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Recent articles & TV/Radio interviews

7/19/19 – Richmond Free Press: Make Va. No. 1 for workers, not just business (Op ed by Kim Bobo)

7/14/19 – Augusta Free Press: Interfaith organization launches Climate in the Pulpits program

6/25/19 – Style Weekly: While we debate the differences between concentration camps and migrant detention centers, the similarities demand action. (Written by Board Member Rabbi Michael Knopf)

6/21/19 – Fauquier Now: ‘Love for our Muslim brothers and sisters (Written by a co-founder of the Northern Piedmont Chapter of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy)

6/19/19 – New Journal and Guide: Sen. Lionell Spruill, Sr. Receives Champion Award from VA. Interfaith Ctr. (Co-executive directors Kim Bobo and Rodney Hunter pictured)

6/9/19 – The Progress-Index: Lashrecse Aird recognized for her dedication in fighting for economic social justice

5/18/19 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Demonstrators decry Dominion project, Photo by Bob Brown

5/17/19 – ABC 8: By Sarah McCloskey, ‘That’s part of our responsibility’: Faith leaders lead march in protest of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

5/17/19 – NPR, WCVE Radio: By Whittney Evans, Protestors march against fracked-gas pipelines 

4/25/19 – Richmond Free Press, Interfaith Passover ‘Justice Seder,’ Photos by Sandra Sellars

4/10/19 – The Connection: By Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum, State Delegate (D-36), Cleaning Up the Code 

4/9/19 – NPR, WVTF Radio: Michael Pope: Paystub protections are now law

4/4/19 – NBC 29: Faith Leaders Inform Public on Future Legislative Changes

3/27/19Augusta Free Press: Northam Signs Bills Requiring Employers to Provide Paystubs

3/26/19 – NEWS RELEASE: Paystubs bill signing

3/22/19 – Virginia Mercury: Governor signs coal ash cleanup bill (Kendyl Crawford quoted)

3/15/19 – NBC  12: We can stand united against extremism: locals react to deadly mosque shootings

3/14/19 – Virginia Mercury: Newsboys, shoeshiners, and doormen will not have to be paid at least minimum wage (Ben Hoyne quoted)

3/12/19 – NEWS RELEASE: Governor Signs Jim Crow Wage Theft Bill

3/4/19 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Yanet Limon-Amado Column: Dreamers deserve the opportunity to live without fear of deportation  

2/26/19 – Fauquier TimesSenate Passes Bill Allowing Guns in Church – Bill Fails in House

2/14/19 – Baptist News Pray for Immigrants? We Need Them to Pray for Us
(Profile of Pastor Julio Hernandez, VIPP Board member)

2/14/19 – UR Capital NewsSenate Committee Approves Plan to Require Jails to Notify Immigration Officials

2/11/19 – NBC Opinion: Op-Ed by Qasim Rashid (VICPP Board member): Ralph Northam, Blackface, and the Myth of Colorblindness in America

2/7/19 – NPR: Roberto Roldan: Minimum Wage Hike Likely to Have a Second Life as a Campaign Issue  (Living Wage Certified companies Spark Mill and Bon Secours mentioned)

2/7/19 – NBC 12: Faith Leaders Oppose Guns in Houses of Worship
(Kim Bobo and Rabbi Michael Knopf, Board member, interviewed)

1/31/19 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Chase Changes Stance as Senate Panel Kills DACA In-State Tuition Bil (Yanet Amado quoted)

1/25/19 – NBC 12:
State Senate Passes Bill Allowing Weapons in Worship Spaces
(Kim Bobo and Rabbi Michael Knopf interviewed)

1/24/19 – NPR: Michael Pope: There’s Bipartisan Support to Remove Jim Crow Language from Virginia’s Code, With a Catch  (Kim Bobo quoted)

1/23/19 – Virginia Mercury: In Wake of Compressor Station, Northam’s Order Reconstitutes Environmental Justice Council (Kendyl Crawford quoted)

1/22/19 – Virginia Lutherans, “Do Justice” – Virginia Synod ELCA: VICPP’s Day for all People — A Day of Advocating at our State Capital

1/11/19 – Essence: Black Women are Leading the Way in Environmental Justice (Kendyl Crawford quoted)

1/10/19 – WTKR, Capital News Service, Channel 3: Advocates Seek Laws to Help Immigrants Drive (Ben Hoyne quoted)

1/8/19 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Weapons in Worship: A Dangerous Idea   
Op Ed opposing SB 1024, a bill to allow weapons in houses of worship. By Pastor Rodney Hunter (Co-Director, VICPP), Rabbi Michael Knopf (VICPP board member), and Pastor Jim Somerville

1/4/19 – NPR: Michael Pope: Should Virginia Employers Have to Provide Pay Stubs?
(Paul Falabella quoted, VICPP board member)

12/27/18 – NPR: Michael Pope: A Crisis of Wage Theft or a Bonanza for Lawyers?
(Kim Bobo quoted)

12/26/18 – Virginia Gazette: Two Interfaith Organizations Merge
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Virginia Interfaith Power and Light have joined forces to better advocate for social, economic and environmental justice across Virginia.

11/2/18 – Winchester Star: Hundreds Gather for Multi-Faith Vigil (Rev. John Copenhaver quoted – “Whatever may happen, we will show love.”)

