Last week, we remembered the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 90 years old this month. Now, more than ever, we must continue to drive out hate and work together to make this country and state a better place than we found it.
Our elected officials in the state legislature must advance economic and social justice through priorities including housing rights, voting rights and putting an end to the discriminatory and hate-based acts that have gripped our state.
As Bryan Stevenson writes, “The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.” We must let this sentiment and Dr. King’s legacy be our guiding compass for the difficult days ahead.
I will keep fighting to ensure that the voices of the depressed do not stay silent and instead address the inequalities that affect the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Editor’s note: This letter originally appeared in the January 31st edition of the Central Virginian, and has been reposted here, with the authors’ permission.
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