Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy to host annual awards ceremony Sept. 26
9/20/2018, 6 a.m.
The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy will recognize several people and organizations for their work advocating for Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights and higher wages for workers.
The ceremony will take place 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Hippodrome Theater, 528 N. 2nd St. in Jackson Ward.
In addition to the awards ceremony, there will be food, music and Salsa dancing lessons. Tickets are $100.
Honorees at the event:
Jill A. Hanken, an attorney with the Virginia Poverty Law Center who led the Health Care for All Virginians Coalition; state Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., an Augusta County Republican; and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association for their successful efforts to expand the Medicaid program to 400,000 Virginians without health insurance.
Also, Lillie Branch-Kennedy, founder and president of Resource, Information, Help for the Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised, who successfully advocated for Virginia’s dollar threshold for a felony to be raised from $200 to $500.
Also, Virginia Intercollegiate Immigrant Alliance, a network of student advocates seeking tuition equity for immigrant students under DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Also, Richmond and Alexandria Living Wage committees, which certify companies and employers that pay their workers a living wage. The Richmond committee is a joint project of the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. More than 20 companies and organizations in Richmond have been certified. The Alexandria program began in mid-July.
Details and tickets: Amanda Silcox, Amanda@virginiainterfaithcenter.org or (804) 643-2474, ext. 105.