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The War on Drugs isn’t Real

by Kierra Johnson If there was ever any proof that the war on drugs is not about drugs, it’s the latest numbers of marijuana arrests in Virginia. A Washington Post analysis revealed that even though marijuana has been legalized in the state, the majority of the people who are arrested for drug related charges are […]

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Get Ready for the General Assembly Session

By Ashleigh Crocker It’s December, so you might be drinking hot chocolate, decorating a tree, lighting a menorah, shopping til you drop, spending time with family, or marking the holiday season with your own special traditions. But for us at Progress Virginia, December means something else too: it’s time to get ready for the General […]

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Amanda Chase is not SAFE for Virginia … and we need to ACT fast. 

by shay bell There’s nothing like waking up in the morning to a nice cup of tea, a good book, and news of extremely transphobic policies being proposed by Virginia Senators. Republican Senator Amanda Chase has just proposed a new ban on youth transition and I can’t even begin to describe how enraged I am. […]

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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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Same Day Voter Registration

It’s fall, y’all! And that means not only is it spooky season, but it’s also my personal favorite, election season. That’s right, it’s time to start thinking about who we are voting for and making our plans vote, if we haven’t already.  One new thing we have in Virginia now is same-day voter registration. You […]

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Clover Power in Halifax, What’s the Deal?

by shay bell It’s been a minute since our last set of blogs, but I’m back this month with a bit of an attitude because I’m over white male greed.  As I’m sure we’re all aware, Virginia is one of many states aiming to lower their carbon emissions this year in an attempt to combat […]

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Virginia’s New Budget 

by Ashleigh Crocker On Friday, June 17, legislators came back to Richmond to debate Governor Glenn Youngkin’s amendments to the state budget. With the threat of a government shut down if they weren’t able to agree and pass something by July 1, legislators got down to business. Here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly […]

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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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Senator Kaine Presents a Long Game for Long-Covid

For two years we’ve been plagued by wave after wave of covid terror. It seems like a never ending cycle of not having enough resources, not enough believers, or in the majority of cases, not enough consideration for others to combat the spread of the fatal virus. Despite the loss of close to one million […]

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Celebrating Juneteenth

As a kid, going to family cookouts was my favorite thing to do over the summer. Since we lived further away, I only got to see my extended family a couple times a year, so I really cherished the experience. All of the kids in the family got to hang out with each other and […]