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Gerrymander Jeremiads,

John Goolrick

John Goolrick covered state politics for nearly 30 years. Since then he has worked as an aide to four members of Congress--Rep. French Slaughter, Rep. George Allen, Rep. Herbert Bateman and now Rep. Jo Ann Davis. The opinions expressed in this column…

U.S. Supreme Court: Loving v. Virginia,

Chief Justice Warren, U.S. Supreme Court

The Loving v. Virginia case was a landmark in both Virginia history and the Civil Rights movement. At the time of the case, interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia (and many other states). In this document, Chief Justice Earl Warren…

Virginia School Enrollment, 2002,

Liz Moore

This graph uses US Census data to plot Virginia school enrollment in 2002. There are a number of questions and possible interpretations of graphs like this one. What does this say about students in Virginia?  Why do some types of schools have…

Voters' Rights and Responsibilities,

Virginia State Board of Elections

Every Virginia voter has specific rights and responsibilities guaranteed by the state. These rights and responsibilities are posted on the walls surrounding all polling places during every election.

Why do citizens have "rights and…

State Recognition of Indian Tribes,

Virginia Council on Indians

The Virginia Council on Indians is responsible for determining whether a tribe meets the criteria for state recognition. Currently, there are eight state-recognized tribes. Tribal recognition grants rights relating to self-government and financial…

Students Celebrate Arbor Day by Planting Trees on Mined Land,

Mike Abbott

Reforestation is an important part of cutting down on carbon emissions. Trees help absorb carbon from the atmosphere. This document describes a cooperative effort between students, Virginia government, and mining companies to reforest land that had…

Wise Up Dominion! Mining Protest,

Joshua Kahn Russell

The photo documentation and first person narrative describe a protest in Wise County, Virginia against mining corporations and Dominion Power. This coalition of citizens consists of a local interest group working to change both public policy and an…