Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration was founded in 2001 and was greatly inspired by the excellent research work and release of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Professor Michelle Alexander.
At our formation, a group of Central Virginia area business persons decided to put forth efforts to find new ways to have positive impacts in dealing with the many critical issues faced by African American families and communities across Virginia.
In 2011, Virginia Alliance was instrumental in forming several rallies at the Virginia
State Capitol that included pastors, church and community leaders from across Virginia.
In 2012, held direct negotiations with Governor Bob McDonnell that eventually lead to the Governor enacting new and innovative Restoration of Voting Rights initiatives to help Returning Citizens gain their voting and other rights
In 2013, with a tip from Richmond Free Press reporter Jeremy Lazarus identified Virginia’s $200 Felony Grand Larceny Threshold as a significant systemic tool of Mass Incarceration.
Also in 2013, we created a new model for African American leaders to more effectively lobby at the Virginia General Assembly in ways to more effectively impact efforts of African American leaders
In 2014, began to work with Baptist Minister’s Conference of Richmond and Vicinity in their desire to become more effective in lobbying members of the General Assembly.
In 2015 – 2016 we continued to work with Baptist Minister’s Conference of Richmond and Vicinity and continued to enhance their overall General Assembly lobbying efforts.
In 2016, Virginia Alliance held direct negotiations with candidate Terry McAuliffe and his top staff – including eventual Mayor of Richmond Lavar Stoney - resulting in his solemn pledge to continue the Restoration of Voting Rights work began by Governor Bob McDonnell.
As a result of a change in Baptist Minister’s Conference of Richmond and Vicinity (and their focus on lobbying), began working with Virginia State Conference NAACP to form a NAACP Lobby Day, Legislative Agenda and statewide legislative advocacy effort
among its 80+ NAACP branches, branch leadership and members.
In 2017, 2018 & 2019 created, formed and implemented Virginia State Conference NAACP Lobby Day activities, Legislative Agenda and Statewide Legislative Advocacy
effort which included issue identification, contacting legislators . . .
As a critical issue that continues to devastates so many African Americans, our families, children, communities and institutions, the scourge of Mass Incarceration is still very prevalent here in Virginia.
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