This is a local #BlackLivesMatter chapter in the metropolitan area. BLM was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. The BLM mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.
We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.
Racial Truth & Reconciliation (RTR) Virginia (RTRVA) is an intentional evolution of the Campaign for a Trauma-Informed Virginia that further concentrates our efforts on the intersection of trauma and equity. This community-led initiative catalyzed by Voices for Virginia’s Children empowers advocates with lived experience to ignite the change they wish to see in their communities. The mission is to empower the voices and experiences of marginalized communities in acknowledgement of truth to promote healing, reconciliation, and justice. The campaign seeks to advance policies that dismantle systems that perpetuate racial trauma, oppression and inequity.
Voices covers several core policy topics that address the severe effects of systemic oppression and institutional inequity.
Brown Virginia's mission is to lead civic engagement within the Commonwealth of Virginia through non-partisan activities that promote voting, voter registration, and voter education. Our Advocacy Priorities Include: Raising the minimum wage, Educational Equity, Criminal Justice Reform, Increased Economic & Community Development, Expanded Voting Rights, Sensible Redistricting, Expanding Medicaid, and Responsible Gun Reform.
The Civil Rights & Racial Justice Program (CRRJ) works to end the criminalization of poverty in Virginia by exposing and addressing criminal legal system policies that target people because of poverty and race. Through a mix of community organizing, local and statewide policy advocacy, and litigation, our program intervenes at every point in the criminal legal system. Our campaigns range from initial law enforcement contact in the community, through the courts, to individuals’ confinement in Virginia’s jails and prisons, and finally to their reentry into the community.
Marijuana Justice is a new non-profit organization whose mission is to educate on the history of cannabis criminalization and the implications of past policies that have created disparities within our communities today.
New Virginia Majority started twelve years ago with the audacious goal of building a bloc of conscious, consistent voters to advance a new politics that is democratic, sustainable and just.
In our policy agenda we offer steps to make this vision a reality, one that centers working class people of color in Virginia as the drivers of a bold new agenda for all.
This agenda is rooted in racial, gender, environmental, and economic justice. It is one that calls for not just inclusion and tolerance, but an unapologetic embrace of democracy, justice and progress.
Founded in 1982, VICPP is the largest statewide advocacy voice for the faith community in Virginia. The organization focuses primarily on issues of economic, racial, social and environmental justice. With more than 23,000 activists connected with the organization, VICPP’s grassroots work is organized through local chapters and affiliates, partner congregations and individuals across the Commonwealth.
We work with Virginians of all faiths including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists, people who are “spiritual, not religious” and people of goodwill. We are a racially and ethnically diverse group that includes immigrants from around the world. Our board and staff reflect this diversity. We are committed to making the Commonwealth a more welcoming and just state.
RISE for Youth a nonpartisan campaign committed to dismantling the youth prison model by promoting the creation of community-based alternatives to youth incarceration. Our work centers the voices of impacted youth and communities and challenges racial injustice in Virginia.
Increase the likelihood that youth will become law-abiding adults by investing in community- based alternatives to juvenile justice system involvement.
Reduce the number of youth arrested, referred, under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Close Virginia’s juvenile prisons and re-invest savings from their closure into evidence-informed, community-based alternatives that will keep youth at home with their families and communities and keep communities safer.
Build a true continuum of evidence-informed placements for youth that cannot safely remain in their homes.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia is a private, non-profit organization that promotes civil liberties and civil rights for everyone in the Commonwealth through public education, litigation and advocacy with the goal of securing freedom and equality for all. The ACLU is non-partisan and does not engage in electioneering on behalf of any candidate or candidates at the local, state, or national level.
In addition to the litigation for which the ACLU has been best known, we also educate the public, inform the media, lobby legislators, organize grassroots activists, and disseminate information about our constitutional freedoms through our membership and volunteers.
Virginia Poverty Law Center breaks down systemic barriers that keep low-income Virginians in the cycle of poverty through advocacy, education, and litigation. Since 1978, we’ve been a source of information on poverty law issues. From new lawyer training to educational outreach to leadership on advocacy issues, we ensure that low-income Virginians’ voices are heard by our legal system.
Through our team and our Legal Aid program partners we help Virginians understand and express their rights in areas such as domestic and sexual violence law, elder law, housing law, family law, public benefits and consumer law.
The mission of Brown Ballerinas for Change (BBFC) is to help create advocacy, social justice, and to increase participation of underrepresented populations in ballet. Brown ballerinas are change makers. We are dancer-led and our purpose is to use ballet to promote activism, social justice, and to increase diversity in the arts by providing annual scholarships, a mentor network, and community programs to empower young dancers.