This week, I’ll share an update on my legislation, discuss highlights from our first Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus town hall, talk about ways to get involved in the redistricting process in the City of Richmond, and list some events happening across SD-10. Thank you for reading this newsletter and staying informed about the current happenings around Virginia Senate District 10.
With just days left before Crossover, bills have been moving quickly through their respective subcommittees and committees, and onto the Senate Floor:
AAPI Caucus General Assembly Town Hall & Legislative Update
This past Tuesday evening, the legislative Virginia Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus (VAAPIC) hosted its first town hall. Delegates Mark Keam, Kathy Tran, Kelly Convirs-Fowler, Suhas Subramanyam, Irene Shin, and I discussed the AAPI Caucus’ legislative priorities with constituents around the Commonwealth, including expanding language access, job opportunities for teachers with international credentials, prioritizing education, celebrating our collective cultural heritage, and more.
The AAPI Caucus was established last Spring to address the issues faced by many in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and in response to escalating violence against members of these communities. I joined our four Delegates who have connections to AAPI heritage to found the first VAAPIC in the General Assembly. VAAPIC was officially recognized as a bicameral legislative caucus in March 2021. With the November 2021 election of Delegate Irene Shin, we now have six members in the newly-established Caucus.
As members of the oldest elected body in the United States, we understand that the Virginia General Assembly has the unique opportunity to promote inclusion, expand equity, and serve as an example for other state legislatures across the nation. As noted in the 2010 Census, Virginia is home to over 500,000 individuals who are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, and many AAPI families have lived in the Commonwealth for generations. The Commonwealth Institute reports that the growth in the number of AAPI Virginians accounts for a substantial share—31 percent—of Virginia’s overall population growth since 2007. This brief article provides more insights about the Caucus and its goals.
If you weren’t able to attend our Town Hall, you can watch the full recording here.
Redistricting in the City of Richmond
Richmond City Council will be holding meetings this week detailing the Public Drawing of Voter District Map Options. Meetings for public involvement, awareness, and input will follow this schedule this week:
Drafts of redistricting maps should be made available on February 28. The 30-day public comment period begins on March 1 and ends April 25. More information about the redistricting process can be found here. You can find out who your City Council member is by using the City of Richmond property search tool. Contact information for your Richmond City Council member is here.
U.S Citizenship Preparatory Class
In the state of Virginia, over 18,000 people are naturalized every year. An integral part of the naturalization process is the U.S Citizenship Exam. Richmond Public Schools (RPS Adult Education) is offering a 10 week virtual course in order to help Virginians prepare for the U.S Citizenship Exam. The course begins February 15 and goes through April 28 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm-8:30pm. The course registration fee is $25. For more information, email email@example.com or call (804) 780-8311.
Black History Month Celebrations in Chesterfield
Chesterfield County, in partnership with Virginia State University, is hosting the 33rd Annual Black History Month (BHM) Celebration throughout the month of February. Events include lectures on historical figures like Coretta Scott King and Mary Elizabeth Bowser, theatrical performances, art exhibitions, and more. Events will be held in-person and on Zoom. You can learn more by visiting the Chesterfield County Government website.
Connecting With My Office
My staff continue to hold meetings with constituents via Zoom or by phone. You can sign up for a meeting with either of my staff members with our easy scheduling app:
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