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Get the inside story on faith-based advocacy work at the GA

You are invited to attend a General Assembly legislative recap session on Tues. April 9, 2019

Location:  Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1720 Mechanicsville Tpke.

Time:         5:30-7:00PM – homemade fried chicken will be served!


Ben Hoyne, Virginia Interfaith Center’s policy director will review the outcome of key economic, racial, and environmental justice legislation that the Center advocated or opposed during this past session. Here are a few legislative victory highlights:

Paystubs for all workers
SB 1696 and HB 2664 require employers to issue paystubs for all employees. This is a huge step forward in eliminating wage theft in Virginia. (signed by Governor Northam)

Elimination of Jim Crow-era minimum wage exemptions
SB 1079 and HB 2473 removes racist language from Virginia’s minimum wage code that allowed certain jobs, typically held by African Americans, to be paid less than minimum wage. (signed by Governor Northam)

No guns in houses of worship
SB 1024 would have allowed anyone to carry a deadly weapon into a house of worship. With the help of faith leaders across the state and hundreds of VICPP advocates, the bill did not have enough support to pass the House.

Ben will also discuss hot-button legislation on immigrant rights, environmental justice, and criminal justice. Join us for this important conversation.


The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy advocates economic, social, and environmental justice in Virginia’s policies and practices, through education, prayer, and action. To learn more, visit