Virginia NOW - Achieving Justice & Equality Through Targeted Legislative and Political Action
Virginia NOW advocates for legislation furthering justice and equality, especially on measures impacting women and girls: this includes criminal justice reforms, economic justice advances, and women’s health and safety, including abortion rights.
Our 2022 legislative priorities
Criminal Justice Reforms
Remove Mandatory Minimums– Originally touted as a tool to deter serious crime and eliminate sentencing disparities, mandatory minimum sentences have had no measurable impact on deterrence and have coincided with the mass incarceration of African American citizens.
Economic Justice for Women and Families
The spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 and the attendant family disruption and economic losses have made it clear there is a great need for paid medical and family leave (long-term) and paid sick leave (short-term). The most vulnerable families are at risk. In one estimate, about 1.2 million Virginia private sector workers have no paid sick leave, most of whom are low-wage workers such as restaurant employees and housekeepers.
Paid Family and Medical Leave – We support establishing a fund at state level, run by Employment Commission, with contributions by employers and employees.
Women's Health and Safety
Coverage for reproductive health services in state medical assistance plan – This would include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of medical assistance for medically necessary reproductive health care service for eligible individuals.
Constitutional Amendment to Restore Voting Rights
Constitutional Amendment to Affirm Marriage Equality