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New Virginia Majority Newsletter: February 2023

Thank you for your ongoing support of New Virginia Majority. Here are some updates from our organization this month.

Jennifer McClellan Wins Congressional Seat

NVM ally State Senator Jennifer McClellan won a historic victory in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. She will be joining the 118th United States Congress as the first Black woman elected from the commonwealth of Virginia. Congratulations Congresswoman-elect McClellan!

Continued Evictions in Loudoun County 

As rents continue to rise, people across the commonwealth are being driven out of their homes, especially in Loudoun County. NVM Housing Justice Organizer, Sofia Saiyed, spoke to Loudoun Now about the struggles community members who do not speak English fluently have when they try to navigate a complicated court system to fight back against their evictions. 

She also discussed the need for community-owned housing, stating, “There need to be community land trusts, community cooperatives—basically housing that is not the private market, because the market is not going to create housing for working-class folks. And even when we try to use public-private partnerships to create affordable housing, it doesn’t create affordable housing that is affordable enough.”

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Meeting with Delegate Tran

On the 16th, our political team, along with NVM canvassers, met with Delegate Kathy Tran after they participated in a legislative observation day. They met to discuss the priorities of Black, brown, AAPI, and immigrant communities in Virginia. They also talked about our long term priorities, both current and past, like driver privileges cards and the current housing crisis. The Delegate has expressed her support for the priorities of our diverse communities all across the Commonwealth.

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In solidarity, 

The Development Team

New Virginia Majority

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