APV tonight!

Tonight I’ll be speaking with the Alliance for a Progressive Virginia on criminalization of sex work and its impact on policy to combat human trafficking. Join us!

Calculating wins, adjusting for losses.

Last November Virginia gained national attention when a sweep of wins from Democrats raised questions about the historical Republican stranglehold on the state. Like many, I celebrated those wins with two minds: confidence that Governor Northam was a win over Gillespie no matter how conservative he might be, and grief …

UPDATED: HB 83 Passes the House and the Senate!

Virginia’s House Appropriations Sub-Committee on Public Safety will meet this Thursday, and they are currently hearing HB 83, a bill that would make feminine hygiene products available at no cost to women incarcerated in Virginia. The email list for the subcommittee members and a sample message are posted below. EDIT 2/16: …

#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Week Launches Today

Today launches the Black Lives Matter At School Week (links to a facebook event), a 5 day teach-in for racial justice at schools across the US. There are great resources for engaging in the week’s events at the links below: Zinn Education Project – Black Lives Matter At School Week Rethinking Schools …

Victory for Public Housing Residents as TK Somanath is Forced to Resign

Tonight Richmond public housing residents and advocates celebrated a significant victory: TK Somanath stepped down as CEO of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA). I have written about Somanath before, when he threatened to deny residents suspected of illegal activity due process by using extrajudicial evictions in the supposed …

Morning Announcements:

If I were a teacher in this school, or any Negro school, and I was dealing with Negro children, who were in my care only a few hours of every day and would then return to their homes and to the streets…I would try to teach them—I would try to …