HUMAN RIGHTS | The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that requires individuals to show proof of citizenship before they can vote in state and local elections. Proof includes a birth certificate, passport, naturalization document or any other record accepted under federal law. The bill was fueled by a growing belief that undocumented persons have voted in elections. (Richmond Times, 2/1)
A conservative legal group, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, claimed in a report last year that it had found more than 1,000 cases of non-citizens on Virginia’s voter rolls and would likely find more with better access to election records.
Democratic lawmakers and some election officials cast doubt on the report’s accuracy, saying the group had misinterpreted the data and that many of the cases may involve citizens who erred on their paperwork.
If the bill passes the Senate, it would almost certainly be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has emphasized voting accessibility and this year called for repealing the state’s voter photo ID law.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Kelly Waldron, Director of Capacity and Performance at United Way Worldwide and formerly of Deloitte, reflects on her time in WRAG’s Institute for CSR and advises this year’s participants on how to get the most out of the program. (Daily, 2/2)
GENDER | A new Exponent Philanthropy report found that even though a large percentage of small foundations are headed by women, female leaders are paid less than their male counterparts. (Chronicle, 2/1- Subscription needed)
RACISM | Five teens who confessed to vandalizing a historic Black schoolhouse in Ashburn, Virginia, were sentenced to visit the Holocaust Museum and write reports on books authored by people of color and about communities of color. (Loudoun Times, 2/1)
– Myths and misperceptions surrounding public housing and the people who live in it (GGW, 2/1)
– DC Attorney General Karl Racine has come to an agreement with the developer of a Ward 8 housing complex he sued for deplorable conditions in October. (DCist, 2/1)
EVENT | On March 1, we hope you will join us for the launch of the “Faces of Loudoun” marketing campaign designed to highlight the often hidden needs in Loudoun and encourage increased and more effective philanthropic investments from residents and the larger philanthropic community across the region.
Dorothy Height, Virginia born civil rights activist, now has a library and a postage stamp.