Welcoming Legislators Back to Richmond
January 11, 2012
Today, the We Are Virginia coalition, of which ProgressVA is a member, gathered in Richmond to remind legislators to represent their constituents, not lobbyists and campaign donors, during the General Assembly session. We Are Virginia is a coalition that believes in smart investments in our future to secure opportunity, sustainability, and equality in Virginia for the next generation.
Progressive Point: Numerous legislators have indicated their intention to work this year to implement an extreme conservative agenda that Virginians did not vote for and that Virginians don't support. We Are Virginia, a diverse assembly of progressive groups and individuals, gathered at the General Assembly today to remind our representatives of their constituents' priorities for the upcoming session.
Legislators have pre-filed extreme bills, including attempts to restrict voting rights, limit women's access to reproductive health care and birth control, allow guns in schools, widen corporate tax loopholes, and moves to privatize public education. But instead of being divided by diverse issues and interests, the individuals and groups of We Are Virginia are speaking as one and fighting back against those who wish to implement a conservative agenda at the capitol.
While today's was a success, it was merely the first day and We are Virginia will continue to push the General Assembly to adopt a more progressive agenda and work for all Virginian's throughout the legislative session.