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ACLU-VA Statement on the November 2021 Election Outcome

We will hold this new administration accountable, just as we’ve done for every other administration for more than 50 years. Here’s what heartens us: As an organization and as individuals, we’ve always been resilient.

November 3, 2021

What’s at stake in Virginia’s upcoming election

If you’re like most civil rights advocates in Virginia, this year’s legislative session probably left you feeling accomplished, encouraged, and maybe even comforted. We legalized marijuana, ended the death penalty, expanded protections for the LGBTQ+ community, and so much more. 

October 22, 2021

Virginia is one vote away from being Texas

One of my favorite posters from recent womens’ rights marches is the one that reads: “I can’t believe I still have to protest this [stuff].” (Of course, the sign used a different word than “stuff.”) But the point is correct: The right to make fundamental decisions about one’s reproductive health

October 14, 2021 Reproductive Freedom