Peter joined Virginia Organizing as the Charlottesville Organizer in November of 2021. He grew up in Richmond, but lived in Charlottesville when he was a student at UVA. After graduation, he worked for a number of years as a community organizer and then as a union organizer in Connecticut and California. He’s excited to come home to Virginia and “give back to the community that gave so much to me.”
Peter appreciates Virginia Organizing’s integrity. “We make internal and external efforts to represent the principles we stand on,” he says. “It’s one thing for an organization to have a message, but it’s so much better if we also make sure that internally we’re doing things right.”
His passion for community organizing comes directly from his own experience of injustice. Peter has been pulled over by police and searched for no reason many times in his life. “The fact that when I get into my car I have to prepare for the possibility that I will be stopped is always on my mind,” he says. He wants to change the discriminatory practices of law enforcement.
Peter also cares about students having the attention they need in school. “There should be more of a close relationship between staff and students,” he says. “I want to see all children receive the kind of instruction they need in school.”