Virginians.
Before new legislation was passed by the General Assembly in 2020, Virginia was one of the most difficult states in which to vote – second only to Mississippi.
Marijuana laws are enforced more harshly on Black people and communities of color. Although some Virginia lawmakers claimed victory for “decriminalizing” marijuana, simple possession is still illegal. Only the penalty has changed.
Voting is essential to our democracy, and it’s important that you are able to exercise this hard-won right while staying safe - especially during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join the ACLU of Virginia and Marijuana Justice in support of equitable marijuana reform on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square.