An eyewitness report on Dave Bratt’s town hall meeting in Blackstone

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By Marty Wegbreit Cong. David Brat’s Town Hall meeting in Blackstone on Monday was a study in cognitive dissonance (simultaneously holding two or more contradictory beliefs), as shown by the examples below, all of which really happened (I am not making any of this up): 1. He lauded his accessibility to constituents while standing in small restaurant in a small town …

CENTER JOINS PROTESTS OF LATEST ANTI-IMMIGRANT ACTIONS

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RICHMOND – The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy joins our fellow organizations today in calling on Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto the anti-sanctuary legislation (HB2000), the detainer bill (HB1468), and not to sign off on any new 287 (g) agreements related to federal immigration enforcement. The recently passed legislation out of the General Assembly addresses a problem that does …

Call to Action: Stand With Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims

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#WeAreAllAmerica National Day of Congressional Action WEDNESDAY, February 22 Now is an urgent time for immigrants, refugees, Muslims, faith communities and allies to join together to proclaim: #WeAreAllAmerica. Join us. Stand with immigrants, refugees, and Muslims. Let your voice to be heard on February 22nd at your congressional district office, sign up HERE.The Trump administrations executive orders target immigrants, refugees, and Muslims.  The We Are …

Resources for immigration raids

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Many of our supporters have asked about what they can do if immigration raids (by ICE) happen in their community. We are working to secure resources on this issue.  Below is a document put out by Church World Service that’s fairly comprehensive. Below that are several links to files of a Catholic resource as PDF files and PowerPoint files.   Immigration Raids …

An Iman’s message to Dr. King

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The Chair of the Islamic Circle of North America’s (ICNA) Council for Social Justice writes a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of Black History Month: Salaam Dr. King: It’s been almost 50 years since your fateful appointment with destiny on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Time and willful intent have conspired to transform …

Recap of 25th United Methodist Day at the General Assembly

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Nick Ruxton of the Virginia Conference Communications office put together this short video on the 25th edition of United Methodist Day at the General Assembly, held Feb. 2 with about 200 Methodists from around the Commonwealth participating. It was the first such event for new Bishop Sharma Lewis, who was escorted around the General Assembly office building by VICPP Executive …

Show support for Richmond mayor as he promotes diversity and inclusion

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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Monday issued a statement affirming Richmond’s policy of inclusiveness. His directive ordered city leadership to “protect and promote policies of inclusion for all of its residents, regardless of their national origin, immigration or refugee status, race, color, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or sexual identity.” Although the statement merely affirms current policy, he is …

Center is sponsoring three clinics for local workers; first is Feb. 15

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The Virginia Interfaith Center is sponsoring at series of three Worker Clinics starting next week at the Sacred Heart Center in Richmond.  These introductory sessions — Feb 15, March 1 and March 15 — will provide a safe space for workers to learn more about their rights and ask questions. Lawyers will be present for consultation. Both English and Spanish speaking volunteers will be …