I have devoted my life to advocacy for those who have been left-behind by our government and economy, and will lend my experience to the advancement of all Virginians, from Tysons, to Tidewater, to Tazewell.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis that has been mismanaged by government leadership at all levels. While some refuse to listen to the science, others fail to act on the inequities that COVID has exacerbated. Irresponsible “reopenings” have put frontline workers in danger, while those who have lost their jobs have been let down by a lack of federal stimulus and an archaic unemployment insurance system.
The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor reignited the Black Lives Matter movement. Communities across America are grappling with the persistent racism within our public safety institutions and policies. For decades, law enforcement and the justice system have viewed incarceration as a solution to our societal problems.
It’s no coincidence that in the same year Virginia was ranked the best state for business, we were also ranked the worst state for workers. Big businesses and those at the top have reaped the gains of Virginia’s rapid economic growth, and the multi-racial working class has been left behind.