Thousands of Former Criminals in VA Have the Right to Vote Restored

CIVIL RIGHTS | Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday during a civil rights ceremony in Richmond that almost 13,000 former criminals have had their right to vote restored. Roughly 193,000 remaining former felons may also have their rights restored in time for the presidential election in November.

“Restoring the rights of Virginians who have served their time and live, work and pay taxes in our communities is one of the pressing civil rights issues of our day,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “I have met these men and women and know how sincerely they want to contribute to our society as full citizens again.”

Restorations will be processed in order of those who have waited the longest. (International Business Times, 8/22)

– Yanique Redwood of the Consumer Health Foundation uses a racial equity impact assessment tool to discuss DC’s tipped minimum wage policies. (CHF Blog, 8/22)

– Affluent and Black, and Still Trapped by Segregation. (NYT, 8/20)

EDUCATION | The new school year has just begun and the DC public school system is getting prepared for major changes. (WTOP, 8/22)


– Will D.C.’s Housing Ever Be Affordable Again? (Atlantic, 8/19)

 Racial Bias or Wall Street Greed: The New Role of Private Investment Firms in Federal Housing (NP Quarterly, 8/19)

– Living on the DC streets for years, 80 year old Wanda Witter finally gets the $100,000+ owed to her by Social Security. (WaPo, 8/22)

DISTRICT | Five years ago today the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the East Coast caused millions in damage and resulted in years of rebuilding in DC – some that is still occurring. (WaPo, 8/23)

TECHNOLOGYThis Silicon Valley venture fund keeps betting millions on D.C.’s cyber community. (WaPo, 8/22)

– NGOs around the country are working to support flood ravaged Louisiana. (CDP, 8/20)

– How Focusing on Philanthropy Gave My Company a Stronger Sense of Purpose (Huff Po, 8/18)

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