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2020 Special Session

November 10, 2020

We just wrapped up our nearly 3 month long special session. This session was called for two very important reasons: to combat racial injustice, and to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While our Commonwealth still has a way to go before we can achieve true equality and security, I am so proud of the progress we made.

I hope you and yours are doing well. As we continue to fight against this pandemic, I wanted to give you some positive news.

While it is troubling to see much of the country experience a surge in cases, Virginia is one of a handful of states where cases have remained steady and relatively low. This is a testament to the sacrifice we Virginians have given to ensure this pandemic’s dire effects are mitigated. 

It’s been about a month since the Governor gave a COVID-19 update. In that time, Virginia has trended towards a good direction. We have made great strides, but we can’t let up now. Now is not the time to be complacent, we must continue to practice social distancing measures and proper health safety protocols. We’ll get through this pandemic, but we need to do it together!

Today’s grand jury decision is both disturbing, yet completely unsurprising, because our justice system too often fails to value Black lives. My heart goes out to the friends and family of Breonna Taylor. She deserves better, and so does our country.

My deepest condolences to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s family and friends as we mourn her loss together. Her commitment to equity and gender equality changed our country for the better. On the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg was our firewall to protect civil rights, voting rights, and everything that we fight for.

I hope you and yours are doing well and staying safe. As we progress through month 6 of this pandemic in Virginia, I want to highlight an important issue. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, it has taken 48,344 lives and caused 1.4 million attempts in just 2018.