social justice

  • The Alt-Right is Killing People

    From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

    This week, the SPLC released The Alt-Right is Killing People, a new report that examines the deadly alt-right — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits like white supremacist killer Dylann Roof and many others.

    Two formative moments helped breed a young generation of far-right activists who were raised on the internet: the murder of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin and Gamergate, a controversy where female game developers and journalists were systematically threatened with rape and death. These events magnified the belief that white identity is under attack by multiculturalism and political correctness.

    Gradual indoctrination has become increasingly easy, particularly within social media where tech companies long ignored the warning signs that their platforms were contributing to the radicalization of lethal far-right extremists.

    Unfortunately, punctuated violence is expected to continue. The alt-right is redoubling its efforts at youth recruitment, intensifying its rhetoric, and calling for radical, individual action.

    Here are a few key statistics from the report:

    • We counted more than 100 people killed or injured in at least 13 fatal episodes related to the alt-right.
    • 2017 was the most violent year of the alt-right movement.
    • These perpetrators were all male and all are American with the exception of one Canadian.
    • The average age of the alt-right killers is 26 with the youngest being 17. All but three were under the age of 30 at the time they are alleged to have killed.
    • While some certainly displayed signs of mental illness, all share a history of consuming and/or participating in the type of far-right ecosystem that defines the alt-right.

    Please read the full report online and share it on Facebook and Twitter.


  • DREAM Act: What's at Stake for Virginians

    Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy, 2017

    According to The Commonwealth Institute,

    There are 30,000 young immigrants who were potentially eligible for DACA and call Virginia home. They currently contribute a total of $29.3 million to local and state taxes annually through sales and excise taxes, property taxes and income tax.

    Without the Dream Act, Virginia can expect to lose at least $10.5 million in tax revenue. That’s the projected loss if DACA recipients stay in the state after losing work authorization, earning lower wages and becoming less likely to file income tax returns.

    Read more HERE.

  • Public News Service | Virginia Current Events

Many organizations serve to inform the public and advocate for various social justice issues. The following list includes links and descriptions of well-known local and regional groups that interact with 7th district constituents.

Richmond urban league

To assist under-served citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality through advocacy, collaboration direct services and research.

Richmond peace education center

The Richmond Peace Education Center has a longstanding historical commitment to working for racial justice and diversity.

vcu social justice transdisciplinary core team

The Social Justice Core addresses structural inequalities and racism and their collective impact on economic mobility, educational achievement and overall well-being. Richmond, similar to many urban centers across the nation, struggles with long-standing issues of race, inequality and justice.

civic engagement table

Our Network is made up of over 30 progressive non-partisan non-profit organizations and allied groups who are committed to increasing civic engagement. This resource list includes links to such organizations as Virginia Poverty Law Center and Virginia League of Women Voters