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Kiggans Doesn’t Cut It

by Kimberly R. Nario While we’re all being bombarded with political ads of candidates repeating their best qualities in their most unassuming tones—while sometimes talking sh*t about their opponents—let me remind you of some things one candidate may have failed to mention in her ads.  Jen Kiggans apparently has a problem saying President Biden won […]

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Virginia Republicans Miss the Mark Again

It was sunny until it wasn’t. A group of us walked out of the theater building, laughing at something I can’t remember, when someone approached us and asked if we heard. Confusion set in. Then immediately we all started texting and making phone calls, checking on our people, trying to remember who had friends, boyfriends, […]

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The Hits Just Keep On Coming (Yes, This is About Governor Glenn)

Anyone who has ever had to care for young children knows a tantrum when they see one. It’s to be expected with kids. They’re still learning how to manage their emotions, how to cope when they don’t get their way. The hope is that eventually they learn the skills they need to grow out of […]

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CRT in Action: Part 2

Here are two Progress Virginia team members sharing how the intentional thought about race, or the lack thereof, had an enormous impact on their lives, and the lives of their children. 

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Fed Up With What the GOP is Serving

I hope y’all are hungry because Virginia’s GOP is serving up a buffet of ridiculousness. We knew this session would be different – and difficult – without a trusted Democratic trifecta to lead the Commonwealth. So when it comes to the nonsense some GOP legislators are trying to push through the General Assembly, you can color us shocked, but NOT surprised. 

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Work, Work, Work, Work, Workers’ Rights

“How can we have a labor shortage if there are so many people who are unemployed?” Ahh, the question posed by all of our least favorite uncles. I think the answer can be summed up into three words:  People are tired. Tired of working long hours for little pay. Tired of putting themselves at risk […]

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You’re Going to Vote? What, Like, It’s Hard?

When a past situationship told me he didn’t vote, I couldn’t ignore it. I literally COULD NOT stop thinking about it. Like a true Capricorn, I pressed on to find out why. Then he uttered the words that I’ve heard dozens of people say but never fully understood. He said he didn’t believe in voting […]

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Abortion Access Granted

What do you get when you put together years of activism and advocacy with lawmakers who support our freedom of choice? Abortion coverage! That’s right, y’all, beginning July 1, plans available in our state health insurance exchange can FINALLY cover abortion. In case you didn’t know, abortion coverage in our state health insurance exchange was […]

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Are You There Unemployment? It’s Me, Virginia.

I never thought I would need to file for unemployment. Since graduating college, I always had at least two jobs. It wasn’t uncommon for me to hold three jobs at once, usually two regular part-time jobs and one rotating, less frequent gig, like teaching improv comedy or assisting with florals for weddings. Then last year, […]

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I Used to Be Pacific Islander, but Now I’m Asian

As a second-generation Filipino American, when I think of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I think: screw those annoying standardized testing scantrons. I’m not talking about standardized tests itself, although I do have some feelings about those. I’m talking about the little section on the scantron, after filling out my name, where I’m […]