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Jan13

RICHMOND, Va. — Hundreds of social justice advocates, community members, and students marched for women’s rights Saturday in Richmond.

The two-mile reprise of the 2017 Women’s March began at 9 a.m. at the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center as participants holding brightly decorated signs walked toward the intersection of West Broad Street and North Boulevard.

“What do want? Equal rights. When do we want them? Now,” demonstrators chanted in support of both women and minority rights.

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 We are now two weeks into the 2017 Session, and the pace has picked up dramatically.  As we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and ushered in the Trump Administration, the Senate considered several bills introduced by Republican Senator Richard Stuart that increase penalties for civil disobedience. These bills are part of a troubling trend by Republican legislators in several states to quash civil disobedience and curb First Amendment rights in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump Presidency protests, and the recent Women’s March on Washington.  In addition to Virginia, similar bills have been introduced in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Washington. 

 

Last week was the first full week of the 2017 Session, and we began to address the thousands of bills filed. Committee assignments were also announced, and I was appointed to serve on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources; Local Government; and Transportation Committees.

Last week, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session convened for 46 days to address thousands of bills and amendments to the state budget.  After 11 years in the House of Delegates, I took the oath of office to serve in the Virginia State Senate.  I am humbled and tremendously honored to have been elected by the voters of the 9th Senate District to succeed Donald McEachin, who now serves in Congress.  I look forward to continuing the work I began in the House to improve public education, provide economic opportunity for all Virginians, and strengthen our local communities.  I will continue to address the needs of my constituents through legislation and constituency services.