Sean On the Issues

Civil Rights and Equity

True equity is a constant dedication to understanding and tackling the unique disadvantages that Virginians face.

Virginia’s legacy as the capital of the confederacy isn’t as far in the past as some would like to think. It wasn’t until just months ago that statues of confederate generals who fought to enslave Black people started coming down in our Commonwealth.

So we shouldn’t be surprised that Virginia’s state policies have always been stacked against women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and anyone else who’s had to fight for their right to exist and prosper.

Virginia has made a lot of progress in a short amount of time to become a more equitable Commonwealth, but there’s always more progress to be made.

That includes:

  • Protecting the constitutional right to choose to have an abortion and ensuring affordable and accessible reproductive and contraceptive care.
  • Closing gaps in outcomes for LBGTQ+ Virginians in mental health, education, housing security, and policing, and guaranteeing LGBTQ medical needs are included in healthcare coverage.
  • Leading with common sense gun violence prevention measures that can save lives and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
  • Investing in Black-, brown- and women-owned small businesses and bringing high-skill jobs training to poor and rural communities.
  • Pushing back against ICE’s inhumane tactics and creating a truly welcoming state for our immigrant neighbors.