11/1/18 – WDBJ-7 – Roanoke: State and Local Agencies Prepare for Medicaid Expansion

11/1/18 – Virginia Gazette: Local officials, health care leaders celebrate Medicaid expansion open enrollment (Christine Payne quoted, chapter leader)

11/1/18 – Richmond Free Press: Moving Beyond Tragedy – op ed by Kim Bobo

11/1/18 – WTVR-CBS 6: Thousands in Virginia Now Eligible for Medicaid Enrollment: ‘People Don’t Choose to Be Sick’ (Kim Bobo quoted)

10/30/18 – WWBT-TV: ‘They Deserve the Same Opportunity:’ Student Weighs in on Birthright Citizenship Debate (Yanet Limon-Amado quoted)

10/29/18 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: ‘Add to the Light in this World.’ Local Jewish Community Gathers to Mourn Victims of Pittsburgh Shooting (David Hoover quoted)

10/19/2018 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Comment Period for Controversial Medicaid Work Requirements Ends Saturday (Dora Muhammad quoted)

9/3/13 WVIR-TV NBC 29: Program to Inform People Which Business in Virginia Pay a Living Wage

9/3/18 – The Daily ProgressLiving Wage Certification Program in Works for the Area

7/20/18 – Alexandria NewsLiving Wage Certification Program Launched in Alexandria

7/19/18 – Alexandria Times: Living Wage Program Launches in Alexandria

7/16/18 – Washington Post: Can a Window Sticker Convince a Business Owner to Pay a Living Wage?

7/3/18 – Augusta Free Press: Caroline County allowing closed jail to house immigrant detainees

6/21/18 –  Associated Press: Honduran woman fearing deportation given sanctuary in church

6/21/18 – WTKR-TV: “I don’t want to be taken away from my family” 

6/21/18 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Immigrant mother and children seek sanctuary in Richmond church

6/21/18 – WTVR-TV: Mother of two facing deportation finds sanctuary in Richmond church

6/21/18 – Associated Press: Honduran woman fearing deportation given sanctuary in church

6/5/18 – Virginia Gazette: Thank you to senators for Medicaid expansion

5/29/18 – Virginia Gazette: Protesters stage ‘die-in’ outside Sen. Norment’s district office

5/16/18 – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Activist appeared in Chesterfield court Tuesday on trespassing charge connected to protest outside ICE office

5/15/18 – Capitol Connection/WRIC-TV:  Medicaid expansion supporters hold ‘die in’ as Virginia Senate works on budget

5/1/18 – WAVY-TV: Trump, Northam differ on sanctuary cities; Virginia bill to ban vetoed

4/27/18 – Augusta Free Press: Virginia Interfaith Center adds Rev. Rodney Hunter as co-director

4/11/18 – WWBT-TV: Lawmakers return to consider budget, Medicaid Expansion

4/9/18 – WDBJ-TV Roanoke:  Virginia Interfaith Center calls for Medicaid expansion from legislators

4/9/18 – Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: House Republican from Stafford explains his Medicaid expansion vote at forum

4/5/18 – WCVE Public Radio:  Medicaid Town Halls Continue Ahead of Special Session

4/1/18 – Augusta Free Press:  Public forum on Medicaid expansion set for April 4

3/28/18 – The Winchester Star:  Vogel undecided on budget plan with expanded Medicaid

3/27/18 – The Winchester Star:  Faith group invites public to forum on gun violence

3/23/18 – Virginia Business:  Richmond employers recognized for backing living wage

3/22/18 – WTVR-TV:  ‘We value work:’ Richmond employers recognized for backing living wage

3/21/18 – WCVE Public Radio:  State Faith Leaders Express Support For Medicaid Expansion

3/21/18 – The Republican Standard:  Virginia Interfaith Center Praises Senator Hanger On Healthcare Expansion

3/21/18 – Blue Virginia:  Virginia Interfaith Center Urges Senate Republicans to Consider ‘Moral Imperative’ of Expanding Medicaid

3/20/18 – Virginia Gazette:  Town hall on Medicaid expansion to be held Wednesday

3/12/18 – The Commonwealth Times (VCU):  Current DACA recipients may apply for renewal, but the fate of the program remains unclear

3/10/18 – Richmond Free Press:  Hundreds urge support for Medicaid expansion in Virginia

3/7/18 – Augusta Free Press:  Senate approves anti-sanctuary legislation on party-line vote

3/2/18 – Loudoun Times:  Hundreds of Virginians rally for Medicaid expansion

3/1/18 – US News & World Report:  Hundreds of Virginians Rally for Medicaid Expansion

2/28/18 – Demarva Daily Times:  Bill banning sanctuary cities heads to Virginia Senate floor

2/27/18 – Richmond Times-Dispatch:  Republicans on Senate committee advance ‘sanctuary cities’ bill to floor vote

2/15/18 – U.S. News & World Report:  Civil Liberties Groups Oppose Agreement on Theft Threshold

2/14/18- Richmond Times Dispatch: Guns-in-churches bill creates many problems

2/13/18 – WTVR-TV:  Civil rights groups say deal on felony larceny threshold doesn’t go far enough

2/13/18 – Daily Press: ACLU of Virginia, others question deal on felony threshold bill

2/13/18 – Augusta Free Press:  Advocacy groups oppose bipartisan deal on felony larceny threshold

2/8/18 – Arlington Catholic Herald:  House considers allowing guns in places of worship

1/26/18 – Fairfax County Times:  Reston community leader, civil rights advocate remembered

1/24/18 – Demarva Daily Times:  As Northam decries gun violence, Virginia Senate OKs guns in churches

1/22/18 – WCVE Public Radio:  RVA Table Talks presents Richmond’s works towards religious inclusivity

1/18/18 – WCVE Public Radio:  Coffee With A Purpose: Richmond Cafe Trains And Hires Neighborhood Youth

1/11/18 – WDBJ-TVVirginia Interfaith Center calls for Medicaid expansion from legislators