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Community members work with Fairfax County officials to bring back a bus route

VIENNA, Va. - It was two years ago when the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority decided to eliminate a bus route that many people relied on as their primary mode of transportation. Thanks to grassroots efforts, that route is up and running again. Read more about Community members work with Fairfax County officials to bring back a bus route

Fr. Gerard Creedon, Catholic social justice activist in Virginia, dies

Thousands of northern Virginia Catholics knew Fr. Gerard (Gerry) Creedon for his Irish baritone and the twinkle in his eye, but many more knew him for his untiring advocacy of Catholic social teaching.

Creedon, born in County Cork 73 years ago and ordained for the Richmond Diocese in 1968 (the Arlington Diocese was created six years later), lived Pope Francis' vision of a church at the margins decades before anyone had heard of Jose Mario Bergoglio. Read more about Fr. Gerard Creedon, Catholic social justice activist in Virginia, dies

No political hard-sell: Nonpartisan VOICE volunteers urge Manassas residents just to vote

When Phyllis Robinson cracked the door to her Westgate townhome to greet the strangers standing on her front stoop Saturday afternoon, she seemed to understand immediately why they were there. Still, she had a question: “What are you, Democrat or Republican?” Read more about No political hard-sell: Nonpartisan VOICE volunteers urge Manassas residents just to vote

In schools, a growing push to recognize Muslim and Jewish holidays

When her daughters were children, Khadija Athman packed the major Islamic holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, with celebration.

They opened gifts and covered their hands in henna. After prayer, they had breakfast at a pancake house before spending the day at the movies and Chuck E. Cheese's. Read more about In schools, a growing push to recognize Muslim and Jewish holidays

Cigarette, vape buyers in Virginia may soon have to be 21, not 18

Young Virginians, raised amid a culture of tobacco and enamored of the newly popular vaping products, probably will have to wait to buy smoking materials until they turn 21 under a bill passed this week by the General Assembly. Read more about Cigarette, vape buyers in Virginia may soon have to be 21, not 18

Virginia attorney general calls for cash bail reform

Virginia’s current cash bail system prioritizes money over safety and is in clear need of reform, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a gathering of Northern Virginia faith communities at Fairfax High School on Oct. 21. Read more about Virginia attorney general calls for cash bail reform

Herring Calls for Reforms to Virginia’s Cash Bail System

Attorney General Herring called for reforms to Virginia’s cash bail system, citing potential policy and constitutional concerns and the availability of alternatives that can keep communities safe. Read more about Herring Calls for Reforms to Virginia’s Cash Bail System

Multifaith group probes Va. Gov. Northam, AG Herring on cash bail reform

FAIRFAX, Va. — They’re not on the ballot for the 2018 midterm election, but two of Virginia’s top leaders fielded questions from a multifaith, nonpartisan group at Fairfax High School Sunday. Read more about Multifaith group probes Va. Gov. Northam, AG Herring on cash bail reform

Move to restore driver’s licenses could affect 13,000 locally

In voting to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court fines and fees, Virginia lawmakers paved the way for as many as 13,000 residents of Prince William and Fauquier counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park to have their driver’s licenses reinstated July 1. Read more about Move to restore driver’s licenses could affect 13,000 locally

State lawmakers pass budget amendment to eliminate driver’s license reinstatement fees

RICHMOND — During the reconvened General Assembly session, state legislators voted Wednesday to eliminate driver’s license suspension fees for people who lost their licenses due to unpaid court fees or fines.

More than 600,000 Virginians have been affected by the law, which can have a disproportionate effect on lower income Virginians for whom public transportation may be sparse or inconvenient and the ability to drive is a necessity for them to get to work.  Read more about State lawmakers pass budget amendment to eliminate driver’s license reinstatement fees

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