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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Boycotts President’s Visit to Jamestown

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We will also continue our work in addressing the eviction crisis and strengthening tenant rights. We will continue our work in ending the school-to-prison pipeline through such measures as eliminating school-based disorderly conduct charges, returning discretion to administrators on when to refer certain incidents to law enforcement, reducing biases in school dress codes, and increasing funding to At-Risk Programs, especially those in more economically depressed communities. And as well, you've seen in the comments that have come from individuals such as Senator Warner and Senator Kaine and Congressman Scott, Congressman McEachin and Abigail Spanberger, we're all disappointed that he missed the mark and didn't take advantage of the opportunity he had to resign gracefully. And we are prepared to caucus, just after I come off with you. Accuracy and availability may vary. Although the scheduled events are geared towards reflecting upon the first representative legislative assembly in North America, that sentiment can not and must not be separated contextually from the fact that the first documented enslaved Africans were brought to the country during this same period.

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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to boycott Donald Trump Jamestown visit

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On Friday, Northam apologized for the photo in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. However, on Saturday, he reversed course and claimed neither of the men in the racist yearbook photo was him as he initially thought. Decade after decade, the Caucus works to improve the economic, educational, political, and social conditions of African Americans and underrepresented groups in Virginia. When sworn into office last year, Fairfax reportedly had in his pocket the document that emancipated his great-great-great-grandfather from slavery. Everything I've seen, he's a kind man.

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Everything I've seen, he has been in the trenches with us, working on those things that we believe are most important. Coming into the weekend, Northam released an apologetic video admitting he was in the photo but he didn't say which of the two costumes was his. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said its members would not attend a ceremony in Jamestown on Tuesday marking the 400th anniversary of the first representative assembly in the Western Hemisphere. This upcoming 2020 General Assembly Session presents a potent opportunity to achieve bold, generational change that benefits not only Black Virginians and Virginians from other underrepresented communities — but change that benefits all Virginians. And we have to recommit ourselves to that work. Keep Virginia in your prayers.

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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Announces its 2020 Legislative Agenda: A Restorative and Equitable Agenda

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Delegate, welcome to the program. Fairfax is next in line to become governor of Virginia, if Northam resigns. He admitted he darkened his face to imitate Michael Jackson in a 1984 dance contest. We also support equitable redistricting that acknowledges the history of voter suppression against Black and minority communities and seeks to end racial gerrymandering that diminishes the power of Black votes. He will have a voice in the commonwealth, particularly as it relates to reconciliation, redemption and race relations.

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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus

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But just as we said no permanent enemies, no permanent friends, only permanent interests, that was challenged on Friday, when we had these revelations. On Friday, Northam apologized for the photo in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page. And so blackface next to a K - a Ku Klux Klan member is no different, in my opinion, than blackface as Michael - Michael Jackson. From the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus — excellent agenda! We then returned to the Capitol and caucus, as a black caucus, and came to the conclusion that Governor Northam cannot continue as the top elected official in the Commonwealth of Virginia. And we have to remind ourselves that we're here to do one thing - not to make friends and certainly not to make enemies, but to do what's in the best interest of the most vulnerable individuals in the commonwealth. When my staff showed me the photo in question yesterday, I was seeing it for the first time.

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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Boycotts Trump’s Visit; Holds Alternative Events for 400th Anniversary of Virginia General Assembly

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Justin Fairfax is not the lieutenant governor because Ralph Northam selected him. And then we will go onto the floor. If Fairfax were to become governor, he would be the only African-American governor in the country. Additionally, the President has encouraged violence against those who dare to speak out and call his actions and words what they truly are- dangerous and divisive. Matter of fact, my Virginia Legislative Black Caucus members are waiting for me. And I think a number of us are torn because we know who Ralph is.

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Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Boycotts President’s Visit to Jamestown

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I think he will have an opportunity to have a loud voice. I don't think it was what any of my colleagues expected. Blind respect prevents the very process required to bring about the change we are fighting for, and the change for which our ancestors died fighting for. Lamont Bagby Henrico-74th District , Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Chair. And this is the day before crossover.

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