Black Caucus
Adele McClure on 07/17/2020

VLBC to Host Virtual Community Conversations Ahead of Special Session

Our Commonwealth stands at a historic moment facing a number of momentous challenges, from the COVID-19 global pandemic to the long overdue need to end excessive use of force and abuse by law enforcement. Permeating all these challenges are the issues of racism and racial inequity, which have plagued our Commonwealth and our country since their inception.

Adele McClure on 05/08/2020

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Urges Governor Northam to Protect and Support Virginia’s Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

VLBC Letter Urging Governor to Protect and Support Virginia’s Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Richmond, VA – The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) sent the below letter to Governor Ralph Northam. VLBC calls on the Governor to use the full extent of his powers as Governor to protect and support all of Virginia’s workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those essential workers risking their lives and well-being every day on the frontlines in our fight against this virus.

Adele McClure on 05/13/2020

VLBC Strongly Opposes Plans to Begin Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” Plan on May 15

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus sent the below letter to Governor Ralph Northam. In this letter the VLBC expresses grave concerns with reopening Virginia’s economy too soon under Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan. Our Commonwealth lacks the testing, the economic support structures, and the clarity of governmental guidance needed to reopen at this time. VLBC also asks that the Governor respond to our concerns with an equity-focused plan, that clearly addresses disparities for Black Virginians, Virginians of Color, and other underserved and vulnerable communities.

Adele McClure on 04/09/2020

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Urges Governor Northam to Retain and Sign Legislation Protecting Workers and Our Communities Without Further Delay

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus sent the attached letter to Governor Ralph Northam ahead of the Governor’s Action Deadline. While the Governor and his team review legislation, the VLBC calls on the Governor to refrain from delaying effective dates on legislation that will support our essential workers (like raising the minimum wage without further delay), promote environmental justice, and retain equity-focused measures in the Commonwealth’s budget.

Adele McClure on 03/03/2020

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Opposes Regional Minimum Wage Language

RICHMOND, VA—The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) proudly represents the diversity of Virginia. Our 23 members hail from every area of the Commonwealth. We are committed to improving equity and working toward a Virginia where everyone has the tools and resources needed to thrive in a prosperous economy. As a caucus, we support empowering workers by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all areas of the state and removing exemptions that are rooted in racism and have unjustly kept many people of color from being paid the minimum wage. That is why VLBC opposes the inclusion of language, in any minimum wage raise bill, that would discriminate against workers based upon the region wherein they reside.