Endorsements

I’m happy to have the support of these great individuals from all walks of life and organizations formed by Americans who think we should work together for policies that will improve people’s lives. We owe them thanks for what they do every day to protect women’s rights, help people vote, improve health care and education outcomes, and build support for reducing gun violence.

The National Organization for Women Virginia Chapter

Happy Women’s Equality Day! I am proud to announce that the the National Organization for Women’s Virginia Chapter has endorsed our campaign. NOW-VA works hard to protect the rights of men and women all over the Commonwealth by supporting equal protection under the law (#VARatifyERA!) and leaving reproductive health care to women and their doctors. 

I was raised by a single mom who never met an obstacle she could not overcome. I served with strong and capable women in defense of our Constitution and our country. The women in my life have taught me trust and strength; I’ve seen their resilience and stamina and expertise. God endowed women no less than men with inalienable rights, and I stand with Virginia NOW in demanding that the Consttitution protect those rights once and for all.

Virginia NOW is feminist, grassroots, and intersectional – a pretty good description of the Stan for Virginia team! I stand with Virginia NOW, and I am honored to have their support.

The American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

The Communications Workers of America (CWA)

You’ve probably seen it on a bumper sticker: “If you love your weekends, thank a union.” But weekends aren’t the only thing union strikes and picketing and contract negotiations earned for American workers. We have a middle class because manufacturing and construction and communications workers organized to demand good pay. Workers today can thank unions for the 40-hour work week, improved workplace safety, and an end to child labor.

Virginia’s leaders like to shout loudly when someone names the Commonwealth the “Best State for Business,” and that’s all well and good. But it’s time to make Virginia the Best State for Workers by ending right to work laws, supporting union apprenticeship programs, and requiring employers to pay a living wage. If we help workers by putting more money in their pockets, corporations will be just fine.

The Virginia chapters of the AFL-CIO and Communications Workers of America have endorsed our campaign because I stand proudly with them in their work to improve labor conditions for workers of all kinds. On this Labor Day I ask you to do one thing: thank a union member for all they do.

Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America

During my Army career I learned a lot about firearms. I learned that it makes no sense to issue weapons to anyone who is not well-trained and trusted to use and safeguard the weapon properly. This is why I know we need universal background checks and longer waiting periods for all gun purchases, and we need to make sure anyone who wants to buy a firearm has been trained in proper gun safety and security.

I also learned to use the right weapon for the mission. So I know that firearms with military specifications – high muzzle velocity, extended magazines, and extensive effective ranges – are not necessary for hunting or individual self defense. Army combat doctrine handed me a service weapon magazine held 15 rounds, so it’s not clear to me why anyone needs a magazine holding 30 rounds or more to stop a home invasion.

It’s time to do something about gun violence in Virginia. Our First Amendment right to peaceably assemble in public places like schools, churches, and workplaces without fear of a mass shooting trumps any Second Amendment right to amass personal weapons stockpiles. Moms Demand Action for Gunsense in America has endorsed our campaign because we stand proudly at their side at work for safer public spaces.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is a million-member grassroots organization building power at the local, state, and federal levels. It engages in electoral work and issue advocacy work on democracy issues and for economic populist priorities. The PCCC has raised over $29 million online in grassroots donations for its electoral and advocacy work, and directly for progressive candidates and committees.

Bold Progressives work tirelessly to expand Social Security, expanding Medicare to cover everyone, reform and hold Wall Street accountable, protecting privacy, and making sure every student has a chance to attend college without taking out loans, among other progressive goals.

The PCCC endorsed our campaign because I share these goals, and I’m proud to be a Bold Progressive champion!