Sarah grew up in the Midwest and has a background in the military, which brought her to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. In 2014 she got involved with the Norfolk Chapter. She worked on expansion of light rail in Virginia Beach, flooding in Norfolk, environmental justice, affordability of prescription meds, and voting rights.
“For me, voting rights has always been an important issue,” she says. She’s happy to see the improvements in the process for restoration of rights since then. Sarah says she chose Virginia Organizing because, “we do really meaningful work and it’s a progressive and inclusive organization, not affiliated with any party.”
Sarah is excited to organize on the Peninsula. The Chapter has been working on public transit issues, where they have had a lot of success, and they are taking on housing affordability. “Newport News families really want to address the needs of elder community members in keeping housing affordable,” she says.
“What I really like about Virginia Organizing is the sense of community across the state,” Sarah says. “I feel revitalized in the movement.”