Re-Stating What the H.R.B.C. Stands For

The Hampton Roads Black Caucus stand in support of civil rights, strong anti-discrimination measures, and affirmative action.
We will always stand steadfast in support of policies to promote a decent wage, high growth, and a full employment economy to name a few.

Stand Up & Be Counted

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. This is why every 10 years, the law requires the government to complete a census of the population in our country.

The results of the census will help our leaders determine where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. It also provides data for agencies like F.E.M.A. to have sufficient funding, manpower and resources already in place should an emergency or natural disaster ever occur.

Please complete the 2020 Census for yourself and your community.

To complete your census form online, please visit:
https://www.census.gov/



The Death of George Floyd

Many of us have seen the horrifying video of George Floyd being pinned to the ground for nine minutes;
imploring that he could not breathe as a police officer seemingly held his knee on his neck. Soon after,
while in police custody, George Floyd was dead.

As a son, father, uncle and a fellow human being, the most troubling and shocking aspects of watching
the video, was not just the police officer with his knee on George Floyd’s neck, but that the other police
officers standing next to him without intervening. As a Christian man, it is my belief that when we stand
before God, we will have to answer for the things we have done and the things we have left undone.
As a one who worked in the criminal justice system, I am well-trained in the bedrock legal principle that
every person is innocent until proven guilty. That certainly should apply here; and if there is acquitting
evidence for the three other police officers, then justice requires that this evidence be fairly weighed by
an impartial panel at trial. But why have we gone so long without an arrest? The video alone is evidence
of probable cause.

That is why, in addition to mourning this tragedy and going to God in prayer for our communities,
Hampton Roads Black Caucus (HRBC) is calling for justice. God is a God of justice. He wants us to build
his Kingdom—yes. And it is a spiritual kingdom. But it is also a kingdom of justice.
It is important to note, there are many good and valiant law enforcement officers who perform their
duties without bias, prejudice, and with the outmost fairness when exercising their power and authority
as it relates to the law. Thus, coloring all police officers with a wide brush of racism would be the same
group thinking and/or mindset at the foundation of racism itself. Additionally, just thinking that this is
only a “police department problem” ignores what we have seen in the last month: It was prosecutors in
Georgia who were not going to charge the men who killed Ahmaud Aubery. It was a civilian white
woman in a New York central park who called the police and falsely reported an assault by an African
American man who was there watching birds (and asked the woman to put her dog on a leash). This
week it was Minneapolis. Next week it will be another city and another type of incident.
Based on these few examples (and we know there are more), racism is alive and well in our country and
it cannot be “fixed” with just mere institutional or legal change. By a clearer magnitude, we must
acknowledge the sin of racism that survives in our country, and in our own hearts, and show the world
that racial understanding is only feasible through our Lord Jesus and the cross.
At the heart of racism is the human heart, something that Scripture calls “desperately wicked.” Jeremiah
17:9. It is our prideful desire to be better than others, to paint those not like us as evil or ignorant or
otherwise not worthy.

HRBC speak out against rioting and burning of property. This does not solve the issues at hand! Yes,
exercise your rights in a peaceful manner. Jesus said blessed are the peace makers. If communities want
to see changes, HRBC recommend being the engaged in the pollical process by, but not limited to using
Ballot, Buck, and Books (BBB). Another important right, is to vote by putting individuals in office that
reflect your values for change; boycotting businesses that do not support the values that bring about
social changes, educate yourselves on the facts and events at hand and educating your children on the
history of our nation. Also, be a sponge for knowledge in your life. HRBC believes that communities that
works and prays together for changes will see change. Lastly, if a person is ever going to do anything

worthwhile, there will be times when he or she must risk everything by his or her leap of faith. Working
together might by some be a test of common sense, we act like pagans in a crisis only one of an entire
crowd is daring enough to invest his or her faith in the character of God. Invest in your faith in God and
come together to work our differences out to change a generation for a lifetime.

Thank you and God Bless your people and our nation

Ron Taylor
Hampton Roads Black Caucus/President

2020 Candidate Endorsements

During our regularly scheduled monthly board meeting held on May 2, 2020, the Hampton Roads Black Caucus (HRBC) agreed we will not move forward with facilitating and executing an endorsement process during this local election cycle.

Under normal conditions, the time allotted for the endorsement process, three to six months, is, sufficient to provide ample opportunity for the membership’s input and the highest degree of public vetting. But under the extraordinary circumstances currently imposed upon us by COVID-19, we have been unable to provide opportunities for the community and our membership to engage with the current pool of candidates; making it difficult for our membership and the members of the public to communicate with, watch or participate in various town hall meetings or caucus connections.

Given the importance of public involvement and full engagement in the process, the Hampton Roads Black Caucus Board of Directors agreed that the typical endorsement process cannot be carried out with the level of membership engagement necessary to make the selections of new government officials an appropriate exercise of democratic government.

As a result, we are inviting the Hampton Roads community and our membership to view the below links regarding the upcoming election process, dates and let their voice be heard by deciding who should fill the various seats/offices.

Virginia Department of Elections
Virginia Public Access Project
City of Norfolk Voter Registrar
City of Chesapeake Voter Registrar
City of Virginia Beach Voter Registrar
City of Portsmouth Voter Registrar
City of Hampton Voter Registrar
City of Newport News Voter Registrar
City of Suffolk Voter Registrar

Updated Election Day

Election day is
November 3rd 2020
for the cities of:
Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Local elections for the cities of:
Chesapeake, Newport News, and Norfolk
May 19th 2020

Corona-Virus Update

As many across the country and around the world are dealing with the impact of COVID-10, we too have decided to take the necessary steps to ensure we are following, practicing and adhering to all suggested precautions to keep each other and the public healthy and safe. As a result, HRBC will be postponing our Caucus Connection and voter registration meeting scheduled for March 21, 2020 @ Martins Soul Food Restaurant.

We will continue to monitor and provide updates as they become available regarding future events/gatherings. In the interim, we echo the recommendations of the CDC and health professionals:

1. Practice good hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water (at least for 20 seconds).
2. Cover you mouth and nose when your cough or sneeze (don’t forget to throw away your tissue immediately- don’t’ reuse).
3. Avoid large gathering and travel, if possible.
4. Routinely wipe down frequently touched surfaces (especially by others)
5. If you have a fever,cough, running noise and/or having difficulty breaking, please seek medical help immediately.

Be safe!

Hampton Roads Black Caucus

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