The Democratic Party of Virginia Honors the Life of Barbara Pickeral Lee

Passed Unanimously by the 10th CDDC on January 25th, 2020 Passed by the State Central Committee February 15th, 2020 Whereas, The Democratic Party of Virginia celebrates the dedication of Barbara Pickeral Lee to the ideals of the Party, to education, and community service, and recognizes the loss to her family and friends with her passing […]

DPVA Celebrates the Life of Ruby Williams Evans

Whereas, Ruby Williams Evans departed this earth on July 27, 2019 after a lifetime of service and decades of support for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Ruby was born to Teamack and Corine Williams on August 18, 1943 and worked tirelessly as a leader in her church, her community, and the Democratic Party of Virginia. […]

DPVA Supports Featuring Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Whereas​, Harriet R. Tubman was born into slavery in Bucktown, Maryland in 1820 and sustained lasting injuries and trauma from her master’s cruelty. At​ ​age 9, while Tubman was enslaved, Andrew Jackson assumed the presidency of the United States. President Jackson was a supporter of slavery’s expansion into Western territories and championed the removal of […]

DPVA Supports a $15 Minimum Wage for Virginia

Whereas, ​the minimum wage in Virginia is $7.25. Since the last minimum wage increase in 2009, the purchasing power of a minimum wage worker has grown weaker every year against inflation. The​ ​current minimum wage annual pay of $15,080 is $1,830 below the 2019 Federal Poverty Line for a family of two; this leaves single […]

DPVA Supports Policies to Expand a Clean Energy Economy

Whereas​, there is a growing climate crisis in Virginia and this nation that endangers our safety, the economy, and our national security. The 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming cited more than 6,000 scientific studies, had Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries. This​ ​report finds that addressing the climate crisis requires “rapid […]

DPVA Endorses the Green New Deal Virginia

Whereas, The Green New Deal (GND) Virginia Coalition proposes to create thousands of good jobs while addressing the climate emergency and restoring Virginia’s environment. The coalition’s collective efforts will redress two of the biggest crises we face: climate change and inequity. These two crises are inextricably joined. As part of a just transition, the coalition […]

DPVA Celebrates the Life of Thelma Virginia Dodson

Whereas, The Democratic Party of Virginia celebrates the talents, wisdom, and dedication of Thelma Virginia Dodson and recognizes the loss to all with her passing on June 29, 2018. Thelma was a lifelong Democratic voter and, in her later years, a dedicated campaign activist. Thelma, who was born to Robert Wiley and Alberta Pinkett Simms […]

DPVA Supports High School Democrats of America Joining the Democratic National Committee

Whereas, High School Democrats of America (HSDA) is an organization that has worked to organize high school students to elect Democrats, advocate for progressive issues, and work with the College Democrats (CDA) and Young Democrats of America (YDA), to build a pipeline of youth leadership within our party. High school Democrats have registered voters, and […]

DPVA Supports Initiatives to Improve College Access and Affordability, and to Reduce Student Debt

Whereas, Obtaining a postsecondary credential has never been more important, and has also never been more expensive and financially burdensome. The Institute for College Access & Success (“TICAS”) has found that there “are striking inequities in public college affordability both within and across states, with the lowest income students facing the most extreme and unrealistic […]

Mary Ann Hovis Memorial Resolution

WHEREAS, the Democratic Party of Virginia recognizes and celebrates the talents, wisdom, and dedication of Mary Ann Hovis, and WHEREAS, Mary Ann Hovis was born in Smyth County, Virginia on August 4th, 1943 and spent much of her life in the Commonwealth, eventually settling with her husband Bob in Oakton, Virginia; WHEREAS Mary Ann was […]