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2020 Has Been a Revolutionary Year for LGBTQ Protections in Virginia. Here’s What Changed.

Laws that took effect in Virginia on Wednesday have made tremendous strides toward equality, including allowing a third gender marker on driver’s licenses, updating hate crime laws, and removing the state ban on same-sex marriages and unions. On June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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It Took Three Years for Charlottesville to Hold Its First Official Police Civilian Review Board Meeting. Here’s How It Went.

In 2017, Charlottesville became the focal point of white supremacy in America when it was the unwilling host of the Unite the Right rally.

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From Forced Vaginal Ultrasounds to Rollbacks: How Virginia’s Abortion Policies Changed in 8 Years

On Wednesday, a new law takes effect in Virginia eradicating restrictions that "were really a successful driver in people not getting abortions," said one activist.

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Virginia’s Summer COVID Session Will Now Include Criminal Justice Reform

Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn is announcing three public hearings on criminal justice matters ahead of a special session set for later this summer. Filler-Corn, a Democrat, announced the special hearings Friday, saying they would take place in July and August. Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to call a special legislative session in August. The...

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Colorado Is Reopening Investigation Into Horrifying Police Killing of Elijah McClain. Here’s What We Know.

In the video, Elijah McClain can be seen sobbing as he repeatedly tells officers, “I’m just different.” Samara McClain said her brother was a massage therapist who planned to go to college.

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Virginia Police Have Lots of Different Body-Worn Camera Policies. Here’s What You Need to Know.

In the wake of the anti-racism and police brutality protests across the commonwealth, police reform has become a major focus for adctivists and legislators alike. One element of that includes requiring body-worn cameras for police officers in order to increase accountability and transparency.  READ MORE: This is What Means to Defund the Police Right now,...

A protester confronts riot gear-clad police on the campus of the University of Virginia during a rally to mark the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Two Years Later, Charlottesville’s Police Civilian Review Board Hasn’t Even Met

In 2017, Charlottesville became the focal point of white supremacy in America when it was the unwilling host of the Unite the Right Rally. During the two-day riot, a counter protester was killed, and the fallout led Charlottesville’s police chief to retire after considerable criticism of his department’s handling of the rally. The city council...